the scary robotic future of poker

Could Professional Poker Players Be On The Verge Of Losing Their Livelihoods To Automation?

In a significant development for artificial intelligence, programmers have created a poker AI which is capable of beating the world's best players. So, what does this mean for the future of the game?
Callum Hamilton

Why the U.S. Women's Chess Champion Refuses to Play in Iran

In February 2017, the Women’s World Chess Championship will be held in Iran. The U.S. champion, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, will not be there.
John Florio & Ouisie Shapiro
Scene Reports

Speakers in the House: Can Washington, DC Be a New Capital for Rap?

The DMV is finally developing a substantial hip-hop scene, and its sound, once defined purely by go-go, is evolving in the internet era.
Briana Younger

Exploring Bobby Fischer's Maniacal, Racist Genius

The new Hollywood biopic, 'Pawn Sacrifice,' fails to portray the chaotic fuckery of a life lived by Bobby Fischer, the century's greatest chess player and one of American history's most unwieldy oddballs.
Cody Wiewandt
the hidden language

The Hidden Language of Chess Players

In chess as in life, sometimes you're just a patzer caught in a zugzwang.
Nat Towsen

We Talked to the Former Bank Robber who Once Escaped Prison in a Helicopter

In 1999, John Killick was busted out of Sydney's Silverwater Prison in a helicopter by his girlfriend, Lucy Dudko. They were both caught and John was released again last month. We talked about helicopters, chess, and freedom.
Leo van der Pluym

Talking About Life With the Chess Players of Union Square

VICE columnist and former competitive chess champion Giancarlo T. Roma talks to chess players in NYC's Union Square about life and the game.
Giancarlo T. Roma

We Played Chess Against Masta Killa

And obviously, he whipped the pants off us.

I Played Chess with GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan

As a rap nerd and a chess fan, how could I not try to challenge God Zig-Zag-Zig Allah in "the game of kings." I knew it would be difficult, but everything in life is simply a series of moves. I just had to make the right ones.
Zachary Schwartz

3D-Printed Chess Set Puts Modern Twist On Age-Old Game

Artist Nova Jiang's "Orthogonal/Diagonal" explores various iterations of the game of chess and unites them under a common design theme.
Kevin Holmes

Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Champion, Is Kind of a Dick

We interviewed Magnus Carlsen, the 23-year-old chess champion who has achieved rock star status in Europe. He wasn't happy to hear from us.
Stephen Keefe

GZA Still Loves Chess!

And proves it with an extra special edition of Liquid Swords.
Jo Fuertes-Knight