Everything/Anything and…Chess…"Despite the documented evidence by chess historian HJR Murray, I've always thought that chess was invented by a goddess"–George Koltanowski: from the foreword to:"Women in chess, players of the Modern Age"
Game 6 move 32 – I feel Anand could have made a better move with his pawn on d, which he ‘gave’ away. Game 6 move 33 – game looks like a draw to me – Anand not sure what to do? Bet you they are going to draw this one! Game 6 still going – move 41
I’ve been looking at some of my games played a few years ago and just to post a game to go with these two games from chessgames, I’ve decided on this game HERE - for no particular reason. You can play through the game on the link. I played black.
End position of my game
One of my very old games, played in 2006- I was black and you can see my rating – not that I was really bothered to improve my rating, time to really think about moves, doesn’t exist in my life of full time teaching. [hehe] I liked how I was chasing my fellow countryman around on the board, whilst he was in a really strong position early on in the game.
A game played in 2005 – and I like how I used my bishops here. My opponent resigned on this point.
In this game – where I played black – I was lucky. My comments on this game: a very interesting game I’d played in a long time – well, that was in 2006. I like the checkmate in this game.
Indeed the name Prokofiev needs little introduction, as one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. However his connection to chess might be a little less obvious, even to the musically enlightened. As to David Oistrakh, he was one of the very greatest violinists, whose virtuosity ranked alongside Fritz Kreisler and Jasha Heifetz. Both of them were passionate chess players, though Prokofiev more than one would believe.
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, born April 23, 1891, died March 5, 1953 was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor who mastered numerous musical genres and is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century, which include Igor Stravinsky, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Among his best-known works are the 3rd Piano Concerto, the third and fifth symphonies, as well as composed family favourites, such as the ballet Romeo and Juliet – from which “Dance of the Knights” is taken – and Peter and the Wolf. Sergei Prokofiev fell in love with chess at an early age, and during his lifetime never lost his passion for the royal game, befriending chess greats such as Capablanca and Alekhine.The composer met Alekhine in his native Russia in 1900 during an international tournament held there. Alekhine was a member of the organizing committee and Prokofiev had volunteered to accommodate the guests and the players. As the years passed, their friendship solidified. He met Capablanca in January 1914 in Petersburg where the Cuban champion was playing a series of simultaneous games. Prokofiev tried his luck and even managed to win a game!
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 Bf5 4.Qb3 Nc6 5.Qxb7 Na5 6.Qa6 Nxc4 7.Nc3 e6 8.e4 dxe4 9.Bxc4 exf3 10.Qc6+ Nd7 11.g4 Bg6 12.Bg5 Be7 13.Bxe7 Kxe7 14.O-O-O Re8 15.h4 h5 16.gxh5 Bxh5 17.Nb5 Kf8 18.d5 Qf6 19.dxe6 Ne5 20.Qc5+ Kg8 21.exf7+ Bxf7 22.Bxf7+ Qxf7 23.Kb1 Rab8 24.Nxc7 Rbc8 25.Rc1 Re7 26.Qd6 Rexc7 27.Rxc7 Qxc7 28.Qe6+ Kh8 29.a3 Qc2+ 30.Ka1 Nd3 31.Rb1 Nxf2 32.h5 Qc6 33.Qf5 Ne4 34.Qxf3 Nd2 35.Qxc6 Rxc6 36.Rd1 Rc2 37.Rg1 Rc5 38.Rg6 Rxh5 39.Ra6 Nb3+ 40.Ka2 Ra5 41.Rxa5 Nxa5 42.b4 g5 43.Kb2 g4 0-1 Another great combination: Chess and music! What’s missing is the poetry! The closest I could get was the poem by Robert Frost. Please click HERE to read the entire article on Chessbase.
Fire and Ice – Robert Frost
Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.
You can read my entry on Dance of the knightson this link. The music is also the theme music to The Apprentice.
A young Sergey Prokofiev with his inseparable board
and chess books. [Image: chessbase]
Prokofiev in his later years remained faithful to his true love [Image: chessbase]
Registration is open for the African Youth Chess Championships – the closing date is 31st August 2012.
The tournament will be held in Pretoria, Gauteng, one of the 3 Capital Cities of South Africa from 28 September 2012 (official arrival date) to 08 October 2012 (official departure date) at the Faircity Roodevallei Hotel & Conference Centre (Roodevallei). Players will be accommodated at Roodevallei.
Click HERE for more details about the tournament. You will also find a link to live games and photos.[All links will always open in a new window on my blog]
The Venue of the African Youth Chess Championships – see the link for more details of the Venue.
Phew, what a task to get all these results displayed in a format easier than an excel document! Why should it so difficult to publish results in a table easy for anyone to observe. Well, I’ve done it now and I hope you find it useful to look at the results and to see where South Africa’s future in Chess lies?
The Braille Chess Olympiad starts tomorrow! Please click HERE to read more about the Chess Braille Olympiad in Chennai [India] . The tournament starts 9th August till 19th August. Chess is the only game visually impaired players can play on an equal footing with sighted players.
Please click HERE to follow some of the games live!
Team South Africa at the Braille Olympiad. Good luck to all players and we wish you a great tournament! Click the image for a larger view.
South Africa at the Olympiad – photo: official site
It’s again time for the FIDE World Chess Championship – this time Anand vs Gelfand at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Follow the link of the official site to read more.The prize fund is 2.55 million US Dollars. The winner gets $1,530,000 (60%) and the loser $1,020,000 (40%) Official site: Chess FIDE Moscow
This is the second entry on my blog, on THIS LINK you can follow the first 6 games – with some chess graphics too. Six games have been played. Six draws. Is it Anand’s tactic, is he warming up? What about a prediction: 6 more draws within the next week.
Game 7 – move 8
Game 7 – Anand explained where his ‘mistake’ was – the Bishop on C8!- which he lost
Game 7 moves – [grrr for the Houdine comments in the PGN-file too- I tried to remove it neatly]
Click HERE to play through game 7. The link will open in a new window.
Anand during the interview after Game 7 – explaining his Bishop-mistake +My opinion about move 26: unnecessary lost of his Knight on E4 too.
Game 8 Anand vs Gelfand 1-0
Game 9 – Gelfand vs Anand – 1/2-12
Game 10 Anand vs Gelfand – 1/2-1/2
Game 10 moves
Countdown starting – game 11
Anand – Gelfand – taking their positions
Game 11 Gelfand vs Anand – move 16
Anand – game 11
Game 11 – Gelfand
Game 11 – draw agreed
Game 11 Gelfand vs Anand – 1/2 – 1/2
Game 12 – Anand vs Gelfand 1/2-1/2
Standings: Anand 6 – Gelfand 6. Now – for the tie break on Wednesday! Still crossing my fingers for Anand!
On one of the chess sites, I’m busy playing a tournament and this particular player sent me the above link on chessgames, to highlight a ‘better’ move for one of the moves I’ve made. When looking at the game, I realised that our game was almost this game, in particular the first few moves. I felt sort of ‘thrilled’ by the idea of playing the start of Morphy’s famous game called: ‘Night at the Opera’. The moves in blue are the first moves of our game -I played white- and you can compare it with Morphy’s game in this entry.[maybe, if I didn't castle, I could have had move 9 with move 7 - which was Morphy's move - he castled move 12.] I hope you like Dolannes Melody by Jean-Claude Borelly, you can listen to it at the bottom of this post.
In 1858 the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard invited the American master Paul Morphy to the Paris Opera to watch The Barber of Serville, then asked their guest to play chess with them. Morphy was more interested in watching the opera, but could not courteously refuse.
Morphy played white, while Brunswick and Isouard consulted on black. He took his opponents apart in 17 moves, enabling him to watch the rest of the show without distraction, and incidentally proving that teaming two mediocre players does not double their talents.
This game is one of the best known in chess, exemplifying as it does the advantages of quick development over the pursuit of minor advantages. The game features a queen sacrifice that leads directly to mate.
The score of the game follows:
Paul Morphy vs Duke of Brunswick & Count Isouard, Paris Opera House, 1858. Philidor’s Defense.
Paul Morphy “The Pride and Sorrow of Chess,” was an American chess player. He is considered to have been the greatest chess master of his era and an unofficial World Chess Champion. He was also one of the first chess prodigies in the modern rules of chess era.
The “Opera game” – a casual game against inexperienced opponents, but at the same time one of the clearest and most beautiful attacking games ever. Often used by chess teachers to demonstrate how to use time, develop pieces and generate threats.
While most of the audience was following the performance of The Barber of Seville, Paul Morphy was busy at the chessboard, facing noble opposition. His opponents, working together, played well enough for a while, but they allowed Morphy to set two deadly pins.
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 4. d x e5 B x f3 5. Q x f3 d x e5 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. Qb3 Qe7 8. Nc3 c6 9. Bg5 b5 10. N x b5 c x b5 11. B x b5 + Nbd7 12. O-O-O Rd8 13. R x d7 R x d7 14. Rd1 Qe6 15. B x d7 + N x d7 16. Qb8 + N x b8 17. Rd8 mate
These two images found on google and edited it slightly – beautiful poster – the second image.
I spoilt myself the last few days with a few chess games and even a few tournaments, but work is calling again! The following two games were played against the same opponent – you will notice in both games, my Knights were used – in conjunction with the Queen – to checkmate my opponent. I always prefer to save my Knights – I will even sacrifice my Bishops in order to keep my Knights for the reason as in these games and also for their tricky moves.
GM Alexei Shirov and Michael Adams – photo:ECC2010Chessdom
The European Club Cup 2010 is now on in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Some of my old favourite players are playing. Although time is little to follow the tournament, I will make an effort over the coming weekend to check out more of the games. Shirov is an old time favourite and Michael Adams – an English player I saw in action December, is also an upcoming favourite of mine. Click HERE for the Official site and for results and live games.
Anand – Game 4 -28th April Game 4: Anand leads by one point after the second Catalan opening in the match.
The fourth game of the FIDE World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand of India and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria saw another Catalan opening on the board. This is the first opening that was played twice in the match, the players are obviously willing to have a theoretical discussion. Topalov was the one to deviate from the second game, as early as on move 5, when he played the sharper Bb4+ instead of a6.
Similar to the earlier Catalan game, Black clutched onto the extra pawn while White tried to take advantage of his faster pieces’ development. Anand aggressively advanced in the center to break opponent’s pawn formation and open up the files and diagonals. At the same time, Topalov was carefully clearing the queenside in order to reduce the positional pressure.
The game appeared to be taking a normal course but then Anand’s sudden Knight movement (e3-g4) caught Topalov without guard and on the wrong foot. Not hesitating much, Anand knocked a piece sacrifice on h6 and picked a strong attack against the Black King. Still precision was needed in carrying out the assault, but Anand never blinked and found the crushing 25. e5!
Topalov continued for a few moves more, but resigned at the imminent danger of a mate. Anand takes the lead in the match 2,5-1,5, tomorrow is a rest day and the games continue on Friday at 15:00 Source: Official Site
Anand crushes Topalov in fourth game
The fourth game of the World chess championship match in Sofia saw Viswanathan Anand’s best performance to date with a slashing attack against challenger Veselin Topalov.
“Anand really played brilliantly today,” said commentator Zurab Azmaiparashvili, having watched the World champion sacrifice a pawn, then a knight and then a bishop to create a winning assault against
Topalov’s exposed king.
Anand was pleased with his performance. “It was a very complex position with a lot of tension on the queenside,” said Anand. “I thought (my 23rd move) was clinching it but you can’t be 100 per cent sure.”
Anand explained that in a key variation he was prepared to give away both his rooks as well to ensure a checkmate: “Once I saw that I knew I was winning.”
After a poor start, Anand, 40, has taken the lead for the first time in the €2 million match and the Bulgarian challenger is looking shaky. “I though I had a decent position,” said Topalov, “but if I was able to answer so simply what went wrong then the result might have been different.
“Certainly my (20th move) was especially bad.”
Playing with white pieces, Anand used the Catalan Opening which had brought him success in game two but Topalov, 35, defended differently this time. Soon Anand sacrificed a pawn and Topalov needed no invitation to grab the material and attempt to hang on to it.
Anand’s unorthodox 10th move, moving a knight to the edge of the board, appeared to be new. However, a member of Team Anand, computer expert Eric van Reem, explained that Anand was following an earlier game, a precedent apparently unknown to Topalov who began thinking hard for the first time in the game.
Soon it became clear that Anand had excellent compensation for his pawn when the apparently offside knight moved to the centre, stymieing Topalov’s freedom of movement. Although the position was highly unbalanced — the type of game at which Topalov usually excels — Anand’s speed of play indicated that he had checked the ideas at home with his team and had everything under control.
Anand was coy when asked if the sacrifices were prepared with his team. “I won’t be able to tell you that until the match is over,” said Anand, who has managed to keep the identity of some of his helpers secret as well.
On the 23rd move, after cogitating for only five minutes, Anand sacrificed a knight and Topalov immediately found his king under massive fire. Another sacrifice followed and Topalov was soon defenceless. The challenger resigned after 32 moves and three-and-a-half hours’ play.
Anand leads Topalov 2.5-1.5 with eight games remaining after Wednesday’s encounter. The fifth game, with Topalov holding the first move, will be played on Friday starting at 5.30 p.m. IST. Source:
Bulgaria Chess Master Topalov Hopes to Crush Anand’s Defense
Click on the image for a clear view -the article continues here:
“We hope to have finally figured out the secret of Anand’s defense. We have five people on our team working with top notch computers on this task, and we hope to see results today,” Danailov explained.
The first move of the fifth game of the Sofia World Chess Title Match was made Friday by Nobel Prize winning professor of economics Robert Mundell, known as “the father of the euro”.
Danailov said Topalov’s team met Professor Mundell during a tournament in China which was won by the Bulgarian chess master.
“I wanted to invite Professor Mundell as a guest during the last M-Tel Masters tournament but he was busy then. This time, however, he managed to find time to be our guest,” Danailov explained.
“It is a pleasure for me to be here. I have come as an economist and a fan of chess,” said the Nobel Prize laureate expressing his happiness to be present at the event.
After the second rest day, the FIDE World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand of India and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria continued today with game five in which Topalov played with White pieces.
The first symbolic move were made by the “father of the euro” professor Robert Mundell. The President of Bulgaria Mr. Georgi Parvanov visited the match.
The opening was replay of game three in which Anand used the Slav defence and comfortably held a draw. The expectation were that Topalov will find an improvement in the variation and fight for opening advantage.
But it was Anand who first diverted from the earlier game by moving 15…h5 instead of 15…h6. Topalov continued with the logical 16. Ne2 having in mind Nf4, to exploit the newly created situation with Black pawn on h5. Anand established strong Knight outpost on e5 and traded off a pair of Rooks to reduce White’s chances of gaining initiative.
After further exchange of minor pieces, an endgame with Rook and Bishop versus Rook and Knight has arisen. Anand’s 29…g5 initiated changes in the pawn structure, which allowed him to solve one issue and concentrate on pieces’ play.
Black Knight gradually suppressed White Bishop, which eventually landed on the backward d1-square. Right after the time-control, Topalov offered moves repetition before the situation goes out of the hand. Or perhaps it was a psychological move, attempting to test Anand’s resolve to play for a win, in case of which White would also have chances for full point.
But Anand needed no risk and accepted the threefold repetition. Draw signed on move 44. The current score is 3-2 in favour of Anand who tomorrow plays with White pieces. Live coverage on the official website starting at 14:45 local time.
Anand blacks out Topalov’s ambitions
Viswanathan Anand has retained his narrow lead over Veselin Topalov with a solid draw in the fifth game of the Indian’s world title defence in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Anand, playing black for the third time in the match, repeated the Slav opening which had neutralised Topalov’s ambitions in game three, and also came armed with a new 15th move.
Soon afterwards, as Anand was considering his 17th move, the playing hall — and indeed the entire Military Club — was plunged into darkness by a power blackout. The game timers were stopped by the arbiter but both players remained firmly in their seats, analysing in the dark.
Ten minutes later, emergency power provided some flickering light on the stage and five minutes later the light was good enough for the game to resume.
“I don’t know what would have happened if the lights had not gone on for an hour or more,” admitted Anand. “I don’t know what the rules are for such a situation.”
However, while play continued, the video screen above the players, relaying the game to the audience in the Military Club and to hundreds of thousands of viewers on the internet, remained inoperable. Audible protests from some of the frustrated spectators in the theatre were quickly muted by security guards and five minutes later normal broadcasting of the moves resumed.
Both players reacted calmly to the unexpected interruption, although Anand spent some time re-orientating himself with the position before he made his next move.
“It is very easy to make a mistake after a break in concentration like this,” said Anand, “so I decided to invest an extra ten minutes just to be sure.”
Once again Anand’s opening preparation proved superior to that of his Bulgarian challenger. “I missed Anand’s [22nd move],” confessed Topalov. “It was very strong. I will need to be more precise in future games.”
With other strong pawn moves Anand soon solved all his problems. “I managed to stabilise the position,” explained Anand, “after which I have nothing to complain about.”
Before long Topalov found himself staring at an equal endgame which offered no chances for a win to either player. After four hours play, both players could find nothing better than to repeat moves and a draw was agreed after 44 moves.
The draw was a perfectly satisfactory result for Anand as he retains a 3-2 lead in the best-of-12 contest and will hold the advantage of the first move, equivalent to the serve in tennis, in the next two games.
Anand refused, however, to express any comment on the state of the match so far, saying “I’m just taking it game by game.”
Anand in Sofia – Anand and Topalov are going to fight the mother battle of all battles. [chess of course!] I hope [if you're a chess player] that you’re going to follow their games with me. Anand is my favourite and my money is on him. Those of you who don’t know anything about these players…they are THE big chess-engines of the world of chess…and they’re playing in Sofia[Bulgaria]. Anand is from India and Topalov from Bulgaria. Anand is the current World Champion and Topalov the challenger.
What is said about Anand- ‘….extreme efficiency, his splendid personality…’ -watch the videos about Anand and Topalov on the official site…
Anand is the fastest thinking chess player
Ah…they look so handsome… – is that what he’s thinking [haha]
Enjoy the music of the Hungarian Rhapsody no2[unfortunately not the Bulgarian Rhapsody...but let's pretend lol -also not the complete music file]
Topalov…hmmm…wonder if he’s going to beat me up!..
Press Conference – Sofia
Postal Items devoted to the Anand-Topalov Chess tournament in Sofia [Bulgaria]
Please click HERE to visit the official site of Anand-Topalov to read more or to play through their games. The first game startson the 24th April. [see the playing schedule] You will also find this link on the sidebar of my blog.[top] Images in this post are all from the Official site of Anand/Topalov.
Click on the image for a larger view…This is the schedule of Anand’s and Topalov’s games.
Map of Bulgaria / Sofia – image: Topnews
The History of Chess…only a few images from the video on the Official site.
See the video on the Official site – link in this post [and on the sidebar of my blog] about the History of Chess. These images are from the video.
40-hour ride to defend the title
New Delhi: World champion Viswanathan Anand Tuesday reached Sofia, Bulgaria, after a strenuous 40-hour road journey from Germany as all flights were cancelled due to the volcanic ash floating across European airspace.
The 40-year old world champion had requested a postponement of the World chess championship match against Veselin Topalov, by three days, but his appeal was rejected by the organising committee.
Not used to travelling such long distances on road along with the refusal to grant a three-day postponement could give Anand’s challenger, Topalov, a significant advantage.
Anand had planned to reach the venue on April 16, which is one week before the first game on April 23. But he arrived four days behind schedule due to factors beyond his control.
Anand might miss the press conference but will attend the opening ceremony according to his wife Aruna Anand. Not rescheduling the games will mean Topalov could have the same advantage that Anatoly Karpov enjoyed in the world title match, in Lausanne, in 1998.
“The news from us is that we reached here safely,” said Aruna Anand.
Had Alexander Alekhine been in Anand’s place, he would have sought a postponement of at least a week as world champions ruled and challengers were at the mercy of champions. Sometimes a handicap is a better way to start a match and Anand can turn the disadvantage into a driving force in the 12-game series.
Earlier, the organising committee had received an e-mailed request for a postponement from Anand and also a word from Fide about the situation.
However, the committee said that the press conference could be postponed but not the opening ceremony scheduled on April 21 because invitations to all official guests, sponsors, politicians, television stations and the media was already sent. Also since many commercial contracts have been signed, there would be serious penalties if any changes were made.
The championship is to be formally inaugurated on April 21 with the first of the 14 games to begin on April 23.
Benjamin Franklin playing chess…’And lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs; the habit of hoping for a favorable chance, and that of preserving in the search of resources.’ -Benjamin Franklin, ‘The Morals of Chess’
I like playing chess on chesscube for a couple of reasons…I always find someone to play a quick realtime game -my time is little and I’m not anymore interested in playing games going on for ages – I like the interface and the colours. This first game was played today and I was just on time to win this game…as I’m always in a hurry…I try to think fast, move fast – and sometimes end up with fast blunders too. My opponent spent 7 minutes before he decided to sacrifice his Queen -and in the process I did the same and won his Bishop. I have the pgn-file for you to follow if interested.
Mmmm…I always keep my Knights as long as I can…wonder if you can spot in this next game why…I have some of the colours of chesscube on this image too. Very visual for someone like me…This player resigned the game.
Magnus Carlsen from Norway - is he the Mozart of Chess?
The Big Eight
and…this is my ticket for Saturday!
Click HERE for the Official site. The link will open in a new window.
Standings after round 3
Enjoy the Music of Mozart – Piano Concerto no 20 in D Minor
Pairings for round 4 – Saturday 12th December – I was hoping to see Carlsen vs Kramnik in action, but…you can’t have your bread on both sides buttered…
Howell vs Carlsen - round 3
Denise Frick – South African WIM is taking part in this section
David Howell and Magnus Carlsen round 3 – draw
Howell vs Carlsen - move 48 round 3
Howell vs Carlsen move 60 round 3
Howell vs Carlsen – move 79 – 1/2 round 3
Magnus Carlsen: the rise and rise of chess’s answer to Mozart
If Magnus Carlsen had not had an elder sister, he would never have been gnawed by sibling rivalry, and if he had not been gnawed by sibling rivalry, he might never have become a world-famous chess-player. On such accidents of birth, genius can depend.
“I first tried interesting Magnus in the game when he was four or five,” says Henrik Carlsen, father of the precocious Norwegian teenager, just turned 19, who has been called the Mozart of chess. “But he was too young. It was only when he was eight, watching me play chess with his elder sister, Ellen, that he caught the chess bug in earnest. By the age of nine, he was able to beat me. By the age of 13, he was an international grandmaster.” Not just a grandmaster, one of the elite of world chess, but at 13 years, four months and 27 days, one of the youngest Grandmasters in the history of the game. That turbulent American genius Bobby Fischer did not become a grandmaster until he was 15 and a half, middle-aged in comparison, while Russia’s Garry Kasparov, often regarded as the greatest chess-player of all time, was 17, practically senile, before he reached the same mark.
It is the sheer precociousness of the young Norwegian – Carlsen is now ranked number one in the world – that has captured the imagination of chess lovers, who will be able to see him in action at the London Chess Classic next week. The comparisons with Mozart are inescapable. Kasparov has now retired from top-flight chess, but is so fascinated by the prospects of this Scandinavian wunderkind that he has signed up as his coach. Imagine being a fly on the wall at their training sessions. The intellectual voltage would kill you.
Carlsen sounds mildly irritated when the Mozart comparison is wheeled out. “I’m not sure why people have to talk like that. It’s not something I ever think about.” But he concedes that the life of a chess prodigy can sometimes be lonely. “I think that’s the price of success in many walks of life. If you want to get to the top, there’s always the risk that it will isolate you from other people.”
Ultimately, it is a love of the game, the Norwegian insists, not some stern work ethic, that drives him on. “I spend hours playing chess because I find it so much fun. The day it stops being fun is the day I give up. Without the element of enjoyment, it is not worth trying to excel at anything.”
As for Carlsen’s genius – and one can hardly avoid the word – there were clues long before he started showing his paces at chess. Before he was two, he could solve jigsaw puzzles with more than 50 pieces. From jigsaws he graduated to Lego, constructing models that would have challenged teenagers. Feats of memory came easily to him. By the age of five, scarily, he knew the area, population, flag and capital of every country in the world.
“Boys are very good at focusing their attention on one thing at a time,” reflects his father. “Girls are better at multitasking. I would not say Magnus is naturally hard-working. In fact, he can be quite lazy at times. But when he is following his intuition and curiosity, there is no stopping him.”
If the life of a child chess prodigy can be quite intense, Carlsen has not been put under relentless pressure by ambitious parents. Instead he has enjoyed a normal, even outgoing, childhood. In 2003, when he was still 12, his parents took him and his sisters out of school for a year, packed them into a minibus and, in the adventure of a lifetime, embarked on a tour of Europe.
The itinerary was partly dictated by the international chess tournaments in which Carlsen was due to play. But there was also time for sightseeing, museum visits, even three weeks on a beach in Crete. What an exhilarating contrast to normal schooling.
You could never call Magnus Carlsen normal, not with his extraordinary talents. But if his natural milieu is the chessboard, there is a part of him that loves the great outdoors, fresh air and physical exercise. Ask him if he would rather have been a world-famous footballer than a chess-player, and his answer might surprise chess fans.
“I would probably have to say yes. Who could resist being a famous footballer? Chess only appeals to quite a small minority. It does not have the cachet of a mainstream popular sport.”
What lessons from his childhood would he want to pass on to his own children, if and when he has them? “I can’t say I’ve given that much thought. I guess what my parents taught me is that, as a parent, you need to be supportive without being pushy. They were very happy to let me play in tournaments and made sacrifices so that I could, but they didn’t force their own agenda on me. They let me follow my own enthusiasms.”
Image: wikimedia - The World Chess Championship 1984 was a match between challenger Garry Kasparov and defending champion Anatoly Karpov. After 5 months and 48 games, the match was eventually abandoned in controversial circumstances with Karpov leading five wins to three (with 40 draws), and replayed in the World Chess Championship 1985.
Image: wikimedia – The Word CC 1985 The 1985 World Chess Championship was played between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov in Moscow from September 3 to November 9, 1985. Kasparov won. The match was played as the best of 24 games. If it ended 12-12, Karpov would retain his title.
2009 – September – and the word biggest Chess Engines meet again…25 years on. Follow their games live on the top link on my blog’s side bar or click HEREto follow their games live. [the best link to follow their games live is the next link at the bottom of this entry...the site is chessok.com]
Click on this link to play through their blitz-games. The link will open in a new window.
Chess is a game that rarely draws a massive amount of attention from the global public, but a rematch between Kasparov and Karpov reminds us that it throws up the occasional great rivalry.
When Garry Kasparov challenged Anatoly Karpov in 1984 for the chess world championship, it was the beginning of a titanic struggle.
The contest lasted five months and featured a series of successive draws of 17 and 15 games. It was controversially ended by the chess authorities over fears for the health of the players, both of whom had lost weight during the struggle. Kasparov had been resurgent at the end, although Karpov still held a lead.
In 1985, Kasparov beat Karpov for the title. They played for it again in 1986 and again Kasparov won. In 1987, Kasparov was one down going into the final game, but recovered to tie the series and therefore retain his crown.
It was a great chess rivalry, but it was more than that to the watching public and pundits.
“It was very symbolic of what was happening to the Soviet Union,” says grandmaster Raymond Keene, chess correspondent for the Times. “It was obvious the USSR was going through a period of great turmoil.”
And the rivalry was perfect in pitching a brilliant, brooding outsider against the Soviet establishment’s main man.
“Kasparov was a southerner, half-Jewish, half-Armenian, much younger, in the vanguard of a change, taking on the golden boy of the old Soviet Union,” says Keene.
Keene organised the London matches of the third series between the players in 1985, which took place both in the UK and Leningrad. He was surprised by the stark disparity between the Soviet and the Western ways of organising things.
In London, after the matches, a list of moves with annotation was faxed all over the world within 15 minutes of the conclusion. In Leningrad, a sheet bearing only the moves was typed up, a press officer with a minder was taken to the local party HQ where the only photocopier was to be found, the sheet was copied and then manually handed only to the journalists present at the event.
“They were still mired in Soviet bureaucracy and fear of publicity. I thought ‘this place is doomed’.
“It was a gigantic metaphor for the collapse of a creaking, unviable, introspective, conglomerate empire.”
There had been other rivalries that never succeeded in sparking the imagination. Mikhail Tal against Mikhail Botvinnik in the early 1960s had the same hallmarks of the non-Russian outsider against the Soviet stalwart, but failed to develop into a sustained struggle. And the earlier battle between Vasily Smyslov and Botvinnik is probably one for chess aficionados only.
The other rivalry that spread outside the world of chess was between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Their famous 1972 world championship match became another symbol of the struggle between civilisations.
Fischer was the Western maverick up against Spassky, the emblem of the powerful Soviet machine. And Fischer won.
“It was about Western individualism, depth of analysis, use of the technology available,” says Keene.
And the notion that ideas of a greater struggle would be imposed on chess was an invention of the Stalinist era.
The Communist official Nikolai Krylenko took his board games seriously. He was reported to have said: “We must organise shock brigades of chess players, and begin immediate realisation of a five-year plan for chess.”
He might have approved of the great rivalries with an ideological flavour that grew up in the 1970s and 80s. He would have been less delighted that on both occasions the Soviet establishment’s representative was bested.
Other sports have individual rivalries. Tennis has had some great ones.
But perhaps only boxing, with its system of champion and challengers, comes close to replicating the way that the protagonists have to study each other’s play and personality, even live in each other’s skin, during the mind-bogglingly detailed preparations for a world championship series.
[All links in this post will open in a new window.] Have you thought about the chess openings you like and think that it might be that you prefer certain openings - as those openings just feel like it is “you” – like your personality. You feel you associate yourself with certain openings or you feel like you’re in your own “comfort zone” when playing those openings? Well, that’s me. I think I’m that type of player playing most of the time certain openings. The silly quiz I’ve taken said I’m a King’s Gambit-person, but I stronly disagree. I looked at a few of my chess games and I’m certainly not the King’s Gambit-player-type …in the games I’ve been looking at. In most of the games I looked at, the Indian Opening or Philidors Defence were the most common, but again, I only looked at about 10 of my previous of about 5000 games. If you take the quiz, you will not be told what type of personality you’ve got, only the type of opening. Click here for the quiz. Bear in mind, this quiz has for sure been drawn up by some wandering, loose pawn-on-the-run and not by an educated Bishop… or a Knight with a black belt…haha…in all of these games’ graphics of my games, I played the colour nearest to you, i.e. the bottom colour. From the next image you can see statistics from the chess site where I played tournaments [this is only half of the statistics - of my games/tournaments] and you can see from the column to the right – the opening played during those games.
Click in the image for a larger view
Brunel University has done a study. Interesting – the chess personalities. Do yourself a favour and read the PDF-document. I’ve quoted a few paragraphs here for you as a taster. Please click here for the pdf on research done by Brunel about personalities in chess. They used 169 children in their study. I wonder why not 170? That sounds so not right to use an unrounded number…maybe another pawn got away…hehe…
Children who score higher on Intellect/openness and Energy/extraversion are more likely to play chess while children who score higher on Agreeableness are less likely to be attracted to chess. Boys with higher scores on Agreeableness are less likely to take up chess than boys with
lower scores. Considering that girls score higher on Agreeableness, this factor may provide one of the possible reasons why more boys are interested in chess. Although none of the Big Five factors were associated with self-reported skill level, a sub-sample of 25 elite players had significantly higher scores on Intellect/openness than their weaker chess playing peers.
Chess is an adversarial game where one has to take into account the opponent’s intentions and not just focus on one’s own plans. Chess is also a game where just a small mistake can ruin the efforts of the previous long hours. Hence, players should be more suspicious and orderly than non-players. That is exactly what Avni, Kipper, and Fox (1987) demonstrated – chess players scored higher than non-players on the measures of orderliness and unconventional thinking in the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory In addition, it was found that more competitive players, as measured by the number of games played, were more suspicious than non-players.
We applied the Big Five Questionnaire for Children which measures Energy/extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Emotional instability, and Intellect/openness, on primary school children aged eight to eleven. Our main goal was to find out what are the personality characteristics of children who decide to take up chess, as well as to see whether personality factors can differentiate between strong and weak players. We also wanted to see whether personality factors could shed some light on the issue of the large discrepancies in the participation rates of girls and boys. Based on previous results with adult we hypothesised that children who play chess would score more highly on Conscientiousness but less highly on Energy/extraversion than children who do not play chess. Given that chess is often perceived as an intellectual endeavour, we also hypothesised that Intellect/openness will differentiate between children who take up chess and those who do not. The same personality factors could
be expected to differentiate between strong and weak child chess players.
Since women score higher on Emotional instability and Agreeableness. Two factors previously not shown to be associated with chess skill, it is difficult to have clear-cut predictions as to how these factors are related to gender differences in chess skill. On the other hand, chess has a competitive side where players encounter constant conflicts and confrontations which may be less appealing to children who score more on Agreeableness. Consequently, it is possible that Agreeableness provides clues about
the differences in the number of girls and boys who take up chess as a hobby. Read on the PDF-link the complete research-article.
Some openings and the moves - click on images for a clear view
Bishops Opening: Philidor counter attack
Indian Opening - C20 – e2d2e4d3 – one of my previous games
e2 d2 e3 d4 1. e4 e5 2. d3 Bb4+ 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Nf3
Another e4 e5-game of mine
Fork 1 -oh how do I love thee…let me count my knights! Some people prefer Bishops, other Knights and I certainly prefer to keep my Knights. They do work for me.
Fork 2 – same game as in the previous image
Run! – the sequal continues…old King Cole…
Defeated! A position I never had a player in before or after
This opening is called: Sicilian Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
I do like the dragon, I love the formation of the white pieces…hehe
This next game was featured in the James Bond movie “From Russia With Love.”
I found this next quote on the chess site..and it was funny
I know some dog lovers who play the Colle. Some Italians I know play the Sicilian Defense. I have some Polish friends who play 1.b4. It seems that bird lovers like to play 1.f4. Some Catholics I know like the Bishop’s Opening. I see the Danish Gambit played by a lot of pastry lovers. I’ve played a few folks from the U.K. and they seem to play the English Opening. I’ve played a gourmet cook who opens with the Fried Liver Attack. Anand seems to play the Indian Defenses a great deal. I’ve played a few drunks who opened up with the Scotch.
On the first link you can look at the Philidor’s variations and the second link you can play through some chess games in this opening.
As this next piece of info was on draft for ages, I can’t remember where I got it from, but thought not to delete it anyway.
‘You are Crazy! But Does It Matter?’
Translated from ‘Schaaklezen’ written by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam. It’s a collection of dutch chess columns.
Show me your games and I tell you who you are. Is it possible to draw conclusions about the nature of somebody’s character when looking at their chess games? A tempting hypothesis, which seems to be as easily proven as it is challenged. The book ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’ from David Guterson which has received numerous literary awards in the United States, describes a lawyer who believes his personality is reflected in his chess games. At least you come to that conclusion since he uses his chess style as a business card.
When Nels Gudmundsson for the first time visits Kabuo Miyamoto, accused of murder , he does not want to waste any time talking about why he is the man for the job to defend him, instead straight out he offers to play a game of chess. They draw for colour and the lawyer has white: ‘The old man doesn’t seem to bother to castle at all. He is not faintly interested in the endgame. His strategy is to give up material in the beginning-phase of the game in favor of the position which occurs, give up his pieces to get an undefeatable bind on the board. He won , even though Kabuo saw what he was doing. No fiddling. And the game ended abruptly.’ The reader might now expect he knows how Gudmundsson will set about his defense and also has inadvertently faith in his qualities. When going through two books about the great Akiba Rubinstein which first was released by the International Chess Enterprises, I was wondering in which extend the sober playing style of the Polish genius was a reflection of his excessive desire not to be a burden on his surroundings. various people of his time testified Rubinstein never sat at the board when it was not his move because he was terrified to disturb his opponent. As soon as he pressed his clock , he would stand up, duck under the cord which separated the players from the audience and if possible even hid behind a big plant until it was his move again. This complete effacing of himself and his reluctance against all blatancy is also shown is his games. As Nimzowitsch wrote in his tournament book about Karlsbad 1929: ‘Another characteristic property of Rubinstein is his aversion to melodrama. Hollow bombast and pretentious moves shock him deeply in his soul! All his moves are soaked with a natural elegance , almost contiguous to severity. His moves are always normal, you could call them ‘ordinary’. Closer study brings to light that these simple, common moves are in fact extraordinary deep.’ This correlation between his nature and chess style produces a fine parallel, which undoubtly contains a core of truth, but sells Rubinstein short. Was his style indeed as sober as Nimzowitch outlined? Maybe so if we compare him to a lot of his contemporaries. Hypermodern and neoR0m@ntic players might consider him pretty boring and dogmatic despite his great strength, nevertheless Rubinstein’s concept of many positions give you the feeling he was way ahead of his time.
Rubinsteins games to this day deserve to attention of every serious chess student. Only therefore alone John Donaldson and Nikolay Minev cannot be praised enough for all the material the put together in ‘Akiba Rubinstein:Uncrowned King’ en ‘Akiba Rubinstein:the Later Years’ On the basis of roughly thousand chess games, many accompanied with annotations and testimonies the reader gets a clear picture of the luster and sadness in the ‘Curriculum Vitae’ of one of the greatest chess players ever lived. thrilling as the wave of success was between 1907 and 1912 , when he stood above everybody else as a tourney player ,so compelling was the turn around after world war one , which amplified his mental state drastically. The expected match against Lasker was cancelled due to that reason.A few years later Rubinstein’s dream to concur the highest title definitely shattered when he was unable to gather the needed money to be able to play a match against Capablanca. More and more he was haunted by ghosts in his head, although he occasionally still showed his enormous talent. He managed to will a strong tourney ahead of Aljechin and Bogoljubov. During tourneys his peculiarities could not be unnoticed, but never it received more then a shrug of ones shoulders. Typical was the reaction of a neurologist from Munchen who examined him at the instance of Mieses Because Rubinstein constantly complained about a buzzing fly crawling on his face during a tourney in San Sebastian. Without hesitation the doctor said: ‘My friend, you are crazy! But does it matter? You are a chessmaster!’ Rubinstein had to stop playing chess in 1932. The rest of his life was totally grief.The Rubinsteins were very lucky they survived world war two in a by Germans occupied Brussels. To make sure he was stationed in a sanitarium for five years.For this act of charitable the family received a sum of 49500 Belgian Franks Once in a while he played chess with his son Sammy, a Master class chess player who still lives in Brussels or with the master O’ Kelly. It was not until 1961 when the relieving death came. Donaldson and Minev tried very hard to establish a honoring for Rubinstein, but a definite tribute their books cannot be called. For this the material needs to be reordered and reproduced and a few gaps need to be filled. This would be very convenient for the binded book which to my enjoyment is available.The will to improve is still there. in version two of the book are many adjustments and corrections. As a tribute to Rubinstein a piece of classic clarity . Even now when someone wants to engross himself in the Tarrash defence can take advantage of the refutation which Rubinstein showed in 1908(!)
It’s Saturday night…that time of the weekend and guess what…no, you can look at this entry and I don’t have to ask you to guess! Classical music and all the other ingredients!… how romantic to have a game of chess with your “knight” and the music is playing, chocolates nearby, glass of South African red wine…hmm… I always say chess, chocolates and classical music go together, but don’t forget the red rose too! I was given Pinotage Cinsault as a present a few weeks ago and it’s quite nice red wine!
Have you tried to play chess with classical music on your ears and you have your partner opposite you staring in your eyes..hmmm… I forgot! It’s Saturday (k)night…wonder if the moon is out there, suddenly I have to go!
James Last: Elizabethan Serenade
James Last: Lara’s theme from Dr Zhivago
Sweet People: Barcarolle
SA red wine
Red wine increases the female sex drive
March 24, 2009
Red wine increases the female libido, research has found. According to a study carried out by the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Florence, drinking one to two glasses of red wine a day increases female sexual desire.
The study investigated 789 Italian women aged between 18 and 50. Drinking red wine not only helps to release inhibitions, but also has a direct effect on sexual activity.
Women who drink one to two glasses of wine a day were found to be more sexually active than those who abstain. Dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants, has a similarly positive effect on the female libido.
Whoops! I found this article link on douglasgreen.wordpress.com’s blog
These chess graphics are from games I finished quite awhile ago. Sometimes I save a certain chess position with the intention to blog about the game, but for the past 8 months my time was very little to blog chess games in detail. If you’re a chess player, I’m quite certain you will be able to “read” these graphics. The last image is from a tourney I finished in April. I played white in the game and thought it was a good win. Actually, in all the games, I played the colour nearest to you when you look at the games.
If you have thought you’ve seen all the “big game” of the Chess World the past week on my blog…then you haven’t seen these ”Chess Engines” of the Chess World. These guys look very serious and I think they mean it serious when it comes to chess. Shirov is currently playing in Azerbaijan too! Topalov will again have a blindfolded game – like last year. Ivanchuk is last year’s winner, wonder what will happen this year. On the official site you can read more player info by clicking on their images. Click HEREto read the interview with Topalov about his chess.
Please click HERE for the Official site. On my blog’s side bar (top right) you will find the link to LIVE-games. All images: Ivan A. Grigorov for mtelmasters
Vassily Ivanchuk, is a Ukrainian Grandmaster. His an ELO of 2787 on the FIDE January 2008 list, making him number 9 in the World and Ukraine’s number one. He played board one on the victorious Ukraine team at the 2004 Calvia Olympiad. As of November 2007 he is the World Blitz Chess champion.
World Champion to comment M-Tel Masters The World Champion in chess Antoaneta Stefanova will comment the games from the fifth edition of the super chess tournament M-Tel Masters. The competition will start on 12 May. For the title up to 23 May will compete the leader in the world ranking Veselin Topalov, Magnus Carlsen from Norway, the last year’s winner Vassily Ivanchuk from Ukraine, Leinier Dominguez from Cuba, Alexei Shirov from Spain and Yue Wang from China. The average ELO of the participants is 2755, which makes the tournament FIDE 21st category. Only five tournaments in history have been of that rank so far.
Bulgaria’s all time strongest female player won the chess crown at the World Championship in Elista in 2004. She is currently fourth in the ladies’ world ranking with an ELO of 2549.
The commentator’s place of Stefanova will be meters away from glass pavilion where the games from the tournament will be played. Her guests will be Bulgarian GMs and after each game she will be able to analyze the game with the participants.
The comments and analysis of Stefanova will be heard also online in real time on the web site of the tournament www. mtelmasters.com. The games from the tournament will start every day at16:00 local time, only the last round’s games will begin at 15:00.
The Venue: A glass pavilion on the square in front of the National Theatre Ivan Vazov – image: Official site
The first move made by the mayor of Sofia. MTel has started.
The Glass house where the tournament is taking place – in front of the National Theatre Ivan Vazov
Topalov played a game blindfolded.
Players ready for round 1
The first move..by the mayor of Sofia.
The Mtel Chess Masters Round 2- Images: Mtel Official site
Shirov vs Topalov Round 2 move 7
Shirov vs Topalov Round 2 end position 1/2
Ivanchuk vs Wang round 2 move 7
Ivanchuk vs Wang round 2 end position 0-1
Dominguez vs Carlsen round 2 move 7
Dominguez vs Carlsen round 2 end position 1/2
Magnus Carlsen - Images: MTel
Wang vs Shirov
MTel Chess Round 3 Wang vs Shirov end position 1/2
MTel Chess Round 3 Carlsen vs Ivanchuk move 41
MTel Chess Round 3 Topalov vs Dominguez move 41
Carlsen vs Ivanchuk
Pairings Rounds: 4-5-6
Round 4 – Results: 16th May 2009
Round 4 Carlsen vs Shirov move 7
Round 4 Carlsen vs Shirov end position
Round 4 Dominguez vs Ivanchuk move 7
Round 4 Dominguez vs Ivanchuk end position
Round 4 Topalov vs Wang move 7
Round 4 Topalov vs Wang end position
In both problems white moves and mates in two moves
See the “news”-link on the official site for Kostadinov’s Challenge. You can send your solution to him, his email is on the link too.
Round 5: 17th May 2009
Topalov – round 5
Supporters follow the games outside the glass house
Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 7
Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 22
Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 30
Round 5 Ivanchuk vs Topalov move 44
Chess football – results- MTel-United 8!
Players played football on their day of rest. This is the evidence to show chess players are good at football too!
Fortress Gate – image: wikitravel – a different view
Image: Wikipedia The two teams’ photos in the glass front of the theatre where they’re playing
Azerbaijan vs Fide World 7-9 May 2009 in Baku
How is it possible to mis good chess! The world’s big champs play in this tournament and Baku is my favourite chess city! Braam…I hope you’re reading this…I know you live in Baku!
Please click hereto follow the games LIVE. For the official site, click here, links will open in new windows. Click on images for a larger view and follow the official site to see more player-info of the players that are taking part in this tournament. All images are from the official site.
The opening ceremony of “President’s Cup” tournament, that is devoted to great national leader Heydar Aliyev’s memory, will hold in “UNS” (creative stage) theatre at 05:00 p.m. in 07 May, 2009, the tournament will also hold there from 07 May till 09 May 2009.
The World champion Vishvanatan Anand (Indian), vice-champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), the finalist of the latest World’s Cup – Aleksey Shirov (Spain), and the winner of the latest authoritative tournament Veyk-ann-Zee – Sergey Karyakin (Ukraine) have taken part in the world team which will be hold by the “Sheveningen” system.
Teymur Radjabov, Vugar Hashimov, Shahriyar Mamedyarov, Gadir Huseynov and Rauf Mamedov will compete in the Azerbaijan team against them. The first day of the biggest chess event in the history of Azerbaijani sport – the Presidential Cup tournament in commemoration of Haydar Aliyev, the National Leader of Azerbaijan, left behind. Two rounds of the match between FIDE’s World picked team and Azerbaijani picked team were played in the building of Uns theater.
The impression from the first round was very positive. Teymur Rajabov tied with Vishvanatan Anand, and Vuqar Hasimov tied with Ex World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. The only win of the day was signed by Shahriyar Mammedyarov. He defeated the Spanish grandmaster Alexei Shirov. Qadir Huseynov who found himself in a very difficult situation has managed to take half point from the Ukrainian Sergey Karyakin due to right moves in the endgame.
The picked team of the world showed itself in the second round. Qadir and Vuqar were defeated by Shirov and Anand respectively. Teymur who played agains Kramnik and Shahriyar who played ahainst Karyakin gained half point each.
There is no doubt that Vishvanatan Anand and and Shahriyar Mammadov were central figures of the first day.
Both players have managed to gain 1.5 points each – more than their colleagues. Shahriyar will also be remembered as the author of our first victory during the first round. He also put his sign under the only victory of our players.
Round 3. Kramnik defeat Huseynov
Round 3 was played today at the ” President’s Cup” international chess tournament dedicated to the memory of nationwide leader Haydar Aliyev. All the opponents, except Gadir Guseynov who lost to Viswanathan Anand, reached an accord amongst each other. Hence, points were shared in the games between World Champion Vishvanatan Anand vs. Shahriyar Mamedyarov, the leader of team of Azerbaijan Teymur Radjabov vs. Aleksey Shirov, and Sergey Karyakin vs. Vugar Gashimov, respectively. After the Round 3 FIDE World Team is leading with the score of 7-5.
Round 4. FIDE improve the margin
FIDE World team increased the points of margin in the round 4 through the performance in the “President’s Cup” international chess tournament dedicated to the memory of nationwide leader Haydar Aliyev. There was a substitution in this round in the team of Azerbaijan. Rauf Mamedov substituted by Gadir Huseynov who shared points equally with Indian Grand Master Vishwanatan Anand. The leader of the team of Azerbaijan Teymour Rajabov lost to the latest winner of the Veyk An Zee tournament –Sergei Karyakin. The same result was destined for Shahriyar Mamedyarov. The hero of the yesterday, Resistance pursued by “Shah” against Kramnik turned out to be a disappointment. The game played between Vugar Gashimov vs. Aleksey Shirov ended with “peace”. Winning by 1-3 in the round 4, FIDE World Team secured the points to 10, totaling 10 – 6. – Report from the official site.
Kramnik – Fide World Team
Anand – Fide World Team
Radjabov – Azerbaijan Team
Shirov – Azerbaijan Team
Azerbaijan vs Fide World…round 4 – click on chess graphics for a clear view
Round 4: Karjakin vs Radjabov 1-0
Round 4 Gashimov vs Shirov 1/2
Round 4 Mamedov vs Anand 1/2
Round 4 Kramnik vs Mamedjarov 1-0
Results after the 2nd day of the tournament
Round 6: Gashimov vs Anand 0-1
Round 6: Kramnik vs Radjabov 1/2
Round 6: Guseinov vs Shirov End position 1/2
Round 6: Karjakin vs Mamedjarov End position 1/2
Results: Round 6
Anand vs Mamedov round 8 – End position 1-0
Radjabov vs Karjakin Round 8 End Position 1-0
Round 8 : results
Final standings: Fide World Team - 21,5 Azerbaijan Team – 10,5
I’ve thought to blog one of my most recent games – while I’m in blogging chess-stuff the last 2 days! Actually, I don’t have time to blog now, but hey, I need a break too, hehe..I am actually waiting for the South Africans! What’s going on with CHESSA’s site today! I can’t get the results for my entry about the SA Women’s! Can someone give them a shout ple….ase! Update: Thank you! They’re back online! I could hear alot of shouting going on!
This game was a friendly against of one my big favourite players. He’s a very good player and sometimes makes some moves just to let me win, that’s what I think, but he’s denying it completely by saying he hates to lose and therefore doesn’t do it on purpose. We started this game a few days ago and when I forked his King/Queen with my Knight, he made another blunder and then resigned. I preferred to capture his Bishop in the second fork, instead of his Rook as I knew how deadly his Bishops are. On the first image you can see my two Knights conferencing about some moves..hehe…I love my Knights and will always do everything to keep them. Although he’s a much stronger player than I am, I do like to play him as he’s racking my brains with his moves. Here are the moves in this game.
1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Bb5 e6 5. Bd2 Qd7 6. Bc3 a6 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. Nd2 c5 9. Ne2 Be7 10. O-O cxd4 11. Bxd4 c5 12. Be3 d4 13. Bf4 Bd8 14. c4 Ne7 15. b3 O-O 16. h3 h6 17. Nf3 Bh7 18. Bg3 Nf5 19. Bh2 Ba5 20. Ng3 Ne7 21. Nh5 Nc6 22. Nh4 Bc7 23. Re1 a5 24. Qg4 g6 25. Nf6+ Kh8 26. Nxd7 Bb6 27. Nxb6 Click on this Wiki-link for Chess Openings. Did you know that there are 318,979,564,000 possible ways to play the first four moves of a chess game on each side of of the board.
This game was a game against a different player and it shows you how you can get your Queen trapped when you bring her out too early. I prefer not to bring her out early unless I have to for a reason. I think this player learnt a good lesson and I myself saw what can happen if you play carelessly around with your Queen.
…and if Elmer can play chess…so can anyone else too..hehe.
Ons eerste liefde was
‘n wit galop van hingste
kniediep deur die gras:
in die grot te, ‘n geil slaap
in holtes langs rooi vure.
Nou starend van die koue krans
voed een bron ons vergesigte -
‘n hoër vreugde, dieper angs.
This poem is an Afrikaans poem by one of our National Poets. As you can see from the title, it’s about Mount Aux Sources! Thank you Kop for the poem!
Mount Aux Sources is the highest peak of the Drakensberg Mountain range in South Africa. Note: the highest peak of this mountain range is actually Thaba Ntlenyana (thaba means “mountain” in Sotho) and this peak is in Lesotho, an enclaved country in South Africa.
Image: the dailykitten.com…beautiful kitty!
On the 22nd April 2009, all Saffas are going to vote..again. Saffas outside South Africa can vote on the 15th April. Please read HEREon the site of South Africa House, London, for more details.
Please click HERE for the Elections website and to check if you are registered to vote! You need to send in your VEC10-formby Friday 27th March to be able to vote! The form is available on this link too! Links will open in a new window.
Wow! I like this chess position! I’ve just resigned the other game as I haven’t had any chance to win it…I lost my Queen a few moves ago! but this game is an exciting one….just look at that fork! Usually I like to castle in my games, but for some reason, I didn’t castle in the two games against this player. He’s rating is a bit more than mine, but a few months ago, his rating was about 500 higher than mine. I guess you figured out that I played white in this game…
And…here’s the final position, my opponent has resigned. Click on the link to play through the game. The link will open in a new window. Nikita1 vs. P79
She was created in a poem called Caïssa written in 1763 by English poet and philologist Sir William Jones.
Scacchia ludus was the basis for the poem written by William Jones in 1763. While Scacchis may have been the first Goddess of Chess, Caïssa is certainly the most famous and sustaining. In the poem Caïssa, Mars becomes infatuated with a nymph named Caïssa but she does not return the favor and is in fact a bit repulsed by the God of War. Not one to give up the fight, Mars enlists the aid of an ally, Euphron, the God of Sports and Games. Euphon creates the game of chess and designs a beautiful and elaborate board and chess set for Mars to give to Caïssa. In the poem, Mars gains Caïssa’s attention this way and teaches her how to play. As the game progresses, Caïssa’s resistance wears down and in the end, Mars wins more than just the game. But Caïssa wins eternal fame.
…fram’d a tablet of celestial mold,
Inlay’d with squares of silver and of gold;
Then of two metals form’d the warlike band,
That here compact in show of battle stand;
He taught the rules that guide the pensive game,
And call’d it Caissa from the dryad’s name:
(Whence Albion’s sons, who most its praise confess,
Approv’d the play, and nam’d it thoughtful Chess.)
Mars then presents the game of chess to Caissa in an attempt to win her affection.
For chess players, Caissa is often invoked as a source of inspiration or luck, e.g. “Caissa was with me in that game.”
Caissa is also spelled Caïssa.
Caïssa is quite frequently referred to in chess commentary. Garry Kasparov uses this reference now and again, especially in his epic volume My Great Predecessors. It is used as a substitute for being lucky – “Caïssa was with me” – especially in unclear situations, for example in sacrifices. Caïssa as a concept has also been explored by some who seek the evidence of the sacred feminine in chess. The first (Russian) computer program that won the World Computer Chess Championship (in 1974) was also named Caïssa.
On this next link – which will open in a new window – you will also find a bit of info about Caïssa and a link to mythology-images.
Please click HERE to view the site where I got the complete poem from. The link will open in a new window.
The poem is based on Scacchia ludus (‘The Game of Chess’) written in 1510 by Marco Girolamo Vida- an Italian poet and later Bishop of Alba – where the nymph is called Scacchis. Jones also published an English language version of the poem.
The Game at Chess- a Poem.
(written in the year 1763, by Sir William Jones)
Of armies on the chequer’d field array’d,
And guiltless war in pleasing form display’d;
When two bold kings contend with vain alarms,
In ivory this, and that in ebon arms;
Sing, sportive maids, that haunt the sacred hill
Of Pindus, and the fam’d Pierian rill.
Thou, joy of all below, and all above,
Mild Venus, queen of laughter, queen of love;
Leave thy bright island, where on many a rose
And many a pink thy blooming train repose:
Assist me, goddess! since a lovely pair
Command my song, like thee devinely fair.
Near yon cool stream, whose living waters play,
And rise translucent in the solar ray;
Beneath the covert of a fragrant bower,
Where spring’s nymphs reclin’d in calm retreat,
And envying blossoms crouded round their seat;
Here Delia was enthron’d, and by her side
The sweet Sirena, both in beauty’s pride:
Thus shine two roses, fresh with early bloom,
That from their native stalk dispense perfume;
Their leaves unfolding to the dawning day
Gems of the glowing mead, and eyes of May.
A band of youths and damsels sat around,
Their flowing locks with braided myrtle bound;
Agatis, in the graceful dance admir’d,
And gentle Thyrsis, by the muse inspir’d;
With Sylvia, fairest of the mirthful train;
And Daphnis, doom’d to love, yet love in vain.
Now, whilst a purer blush o’erspreads her cheeks,
With soothing accents thus Sirena speaks:
“The meads and lawns are ting’d with beamy light,
And wakeful larks begin their vocal flight;
Whilst on each bank the dewdrops sweetly smile;
What sport, my Delia, shall the hours beguile?
Whall heavenly notes, prolong’d with various art,
Charm the fond ear, and warm the rapturous heart?
At distance shall we view the sylvan chace?
Or catch with silken lines the finny race?”
Then Delia thus: “Or rather, since we meet
By chance assembled in this cool retreat,
In artful contest let our warlike train
Move well-directed o’er the field preside:
No prize we need, our ardour to inflame;
We fight with pleasure, if we fight for fame.”
The nymph consents: the maids and youths prepare
To view the combat, and the sport to share:
But Daphnis most approv’d the bold design,
Whom Love instructed, and the tuneful Nine.
He rose, and on the cedar table plac’d
A polish’d board, with differing colours grac’d;
Squares eight times eight in equal order lie;
These bright as snow, those dark with sable dye;
Like the broad target by the tortoise born,
Or like the hide by spotted panthers worn.
Then from a chest, with harmless heroes stor’d,
O’er the smooth plain two well-wrought hosts he pour’d;
The champions burn’d their rivals to assail,
Twice eight in black, twice eight in milkwhite mail;
In shape and station different, as in name,
Their motions various, not their power the same.
Say, muse! (for Jove has nought from thee conceal’d)
Who form’d the legions on the level field?
High in the midst the reverend kings appear,
And o’er the rest their pearly scepters rear:
One solemn step, majestically slow,
They gravely move, and shun the dangerous foe;
If e’er they call, the watchful subjects spring,
And die with rapture if they save their king;
On him the glory of the day depends,
He once imprison’d, all the conflict ends.
The queens exulting near their consorts stand;
Each bears a deadly falchion in her hand;
Now here, now there, they bound with furious pride,
And thin the trmbling ranks from side to side;
Swift as Camilla flying o’er the main,
Or lightly skimming o’er the dewy plain:
Fierce as they seem, some bold Plebeian spear
May pierce their shield, or stop their full career.
The valiant guards, their minds on havock bent,
Fill the next squares, and watch the royal tent;
Tho’ weak their spears, tho’ dwarfish be their height,
Compact they move, the bulwark of the fight,
To right and left the martial wings display
Their shining arms, and stand in close array.
Behold, four archers, eager to advance,
Send the light reed, and rush with sidelong glance;
Through angles ever they assault the foes,
True to the colour, which at first they chose.
Then four bold knights for courage-fam’d and speed,
Each knight exalted on a prancing steed:
Their arching course no vulgar limit knows,
Tranverse they leap, and aim insidious blows:
Nor friends, nor foes, their rapid force restrain,
By on quick bound two changing squares they gain;
From varing hues renew the fierce attack,
And rush from black to white, from white to black.
Four solemn elephants the sides defend;
Benearth the load of ponderous towers they bend:
In on unalter’d line they tempt the fight;
Now crush the left, and now o’erwhelm the right.
Bright in the front the dauntless soldiers raise
Their polish’d spears; their steely helmets blaze:
Prepar’d they stand the daring foe to strike,
Direct their progress, but their wounds oblique.
Now swell th’ embattled troups with hostile rage,
And clang their shields, impatient to engage;
When Daphnis thus: A varied plain behold,
Where fairy kings their mimick tents unfold,
As Oberon, and Mab, his wayward queen,
Lead forth their armies on the daisied green.
No mortal hand the wond’rous sport contriv’d,
By gods invents, and from gods deriv’d;
From them the British nymphs receiv’d the game,
And play ech morn beneath the crystal Thame;
Hear then the tale, which they to Colin sung,
As idling o’er the lucid wave he hung.
A lovely dryad rang’d the Thracian wild,
Her air enchanting, and her aspect mild:
To chase the bounding hart was all her joy,
Averse from Hymen, and the Cyprian boy;
O’er hills an valleys was her beauty fam’d,
And fair Caissa was the damsel nam’d.
Mars saw the maid; with deep surprize he gaz’d,
Admir’d her shape, and every gesture prais’d:
His golden bow the child of Venus bent,
And through his breast a piecing arrow sent.
The reed was hope; the feathers, keen desire;
The point, her eyes; the barbs, ethereal fire.
Soon to the nymph he pour’d his tender strain;
The haughtly dryad scorn’d his amorous pain:
He told his woes, where’er the maid he found,
And still he press’d, yet still Caissa frown’d;
But ev’n her frowns (ah, what might smiles have done!)
Fir’d all his soul, and all his senses won.
He left his car, by raging tigers drawn,
And lonely wander’d o’er the dusky lawn;
Then lay desponding near a murmuring stream,
And fair Caissa was his plaintive theme.
A naiad heard him from her mossy bed,
And through the crystal rais’d her placid head;
Then mildly spake: “O thou, whom love inspires,
Thy tears will nourish, not allay thy fires.
The smiling blossoms drink the pearly dew;
And ripening fruit the feather’d race pursue;
The scaly shoals devour the silken weeds;
Love on our sighs, and on our sorrow feeds.
Then weep no more; but, ere thou canst obtain
Balm to thy wounds, and solace to thy pain,
With gentle art thy martial look beguile;
Be mild, and teach thy rugged brow to smile.
Canst thou no play, no soothing game devise;
To make thee lovely in the damsel’s eyes?
So may thy prayers assuage the scornful dame,
And ev’n Caissa own a mutual frame.”
Kind nymph, said Mars, thy counsel I approve;
Art, only art, her ruthless breast can move.
but when? or how? They dark discourse explain:
So may thy stream ne’er swell with gushing rain;
So may thy waves in one pure current flow,
And flowers eternal on thy border blow!”
To whom the maid replied with smiling mien:
“Above the palace of the Paphian queen
Love’s brother dwells, a boy of graceful port,
By gods nam’d Euphron, and by mortals Sport:
Seek him; to faithful ears unfold thy grief,
And hope, ere morn return, a sweet relief.
His temple hangs below the azure skies;
Seest thou yon argent cloud? ‘Tis there it lies.”
This said, she sunk beneath the liquid plain,
And sought the mansion of her blue-hair’d train.
Meantime the god, elate with heart-felt joy,
Had reach’d the temple of the sportful boy;
He told Caissa’s charms, his kindled fire,
The naiad’s counsel, and his warm desire.
“Be swift, he added, give my passion aid;
A god requests.” – He spake, and Sport obey’d.
He fram’d a tablet of celestial mold,
Inlay’d with squares of silver and ofgold;
Then of two metals form’d the warlike band,
That here compact in show of battle stand;
He taught the rules that guide the pensive game,
And call’d it Cassa from the dryad’s name:
(Whence Albion’s sons, who most its praise confess,
Approv’d the play, and nam’d it thoughtful Chess.)
The god delighted thank’d indulgent Sport;
Then grasp’d the board, and left his airy court.
With radiant feet he pierc’d the clouds; nor stay’d,
Till in the woods he saw the beauteous maid:
Tir’d with the chase the damsel set reclin’d,
Her girdle loose, her bosom unconfin’d.
He took the figure of a wanton faun,
And stood before her on the flowery lawn;
Then show’d his tablet: pleas’d the nymph survey’d
The lifeless troops in glittering ranks display’d;
She ask’d the wily sylvan to explain
The various motions of the splendid train;
With eager heart she caught the winning lore,
And thought ev’n Mars less hateful than before;
“What spell,” said she, “deceiv’d my careless mind?
The god was fair, and I was most unkind.”
She spoke, and saw the changing faun assume
A milder aspect, and a fairer bloom;
His wreathing horns, that from his temples grew,
Flow’d down in curls of bright celestial hue;
The dappled hairs, that veil’d his loveless face,
Blaz’d into beams, and show’d a heavenly grace;
The shaggy hide, that mantled o’er his breast,
Was soften’d to a smooth transparent vest,
That through its folds his vigorous bosom show’d,
And nervous limbs, where youthful ardour glow’d:
(Had Venus view’d him in those blooming charms,
Not Vulcan’s net had forc’d her from his arms.)
With goatlike feet no more he mark’d the ground,
But braided flowers his silken sandals bound.
The dryad blush’d; and, as he press’d her, smil’d,
Whilst all his cares one tender glance beguil’d.
He ends: To arms, the maids and striplings cry;
To arms, the groves and sounding vales reply.
Sirena led to war the swarthy crew,
And Delia those that bore the lily’s hue.
Who first, O muse, began the bold attack;
The white refulgent, or the mournful black?
Fair Delia first, as favoring lots ordain,
Moves her pale legions tow’rd the sable train:
From thought to thought her lively fancy flies,
Whilst o’er the board she darts her sparkling eyes.
At length the warrior moves with haughty strides;
Who from the plain the snowy king divides:
With equal haste his swarthy rival bounds;
His quiver rattles, and his buckler sounds:
Ah! hapless youths, with fatal warmth you burn;
Laws, ever fix’d, forbid you to return.
then from the wing a short-liv’d spearman flies,
Unsafely bold, and see! he dies, he dies:
The dark-brow’d hero, with one vengeful blow
Of life and place deprives his ivory foe.
Now rush both armies o’er the burnish’d field,
Hurl the swift dart, and rend the bursting shield.
Here furious knights on fiery coursers prance,
but see! the white-rob’d Amazon beholds
Where the dark host its opening van unfolds:
Soon as her eye discerns the hostile maid,
By ebon shield, and ebon helm betray’d;
Seven squares she passed with majestic mien,
And stands triumphant o’er the falling queen.
Perplex’d, and sorrowing at his consort’s fate,
The monarch burn’d with rage, despair, and hate:
Swift from his zone th’ avenging blade he drew,
And, mad with ire, the proud virago slew.
Meanwhile sweet smiling Delia’s wary king
Retir’d from fight behind the circling wing.
Long time the war in equal balance hung;
Till, unforseen, an ivory courser sprung,
And, wildly prancing in an evil hour,
Attack’d at once the monarch and the tower:
Sirena blush’d; for, as the rules requir’d,
Her injur’d sovereign to his tent retir’d;
Whilst her lost castle leaves his threatening height,
And adds new glory to th’ exulting knight.
At this, pale fear oppress’d the drooping maid,
And on her cheek the rose began to fade:
A crystal tear, that stood prepar’d to fall,
She wip’d in silence, and conceal’d from all;
From all but Daphnis; He remark’d her pain,
And saw the weakness of her ebon train;
Then gently spoke: “Let me your loss supply,
And either nobly win, or nobly dir;
Me oft has fortune crown’d with fair success,
And led to triumph in the fields ofChess.”
He said: the willing nymph her place resign’d,
And sat at distance on the bank reclin’d.
Thus when Minerva call’d her chief to arms,
And Troy’s high turret shook with dire alarms,
The Cyprian goddess wounded left the plain,
And Mars engag’d a mightier force in vain.
Strait Daphnis leads his squadron to the field;
(To Delia’s arms ’tis ev’n a joy to yield.)
Each guileful snare, and subtle art he tries,
But finds his heart less powerful than her eyes:
Wisdom and strength superior charms obey;
And beauty, beauty, wins the long-fought day.
By this a hoary chief, on slaughter bent,
Approach’d the gloomy king’s unguarded tent;
Where, late, his consort spread dismay around,
Now her dark corse lies bleeding on the ground.
Hail, happy youth! they glories not unsung
Shall live eternal on the poet’s tongue;
For thou shalt soon receive a splendid change,
And o’er the plain with nobler fury range.
The swarthy leaders saw the storm impend,
And strove in vain their sovereign to defend:
Th’ invader wav’d his silver lance in air,
And flew like lightning to the fatal square;
His limbs dilated in a moment grew
To stately height, and widen’d to the view;
More fierce his look, more lion-like his mien,
Sublime he mov’d, and seem’d a warrior queen.
As when the sage on some unfolding plant
Has caught a wandering fly, or frugal ant,
His hand the microscopic frame applies,
And lo! a bright hair’d monster meets his eyes;
He sees new plumes in slender cases roll’d;
Here stain’d with azure, there bedropp’d with gold;
Thus, on the alter’d chief both armies gaze,
And both the kings are fix’d with deep amaze.
The sword, which arm’d the snow-white maid before,
He noew assumes, and hurls the spear no more;
The springs indignant on the dark-rob’d band,
And knights and archers feel his deadly hand.
Now flies the monarch of the sable shield,
His legions vanquish’d, o’er the lonely field:
So when the morn, by rosy coursers drawn,
With pearls and rubies sows the verdant lawn,
Whilst each pale star from heaven’s blue vault retires,
Still Venus gleams, and last of all expires.
He hears, where’er he moves, the dreadful sound;
Check the deep vales, and Check the woods rebound.
No place remains: he sees the certain fate,
And yields his throne to ruin, and Checkmate.
A brighter blush o’erspreads the damsel’s cheeks,
And mildly thus the conquer’d stripling speaks:
“A double triumph, Delia, hast thou won,
By Mars protected, and by Venus’ son;
The first with conquest crowns thy matchless art,
The second points those eyes at Daphnis’ heart.”
She smil’d; the nymphs and amorous youths arise,
And own that beauty gain’d the nobler prize.
Low in their chest the mimic troops were lay’d,
And peaceful slept the sable hero’s shade
I think Caïssa was with me in this game…haha.. I played against one of my all time favourite players..We always have five games going at any one time and I always try to save my Knights. In this end position you can see why I do save them…whenever I can. I know most players – I’ve played – prefer Bishops, but I always prefer my Knights! See the pgn-file which I’ve copied here to look at.
Now, for another all-time-favourite…the music of Ravel…the ostinato from Bolero, though I do apologise for the funny sound you will hear..I have no idea what they did when they recorded it.
Boléro became Ravel’s most famous composition, much to the surprise of the composer, who had predicted that most orchestras would refuse to play it. It is usually played as a purely orchestral work, only rarely being staged as a ballet. According to a possibly apocryphal story, at the premiere a woman shouted that Ravel was mad. When told about this, Ravel smiled and remarked that she had understood the piece. Click on the link here to read this piece of interesting text about Bolero – or this link on classiccat too.
This entry is like scrambled eggs! ..some English..some Afrikaans… some reading…some listening…some chess, some poetry, make your pick and choose what you want to do…and I hope you find something good here….I’m going to explain in short what the magazine is about. This is a South African family magazine, since the 1900′s and I’ve blogged about it before, but want to blog more and focus more on poetry that was published in these issues and about the fashion of the time and whatever you’ll find here…it’s really a mix! The three issues are in this post as PDF files if you want to download it and my other entry is only in English, if you want to click on the link to read the English-entry posted in 2007.
You will find a poem by Goethe.. The Fisherman…translated in Afrikaans in 1915/6 – by someone. The poet’s name was unfortunately not published, only initials, at least it said that the poem was translated from the German-poem. The poems in this entry are written in Afrikaans, but Afrikaans was still busy developing and you will spot the similarities to the Dutch Language in the words/phrases. By looking at these images you can get a pretty good idea of what the fashion of the time was like, the captions with the images will also guide you and you’ve thought that my blog is a chess blog only…hehe..actually, my blog says…anything/everything and chess! But as always, I will try and link something in my entry to chess, if possible! So…here it goes…some extracts of sites – links which you can follow too – that tells us that chess was a game that was enjoyed by South Africans too…from early years on….and for those of you who want to listen so some beautiful Afrikaans music…there’s a song for you to listen to…called..”Korreltjie Sand” – (grain of sand), the poem of Ingrid Jonker…as sung by Chris Chameleon. The following three links are pdf’s which you can download and it’s old Huisgenoot-mags. All the links will open in a new window. These files are quite large, they do take a few seconds to download. Wees geduldig! huisgenoot-julie-1916
This link is from my blogwhere I’ve previously posted in English about Ingrid Jonker with external links you can enjoy. She comitted suicide by walking into the sea.
By downloading the pdf-format of the old Huisgenoot issues, you can compare the covers which is interesting to see how much it’s changed. Even the format has changed over the years from a quite larger format to what it is now.
At the bottom of this link, – for people who want to do some “listening” only…there are some music files…some music from the good old “past”…I know the South Africans reading here – especially if you’re not “at home” – will appreciate these songs… and if you want to download the songs in a zip folder, go to this blog and voila! music-a-la-in-a-jiffy…or is it in a “zip”-py! For English “foreigners” reading here…”Rabbit” was one of South Africa’s rock band of the mid 70′s and they had a big hit…”Charlie”…read about Trevor Rabin…one member of the band…and why he’s now in Hollywood! You can listen to Charlie too…and a few other brilliant songs…all by Saffa-artists. Do enjoy! The first song at the bottom of this post, is an Afrikaans love song though..so go on, play it for your girl friend/boy friend…the title of the song…something like..”Are you still thinking of me”?
If you can’t read the following paragraph…it is Afrikaans! Ek het in Sept 2007 ‘n blog-inskrywing gemaak oor die 1916-Huisgenoot en hier sal jy ook die skakel kry na Tukkies waar ek die Huisgenoot-publikasies gekry het. Dit is in PDF-formaat en die skakels sal in ‘n nuwe bladsy oopmaak. Elkeen van die publikasies is sowat 8 MB en neem ‘n paar sekondes om af te laai en oop te maak. Wees maar bietjie geduldig. Daar is nog ‘n paar gediggies vanuit hierdie toeka-se-dae-uitgawes wat ek sal byvoeg met die tyd. Ek hoop julle geniet die musiek hier ook!
Chess played in South Africa in the early years: Organised club league chess is over 100 years old in Cape Town. Cape Town chess club, the oldest in South Africa (founded in 1885) together with Woodstock, Tokai and the YMCA club formed a union of clubs in 1907. Each club entered one team in the league at a fee of 1 pound-1-0 per team in the same year.
Teams of five competed in the inaugural competition. Cape Town was expected to win and did so but only by one point. In the double round robin they scored 10 match points, Woodstock 9, YMCA 6 and Tokai 0. Cape Town sensationally lost in the opening round to Woodstock, a club barely a year old, and had to field to their strongest possible team for the replay which they won by a single point. Source: Chess for all. The link will open in a new window. Some Chess records …about South Africa… Longest running correspondence chess rivalry. Reinhart Straszacker and Hendrick van Huyssteen, both of South Africa, played their first game of correspondence chess in 1946. They played for over 53 years, until Straszacker died in 1999. They played 112 games, with both men winning 56 games each. Source…
Bora Kostic was born on 24 February 1887 in Vrsac. His first chess steps he started when he was ten, and as early as he was in grammar school he was one of the best chess-players in Vrsac. His biggest competitor from the grammar school days was five years older, Sava Gerdec, who taught him the chess theory. Their fight for the chess reputation was finished when Kostic went to study to Budapest. He finished Oriental trade academy there, but without neglecting chess.
His first great chess result was achieved in Budapest 1909, when he won at the tournament of the greatest Hungarian chess amateurs. This victory opened the door of the Vienna chess society to young Kostic, and that was the chess metropolis of that time.
In 1911 he achieved sensational victory in the match with the American champion, Frank Marshall. His first real “baptism of fire” Bora Kostic had that same year at the International grand master tournament Karsbad (Karlove Vari). In extraordinarily strong competition he won the title of the international master. Then followed the visit to Nordic countries where he won over the champions of Danmark and Sweden, as well as the very powerful Rudolf Spielmann.
In 1913 he moved to the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires where he worked as the chess lecturer at the Military academy. He had been cruising on one Argetine warship across many seas. In Argentina he won in the matches with all their best players, and also the champion of this country, Roland Ilja, 6:0.
In 1915 he went to New York and started the chess tour from the east to the west coast. On that famous six-month-long tour, Bora Kostic achieved the world record in the number of played games on simultaneous exhibitions. Out of 3281played games he lost only 112, and made draw in 237. During his stay in America he visited Nikola Tesla, while he was the chess teacher to the famous tenor singer Enrico Caruso.Playing numerous games and tournaments, master tournament of the “Manhattan chess” club being the most famous in 1918, Bora Kostic was ranked immediately after Capablanca on the whole American continent. Especially because their four games played at two tournaments ended draw. That was why their match in 1919 happened, when the genius Capablanca won with the great result.
In the same year he returned to Europe and in Hastings took the second place after Capablanca. The next year in Hastings he took the first place with 100% gained points, which nobody repeated during the long tradition of this tournament. Then came important tournament results: Gothenburg 1920 – IV place, Budapest 1921 – III-IV place, Hague 1921 IV-V place. In England he played simultaneous games and blind productions, animating the chess world with enthusiasm.
In Yugoslavia of that time the rivalry between dr Milan Vidmar and Bora Kostic was evident. Unfortunately, the match, the result of which should have shown who should have been given the title of the Yugoslav champion, was never organized.
Bora Kostic especially liked to travel and see new countries and customs, but also to play at the chess tournaments during those travels. So he organized world chess tour which lasted from 11 November 1923 to 28 May 1926. As he himself said to his friend Kosta Jovanovic immediately before the trip: “I want to see the world, those parts of the world that were only the objects of my imagination. I believe that on that trip there will be a lot of interest for chess. ” That was the mission which brought commercial success of great scale to the world chess. Certain Yugoslav master, demonstrating chess on, so to speak every step, in different countries, talks about his homeland about which many people have never even heard before. First he set off to Australia and New Zealand. Then over South Africa overland to Kenia, where the famous match on the equator was played. Bora Kostic was on the northern hemisphere, and his opponent on the south. His next stop was India, where he was at the end met by maharaja from Patiale (Schandagar), who organized tournaments on the hights of the Himalayas. From there he went to Nepal and on Tibet, and then to the island of Java in Indonesia. From Java he crossed to Sumatra where he played with the chief of the Bataki tribe. From there he moved to the Philipines, and then to Hong Kong and China. From China he moved to the Soviet Union from where his return to Vrsac began. Through Siberia, over Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Sverdlovsk, Moskow, Odessa, Leningrad to Riga. Everywhere he played simultaneous matches, blind games, matches, and as he himself confessed the greatest number of lost games he had, were played just in the Soviet Union. Finally, at the end of May 1926, he arrived to Vrsac and ended the first part of his trip around the world at the chess-board. Tireless chess traveller, he put foundations for the future chess links among the peoples of the whole world. …
First chess Olympics were played in 1927. godine. Bora Kostic played at the first board of the Yugoslav representation and won 8,5 points out of 15 games. The following year he won in Trencanske Toplice, and in 1930 he was IV in Nice. In the same year he continued his trip around the world. He went to Mexico where he stayed eight months. From there he went to Cuba, then to America, and came back from there in the middle of 1931 to arrive to the Olympics which took place in Prague. On that Olympics Yugosalvia was IV, the contribution of Bora Kostic on the third board was very important.Then came extraordinarily strong tournament in Bled , which was marked by the world champion Alekhin.
The first Yugoslav championships took place in 1935 in Belgrade. Bora Kostic shared the first place with Vasja Pirc. Bora Kostic achieved the greatest tournament result in 1938 in Ljubljana at the Yugoslav championships. With 10,5 points out of 15 games he won over the best Yugoslav players, as well as over Szabo, Tartakower and Steiner.
At the beginning of World War II the chess activity stopped for all those who did not want to play in Nazi Germany. Among them was also Bora Kostic who spent some time in the concentration camp in Veliki Beckerek (Zrenjanin) because of his patriotism. After the war he took part at several championships and smaller tournaments, and the last competition at which he won was the tournament of veterans – Zurich 1962.
Bora Kostic died in Belgrade, 3 November 1963. Perhaps, when we take into consideration only the objective power of some players, Uncle Bora would not be ranked in the world top. It may happen that his rich talent has worn out on his road filled with all kinds of events. The circumstances he lived under later did not allow him to fullfill his creative potentials to their full extent. However, as the chess-player he was a unique, extraordinary person. He devoted his life to chess and he was thrilled with it to the end of his life.The magic of the chess game took him to the great life adventure – to the long journey through the exotic, in that time unknown world. Source: See the link by his photo- it will open in a new window. You can play through his games on the link too.
Mode : Neklyne en haarstyle / Fashion: Necklines and hairstyles
Modes van 1916/Fashion 1916
Chris Chameleon singing “Korreltjie Sand” - (Grain of Sand)
Korreltjie Sand – lyrics
korreltjie korreltjie sand
klippie gerol in my hand
klippie gesteek in my sak
word korreltjie klein en plat
sonnetjie groot in die blou
ek maak net ‘n ogie van jou
blink in my korreltjie klippie
dit is genoeg vir die rukkie pyltjie geveer en verskiet
liefde verklein in die niet
timmerman bou aan ‘n kis
ek maak my gereed vir die niks
korreltjie klein is my woord
korreltjie niks is my dood
korreltjie sand kindjie wat skreeu uit die skoot
niks in die wêreld is groot
stilletjies lag nou en praat
stilte in doodloopstraat
wêreldjie rond en aardblou
korreltjie maak ek van jou
huisie met deur en twee skrefies
tuintjie met blou madeliefies pyltjie geveer en verskiet
liefde verklein in die niet
timmerman bou aan ‘n kis
ek maak my gereed vir die niks
korreltjie klein is my woord
korreltjie niks is my dood
korreltjie sand (5x)
You can read about Chris Chameleon on this link which will open in a new link.
The Original poem
Korreltjie niks is my dood Ingrid Jonker (1933-1965)
Korreltjie korreltjie sand
klippie gerol in my hand
klippie gesteek in my sak
word korreltjie klein en plat
Sonnetjie groot in die blou
korreltjie maak ek van jou
blink in my korreltjie klippie
dit is genoeg vir die rukkie
Kindjie wat skreeu uit die skoot
niks in die wêreld is groot
stilletjies lag nou en praat
stilte in doodloopstraat
Wêreldjie rond en aardblou
ek maak net ‘n ogie van jou
huisie met deur en twee skrefies
tuintjie met blou madeliefies
Pyltjie geveer in verskiet
liefde verklein in die niet
Timmerman bou aan ‘n kis
Ek maak my gereed vir die niks
Korreltjie klein is my woord
Korreltjie niks is my dood
Kontras Wit is die wêreld,
wit van die sneeuw.
Bokant die water
sweef daar ‘n meeuw;
blouw is die hemel,
nergens ‘n wolk:
oral is daar vrede
rondom die kolk.
diep in jouw siel
sug jij en smag jij
om te verniel;
skijn is jouw vrede,
donker jouw hart:
jij is maar blij oor
ander se smart
A D Keet: Amsterdam, Kersmis 1914
Digter Is Hij
Digter is hij, die digters-taal
Diep uit die grond van sijn hart kan haal;
En hij voel in sijn hart ‘n heerlike drang
Om ‘n vlugtige stemming in woorde te vang.
Digter is hij, die verse maak–
Verse, wat duisende harte kan raak.
Maar hij weet nie, waar hij die mag van haal:
Dis ‘n gawe, wat bo uit die hemel daal.
Digter is hij, die oog en oor
Tref met ‘n pragtige woordekoor;
En hij skep sijn lied soos ‘n vooltjie vrij,
Die sijn hele siel aan die wêreld belij.
Digter is hij, die sing en sing,
Fraai als ‘n vooltjie, wat vreugde bring:
Want hij hef sijn stem op ‘n lieflike maat
Van die môre vroeg tot die awend laat.
Digter is hij, die deur en deur
Voel, wat rondom en in hom gebeur;
Die sijn siel se gevoelens uit kan giet
In ‘n lewende, sprekende, roerende lied.
A D Keet
Wagter op die Toring
I (Januarie 1913)
Wagter op die toring,
sê, wat sien jij daar?
Ek sien duisend-duisendtalle
voor die gragte, voor die walle,
om die vesting aan te val.
Maar geen grag sal hul oor steek nie,
en geen poort sal hul deur breek nie,
want die burgers op die mure
staan getrouw en pal.
Wagter op die toring,
sê, is daar gevaar?
Is eie strijd dan uitgestrede,
dat die vijandsvlag in vrede
oor ons eie vesting waai?
Ag! die wagter lê in bande,
neergevel in bitt’re skande,
want die burgers op die mure
het die burg verraai.
Wagter, die nag is donker,
donker en o, so bang:
vijande buite, wat raas en woed,
vriende gekeerd teen hul eie bloed,
en oor die burgers ‘n doodse slaap–
wagter, die nag was bang.
Trouw was jouw wag op die voorste wal,
helder en luid jouw basuingeskal,
maar oor die burgers ‘n doodse slaap–
wagter, hoe lang, hoe lang?
Wagter, siedaar, die skadewee
versmelt als, ‘n ligte skim
Hoor ‘n geruis in die beendre! die dood
voel nuwe lewe ontkiem in haar skoot.
Strijders, ontwaakte, die swaard ontbloot!
Wagter, ‘n goue môreson
verrijs aan die oosterkim.
—H A FAGAN
(Uit die Duits van Goethe)
Die water ruis, die water rol:
‘n visser sonder smart
sit daar te hengel vredevol,
ja koel tot in sijn hart.
En wijl hij loer en wijl hij sit,
deel sig die vloed in twee:
‘n vogtig meerwijf, haelwit,
stijg uit die siedende see.
Sij sing tot hom, sij spreek tot hom;
“Wat lok jij uit mijn skoot
“met mensekuns en menselis
“mijn kinders tot die dood?
“Wis jij hoe rijk die vissies is
“hier onder in die see,
“dan sou jij afdaal en gewis
“ook vind die ware vree.
“Moet nie die son en maan hul rig
“vir laafnis tot die vloed?
“Toon golwe-aad’mend hul gesig
“nie tweemaal skoner gloed?
“Ag jij die diepe hemel lig,
“die vog-beglansde blouw?
“Lok nie jouw eie aangesig
“jou in die eeuw’ge douw?”
Die water ruis, die water rol;
benat sijn naakte voet;
sijn hart word van verlange vol
als hij ‘n minnegroet.
Sij spreek tot hom, sij sing tot hom:
weerstaan kon hij nie meer;
half trek sij hom, half sink hij in,
en niemand sien hom weer.
J J S
Aan Mijn Vaderland
Trouwe liefde al mijn dae,
sweer ek jou met hand en hart!
Al jouw vreug is mijn behae,
en jouw leed mijn diepste smart!
Want mijn alles, selfs mijn lewe,
dank ek jou, mijn vaderland:
dis van jou mij vrij gegewe,
uitgereik met milde hand.
Daarom sing ek jou mijn sange
en mijn lied’re vir altijd;
daarom is ook mijn verlange
en mijn strewe jou gewijd.
Maar ons is nie net verenig
als jij in die sonskijn baai:
ek wil ook jouw smarte lenig,
als die stormwind anstig waai.
En nie net met woordeklanke
is ek tot jouw diens bereid:
met mijn daad is jij te danke
in jouw nood en angs en strijd.
Ek sal pal staan, tot ek sterwe
teen tiranne, wat jou druk:
tronk, verbanning wil ek erwe,
eer ek voor hul gruwels buk.
Is die nagte soms ook duister,
eind’lik daag dit in die oos,
en die dag vol glans en luister
bring die matte strijder troos.
Trouwe liefde al mijn dae.
sweer ek jou met hand en hart!
Al jouw vreug is mijn behae,
en jouw leed mijn diepste smart!
W.K. van Elssen
staan bleek en kaal,
en die popliere
als as so vaal,
Oor tuin en velde
kom elke nag
‘n kille laken
van spierwit prag.
Die newels drijwe
die vleie oor
en keer die sonskijn
aan al kant voor.
speel langs die hang,
druk ijsig soene
op elke wang.
Dis oral aaklige!
Natuur is dood;
en ook mijn harte
word swaar als lood.
Maar nee, mijn liefste!
ek kan nie treur:
jouw liefde lewe
om op te beur.
Jouw oë melde
vergeefs teen woed.
Dit wil mijn siele
en vir die lente
W K van Elssen
THE waters rush’d, the waters rose,
A fisherman sat by,
While on his line in calm repose
He cast his patient eye.
And as he sat, and hearken’d there,
The flood was cleft in twain,
And, lo! a dripping mermaid fair
Sprang from the troubled main.
She sang to him, and spake the while:
“Why lurest thou my brood,
With human wit and human guile
From out their native flood?
Oh, couldst thou know how gladly dart
The fish across the sea,
Thou wouldst descend, e’en as thou art,
And truly happy be!
“Do not the sun and moon with grace
Their forms in ocean lave?
Shines not with twofold charms their face,
When rising from the wave?
The deep, deep heavens, then lure thee not,–
The moist yet radiant blue,–
Not thine own form,–to tempt thy lot
‘Midst this eternal dew?”
The waters rush’d, the waters rose,
Wetting his naked feet;
As if his true love’s words were those,
His heart with longing beat.
She sang to him, to him spake she,
His doom was fix’d, I ween;
Half drew she him, and half sank he,
And ne’er again was seen.
An Afrikaans love song…
Luister na “Dink jy darem nog aan my”
Sias Reyneke was member of “Groep Twee” - (Group Two)
Joy: Paradise Road
It’s a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack.
You taught me all I know and I never look back.
It’s a very strange world and I thank you, Master Jack.
You took a coloured ribbon from out of the sky,
and taught me how to use it as the years went by.
To tie up all your problems and make them believe.
And then to sell them to the people in the street.
It’s a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack.
You taught me all I know and I never look back.
It’s a very strange world and I thank you, Master Jack.
I saw right thru the way you started teaching me now.
So someday soon you could get to use me somehow.
I thank you very much you know you’ve been very kind.
But, I’d better move along before you change my mind
It’s a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack
No hard feelings if I never come back
It’s a very strange world and I thank you, Master Jack
You taught me all the things the way you’d like ‘em to be.
But I’d like to see if other people agree.
It’s all very interesting the way you describe
But I’d like to see the world thru my own eyes.
It’s a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack.
No hard feelings if I never come back
You’re a very strange man and I thank you, Master Jack.
You’re a very strange man and I thank you, Master Jack.
You’re a very strange man, aren’t you, Master Jack?
Rabbit…South Africa’s rock group from the 70′s with Duncan Faure, Trevor Rabin, Dave Matthews…read the next article about Trevor! Read this article about Trevor Rabin… now in Hollywood…writing the score for Hollywood movies…-follow the link to Mnet.
He wrote the score for Hollywood movies like Enemy of the State, Armageddon and National Treasure and won more awards than he can count, including several Grammies.
It started off with classical piano lessons as a boy. ? He then embarked on a lifelong love affair with the guitar. The name is Trevor Rabin, South Africa’s celebrated guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer.
You might remember him from Rabbit or Yes, but Trevor Rabin has left the rock stage for the lights of Hollywood. He has written the score for 25 movies.
Here at his Los Angeles home studio, he creates the stuff Hollywood dreams are made of.
A stone’s throw from the houses of the producers and actors he composes for, Trevor is crafting away at the music of yet another feature film – Glory Road, to be released soon
If you would watch or listen to a movie without the music, you would be amazed as to what a difference the score makes. And that is where Trevor has found a new profession – playing with our emotions. Continue reading on the link in the start of this article…and now you can listen to..Charlie!
For the Official site of Corus, please click here.For Live Games, click on the Corus-logo on the side bar of my blog or click here. If you click on the images, you will get a larger view. All images are from the Official site and all links will open in a new window. At the bottom of this post you can play through the games of some players in Group A.
Corus Schedule: Grand Masters Group A rounds 1 to 6
To see the schedule for the other rounds, please click here for rounds 7-13. Please click HERE to play throughthe game of Carlsen vs Radjabov. Carlsen played white in round 1 against Radjabov. The game will open in a new window.
Corus Group A Round 1 results
On the link here, the site of Chess.com,you can play through the games of Aronian,L (2750) vs. Wang Yue (2739); Kamsky,G (2725) vs. Adams,Mi (2712); Van Wely,L (2625) vs. Dominguez Perez,L (2717); Stellwagen,D (2612) vs. Movsesian,S (2751); Carlsen,M (2776) vs. Radjabov,T (2761); Karjakin,Sergey (2706) vs. Morozevich,A (2771) and Ivanchuk,V (2779) vs. Smeets,J (2601). All the games from Round 1, Corus Group A. The link will open in a new window.
Corus Group A Round 2 results
For the games of round 2please click on this link to play through the games. Please click on the image for a larger view of the results of round 2.
Carlsen round 12..end position and move list.
Sergey – Corus round 12 – final position and move list Play through games on this link played in round 12 and view the standings after round 12 too.
Sergey Karjakin, winner of Corus 2009
Corus Final Results…please click on the image for a larger view – image: chess.com
Sergey Karjakin, round 13 final position and move list
Classical music and chess are two of my “melodies of love”..if you know what I mean..and today I want to share Dolannes Melody, by the master himself, the French artist, Jean-Claude Borelly! If you’re a chess player, try playing a game while listening to this music, you surely will have a good game. Wasn’t it Philidor that was a composer too…and a world chess champion! Today’s chess game, which I played on Chesscube, was really one of “those” games - for me…a plain silly start. No excuses. Sometimes you play (well me, not you) and you make certain moves and you don’t know what on earth caused you those moves. If you look at these images, you will see what I mean. You see, this is “typical-me”..Frailty, thy name is woman!) not thinking about the game, but just playing for the fun of it..and then, suddenly, the tables get turned…and your opponent refused to move as he knows he’s in trouble…and..”The rest is silence.” I wonder if you will identify some quotes I’ve used here and know from which play? You can now play through two games interactively. Down in this post you will find the links to play through it. Game 2 is a game I’ve played earlier tonight on Chesscube. My opponent is a 1708 strong player. I beat him in our first round and in the second I lost due to a silly Knight-move! If it wasn’t for my Knight-move, I could have beaten him, but that shows you again.. absent-minded-me! Please click on the images for a larger view.
You will see how he used his Knight (my favourite piece – see how I used my Knights later on!) to “spoil” it for me! –”O! what a rogue and peasant slave am I!”
–”Let me be cruel, not unnatural; I will speak daggers to her, but use none.”
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
..hmmm…first Knight to move in with a Knight-fork…”Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me. You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery.”
..and my second ready to slay his King..another Knight-fork…gmf! that will teach him to chase my Dame around and slaughter my men! –”The rest is silence..
And my dearest opponent begged me to stop..and on his knees he prayed his last prayers…his poor King in rags! –”The play’s the thing, wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King!” –”Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
Do you think it’s true what Kasparov said?
Game 1: Please click HERE to play through the game. The game will open in a new window.
Update: Game 3…Another game I played on Chess cube….my opponent’s time ran out…although he was about to lose the game too…please click HERE to play through the game where I played white. Out of desperation he forced me to capture his Queen in order to have a lost myself, but I didn’t mind that much as I knew I had a Pawn-advantage. I loved the position of my Knights during the middle-game as I could use them effectively.
Now, for the climax! Do enjoy Dolannes Melody and if you like it, I’ve got a link – Grumpy Boss’s blog – where you can download it from rapidshare. But you also have to download the Rar-software to unzip it…good luck, it’s worth doing it for a wonderful piece of music like this, and you not only get the one track, but the complete album! Follow the link. Dolannes Melody
African Junior Chess Championhips 2008_2009… Please scroll down a little bit..I do apologise for this mixed post! I didn’t know I was going to have time to blog the African Juniors and didn’t want to start a new entry…
Melissa Greeff and Kareim Wageih - Winners of the African Junior CC 2008_9
Finally I got my picture! Image from the Official site of Chessa. Melissa Greeff – from South Africa and Kareim Wageih – from Egypt, are the winners of the 2008_9 African Junior Chess Championship that took place in South Africa. For a larger view you may want to click on the image. See more images at the bottom of this post and 5 pages of lovely photos on the official site (link in this post).
I’m not in a mood to explain anything about my own games in this post. Ask me why…and I’ll tell you it’s because of politiciants ranted about what was written in a book they’ve read, believed all the rubbish and think they know everything after what some stupid guy wrote! (ok, that was a couple of years ago, but still…the idea! who says what was was written in that book was the truth anyway! You should go and visit a place to see what’s going on before you make any accusations or act upon what was written in a book! Silly – if you ask me!) Well, you shouldn’t ask me more on this, unless you want to see me ranting tomorrow whole day! And those same “people” won’t move a finger about what’s going on in Zimbabwe. Could somebody please write them a book about Zimbabwe!!! People are dying of hunger, calling for help…much worse is going on than what was written by “someone”, but do they care…no! They think they care..does anyone ever really care what’s going on in another country…who cares about Mugabe killing his own people? Is he God-sent..that they don’t do anything?
Ek wip sommer my agterend vir hierdie Engelse Barones wat dink dat as jy ‘n boek lees, dat alles in ‘n boek waar is…sy was seker lekker blond gewees. Dis alles in die hansard, skree as jy die link wil hê, maar maak gereed om jou te vererg.
Ok, I’ll shut-up and keep my thoughts to chess…that’s much better – for my soul at least. I’ve decided to upload only a few images about games I’ve played recently..some good games, some silly stupid games. Chess Cube is a quite newish chess site which is worth to check out. You can follow this link or the link on my blog’s side bar – with the white knight’s-head. Links in the post will open in a new window.
The Hastings Chess tournament is also now on and on THIS LINK you will find games from the 1920′s till 2004 played at Hastings tournaments. Games can also be downloaded. I also have a few chess graphics of games played by earlier Chess Grandmasters, which I dug out on Chess World. Sometimes if I play through these games, I think..oh, that’s easy, or that looks like such an easy game, or…hmm..I think I can play a game like that too! but…gmf..when it comes to the real game…it’s not always so easy peasy, but I guess I need to follow the “rules” more, as I’m following my “own” rules. I’m playing not too much now, but prefer to go on Chess Cube for a quick real time game, there’s always someone to play with. I do like Chess Cube’s interface, it’s cool. Chess Cube is a South African site, also now a site which the English Chess use for their chess club. At the bottom of this post you will find a link to the English Chess-forum-site and the image with the link shows you the page you get when you go to “their” club…but once you’ve clicked on “log in”..it takes you straight away to the main page of Chess Cube. On Chess Cube you can also join your country’s chat room, if you like. The African Junior Chess Championship is now taking place in South Africa! You will find a link to the official site with more information in this post too.
Chess.com-game..I played white. I guess it was a good checkmate in this game.
Chess.com-game..I played white in this game, my American opponent wasn’t “impressed” with my play…by that I think you know what I mean..
Sneumann vs Steinitz
Maroczy vs Pillsbury
Steinitz vs Lasker
Chess.com-game..this game wasn’t a good game for me…although it might look like it was.
Chess Cube-game..I like the position here..I played white in this game too..how come are all these games I’m blogging games where I played white!…just wondering..
Flags of the African countries taking part in the championships
The Amanzintaba Resort at Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa, where the African Junior Chess Championships are taking place. Amanzintaba means: “Water from the mountain”, this link will take you to the resort’s homepage. Bronkhorstspruit is near Pretoria, about 30 mins’ drive on the N4 Highway. Thaba in Northern Sotho means “mountain”…I’m not sure if they’ve changed the spelling of “thaba” in this resort’s name..this is my knowledge of Northern Sotho.
African Junior Chess Championship: Schedule
African Junior Chess Championships 2008_9: Girls top 5 after round 7
African Junior Chess Championships 2008_9: Open section after round 7
South African girls taking the lead in the African Juniors- girls section
African Junior Chess Championship: Open section after round 8
African Junior Chess Championships: Round 9 – The final round…
Results: Round 9 - South African girls taking the first 5 places, well done!
Results: Open section: Round 9, the final round. Egypt taking the lead again.
For a larger view, please click on the images
For more images about the African Juniors…please follow my link to the official site in this post. There are 5 pages of lovely pics to see, also pics about their free day.
I believe this is a good combination: chess, poetry, art and music! I’ve started recently reading Dean’s poetry blog and glad that I’ve discovered his blog. This poem in this post, is today’s entry on his blog and I’ve really enjoyed it and thought to share it with you. If you’re a lover of poetry, make sure to visit his blog, if you don’t, you will regret it! If you don’t like poetry, then you still should visit his blog and you will immediately fall in love with his poems! I have a present for you today too, let’s call it an early Christmas present if you like, a composition by Jim Brickman. Finally, for my chess-lovers (and those who think they might become chess-lovers!) I’ve got a few games here (do check back as I have about ten more to blog in this entry!) played a few days ago in the Dresden Olympiad. This post is almost as good as “wine women and song!”:) All links will open in a new window.
Remember me to the world
And all the beautiful girls
I never kissed; if there’s one regret
That is it: that I left any lovelies’
Lips unblessed, her heart repressed
Remember me to the wind, which
Blows wherever it goes; still, or not
Any feeling does not cost, but what you
Do with it: recall I am that
Innocent, awake to only wonder told
Remember me to the sun; the heat,
The blaze, worries public or hidden,
I have had them all, unbidden: most
Of all when you see that woman or girl,
Remember me, my dear, to the blessed world
Read more about Dean on his biography-link on his blog!
Over 500 poems and prose poems published since 1972 in over 130 literary publications in Canada, the USA, England, Australia, New Zealand, etc., such as Descant, Carleton Literary Review, Poetry WLU, The Prairie Journal, Freelance, Nexus, Bitterroot, Oxalis, Bogg, Aileron, RE:AL, Art Times, Pegasus, Impetus, On The Bus, and many others. More have been published in newspapers, magazines, online and in anthologies, recorded and paper.
Music: Jim Brickman: Dream comes true
Please click HERE to play through the game of Nyback from Finland vs Carlsen played in round 6, Dresden 2008.
Please click HERE to play through the game of Dominguez from Cuba vs Gata Kamsky in round 6, Dresden 2008.
If you click on the logo, you will get taken to the official site of Dresden and the “Live” image will take you straight to the “live”-games-link. On this link you can play through games played in round 8. Players from the SA team and also GM’s like Boris Gelfand, Magnus Carlsen, Ivan Cheparinov, Alexei Shirov, Topalov, Yelena Dembo, Nigel Short, Peter Leko, etc. The link will open in a new window. You can now play through two games, I will add more soon when I’ve got more time! Please click HEREto play through the game of Kamsky and Ivanchuck and a few other players in round 11, the final round on chess.com. The link will open in a new window. http://chessaleeinlondon.blogspot.com/2008/11/dresden-olympiad-2008.html
On this next link you can play through games of round 6. The SA-team games plus games of Kramnik and Ivanchuk. The link will also open in a new window.
Chess Games of Round 8: South African chess players as well as: Magnus Carlsen, Boris Gelfand, Ivan Cheparinov, Topalov, Radjabov, Yelena Dembo and a few more GrandMaster-games to play through on my blogger-blog, please click on the link here and it will open in a new window.
Click on the logo and you will be taken to the Official site and the “live” link will take you straight away to the live-games! Both links will open in a new page.
Please click HERE to see more results of games played in round 1 and round 2. The link will open in a new window. Please click HERE to see lots of South African Chess player-pics and to see the results of rounds 3-6. At the bottom of this post you will find a link to play through games of round 5, where South Africa played Luxembourg.
On this link…see their games of round 6 and you can play through their games interactively. Also, the games of Kramnik and Ivanchuk (my favourite) of round 6 can be found on this link. The page will open in a new link.
Please click HERE to see more results of games played in round 1 and round 2. The link will open in a new window. At the bottom of this post you will find a link to play through games of round 5, where South Africa played Luxembourg.
On this link you can play through games played in round 6. The link will open in a new window.
Click on the top image/logo to access the official site of Dresen 2008, it will open in a new window and on the “live” image for the live games. Click HERE for round 1 live games. The link will open in a new window. Then click on the country and it will take you to a window where you can click on “live”. There is a separate link to the Women’s section.
Please click on THIS LINK to see more images of the South African team at Dresden and for more results. The link will open in a new window.
„There is an incredible treasure of all kinds in this beautiful place” wrote Goethe about Dresden. Today Saxony’s state capital has rebuilt its glamorous position step by step. Dresden as cultural metropole is a worldwide center of attraction – and a strong location for economy and science. Dresden’s microelectronics cluster (ZMD, AMD, Infineon), Fraunhofer Institutes, the Max-Planck Institutes, the Technical University and the College of Arts represent an environment offering a mentality which is also determining for chess. Thus, Dresden is, for example, City of Science 2006.
Intelligence has here been at home already very early. 1083 the Bohemian daughter of a king, Judith, brought along a precious chess game as dowry to Saxony. Therewith, Dresden’s match as a chess city was begun. Alone since 1991 210 international and national relevant chess events could be experienced. Stars like Anatoly Karpov or Garry Kasparov are in Dresden oftentimes. Even the castling is close by to relax.
Elena Winkelmann is one of Germany’s greatest chess talents. Here she is playing in front of the emblem of the EURO 2007 and the Chess Olympiad, the Crown Gate of the Zwinger.
A dignified framework: the venue of the Olympiad 2008 in the ICD Dresden is located directly on the river banks on the old side of the city. Church of our Lady, Semper Opera, Castle, Bruhl’s Terrace – the famous baroque ensemble is only a few steps away. And every visitor right away feels the special flair of hospitality and love for cultural engagement in the whole city. Read on the Official Site more about Dresden.
Please click HERE to access the official site where you can locate your country to view the players/teams that will take part. The links in this post will all open in a new window.Please click HERE to read about Jennifer Shahade’s visit to South Africa and you can see images from her and her visit.
Simen Agdestein, Norwegian Grandmaster toured South Africa during March and said SA has great chess talent, the problem South Africans face…is the fact that they are far from Europe to play tournaments! You can see his image in this post where he played chess in a restaurant in South Africa.
Carmen de Jager, Anzel Solomons and Monique Sischy
Grootmeester Simen Agdestein van Noorweë speel ‘n potjie informele skaak in ‘n restaurant in Pretoria. Sy hoed is ‘n aandenking van Suid-Afrika. Foto: Waldo Swiegers
SA hét talent, sê skaak-grootmeesterMar 03 2008 01:21:33:830AM – (SA)
Suid-Afrika se skaakspelers is erg ondergegradeer.
Dís die mening van mnr. Simen Agdestein, Noorweegse grootmeester, wat die naweek saam met ’n groep van sy skaakleerlinge in Suid-Afrika aangekom het om deur die land te toer. Hulle speel die naweek ook in ’n internasionaal gegradeerde toernooi by die Hoërskool Waterkloof in Pretoria.
Agdestein sê as Suid-Afrika nie so ver van Europa was nie en meer van sy spelers kon gereeld aan internasionale toernooie deelneem, sou die land al verskeie grootmeesters opgelewer het.
Hy was op sy dag die wêreld se no. 16-speler, maar hy lê hom nou toe op skaakafrigting by ’n Noorweegse sportskool. Hy is een van nege Noorweegse grootmeesters.
Dat hy ook ander talente het, blyk daaruit dat hy sy land agt keer as doelskieter van die nasionale sokkerspan verteenwoordig het.
Hy het ook aan die Noorweegse weergawe van Strictly come dancing deelgeneem, maar sê hy het vroeg uitgeval weens ’n swak ronde met die tango.
Die sportskool waar hy skaakafrigting doen, het ’n samewerkingsooreenkoms met die Hoërskool Waterkloof se skaaksentrum gesluit. Die Noorweërs se besoek is deel van dié ooreenkoms.
Skaak help kinders volgens hom nie net met hul verstandelike ontwikkeling nie. Dit verryk ook hul lewe deurdat hulle mense op ’n ander manier leer ken.
Hy bestempel dit as ’n geson-de aktiwiteit – baie beter as rekenaarspeletjies, wat hy as “ silly ” bestempel.
Image: Wikipedia..The symbol of the 6th Olympiad held in 1935 in Warshaw by J Steifer.
Birth of the Olympiad
The first Olympiad was unofficial. For the 1924 Olympics an attempt was made to include chess in the Olympics Games but this failed because of problems with distinguishing between amateur and professional players.While the 1924 Summer Olympics was taking place in Paris, the 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad also took place in Paris. FIDE was formed on Sunday, July 20, 1924, the closing day of the 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad. FIDE organised the first Official Olympiad in 1927 which took place in London.The Olympiads were occasionally held annually and at irregular intervals until World War II; since 1950 they have been held regularly every two years.
Read more about the history of the Chess Olympiad on this link which will open in a new window.
Bobby Fischer’s score card from his round 3 game during the Chess Olympiad in 1970…he played against Miguel Najdorf in Warshaw.
Children in Nepal playing chess! Image: susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2008/11/picture-of-the-day-global-chess.html
Dresden Opening Ceremony images
Dresden Opening Ceremony
Results: Round 1
Dresden round 1: South Africa’s Woman’s team against Tunisia
Results round 1: Hong Kong vs South Africa
Dresden round 1: England vs Turkey
Round 2 results – games played on Friday 14th November 2008
Melissa Greeff Round 2 move 19
Melissa Greeff Round 2 draw
Melissa Greef Round 2 move list – 1/2
Monique Sischy Round 2 move 14 – 1/2
Watu Kobese round 2 move 20
Watu Kobese Round 2 Dresden end position and move list - 1/2
I have a couple of articles/posts on my blog about chess and the link between chess and academic performance, the research that was done by various people, the reasons why your child should play chess etc. Today’s article is no difference and I’ve added an article about chess and the 7 dimensions, which you might enjoy and then 3 of my own games. I’ve taken out my opponents’ nicknames this time. Two games were friendlies and the last game was a rated game. As Ray mentioned the other day on his blog- (if you love playing chess, please play him on chess.com, his blog-link is on my blog roll and you can leave him a message on his blog, but be aware, he’s no softy when it comes to chess! Don’t come back to me crying! lol!) -that I used to blog only games where my opponents were defeated…(no comments…:) Anyway…I have blogged awhile ago some of my games where I was the complete loser! Enjoy the games here…You will notice that I played white in all three the games. You can play through these games, the game-links will open in a new window. If you wanna play me, I do play now on chess.com. If you follow the link on my sidebar, register, then you will automatically be a friend of me and we can play!
You will also find an article you might not be able to read…that’s Afrikaans! The article is about Ezet, she took part in the World Youth Championships that ended last week in Vietnam. The link of the Saffa-players and their results is also available to be viewed. On this link here you can find the official site of the World Youth Chess Championships in Vietnam. The link will open in a new window. http://wycc2008.vietnamchess.com/index.php
Chess Improves Academic Performance
Chess has long been recognized throughout the world as a builder of strong intellects, but only recently has the United States begun to recognize chess’s ability to improve the cognitive abilities, rational thinking and reasoning of even the least promising children. Chess brings out latent abilities that have not been reached by traditional educational means. It promotes logical thinking, instills a sense of self‑confidence and self‑worth, and improves communication and pattern recognition skills. It teaches the values of hard work, concentration, objectivity, and commitment. As former World Chess Champion Emmanuel Lasker said, “On the chessboard lies and hypocrisy do not survive long.”
In Marina, CA, an experiment with chess indicated that after only 20 days of instruction, students’ academic performance improved dramatically. George L Stephenson, chairman of the Marina JHS math department, reported that 55% of students showed significant improvement in academic performance after this brief smattering of chess instruction.
Similarly, a 5‑year study of 7th and 8th graders by Robert Ferguson of the Bradford, PA School District showed that test scores improved 173% for students regularly engaged in chess classes, compared with only 4.56% for children participating in other forms of “enrichment activities” including Future Problem Solving, Dungeons and Dragons, Problem Solving with Computers, independent study, and creative writing. A Watson‑Glaser Thinking Appraisal evaluation showed overwhelmingly that chess improved critical thinking skills more than the other methods of enrichment.
Educators at the Roberto Clemente School (C.I.S. 166) in New York report that chess has improved not only academic scores, but social performance as well. In 1988, Joyce Brown, an assistant principal and supervisor of the school’s Special Education department, and teacher Florence Mirin began studying the effect of chess on their Special Education students. When the study began, they had 15 children enrolled in chess classes; two years later they had 398‑
“The effects have been remarkable,” Brown says. “Not only have the reading and math skills of these children soared, their ability to socialize has increased substantially, too. Our studies have shown that incidents of suspension. and outside altercations have decreased by at least 60% since these children became interested in chess.”
Connie Wingate, Principal, P.S. 123 in New York, says of a New York City school chess program, “This is wonderful! This is marvelous! This is stupendous! It’s the finest thing that ever happened to this school. I am most sincere. It has been an absolute plus for the students who were directly involved as well as for the rest of the school… If I could say one thing to funders, it would be this. If they ever walked down 140th St. and 8th Ave. and had the opportunity to see where our children come from, they would know that these children deserve every single break that they can get. They are trying, through chess, to apply themselves and do something to better themselves. And that filters into the entire school and community… More than anything else, chess makes a difference… what it has done for these children is simply beyond anything that I can describe. The highest scoring student in out school is a member of the chess team. He became the highest scoring kid in the school after he joined the chess team. All four are in the top quarter of the school, and they weren’t before. Academically, they are doing much better in class, and it’s in no small part because of chess. Just how they feel about themselves, their self‑esteem, makes them all winners.”
Jo Bruno, Principal, P.S. 189, ‑Brooklyn, NY:. “In‑chess tournaments the child gets the opportunity of seeing more variety and diversity. There are kids who have more money than they have, but chess is a common denominator. They are all equal on the chessboard. I believe it is connected academically and to the intellectual development of children. I see them able to attend to something for more than an hour and a half. I am stunned. Some of them could not attend to things for more than 20 minutes.”
Jerome Fishman, Guidance Counselor, C.J.H.S 231, Queens, NY: “I like the aspect of socialization. You get into friendly, competitive activity where no one gets hurt. Instead of two bodies slamming into each other like in football, you’ve got the meeting of two minds. It’s strategic, and you use logic to plan an attack scheme. Aside from being good for the cognitive development of these youngsters, chess develops their social skills, too. It makes them feel they belong. Whenever we get a child transferred from another school who may have maladaptive behavior, our principal (Dr. Wilton Anderson) suggests chess as a way of helping him find his niche. It also helps kids learn how to be better friends. They analyze the game and talk it over afterwards. I even had a couple of kids who never had much in common start going to each other’s houses to play chess and swap Chess Life magazines. We’ve got kids literally lining up in front of the school at 6:45 am to get a little chess in before classes start.”
Source for most of the above: New York City Schools Chess Program by Christine Palm, copyright 1990
On this link you will find these articles to read. Articles on Chess.. The link will open in a new window.
Chess Improves Academic Performance
More Schools Learn Power of Checkmate
Chess Makes Kids Smarter
From Street Kids to Royal Knights
Role of Chess in Modern Education
One Boy’s Chess Story
Chess is the Gymnasium of the Mind
Chess and Education
World Youth Chess Championships…see the official link in top of this entry.
Ezet het aan die Wêreld Junior Skaakkampioenskappe deelgeneem en op die link kan die uitslae gevind word. Ezet Roos, ’n gr. 11-leerling van die Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool in Pretoria, gaan in Oktober vanjaar baie min van haar skoolbank sien. Dié talentvolle skaakspeler gaan aan twee toernooie in dié maand deelneem. Sy gaan eers na Beijing vir die World Mind Games en daarna na Viëtnam om aan die Wêreldjeugkampioenskap deel te neem.
Ezet het al ses keer na dié kampioenskap gegaan en het al elke jaar sedert sy tien jaar oud was Suid-Afrikaanse kleure gekry.
Ezet het ook haar skaakvermoëns in verskeie lande ten toon gestel.
“Ek was al in Spanje, Griekeland, Rusland en Turkye. Rusland is ’n vreemde land, maar die mense speel baie goed skaak. Hulle begin baie jonger as ons speel.”
Hoewel sy meen die Oos-Europese lande se gehalte van spel is veel beter as hier, sê sy Suid-Afrikaners hoef glad nie terug te staan vir lande soos Australië of Nieu-Seeland nie.
“Ons sukkel dalk teen lande soos Rusland, maar verder doen ons heel oukei.”
Volgens haar vereis skaak ’n ander soort fiksheid as ander sportsoorte.
“Mense dink skaak is nie ’n sport nie, maar net soos ander sportsoorte is dit onvoorspelbaar. Jy kan so hard oefen soos jy wil, maar jy weet nooit wat gaan gebeur nie.
“As jy in toernooie speel, moet jy vyf uur lank konsentreer. Jy is dalk nie soos met ander sporte uitasem nie, maar dit maak my baie moeg en ná ’n wedstryd wil ek net slaap.”
“The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the Universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature and the player on the other side is hidden from us”
7 – Dimensions of Life article submitted by:Dr J Slobodzien The link of the article is at the bottom of the post and it will open in a new window.
1. Social / Cultural Dimension – I started seeing that your chess pieces are like family members and significant others in your life that you try to protect the best you can. We are all alike (black or white in chess) and we try to move and communicate in ways that will support our mutual goals. Unfortunately though, you end up losing the ones you love.
2. Medical/ Physical Dimension – In order to maintain a healthy body we must maintain a balance of moving (exercise), eating (our opponents pieces), and resting (knowing when not to move).
3. Mental/ Emotional Dimension – Chess forces us to think really hard about our actions, the consequences of our actions, and how our behavior affects others and the world around us. It also gives us opportunities to experience and deal with emotions – like anger, revenge, grief, and joy, etc.
4. Educational/ Occupational Dimension – Chess develops our attention span, concentration abilities, and memory – so that we can learn, be trained and skilled, and maintain satisfying work experiences.
5. Spiritual/ Religious Dimension – I didn’t notice a spiritual side to chess until one of my pawns first got transformed (born-again) into a Queen. At that point, I realized that our weakest members in life have the potential to become our strongest heroes. Chess also develops our faith in a set of organized beliefs and practices much like religion.
6. Legal/ Financial Dimension – Chess teaches us that there are consequences for not obeying the law (not playing by the rules of the game). There are also rewards for logically and systematically making the right moves in life.
7. Self-Control/ Higher Power Control Dimension- Chess teaches us that even though we may follow all the rules, all of the time – we do not have total control of our destiny (who wins the game and who loses). As Thomas Huxley so eloquently put it in his famous quote above (“the player on the other side is hidden”).
Please click HERE to play through the games of Anand/Kramnik on the site of nytimes(gambit). The link will open in a new window.
Images: Official site
Follow THIS LINKon my blog to see the results of all their games, move-by-move, also to follow many other links to sites with games played previously, including a link to the Official site…and…on THIS LINK ..also on my blog, you can go through annotated movies of their games played through the WCC 2008. Enjoy! Links will open in a new window.
News Article from the BBC:
Anand retains world chess title
Anand said he had given one of his best-ever performances
India’s Viswanathan Anand has retained his FIDE World Chess Championship title by beating Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik in the German city of Bonn.
Anand won three games, drew seven times and lost once en route to winning the competition by 6.5 points to 4.5.
He and Kramnik will share the total prize fund of 1.5m euros ($1.94m).
Anand became FIDE world champion last year by winning a tournament in Mexico, where Kramnik was again runner-up. Anand first won the title in 2000.
Kramnik, the Classical World Chess Champion, had competed in the 2007 World Chess Federation (FIDE) world championship with the understanding that if he lost, he would get a chance to reclaim the title by playing a match against the winner in 2008.
“Vladimir pushed me into giving my all. I’ve given one of my best-ever performances here in Bonn,” Anand, 38, told the AFP news agency after his victory on Wednesday.
“I tried everything, but it just wasn’t enough. Life is like that and defeat is part of it,” Kramnik conceded.
Anand, who was born in the southern Indian city of Madras (Chennai), divides his time between India and Spain.
Known as the “Tiger from Madras”, his achievements have triggered huge interest in the game in India with chess clubs mushrooming in many parts of the country.
Annotated Videos of Anand and Kramnik ‘s games can be played through on this link, it is on my blog (the “movies” page) and the link will open in a new window. You can also click on that page (top of my blog)
Game 1…Kramnik and Anand…
Image: Official site…Anand vs Kramnik
The World Chess Championships 2008 has started! Anand vs Kramnik! The two Chess Engines of the World! 1. Please click HERE to play through their 2008 World Chess Championships games on chessgames. The link will open in a new window. 2. Please click HEREif you want to read more about the two players, play through more games or if you want some games in algebraic notation. The link will open in a new window.
3. Please click HEREif you want to play through previous games of Anand and Kramnik on the Official site. The link will open in a new window.
4. On The Official site you can follow the games LIVE. The link will open in a new window. If you click on the top image/logo in this post, it will take you to the Official site’s homepage. The link will open in a new window. 5. If you click HEREyou can view a list of games played by Anand/Kramik..it’s a Wiki-link and it will open in a new window. Find similar links in the second link of this post where you can also find some games in algebraic notation.
Games start 2pm for UK local time, 9 am Eastern USA time
Standings: After Game 9 Results of the games between Anand and Kramnik Game 1 Kramnik vs Anand…1/2
Game 2 Anand vs Kramnik…1/2
Game 3 Kramnik vs Anand…0-1
Game 4 Anand vs Kramnik…1/2
Game 5 Kramnik vs Anand…0-1
Game 6 Anand vs Kramnik…1-0
Game 7 Anand vs Kramnik… 1/2
Game 8 Kramnik vs Anand … 1/2
Game 9 Anand vs Kramnik … 1/2
Game 10 Kramnik vs Anand..1-0
Game 11 Anand vs Kramnik.. 1/2
Kramnik vs Anand…game 1…opening
Kramnik vs Anand…game 1 move 11
Kramnik vs Anand…game 1 move 21
Kramnik vs Anand…game 1 end position
Game 1 move list
GAME/Round 2…Anand vs Kramnik….
Game 2 15th October 2008…move 11
Anand vs Kramnik ….Game 2 move 17
Anand vs Kramnik game 2 move 24
Anand vs Kramnik game 2 Final position…1/2
Kramnik vs Anand..Game 3 move 7
Kramnik vs Anand…Game 3 move 14 Kramnik vs Anand…Game 3 move 20 Kramnik vs Anand…Game 3 move 25 Kramnik vs Anand…Game 3 move 30 Kramnik vs Anand…Game 3 move 33 Kramnik vs Anand…Game 3 end position 0-1 Game 3 move list Anand vs Kramnik…Game 4 move 7 Anand vs Kramnik…Game 4 move 12 Anand vs Kramnik… Game 4 move 19 Anand vs Kramnik…Game 4 move 24
Anand vs Kramnik…Game 4 endposition
Game 4 move list
Kramnik vs Anand…game 5 move 7 Kramnik vs Anand…game 5 move 14
Kramnik vs Anand…game 5 move 21
Kramnik vs Anand…game 5 end position
Game 5 move list
Anand vs Kramnik game 6 move 7
Anand vs Kramnik game 6 move 14
Anand vs Kramnik game 6 move 20
Anand vs Kramnik game 6 move 27
Anand vs Kramnik game 6 move 34
Anand vs Kramnik game 6 move 39
Anand vs Kramnik game 6 final position
Game 6 move list
Anand vs Kramnik Game 7 move 7 Anand vs Kramnik Game 7 move 13
Anand vs Kramnik Game 7 move 19
Anand vs Kramnik Game 7 move 25
Anand vs Kramnik Game 7 move 31
Anand vs Kramnik Game 7 end position
Game 7 move list
Kramnik vs Anand game 8 move 7
Kramnik vs Anand Game 8 move 14
Kramnik vs Anand Game 8 move 21
Kramnik vs Anand Game 8 move 28
Kramnik vs Anand Game 8 move 36
Kramnik vs Anand Game 8 final position
Game 8 move list
Anand vs Kramnik Game 9 move 7
Anand vs Kramnik Game 9 move 14
Anand vs Kramnik Game 9 move 19
Anand vs Kramnik Game 9 move 27
Anand vs Kramnik Game 9 move 32
Anand vs Kramnik Game 9 move 41
Anand vs Kramnik Game 9 end position
Game 9 move list
Kramnik vs Anand Game 10 move 7
Kramnik vs Anand Game 10 move 18
Kramnik vs Anand Game 10 move 23
Kramnik vs Anand Game 10 Final position
Game 10 move list
Anand vs Kramnik Game 11 move 7
Anand vs Kramnik Game 11 move 13
Anand vs Kramnik Game 11 end position
Anand vs Kramnik Game 11 move list
On this linkof Chessgames you can play through Kramnik and Anand’s games where they played one another before. On link 1 in this post you can play through the current games of the championships in Bonn. A new window will open when you click on the link!
How do astronauts pass the time in between whatever it is that they do whilst they are up there in space? There’s not much room to move about, so physical activities are pretty much out. You could listen to music or read, but what if you feel the need for a bit of friendly competition with ground control?
Greg Chamitoff is a 46 year-old American astronaut currently orbiting the earth as one of the crew of the International Space Station. He also happens to be a keen amateur chess player and didn’t want a little thing like being in space to stop him playing a game or two. He therefore took a lightweight chess set into orbit with him and challenged all the various mission control centres on earth to a joint game.
Millions of miles and 30 moves later, Greg was victorious. Buoyed by his success, he has now challenged each mission control centre to an individual game.
Read more about Greg Chamitoff here on his Wikipedia site and the his flight here on Nasa’s site.
Original article on Chess com where you can play through his game! This post entry was post no 980!
It’s been months since I’ve blogged one of my chess games! These games here were on draft for about a month and I’ve thought to get them out here now. I’m not going to say a lot about it, – like previous games – all I want to say is, play through the games, read what I’ve said and hey! the Grandmasters are busy playing and some of them finished the British Champs last week…I was definitely not invited,- not this year, and last year I was way to busy playing chess to go! hehehe..- so what you get here, is really, really a few games of a novice in comparing to those Grandmasters! and a few games of somebody that loooooooves the game and also somebody who plays it for the fun and enjoyment of the game! If you’re not into chess, please go through all the other posts, there’s a lot more than just chess on here! or, move on to the next blog, but I want to tell you one thing! You don’t know what you’re missing if you don’t play chess! It’s not that boring game you think it is! You want me to tell you more…shout!! and I can keep you busy for hours without end. Dig into this site for tons of chess stuff if you’re a chess lover too! and enjoy! Click on the links and the games will open up in a new window. Click on this link to play through a few games where I was a complete loser in most of them… http://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/chess-game-20/
I played white in this game. I haven’t got much to say, only that I didn’t capture his Knight in move 22, as I wanted to save my Rook, for in case …Bg5-f6…. and I was blocked by his Rook on move 26 and my Queen was driven back again. In move 36 I forked his King/Queen/Bishop and I think I couldn’t ask for a better end position.
White again…In this game I’ve thought at one stage the game was my opponent’s game and for some reason I missed the opportunity twice to capture his Knight! I think I wasn’t really focused in this game as I sometimes play my games just for the fun of chess! I finally turned this game into a win with my King and Rook. These games are all games where I won, but I’ve blogged a few games before where I was really the bad loser! So, please don’t think it’s all win, moonshine and roses for me!
Not much about this game where I played black… I enjoyed it and like some other games…my mind was set on something else and then, out of the blue, I realised (duh! hello!!) that I only have that one move! I don’t think my opponent realised that too…play through it and see what a sudden checkmate that was!
Nothing exciting about this game where I played white, except that I looooooove this game from move 30 onwards. Play through it and see how I used my Bishop/Queen whilst my own Rook was in danger too and with my Knights in place, I’ve thought it was really a good end. I invaded him from all sides here…lol
In this game I played white – a game against one of my favourite chess friends on Chess World. I often play him more for the fun and chat and thought to blog one of our games where he got into too much chat! That’s the problem on the chess site, I often chat too much and lose out on my games! hehehe… who cares! I would like “torridon” to know that I blog this game to “celebrate” our chess friendship on the site. He’s really a pleasure to play and makes me laugh about things in life.
Finally, two games I finished recently against the Earl… his rating is about double mine! and he refuses to play rated games, we always play friendlies only, as he knows one thing, and that’s with all the chatting, he comes only second! These two games are two brilliant examples of how he came second…oh, I’m only joking about the rated games! I’ve now discovered how to win a game against him and he knows for sure to be aware of my evil moves! He doesn’t know it yet, but I’m about to challenge him for a rated game! hehehe…I just wonder if he would accept it! Earl….? are you ready!?
I recently finished this game in a tourney and it’s the first tourney in ages which I won…I quite like the way I used my Knights. I will sacrifice a Bishop in order to keep my Knights! In this game I also saw the gap for my Rook to capture either a pawn or his Bishop…and if it’s the pawn first…his Bishop was going to be next as with the pawn-capture his King would be in check! I think that made him resigning the game.
One of those times in chess that you think..duh! hello! you can checkmate your opponent! and you feel like a real beginner, knowing very little! Can that be identified/classified as a type of syndrome…hehehe…
I think this is brilliant! Just think how the children can keep themself busy playing chess during breaks! and you will get more children interested in the game! As you can see from these images, these stands can be placed anywhere! I think these people deserve a 10/10 for this idea. See more info on this site: http://www.ramlodi.co.za/
There is little doubt that a development plan that benefits all the parties involved, is a development plan that is bound to succeed, and Mind Sports SA believes its development plan backed by Ramlodi Outdoor Advertising can put together an exciting and dynamic programme, where everyone wins.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is an affiliate of the South African Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee, and is responsible for the good governance and promotion of Historical figure games (also known as wargames), Board games (such as Diplomacy, Checkers, Draughts, Morabaraba, etc), and Computer games (whether they are played on ‘cell phones, Sony® PSP’s, personal computers or similar).
The programme is based on open-air game stands at schools, which receive a monthly payment while the game stand is sponsored, and MSSA is focussed on ensuring that the games played in an ever increasing number of schools.
The Morabaraba game stand, which has been used to develop strong mathematical skills. The programme’s official rollout has been aided by the Tshwane University of Technology, which has sponsored a number of game stands being distributed to schools, beginning at Pretoria West High, where a delighted Headmistress Rita Coetzee took delivery of the first two stands.
As soon as the stands were positioned in the quad, learners descended en masse to the game stands and began to play. Only when the bell rang signifying the end of break did the learners leave the stands.
Steven Kekana of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) was also delighted with the response of the learners to the game stands, as the game of Morabaraba is well known to have a strong linear mathematical background, and has previously been used by Tshwane University of Technology to identify learners who have strong mathematical skills.
Additional stands will be set up at schools in Benoni, Johannesburg, Witbank, Nelspruit, Attridgeville, and Mamelodi within the month.
World Junior Chess Champion 2008…ABHIJEET GUPTA —Image: Official site.
World Junior Girl Chess Champion 2008 …HARIKA DRONAVALLI —Image: Official site
Final standings after round 13
Final standings after round 13
Image: chessbase WORLD JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TURKEY AND THE WORLD JUNIOR GIRLS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TURKEY 2008
This post will be updated on a daily basis as the tournament goes..from round 8 on. All the results of rounds 1-7 can be found on this link… http://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/world-junior-chess-championships-2008/ on my blog. I will use two colours for the different sections…greenfor the Juniors and blue for the Girlssection. The two images will help you with the sections of the blog post. The “newspaper” image in the top-half…is the indication that it’s the girls-section and the “Turkey”-newspaper (which is not a real newspaper) is for the Juniors section. As soon as the results of each round is available, I will update the post. Meanwhile, you can follow the link to the Official site. All images of players and results/standings etc. will be from the Official site too. Click HERE to play through the games on Chessgames. Please click HERE for the Official site.
World Junior Girls…results round 8
Standings after round 8:World Junior Girls
1 IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461 IND 7
2 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413 UKR 6½
3 WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2258 GEO 6
4 WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 2170 KAZ 6
5 WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2293 IND 6
6 WFM NIKOLOVA Adriana 2242 BUL 5½
7 WFM SEVERIUKHINA Zoja 2300 RUS 5½
8 GUO Qi 2048 CHN 5½
9 WFM ABRAHAMYAN Tatev 2277 USA 5
10 WFM OZTURK Kubra 2188 TUR 5
Pairings and results: World Junior Girls Round 9: 11th Aug 15:00
1 IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461 IND vs WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2293 IND-1/2
2 WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 2170 KAZ vs WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413 UKR-1/2
3 WFM SEVERIUKHINA Zoja 2300 RUS vs WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2258 GEO-0-1
4 GUO Qi 2048 CHN vs WFM NIKOLOVA Adriana 2242 BUL-1/2
5 WFM OZTURK Kubra 2188 TUR vs WIM MAJDAN Joanna 2323 POL-1-0
6 WFM PERTLOVA Sona 2217 CZE vs WFM HOOLT Sarah 2298 GER-1/2
7 KAZIMOVA Narmin 2148 AZE vs WGM MAMEDJAROVA Turkan 2284 AZE-1/2
8 WFM ABRAHAMYAN Tatev 2277 USA vs WIM IVAKHINOVA Inna 2248 RUS-1-0
9 WIM NADIG Kruttika 2241 IND vs PREETHI Rajkumar 2183 IND-1/2
10 WFM BODNARUK Anastasia 2394 RUS vs MUMINOVA Nafisa 2242 UZB-1/2
World Junior Girls round 9 board 1: Harika move 7
World Junior Girls round 9 board 2: Nakhbayeva move 11
World Juniors round 9 board 3: Severiukhina move 8
World Junior Girls: Standings after round 9:
1 IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461 IND 7½
2 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413 UKR 7
3 WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2258 GEO 7
4 WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 2170 KAZ 6½
5 WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2293 IND 6½
6 WFM ABRAHAMYAN Tatev 2277 USA 6
7 WFM NIKOLOVA Adriana 2242 BUL 6
WFM OZTURK Kubra 2188 TUR 6
9 GUO Qi 2048 CHN 6
10 PREETHI Rajkumar 2183 IND 5½
PAIRINGS AND RESULTS: ROUND 10 : 12TH AUG 15:00
1 WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2258 GEO 7 vs 7½ IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461 IND-1/2
2 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413 UKR 7 vs 6½ WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2293 IND-1-0
3 WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 2170 KAZ 6½ vs 6 WFM ABRAHAMYAN Tatev 2277 USA-1-0
4 WFM NIKOLOVA Adriana 2242 BUL 6 vs 6 WFM OZTURK Kubra 2188 TUR-0-1
5 WGM NEMCOVA Katerina 2372 CZE 5½ vs 6 GUO Qi 2048 CHN-1-0
6 WFM BOROSOVA Zuzana 2254 SVK 5½ vs 5½ WGM FOISOR Sabina-Francesca 2337 ROU-1/2
7 PREETHI Rajkumar 2183 IND 5½ vs 5½ WFM SEVERIUKHINA Zoja 2300 RUS-0-1
8 WFM HOOLT Sarah 2298 GER 5½ vs 5½ KAZIMOVA Narmin 2148 AZE-0-1
9 WGM MAMEDJAROVA Turkan 2284 AZE 5½ vs 5½ WIM NADIG Kruttika 2241 IND-1-0
10 WGM CORKE Anya 2255 HKG 5 vs 5½ WFM PERTLOVA Sona 2217 CZE-1-0
World Junior Girls…round 10 board 1
Standings after round 10: World Junior Girls:
1 IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461 IND 8
2 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413 UKR 8
3 WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2258 GEO 7½
4 WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 2170 KAZ 7½
5 WFM OZTURK Kubra 2188 TUR 7
6 WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2293 IND 6½
7 WGM MAMEDJAROVA Turkan 2284 AZE 6½
8 WFM SEVERIUKHINA Zoja 2300 RUS 6½
9 WGM NEMCOVA Katerina 2372 CZE 6½
10 KAZIMOVA Narmin 2148 AZE 6½
Pairings and results: round 11 World Junior Girls: 13th Aug 15:00
1 WFM OZTURK Kubra 2188 TUR 7vs8 IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461IND-0-1
2 WFM SEVERIUKHINA Zoja 2300 RUS 6½vs8 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413UKR-1/2
3 WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2258 GEO 7½vs6½ WGM NEMCOVA Katerina 2372CZE-1/2
4 KAZIMOVA Narmin 2148 AZE 6½vs7½ WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 2170KAZ-1-0
5 WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2293 IND 6½vs6½ WGM MAMEDJAROVA Turkan 2284AZE-1-0
6 WFM BODNARUK Anastasia 2394 RUS 6vs6 WGM CORKE Anya 2255HKG1-0
7 WGM FOISOR Sabina-Francesca 2337 ROU 6vs6 WFM NIKOLOVA Adriana 2242BUL1/2
8 WIM GOMES Mary Ann 2316 IND 6vs6 WFM BOROSOVA Zuzana 2254SVK-1-0 9 WFM ABRAHAMYAN Tatev 2277USA 6 vs 6 GUO Qi 2048CHN-1/2
10 WIM DAULETOVA Gulmira 2267KAZ 6vs6 WFM PAIKIDZE Nazi 2277GEO-0-1
Standings after round 11:
1 IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461 IND 9
2 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413 UKR 8½
3 WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2258 GEO 8
4 WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 2170 KAZ 7½
5 WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2293 IND 7½
6 KAZIMOVA Narmin 2148 AZE 7½
7 WFM OZTURK Kubra 2188 TUR 7
8 WIM GOMES Mary Ann 2316 IND 7
9 WFM SEVERIUKHINA Zoja 2300 RUS 7
10 WGM NEMCOVA Katerina 2372 CZE 7
World Junior Girls: Pairings and results: round 12- 14th Aug 15:00
IM Harika Dronavalli, rated 2461, from India..image: Chessbase
World Junior Chess Championships…round 8 results
Standings after round 8: World Juniors
1 GM LI Chao B 2590 CHN 6½
2 IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER 6½
3 GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG 6
4 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE 6
5 WGM HOU Yifan 2557 CHN 6
6 GM POPOV Ivan 2549 RUS 6
7 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2605 ISR 6
8 IM SANIKIDZE Tornike 2486 GEO 5½
9 GM SO Wesley 2577 PHI 5½
10 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son 2579 VIE 5½
IM KRAVTSIV Martyn 2555 UKR 5½
IM MELKUMYAN Hrant 2507 ARM 5½
Pairings round 9: 11th Aug 15:00
1 GM LI Chao B 2590 CHN vs GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2605 ISR-0-1
2 IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER vs WGM HOU Yifan 2557 CHN-1-0
3 GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG vs GM POPOV Ivan 2549 RUS-1-0
4 GM ANDREIKIN Dmitry 2604 RUS vs GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE-1/2
5 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son 2579 VIE vs IM MELKUMYAN Hrant 2507 ARM-1/2
6 IM KRAVTSIV Martyn 2555 UKR vs GM SO Wesley 2577 PHI-0-1
7 IM SANIKIDZE Tornike 2486 GEO vs GM NEGI Parimerjan 2529 IND-1/2
8 GM MAMEDOV Rauf 2627 AZE vs IM HAMMER Jon Ludvig 2494 NOR-1/2
9 GM LAZNICKA Viktor 2601 CZE vs GM WEN Yang 2487 CHN-0-1
10 GM ZHIGALKO Sergei 2583 BLR vs FM NECHEPURENKO Roman 2476 RUS-1-0
World Juniors round 9 board 1: Li Chao, move 8 World Juniors round 9 board 2 : Braun…move 9
World Juniors round 9: board 3.. David Howell, move 8.
World Juniors – Standings after round 9:
1 IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER 7½
2 GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG 7
3 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2605 ISR 7
4 GM LI Chao B 2590 CHN 6½
5 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE 6½
6 GM SO Wesley 2577 PHI 6½
7 WGM HOU Yifan 2557 CHN 6
8 GM POPOV Ivan 2549 RUS 6
9 GM BRKIC Ante 2530 CRO 6
IM SANIKIDZE Tornike 2486 GEO 6
Pairings and results: round 10 : 12th Aug 15:00
1 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2605 ISR 7 vs 7½ IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER-1-0
2 GM SO Wesley 2577 PHI 6½ vs 7 GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG-1-0
3 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE 6½ vs 6½ GM LI Chao B 2590 CHN-1/2
4 GM BRKIC Ante 2530 CRO 6 vs 6 GM ANDREIKIN Dmitry 2604 RUS-1-0
5 GM NEGI Parimerjan 2529 IND 6 vs 6 GM ZHIGALKO Sergei 2583 BLR-1-0
6 GM WEN Yang 2487 CHN 6 vs 6 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son 2579 VIE-0-1
7 WGM HOU Yifan 2557 CHN 6 vs 6 IM MELKUMYAN Hrant 2507 ARM-1/2
8 GM GUPTA Abhijeet 2551 IND 6 vs 6 IM SANIKIDZE Tornike 2486 GEO-1-0
9 IM BOROS Denes 2472 HUN 6 vs 6 GM POPOV Ivan 2549 RUS-1-0
10 GM RAMIREZ Alejandro 2531 CRC 6 vs 6 IM CAN Emre 2460 TUR-1-0
World Juniors: Rodshtein vs Braun board 1 round 10
Wolrd Juniors: Standings after round 10:
1 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2605 ISR 8
2 IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER 7½
3 GM SO Wesley 2577 PHI 7½
4 GM LI Chao B 2590 CHN 7
GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG 7
6 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE 7
7 GM BRKIC Ante 2530 CRO 7
8 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son 2579 VIE 7
9 GM GUPTA Abhijeet 2551 IND 7
10 GM NEGI Parimerjan 2529 IND 7
World Juniors -Pairings and results: round 11: 13th Aug 15:00
1 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son 2579VIE 7vs 8 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2605ISR-1-0
2 IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER 7½ vs 7½ GM SO Wesley 2577PHI-1-0
3 GM LI Chao 2590CHN 7 vs 7 GM NEGI Parimerjan2529IND-0-1
4 GM HOWELL David 2561ENG 7 vs 7 GM BRKIC Ante 2530CRO-1-0
5 IM BOROS Denes 2472HUN 7 vs 7 GM GUPTA Abhijeet 2551IND-0-1
6 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527AZE 7 vs 7 GM RAMIREZ Alejandro 2531CRC-1-0
7 WGM HOU Yifan 2557CHN 6½ vs 6½ GM MAMEDOV Rauf 2627AZE-1/2
8 IM MELKUMYAN Hrant 2507ARM 6½ vs 6½ GM LE QUANG Liem 2577VIE-1-0
9 GM ANDREIKIN Dmitry 2604RUS 6 vs 6 IM HAMMER Jon Ludvig 2494NOR-1-0
10 GM RAGGER Markus 2527AUT 6 vs 6 GM LENIC Luka 2584SLO-1/2
World Juniors: Standings after round 11
1 23 IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER 8½
2 14 GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG 8
3 28 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE 8
4 2 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2605 ISR 8
5 9 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son 2579 VIE 8
6 19 GM GUPTA Abhijeet 2551 IND 8
7 26 GM NEGI Parimerjan 2529 IND 8
8 11 GM SO Wesley 2577 PHI 7½
9 6 GM LI Chao B 2590 CHN 7
10 16 WGM HOU Yifan 2557 CHN 7
World Juniors: Pairings and results: Round 12 – 14th Aug 15:00
1 GM GUPTA Abhijeet 2551IND 8vs8½ IM BRAUN Arik 2533GER-1-0
2 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2605ISR 8vs8 GM HOWELL David 2561ENG-0-1
3 GM NEGI Parimerjan 2529IND 8vs8 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son 2579VIE-1-0
4 GM SO Wesley 2577PHI 7½vs8 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527AZE-1/2
5 GM MAMEDOV Rauf 2627AZE 7vs7 IM KRAVTSIV Martyn 2555 UKR-1-0
6 GM ANDREIKIN Dmitry 2604RUS 7vs7 WGM HOU Yifan 2557 CHN-0-1
7 IM MELKUMYAN Hrant 2507ARM 7vs7 GM LI Chao B 2590 CHN-1-0
8 GM RAMIREZ Alejandro 2531CRC 7vs7 GM ZHIGALKO Sergei 2583 BLR-1/2
9 GM LE QUANG Liem 2577VIE 7vs7 IM BOROS Denes 2472 HUN-1-0
10 GM BRKIC Ante 2530CRO 7vs7 GM AMIN Bassem 2561 EGY-0-1
World Juniors round 12 board 1 move 15
World Juniors round 12 board 1 final position
World Juniors round 12 board 2 move 15
World Juniors round 12 board 2 move 53
Standings after round 12:
1 GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG 9
2 GM GUPTA Abhijeet 2551 IND 9
3 GM NEGI Parimerjan 2529 IND 9
4 IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER 8½
5 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE 8½
6 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2605 ISR 8
7 WGM HOU Yifan 2557 CHN 8
8 GM SO Wesley 2577 PHI 8
9 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son 2579 VIE 8
10 IM MELKUMYAN Hrant 2507 ARM 8
World Juniors: Pairings and results of round 13: 15th Aug at 10:00 am
1 GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG 9vs9 GM GUPTA Abhijeet 2551 IND-0-1
2 IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER 8½vs9 GM NEGI Parimerjan 2529 IND-1/2
3 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE 8½vs8 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2605 ISR-1/2
4 GM AMIN Bassem 2561 EGY 8vs8 GM MAMEDOV Rauf 2627 AZE-1-0
5 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son 2579 VIE 8vs8 GM SO Wesley 2577 PHI-1/2
6 WGM HOU Yifan 2557 CHN 8vs8 GM LE QUANG Liem 2577 VIE-1-0
7 GM LAZNICKA Viktor 2601 CZE 7½vs8 IM MELKUMYAN Hrant 2507 ARM-1/2
8 GM ZHIGALKO Sergei 2583 BLR 7½vs7½ IM ASHWIN Jayaram 2436 IND-1-0
9 IM SJUGIROV Sanan 2545 RUS 7½vs7½ IM KARTHIKEYAN Pandian 2402 IND-1-0
10 GM RAMIREZ Alejandro 2531 CRC 7½vs7½ GM WEN Yang 2487 CHN-0-1
World Juniors round 13 board 1 move 17
World Juniors round 13 board 1 final position…David Howell
Daleen, Pratish and Corno practicing chess on the rooftop of the hotel.
I do hope you enjoy this report from Corno and the few pictures…all from the Official site : Chessa. I do hope to update this post soon with more info on the South Africans taking part in the World Junior Chess Championships in Turkey, as well as the World Junior Girls Chess Championships the same time. See my post about the World Junior Chess Championships for more results on the two Saffas with other results too.
Results : Round 8
29 ANTON Sarah 1681 AUS 2½ 0 – 1 2 WFM WIID Daleen 1931 RSA
45 RAMSURRUP Pratish 1809 RSA 2½ 0 – 1 2½ OLIVER Gareth 2196 AUS
Pairings and results: Round 9 : 11th Aug 15:00
49 FM GROVER Sahaj 2306 IND 2½ 2½ RAMSURRUP Pratish 1809 RSA-1-0
We left South Africa proudly on the 31st July 2008 filled with enthusiasm. The flight was lovely and our night at Istanbul was just as good. We did a lot of sight-seeing in Istanbul as we knew we were in for a hard time in Gaziantep as this tournament is regarded as the hardest junior chess championship in the world. We arrived in Gaziantep, which has a population of 1, 25 million and average temperature of 40 ° in summer. From the airport we left for our hotel, the Ugur Plaza Hotel, which is a very nice 5 star hotel. The tournament is very strong as there are more than 10 Grandmasters and over 20 International masters playing. Turkey is growing rapidly in chess and they have over 2 million youngsters taking chess courses in schools. Here are some pictures of Turkey.
Pratish enjoying an ice-cream on Istanbul square.
The South African team with Hou Yifan.
South Africa had a difficult start with Daleen playing Padmini Rout from India with a rating of 2257 and Pratish playing Ashwin Jayaram from India with a rating of 2436. Daleen was on the backfoot with the black pieces. Pratish played a very nice game with some interesting ideas and held his opponent for a long time but got outplayed in the endgame. Here follows his game:
South Africa got their first point through Daleen Wiid. She convincingly won her game against Milian Salatic.
Pratish Ramsurrup got outplayed in the opening and lost against Vitaly Neimer of Israel with a rating of 2316.
The top seed Rauf Mamadov also lost in round 2 and was a big upset for the tournament. He is a Grandmaster from Azerbaijan with a rating of 2627. Although with a 13 round tournament there is still lots to play for.
Unfortunately both the South Africans lost and had problems with their openings. On this top level you cannot make one mistake and a lot of opening knowledge is required.
One of the tournament favorites’ Hou Yifan the current women’s World Champion is playing in the open section. She is seed number 16 with a rating of 2554 a Women Grandmaster from China. It was an honor to meet her.
Pratish got his first win to open his account we hope he will get much more wins and gain much more experience from this tournament. Daleen unfortunately lost to an experiences player from Norway. She played an interesting game and learnt a lot from it especially how to play this specific opening with the different ideas and structures. In this round the top seed Rauf Mamedov again lost. He is only on 2 out of 4 so as we can see this is a very strong tournament. So the South Africans must just be strong and gain a lot of experience from this tournament. Hou Yifan played a very nice game and she has a score of 3,5 out of 4 in the open section. I will publish her game tomorrow.
Other Chess news: Congratulations to our 2 top players and coaches Daniel Cawdery and Monique Sischy who will represent South Africa at the Olympiad in Dresden, Germany in November. We are proud of you.
Update from Corno on the South African players in Turkey!
Round 5: Here is Hou Yifan’s game from yesterday. A very attacking, aggressive game to claim the win.
(4) Hou,Yifan (2557) – Arun,Prasad (2492) [B53]
World Juniors Gaziantep Turkey
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 7.Nc3 h6 8.Be3 e5 9.Qc4 Nf6 10.0-0-0 Qc8 11.Qd3 a6 12.Nh4 b5 13.f4 b4 14.fxe5 dxe5 15.Nd5 Bb5 16.Qd2 Qc6 17.Nf3 Nd7 18.Nxb4 Qc4 19.Nd5 Qxa2 20.Nc7+ Kd8 21.Qc3 Qa1+ 22.Kd2 Qa4 23.Nd5 Rc8 24.Bb6+ Nxb6 25.Nxb6 1-0
Daleen wasn’t feeling well today and lost due to lack of concentration. Many of the players are getting ill and this tournament isn’t just a test of playing strength but also of endurance and stamina.
Pratish played a good game against a 2218 but lost by choosing the wrong attacking plan. I thought he missed a few opportunities to win the game.
(5) Vavric,Pavel–2218 –..Rampsurrup,Pratish –1809– [B50]
World Juniors Gaziantep Turkey
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Be2 Nc6 5.d3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.0-0 e6 8.Nbd2 Be7 9.Nc4 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.g4 Bg6 12.Nfe5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 0-0 14.c4 Nb4 15.Qb3 Bd6 16.Nxg6 fxg6 17.Be3 Rf7 18.d4 cxd4 19.Bxd4 Nc6 20.Be3 Qh4 21.c5 Bc7 22.Kg2 Raf8 23.Rad1 Kh8 24.Rd2 Ne5 25.f4 Nc6 26.Qxb7 Na5 27.Qe4 g5 28.Rf3 gxf4 29.Bf2 Qf6 30.b4 Nc6 31.Qxc6 e5 32.Qxf6 gxf6 33.Bd3 Rd7 34.Re2 Rfd8 35.Bf5 Rg7 36.Rd3 Rb8 37.a3 a5 38.Be1 h5 39.Kf3 hxg4+ 40.hxg4 axb4 41.axb4 Kg8 42.Red2 1-0
Pratish scored his second win of the tournament by outplaying his Turkish opponent. Daleen’s condition worsened and she withdrew from this game to rest and hopefully get better. Here is a rating of the tournament so far:
Rated things: Rating out of 5 with 5 the best:
Playing venue 2
Player interaction 4 Round 7:
Daleen came back with a vengeance and played a nice combination to go two pawns up in the endgame. Well done Daleen.
(6) Wiid,Daleen – Dai,Irmak [C24]
World Juniors Gaziantep Turkey
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 d5 4.exd5 Nxd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.0-0 Bc5 7.Re1 f6 8.h3 Nde7 9.Nc3 Bf5 10.a3 Qd7 11.Ne4 Bb6 12.Ng3 0-0-0 13.b4 a6 14.Rb1 Na7 15.a4 c6 16.Qe2 Be6 17.Be3 Bxe3 18.Qxe3 Kb8 19.Nxe5 Qc7 20.Bxe6 Qxe5 21.Qxe5+ fxe5 22.Rxe5 1-0
Pratish also played a very good game. The game preparation went perfect and he gained a useful advantage. He was a pawn up and missed lots of winning chances, but he couldn’t convert it to a win in the endgame and drew the game.
(7) Sousa,Ricardo (2133) – Rampsurrup,Pratish (1809) [A08]
World Juniors Gaziantep Turkey
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.0-0 e5 5.d3 f6 6.Nbd2 Be6 7.e4 Nge7 8.c3 Qd7 9.a3 d4 10.c4 g5 11.Rb1 Ng6 12.Qa4 a5 13.Rd1 h5 14.Nf1 h4 15.Rd2 hxg3 16.fxg3 Bh3 17.b4 cxb4 18.Rdb2 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Ra6 20.Bd2 Bd6 21.axb4 Nxb4 22.Qxd7+ Kxd7 23.Ne1 b6 24.Kf3 Ne7 25.Kg4 Raa8 26.Bxb4 Bxb4 27.Nc2 Bc5 28.h3 Nc6 29.Nd2 Nb4 30.Nxb4 axb4 31.Nb3 Ke6 32.Rf1 Ra7 33.Rff2 Rha8 34.Rh2 Bd6 35.Rhf2 Ra3 36.Rfc2 Rc8 37.Rb1 Rc7 38.Rbb2 Ra8 39.Rb1 Bc5 40.Rbb2 Bd6 41.Rb1 Be7 42.Rf1 Rca7 43.Rff2 Ra3 44.Rb2 Rc8 45.Rfc2 Rc7 46.Rb1 1/2-1/2
Tomorrow is a rest day and we going to do some sight seeing. We are going to visit an old castle and some museums. Round 8 to follow and it’s a tri-nations match up today. Both the South Africans are playing Aussies. Make us proud bokke!!!
Round 8: Daleen Wiid won comfortably after the opening with a kingside attack. Pratish Rampsurrup had a drawn endgame but missed the draw in time trouble in the end. South Africa 1 – Australia 1. Here is a picture of the mosaïek we saw in the museum on the rest day.
Round 9: Pratish had a tough opponent in round 9. He played Fide Master Sahaj Grover from India with a rating 2306. It was a very complicated Najdorf position where Pratish had a queen for 3 pieces. I think he misplayed the position and had a chance to have a better position as black. Here is the position:
Pratish played, 18. …Rac8 which I think is to slow. He should either play 18. … f6 immediately or even better 18. … b4 follow by 19. Ne4 f6! This will give him an advantage. It is still complicated to play but the dangerous e7 pawn will fall and Pratish can start to organize his pieces.
Daleen swapped of queens early and outplayed her opponent in the endgame.
Daleen played a spectacular game to win her 4th game in a row. She is on fire. Here was the position she reached and made a nice sacrifice and finished her opponent off.
Daleen played 20. Nxh7! exd4 21.Bg5 Be7 22.Rfe1!
Daleen now faces her toughest challenge of the tournament playing WIM Deimante Daulyte from Lithuania with a rating of 2288. Good luck Daleen, mate it 5 in a row!
Free day …chess junior players on their trip in Turkey…I can see Corno and Pratish…but wonder where is Daleen…Corno?
Follow this link for more about the World Junior CC in Turkey
Left to R…GM Keith Arkell English Champion 2008, IM Jovanka Houska British Ladies Champion 2008 and GM Stuart Conquest British Champion 2008. The Championship play-off match was won by Stuart (against Keith) 1½-½. Image: Official site…
Image: Chessworld Sunday 27th July – Saturday 9th August, St. George’s Hall, Liverpool
Play-off…..Conquest vs Arkell, second game…1-0 which means Conquest is the winner as the first game was a draw. Play takes place from 2.15pm each day, except Sunday 3 August Please click HERE to play through all the games of round 1.
On THIS LINK you can follow live games played on the day and HEREyou can choose any round to play through games.
British Chess….Round 11 Pairings and results
1 Williams, Simon 2496(7) vs Conquest, Stuart 2536 (7½)–1/2
2 Arkell, Keith 2506 (7) vs Jones, Gawain 2549 (7)–1-0
3 Lalic, Bogdan 2533 (7) vs Gordon, Stephen 2508 (7)– 1/2
4 Davies, Nigel 2478 (6½) vs Kolbus, Dietmar 2393 (7)–1/2
5 Hawkins, Jonathan 2232 (6½) vs Gormally, Daniel 2504 (6½)–1-0
British Chess…Round10: Pairings and results
1 Jones, Gawain 2549 (6½) vs Lalic, Bogdan 2533 (6½) –1/2
2 Gordon, Stephen 2508 (6½) vs Williams, Simon 2496 (6½) –1/2
3 Conquest, Stuart 2536 (6½) vs Haslinger, Stewart G 2511 (6) –1-0
4 Gormally, Daniel 2504 (6) vs Hebden, Mark 2520 (6) –1/2
5 Ledger, Andrew 2423 (6) vs Arkell, Keith C 2506 (6) –0-1
Game of the day: Round 10 – Conquest
British Chess round 10 board 1: Jones vs Lalic end position
British Chess round 10 board 2: Gordon vs Williams move 24
Round: 9 pairings and results: 6th Aug.
1 Lalic, Bogdan 2533 (6) vs Conquest, Stuart 2536 (6) –1/2
2 Arkell, Keith 2506 (5½) vs Gordon, Stephen 2508 (6) – 1/2
3 Hawkins, Jonathan 2232 (5½) vs Jones, Gawain 2549(5½) — 0-1
4 Hebden, Mark 2520 (5½) Kolbus, Dietmar 2393 (5½) –1/2
5 Williams, Simon 2496 (5½) Eggleston, David 2372 (5½) — 1-0
British Chess…round 9…Lalic vs Conquest move 14
British Chess round 9: Lalic vs Conquest move 47
British Chess round 9…Hawkins vs Jones…final position
British Chess round 7: Gormally vs Conquest final position
British Chess round 7: Lalic vs Trent final position
British Chess round 7: Davies vs Jones move 41
Image: Official site…Lalic vs Jones round 5
British Chess…game of the day round 6: Lalic
British Chess…round 6: Jones vs Gormally, final position
British Chess…round 6: Conquest vs Davies, move 36
Round: 6 pairings and results: 2nd Aug.
1 Jones,Gawain,2549(4) vs Gormally,Daniel,2504(4) — 1/2
2 Conquest,Stuart 2536(4) vs Davies,Nigel,2478(4) — 1/2
3 Trent,Lawrence,2470(4) vs Hebden,Mark,2520(4) — 1/2
4 Horner,Jeff,2372(3½) vs Lalic,Bogdan,2533(3½) – 0-1
5 Gordon,Stephen,2508(3½) vs Hawkins,Jonathan,2232(3½) — 1/2
Round: 5 pairings and results: 1st August
1. Hebden, Mark,2520 vs Conquest, Stuart,2536 — 1/2
2.Lalic, Susan,2344 vs Jones, Gawain C,2549 — 0-1
3. Pert, Nicholas, 2547 vs Trent, Lawrence,2470 –0-1
4. Gordon, Stephen,2508 vs Kolbus, Dietmar,2393 — 1/2
5. Buckley, Graeme, 2401 vs Gormally, Daniel,2504 — 0-1
Game of the day: Round 5 Steve Barrett
British Chess…round 5 Buckley vs Gormally final position
British Chess….round 5 Lalic vs Jones final position Game of the day round 4
British Chess…game of the day…round 4 winner: Conquest
Round: 4 pairings and results:
1. Hebden, Mark,2520 (2½) vs Davies, Nigel R, 2478 (3) — 1-0
2. Jones, Gawain C,2549 (2½) vs Gordon, Stephen,2508 (2½) — 1/2
3. Gormally, Daniel, 2504 (2½) vs Pert, Nicholas,2547 (2½) — 1/2
4. Conquest, Stuart,2536 (2½) vs Arkell, Keith C, 2506 (2½) — 1-0
5. Hanley, James L,2243 (2) vs Lalic, Bogdan, 2533 (2) — 1/2
Game of the day round 3 winner: GM Mark Hebden vs Jeff Horner
last move: 43:h6-h5
Round 2 winner: GM Nigel Davies
Round 1 winner: GM Danny Gormally
Board 1: GM Mark Hebden v GM Nigel Davies…Images: Official site
GM Stuart Conquest v GM Keith Arkell
GM Nigel Davies…images: Official site..britishchess08.com
GM Danny Gormally
IM Ledger vs GM Jones round 3 move 21
GM Davies vs IM Trent round 3 move 22
British Chess Championship…round 2 Jones vs Greet…final position
Zhou vs Davies round 2 final position
Image: Britishchess08.com…which is also the Official website. St George’s Hall is one of the finest neo-classical buildings in Europe designed by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes. Building commenced in 1842 with a grand opening in September 1854. With its splendid chandeliers and gilded plasterwork it is one of the best assembly halls in Britain, overlooking Lime Street and St. Johns Lane and Gardens.It was reopened on April 23rd 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales, after the completion of a £23m restoration. Carefully restored to its original glory with a new Heritage Centre created to provide a dynamic and exciting introduction to St George’s Hall and its place in Liverpool’s history. Throughout the Heritage Centre, imaginative exhibitions, reconstructions and hands-on activities vividly bring the story of St George’s Hall alive. Please click HERE to take a panoramic tour through St George’s Main Hall.
A posterized pic of images taken from the Official site.
Has it ever happened to you? You live in your country and “tourists” visit “familiar” places and ask or tell you about it, and you, having lived there since your birth, don’t have a cooking clue what they’re talking about?? Well, then take a good read here… about a year ago, one of my English colleagues was going “home” for the half term. Her parents live in the Oxford area. When “Karen” (not her real name) told me where they live, I asked her if she’s been to the Sheep Shop…the “Alice in Wonderland”-shop. “Huh?? What!? the Sheep Shop? Nikita…what are you talking about?!” ..and I continued about the Alice-book, the writer and very shortly the “history” and about The Sheep Shop….Karen’s reaction…”Nikita, hey…Alice in Wonderland is a fairy tale!! HELLO!! Alice didn’t exist in real life! Do you know that…!”…and I replied…(and I couldn’t help smiling)…”Of course I know that the book is a “fairy” tale……I mean…who doesn’t know that! but, Alice actually DID exist!!”…Karen: “HUH!! Nikita….!!??” and she looked at me with a puzzled face as I was really dumb and that I haven’t heard her saying that Alice wasn’t “real”….. hehehe…at the end she “promised” me to visit the Sheep Shop…but sadly, she didn’t have the time to visit the shop…Do you know the “REAL” story behind the real story?? If not…then you’ve got some catching-up to do! We visited Oxford a few years ago – I think in 2005? and we visited Christ Church first – of course – and then our next stop was this tiny shop..just opposite Christ Church! Everything in that tiny shop is “Alice”-gifts…etc! Alice used to go to the “Sheep Shop” when she was little to buy some sweets there…read on the link I’ve given more about the shop. If you ever go to Oxford, make sure you do visit Alice’s shop! …There’s also been a book published with this Chess game of Alice…follow the Echecs-link and you will find a link on their site about the published book…
Please click HEREfor the Alice in Wonderland shop in Oxford.
A Chess Set inspired by the novel ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’ where the pieces magically turn transparent when they touch the board.
In ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’ by Lewis Carroll, Alice falls through a mirror and on the other side of the mirror, she becomes a piece in a game of chess. Inspired by this, the chess pieces have an opaque mirror finish, when they touch the surface of the board they magically turn transparent and reveal the identity of the piece contained inside them. When removed from the board they revert to being opaque, hiding the identity of the piece.
This is a comment on how a chess piece has no value unless it is in play on the board. If removed from the board, a pawn and a queen are equal, in that neither have any value.
The theme of ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’ is the difference between the real world and the world behind the mirror. In keeping with this theme there is a contrast between the unlit mirrored piece and the clear glass piece. Each unlit mirrored piece is a smooth and modern shape. Each lit piece is clear glass, with the negative shape of a traditional, delicate Staunton chess piece enclosed within it. In the book the White Knight talks about how he thinks better when he is upside down. In a reference, the White Knights in the set only work when they are placed upside down. This joke is hidden to all but those who know the background of the chess set
The Chessboard is made out of LightPoints a material manufactured by Schott, which is glass that has LED’s embedded in it; the pieces are coated with Mirona, a Material that turns transparent when light shines through it. When the piece is placed on the board it completes the circuit and lights up the LED under it turning it transparent, like magic. Read the article here and see more images too.
Press release Alice and the chess master : the adventure goes on !
The team of Alice and the chess master catched by English-speaking people!
With the help of Europe Echecs and its technologies for broadcasting of chess events and the Lyon Olympic Chess team and knowledge, and the decisive venue of Anatoly KARPOV in Lyon, the first « Circuit Espoirs Europe Echecs » got in 6 days, more than 1 million of visitors.
But problem … !
Some English-speaking people, among them one of the most important website in the world, asked us information about the mysterious chess game of Lewis CARROLL from the tale Through the looking glass and what Alice found there following of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.
Indeed they have understood that the mysterious and secret meeting with Anatoly KARPOV of June 26th in the town of Lyon was in the painter Max SCHOENDORFF’s flat.
________________________________________________________ you can read more on the Echecs site with the link…”Press Release”…and make sure you click on “English”….if English is your mother tongue…
Click on the following image for a larger view…
The following information comes from a published Word document, which is available for you to download a bit further down in this post…and you can read the rest of the “article” in the Word document…there are also zillions of links for you to follow-up in the document.
1) Context of the game summarized
Charles Lutwidge DODGSON, better known as Lewis CARROLL (1832-1898), was a british writer, photographer and mathematician. Son of a pastor, left-handed and stammerer, first-born in a family of 11 children, he was made deacon. He was a genius in mathematics, highly skilled in symbolic logic, and had a well-developped artistic sense for drawing, theatre, photography (some of his photographies were among the best during the 19th century). He wrote two best-sellers: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its following Through the Looking Glass (1871). He became professeur in mathematics in Christ Church in 1855. His favourite number was 42.
Alice Pleasance LIDDELL (1852-1934), inspired L. CARROLL for Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. She was the daughter of the Dean LIDDELL, manager of the Christ Church College from 1855, which he supervised in a tough way. L.CARROLL met her in 1856. In 1862, Lewis and a friend of his offer a boat walk to 3 LIDDELL sisters, during which he established the guidelines of the stories that Alice will ask him to write. But in 1863, L. CARROLL and the LIDDELLS parted.
Alice became an artist (drawing, painting). She was said to have an affair with prince Leopold, son of Queen Victoria. In 1928, she had important financial difficulties, therefore she was forced to sell the original copy of Alice’s adventures under ground that DODGSON gave her.
Christ Church College, Oxford university, managed a while by Alice’s father, and where Charles DODGSON worked. (Also, the film Harry Potter took place there).
The Crystal Palace, which once received the World Fair, where Lewis and Alice went and first saw the Queen through mirrors. Mrs LIDDELL also frequently went there to start and built a royal future for her daughter.
The Isis, branch of the River Thames, where Lewis CARROLL sailed with Alice and her sisters.
The White Tower of London, infamous prison near the Queen’s flat.
And here is the diagram which introduces the tale:
The white pawn (Alice) plays and wins in 11 moves
3) An unsolved game during 136 years …
Preface of 1896: 25 years after Through the Looking Glass was published, and two years before he died, Lewis CARROLL, noticing the global skepticism and lack of understanding in the face of his chess problem, wrote a preface in order to specify some points about it … Nothing really useful, but still, he wrote it on purpose …
See the preface in additional documents.
Christophe LEROY, born in 1968, is a chess fan and a good player (rated around 2200 pts) tireless worker since 1984, general delegate of the Lyon Olympique Echecs since 1992. He was asked in 1999 by the NOAO to comment this chess game, though he had never heard of it before. He worked hard on several French and English articles. He realized that this game had never really been read or solved properly .… After many unsuccessful studies, everything appeared clear overnight: Christophe understood that each piece was actually a living person during CARROLL’s life. Following that, a whole adventure began to figure out what Lewis CARROLL meant. It led him to Oxford, London, Paris and many other towns, and allowed him to meet dozens of people worldwide.
Needless to say, the complexity of this problem kept many chess players from trying to understand! Alice (white pawn) plays and wins but red pieces act first … The whites play 14 times, the blacks only 3 … A pawn which reaches the last square does not promote immediately … And to crown it all, a King stays in check for two moves … Christophe likes to say that normally non chess players flee in front of a chess problem and that chess players flee in front of such an odd position!
In December 2006, 70% of the game were decoded. Convinced that this game was really poetic and deserved to be known and recognized, Christophe claimed: “I consider it as part of the “world literary inheritance”, with the feeling to have finally found a precious text of the English author … allowing us to have a truly different reading than the one usually found in Through the looking glass and what Alice found there. A giant chessboard of mirrors with the position of the game was exposed during 4 months in domaine of Lacroix-Laval near Lyon, where several conferences took place.
In March 2008, his book explaining the game, Alice et le maître d’échecs, was published by the URDLA. In may 2008, Christophe received two letters coming from two world specialists of L. CARROLL’s work:
- Edward WAKELING, the master of 42!
- Professor M. COHEN, who wrote a key book on Lewis CARROLL. He indicated that he was very happy that this game helps to understand the relationship between the LIDDELL family and Lewis CARROLL.
The Lewis CARROLL Societies in London (Mark RICHARDS) and New York (Clare IMHOLTZ) have congratulated him on his work and the Christ Church College added his book to its library. The missing element?
Finally, in June 2008, he grabbed the opportunity to explain this game to former world chess champion A. KARPOV in the flat of the painter M. SCHOENDORFF (who is the editor of Alice et le maître d’échecs).
4) Main codes of the game summarized
Always keep the position of the game in mind, and if possible the animated diagram or a chessboard to play the moves! And make sure to be well seated …
Learn Lewis CARROLL’s language
4.1 – The pieces
Each piece embodies a real person:
- The white Pawn is Alice LIDDELL (indicated by the author),
- The white Knight is probably a messenger sent by Lewis CARROLL, trying to become Alice’s dearest knight.
- The red Knight embodies Charles LUTWIDGE DODGSON, who also becomes the white Knight during the 6th and 7th moves.
- The white King is Alice’s father (Mr LIDELL).
- The white Queen is Alice’s mother (Mrs LIDDELL).
- The red Queen symbolizes Queen Victoria (and not Mrs PRICKETT, Alice’s housekeeper)
- The red King is the mystery, the part of dreams we all have in us. It embodies Charles L. DODGSON dreaming about the young Alice and all the adventure. He uses both knights to deliver his message …
- The white Rook is the White Tower (an infamous prison in London), symbolizing the conservative Victorian society during the 19th century (the white Knight appears like a prisoner of this tower).
Let us take a look at the initial position:
- Let us imagine that the white Queen (Mrs LIDDELL) holds Alice (white Pawn) by the hand while observing the Victorian society (white Rook).
- Queen Victoria (the red Queen) stands above the white rook, and talks with Alice. She begins the game.
- We will come back on the position of the Knight in g8 in paragraph 4.4.
- Let us also notice that the white King (Mr LIDDELL) is in diagonal opposition with the red King (the dreaming C. L. DODGSON), who holds by the hand the white Knight, his messenger. Just as in the author’s true life, where he is in conflict with Alice’s father. That was one of the first things that put C. LEROY on the righ track!
Now you can replay the game, with new eyes … Several codes can almost be found at each move.
4.2 – Pieces’ colors
The choice of colors (white and red) of the pieces is important.
The opposition between black and white pieces in chess was turned into red and white: passion-softness, fire-snow.
Red symbolizes passion, love and hatred with all that it involves.
White represents softness, marriage, nobility, virginity and purity: Alice, but also what the british society was faking.
4.3 – Number of moves
The white pieces play 13 times and several moves successively whereas the black pieces only play 3 times. An element which has disconcerted many chessplayers for over a century!
There are 13 white moves but in fact 14. The author lays the emphasis (in the text commenting the second move) on the fact that Alice’s first move as a white Pawn counts as two, since she moves from d2 to d3 by the railroad then reaches d4. Therefore there are 14 white moves and 3 black ones. 14 x 3 = 42, that is to say L. CARROLL’s favourite number!
1. Born on 27 January 1832 at Daresbury, Cheshire.
2. Eldest son and third child of the Rev. Charles Dodgson and his wife, Frances Jane née Lutwidge.
3. Seven sisters (Frances, Elizabeth, Caroline, Mary, Margaret, Louisa, and Henrietta) and three brothers (Skeffington, Wilfred, and Edwin).
4. Educated at home by his parents – showed ability in mathematics.
5. Family moved to Croft–on–Tees, Yorkshire in 1843 when his father became rector there.
6. Went to school at Richmond, Yorkshire, when he was 12 years old.
7. Transferred to Rugby School in 1846 and studied there for four years.
8. Gained a place at Oxford University in 1850.
9. Took up his place in January 1851 as an undergraduate at Christ Church.
10. His mother died suddenly within a few days of his arrival at Christ Church.
11. Graduated with a BA degree in 1854; 1st class in Mathematics, 3rd in Classics.
12. Became a tutor in mathematics at Christ Church; appointed Sub–Librarian in 1855.
13. Appointed Mathematical Lecturer at Christ Church in 1855, but takes up the post at the beginning on 1856.
14. Took the pen–name “Lewis Carroll” (based on a Latinate form of his first names) in February 1856.
15. Became a keen amateur photographer in 1856.
16. Ordained deacon in the Church of England in December 1861.
17. The story of Alice’s Adventures first told on a river trip with Alice Liddell and her sisters on 4 July 1862.
18. The manuscript of Alice’s Adventures given to Alice Liddell as a Christmas gift in 1864.
19. The book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, first published in 1865.
20. Took a trip across Europe to Russia in 1867; his only trip abroad.
21. His father died in 1868; he assumed the role of “head of the family” as the eldest son.
22. Leased a home at Guildford for his brothers and sisters.
23. Published his first book of poems, Phantasmagoria, in 1869.
24. Through the Looking–Glass published in 1871.
25. Continued to write mathematical works for the undergraduates at Oxford University.
26. Published an epic nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark, in 1876.
27. Rented accommodation at Eastbourne for the summer holidays in 1877, and continued this practice for the rest of his life.
28. Invented many word games and mathematical puzzles.
29. Published the drama, Euclid and His Modern Rivals, in 1879, but it was never performed as a play in his lifetime.
30. He gave up his photographic hobby in July 1880 and took no more photographs.
31. Resigned the Mathematical Lectureship at Christ Church in 1881, but remained in residence as a senior member of the college.
32. Elected Curator of the Common Room in 1882 by his colleagues.
33. Further poetry published under the title Rhyme? and Reason? in 1883.
34. A series of mathematical problems woven around a story published at A Tangled Tale in 1885.
35. The original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures published in facsimile in 1886, all proceeds going to hospitals and children’s homes.
36. The Game of Logic published in 1887 to support his teaching of the subject in schools and colleges.
37. The first part of a new story book, Sylvie and Bruno, published in 1889.
38. A special version of Alice for very young children, called The Nursery “Alice”, was written in 1889.
39. The second part of the new story, Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, published in 1893.
40. His major work on logic, Symbolic Logic, Part 1: Elementary, was published in 1896; two further volumes were planned but not published in his lifetime.
41. He died at Guildford on 14 January 1898 and is buried there.
42. The copyright of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ended in 1907 and many editions have been published since them, the book never going out of print. It has also been translated into many different languages.
Image and info: wakeling.demon.co.uk
1. Born on 4 May 1852 at Westminster School, London, and christened “Alice Pleasance Liddell” in Westminster Abbey by her father
2. Fourth child and second daughter of the Rev. Henry George Liddell and Lorina Hannah née Reeve
3. Five brothers (Edward Henry–known as Harry, James Arthur Charles–died in infancy, Albert Edward Arthur–died in infancy, Frederick Francis, Lionel Charles) and four sisters (Lorina Charlotte, Edith Mary, Rhoda Caroline Anne, Violet Constance)
4. Father was headmaster of Westminster School from 1846–1855
5. In June 1855, Alice’s father was appointed Dean of Christ Church, and the family moved to the Deanery in early 1856
6. Lewis Carroll first met Alice (then aged nearly four) when he was photographing the Cathedral at Christ Church in April 1856
7. Lewis Carroll took many photographs of Alice (one given above) and her siblings, Harry, Lorina and Edith
Alice was educated at home
8. She was particularly good at English, French and art
9. Her governess was Miss Mary Prickett, known by Alice as “Pricks”
10. Alice had short dark straight hair cut into a fringe
11. Reports say she had blue eyes, although her passport described them as “dark”
12. Lewis Carroll often visited the Deanery and entertained the Liddell children, especially when the Dean and his wife were abroad for the sake of the Dean’s health
13. Lewis Carroll taught them to play croquet, and also a special version of the game that he invented called “Castle Croquet”
14. Lewis Carroll invented a card game called “Ways and Means” that he played with the Liddell children
15. On 4 July 1862, Lewis Carroll took Alice, her two sisters Lorina and Edith, together with Rev. Robinson Duckworth, on a boat trip up the River Isis (Thames) to Godstow
16. The story of Alice’s Adventures was first told on this river trip
17. At Alice’s request, Lewis Carroll wrote out the story he had invented, which he called “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”
18. Lewis Carroll wrote out the story from memory in his own neat hand; it took him several months to do so
19. He also drew pictures to illustrated the story
20. The manuscript of Alice’s Adventures was given to Alice Liddell as an early Christmas gift in 1864
21. Friends of Lewis Carroll who had seen or heard the story beforehand strongly advised him to publish it
22. Lewis Carroll re–wrote the story for publication, adding new episodes such as the Mad Tea–Party
23. The book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was first published in July 1865 with illustrations by John Tenniel
24. Tenniel was not satisfied with the printing of the first edition, and it was withdrawn
25. The book was re–printed and published in December 1865, although these copies have 1866 on the title page
26. The book has never been out–of–print from then onwards
27. In Alice’s Adventures, Alice’s sister Lorina is the “Lory” in the “Pool of Tears”
28. In Alice’s Adventures, Alice’s sister Edith is the “Eaglet” in the “Pool of Tears”
29. All three sisters appear in the Dormouse’s tale at the “Mad Tea–Party” as the three little sisters who lived at the bottom of a well, named Elsie (L. C. or Lorina Charlotte), Lacie (anagram of Alice), and Tillie (short for Matilda, the children’s pet–name for Edith)
30. Robinson Duckworth was the “Duck” in the “Pool of Tears”
31. Lewis Carroll’s own adopted character was the “Dodo”
32. The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Christ Church in 1863, and this event became a feature of the sequel, Through the Looking–Glass
33. Through the Looking–Glass was published in late 1871, but all copies of the first edition have 1872 on the title page
34. At the end of Through the Looking Glass there is a poem, the first letter of each line spells out Alice’s name
35. When Alice was a little older she was, for a time, romantically linked with Queen Victoria’s youngest son, Prince Leopold
36. Alice married Reginald Hargreaves on 15 September 1880 at Westminster Abbey. She wore a brooch from Prince Leopold on her wedding–dress. They lived at “Cuffnells,” a large country house at Lyndhurst in the New Forest, Hampshire
37. Alice had three sons; Alan, Leopold – known as Rex, and Caryl; Alan and Rex were both killed during the First World War
38. Alice sold her manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground at auction in 1928, for which she received £15,400 (a very high price for a literary manuscript in those days)
39. Alice travelled to the United States of America in 1932, the centenary of Lewis Carroll’s birth, in order to support an exhibition at Columbia University, New York. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate of literature while she was there.
40. Alice died at Westerham, Kent, on 15 November 1934, aged 82; her ashes were buried at Lyndhurst in the Hargreaves family tomb
41. The manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, went to the USA after being sold at auction, but was presented to the British nation by a group of American benefactors in 1946, and it is now in the British Library. Update: From Chessvibes: see source link at the bottom
The enchanting power of numbers
Well, however charming Leroy’s enthusiasm, however well-promoted his book, however intriguing his thesis, I beg to disagree. The problem with his article and the whole project is the same problem that Bach and the Number suffers from. Both rely on weak interpretation, factual inaccuracies, wishful thinking and a highly naive belief in the power of numbers. For example, Leroy notes that 42 was Lewis Carroll’s favorite number. And he’s absolutely right, it was. But he then goes on to suggest that, among other things:
Carroll lived in Christ Church, Oxford, on number 6, where people could only access it through the 7th stairs, so that 6×7 = 42! Carroll died in 1898 because he met Alice Liddell in 1856 (98-56=42!) Carroll quit photography in 1880 because he met Alice Liddell in 1856 (80-56=24!)
And these are only three of dozens of “hidden, impressive signatures” within the chess problem. We’re actually supposed to believe Carroll choose his own year of death to give us, dear readers, a clue to the solution of his chess problem.
By the way, in Bach and the Number, similarly remarkable conclusions are reached. Bach knew his exact date of death and hid it in some of his works. The authors even calculate the exact number of days Bach has lived (23869) and derive all sorts of wonderful conclusions from it. I won’t go too deeply into all this, but interested readers can read a discussion on the book here. It reminded me a lot of some discussions on the existence of Atlantis or aliens. Like words, numbers can mean anything, as Humpty Dumpty would be the first to point out. I, for one, prefer Alice’s point of view:
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many things.”
Anyway, why should we multiply numbers in one case, and do subtraction or addition in another? But okay, perhaps these calculations were just a joke…?
Another remarkable discovery is the fact that Lewis Carroll hid his initials (LC) in the chess problem. Now why would he do that anyway? And wouldn’t he rather have put his real initials (CLD) in a problem that says something about his private life? But wait, let’s not start asking thorny questions yet. Take a look at the diagram again. Don’t we see a C-shape in the pieces on the bottom on the diagram: c1,d2, e2, f1? Never mind the C is rotated 90 degrees – we can’t be too picky in these matters. Now we’re going to find the L. That’s a little more difficult, but with enough will-power, we’ll manage. Draw a line from the White King on c6 down to the Black King on e4, then go up to the Knight on f5. c6-e4-f5, there you go! It sure looks more like a V-shape to me, but according to Leroy, it’s an L allright. And by the way, that pawn on d2, that’s Alice, right? Well, notice she’s on the fourth (d) file, on the second rank. 4 and 2, makes 42, you see? (Apparently, sometimes we shouldn’t multiply or subtract numbers, but just put them behind each other, and the meaning will magically appear!)
So what is the meaning, this hidden message of Carroll? The article says:
After many unsuccessful studies, everything appeared clear overnight: Christophe [Leroy] understood that each piece was actually a living person during Carroll’s life.
Leroy then goes on to link not only Alice to the White Pawn on d2 (which is correct), but the White Knight to “a messenger sent by Lewis Carroll, trying to become Alice’s dearest knight”, the White King to Alice’s father, the White Queen to Alice’s mother, and the Red Queen to nobody else but Queen Victoria. Oh, and the Red Knight embodies Charles Dodgson. (Note that Leroy mixes Carroll and Dodgson all the time, without explaining why.)
Leroy assumes (as many have done before him) that Carroll wanted to marry young Alice and proposed to her or her parents. In recent years, however, this theory has become under a heavy cloud. Leroy doesn’t seem to know this, and is happy to use the old assumption for his own theory:
Indeed, this sacrifice (he is taken by the white Knight: his double) permits him to do another proposal but with new clothes … White clothes, symbol of marriage …
So, Carroll hid the fact that he proposed to Alice within the problem. He may never have written anything about it in any of his thousands of letters, or in his books, or even in his diaries, but, by God, did he make it crystal clear in his nonsense problem!
Unfotunately, and needless to say, the whole ‘identification’ is flawed. For one, Carroll intended himself to be the White Knight, not the Red one, as was proven by Jeffrey Stern in 1990 ["Carroll Indentifies Himself At Last", Jabberwocky Summer/Autumn 1990]. What Queen Victoria has to do with all this, is utterly unclear.
All sorts of problems Enough already! The article suffers from more general problems than the ones I mentioned above. Since we’re still assuming the theory is meant to be scientific or at least scholarly, here are a few of the most obvious questions that come to mind:
Can the theory be falsified? Since neither Carroll nor anyone else ever mentioned a possible hidden solution, by what criteria could we ever say, ‘okay, this definitely disproves the theory’? Can the theory be tested? Can the theory be accepted by someone who disagrees over the fact (such as that Carroll proposed to Alice)? Or does it take ‘faith’? Why doesn’t Occam’s Razor apply to the theory? Is there a method by which we can reproduce the ‘message’ or ‘meaning’ of the chess problem? Or was the solution found by intuition only? What does it mean that by 2006, “70% of the game was decoded”? Which 70%? And what was the other 30%? How was the final 30% found? What, in fact, is the code of the game exactly?
Finally, and most importantly, the theory totally lacks facts to back it up. Carroll never wrote about a possible hidden message, not did Alice herself or anyone else. Also, as the ‘dramatis personae’ from earlier editions shows, Carroll originally intended charcters from the book to resprest the pieces in the problem, not real life persons. As I wrote to Sylvain Ravot:
In my opinion, this fact alone disproves the theory of mr. Leroy, unless he can actually show that Carroll wrote it as a ‘decoy’ to distract attention from the ‘real meaning’.
So far, I have not received an answer.
This can only mean one thing: the project is a joke after all. It has to be. No chess player (and mr. Leroy is a 2200 player who plays for several French clubs) could ever believe this theory. It’s a charming, innocent joke, an artistic hoax in the spirit of the great dadaist Marcel Duchamp, who was also a chess player. Let’s hope it is. I leave it to the readers to decide whether they like the joke.
Alice LiddellYes, Carroll liked to invent puzzles, but he was not a cryptologist. Yes, he liked riddles, but he was not obsessed with it. He probably was something of a chess enthusiast, but he didn’t know much about the game. Yes, he was a romantic, and he was fascinated by young Alice Liddell, but he didn’t leave a desperate secret message of failed marriage and love for her in a chess problem. And Christopher Leroy and Sylvain Ravot must surely know this.
What if their not joking, though? We’ll be sure to hear more of it. Lack of evidence has never stopped astrologists, Atlantis mysticists or people who believe aliens control the U.S. government. And a book that claims Bach was even more obsessed by numbers than by fugues, can even be found in the best music store in The Netherlands, on the same shelf as the highly serious Interpreting Bach on the Keyboard by Paul Badura Skoda.
Watu Kobese IM (South Africa)..Image: farm1.static.flickr.com
This is a news article about Watu playing chess on the 29th June in Pretoria in a simul to raise money for the Ramlodi chess festival in July. A Grade 7-student (u/14) checkmated him in a game! Rian Cox is also a Springbok Chess player. Read more about the RAMLODIChess Festival here and you can visit the Official site here … On THIS LINK you can play through his games on Chessgames.
On THIS LINK you can read about the Chess simultaneous on the Kolonnade Centre’s site.
Skaakkampioen kom toe ’n Ermeloër teë
Jun 29 2008 06:13:41:670PM – (SA)
Mnr. Watu Kobese, Suid-Afrika se skaakmeester met die hoogste gradering tans, het Pretorianers – 40 van hulle – eergister by die Kolonnade-inkopiesentrum in Pretoria die stryd aangesê.
’n Oorlogsveld van 40 skaakborde is staangemaak terwyl Kobese opponente begin lok het.
“Ek glo skaak kry nie genoeg erkenning in Suid-Afrika nie. Selfs die onderwysdepartement moet verstaan dat skaak help met jou leerwerk en kognitiewe denke,” het die skaakfoendi gesê.
“ ’n Skaakbord het ’n X- en Y-as wanneer ’n mens byvoorbeeld aan wiskunde dink. Skaak is baie goedkoop en jy het geen spasie nodig daarvoor nie. Skaak is vir my soos musiek en kuns. Dis ’n intellektuele plesier. Dit leer jou ook om jou opponent te respekteer.
“Daar word gemeen dat skaak jou sosiale karakter weerspieël. Ek is ’n baie aggressiewe onkompromistiese speler. ’n Mens moet skaakfiks wees. Sodra jy slaplê, verlaag jou sin vir gevaar. ’n Rede vir my sukses is die vermoë om vinnig variasies te bereken op die skaakbord.
Soos ek aanstap van een opponent na die volgende, hou ek my moeilike opponente in gedagte en werk solank aan daardie skuiwe in my kop. Ek vrees Russiese spelers die meeste. Hulle leer skaak van vroeg af op skool.”
Terwyl die tuisopponente peinsend die skaakbord voor hulle bestudeer, stap Kobese al skuiwende van een spel na die volgende. “Skaak laat jou verder dink,” vertel Werner Buys (10) van Rayton. “Skaak is werklik fun en dit gee ’n mens kans om jou tyd ordentlik te bestee.”
En toe kom die groot gif in die klein botteltjie. Uit die 47 skaakspele wat Kobese gespeel het, was een spel ’n probleem.
’n Gr. 7-leerling van Ermelo en ’n o.14 junior skaak-Springbok, Rian Cox, vertel: “Ek het my ruiter vir twee van Watu se pionne opgeoffer, dit alles om Watu se koning oop te kry. En in die 21ste skuif was dit skaakmat.”
Hannah Kneen–8jr – van Johannesburg hou die volgende skuif van mnr. Watu Kobese, ‘n skaakmeester, dop. ‘n Geldinsameling is die naweek by die Kolonnade-inkopiesentrum in Pretoria gehou vir die Ramlodi-skaakfees wat op 18 Julie in Pretoria begin. Foto: Leon Botha
Congratulations Levon Aronian, Winner of the Asrian Memorial, 2008.
1st place: Levon Aronian 8.5 points
2nd place: Peter Leko 8 points
3rd place: Alexander Morozevich 7.5 points
4th place: Boris Gelfand 7.5 points
Live games link HERE… For the results on the tournament, follow the link to the official site or on the second link where you can play through their games too.
Chess Giants Yerevan 2008″ rapid chess tournament which will be held in Yerevan, Armenia from June 8-15, 2008. Eight giants of the chess world will pair off and play two games a day in what promises to be a week of fighting chess. You can follow the games every day at 18:00 PM local time (GMT+4) from Yerevan’s picturesque Opera House. Please click HERE for the Official site of Chess Giants. On THIS LINK you can play through their games as the tournament goes…enjoy!
Standings after 10 rounds
1. Leko, Peter HUN 2741 6½
2. Aronian, Levon ARM 2763 6
3. Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2643 5½
4-5. Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2708 5
4-5. Gelfand, Boris ISR 2723 5
6. Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2774 4½
7. Adams, Michael ENG 2729 4
8. Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2673 3½
Note that due to the tragic news of GM Karen Asrian’s passing, the games scheduled for June 10 and June 11 have been postponed. The Chess Giants tournament will resume on June 12.Click HERE to read about his death.
According to the decision of the Armenian Chess Federation, the Chess Giants Yerevan 2008 tournament has been renamed the Karen Asrian Memorial and will be held traditionally in honor of our cherished champion.
In addition, the rapid open scheduled to have been played in parallel to the main tournament from June 12-15, has been cancelled.
It is with great sadness and difficulty we report to you that today, June 9, Armenian Grandmaster Karen Asrian passed away. He was 28 years old. Details will be forthcoming. Round 1 games started late after a moment of silence in GM Asrian’s memory.
Yerevan, Armenia, the Opera House is the round building on the left…and this is where this tournament takes place. Image: Britanica
In the valley of Biblical Mount Ararat lies the beautiful ancient city of Yerevan, the 12th capital of Armenia. Yerevan was built around the city-fortress of Erebuni established by the King Argishti the First the king of Urartu in the year 782 BC.The ruins of Erebuni still stand in the southeastern part of the city.
A large part of the Erebuni fortification had been reconstructed by 1968 when the city celebrated the 2750th anniversary of its foundation. The well-preserved walls permitted the complete reproduction of the layout of Erebuni.
Yerevan is situated in the north-eastern part of the Ararat Valley. Mounts Aragats, Azhdaak, and Ararat can be seen from the city. With its rugged terrain, Yerevan displays a 400m disparity between its lowest and highest points. The city is divided by Hrazdan River that flows in a picturesque canyon.
The climate in Yerevan is dry and sharply varied with temperatures in summer peaking over 35 C and falling below -15 C in winter.
Chess champ takes on 20 opponents at Hay
May 25 2008 Media Wales
Former chess grandmaster Boris Spassky will today take on 20 opponents simultaneously – including one in Antarctica.
Spassky will take up the challenge at the Hay Festival, in mid Wales.
And, with Antarctica 8,000 miles away, it will be the longest distance live chess match ever attempted.
Spassky’s on-line opponent on the continent will be Ian McNab, a field technician with the British Antarctic Survey based on the Rothera Research Station.
His other 19 opponents, who include comedian Dom Joly, Liberal Democrat Welsh Assembly Member Peter Black, and a number of the area’s leading child chess prodigies, will play him in person.
Mr MacNab, 52, from Manchester, said: “I am not very optimistic. I would describe myself as an amateur, but I was quite good as a teenager. I don’t think that Boris has much to be afraid of.”
The former outdoor pursuits instructor is part of a British team of 21 scientists and experts who are undertaking a long-term monitoring of environmental and maritime changes in the region.
Their next physical contact with the outside world will not take place until the arrival of a supply ship in October 2008.
Spassky, a 71-year-old Russian, became grandmaster at the age of 18 and proceeded to win the Soviet Chess Championship twice.
He was in the world’s top ten players for most of the years between the mid 50s and the mid 80s.
The simultaneous chess match will take place at 6pm at Richard Booth’s Bookshop, in Lion Street, Hay-On-Wye.
The challenge pre-emts the former world number one’s talk at the annual literary festival tomorrow about his famous loss to Bobby Fischer, in Reykjavik, at the height of the Cold War in 1972.
Source of article : HERE … We visited Wales a few years ago and I wanted to travel back through this “town of books”…Hay-on-Wye…and on THIS LINK
you can read what I said about the town…I’ve added two pictures here from that link…and on THIS LINK you can see my pics about Aberystwyth, in Wales where we visited friends.
You can clearly see the slot to leave your money at the “Honesty Bookshop” in Hay-on-Wye.
Hay Castle is where the “Honesty Bookshop” is…where you pay 50p per book and you can see the slot on my first pic for the money!
Alexandra Kosteniuk is one of the beauties in the world of Chess! In this video you can see the game she played against GM Zoltan Almasi. It’s a blitz. Fast chess, also known as, blitz chess, lightning chess, bullet chess and rapid chess, is a type of chess game in which each side is given less time to make their moves than under the normal tournament time controls of 60-150 minutes (1-2½ hours) per player. Read HEREmore about blitz chess.
Please click HERE for the official site of Alexandra Kosteniuk. Alexandra Kosteniuk comments in detail her blitz game played in Moscow at the World Blitz Championships Qualifiers against one of the world’s top experts on the Berlin Wall defence.
The model Carmen Kass in a five-minute blitz match against Viswanathan Anand in 2004.
Read the review of this book here at the link at the bottom of this post….or click on the image to order the book.
Many of us, even those of us who don’t play either well or often, are familiar with chess. Some of us will be aware that some pieces are differently represented in different parts of the world, but I wonder how many of us are aware of the comparatively recent introduction of the queen?
Marilyn Yalom attempts three objectives in this interesting book. Firstly, and of most interest to me, she outlines a history of the game of chess and its likely spread across the world. Secondly, Dr Yalom explains the development of the piece currently known as the queen in most European chess play both in terms of its replacement of earlier pieces, and its emerging power. Finally, Dr Yalom makes a case for parallels between the emergence of the power of the chess queen and the rise of powerful female sovereigns in Europe.
While I am attracted to the notion of the role of the chess queen as a reflection of the rise of strong queens (such as Isabella of Castile), and a possible association with the cult of the Virgin Mary, this is of peripheral interest to me. What I did find fascinating was the history of the development of the game, especially the differences between cultures and countries. Dr Yalom advises that the chess queen did not appear on the board until about 1000: some 200 years after the game had been introduced to southern Europe. Yet, by 1497, the queen had developed from a weak piece (moving one square at a time on the diagonal) to the more formidable force that she is today.
Dr Yalom presents a wealth of information in this book. Whether you share her conclusions, her enthusiasm for the subject combined with her capacity to present a variety of interesting data in a readable and accessible way will make this an enjoyable read.
Those who are serious chess players may find some of the facts interesting. Those of us interested in the evolution of institutions of power and who choose to explore parallels between games of strategy and political realities should also enjoy this book.
Results round 5: Please click HERE to play through the games of round 5….and it seems to me that…Ivanchuk is on his way to fame! The results in round 5:
Veselin Topalov 1-0 Bu Xiangzhi
Levon Aronian 0-1 Vassily Ivanchuk
Ivan Cheparinov ½-½ Teimour Radjabov Click on THIS LINK to play through a few games from the first 3 rounds and also, see 2 videos of Ivanchuck’s games in rounds 4 and 5….
Results of rounds 2-4
Please click HEREto play through the games of round 2 and to see the standings after round 2! The games take a few seconds to load. If you click HERE you can view the games of round 3 and the standings after round 3…the games take a few seconds to load…
Results of round 4:
On THIS LINK you can play through the games of round 4 and see the results.
The positions after round 4:
Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2740 4 Topalov, Veselin BUL 2767 2½ Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2751 1½ Aronian, Levon ARM 2763 1½ Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2696 1½ Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2708 1
Please click HEREfor the MTEL site and live games…on the side bar of my blog you will find the MTEL-link to live links too. The M-Tel Masters tournament will take place between the 8th and the 18th May in Sofia, Bulgaria. The competitors in this ultra-strong double round-robin tournament are:
Veselin Topalov Bulgaria ELO 2767
Vassily Ivanchuk Ukraine ELO 2740
Levon Aronian Armenia ELO 2763
Teimour Radjabov Azerbaijan ELO 2751
Ivan Cheparinov Bulgaria ELO 2695
Bu Xiangzhi China ELO 2708
This event forms part of the ‘Grand Slam’ circuit which also includes the tournaments at Wijk Aan Zee, Moreila/Linares and Mexico City. The four winners of these tournaments will play against one another in a final tournament in Bilbao in September. Info…chess.com
Blindfold: Topalov vs Juett (winner in the game Play like Topalov 2007): May 06, 19.00 EEST (16.00 UTC))
Press conference: May 07, 12.00 EEST (09.00 UTC)
Official opening: May 07, 18.00 EEST (15.00 UTC)
Cocktail party: May 07, 19.00 EEST (16.00 UTC)
Round 1: May 08, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) Round 2: May 09, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) Round 3: May 10, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) Round 4: May 11, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) Round 5: May 12, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC)
Rest Day: May 13
Football: FC Levski vs Chess United
May 13, 12.00 EEST (09.00 UTC)
Round 6: May 14, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) Round 7: May 15, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) Round 8: May 16, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) Round 9: May 17, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC) Round 10: May 18, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC)
Tie breaks: 19.00 EEST (16.00 UTC) Closing ceremony: 20.00 EEST (17.00 UTC)
Cocktail party: 21.00 EEST (18.00 UTC)
Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria
Five things to see in Sofia
Bulgaria joined the EU in January and Sofia, its capital, is ready for visitors. It may not be as glamorous as those favorite eastern European capitals, Prague and Budapest, but this city of just over a million, surrounded by snow-covered peaks, is a pleasant surprise.
Start at the statue
Almost everything is in the center of town and can be visited on foot. Start a tour at the statue of St. Sofia, the city’s patron whose golden statue was erected atop a tall pedestal five years ago. The citizens of Sofia are said to love the statue but the church condemns it, contending that it is not a religious rendition of a saint. They may have a point: The golden saint, wearing a form-fitting gown with a plunging neckline, looks more like a Greek goddess.
Roman remains by the rotunda
Head over to the Sheraton hotel, which was built in front of the oldest and best preserved building in Sofia, the 4th-century St. George Rotunda. This ancient church is surrounded by ruins of the Roman town of Serdica. Within the structure, three layers of frescoes were discovered, the oldest dating to the 10th century.
Walk through Alexander Battenburg Square, named after the man who became the country’s first prince in 1879 when the country was liberated from 400 years of occupation by the Turks. Pass the National Art Gallery, a yellow building which was the former royal palace, and continue down Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard past the Russian Church of St. Nicholas. This is Sofia’s prettiest church with a bright yellow-tiled exterior, gilded domes, and an emerald green spire, all sparkling in the sun-a delightful jewel in the midst of the busy city. It was built in 1913 in the traditional Moscow decorative style as the project of a Russian architect.
St. Alexander Nevski
The golden dome of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the city’s largest place of worship, dominates the skyline. Built between 1908 and 1912, it commemorates the 200,000 Russian soldiers who perished in the Bulgarian War of Liberation.
The majority of Bulgarians are Christian Orthodox and their churches are lavishly decorated with frescoes, icons, chandeliers-and candles. Some are dark and mysterious places with just the flickering of candles casting a soft glow on the silver that covers many of the icons. Thanks to large clear windows, St. Alexander Nevski is brighter than most orthodox churches.
There’s a lively and colorful street market near the church. Everything from Russian fur hats and lacquered boxes to icons, embroidery, and flea market bric-a-brac is for sale. And on Vitosha Boulevard, the city’s main shopping thoroughfare, pedestrians saunter down the middle of the street, which is closed to all traffic except trams, and is as busy as the city’s covered market. In the middle of the market hall, surrounded by shops-bakeries, butchers, vegetable stands, and souvenir boutiques-are a fountain and two popular restaurant/bar complexes.
Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. The city was founded around 7 000 years ago in a close proximity to the Vitosha Mountain and has now turned into a real cosmopolitan city. As it is with other capitals, Sofia is the centre of the political, cultural and business life in Bulgaria. The city offers many international events, as well as theatres, operas, concert halls, museums and galleries. The place is also suitable for congresses, symposia, meetings and conferences because its business centre and hotels are very near the centre of the city. For the comfort-lovers there are many luxurious five, four and three-stars hotels. And for those who want comfort, rest and tranquility, there are many small private hotels in Sofia’s surroundings.
Read more: bulgaria-trips.info/Sofia/sofia.html
The Mtel Chess Masters Round 2- Images: Mtel Official site
Today…round 13 – the final round! – was played in Baku, Azerbainjan. The first images in this post is about round 13, please slide down for round 12-results. More images of round 13 can bee seen on the official Baku2008.fide.com-site.
Tadaa! and here are the results of round 13…
Karjakin, Sergey 1/2 Kamsky, Gata 1/2
Svidler, Peter 1 Inarkiev,Ernesto 0
Navara, David 1 Cheparinov, Ivan 0
Adams, Michael 1/2 Gashimov, Vugar 1/2
Grischuk, Alexander 1/2 Radjabov, Teimour 1/2
Carlsen, Magnus 1 Bacrot,Etienne 0
Wang, Yue 1/2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1/2
Kamsky, Gata 1/2 Kerjakin, Sergey 1/2
1 Gashimov Vugar 2679 AZE 8
2 Wang Yue 2689 CHN 8
3 Carlsen Magnus 2765 NOR 8
4 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 AZE 71/2
5 Grischuk Alexander 2716 RUS 7½
6 Adams Michael 2729 ENG 6½
7 Svidler Peter 2746 RUS 6½
8 Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 6
9 Kamsky Gata 2726 USA 6
10 Karjakin Sergey 2732 UKR 6
11 Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 5½
12 Navara David 2672 CZE 5½
13 Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA 5
14 Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 RUS 5
Game between Wang and Mamedyrov…move 29….round 13 This image is from the game between Bacrot and Carlsen…after move 34 Wang against Mamedyarov move…47 End position…Navara and Cheparinov End position: Grischuk and Radjabov
On this image you can see what the game board looked like between Carlsen and Adams in round 12. Click on images for a larger view.
Inarkiev playing white against Wang. Kamsky playing against Svidler
Final position of the game between Kamsky and Svidler
Gashimov against Grischuk…move 17 Gashimov against Grischuk…final position on the board
Radjabov against Navara…move 19
Final position of the board between Radjabov and Navara Mamedyarov against Bacrot move 49
All images from players: Baku2008-Fide Official site
…wow…I can’t make up my mind with all of these men…why do they all look so the same today!
….I was sure there was a fairy…just there!
Gata… I told you he didn’t touch that pawn…it was the pawn on H2…
…but sir…he touched it again! where are you now!….
…if you’re in the top position, this is how you pick up a piece…just watch..and you’ll win!
…..wow…they are sooooooo beautiful!
…eeny meeny miny moe!…..
Standings…after round 12
Wang Yue 2689 CHN 7½
Gashimov Vugar 2679 AZE 7½
Grischuk Alexander 2716 RUS 7
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 AZE 7
Carlsen Magnus 2765 NOR 7
Adams Michael 2729 ENG 6
Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 5½
Karjakin Sergey 2732 UKR 5½
Svidler Peter 2746 RUS 5½
Kamsky Gata 2726 USA 5½
Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA 5
Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 5
Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 RUS 5
Navara David 2672 CZE 4½
Pairings for round 13, the final round.
Round 13 on 05/05/08 at 14:00
Karjakin Sergey – Kamsky Gata
Navara David – Cheparinov Ivan
Grischuk Alexander – Radjabov Teimour
Adams Michael – Gashimov Vugar
Bacrot Etienne – Carlsen Magnus
Yue Wang – Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
Svidler Peter – Inarkiev Ernesto
Enjoy the video about round 13, the final round.
ENJOY! this movie about round 12…also to be seen on the Baku2008-Fide site.
On this image you can see the three winners in this tournament.
Chess players in Baku, Azerbaijan are now busy playing round 11, follow their games live on the “live” link on my blog. By looking at the images of the players, they all look very serious! On the game-images you can see what the chess boards looked like up to the particular move that can also be seen on the image. Please click on the games-images for a larger view. All other images are from the Official site.
Results of finished games…
Karjakin 1/2 Radjabov1/2
Adams 1/2 Mamedjarov 1/2
Grischuk 1/2 Carlsen 1/2
Cheparinov 1/2 Kamsky 1/2
Inarkiev 1 Bacrot 0
Yue Wang 1 Peter Svidler 0
Vugar Gashimov 1/2 David Navara 1/2
On these images you can see players on their way and getting examined by security…seems like Svidler was in a good, relaxing mood and even smiled friendly at the camera!…..
This photo has nothing to do with Baku Chess…a photo I want to share…Svidler and Anand… I think Svidler might be my “next” favourite player – I have a few and can’t make up my mind though, but I do enjoy his friendly personality that reflects from many photos. On this photo he’s sharing a “joke” with Anand…wonder if he was trying to advise Anand on how to be the best…if you look at his finger…lol!
Pairings for rounds 12 and 13:
Round 12 on 04/05/08 at 15:00
Kamsky Gata – Svidler Peter
Inarkiev Ernesto – Yue Wang
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar – Bacrot Etienne
Carlsen Magnus – Adams Michael
Gashimov Vugar – Grischuk Alexander
Radjabov Teimour – Navara David
Cheparinov Ivan – Karjakin Sergey
Round 13 on 05/05/08 at 14:00
Karjakin Sergey – Kamsky Gata
Navara David – Cheparinov Ivan
Grischuk Alexander – Radjabov Teimour
Adams Michael – Gashimov Vugar
Bacrot Etienne – Carlsen Magnus
Yue Wang – Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
Svidler Peter – Inarkiev Ernesto
After round 11:
1 Wang Yue 2689 CHN 7
2 Grischuk Alexander 2716 RUS 7
3 Gashimov Vugar 2679 AZE 6½
4 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 AZE 6
5 Carlsen Magnus 2765 NOR 6
6 Adams Michael 2729 ENG 6
7 Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 5½
8 Kamsky Gata 2726 USA 5½
9 Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA 5
10 Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 5
11 Karjakin Sergey 2732 UKR 5
12 Svidler Peter 2746 RUS 4½
13 Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 RUS 4½
14 Navara David 2672 CZE 3½
Enjoy this video-report about round 11 from the Official Fide-Baku site
In Baku, Azerbaijan, it was a rainy day today….In this image you can see Radjabov sharing his umbrella. In Round 10, Carlsen and Navara drew their game and Grischuck and Mamedyarov. Ivan Cheparinov-(Bulgaria) won his game against Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan).
Follow THIS LINK to watch some press conferences about different players.
Gata Kamsky 1/2 Wang Yue 1/2
Gashimov Vugar 1/2 Karjakin Sergey 1/2
Inarkiev Ernesto 1/2 Michael Adams 1/2
Svidler Peter 1/2 Bacrot Etienne 1/2
Follow the “live” link on the side bar of my blog to follow the games live.
Please follow THIS LINK to see more photos taken today in round 10.
…..is that an expression of a blunder?
Round 11 on 03/05/08 at 15:00
Cheparinov Ivan – Kamsky Gata
Karjakin Sergey – Radjabov Teimour
Navara David – Gashimov Vugar
Grischuk Alexander – Carlsen Magnus
Adams Michael – Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
Bacrot Etienne – Inarkiev Ernesto
Yue Wang – Svidler Peter
This video is from the Official website of Fide-Baku-2008
Image: Game between Carlsen and Radjabov. Click on the image for a larger view. On the side bar of the blog you will find a “live” link to the games played today and when you are on the games-site…you will find a “games”-link to games played in previous rounds. Click on a round and games will open to play through it interactively. Results round 7:
Gashimov, Vugar – Kamsky, Gata 1-0
Grischuk, Alexander – Wang Yue ½-½
Radjabov, Teimour – Carlsen, Magnus 0-1
Adams, Michael – Bacrot, Etienne ½-½
Karjakin, Sergey – Inarkiev, Ernesto 1-0
Navara, David – Svidler, Peter ½-½
Cheparinov, Ivan – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0
On THIS LINK you can read more about the city, Baku. They also bid for the summer olympics of 2016!