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Virtual "Quantum Chess' Presented Friday

March 11, 2021

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Department of Physics will host the virtual colloquium "Quantum Chess and the Future of Quantum Games," at 3 p.m. Friday, March 12.

The session will be led by Christopher Cantwell, CEO of Quantum Realm Games, and will feature a new game that allows the movement of chess pieces according to the rules of Quantum Mechanics, as opposed to the standard, classical game of chess. The session will also include information about Cantwell's personal journey as a quantum physicist and entrepreneur.

Cantwell earned his bachelor's degrees in physics and electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and began his Ph.D. in physics. During his studies, he started a side project that eventually evolved into Quantum Chess. In 2019, Cantwell began a collaboration with Google and running his company full time.

The event can be accessed at and is open to the public.

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