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The Fascinating World of Chess: From ‘The Immortal Game’ to Mittens the Bot

On Wednesday, 11 January 2023, Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky reenacted one of the most famous chess matches ever played, referred to as “The Immortal Game” or “King’s Gambit.”[0] The original game took place informally between the two on June 21, 1851 in London (on a break during the first international tournament).[1] It rose to fame rapidly due to its audaciousness, inventiveness, and the remarkable climax and brilliance of its concluding acts.[1] This is thought to be the pinnacle of the dashing, “romantic” chess of the era.[1]

In the years since, the popularity of chess has grown exponentially. has embraced the use of online bots for a variety of purposes, such as training, instruction, and even playing in the manner of chess legends.[2] But the crazy-making viral fame of Mittens, a bot with an avatar of a cuddly, big-eyed kitten, is something else.[2] Despite its purported near-bottom ranking, Mittens is the most difficult opponent of the January slot, which includes a beginners’ bot called Scaredy Cat, relatively easy level-ups with Angry Cat and Mr. Grumpers, and a Garry Kasparov play-alike known as Catspurrov.[2]

Chess has become a popular game, not only for entertainment but also as a learning tool. Tactics are integral to the game of chess and can be the deciding factor in a victory. In order to be successful in chess, one must have a thorough knowledge of tactics. There are a variety of chess openings and strategies, and these must be studied and practiced to become a better chess player.

In addition to its educational value, chess is also a source of inspiration for many people. Around the world, countries like India, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Slovakia, England and Argentina have national teams and tournaments where the best players can compete. Chess can be seen as a metaphor for life, with its ups and downs, and it is often used to teach important life lessons.

So, whether you are a beginner looking to master the basics or a seasoned pro looking to hone your skills, chess is a game that provides something for everyone.

0. “Opening Master: Chess Database”, 7 Feb. 2023,

1. “Solas, Bull, and the King's Gambit (a Little Game of Mind-Chess …”, 7 Feb. 2023,

2. “'s Mittens is one brutal chess bot.”, 7 Feb. 2023,

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