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From The Tempest: Miranda and Ferdinand playing chess

Image: Wikipedia
The Chess Players attributed to Karel van Mander. This was identified in 1916 as an image of Ben Jonson and Shakespeare playing chess. Most scholars consider this to be pure speculation, but the claim was revived in 2004 by Jeffrey Netto, who argued that the chess game symbolises “the well known professional rivalry between these figures in terms of a battle of wits”.

Update: 2016 – Shakespeare died 400 years ago and today is Shakespeare day! I’ve decided to repost an entry of 4 years ago. Please enjoy my ‘contribution’ to Shakespeare day. The following is my entry of 2012.

I’ve written another cento – I had to, because it’s a chess one! I’ve taken again Shakespeare lines – like my Moonrider-cento , where I also used Shakespeare. A cento is a form of poetry, where you use lines of different poems. In this case [like Moonrider], I’ve used lines of Shakespeare’s works – and not different poems. This cento was much easier to put together than Moonrider, as they are shorter lines and I didn’t really spent that much time thinking how to merge it into a poem that makes sense. I couldn’t give it a title other than ‘A Game of Chess’. I have made minor changes here and there – to the word order or adding of an exclamation mark – just for effect. This ‘poem‘ is almost like a dialogue – as it’s various characters speaking in role from Shakespeare’s plays.

A Game of Chess
Sweet lord, you play me false
For a score of kingdoms you should wrangle
and I would call it fair play
How fares the king?
His hour is almost past

A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!
And I have horse – will follow where the game makes way.
I have his horse!
Give me another horse!
So, the good horse is mine.
My day’s delight is past, my horse is gone.
The rascal hath removed my horse.

Are the knights ready to begin their triumph?
A wandering knight?
I am undone! The knight is here!
Great shouts within all cry ‘the mean knight!’
Great is the humour of this dreadful knight.

I dare thereupon pawn
My life I never held but as a pawn
I have not pawn’d to you my majesty?
I pawn’d thee none!
I’ll send some bishop to entreat
The bishop will be overborne by thee
Wat says my bully rook?

There stands my castle!
His queen, it was his queen!
Queen of queens, how far dost thou excel?
Come hither, come! Come, come, and take a queen
Sir your queen must overboard!
Will take your queen
Farewell sweet queen!

I’ll move the king.
The skipping king, he ambles up and down
This may gall him for some check
No mates for you!
We’ll draw!
My lord, your son drew my master
Where’s the master? Play the men!
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown 

[Shakespeare-lines -]
Click on this link to read more about the Cento and to read what Folger Education think about my cento. I feel humble – you can view their comments in their comments box. Thank you!

–Click on this link to see the complete list of chess quotes with the references to the works of Shakespeare.

Enjoy Shakespeare day with some chess dancing!


This is a great visualization of the top chess players since 1809.

6 April 1652

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Image: Wikipedia – Painting  of Jan van Riebeeck by: Charles Davidson Bell
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Jan van Riebeeck – image: wikipedia

This is my entry of 6 years ago. I would like to update it with a few images from twitter. As South Africa has so many ‘issues’ over the past few years, some people are looking to put the blame on something or somebody. It’s always first ‘Apartheid’ who’s at fault and next it’s poor Jan van Riebeeck. Well, it’s so much easier if you can blame other people for your mistakes or when you are at fault. I always tell the children I’m teaching: Be a strong, brave person. Don’t blame somebody else. My view: you are a weak person if you blame somebody else. You should take the punch, get over it and move on. Make a difference next time. At least Jan van Riebeeck brought civilization to South Africa. That is making a difference! I love the British take on Jan van Riebeeck in this entry. It’s worth reading it. 

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I thought to share this image from twitter too. Very clever and I imagine Jan van Riebeeck would have loved it.

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A cartoon from twitter.

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Van Riebeeck’s statue overlooking Table Mountain.

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This image is interesting. This clearly shows – from the diary of Jan van Riebeeck – that he actually did pay for the land he obtained in the Cape. 

Jan van Riebeeck played a significant role in our history in South Africa. Until 1994, 6th April used to be a Public holiday as it is Founders day. For many Saffas this day will still be ‘Founders day’ and we will commemorate the day, even if it is only in our thoughts. The music video in this entry is Carika Keuzenkamp singing about South Africa. Even though you might not understand the language, you will enjoy the beautiful scenes in SA.
Van Riebeeck was born in Culemborg in the Netherlands as the son of a surgeon. He grew up in Schiedam, where he married 19-year old Maria de la Quellerie on 28 March 1649. (She died in Malacca, now part of Malaysia, on 2 November 1664, at the age of 35). The couple had eight children, most of whom did not survive infancy. Their son Abraham van Riebeeck, born at the Cape, later became Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies.

Joining the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in 1639, he served in a number of posts, including that of an assistant surgeon in the Batavia in the East Indies. He subsequently visited Japan. His most important position was that of head of the VOC trading post in Tonkin, Vietnam. However, he was called back from this post as it was discovered that he was conducting trade for his own account.

In 1651 he was requested to undertake the command of the initial Dutch settlement in the future South Africa. He landed three ships Drommedaris, Reijger and Goede Hoop at the future Cape Town on 6 April 1652 and fortified the site as a halfway-station for the VOC trade route between the Netherlands and the East Indies. The Walvisch and the Oliphant arrived later, having had 130 burials at sea.
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Chess in the park


How nice to see one of my favourite singers playing chess with the elderly. What a sad song too. #goldenoldie

The World Chess Championship is coming to New York.

The WCC, a one-on-one match administered by the World Chess Federation (FIDE), will be played in New York City this upcoming November, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Magnus Carlsen, the highest ranked player in history who defended his title against India’s Viswanathan Anand in 2014, will play against a to-be-determined challenger from November 10 to November 30.

As for finding the challenger, eight of the world’s best players (excluding Carlsen) will meet in Moscow to compete in the forthcoming Candidates Tournament, a double round robin bracket, to determine who will play against the 25-year-old Norwegian.

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Among the eight are US Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura. If either of them win in Moscow, they’ll have the chance to become the first American world champion since Bobby Fischer in the 1970s.

The other six Grandmasters in this year’s Candidates Tournament are Peter Svidler and Sergey Karjiakin of Russia, Anand from India, Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria, Anish Giri from the Netherlands and Levon Aronian from Armenia, according to Chess News.

This is the first time in 21 years that the world champion in chess will be crowned on American soil.

Back in 1995, Garry Kasparvov beat Anand in a 20-game match on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center.

As for where exactly in New York the event will be held, the CEO of Agon, the commercial partner of FIDE and organizer of the WCC, told the WSJ that he is in discussions with several NY venues, including the World Trade Center.

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Who is going to be the winner? 

The World Chess Candidates that takes place  on March 10 – 30, 2016, is a dramatic tournament which determines the challenger for the World Chess Championship. The winner will play a match for the title against reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen in November in the US.

Candidates Chess 2016 participants
1. Vishwanathan Anand (India) – The player who lost the 2014 World Championship Match
2. Sergey Karjakin (Russia) – as winner of the FIDE World Cup in Baku
3. Peter Svidler (Russia) – as the silver medalist of the FIDE World Cup in Baku
4. Fabiano Caruana (USA/Italy) – from FIDE Grand Prix 2014–15
5. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) – from FIDE Grand Prix 2014–15
6. Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) – By rating
7. Anish Giri (Netherlands) – By rating
8. Levon Aronian (Armenia) – organizers nominee of rating higher than 2725 ELO
Candidates 2016 details
Details of the Tournament:
Dates: March 8 – 29, 2016
Number of players: 8
Format: Double round robin tournament (14 rounds)
Length: 22 days including arrivals, departures, opening and closing ceremonies
Prize fund: EUR 561,000 

Please click here for live cover on chessdom.

ROUND 1 Anand 1 – 0 Topalov Please click HERE to play through the game of GM Anand and GM Topalov.

ROUND 2 – Please click HERE to play through the game of GM Aronian vs GM Anand.
Aronian: 1/2 – 1/2 Anand
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ROUND 6

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 O-O 8 a4 Bb7 9 d3 Re8 10 Nbd2 Bf8 11 c3 Na5 12 Bc2 c5 13 d4 exd4 14 cxd4 d5 15 e5 Ne4 16 axb5 axb5 17 Nxe4 dxe4 18 Rxe4 Nb3 19 Rxa8 Bxa8 20 Ng5 Nxc1 21 Qh5 h6 22 Qxf7+ Kh8 23 Rg4 Qa5 24 h4
GM Anand 1-0 GM Svidler

ROUND 7
GM Giri 1/2 GM Anand
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 d5 4 Nc3 Nbd7 5 Qc2 Bb4 6 a3 Bxc3+ 7 Qxc3 O-O 8 Bg5 h6 9 Bh4 c5 10 e3 cxd4 11 Qxd4 Re8 12 Bxf6 Nxf6 13 cxd5 Nxd5 14 Be2 Nf6 15 Qxd8 Rxd8 16 O-O Bd7 17 Rfc1 Rac8 18 Kf1 Kf8 19 Ke1 Ke7 20 Ne5 Rxc1+ 21 Rxc1 Rc8 22 Rxc8 Bxc8 23 f4 Nd7 24 Nxd7 Bxd7 25 Kd2 Kd6 26 Kc3 e5 27 g3 b6 28 Bc4 f6 29 b4 g5 30 h4 gxh4 31 gxh4

Round 9

GM Anand, Viswanathan 1-0  GM Aronian, Levon 

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 O-O d6 5 d3 Nf6 6 c3 a6 7 a4 Ba7 8 Na3 Ne7 9 Nc2 Ng6 10 Be3 O-O 11 Bxa7 Rxa7 12 Ne3 Ng4 13 Qd2 a5 14 d4 Ra8 15 dxe5 N4xe5 16 Nxe5 Nxe5 17 Bb3 Nd7 18 Bc2 Re8 19 f3 b6 20 Rfd1 Nc5 21 b4 Nd7 22 Bb3 Nf6 23 Qd4 Qe7 24 Nd5 Nxd5 25 Bxd5 Ra7 26 b5 Bb7 27 c4 Qe5 28 Rac1 Qxd4+ 29 Rxd4 Kf8 30 Kf2 Ke7 31 f4 f6 32 Rc3 Kd7 33 Rh3 h6 34 Rg3 Re7 35 Rg6 Bxd5 36 cxd5 Ra8 37 Kf3 Rae8 38 Kg4 Rxe4 39 Rxg7+ Kc8 40 Rd2 Kb8 41 Rc2 Rc8 42 Ra2 Rd4 43 Kf5 Rxd5+ 44 Kxf6 Rf8+ 45 Rf7 Rxf7+ 46 Kxf7 Rf5+ 47 Kg6 Rxf4 48 g3 Rc4 49 Kxh6 d5 50 Kh5 d4 51 g4 d3 52 h4 Rd4 53 Rd2 Kc8 54 g5 Kd7 55 Kg6 Rxh4 56 Rxd3+ Ke8 57 Ra3 Rc4 58 Kg7 Kd7 59 g6 c6 60 Kf6 cxb5 61 g7 Rg4 62 axb5 Rg1 63 Rd3+ Ke8 64 Re3+ Kd7 65 Re5 Rxg7 66 Rd5+ 1-0

Round 11 – GM Anand vs GM Sergey 1-0
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 d3 Bc5 5 c3 O-O 6 O-O d6 7 h3 Ne7 8 d4 Bb6 9 Bd3 d5 10 Nxe5 Nxe4 11 Nd2 Nd6 12 Nb3 c6 13 Nc5 Ng6 14 Qh5 Bxc5 15 dxc5 Ne4 16 Bxe4 dxe4 17 Rd1 Qe7 18 Nxg6 hxg6 19 Qg5 Qxg5 20 Bxg5 f6 21 Be3 g5 22 Rd6 Re8 23 Rad1 Be6 24 b3 Kf7 25 R1d4 Bf5 26 a4 Re7 27 g4 Bh7 28 b4 Bg8 29 b5 Rc8 30 Rd7 Rce8 31 b6 a6 32 Rc7 Kf8 33 c4 Be6 34 Rxe4 Kf7 35 f4 Rxc7 36 bxc7 Rc8 37 f5 Bd7 38 h4 g6 39 Rd4 Rxc7 40 hxg5 fxg5 41 Bxg5 Be8 42 f6 Kf8 43 Bf4 Rh7 44 Kg2 Bd7 45 Bg5 Be6 46 Rd8+ Kf7 47 Rb8 Bxc4 48 Rxb7+ Kg8 49 Rb8+ Kf7 50 Kg3 Ke6 51 Re8+ Kf7 52 Rc8 Bd5 53 Kf4 Ke6 54 Re8+ Kd7 55 Ra8 Ke6 56 Re8+ Kd7 57 Re3 a5 58 Kg3 Rf7 59 Kf4 Rh7 60 Re1 Kc8 61 Kg3 Rf7 62 Re8+ Kd7 63 Ra8 Kc7 64 Kf4 Rd7 65 Bh4 Kb7 66 Re8 Bf7 67 Re4 Bd5 68 Re3 Bf7 69 Kg5 Ka6 70 Re7 1-0

Results: chessbase

Congratulations to GM Sergey Karjakin!

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Sergey Karjakin is going to the FIDE World Chess Championship Final 2016 in New York after winning the Candidates Chess 2016 tournament with 8,5/14. In the decisive round 14 Karjakin won the final game against Fabiano Caruana and surged a full point ahead in the standings. The Russian player is going to face the defending champion Magnus Carlsen.

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This is precious. This male person pretends to speak a foreign language and the lady doesn’t understand him. She keeps on trying to figure out what he wants. So she asks him to speak Afrikaans – or… okay, I won’t repeat her words at the end… Afrikaans speaking people will really love this video. In South Africa, there’s more than 6 million people speaking Afrikaans – and they are from difference races. 

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