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Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents 52nd Annual Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships

WHEN: Sat., Jan 6 – Sun., Jan. 7, 2018 at the New York Marriott Hotel At The Brooklyn Bridge;

Online Registration: http://www.gnyscc.com/registration.html

New York, NY, Dec. 5, 2017 — The Kasparov Chess Foundation is hosting and sponsoring the 2018 Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships. America’s longest-running, rated scholastic chess tournament will take place on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 6th – 7th at New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge, located at 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (about 5 minutes drive south of the Brooklyn Bridge, near Borough Hall), near subways: Jay Street Metrotech (A, C, F & R trains), Hoyt Street (2 & 3 trains), Borough Hall (4 & 5 trains) and Court Street (R train).

This year represents the tournament’s 52nd anniversary and has been under the management of the Kasparov Chess Foundation since 2005.  To honor this year’s achievement, former World Chess Champion and Foundation Chairman, Garry Kasparov, will be at the event on Sat., Jan. 6th, autographing books, taking pictures and offering his encouragement to the students.

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Get ready for disinfo 2.0

by Edward Lucas 

READ FULL ARTICLE AT CENTER FOR EUROPEAN POLICY ANALYSIS

Malicious rumors are a weapon of political warfare. The Kremlin adeptly uses them to erode trust and sow divisions. But what we have seen so far—fake news sites, the use of stolen, twisted information, swarms of pretend social-media accounts and so forth—is just the start. Next-generation tactics will be far worse. They will involve audio and video that has not just been edited in order to deceive, but outright invented.

Worries have been growing for months. This summer, the Economist published a story called “Fake News: you ain’t seen nothing yet,” highlighting how French musician Françoise Hardy purportedly discussed President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a YouTube video in which she looks only 20 years old; she is actually 73. And the words she “speaks” are actually those of Trump’s adviser, Kellyanne Conway. The “recording” never happened: computer software had analyzed and reworked previously published material.

That video was monochrome, and grainy. But the technology has already leapt ahead. Nvidia, a company that specializes in graphics processing, has just published a paper showing how its software can turn daytime scenes into night, and winter ones into summer (it can also turn pictures of cats into wild animals).
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Carlsen and Kasparov in clash of the GOATs

FULL ARTICLE AT CHESS24.COM

Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov, rivals for the chess title of Greatest Of All Time, met on Thursday in the Pro-Biz Cup held in London’s Google Headquarters. Magnus was handed a birthday defeat, but of course the charity event, where the players were paired with amateurs, was more about fun than serious chess. John Saunders reports on the traditional curtain-raiser to the London Chess Classic, where Ian Nepomniachtchi and Rajko Vujatovic took first place with 2.5/3.

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