River Chart of Chess Champions on XKCD website

Posted: February 25, 2015 in chess

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Here’s a shout out to one of my favorite websites that you have never heard of: XKCD. You might ask:

  • What is XKCD? It’s a satirical website written by science nerd Randall Munroe. The main feature of the site are whimsical cartoons about human nature, interspersed with tech jokes, pop culture, and generally nerdy humor.
  • Why would somebody create such a weird name for their site? It is strange. The author wanted to create a name that couldn’t be pronounced as a word. He has succeeded.
  • What does it have to do with chess? Nerdiness and chess go hand in hand. While chess isn’t a regular feature of the site, it does come up from time to time. In fact, our “chess on a rollercoaster” post from 3/15/2012 was lifted from this website.

Anyway, a quick Google search for chess and xkcd uncovered some great content that we will reveal in the coming months. The first one is a river chart of dominant players in the NBA and Chess. The Chess chart is a great way for fans of the royal game to see who the best players were and how their playing strength held up over time.

xkcd - dominant players

To see a larger image, click the following link: Dominant Players


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