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“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth



Die Affodil-dans

Alleen wandel ek
soos ‘n los-wolkie
wat sweef oor hoë berge,
heuwels, valleie en dale
Skielik sien ek ‘n plaat Affodille
‘n blink-geel, songeel,
goudgeel versameling
wat skitter en skyn
langs die meer onder die bome
swewend en dansend
buigend en juigend
nÁ die Somerreëns

Langsamerhand – soos die sterreskyn
Glinsterend – soos in die Melkweg-lyn
Al langs die kant van die baai
Vang my blik die verruklike dans
die aanskoulike geswaai
van koppies wat draai
onder die hange van ‘n krans

Ver-weg op my rusbank
lê ek uitgestrek
Langsamerhand weerkaats
die dansende skynsel
in my binne-oog
Die opgewondenheid van alleen-wees
vervul my hart met plesier
en ek dans die dans!
van die blinkgeel, songeel,
goudgeel, bly-geel Affodille!

©Nikita 26th August 2008

Wordsworth’s house in Cockermouth, where he was born. He spent his later years in Dove Cottage – in Grasmere – and in 1813 they moved to Rydal Mount, where William and Mary stayed until their deaths in 1850 and 1859. Whilst at Rydal Mount William became Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland, and had an office in Church St Ambleside. In 1820 he published his ‘Guide through the District of the Lakes’. In 1842 he became the Poet Laureate, and resigned his office as Stamp Distributor. William married Mary quite late in his life. Something which I read about him, which you don’t read on all sites, is that he went to France in 1791 and met Annette Vallon. She gave him French lessons, for free, and they fell in love and she got pregnant. She had a girl and her name was Caroline. William wanted to return to support her with the child, but because of the war between England and France, he couldn’t return. I read this piece of info in the book…”Among the Lakes and fells” by John Kahn.

Follow the link to read more about him.  http://www.wordsworth.org.uk/history/

We’ve been away for the past week. We went to the Western part of the Lake District… had a few rainy days, so spent some of the days to visit some very exciting places. Only when we arrived at Mockerkin, the owners of our cottage informed us about Wordsworth’s house in Cockermouth and Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top-farm in Hawkshead and we were left with hundreds of leaflets, maps and books about surrounding areas. I’ve got zillions of wonderful pictures to sort out, but for a start, thought to post this poem which William Wordsworth wrote. I had the wonderful opportunity to read his sister, Dorothy’s Lakeland Journal, due to the weather! And, once again, due to the weather… I’ve translated William’s poem in Afrikaans, but I’ve also changed it a little bit, so it’s not exactly the same…and I call my poem…the Dance of the Daffodils! For now, you have to be satisfied with this poem, as I’ve got some unpacking to do…and tomorrow is a day with friends, so not much time for blogging, but I’ll try my best to upload a few more about the visit to William’s house in Cockermouth. Sadly, we didn’t visit Dove’s cottage in Grasmere,  where he spent his later years, as our time was a bit limited when we went to Hill Top farm. If you visit Hill Top farm, you get a timed ticket, which means you buy the ticket and can only enter the time your ticket tells you. In this way the National Trust try to control the number of visitors as the house is quite small and not many people at any one time can move around the house comfortably. Also, it’s a way to preserve to property, but more about Hill Top farm in another entry later this week!

 I’ve got so much to share and so many pictures to go through, but first things first…follow the link I’ve given to read a bit more. Please click on images for a larger view.

Wordsworth Museum

William Wordsworth’s sister, Dorothy, kept this diary…a diary which is worth reading! There is also the “Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals” to be read. I will definitely try and get hold of the “Grasmere”-diary  to read too.

Plaque inscription

Front garden  as seen through a window from the inside of the house

Rear garden through a window in Wordsworth’s house

Hand water pump!

Rear garden and house as seen from the garden

Bench in rear garden

Foot bridge behind Wordsworth house across River Derwent

River Derwent… River Cocker and River Derwent meet in Cockermouth

Dove cottage in Grasmere…which we didn’t visit

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This document- benefitsofchessinedscreen2 -has got all the information you’re looking for. The benefits of chess and also research that was done. The link will open in a new window.

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 selfconfidence, and self-worth, 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 chess, unlike in many other sports, you don’t ever have to retire. Age is also not a factor when you’re looking for an opponent –young can play old and old can play young.
Chess develops memory. The chess theory is complicated and many players memorize different opening variations. You will also learn to recognize various patterns and remember lengthy variations.
Chess improves concentration. During the game you are focused on only one main goal — to checkmate and become the victor.
Chess develops logical thinking. Chess requires some understanding of logical strategy. For example, you will know that it is important to bring your pieces out into the game at the beginning, to keep your king safe at all times, not to make big weaknesses in your position and not to blunder your pieces away for free. (Although you will find yourself doing that occasionally through your chess career. Mistakes are inevitable and chess, like life, is a never-ending learning process.)
Chess promotes imagination and creativity. It encourages you to be inventive. There are an indefinite amount of beautiful combinations yet to be constructed.
Chess teaches independence. You are forced to make important decisions influenced
only by your own judgment.
Chess develops the capability to predict and foresee consequences of actions. It teaches you to look both ways before crossing the street.
Chess inspires self-motivation. It encourages the search of the best move, the best plan, and the most beautiful continuation out of the endless possibilities. It encourages the everlasting aim towards progress, always steering to ignite the flame of victory.
Chess shows that success rewards hard work. The more you practice, the better you’ll become. You should be ready to lose and learn from your mistakes. One of the greatest players ever, Capablanca said, “You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.”
Chess and Science. Chess develops the scientific way of thinking. While playing, you generate numerous variations in your mind. You explore new ideas, try to predict their outcomes and interpret surprising revelations. You decide on a hypothesis, and then you make your move and test it.
Chess and Technology. What do chess players do during the game? Just like computers they engage in a search for the better move in a limited amount of time. What are you doing right now? You are using a computer as a tool for learning.
Chess and Mathematics. You don’t have to be a genius to figure this one out. Chess involves an infinite number of calculations, anything from counting the number of attackers and defenders in the event of a simple exchange to calculating lengthy continuations. And you use your head to calculate, not some little machine.
Chess and Research. There are millions of chess resources out there for every aspect of the game. You can even collect your own chess library. In life, is it important to know how to find, organize and use boundless amounts of information. Chess gives you a perfect example and opportunity to do just that.
Chess and Art. In the Great Soviet Encyclopedia chess is defined as “an art appearing in the form of a game.” If you thought you could never be an artist, chess proves you wrong. Chess enables the artist hiding within you to come out. Your imagination will run wild with endless possibilities on the 64 squares. You will paint pictures in your mind of ideal positions and perfect outposts for your soldiers. As a chess artist you will have an original style and personality.
Chess and Psychology. Chess is a test of patience, nerves, will power and concentration. It enhances your ability to interact with other people. It tests your sportsmanship in a competitive environment.
Chess improves schoolwork and grades. Numerous studies have proven that kids obtain a higher reading level, math level and a greater learning ability overall as a result of playing chess. For all those reasons mentioned above and more, chess playing kids do better at school and therefore have a better chance to succeed in life.
Chess opens up the world for you. You don’t need to be a high ranked player to enter big important competitions. Even tournaments such as the US Open and the World Open welcome players of all strengths. Chess provides you with plenty of opportunities to travel not only all around the country but also around the world. Chess is a universal language and you can communicate with anyone over the checkered plain.
Chess enables you to meet many interesting people. You will make life-long friendships with people you meet through chess.
Chess is cheap. You don’t need big fancy equipment to play chess. In fact, all you may need is your computer! (And we really hope you have one of those, or else something fishy is going on here.) It is also good to have a chess set at home to practice with family members, to take to a friend’s house or even to your local neighborhood park to get everyone interested in the game.
CHESS IS FUN! Dude, this isn’t just another one of those board games. No chess game ever repeats itself, which means you create more and more new ideas each game. It never gets boring. You always have so much to look forward to. Every game you are the general of an army and you alone decide the destiny of your soldiers. You can sacrifice them, trade them, pin them, fork them, lose them, defend them, or order them to break through any barriers and surround the enemy king. You’ve got the power!

On this link on my blog you can read more about chess and maths… https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/maths-and-chess/

On this next link…how your kids can work with money when they know everything about chess..


Celone (2001) “Chess significantly increased student scores in non-verbal intelligence, which reflected increased abilities in abstract reasoning and problem solving.”

Smith and Sullivan (1997) “Chess education has a substantial positive effect on analytical thinking skills which are important in math, engineering and the physical sciences. The impact was particularly strong among girls.”

Rifner (1992) “Problem solving skills that chess teaches will transfer to tasks in other academic domains, including reading comprehension and math, and to enhanced performance on standardized tests of academic achievement.”

Van Zyl (1991)(South Africa) “Chess nourishes latent learning abilities, and reinforces skills in logical and abstract thinking, impulse control, endurance and determination. This was manifest as a significant improvement in both verbal and non-verbal IQ scores after three years of chess instruction.”

Liptrap (1997). “Students receiving chess instruction scored significantly higher in standardized tests of both math and reading.”

 Chess is fast track to brainier kids
Hero of US movie teaches local schools the art

April 10, 2006 Edition 1

Robyn Cohen

Fifteen years ago, David MacEnulty began teaching chess at a school in the South Bronx in New York. His students – many came from unstable backgrounds – not only turned into champions but developed self-esteem and excelled in their careers after leaving school.

MacEnulty’s experiences are fictionalised in Knights of the South Bronx, a film starring Ted Danson, which premiered on American TV late last year.

David MacEnulty is the author of three books, published by Random House: The Chess Kids Book of Tactics, The Chess Kids Book of the King and Pawn Endgame, and The Chess Kids Book of Checkmate.

He has written six e-books (two in collaboration with grandmaster Miron Sher) for the Official US Chess Federation Software and produced three videos of chess instruction.

David Berman, a South African who lives in New York for nine months of the year, saw the film in the US. Berman, who is a hedge fund manager, lives in Bantry Bay with his family for the rest of the time. Somehow, between the deal making and commuting between the Big Apple and Mother City, he also finds time for chess.

He is passionate about the game and has taught his children to play from a young age. Shortly after seeing Knights of the South Bronx on TV, he was at a chess tournament in which his son Yaakov was playing.

Someone pointed out MacEnulty: “You see that guy over there – he is the one in the film.” Berman promptly invited MacEnulty to Cape Town – “to go to the beach, maybe play a little chess”. That meeting grew exponentially to a chess road show in our city which has sparked an excited reaction from children and staff at local schools.

The film was screened at the Labia in Orange Street and received standing ovations. Schools phoned the two Davids begging them to visit.

During their two weeks in Cape Town, they went to about 20 schools; sometimes with 300-400 pupils attending. They went to private and disadvantaged schools; addressed student and staff bodies after screening the film and answered questions.

The response was “unbelievable” – with children and teachers clamouring for more. They want chess at school.

Berman’s motivation in bringing MacEnultyto Cape Town? His reason, he said, was to produce “conclusive evidence that chess makes kids smarter. It enhances creativity, problem solving, memory, concentration, self-esteem, maturity and other abilities that a parent or teacher would desire”.

I attended a screening at a school in the southern suburbs and, despite poor sound and picture quality and constant interruptions, the children were riveted.

It is a classic story of triumph over adversity with chess as the ticket out of a life with limited prospects.

MacEnulty as mentor and teacher extraordinaire provided a catalyst, motivating children to excel at chess and apply their newly acquired self-esteem to other aspects of their lives.

After the screening, MacEnulty answered questions. In the flesh he is even more charismatic than Ted Danson and it is easy to see why this dynamic teacher has inspired so many children to stretch their brains in directions they had never considered possible.

He also has a terrific sense of humour. The film, he admits, is a somewhat fictionalised account of the facts. In real life, it took his team years to get to championship status – not the one year depicted in the film.

There’s a moving scene in the film where a child plays chess with his dad who is in prison. This did not happen in real life. The jails were far away, but it is true that several of the children had parents behind bars.

The characters are largely composites of the real-life children he taught. But, as with the real life children, he had to teach the child actors how to play chess. As to whether his wife is still moaning about his life as a lowly substitute teacher (as depicted in the film): “Well, let’s put it this way, I no longer have a wife.”

In the film he is a corporate type who has ended up in the Bronx as a substitute teacher, but the real MacEnulty was employed as chess coach. He has also been an actor and musician.

Still, it makes for a compelling film and the star is undoubtedly chess – which is the bottom line. It gets the message across, loud and clear, and children throughout city schools are buying into the prospect of getting into this game.

That is good news for parents and teachers. Research indicates that chess accelerates learning skills in a huge way. The two Davids cited a number of dazzling statistics showing chess can improve IQ and comprehension retention rates.

They were results of a survey undertaken by the America’s Foundation for Chess (AF4C). Numerous studies confirm the benefits of chess instruction on students and academic performance, especially maths and reading. The studies all pointed out that “there is a positive effect of chess on intellectual achievement; not a single report fails to find such a connection”.

The researchers investigated and documented the impact of chess on a broad spectrum of academic areas: improved performance by students of diverse ages, intellectual abilities, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Chess, they report, has made a difference to children all over the world. For example, Smith and Cage (2000) observed southern, rural, black, secondary school students and found students who were taught chess scored “significantly higher on all measures of academic achievement, including math, spatial analysis, and non-verbal reasoning ability”.

Closer to home, there is Van Zyl (1991), who studied South African high school students. After three years of chess instruction, he concluded that there was a “significant improvement in both verbal and non-verbal IQ scores”.

He surmised that “chess nourishes latent learning abilities and reinforces skills in logical and abstract thinking, impulse control, endurance and determination”. The studies cited in this survey are impressive.

As a parent, it seems we all need to get wise to the benefits of chess. That is easier said than done. Our children’s concentration spans are often ambushed by TV, cellphones and other distractions.

Let’s face it, it is easier to switch on the telly than to haul out a chess board. Not all of us know how to play. “You don’t know how to play – why should we?” chorus the children – and they are correct.

As with everything, it is not enough to extol the virtues of a topic. It has to be presented in a way which makes it exciting.

Take the following example: My husband taught our children (then in grade 1 and 2) the rudiments of the game and they loved it. They attended sessions with chess whiz kids at their school and had a great time. The young teachers – national champions – gave prizes to their students which added to the excitement.

It ended when the young mentors were unable to continue due to their schedules at middle school.

My daughters learnt chess at school, but soon gave up. Why? It was boring. The teaching lacked the buzz they had been accustomed to. Chess was not part of the curriculum. It was the grudge activity where pariahs hung out because they had no one else to play with at break. Or that was the perception.

In actual fact, there were some seriously good players at the school but it seems that if you were a newcomer, this wasn’t an exciting gig.

I have seen children playing the game at home, but they would not go near a board at school because it wasn’t cool; because the teacher shouted or because they felt inadequate, playing with the brains of the school.

It seems this is not uncommon. Berman e-mailed comments to me from Peter, a SA chess coach who cautions: “Just a warning: I see the old disease of schools supporting only the top 15 players and maybe a few reserves. Chess is for all; it is a language; it helps all pupils to bring order into their academic careers and speed.”

Indeed, chess teachers need to take cognisance of the abilities of all students and need to frame the learning process as an exciting adventure – just as MacEnulty has done at the schools he has taught at in the Bronx and elsewhere.

There is a need to train the trainer. Berman is doing everything in his power to get MacEnulty back in town during the winter holidays (June/July) to run programmes with teachers.

The long-term goal would be to get chess into schools as part of the curriculum – taught during school hours. Chess is for all and with that in mind, they are hoping to get funding so the game can benefit all children.

Berman is also keen on twinning schools to encourage social interaction. A programme like this takes funding, and Berman is hedging his moves and encouraging corporations and others to make some good financial moves in getting chess into action at curriculum level.

The day after watching the film and hearing MacEnulty speak, my daughters and their friends hauled out the chess board and dusted it off. They played a game on Saturday evening which went on for hours. They were all exhausted and remarked that it was a jol, but that they were tired – their brains were sore.


Image from the movie: Knights of the South Bronx

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I’m back! With Jane! as I promised in about 4 posts ago. If you’ve read the post saying…

“Let’s take the road”,
you would have read about my sudden idea – or my “on the spur of the moment”-idea to “take the road”. We drove south, to the direction to Southampton and  went on the small countryside roads. On the roadmap we saw that we were near Jane Austen’s house and I was really excited and suggested that we go there. By looking at the images at the bottom of this post, you will agree with me that the garden is beautiful! I wish my garden was as big as this one! It was interesting to visit the house, but there were many other people too and some rooms are really small and you sometimes couldn’t look at everything in detail. We weren’t allowed to take pictures indoors. There are security cameras in all the rooms, but I’ve found a website where you can view the rooms in the house too. At the bottom of my post you can follow the museum-house-link to view more of the rooms. I’ve added the basin, Jane’s room and her piano from the museum-house-site here. Information in this post was found on the sites at the bottom of this post. Do enjoy!

Jane Austen, one of England’s foremost novelists, was never publicly acknowledged as a writer during her lifetime. She was born on December 16, 1775, at Steventon Rectory in Hampshire, the seventh child of a country clergyman and his wife, George and Cassandra Austen. She was primarily educated at home, benefiting from her father’s extensive library and the schoolroom atmosphere created by Mr. Austen’s live-in pupils. Her closest friend was her only sister, Cassandra, almost three years her senior.

Though Austen lived a quiet life, she had unusual access to the greater world, primarily through her brothers. Francis (Frank) and Charles, officers in the Royal Navy, served on ships around the world and saw action in the Napoleonic Wars. Henry, who eventually became a clergyman like his father and his brother James, was an officer in the militia and later a banker. Austen visited Henry in London, where she attended the theater, art exhibitions, and social events and also corrected proofs of her novels. Her brother Edward was adopted by wealthy cousins, the Knights, becoming their heir and later taking their name. On extended visits to Godmersham, Edward’s estate in Kent, Austen and her sister took part in the privileged life of the landed gentry, which is reflected in all her fiction.

As a child Austen began writing comic stories, now referred to as the Juvenilia. Her first mature work, composed when she was about 19, was a novella, Lady Susan, written in epistolary form (as a series of letters). This early fiction was preserved by her family but was not published until long after her death.
In her early twenties Austen wrote the novels that later became Sense and Sensibility (first called “Elinor and Marianne”) and Pride and Prejudice (originally “First Impressions”). Her father sent a letter offering the manuscript of “First Impressions” to a publisher soon after it was finished in 1797, but his offer was rejected by return post. Austen continued writing, revising “Elinor and Marianne” and completing a novel called “Susan” (later to become Northanger Abbey). In 1803 Austen sold “Susan” for £10 to a publisher, who promised early publication, but the manuscript languished in his archives until it was repurchased a year before Austen’s death for the price the publisher had paid her.

When Austen was 25 years old, her father retired, and she and Cassandra moved with their parents to Bath, residing first at 4 Sydney Place. During the five years she lived in Bath (1801-1806), Austen began one novel, The Watsons, which she never completed. After Mr. Austen’s death, Austen’s brothers contributed funds to assist their sisters and widowed mother. Mrs. Austen and her daughters set up housekeeping with their close friend Martha Lloyd. Together they moved to Southampton in 1806 and economized by sharing a house with Frank and his family.

In 1809 Edward provided the women a comfortable cottage in the village of Chawton, near his Hampshire manor house. This was the beginning of Austen’s most productive period. In 1811, at the age of 35, Austen published Sense and Sensibility, which identified the author as “a Lady.” Pride and Prejudice followed in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814, and Emma in 1815. The title page of each book referred to one or two of Austen’s earlier novels—capitalizing on her growing reputation—but did not provide her name.

Chawton cottage…Jane’s house
Austen began writing the novel that would be called Persuasion in 1815 and finished it the following year, by which time, however, her health was beginning to fail. The probable cause of her illness was Addison’s Disease. In 1816 Henry Austen repurchased the rights to “Susan,” which Austen revised and renamed “Catherine.”

During a brief period of strength early in 1817, Austen began the fragment later called Sanditon, but by March she was too ill to work. She and Cassandra moved to 8 College Street in Winchester to be near her doctor. Austen died in the early hours of July 18, 1817, and a few days later was buried in Winchester Cathedral. She was 41 years old. Interestingly, Austen’s gravestone, which is visited by hundreds of admirers each year, does not even mention that she was an author.

Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were published together in December 1817 with a “Biographical Notice” written by Henry, in which Jane Austen was, for the first time in one of her novels, identified as the author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma. Austen’s novels have never been out of print and are often included on lists of readers’ favorites. Her surviving letters are also a source of entertainment and biographical information (Jane Austen’s Letters, edited by Deirdre Le Faye, Oxford University Press, 1995).

4 Sydney Place, Bath…where she lived too.

A Selection of Biographies
J. E. Austen-Leigh, A Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections, edited by Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford University Press, 2002) (also contains biographical memoirs by Austen’s brother Henry and her nieces Anna Lefroy and Caroline Austen).

Jan Fergus, Jane Austen: A Literary Life (Macmillan Press, 1991).

Park Honan, Jane Austen: Her Life (St. Martin’s Press, 1987).

Elizabeth Jenkins, Jane Austen: A Biography (1938 and later reprints).

Deirdre Le Faye, Jane Austen: A Family Record (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Claire Tomalin, Jane Austen: A Life (Alfred A. Knopf, 1997).

Cassandra Elizabeth (1773-1845) was Jane Austen’s only sister, and her closest confidante. Over a hundred letters from Jane Austen to Cassandra have survived, giving us our most intimate look at some of the details of Jane Austen’s life. Cassandra’s fiancé Thomas Fowle died of yellow fever in the Caribbean in 1797; he had gone there as a military chaplain. Possibly Cassandra’s experience is reflected in Mrs. Musgrove and Mrs. Croft’s abomination of “long engagements” and “uncertain engagements” in Jane Austen’s Persuasion (he and Cassandra had continued engaged since about 1794, due to lack of money; see “Money and Marriage”). After this, Cassandra never married. (See Cassandra’s poem on love.) Cassandra (like Jane) frequently visited her brothers and their families, and other relatives and friends (it was the separations between herself and Jane, resulting from visits on which they did not both go, that necessitated the letters between them).

 This poem was written by her sister, Cassandra, to Jane

Love, they say, is like a rose;
I’m sure ’tis like the wind that blows,
For not a human creature knows
How it comes or where it goes.
It is the cause of many woes:
It swells the eyes and reds the nose,
And very often changes those
Who once were friends to bitter foes.
But let us now the scene transpose
And think no more of tears and throes.
Why may we not as well suppose
A smiling face the urchin shows?
And when with joy the bosom glows,
And when the heart has full repose,
‘Tis mutual love the gift bestows.

 Jane Austen enjoyed social events, and her early letters tell of dances and parties she attended in Hampshire, and also of visits to London, Bath, Southampton etc., where she attended plays and such. There is a famous statement by one Mrs. Mitford that Jane was the “the prettiest, silliest, most affected, husband-hunting butterfly she ever remembers” (however, Mrs. Mitford seems to have had a personal jealousy against Jane Austen, and it is hard to reconcile this description with the Jane Austen who wrote The Three Sisters before she was eighteen).

In January 1805 her father died. As would have been the case for the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice if Mr. Bennet had died, the income due to the remaining family (Mrs. Austen and her two daughters, the only children still at home) was considerably reduced — since most of Mr. Austen’s income had come from clerical “livings” which lapsed with his death. So they were largely dependent on support from the Austen brothers (and a relatively small amount of money left to Cassandra by her fiancé), summing to a total of about £450 yearly. Later in 1805, Martha Lloyd (sister of James Austen’s wife) came to live with Mrs. Austen, Cassandra, and Jane, after her own mother had died.

QUOTES of Jane
I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.
To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
Jane Austen, Emma
Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.
Jane Austen, Emma
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Everybody likes to go their own way–to choose their own time and manner of devotion.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman’s feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

I pay very little regard…to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

One cannot fix one’s eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

The enthusiasm of a woman’s love is even beyond the biographer’s.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or…of something else.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, 1818

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1811
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I have no pretensions whatever to that kind of elegance which consists in tormenting a respectable man.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful; and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
No one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously…. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, first line.

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Jane’s bedroom

Her Piano..not her real piano, but they believe that her piano looked like this one.

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How could I resist the African Marigolds!!






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I do apologise for not updating this post the last week of the Olympiad as we suddenly went away for a week!
World Under-16 Chess Olympiad started yesterday in Mersin, Turkey with the participating of 125 players from 19 different countries and a total of 27 teams participating. It is going to be held between 16-25 August. The coverage of the event is going to be available from the
official website


South African participants:
Coach: Martin Botha

On these images – from the Official site – you can see some of the South Africans taking part in this Olympiad in Turkey.


Team results round 2 played 18/08/2008 at 10:00

1 FM BREGADZE Levan 2399GEO 1:0  ZHOU Yang-Fan 2259ENG
2  JANIASHVILI Irakli 2192GEO ½:½  KILPATRICK Callum 2203ENG
3  DAVARASHVILI Nodar 2220GEO 1:0  YNOJOSA Felix Jose 2101ENG
4  NIKOLASHVILI Giorgi 2197GEO ½:½  SEN Subin 2050ENG

1  MEYER Andre 1702RSA 0:1  ATMAN Berkan 1941TUR
2  BORNHEIM Craig 0RSA 0:1  KANLI Kaan 1972TUR
3  MODI Jaishil Bhadrashil 0RSA 0:1  KERIGAN Demre 1892TUR
4  HENDRIKSZ Gabriel 0RSA 1:0 TEKELI Taylan Can 1829 TUR

1  KANNEMEYER Werner 1862RSA 1:0  KAYA Emel 1889TUR
2  ENSLIN Stefan 0RSA 0:1  SOP Selen 1870TUR
3  DU TOIT Stefan 0RSA 0:1  SOYLEMEZ Cansu 1849TUR
4  VAN NIEKERK Francois 0RSA ½:½  SASMAZEL Burcu 1837TUR

  Round 3 on 2008/08/18 at 16:30

1  TURKIYE-A 7½  1 – 3  7½ ARMENIA
3  AZERBAIJAN 6  1 – 3  6½ INDIA 
4  SLOVAKIA 5  2 – 2  5 ENGLAND 
6  RUSSIA 4  3½ – ½  4½ GREECE 
7  TURKIYE-B 4  2½ – 1½  4 SRI LANKA 
11  AUSTRALIA 2  2½ – 1½  2 SYRIA 
13  KENYA 0  2 – 2  1 ALBANIA 

Team pairings and results: Round 4: 19/8/2008 at 10:00
1  ARMENIA 10½ 3 – 1 9½ INDIA 
3 RUSSIA 7½ 3 – 1 9 GEORGIA 
6 TURKIYE-C 6½ 4 – 0 6½ TURKIYE-B 
12 ALBANIA 3 ½ – 3½ 3½ SOUTH AFRICA-B 
13 SYRIA 3½ 3 – 1 2 KENYA 

Team Pairings and results: Round 5 20th August 10:00

1 7 ARMENIA 13½ 2 – 2 12½ PHILIPPINES 4
2 2 INDIA 10½ 3 – 1 10½ TURKIYE-C 14
3 8 SLOVAKIA 10 1 – 3 10½ RUSSIA 1
4 3 AZERBAIJAN 10 2 – 2 10 GEORGIA 6
5 13 SRI LANKA 9½ ½ – 3½ 9 TURKIYE-A 5
7 11 SWITZERLAND-B 7½ ½ – 3½ 8 ENGLAND 9
8 16 TURKIYE-MERSIN 7½ 2½ – 1½ 7½ GREECE 12
9 21 SOUTH AFRICA-B 7 ½ – 3½ 6½ SYRIA 26
10 15 TURKIYE-B 6½ 4 – 0 6 TURKIYE-GIRLS-B 19
12 17 TURKIYE-GIRLS-A 5½ 4 – 0 3½ ALBANIA 22
13 25 AUSTRALIA 5½ 1 – 3 3 KENYA 23

Standings after  round 5
3 INDIA 13½
4 RUSSIA 13½
12 TURKIYE-B 10½
15 SYRIA 10
25 KENYA 6

Pairings and results round 6: 20th Aug at 16:30

1 1 RUSSIA 13½ 4 – 0 15½ ARMENIA 7
2 4 PHILIPPINES 14½ 1½ – 2½ 13½ INDIA 2
3 5 TURKIYE-A 12½ 1 – 3 12 AZERBAIJAN 3
4 6 GEORGIA 12 3½ – ½ 11½ SWITZERLAND-A 10
5 9 ENGLAND 11½ 4 – 0 11½ TURKIYE-C 14
6 8 SLOVAKIA 11 4 – 0 10½ TURKIYE-B 15
7 26 SYRIA 10 1½ – 2½ 10 TURKIYE-MERSIN 16
8 13 SRI LANKA 10 2 – 2 9½ TURKIYE-GIRLS-A 17
9 12 GREECE 9 2½ – 1½ 8½ BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA 18
11 24 SOUTH AFRICA-A 8 3 – 1 7½ SOUTH AFRICA-B 21
12 22 ALBANIA 3½ 1 – 3 6½ AUSTRALIA 25
13 23 KENYA 6 1½ – 2½ 6 TURKIYE-GIRLS-B 19

Tomorrow, 21st Aug is a free day

 Pairings and results: round 7 Friday 22nd Aug 16:30

1 4 PHILIPPINES 16 3 – 1 17½ RUSSIA 1
2 2 INDIA 16 3½ – ½ 15½ GEORGIA 6
3 7 ARMENIA 15½ 4 – 0 15½ ENGLAND 9
4 3 AZERBAIJAN 15 3 – 1 15 SLOVAKIA 8
5 16 TURKIYE-MERSIN 12½ 0 – 4 13½ TURKIYE-A 5
6 10 SWITZERLAND-A 12 1½ – 2½ 12 SRI LANKA 13
7 14 TURKIYE-C 11½ 2 – 2 11½ GREECE 12
8 17 TURKIYE-GIRLS-A 11½ 2½ – 1½ 11½ SYRIA 26
10 15 TURKIYE-B 10½ 2 – 2 10½ SWITZERLAND-B 11
11 19 TURKIYE-GIRLS-B 8½ 3 – 1 9½ AUSTRALIA 25
12 20 ISEK AQUAMATCH 9½ 3 – 1 4½ ALBANIA 22
13 21 SOUTH AFRICA-B 8½ 3 – 1 7½ KENYA 23

Standings after round 7:

1 INDIA 19½
4 RUSSIA 18½
10 SRI LANKA 14½
12 TURKIYE-C 13½
13 GREECE 13½
16 SYRIA 13
17 TURKIYE-B 12½
25 KENYA 8½

Team Pairings and results: Round 8 – 23rd August 10:00

2 5 TURKIYE-A 17½ – 19½ INDIA 2
4 1 RUSSIA 18½ – 14½ SRI LANKA 13
5 6 GEORGIA 16 – 16 SLOVAKIA 8
6 12 GREECE 13½ – 14 TURKIYE-GIRLS-A 17
7 10 SWITZERLAND-A 13½ – 13½ TURKIYE-C 14
11 23 KENYA 8½ – 12½ ISEK AQUAMATCH 20
12 22 ALBANIA 5½ – 12½ TURKIYE-B 15
13 25 AUSTRALIA 10½ – 11½ SOUTH AFRICA-B 21

Round 7…Image: Official site

Round 7

Round 5..image: Official site

Games played in round 4: South Africa’s A+B-teams:

[White “VAN NIEKERK, Francois”]
[Black “DOKSANI, Paulo”]
[Result “1-0”]
[PlyCount “49”]
[EventDate “2008.08.19”]
[EventCountry “TUR”]
[WhiteTeam “RSA B”]
[BlackTeam “ALB”]

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. cxd5 exd5 4. d4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Bg5 Be7 7. e3 O-O 8. Bd3 h6 9. Bh4 Bg4 10. O-O Re8 11. Rc1 Nb8 12. Rb1 c6 13. b4 a6 14. a4 Qc7 15. Qc2 Bh5 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Nxd5 Qd6 18. Nxf6+ Qxf6 19. Ne5 Qg5 20. b5 axb5 21. axb5 cxb5 22. Rxb5 f6 23. Bc4+ Kh8 24. Nf7+ Bxf7 25. Rxg5 1-0

[Date “2008.08.19”]
[Round “4.12”]
[White “RASHA, Blerim”]
[Black “VAN WYK, Laetitia”]
[Result “0-1”]
[BlackElo “1607”]
[PlyCount “66”]
[EventDate “2008.08.19”]
[EventCountry “TUR”]
[WhiteTeam “ALB”]
[BlackTeam “RSA B”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. c3 c5 6. Ngf3 Nc6 7. Nb3 f6 8. Bb5 cxd4 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. Nbxd4 Nxe5 11. Nxe5 fxe5 12. Nxc6 Qc7 13. Nb4 Be7 14. O-O O-O 15. Be3 Bb7 16. a3 Rf5 17. Nd3 Ba6 18. Re1 e4 19. Nf4 Rxf4 20. Bxf4 Qxf4 21. g3 Qf5 22. b4 Bd8 23. a4 Bb6 24. Qd2 Rf8 25. Ra2 Bc4 26. Rb2 a6 27. Ra1 Qh3 28. b5 a5 29. Kh1 Bf1 30. f4 exf3 31. Re1 f2 32. Qxf2 Bxf2 33. Rxf2 Rxf2 0-1

[Date “2008.08.19”]
[Round “4.12”]
[White “DU TOIT, Stefan”]
[Black “YZEIRAJ, Diamant”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A00”]
[PlyCount “33”]
[EventDate “2008.08.19”]
[EventCountry “TUR”]
[WhiteTeam “RSA B”]
[BlackTeam “ALB”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Bg5 f6 7. Bh4 Bg4 8. Nbd2 Nb6 9. Bb5 Bd7 10. O-O g5 11. Nxg5 Bf5 12. Nge4 Bxe4 13. Nxe4 Be7 14. Qh5+ Kd7 15. Qf5+ Ke8 16. Nxf6+ Bxf6 17. Bxf6 1-0

[Date “2008.08.19”]
[Round “4.12”]
[White “ASHIKU, Franc”]
[Black “KANNEMEYER, Werner”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “A00”]
[WhiteElo “2056”]
[BlackElo “1862”]
[PlyCount “73”]
[EventDate “2008.08.19”]
[EventCountry “TUR”]
[WhiteTeam “ALB”]
[BlackTeam “RSA B”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 f5 4. e5 c5 5. c3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Ne2 Nxe5 8. dxe5 Bxb5 9. Nf4 Qd7 10. a4 Ba6 11. Qh5+ Qf7 12. Qxf7+ Kxf7 13. Nf3 Be7 14. h4 Rd8 15. Bd2 b6 16. a5 b5 17. b4 cxb4 18. cxb4 Rc8 19. Nd4 Rc4 20. Ndxe6 Bc8 21. Ng5+ Bxg5 22. hxg5 Ne7 23. Ra3 Re4+ 24. Kd1 Rxe5 25. g6+ Nxg6 26. Nxg6 Kxg6 27. Rg3+ Kf7 28. Bc3 d4 29. Bb2 h6 30. Rd3 Rd8 31. Rh4 Rde8 32. Rhxd4 Re1+ 33. Kc2 R8e2+ 34. Rd2 Re4 35. Rxe4 Rxe4 36. Bd4 a6 37. Bc5 1/2-1/2

[Date “2008.08.17”]
[Round “4.7”]
[Black “MODI, Jaishil Bhadrashi”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “1965”]
[PlyCount “141”]
[EventDate “2008.08.19”]
[EventCountry “TUR”]
[WhiteTeam “RSA-A”]
[BlackTeam “SRI”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Nf3 Bc5 5. e3 Nc6 6. Be2 Ngxe5 7. a3 a5 8. Nc3 O-O 9. O-O d6 10. b3 Bf5 11. Bb2 Re8 12. Nd5 Nxf3+ 13. Bxf3 Ne5 14. Be2 Be4 15. Nc3 Bc6 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. Qxd5 c6 18. Qd2 Qe7 19. Bd4 Bxd4 20. Qxd4 f5 21. Bd3 Nxd3 22. Qxd3 Qe5 23. Rfd1 Rad8 24. Qd4 d5 25. Qxe5 Rxe5 26. Kf1 Kf7 27. Rd3 Ke6 28. Rad1 g5 29. f3 Rd7 30. Kf2 h6 31. g3 g4 32. f4 Re4 33. Ke2 a4 34. cxd5+ cxd5 35. Rc1 d4 36. bxa4 Rxe3+ 37. Rxe3+ dxe3 38. Kxe3 Rd6 39. Rb1 b6 40. Rc1 Kf6 41. Rb1 Ke6 42. Rb5 h5 43. a5 bxa5 44. Rxa5 Rb6 45. Kd4 Rb2 46. Ra6+ Ke7 47. Ke5 Rb5+ 48. Kd4 Rb2 49. Rh6 Rxh2 50. Ke5 Rh3 51. Rh7+ Kd8 52. Kxf5 Rxg3 53. Rxh5 Rxa3 54. Kxg4 Ra4 55. Rh7 Ke8 56. Kg5 Kf8 57. f5 Ra1 58. Kg6 Rg1+ 59. Kf6 Kg8 60. Re7 Rh1 61. Re8+ Kh7 62. Kf7 Ra1 63. f6 Ra7+ 64. Re7 Ra6 65. Kf8+ Kh8 66. f7 Ra8+ 67. Re8 Ra7 68. Re4 Ra8+ 69. Ke7 Ra7+ 70. Kf6 Ra6+ 71. Re6 1-0

Mersin..Kiskalesi..Image: Picasa

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At Mersin, there are at least two castles, the one “by” the sea (Korykos) and the one “in” the sea (Kiskalesi). Actually, you can’t drive up the coast and not see marble ruins scattered all over the place. Supposedly, a king built the one on the island to keep his daughter ‘safe’ from suitors, but he might have put it in deeper water. As it is, you can swim to it.

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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… https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/chess-game-20/

Nikita1 vs. Gio82

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. 

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 Nikita1 vs. deroy

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!

oakey vs. Nikita1

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!

Nikita1 vs. hotmailchessman

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

Nikita1 vs. torridon1

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!?

Earl of Norfolk vs. Nikita1

Nikita1 vs. Earl of Norfolk

Nikita1 vs. k.o.bold

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…

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The Afrikaans Language Monument, Paarl, Cape Province, South Africa

The Afrikaans Language Monument…from a different angle


The original idea behind the Afrikaans Language Museum in the 1970’s was to honour the members and work of the society – GRA – founded in 1875 in Paarl. Their aims were to establish Afrikaans as a written language, to standardise the language and to start publishing in Afrikaans. Gideon Malherbe was one of the founders.

This post will be mainly in Afrikaans…You can enjoy the images with the captions in English. As 14th Aug is an important day for Afrikaans, the language, -the most beautiful language in the whole wide world! -I would like to dedicate this post to Afrikaans, the language of my mother tongue, the language I love and the language I cherish! I do write many posts in English, as I have chess players on Chess World that come here often to read and the whole idea of my blog in the start was to blog about South Africa- the country I love – and to introduce them all to the most beautiful country in the world!  On this link – on my blog – you can see magazine covers in Afrikaans and also read some bits from the family magazine – “Huisgenoot” dated 1916 – Advertisements in English.https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2007/09/28/huisgenoot1916/
Here’s an extract of Steve Hofmeyr’s song…”Gatvol”

Net een ding irriteer  my meer as ‘n Engelssprekende Suid Afrikaner   wat aanmatigend oor sy taal is. Daardie een ding wat my so grensloos irriteer en wat ek selfs verafsku, is Afrikaners wat probeer Engels wees. Sulke spontane kulturele selfverkragting is tipies van ‘n sekere tipe agterlike Afrikaner. Ja, diegene ly blykbaar aan’n intense minderwaardigheidsgevoel oor hul herkoms…http://www.praag.org/mambo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40&Itemid=37

Die  inligting wat nou volg,  het ek van Roosmaryn se blog gekry. Ek geniet haar blog geweldig en kuier gereeld daar. Jy sal haar blognaam kry in my verwysings. Hierdie inligting is alles wat in my soektog op haar blog opgekom het toe ek na inligting oor die GRA gesoek het. Sommige van julle sal weet dat 14 Aug altyd as “Afrikaanse dag”  – “herdenk” is. Dit is die dag waarop die GRA (Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners) gestig is ..14 Aug 1875. Lees hierdie brokkies van Roosmaryn, dis werklik interessant. Aan die einde van hierdie pos is daar twee gedigte…jy kan op die bladsy “my poetry-gedigte” nog meer Afrikaanse gedigte ook vind.
FAK se Taalkomitee gestig
2 Junie 1967

Die Hoofbestuur van die FAK het sy Taalkomitee gestig om hom te adviseer oor die wyse waarop die FAK sy taak ten opsigte van die handhawing en bevordering van Afrikaans kan uitvoer. Die komitee het van meet af aan doelgerig aandag geskenk aan die bevordering van Afrikaans onder meer in die sakewêreld, die hotelbedryf, die staatsdiens, die vervoerwese, op alle onderwys vlakke en die naamgewing van strate en dorpsgebiede. Dit is gedoen by wyse van gereelde briefwisseling en persoonlike onderhoude. Boek uitstallings, soos die omvangryke boeke fees in die Taalfeesjaar in die Paarl in 1975, is ‘n gereelde projek van die komitee om die lees van die Afrikaanse boek te bevorder. Die Langenhoven fees is in 1973 gereël, die gevierde skryfster M.E.R. is met haar honderdste verjaardag vereer, en huldigingsfeeste vir Totius (1977) en A.G. Visser -1978- is gehou. Die publikasies Afrikaans ons Pêrel van Groot Waarde en GRA Herdenk is op inisiatief van die komitee in 1974 en 1975 uitgegee. Afrikaans was by verskeie Algemene Vergaderings die kongres tema, en gereelde artikels oor al die aspekte van taalbevordering word vir Handhaaf gelewer. FAK–365Spore.blogspot.com

22 April 1923
D.F. (Oom Lokomotief) du Toit oorlede

Daniel Francois du Toit, D.P. seun, in later jare alombekend as Oom Lokomotief, is op 15 Januarie 1846 op die plaas Kleinbos, Daljosafat, gebore en is in Bloemfontein oorlede. Hy was ‘n stigterslid van die Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners. In 1878 word hy redakteur van die Afrikaanse Patriot, en hy oefen op die wyse geweldig baie invloed uit op die Taalbeweging. Van Die Patriot het hy ‘n gevestigde koerant met invloed gemaak. Hy het so eie met die lesers gesels dat hulle vertroue in sy koerant gehad het. Alle moontlike vrae word daarin beantwoord; daar word raad gegee, moed ingepraat en koers aangedui. Daar ontstaan ‘n onverbreekbare band tussen leser en redakteur. Met die veranderde politieke houding van sy ouer broer, ds. S.J. du Toit, leier van die GRA, kon hy nie saamgaan nie, en hy verlaat saam met C.P. Hoogenhout in 1891 Die Patriot. In 1892 verhuis hy na die Vrystaat, waar hy later in Bloemfontein argivaris was. Aka fak P.J.N–365Spore.blogspot.com

W. Postma gebore

Willem (dr. O’kulis) Postma was ‘n Gereformeerde predikant, baanbreker skrywer en streng Calvinis. In Bloemfontein beywer hy hom vir die erkenning van Afrikaans as taal en voorspel dat Afrikaans een van die amptelike tale van Suid-Afrika sal word. Hy het as CNO-man die Engelse Onderwysstelsel in die OVS heftig teëgestaan. Gevolglik stig hy die eerste CNO-skool in 1905 in die voorportaal van die Gereformeerde Kerk, Bloemfontein. In 1916 word hy voorsitter van die provinsiale onderwyskommissie in die OVS. Op die eerste vergadering van die Bybelvertalings kommissie (22November 1916) verteenwoordig hy die Gereformeerde Kerk en in dieselfde jaar verskyn uit sy pen ‘n vertaling in Afrikaans van die Nuwe Testamentiese boek Titus. In 1914 word hy die regterhand van genl. J.B.M. Hertzog tydens die stigting van die Nasionale Party. In 1909 verskyn sy werk, Die esels kakebeen. Hy is op 13 Desember 1920 op Reddersburg oorlede. Aka fak D.E

Eerste Beginsels van die Afrikaanse Taal gepubliseer

Die voorstanders van Afrikaans het dadelik besef dat ‘n Afrikaanse spraakkuns onontbeerlik is. Nog voor die stigting van die Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners skryf Een Ware Afrikaander (ds. S.J. du Toit) op 30 Januarie 1875 aan Klaas Waarzegger jr. (C.P. Hoogenhout) oor die Eerste Beginsels van die Afrikaanse Taal onder meer die Eerste Beginsels van die Afrikaanse Taal onder meer Die eerste vraag sal wees …wat is die Afrikaanse taal? Die eerste boekies is geskryf en gedruk ooreenkomstig ‘n bepalingin die statute van die GRA. Die naam van die vroegste werkie is Eerste Beginsels van die Afrikaanse Taal (1876), wat veral die hand van ds. S.J. du Toit verraai, maar waaraan ook eerw.. J.W. van der Rijst en C.P. Hoogenhout meegewerk het. Dit was maar dun en het slegs 29 bladsye leesstof bevat. Ses jaar later is dit herdruk en in 1897 deur ds. Du Toit enigsins omgewerk, toe 6 000 eksemplare van die Fergelykende Taalkunde fan Afrikaans en Engels, soos dit nou heet, gedruk is. In 1902 was ‘n herdruk al nodig. Die GRA is op hulle vergaderings gereeld op die hoogte gehou van die vordering wat gemaak is met die skryf en publikasie van Eerste Beginsels. Aka fak P.J.N

E.J. du Toit gebore

Erns Johannes du Toit, oorlede op 12 Januarie 1924, was hoof van die drukkers firma D.F. du Toit en Co. en later lid van die Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners. Hy het verskeie van die eerste Afrikaanse boeke uitgegee en ook die laaste jaargange van die koerante Die Afrikaanse Patriot en die tydskrif Ons Klyntji.
Aka fak prof. dr. P.J. Nienaber

Die Afrikaanse Patriot verskyn vir die eerste keer

Met die stigting van die Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners op 14 Augustus 1875 in die Paarl is ‘n tydvak van georganiseerde stryd om die Afrikaanse taal ingelui. In artikel IX van die Genootskap se bepalings word beoog om ‘n Afrikaanse maandblad uit te gee. Op hierdie dag in 1876 verskyn die eerste uitgawe van die maandblad Die Afrikaanse Patriot, wat die orgaan van die GRA sou wees. C.P. Hoogenhout was die eerste redakteur onder die skuilnaam Oom Lokomotief, wat deur die redakteurs na hom oorgeneem is. In Die Patriot dek die GRA die terreine van hul doelstelling, naamlik die van land, volk en taal. Daarin is leiding gegee ten opsigte van landsake, die Afrikaanse taal, geskiedenis en belangrike nuus. ‘n Rubriek van vrae en antwoorde is ontwerp om weetgierigheid op te wek en te bevredig. Afrikaners is aangemoedig om bydraes te stuur, sodat hulle kon leer om hulle taal ook te skryf. Die redaksie het lesers aangespoor om gedigte hou foutief ook al, in te stuur. Deur taal bespreking wou die GRA liefde, eerbied en belangstelling opwek vir die Afrikaanse taal. In eenvoudige spreektaal sou die lesers ingelig word oor die vernaamste nuus. So kon plattelandse Afrikaners bereik en opgevoed word vir wie die Hollandse en Engelse taal moeilik leesbaar was. Die Patriot het sterk teenkanting ontvang sowel van Hollandse as van Engelse kant. Medewerkers het onder skuilname geskryf en moes dikwels onder growwe spot deurloop. Die sterkste teenkanting het van die voorstanders van Hollands gekom, wat Nederlands as die volkstaal gesien het en Afrikaans as ‘n “patois”, ‘n Hotnotstaaltjie beskou het. Ten spyte van teenkanting het die redaksie soms met groot opoffering voorgegaan, en teen 1880 was Die Patriot die mees gelese blad in Suid-Afrika. Dit was veral te danke aan die politieke houding wat die blad aangeneem het, gebaseer op Christelike beginsels en die strewe om die Afrikaanse volksaak te bevorder. In 1904 is die blad gestaak na kwynende belangstelling, veral as gevolg van die veranderde politieke beleid van S.J. du Toit, wat sy steun aan Rhodes toegesê het. Die redaksie van Die Patriot het insig in die behoeftes van die volk gehad en was daarop ingestel om by die eenvoudige Afrikaners die behoefte aan geestesvoedsel op te wek en dan daarin te voorsien. Die blad het leiding gegee in landsake en die Afrikaner laat belang stel in die politiek. Die Patriot het baie bygedra tot die ontwaking van ‘n Afrikanernasionalisme deur die Afrikaner bewus te maak van die skoonheid van sy taal, sy eie grootse geskiedenis en sy unieke geestesbesit. Dit het die Afrikaner leer lees en skryf en hom laat besef dat sy spreektaal nie vir Hollands as skryftaal hoef terug te staan nie. As die eerste Afrikaanse koerant, het Die Patriot ‘n onberekenbare bydrae gelewer tot die opheffing van Afrikaans tot skryf- en volkstaal. Aka fak prof. dr. P.G. Nel

Jan F.E. Celliers gebore

Johannes Francois Elias Celliers was ‘n bekende Afrikaanse skrywer, digter en dramaturg. Hy lê sy Landmeters eksamen in Nederland af, maar word later ‘n amptenaar in die onderwysdepartement van die ZAR en in 1894 staatsbibliotekaris in Pretoria. Met die uitbreek van die Engelse Oorlog, sluit hy hom by die kommando’s aan, en in 1902 vertrek hy na Europa, waar hy sy beroemde gedig: Die Vlakte skryf. In 1907 keer hy na Suid-Afrika terug en werk by die Departement van Binnelandse Sake in Transvaal. In 1919 word hy ‘n buitengewone professoraat aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch aangebied. Baie van sy verse weerspieël sy huislikheid en liefde vir kinders. Behalwe sy digterlike arbeid, werk hy ook mee tot die stigting van Die Brandwag. Hy was ‘n volksdigter, “een wat in woorde vaslê wat in die hart van die nasie omgaan” (Preller). Sy prosawerk is van weinig literêre waarde, maar as digter beklee hy ‘n besondere plek in die Afrikaanse letterkunde. Hy vestig hom na sy aftrede aanvanklik in Kaapstad maar later op Harrismith, waar hyop 1 Junie 1940 oorlede is. aka fak prof. dr. P.G. Nel


Vrome vad’re fier en groot!
Deur vervolging, ramp en nood,
was hul leuse, tot die dood:
Vryheid! Vryheid!

Erfnis van hul moed en trou
is die grond waar ons op bou.
Juigend tot die hemelblou:
Vryheid! Vryheid!

Ere wie die dood mag lei
om te rus aan hulle sy,
met die sterwenswoord te skei:
Vryheid! Vryheid!

Op dan, broers en druk hul spoor,
voorwaarts, broers, die vaandel voor,
laat die veld ons krygsroep hoor:
Vryheid! Vryheid!

Woes geweld mag hoogty hou,
kettings mag ons lede knou,
maar die leuse bly ons trou:
Vryheid! Vryheid!

Jukke mag vir slawe wees,
manneharte ken geen vrees,
duld geen boei vir lyf of gees:
Vryheid! Vryheid!

Woorde: JaN F.E. Celliers
Musiek: Emiel Hullebroeck

Die vlakte

Ek slaap in die rus van die eeue gesus,
ongesien, ongehoord,
en dof en loom in my sonnedroom,
ongewek, ongestoord.
Tot die yl-bloue bande van die ver-verre rande
skuif my breedte uit,
wyd-kringend aan die puur al-omwelwend asuur
wat my swyend omsluit.

Jong aarde se stoot het my boesem ontbloot
bo die diep van die meer;
en volswanger van lewe ‘t oor die waat’re geswewe
die gees van die Heer.
Uit die woelende nag van haar jeugdige krag
brag die aarde voort
Lewiatansgeslagte, geweldig van kragte –
storm-ontruk aan haar skoot.
Diep in my gesteente berg ek hul gebeente –
die geheim van hul lewe en lot;
maar gewek uit die sode herleef uit die dode,
na die ewig hernuwingsgebod,
die van d’ verlede in vorme van d’ hede,
in eindeloos komme en gaan;
wat die dood my vertrou ‘t, ek bewaar dit as goud,
en geen grein sal ‘k verlore laat gaan.

As die son oor my vloer in die more kom loer,
en die dou van my lippe kom kus,
dan kyk ek net stom met ‘n glimlag om
en ek le maar weer stil in my rus.
Hog bowe die kim op sy troon geklim,
is hy heer van lewe en dood;
na wil of luim gee hy, skraal of ruim,
verderf of lewensbrood.

Uit die gloeiende sfeer brand hy wreed op my neer,
tot my naaktheid kraak en skroei,
en my koorsige asem in bewende wasem
al hygend my bors ontvloei.
In sy skadetjie rond om sy stam op die grond
staat ‘n eensame doringboom,
soos die Stilte op haar troon, met dorings gekroon,
wat roerloos die eeue verdroom.
Geen drop vir die dors aan my stofdroe bors:
my kinders* versmag en beswyk,
en die stowwe staan soos hul trek en gaan
om my skrale dis te ontwyk.

Soos ‘n vlokkie skuim uit die sfere se ruim
kom ‘n wolkie aangesweef,
maar hy groei in die blou tot ‘n stapelbou
van marmer wat krul en leef –
kolossaal monument op sy swart fondament,
waar die bliksem in brul en beef.
En o, met my is die windjies bly:
hul spring uit die stof orent
en wals en draai in dwarrelswaai
oor my vloer, van ent tot ent:
die gras skud hul wakker om same te jakker,
tot hy opspring uit sy kooi
en soos mane en sterte van jaende perde
sy stingels golf en gooi.

Met dof-sware plof, soos koeels in die stof,
kom die eerste drupples neer,
tot dit ruis alom soos deur die gebrom
en gekraak van die donderweer.
Met kloue vooruit om te gryp en te buit
jaag ‘n haelwolk langs verby,
soos ‘n perde-kommande wat dreun oor die lande
vertrap en gesel hy-
en sy lyke-kleed sien ek ver en breed
in die awendson gesprei.

Stil in die duister le ‘k so en luister
hoe die spruite gesels en lag;
maar bowe die pak van my wolkedak
het die maan al lank gewag:
nou breek en skeur hy ‘n baan daardeur
om te deel in my vreug benede;
hy sprei die waas van sy romig-blou gaas-
en ek lag so stil-tevrede.
Plek op plek, soos die wolke trek,
sweef die skaduwees onder mee,
soos eilande wyd oor die waat’re verspreid
op die boesem van die grote see.
Met ‘n afskeidskus gaan die maan ook ter rus,
en ek wag op die daeraad-
so skoon en so mooi soos ‘n fris jong nooi
wat lag in haar bruidsgewaad.

Oor die bukte se rug slaat die gloed in die lug
van die brande wat ver-weg kwyn,
en doringbome fluister in rooi skemerduister
van gevare wat kom of verdwyn.
Uit slote en plas, uit die geurende gras,
styg ‘n danklied op ten hemel;
en dis net of ek hoor hoe die kriekies se koor
weergalm uit die sterre gewemel,
waar wêrelde gaan op hul stille baan
tot die einde van ruimte en tyd.
So, groots en klaar, staat Gods tempel daar,
wyd – in sy majesteit.

* “kinders” is wildsbokke
Uit “Die Vlakte” -1908-

Ds. S.J. du Toit Gebore
Stephanus Jacobus du Toit is op Dal Josafat by die Paarl gebore. Hy het sy skool-en teologiese opleiding respektiewelik aan die Paarlse Gimnasium en die Kweekskool op Stellenbosch ontvang. S.J. du Toit was onder die invloed van Arnoldus Pannevis ‘n vurige voorvegter vir Afrikaansas selfstandige taal. Sy politiek-nasionale doelstelling- “om te staan vir ons taal, ons nasie en ons land” – het hy deur die stigting van die Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners (GRA) op 14 Augustus 1875, met as spreekbuis Die Afrikaanse Patriot, die Afrikanerbond in 1879 en sy aandeel in die opstel van die Afrikaanse Volkslied, bevorder. Hy kan daarom as die eerste Afrikaanse Nasionalisbeskou word. In 1882 het hy Superintendent van Onderwys in Transvaal geword. Sy onderwyswet het die onderwys in die Republiek bevorder. Sy eersug en betrokkenheid by Transvaalse politieke aangeleenthede, soos die Wesgrens-kwessie, die Pretoria-Konvensie, aandelespekulasies in die Goudstad, leerstellige aangeleenthede en sy teenkanting teen die regering se konsessiebeleid, het hom in regeringskringe ongewild gemaak. In 1888 het hy as Superintendent van Onderwys bedank en hom weer in die Paarl gaan vestig, waar hy hom met die vertaling van die Bybel in Afrikaans, ‘n taak deur die GRA in 1885 aan hom oorgedra, besig gehou het. Hy was dus ook ‘n baanbreker op die gebied van die Afrikaanse Bybelvertaling. Na sy terugkeer in die Paarl het hy die beleidsrigting van Die Patriot gewysig. Sy kritiek op die Krugerbewind en pleidooie vir konsiliasie tussen Brits- en Afrikaanssprekendes het hom verder van sy mede-Afrikaners vervreem. Die gevolg was dat die Eerste Taalbeweging, waarvan hy die vader was, teen 1900 doodgeloop het. In sy tweede Paarlse tydperk het ds. S.J. du Toit egter verbasend veel ter bevordering van die Afrikaanse taal en letterkunde sowel as oor algemene en godsdienstige onderwerpe gepubliseer. Hy het verskeie Afrikaanse boeke geskryf, soos Die Koningin van Skeba (1898), die eerste Afrikaanse gepubliseerde drame. Hy het ook gedigte geskryf, maar hulle is nooit gebundel nie. Hy is algemeen beskou as die “Vader van die Afrikaanse taal; stigter van die Afrikanerbond en stryder van die Calvinisme”. (Die inskripsie op sy graf). In sy lewe was hy predikant van die NG Kerk, Calvinistiese teoloog, Bybelvertaler, leier van die Eerste Afrikaanse Taalbeweging, skrywer, Superintendent van Onderwys in Transvaal, en koerant- en tydskrifredakteur. Op ‘n besoek aan Calvinia in Augustus 1910 het sy perdekar omgeval. Die ernstige beserings wat hy in die ongeluk opgedoen het, het uiteindelik gelei tot sy sterwe op 28 Mei 1911 op Kleinbosch, Dal Josafat. Dankie aan Roosmaryn! 365Spore.blogspot.com

The National Afrikaans Literature Museum in Bloemfontein

Charlize Theron…Afrikaans speaking..and proud to admit it!

This T-shirt says…”my dad is bigger than your dad!”…you all know that one for sure!

As jy ‘n DelaRey t-shirt het…sal jy die woorde ken!

This t-shirt says: Daddy’s little sperm!! hehe

This card says…”I love you” in Afrikaans.

Afrikaans on T-shirts…image found on google

Jou afwesigheid
Die son se stilte sprei oor die more-dou
en maak jou afwesigheid soveel moeiliker
Tyd kan nie uitvee die herinneringe
En moeiliker die misverstande
Nog die gebroke siel heel
Maar die soete verlede van lank gele’
Steek vas en onderhou my geheue
Verblydend is jou bestaan
Wat my wêreld  verkleur!




Die taal wat ek liefhet
Die taal wat ek praat
Die taal waarin ek dink
Die taal waarin ek droom
Die taal van my hart
Die taal wat ek koester
Vir nou en altyd
Jy is myne
Jy is nou
Jy is besonders
Jy is uniek
Jy is getrou
My denke
My wese
My lewe!
©Nikita 2008
Nadat ek die kort gediggie geskryf het, het ek dit op verskeie webbladsye gelees – en ek is bly julle almal geniet dit! Maak asseblief net seker dat jy krediet gee aan wie dit verskuldig is.
Afrikaanse stories op hierdie link op my blog:
Dankie weereens aan Roosmaryn: 365Spore.blogspot.com


Woorde: C.F. VISSER

O boereplaas, geboortegrond!
Jou het ek lief bo alles.
Al dwaal ek heel die wêreld rond,
waar so gelukkig, so gesond?
O boereplaas, geboortegrond!
Jou het ek lief bo alles.

O moederhuis, waar ooit so tuis?
Jou het ek lief bo alles.
Die wêreld, rykdom, prag en praal
kan jou verlies my nooit betaal.
O moederhuis, waar ooit so tuis?
Jou het ek lief bo alles.

O moedertaal, o soetste taal!
Jou het ek lief bo alles.
Van al die tale wat ek hoor,
niks wat my siel ooit so bekoor.
O moedertaal, o soetste taal!
Jou het ek lief bo alles.

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Ceremony sham – Little girl ‘too ugly’ to take part in Olympic showpiece

I was asked on the chess site if I watch the olympics. My reaction…no, but I’ve watched only the swimming, as I know we have a few South Africans that are really  great swimmers. I agree and feel the same as Eilandkind in her Afrikaans post about China and the Olympics. I actually have no intention to watch the Olympics like previous years. I do enjoy athletics and always used to watch any great athletics, but you won’t find me this year in front of the tele watching any of it, I would rather spend my day with my research about  Jane Austen or Emily Plummer, which is the name on the grave on the pic which is posted on my previous entry! Two reasons for not watchinng…for what’s going on in Tibet and having read a few articles the past two days, I think China is a disgrace! The world should have boycotted China’s Olympic fully! Read this article which I found on the Metro’s website.

Shame on China!

Olympic organizers refused to let a seven-year-old sing at the opening ceremony because she was too chubby, it has been revealed.

Lin Miako, the little girl who stole the show on Friday, did not actually sing a note and was miming throughout.

Instead, the voice heard by millions around the world was that of seven-year-old Yang Peiyi, who was ditched from the ceremony because of her chubby face and uneven teeth.
Chen Qigang, the general music designer of the ceremony, said: ‘The reason why little Yang was not chosen to appear was because we wanted to project the right image, we were thinking about what was best for the nation.

‘The reason was for the national interest. The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feelings, and expression.

‘Lin Miaoke is excellent in those aspects. But in terms of voice, Yang Peiyi is perfect, each member of our team agreed.’
Organizers also admitted parts of the lavish opening ceremony were pre-recorded.

The ceremony won rave reviews around the world for its use of fireworks and a series of perfectly choreographed sequences, watched by an estimated 1 billion people.

Some of the fireworks though did not actually go off that night.

‘Some footage had been produced before the opening ceremony to provide theatrical effect,’ Beijing Games Executive Vice President Wang Wei said.

Among the sections that were pre-produced were parts of a stunning fireworks display across the city, a series of fireworks “footprints” that led to the Bird’s Nest stadium where the four-hour extravaganza was staged.

A night-time aerial shot traced the consecutive explosions on the ground as they approached the stadium.

‘There were footprints of fireworks,’ Wang added.

‘Some of them were genuinely produced. Some maybe were used from previously recorded material.’


Read this article about Tibet and why the Chinese are there…


The Chinese government claimed human rights would improve in Tibet and China if Beijing won the right to host the 2008 Olympics. Instead of improving, the human rights situation in Tibet has deteriorated. As Beijing counts down to the Opening Ceremony, the Chinese government is already plotting to punish Tibetans for daring to call for freedom. Read tons of news on this link.

Ryk Neethling is one of our swimmers and you can follow his blog – from the Olympics – here:


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Church : St Leonards Hartley Mauditt

Church Services only May-Sept.

St Leonards Hartley Mauditt Church

St Mary’s Church…near us…in the style of Hockney!
Enjoy another Waldo de los Rios piece of music while reading here..but it’s only the first 75 seconds of the track, copied three times…enjoy!

In the style of David Hockney find on the link more of his art. I used the hockneyizer on this link to create my picture! http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/hockney.php In school we’ve tried the style of Hockney by taking profile pictures from two different angles. The pictures get cut and you arrange the strips/bits in a way you like it…it’s quite cool! Of course this hockneyizer makes it so much easier!

Image of Hockney’s mother

Image: calistarphotography.com

Let’s take the road! …I said on Friday…and we did! Literally! We had such a brilliant outing… we travelled on the highway south to Southampton and then took a turn-off to a bird sanctuary. We then decided to go on the small country roads and that’s where we got stuck…at this church! On the roadmap we saw that Jane Austen’s museum wasn’t too far from there and I suggested we go there! We travelled on really small roads, some  farm roads too! we even made a u-turn on one farm! hehe… Enjoy some of the pics here…and my next post is about Jane Austen…

I could make out some of the writing here…Emily Plummer and she was the wife of the Rev.

Little did we know about this name…Hartley Mauditt House…I only read the history when I found the info and had we known that before I could have looked for mrs Mauditt’s grave at the church! We wanted to push on to Jane’s house and therefore didn’t go to the Hartley Mauditt House.

About the church:

Two miles north of Oakhanger lies St Leonard’s Church, Hartley Mauditt, which having lost its village stands isolated beside the village pond.
This was essentially a manor church, built between 1100 and 1125 by one of William the Conqueror’s knights, William de Mauditt, in a clearing in the forest. He would also have built the manor house and cleared the land for growing crops and grazing his animals, and his family and servants would have worshipped in the church.
The building is a simple nave and chancel, although originally it probably would have had an apsidal east end. The porch protects a beautifully decorated Early English doorway. Inside is the 15th century font, and in the south wall is a Norman window. The chancel arch is an early Norman horseshoe arch, and the east chancel window is Early English, the same period as the present east end which replaced the apse.
Beneath the chancel is a crypt, probably the Stuart family vault, which is entered by a doorway (now bricked up) which lies behind the pulpit.
After the de Mauditt’s, the manor passed by various families to John of Gaunt and remained Crown property until 1603. The Stuart family bought the manor in 1614 and held it for many years. Their monuments, several with colourful heraldry, are in the chancel.
In 1798 the owner preferred to live in London, but his wife wished to remain in Hartley Mauditt, so he demolished the manor house, thus forcing her to follow him. She is buried in the churchyard, so her heart at least did in the end return.
The destruction of the manor meant loss of employment, and the village was abandoned. The church was restored in 1854 and 1904, the last when the bell turret was renewed. Today the church is well preserved and beautifully maintained. Source: http://www.johnowensmith.co.uk/churches/hmaudi.htm

Hartley Mauditt: St Leonard

And does the phantom coach and horses drive through Hartley Mauditt pond?
— my silent stones won’t tell.
And where have workers’ hamlet houses gathered round about me gone?
— in troubled times they fell.

So now I stand alone to stay
where lord and manor once held sway,
— a core without a shell.

See on this link….http://www.johnowensmith.co.uk/churches/churindx.htm#listmore churches in the East Hampshire district.
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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.

Source: http://gsport.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1681&Itemid=52

Images: ramlodi.co.za…IM Watu Kobese…The “Lion” of South Africa (right)


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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


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… https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/world-junior-chess-championships-2008/  on my blog. I will use two colours for the different sections…green for the Juniors and blue for the Girls section. 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.
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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
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
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


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
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-

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
10  WGM NEMCOVA Katerina 2372 CZE 7

World Junior Girls: Pairings and results: round 12- 14th Aug 15:00

1 IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461IND 9vs7½  KAZIMOVA Narmin 2148AZE-1-0
2 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413UKR 8½vs7 WFM BODNARUK Anastasia 2394RUS-1/2
3 WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2293 IND 7½vs8 WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2258GEO-1/2
4 WFM PAIKIDZE Nazi 2277 GEO 7vs7½ WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 2170KAZ-1-0
5 WGM NEMCOVA Katerina 2372CZE 7vs7 WFM SEVERIUKHINA Zoja 2300RUS-1-0
6  ALAVI Hour Homa 1723IRI 7vs7 WIM GOMES Mary Ann 2316IND-0-1
7 WGM FOISOR Sabina-Francesca 2337ROU 6½vs7 WFM OZTURK Kubra 2188TUR-0-1
8 WGM MAMEDJAROVA Turkan 2284AZE 6½vs6½ WFM NIKOLOVA Adriana 2242BUL-1-0
9 WFM SGIRCEA Silvia-Raluca 2167ROU 6½vs6½ WFM ABRAHAMYAN Tatev 2277USA-1-0
10  GUO Qi 2048CHN 6½vs6½ WIM POURKASHIYAN Atousa 2269IRI-1-0

World Junior Girls round 12 board 1 move 15

World Junior Girls round 12 board 1 final position


World Junior Girls round 12 board 2 move 15

World Junior Girls round 12 board 2 move 53

Standings after round 12:

1 IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461 IND 10 
2 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413 UKR 9
3 WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2258 GEO 8½
4 WFM OZTURK Kubra 2188 TUR 8
5 WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2293 IND 8
6 WIM GOMES Mary Ann 2316 IND 8
7 WGM NEMCOVA Katerina 2372 CZE 8
8 14 WFM PAIKIDZE Nazi 2277 GEO 8
9 33 WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 2170 KAZ 7½
10 12 WGM MAMEDJAROVA Turkan 2284 AZE 7½

World Junior Girls: Pairings and results of round 13: 15th Aug at 10:00 am

1 IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461 IND 10vs8 WGM NEMCOVA Katerina 2372 CZE-1/2
2 WFM PAIKIDZE Nazi 2277 GEO 8vs9 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413 UKR-1-0
3 WIM GOMES Mary Ann 2316 IND 8vs8½ WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2258 GEO-1-0
4 WFM OZTURK Kubra 2188 TUR 8vs8 WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2293 IND-1-0
5 WFM BODNARUK Anastasia 2394 RUS 7½vs7½ WFM SGIRCEA Silvia-Raluca 2167 ROU-1-0
6 WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 2170 KAZ 7½vs7½ WGM MAMEDJAROVA Turkan 2284 AZE-0-1
7  KAZIMOVA Narmin 2148 AZE 7½vs7½  GUO Qi 2048 CHN-1-0
8 WFM SEVERIUKHINA Zoja 2300 RUS 7vs7  ALAVI Hour Homa 1723 IRI-1-0
9 WIM NADIG Kruttika 2241 IND 7vs7 WGM CORKE Anya 2255 HKG-1-0
10 WIM YILDIZ Betül Cemre 2236 TUR 7vs7  MUMINOVA Nafisa 2242 UZB-1/2

World Junior Girls round 13 board 1 final position

[Event “World Junior Chess Championshi”]
[Site “Gaziantep”]
[Date “2008.08.15”]
[Round “13.1”]
[White “HARIKA, Dronavalli”]
[Black “NEMCOVA, Katerina”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D45”]
[WhiteElo “2461”]
[BlackElo “2372”]
[PlyCount “24”]
[EventDate “2008.08.03”]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. g4 dxc4 8. Bxc4
e5 9. Bd2 exd4 10. Nxd4 Nxg4 11. Ne4 Nde5 12. Be2 O-O 1/2-1/2

World Junior Girls round 13 board 2 move 18

[Event “World Junior Chess Championshi”]
[Site “Gaziantep”]
[Date “2008.08.15”]
[Round “13.2”]
[White “PAIKIDZE, Nazi”]
[Black “MUZYCHUK, Mariya”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A86”]
[WhiteElo “2277”]
[BlackElo “2413”]
[PlyCount “123”]
[EventDate “2008.08.03”]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 g6 5. Nh3 d6 6. O-O Bg7 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Qb3 c6 9. d5 cxd5 10. cxd5 e5 11. Ng5 Qe7 12. Ne6 Re8 13. Nxg7 Kxg7 14. Bg5 Na6 15. Qa4 Bd7 16. Qh4 h5 17. e4 Qf7 18. f4 Nh7 19. fxe5 Nxg5 20. e6 Nxe6 21. dxe6 Bxe6 22. exf5 Bxf5 23. Qd4+ Kh7 24. Ne4 Rxe4 25. Bxe4 Rd8 26. Rae1 Rd7 27. Bxf5 gxf5 28. Re3 Nc5 29. Ref3 Ne6 30. Qxa7 Ng7 31. Qf2 Qf6 32. Qc2 d5 33. Rd1 d4 34. Qd3 Kg6 35. Rdf1 Rd5 36. h3 Qg5 37. Kh1 Kf6 38. Qb3 Rd6 39. Qb4 Rd7 40. Qf8+ Kg6 41. Rd3 Kh7 42. Qc5 Qf6 43. Re1 h4 44. Qe5 Qc6+ 45. Kg1 hxg3 46. Rxg3 d3 47. Rd1 d2 48. Kh2 Qh6 49. Qe3 Qd6 50. Kh1 Re7 51. Qf3 Qd4 52. Rgg1 Qxb2 53. Qg2 Rd7 54. Qg6+ Kh8 55. Qh6+ Kg8 56. Qe6+ Rf7 57. Qe3 Qxa2 58. Rxd2 Qa8 59.
Qb6 Qa6 60. Qd8+ Kh7 61. Rd6 Qa3 62. Rh6+ 1-0

World Junior Girls round 13 board 3 move 28

[Event “World Junior Chess Championshi”]
[Site “Gaziantep”]
[Date “2008.08.15”]
[Round “13.3”]
[White “GOMES, Mary Ann”]
[Black “MIKADZE, Miranda”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “D78”]
[WhiteElo “2316”]
[BlackElo “2258”]
[PlyCount “173”]
[EventDate “2008.08.03”]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. O-O Nf6 6. d4 O-O 7. b3 Be6 8. Nbd2 Ne4 9. Nxe4 dxe4 10. Ng5 Bxd4 11. Nxe6 fxe6 12. Bh6 Bg7 13. Bxg7 Qxd1 14. Rfxd1 Kxg7 15. Rd4 Na6 16. Rd7 Nc5 17. Rxe7+ Rf7 18. Rxf7+ Kxf7 19. b4 Na4 20. Bxe4 Rd8 21. Bc2 Nc3 22. Bd3 Kf6 23. Kf1 Ke5 24. Ke1 Kd4 25. Kd2 Ne4+ 26. Bxe4 Kxe4+ 27. Ke1 b6 28. Rc1 g5 29. f3+ Ke5 30. Rc3 c5 31. Re3+ Kf6 32. bxc5 bxc5 33. Rd3
Rb8 34. Rb3 Rd8 35. Rb5 Rd6 36. Ra5 h5 37. a4 a6 38. Rxc5 Rb6 39. Kd2 Rb2+ 40. Kd3 Rb3+ 41. Kc2 Ra3 42. Ra5 h4 43. gxh4 gxh4 44. Rxa6 Ke5 45. c5 h3 46. c6 Kd6 47. c7+ Kxc7 48. Rxe6 Rxa4 49. Rh6 Rd4 50. Rxh3 Kd6 51. Rh5 Ke6 52. e4 Rd8 53. h4 Ra8 54. Kd3 Ra3+ 55. Ke2 Ra2+ 56. Ke3 Rh2 57. Kf4 Kf6 58. Kg3 Rh1 59. Ra5 Rg1+ 60. Kf4 Rh1 61. h5 Rh4+ 62. Kg3 Rh1 63. h6 Kf7 64. h7 Kg7 65. Rg5+ Kf6 66. Ra5 Rxh7 67. f4 Rg7+ 68. Kf3 Rb7 69. Ra6+ Kf7 70. e5 Rb1 71. Kg4 Rh1 72. Kg5 Rh2 73. Rh6 Ra2 74. Kf5 Ra4 75. Rh7+ Kf8 76. e6 Kg8 77. Rb7 Rc4 78. Ke5 Kf8 79. f5 Rc5+ 80. Kf6 Rc8 81. Kg6 Rc1 82. f6 Rg1+ 83. Kh5 Rh1+ 84. Kg4 Rg1+ 85. Kh3 Rh1+ 86. Kg2 Rb1 87. Rxb1 1-0

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

[Event “World Junior Chess Championship”]
[Site “Gaziantep”]
[Date “2008.08.15”]
[Round “13.1”]
[White “HOWELL, David”]
[Black “GUPTA, Abhijeet”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C54”]
[WhiteElo “2561”]
[BlackElo “2551”]
[PlyCount “64”]
[EventDate “2008.08.03”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d5 7. exd5 Nxd5 8. Re1 Bg4 9. Nbd2 Nb6 10. Bb5 Bd6 11. Ne4 Qd7 12. h3 Bh5 13. g4 Bg6 14. Nh4 Be7 15. Nxg6 hxg6 16. Ng3 Bd6 17. h4 a6 18. Bxc6 bxc6 19. h5 gxh5 20. Nxh5 f5 21. Ng3 fxg4 22. Re4 Rf3 23. Qb3+ Nd5 24. Qc4 Raf8 25. Rxg4 R3f4 26. Bxf4 exf4 27. Rg5 fxg3 28. fxg3 Qe7 29. Qg4 Ne3 30. Qh5 Qf6 31. Kh1 Nf1 32. Qg4 Qh6+ 0-1

World Juniors round 13 board 2 move 15

[Event “World Junior Chess Championship”]
[Site “Gaziantep”]
[Date “2008.08.15”]
[Round “13.2”]
[White “BRAUN, Arik”]
[Black “NEGI, Parimerjan”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “E60”]
[WhiteElo “2533”]
[BlackElo “2529”]
[PlyCount “87”]
[EventDate “2008.08.03”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 Nc6 4. d5 Ne5 5. e4 d6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Nge2 O-O 8. Ng3 c6 9. Be2 a6 10. f4 Ned7 11. Be3 cxd5 12. cxd5 b5 13. O-O Bb7 14. Rc1 Rc8 15. Qd2 h5 16. Bf3 Qa5 17. a3 Ng4 18. Bxg4 hxg4 19. Qe2 b4 20. axb4 Qxb4 21. Qxg4 Nb6 22. f5 Nc4 23. Bf4 Nxb2 24. fxg6 fxg6 25. Qe6+ Kh7 26. Nge2 Rf6 27. Qh+ Kg8 28. Rb1 Rcf8 29. Qe3 Bc8 30. Na2 Qc4 31. Rfc1 Qxa2 32. Ra1 Nc4 33. Rxa2 Nxe3 34. Bxe3 e6 35. Bd4 R6f7 36. h3 exd5 37. exd5 Bb7 38. Bxg7 Rxg7 39. Nd4 Rc8 40. Rxc8+ Bxc8 41. Nc6 Bb7 42. Na5 Bxd5 43. Rd2 Be4 44. Rxd6 1/2-1/2

World Juniors round 13 board 3 move 28

[Event “World Junior Chess Championship”]
[Site “Gaziantep”]
[Date “2008.08.15”]
[Round “13.3”]
[White “SAFARLI, Eltaj”]
[Black “RODSHTEIN, Maxim”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B96”]
[WhiteElo “2527”]
[BlackElo “2605”]
[PlyCount “154”]
[EventDate “2008.08.03”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nbd7 8. Qf3 Qc7 9. O-O-O b5 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. Rhe1 Qb6 12. Nd5 Qxd4 13. Bxf6 gxf6 14. Bxb5 Qc5 15. Nxf6+ Kd8 16. Nxd7 Qxb5 17. Nxf8 Rxf8 18. Qa3 Ke8 19. Qxd6 Qc6 20. Qd2 Qc7 21. f5 Rg8 22. g3 Rc8 23. c3 Rd8 24. Qh6 Rxd1+ 25. Rxd1 Qe7 26. fxe6 fxe6 27. Qh5+ Rg6 28. Rd2 e5 29. Qd1 Rf6 30. Qa4+ Kf8 31. Rd7 Bc6 32. Rxe7 Bxa4 33. Rxe5 Rf1+ 34. Kd2 Rf2+ 35. Kc1 Rxh2 36. Ra5 Bb5 37. b3 Rh6 38. c4 Bd7 39. Kd2 Rg6 40. b4 Bc8 41. Ra3 Ke7 42. Re3 Bd7 43. Kc3 Rd6 44. Re1 Rg6 45. Re3 Rf6 46. Kd4 Kd8 47. e5 Rg6 48. Kc5 Rc6+ 49. Kd4 Kc7 50. Re4 Rg6 51. Rh4 h6 52. Kc5 Bg4 53. a4 h5 54. b5 Rg5 55. Kd4 axb5 56. axb5 Kb6 57. Rh2 Rg8 58. Rf2 Rd8+ 59. Kc3
Rd1 60. Rf6+ Kc7 61. Kb4 Re1 62. Rf7+ Kc8 63. Rf8+ Kd7 64. b6 Kc6 65. Rf6+ Kb7 66. c5 Rb1+ 67. Kc4 Rc1+ 68. Kd4 Rd1+ 69. Ke4 Bd7 70. e6 Re1+ 71. Kd5 Bc6+ 72. Kd6 Rd1+ 73. Ke7 Rd5 74. Kf8 Rxc5 75. e7 Ba4 76. e8=Q Bxe8 77. Kxe8 Rg5 1/2-1/2

World Junior Chess round 13 board 5 final position…SO Wesley

IM Arik Braun..image chessbase

The symbol of antic mosaic city of Zeguma, the gypsy girl. 

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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 RSA0 – 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

27 WFM WIID Daleen 1931 RSA 3  3  BOYARCHENKO Marie 1895 LUX –1-0

Pratish in round 9 Image: Official site

Pairings and results: round 10 August 12:15:00

26 WFM WIID Daleen 1931 RSA 4  vs 3½ WFM BERKE Ana 2100 CRO-1-0
52  RAMSURRUP Pratish 1809 RSA 2½ vs  2½  OZDOVER Mustafa Berkay 1768 TUR-0-1

Pairings and results: round 11 – 13th Aug 15:00

17 WIM DAULYTE Deimante 2288LTU 5 vs 5 WFM WIID Daleen 1931RSA-0-1
48  AYDOGDU Ataman 2050TUR 3½ vs 3½  RAMSURRUP Pratish 1809RSA-1-0
25  HEGARTY Sarah 1966ENG 4½ vs 4  IKONOMOPOULOU Maria 2074GRE-1-0

Pratish in round 11

Pairings and results – round 12: 14th Aug 15:00

18 WIM IVAKHINOVA Inna 2248 RUS 5½vs5½  HEGARTY Sarah 1966 ENG-1-0
22 WFM WIID Daleen 1931 RSA 5vs5 WFM LEKS Hanna 2198 POL-1-0
50  RAMSURRUP Pratish 1809 RSA 3½vs4  ULUDOGAN Lutfullah 0 TUR-1-0

Pairings and results: Round 13: 15th Aug 10:00..the final round

17 WIM DAULETOVA Gulmira 2267 KAZ 6vs6 WFM WIID Daleen 1931 RSA 1 – 0
23  HEGARTY Sarah 1966 ENG 5½vs5½ WFM DAVLETBAYEVA Madina 2155 KAZ 1 – 0
46  PLENCA Julijan 2295 CRO 4½vs4½  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.

Round 1:

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:

(1) Ramsurrup,Pratish (1809) – Ashwin,Jayaram (2436) [B90]
World Juniors (1.1), 03.08.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Qf3 g6 7.h3 Bg7 8.Be3 Bd7 9.g4 Nc6 10.0-0-0 0-0 11.Kb1 Rc8 12.Qg3 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 e5 14.Ba7 Qc7 15.Qe3 b5 16.Qb6 b4 17.g5 Ne8 18.Qxc7 Rxc7 19.Bb6 bxc3 20.Bxc7 Nxc7 21.Rxd6 Be6 22.Rc6 Nb5 23.Bxb5 axb5 24.Rxc3 Rd8 25.Rd3 Rxd3 26.cxd3 Bf8 27.h4 Bc5 28.Rh2 h5 29.Kc2 Kf8 30.b3 b4 31.Kd2 Bg4 32.Rg2 f6 33.gxf6 Kf7 34.Ke1 Kxf6 35.f3 Bxf3 36.Rc2 Bd4 37.Rc6+ Kg7 38.Ra6 Bg2 39.Rc6 Kf7 40.Rc7+ Kf6 41.Rc6+ Kg7 42.Rc7+ Kh6 43.Rc6 Bh3 44.Ke2 Bd7 45.Rc7 Bg4+ 46.Kf1 Bh3+ 47.Ke2 g5 48.Rc6+ Kg7 49.hxg5 h4 50.Rh6 Bg4+ 51.Kf1 h3 52.Rh4 Bc8 53.Rh6 Bd7 54.Ra6 h2 55.Kg2 Bg1 56.d4 Bh3+ 0-1

Round 2:

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.

Round 3:

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.


Round 4:
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.

Coaches Report
Turkey 2008
Corno Klaver

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

Round 6:
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:
Flight 4
Hotel 5
Food 3,5
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!!!

Coaches Report
Turkey 2008
Corno Klaver

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.

Round 10:
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!

Round 11:
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!

Coaches Report
Turkey 2008
Corno Klaver


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


Some of the participants of the SA Juniors Closed in March 2008

Some of the SA junior players…

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GM Dimitri Reinderman in SA…image: www.chessa.co.za the Official site.

Well done to Marlene Roets who was the only player to draw against special guest Grand Master, Dimitri Reinderman, in the simultaneous event, where he participated against 25 women.

EZET ROOS: SA Women’s Open Chess Champion 2008

Source: www.gjca.co.za

 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.

Image: gjca.co.za

SA Women’s Open 2008

SA Women’s Open : Pairings round 4…source: Gauteng Junior Chess Association

This is only the pairings for the first 10 boards, see  http://www.gjca.co.za for more pairings

SA Women’s Open 2008: Final results after round 5

Small message to Chessa: Please, this is an Official Tournament! It could make my task a lot easier if this was published on your Official site, which is Chessa! Gauteng Juniors is not SA’s official site!

As soon as I have more news… I will update this post! hmmm…I could update it at last! with hours of searching and sniffing….and at last found info on a non-official site…Gauteng Juniors…thank you! Gauteng Juniors for publishing the results and the pairings…I do hope Chessa take notice of my message to them! Meanwhile, if you have zillions to spend, then Cresta is for you…a shopping centre in Randburg..near Jo’burg..hop off your flight and hop into this shopping centre…


Results of the SA Open Chess Championships- Section A : July 2008

See more results here: http://www.chessa.co.za/SAOpen2008.html

South Africa’s top 10 female chess players…19/8/2008

The number after the date of birth, is the number of games played…

1 SOLOMONS, A (ANZEL) 1978/01/06 2025  38
2 GREEFF, M (MELISSA) 1994/04/15 1947   27
3 SISCHY, MS (MONIQUE) 1987/12/04 1872 0
4 WIID, D (DALEEN) 1991/11/06  1861  50
5 PISTORIUS, R (RIANI) 1985/03/07  1845  12
6 DE JAGER, C (CARMEN) 1989/01/17  1843  28
7 ELLAPPEN, J (JENINE) 1986/03/25  1821  0
8 FRICK, D (DENISE) 1980/11/26  1812  19
9 ROOS, E (EZET) 1991/03/22  1783  29
10 DE WAAL, I (INGRID) 1990/07/17  1749  34

See the rest of the top 100 female players on this link:


Other chess news: from Chessa-site: Congratulations to D Solomons, A Goosen, D Van den Heever, J Ophoff, H.R Steel and D Cawdery who have been awarded their CM Titles
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This article comes from the Scientic American magazine- front cover scanned here too as you can see. It’s a very interesting article and you can easily copy the images to read it later. I want to quote from the first paragraph….”The year is 1909, the man is Jose Raul Capablanca of Cuba, and the result is a whitewash 28 wins….” and in the second paragraph..”I see only one move ahead,” Capablanca is said to have answered, “but it is always the correct move.” phew… I sometimes have only one move to make! and the move I know it’s the right move…but in most games you have to observe the board closely to see what your “enemy” is about to do and what evil plans he’s got up his sleeve! and that means you have to see about 2 or more moves ahead…as chess player myself, I can quote a lot from this article and comment on it…but I’m no master/grandmaster! I think every person has a different view/opinion….do spend some time to read it, it’s definitely worth spending the time on it! (I do apologise for the paint on the front cover! – zoom into the images once you’ve clicked on it to have a larger view)

On my blog I’ve done several posts about chess and research.
Please click on this link – links will open in a new window – to read about the Male/Female brain when it comes to chess and HERE about Chess and Altzheimers. On this link you can read how important chess is for your kids to work with money! and….on THIS SITE all the benefits why your child should play chess. Here’s a link on my blog about Maths and Chess .. Enjoy this movie about chess! and research.
People have different opinions about chess…is it a sport or not? I say it is…and if you disagree…well, that’s your opinion… and I’ve come across this very clever South African and he apparently organised the first multi-cultural chess game in SA…but sadly he’s been recruited to the USA…lucky Americans having him now! http://www.jurispro.com/VernonNeppeMDPhDFRSSAfFAPAFRCPC

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Pietersen…say your prayers!!

Sorry Chess fans…it’s cricket again! and today is an important game! I’m with Cowers again. I actually have about 3 of my own games waiting on draft to be blogged, so keep “watching”…this is England vs South Africa and not…South Africa vs England…hehe


Well done, Kevin! EISH!! The English can’t go without the South Africans in their teams… hehehe…

England 316ao (95.2 overs): LUDICROUS! Panesar is run-out attempting to sprint through for Harmison to make his 50. Monty is so, so slow. He’s a genuine liability with anything other than the ball in his hand. Harmison is left stranded on  49 not out. Overall, a wasted effort from England. 

England 316-9 (95 overs): WHAT A PITY! Anderson decides to leave a ball from Harris he thinks is turning down leg-side….it turns out to be an arm-ball,  and he is trapped LBW right in front. Monty comes to the crease with Harmison on 49 not out… 

England 313-8 (94 overs): Loving this. A fabulous clip over mid-wicket off the bowling of Harris brings Harmison to 49. Anderson then attempts a reverse sweep – and is lucky not to get bowled. More conventionally, he hoiks through square-leg for a couple. The partnership is up to 53…

England 294-8 (92 overs): Smith looks a little lost as to how to break this stand; he just needs to be patient; Harmison and Anderson have been so lucky so far; it has to run out eventually. Doesn’t it?  

England 283-8 (89 overs): The ball continues to fly everywhere. Both Anderson and Harmison are fortunate to escape with lofted drives that fall in between fielders, before Harmison edges off a huge drive, the ball flying down to third man for another boundary. Excellent runs for the home side as the lead approaches 100. 

England 276-8 (87 overs): This is what Test cricket is all about; two tailenders swishing and belting against the new ball; ball flying everywhere, catches going down (Boucher off Harmison), boundaries down to third man and long on. Comedy circus cricket.

England 270-8 (85 overs): Harmison lofts Ntini for two over the top of mid-on, before edging just short of Kallis at slip. Next ball, he crashes a big heave over mid-wicket for four. Entertaining stuff from the returning England bowler.

England 263-8 (83.2 overs): BROAD EDGES TO SLIP! England’s best batsman nicks Ntini through to slip as the new ball does for the number eight. Writing on the wall now; let’s hope Harmy goes a bit mental for a couple of overs. 

England 260-7 (82 overs): South Africa have taken the new ball. Harmison drives Ntini for a lofty drive through extra-cover to move to 10 from 18 balls. 

England 254-7 (80 overs): Harmison is usually good for a bit of fun. He takes a while to get off the mark, but then steers Kallis down to third man for four. I’d like to see Broad and Harmy smite a few in an entertaining half-hour or so. 

England 248-6 (77.2 overs): COLLINGWOOD OUT! 61, BEFORE KALLIS SNARES HIM C&B! Kallis gets one to rear up off a length, the ball takes the shoulder of Collingwood’s bat and the bowler takes a simple return catch. England are doing an excellent job of royally stuffin this up.

England 248-6 (77 overs): Broad is not yet off the mark, but he is playing with a nice confidence, and he is showing great discipline to Harris in particular. The spinner is firing the ball in at Collingwood’s legs in a very defensive tactic, but Colly isn’t biting at the moment. 

England 245-6 (74 overs): Broad comes to the crease. If he could bowl a few Chinamen, he’d be the new Gary Sobers. But he can’t, so he’s only the new Derek Pringle.

England 241-5 (71.5 overs) AMBROSE GOES! HIS SECOND-LAST DISMISSAL IN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET? Another failure for the hapless England keeper, who edges a decent Kallis delivery through to Smith at slip. A second wicket for all-rounder Kallis. Ambrose shows again his inability at this level. 

England 239-5 (71 overs): Some chat down there about the competition prize. Was anyone within one run-per-hundred-balls? If they were, I’ll have to think about a prize. How about some Eurosport headed letter paper, with a (very) short story written by Cowers? 

England 233-5 (69 overs): Ambrose is the new batsman. Pietersen called him “Timmy” in an interview the other day. Surely an indication of how little respect the rest of the England side have for him. Timmy? It’s like calling Strauss “Andy Pandy”. 

England 233-5 (67.4 overs): KALLIS WINS THE BATTLE OF THE BRUTES! The Saffa all-rounder tempts Flintoff with a little nibbler, Flintoff prods through to Boucher. His struggles continue.

England 232-4 (67 overs): Flintoff and Collingwood have the job of pushing on this evening, really driving England in front. The home side still have their best batsmen waiting to come, Stuey Broad, so 500 is still possible.

Evening session: 39 overs remaining.  

England 232-4 (67 overs): TEA: FLINTOFF JOINS THE PARTY! AND HE’S BROUGHT SOME BOOZE! GIN! AND GINGER LIQUEUR! Freddie steps down the wicket to pound Harris for six over long on. Great stage for a Flintoff assault, this. Just play himself in for a while, then BAM! 

England 219-4  (63.4 overs): PIETERSEN GOES FOR EXACTLY 100! Two balls after bringing up his ton, the captain fishes well wide outside off and Kallis takes a good catch at second slip. What a shame. Great knock, but he couldn’t kick on. That’s four wickets for Ntini.

England 219-3 (63 overs): CENTURY FOR PIETERSEN! CAPTAIN MARVELOUS! Pietersen registers his 14th Test ton with a flick through mid-wicket for four; it comes from 135 balls and features 15 boundaries. 

England 208-3 (62 overs): Very slow going out there. Pietersen is playing with rare-seen discipline to make sure he gets his century; Collingwood is up to 39not out in a typically gritty knock as England edge their lead up to 15 runs. 

England 203-3 (59 overs): The players have had drinks after what has been an arduous first hour in the afternoon session. Pietersen is into the 90s. He won’t want to stuff this up, as he did on 94 in the last Test. 

England 200-3 (57 overs): OOH! Harris is into the attack…Collingwood comes down the wicket and drives…straight into the chest of Amla at short leg. That had to hurt; it was fairly full-bloodied. Pietersen is just short of the 90s now; he’ll be keen to kick on once he has passed his ton, I guess. 

England 184-3 (54 overs):  Pedestrian stuff, really. Until Pietersen rocks back and pulls Morkel through mid-on for four. He then drives handsomly down the ground for another boundary.  I bet he fancies a huge score today. Fifth ball of the over he cuts through cover, before clipping through mid-on for three more. 15 off the over. 85 not out, the England skipper.

England 164-3 (51 overs): DOWN! Ntini puts down a second very difficult chance off Pietersen in the space of half-an-hour; this time, the England skipper mis-times a pull, but Ntini can’t hold onto the ball, diving backwards towards the boundary as he ran back from mid-on. 

England 161-3 (50 overs): England have become a bit bogged down since lunch, with the interuption and some disciplined bowling from the tourists. KP needs to break free from the shackles. 

England 153-3 (48 overs): England are back out. The gloom has passed. 

England 151-3: (47 overs): BAD LIGHT! It has got a little gloomy, and the umpires offer the light. KP (a big fan of attacking, offensive cricket, remember…) accepts the light and pegs it. 

England 148-3 (46 overs): Oh, I forgot to say, Pietersen has made his half-century. Good knock, too. Nine fours in it. The captaincy, if anything, has made him a better player. If that were possible. Because he is already, basically, the best player ever to pick up a long-handle. 

England 144-3 (45 overs): Pietersen has gone to the toilet. I repeat: Pietersen has gone to the toilet.  

England 139-3 (43 overs): Kallis does the old hands-on-hips as Collingwood pulls him one-handed through mid-wicket for four. That was one of the ugliest shots Cowers have ever seen. A shot so ugly I’d prevent my sister from marrying it.

England 134-3 (42 overs): South Africa have got a couple of interesting field placings at the moment; one man at a very straight, silly mid-on. Ntini has a nice rhythm going; he is going wide on the crease and darting them in at KP. An edge down to third man brings four off the final ball of the over. 

England  124-3 (40 overs): Nice start for England: Collingwood nicks a couple of boundaries down the leg-side. You can’t afford to bowl at him there. England are just 70 runs behind South Africa. No sign of Harris, the spinner, yet. 

Afternoon session: Off we go. Hold on to your hats. 

England 116-3 (38 overs): LUNCH:  67 runs, two wickets. Probably even in the morning session.

England 111-3 (35.4 overs): GONE! YOU NUMPTY! Ntini angles the ball across Cook, who has a completely unneccessary swipe, edging through to Boucher. No need to play at that one; Cook is disgusted with himself. Stoopid wicket to lose, just before lunch. In comes Collingwood. 

England 106-2 (35 overs): Cook is just struggling a bit in this final half-hour before tea. He can’t quite get the ball away to get KP back on strike. Kallis is bowling well to him, certainly. Ntini is back on for a couple of overs before lunch. 

England 103-2 (33 overs): South Africa are trying to bowl wide to Pietersen, trying to tempt him into a rash shot. Kallis is bowling wide of off-stump, but KP isn’t playing. When Kallis does bowl a little straighter, the England skipper punches down the ground for four. A wonderful shot. A shot so good I’d let my sister marry it. 

England 94-2 (31 overs):  Pietersen punches Kallis for three through cover. 26 not out and progressing sweetly. Just half an hour until lunch, if England can get through unscathed, it will have been their session. Incidentally, Cowers doesn’t want g_hine kneeling before him. He only wants busty German farm-girls in lederhosen kneeling before him. And then, only to milk his udders. 

England 91-2 (29 overs): Pietersen greets Kallis into the attack with a four through the leg side. Nice welcome. Jeez, I wouldn’t like to invite KP to my house for a dinner party. Probably throw dog-feces in my face as I opened the door to him.

England 81-2 (27 overs): KA-POW! THWACK! Pietersen hammers two successive short balls from Morkel for four through square-leg. The skipper is up to 19 from 31 balls, that’s a strike-rate of…ooh, just a minute…31 divided by 19, times 100, divided by the square-root of pi…61.29.

England 70-2 (26 overs): Gunther has made an appearance. Pietersen takes a couple of steps down the wicket to Nel, defending back to the bowler. Nel fields the ball and hurls it at the stumps, although KP has got his bat down in plenty of time. Next ball, as Nel is in his run-up, KP pulls out and prods the wicket down, infuriating Nel. He looks like an angry 12-year-old who is going skitz on e-numbers after eating four bags of Skittles. 

England 69-2 (24 overs): Cowers is not “in a mood”. The next person that says that is going to get charged at. “A coward you are, Withnail; an expert on bulls you are not…” Greatest line in film history? It’s up there. Along with: “We want the finest wines known to humanity. We want them here, and we want them now.” Cook ruins a Nel maiden with a single down to third man.

England 67-2 (22 overs): Nel is into the attack. Pietersen is adopting a very wide stance; he looks like he is attempting a rather complex yoga position. Nel grunts and gurns his way through a maiden, attempting to engage Pietersen in some hostilities. Like a grubby street urchin prodding a stray dog with a big stick. 

England 66-2 (20 overs): Pietersen looks in the mood, my friends. Boom! He flicks from outside off-stump through mid-wicket for four. Boom! He drives down the ground three balls later for another boundary. Huzzah! Pietersen is going to be the greatest England captain ever. England are going to win every single match they play with Pietersen as captain. I can feel it in my water. I can feel the Pietersen-love in my water. Either that, or an effervescent vitamin C tablet.

England 58-2 (19 overs): Pietersen is immediately off the mark, and already looks keen to impose himself on the match. Cook flicks a four off his legs last ball of Morkel’s over. He meets his skipper in the middle at the end of the over; they chat, calmly, resting on their bats. Seems a serious discussion. Perhaps Cook has left the gas on at home.

England 51-2 (17.4 overs): GONE! BELL NICKS TO SMITH! Bell makes a couple with a nice shot through cover, before pushing forward and nicking through to Smith, who takes a low catch at slip. Bell departs the field on the brink of tears…to make way for the entrance of the England captain. “YAY! YAY! YAY! WOO! WOO!” the crowd cheer.  

England 49-1 (17 overs): The overhead conditions are perfect for swing bowling, and the pitch may have been spruced up a little by the rain, so there might be a spot of movement early this morning. Ntini sends down the first over…

11.28 – Here we go. The South Africans are out there, Cook and Bell follow. Bell really is very short, isn’t he?  

11.11 – Covers starting to come off, and we are due to start at 11.30, with the lost time made up at the end of the day. Great news, eh? Great news that Cowers has to stick around an extra half-hour at the end of the day, possibly longer if the shocking over-rates continue. But it’s fine, it’s fine. No problem. It’s only Friday night. It’s not like Cowers will miss anything by sticking around for an extra hour.

11.02 – Shaun Pollock looks odd in a suit. There is something about his shoulders that looks peculiar in a suit. Also, he looks lobsided. His left shoulder and neck is much bigger than his right. Perhaps the left shoulder is the one he carries the chip on. Anyway, he is in the Sky Sports studio, banging on about South Africa only playing at 80% against England in this series; he reckons the Proteas can beat the Aussies in their upcoming tour. Good gag, Shaun. 

10.54 – Poop! Some rain, and the covers are coming on at the Oval. Richard Illingworth, that crappy left-arm spinner of the 1990s, is spotted under an Npower umbrella, mooching around the square. He looks serious, but that is of a direct consequence of his wearing of a moustache. Moustache = serious countenance. 

10.48 – Hey, don’t feel sorry for Cowers. Cowers don’t need no-one. There’s only one person Cowers looks out for…Cowers. I’ll give you a competition. How about strike rate of Kevin Pietersen over the course of his innings. You have to be within 1 run-per-hundred-balls to qualify for the prize, which I shall reveal when the entries close – at the start of KP’s innings, whenever that may be.

10.36 – g_hine accuses Cowers of going through the motions a little yesterday. Interesting. An interesting accusation. Don’t we all have off-days, g? Days when things just don’t feel right? A strange, empty feeling in your soul? Days when The Absurd strikes, unexpectedly, as it always does? Or are you always on top of your game? Is every day a good day for g_hine?

10.14 – Confidence isn’t usually a characteristic you could associate with Steve “I wanna go home” Harmison, so how about this for a quote, from yesterday’s post-match chat: “Hopefully this is a long road to a more successful 12 months forward than the 12 months I’ve just had.” Go Stevie. Who da man?

10.05 – Hi there; welcome to the second day from the Oval; the first day of Kevin Pietersen’s captaincy went jolly well – can the second day be as good? The weather forecast is a bit mixed; it is very gloomy at the moment, although the boffins at Met Office say things should brighten up later…

England 49-1 (17 overs): CLOSE: FINE DAY FOR ENGLAND. The home side lose Strauss early on, but Cook and Bell combine to see them through to the close with an unbroken 42-run stand. 

England 42-1 (15 overs): Good progress from England this evening, eight overs remaining. Bell and Cook haven’t given the South Africans a sniff since Strauss’

England 34-1 (12 overs): Ntini is still slanting the ball across Cook, who is doing well to maintain his discipline. The light is fine at the moment; a beautiful summer’s evening. 

England 29-1 (9 overs): Good stuff from the England boys at the moment. Bell helps himself to successive fours from the bowling of Ntini, one through square-leg, the other through cover. 

England 15-1 (6 overs) Bell has come to the crease, back in his number three position left vacant by Michael Vaughan. These two could do with taking England through to the close… 

England 7-1 (3.4 overs): NTINI GETS STRAUSS! The clever Ntini goes wide on the crease to fire one down to Strauss…the England man can’t resist a nibble, and edges through to second slip! Breakthrough for the tourists! 

England 6-0 (3 overs): Morkel and Nel have got the new ball for South Africa, but the England boys are coping fine, nudging and working away singles on the leg-side. There are 20 overs left today, but it is getting a little gloomy overhead… 

England 0-0: Cook and Strauss come out as England attempt to eat into South Africa’s lead over the next 24 overs… 

South Africa 194 (64.5 overs): MONTY COMES ON. HE BOWLS AT THE STUMPS, AND THEN HITS THEM. INNINGS OVER. Ntini is bowled for nine, and England finish the job. Great effort. 

South Africa 190-9 (64 overs): Stumps. Stumps. Stumps. Not one ball at the stumps in the last three overs. Not one ball would have hit the stumps. The wickets. Removed the bails. The timber. Not one. 18 balls, and not one was directed at the stumps, the things the bowlers are supposed to aim for. The three stumps are the key to England finishing this off. Absolute key, the stumps. Flintoff has been brought on by Pietersen, presumably to try and hit the stumps. He can’t. He doesn’t really get anywhere near. 

South Africa 184-9 (61 overs): This is ridiculous. It’s not like Ntini and Harris are flaying the ball all over; it’s just that England aren’t bowling at the stumps. They’ve got a much better chance of getting one of these two tailenders out if they just bowled at the stumps. It’s not rocket-science. The stumps are the key. Bowl at them. The batsmen may miss the ball. Which will then hit the stumps. Bowl the ball so it will hit the stumps. Stumps. Stumps. Stumps. Bowl at the stumps. Try to hit the stumps.

South Africa 175-9 (58 overs): England have done well to get up to this point…all they need to do now is bowl at the stumps. Instead, Harmison and Broad are bowling about two foot outside off, and Ntini and Harris are swinging and missing at everything. Most frustrating. 

South Africa 174-9 (54.4 overs): ANOTHER FOR BROAD! Straight and full, and Nel edges through to Ambrose. Rather lacklustre appeal from England, but Nel is on his way, and only Ntini stands between the home side and the close of innings.

South Africa 168-8 (53 overs): What does Cowers know? Broad bangs one in short, Morkel gets a glove on it, trying to fend away down to third man, and Bell takes a diving catch at short-leg. Broad gets the breakthrough after tea, and England are on the brink of a fine first innings effort. 

South Africa 164-7 (52 overs): Broad and Monty are doing the bowling at the moment. Can’t help but think that Pietersen should turn to Harmison, Anderson and Flintoff to clean up the tail.

South Africa 158-7 (50 overs): The evening session is underway…still 40 overs to bowl, England will be keen to shoot the tourists out and get themselves in bat… 

South Africa 158-7 (49.3 overs) TEA: MONTY STRIKES WITH HIS THIRD BALL! SHOCKING LBW DECISION, BUT WHO CARES? I care. Anyway. Monty has AB de Villiers caught LBW as he attempted to force away off his back foot in the final over before tea. Great boost for England just before the interval. 

South Africa 147-6 (45 overs): Morkel is the new batsman, coming in with an average of 15 or so. Anderson is still in the attack, partnered by Broad. No sign of Monty yet, Pietersen is making him wait – which is a good decision, with the seamers getting so much joy. It would be a boost to the over-rate, though; which is appalling at present.

South Africa 132-6 (42.1 overs) AND ANOTHER! GREAT BOWLING FROM ANDERSON! Jimmy fires one in towards off-stump, allowing the swing just to move it away a couple of inches…Boucher flicks his bat, gets an outside edge, and Ambrose takes a simple low catch! The wickets continue to tumble, and all is going well for Pietersen! ok, i will pack up and go home!

South Africa 127-5 (40 overs): de Villiers and Boucher are doing a good job in trying to see off a fired-up England at present. Anderson is still getting a bit of movement, but his line has gone a little. Flintoff has a word with Pietersen, who in turn has a word in the ear of the bowler; Freddie must have spotted something.

South Africa 119-5 (38 overs): And thank you to those messageboarders who recognise that the ludicrously pedestrian nature of the updates to this blog are nothing to do with Cowers and rather more to do with the lumbering techical machine that powers it.

South Africa 118-5 (37 overs): YES! ANDERSON STRIKES AGAIN! Prince rather lazily drives at one that moves slightly away from him, and Bell takes a comfortable catch at gully! England’s golden spell continues! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo!! SA!!

South Africa 113-4 (35 overs): AB de Villiers and Ashwell Prince are the batsmen charged with trying to lead South Africa out of their rather tricky little spot. Anderson is getting just enough movement still to cause some problems, though. Hey, hey, South Africa!! 4 out…no good!!

South Africa 105-4 (32.5 overs): WHAT A SPELL FOR ENGLAND! ANDERSON TRAPS KALLIS! Beautiful inswinger from Anderson, dips back in and strikes Kallis on his front leg, in front of off-stump! No hesitation from the umpire! England are on fire here! 

South Africa 103-3 (31.5 overs) BOWLED HIM! TWO IN TWO FOR HARMISON! The batsmen had crossed so Amla was taking strike…Harmison yorks him with a full one which beats Amla’s jab, taking out middle stump! Harmy is back, and delighted! 

South Africa 103-2 (31.4 overs) SMITH GOES! TOP-EDGED PULL, ANDERSON TAKES THE CATCH AT FINE-LEG! Harmison has his first wicket on his return to the Test side, digging one in, which Smith hoiks down to Anderson. 

South Africa 100-1 (31 overs): Anderson is back into the attack; Smith really doesn’t look in great nick, but he is gritting it out. He survives a strong LBW shout from Harmison, before getting an inside edge on to his pads from Anderson. 

South Africa 87-1 (29 overs): Flintoff’s painful toe forces him off the field for some treatment, ending his post-lunch spell. Broad is trundling in at the other end, although Amla has crashed the youngster for four boundaries in his last two overs, and has reached 30 from just 27 balls. 

South Africa 70-1 (26 overs): DROPPED! COOK AGAIN! Tough chance for Cook; Amla flashes at a Flintoff delivery…the ball flies high to Cook at second slip, but he can’t cling on above his head, the ball running away for four. Flintoff shakes his head in mock disbelief. 

South Africa 65-1 (24 overs): Smith is approaching a half-century, on 40 not out. Flintoff calls for a pain killer; he seems in some discomfort in his bowling action, thanks to a painful toe. Still, he snorts one past Smith final ball of the over.  

South Africa 64-1 AFTERNOON SESSION: The clouds have cleared and the rain has stopped. The afternoon begins under bright skies at the Oval; can England snatch an early breakthrough.

South Africa 64-1 (22 overs): RAIN STOPS PLAY: The drizzle becomes a little heavier and the umpires call on the covers. The players will take an early lunch, with South Africa having made 64-1 in the morning…England will be a little disappointed they couldn’t add to their one break through. 

South Africa 56-1 (20 overs): More frustration for England as an outside edge from Smith falls just short of Strauss at second slip. Smith also plays and misses at a couple of widers ones, which raises a wry smile from Flintoff. AND THEN THE BREAKTHROUGH COMES! COOK MAKES AMMENDS FOR HIS EARLY DROP BY SNARING A GOOD ONE AT SLIP AS MCKENZIE EDGES!

South Africa 47-0 (17 overs): Broad is into the attack for the first time, and his first over is a good one, beating McKenzie three times in a maiden. Pietersen is bounding around like a puppy in a new home at the moment…unfortunately, a puppy would perhaps have more clue as to how to break this partnership.

South Africa 44-0 (15 overs): Not for the first time, Cowers was wrong; Harmison is continuing…although perhaps Pietersen will wish he had taken him off an over previous as Smith pulls him for two fours through the leg-side. 

South Africa 32-0 (13 overs): Harmison has Smith in a spot of bother in what will probably be his final over of the spell, a bouncer causing him a moment of panic. Pietersen looks rueful as he searches for his first wicket. The first hour is negotiated well by South Africa. 

South Africa 31-0 (12 overs): Bit of a run-spurt; McKenzie helps himself to two fours off Harmison, the first a remarkable short-arm jab through mid-wicket, before Smith welcomes Flintoff to the attack with a pull through mid-on. Freddie is steaming in at 87mph in his first over. 

South Africa 19-0 (10 overs): Smith clips a four through the leg side…Monty escorts it to the boundary like a middle-aged gentleman chaperone escorting home a lady of equally mature years after an awkward first date at an Italian restaurant.

South Africa 14-0 (8 overs): Few spots of rain about, a few brollies going up. Harmison gets one to jag back…raps McKenzie on the pad…big appeal…going over the top. Next ball a similar delivery squirts off the outside edge, bouncing once before third slip. 

South Africa 10-0 (7 overs):  Harmison is bowling well, that’s for sure. He is firing down with plenty of pace and bounce. Anderson is getting a little swing and has troubled Smith now and again, but nothing too alarming. There are some fairly ominous clouds in the distance, though.

South Africa 7-0 (5 overs): The over-rate clearly doesn’t fall into Pietersen’s category of “aggressive” cricket; it is quite embarrassingly slow at the moment. There appears to a problem with movement behind the bowler’s arm; restless members. Or just some ignorant divs.

South Africa 6-0 (3 overs): Another good over from Harmison; McKenzie gets an inside-edge that misses his off-stump by a foot or so. Ambrose is still feeling his nose after that blow a couple of overs ago. The first positive stroke of the match, a push through covers from McKenzie, brings a couple. 

South Africa 1-0 (1 over): Ambrose needs some treatment on a bloody mouth after the final ball of Harmison’s first over got a little big on him, went through his gloves and struck him in the face. Very eventful first ten minutes of the Pietersen captaincy. 

South Africa 1-0 (1 over): DROPPED! Harmison almost gives Pietersen the perfect start! He bangs one in, Smith cuts…but Cook puts down a relatively simple chance at gully! Later on, he gets one to nip back and strike Smith in the unmentionables. Good first over from Harmison, who is already up into the high 80mphs.

11.00: OFF WE GO! Pietersen leads out England for the first time in a Test match; lots of manly hugs and little shoulder-barges from the home side as they come out on to the pitch. No huddle, though. 

10.51: “Starting to feel muggy, might well swing here,” says Botham at his pitch report. “Rock-solid hard, it will have that tennis ball bounce. But will it swing? Maybe in the first hour.” Great stuff. That’s why he’s an “expert”.

10.42: That close-up photo of KP does demonstrate he has good skin, doesn’t it? Must use a lot of Jessica’s cleansing products. 

10.34: Graeme Smith wins the toss and bats…“It’s a pretty good wicket,” says Pietersen. “I’ve played here for eight years and it has always been a good wicket at the Oval. We’re going to have to give it a real good go this morning.” 

10.28 Cowers has indeed chosen a particularly menacing photo of Pietersen to use on the blog…perhaps an indication of his style of captaincy. IN….YOUR….FACE! 

10.19 – All-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who will bat at six in this match, is keen to end a run of eight England Test defeats in his last eight appearances: “Two defeats is not the way I envisaged coming back with England. I didn’t wait 18 months to get beaten.”

10.08 – Hello, fans of cricketing endeavours; welcome to our coverage of the fourth and final Test between England and South Africa from The Oval, in south London. It is a warm, muggy day here…but crucially dry. We should be able to get off on time, and that is a blessing to all.

Cower’s Ava

While I’m on Yahoo… I saw this headline: and I’m asking myself…WHY oh WHY do you always HAVE to get drunk!! even just to be “in”… it’s part of the culture over here!! oh my goodness, get something to do in your life and stop boasting about how drunk you were on a party or the previous night! You don’t impress me!

Drunken Brits face holiday crackdown


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This is just to say

This is just to say:
I’ve just e
ALL the Mingles
in the box
behind the TV
-which you don’t like
because of the wooden smell-
Forgive me
they tasted so creamy
and I felt so pampered
and rotten spoiled!

This is my version of the poem by Williams Carlos Williams: This is just to say. You can follow this link and read his original poem as well as the “reply” to it…really sweet!

I was tagged by Reisiger to do a shopping list from certain items and where I usually buy it…well, I’ve done a mosaic instead and you will have to click on the mosaic to see what’s on there…and also from which shops I sometimes buy…and what brands etc… I’m quite sure the images are self explainable…

Doritos, my other favourite

This top is a special top…it’s got some sequence on it and I just love the fabric it’s made of and..it’s my favourite colour!  Please click on the image – and zoom in – to have a clear view of it! I’ve bought it at a shop in Sutton. Sutton has got a big shopping centre, called St Nicholas. On the pictures that follow, you can see some really nice South African goodies! I’ve bought these at the South African shop at London Bridge… and they are some of my favourites! You can even buy the Aromat from Tesco’s now. Do try it if you haven’t… I love it in salad and on baked potato! Yum! Oh dear, I will have to go again, as my mouth is watering for that Fanta Grape!!

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image: buy-fineart.com

I used to collect cow-sculptures in South Africa …they were so cute, they didn’t look like this sculpture in this image, but this one is just as cute…cows are characters in many children’s stories/songs..and if you’ve forgotten about “Old MacDonald’s farm”… here’s the Youtube video to refresh your mind..hehe… and do you know the Children’s Classic…”Moomin”!…We used to have a cow on the farm — well, we actually had many, but “Makkie” was a special cow. She LOVED lemons! When we were around, she made her way to the nearest lemon tree – there were three near the kraal – and stood there mooing like mad! –Eilandkind, if you read here…congratulations on your birthday today!!!



“Cow jumped over the moon” –http://www.art.co.uk


“Moo moo” from –http://www.art.co.uk

Image: gimmecorn.com…this looks almost like our “Makkie” hehe..asking for lemons!

When I was little, we called these cows…foxterrier cows!! hehehe…

On this link they show you how to draw a cow…

This is one of my jars with cows…bought in South Africa…and brought with me all the way here! I love them, but couldn’t bring them all….wonder if you can still buy them in shops there!

Image: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/
Cattle dipping was great fun on the farm…those tiny little calves…were always so cute when swimming from the one end to the other!

Image: http://home.swipnet.se/mooamp/wallpapers/ …on this site you can get some wallpapers

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Cheese cake,Tipsy tart, Tiramisu and other Yum Yum Recipes

These are all “Illovo-recipes”…all these recipes were sent to my via email and they are some of the most delicious recipes! Do enjoy them! Click on the images for a larger view and print them off!

PS: “Illovo” is only the brand name– also a Sugar Company in South Africa…and…if you want to enjoy a holiday…you can always go to Illovo-beach…which is a bit south of Durban.

PDF file: Illovo Recipes  Click this PDF link and save it on your PC. Some of the recipes are in this entry as images. You will find them in this PDF too. Enjoy!

UPDATE – August 2011

PDF file: 101 Onweerstaanbare Poedings

Hierdie PDF dokument [klik die link hierbo] het ek so pas op my rekenaar gevind en dit lyk regtig asof hierdie Poedings SMAAKLEKKER kan wees!  Daar is bv. ‘n Bar-one poeding, Kersfeespoeding, Mokka Kaaskoek, Pekkaneut kaaskoek, Kondensmelktert, Appelkoospoeding, Korslose melktert, Malvalekker poeding, Lietsjie poeding, Koejawelyskastert, Kitsvlatert, Cremora tert, Outydse souskluitjies, Grenadella yskaskoek, Pienk poeding, Karringmelk poeding, Appeltert, Asynpoeding [my groot gunsteling!], Lemoenpoeding, Fluweelpoeding, Tropiese vlaskywe,  Gebakte ryspoeding, en so kan ek aangaan. Al die vingerlek-lekkerste resepte waaraan jy kan dink! Hierdie is ‘n MOET vir enige iemand om te hê.

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Blou…My tema vir hierdie week. Ek het besluit ek gaan ‘n kleur kies vir die volgende paar weke, totdat ek “uit” kleur raak…sal dit ooit gebeur..ek glo nie ek wil swart-en-wit wees nie!

Blue is my theme for this week and I’m going to take a colour per week…hopefully I won’t run out of colours.This image was created by using “mosaic maker” …- link at the bottom of this post! – which is really great fun to do! You can click on the image to see a larger view and then even zoom into it too. The nature images are from South Africa, but not the dolphin image. The image next to the Jonathan Livingston Seagull book-cover, is a Kadinsky image.  These images are all on my PC which I’ve found through some Google-searches, apart from the 3rd pic left, those beautiful flowers are from my garden! and those two cats are actually “playing” chess!  If you click on the image, you will see a  little bear with a hug-box…have a hug for today from that box! It’s free! 

 The music is an Afrikaans song..”Blou”…which means “Blue” in English. I’ve got also for you Neil Diamond’s song…”Song sung blue”  and a song by Vicky Leandros…. “My world is blue”.  Laurika Rauch  is one of my favourite South African artists. I’ve blogged about her a couple of times before and you will hear her singing “Blou”.

 On the second image you can see some of the “technology” on my pc, which I use to convert files and the most recent program I’ve started to use, is the Audacity. My Blogger-friend – from “My-kop-op-‘n-blok” has told me about this smart little program. I don’t know the program as yet, but at least know how to split an audio file like this one of Laurika, to give you only a taste of it. Today, I copied the “taster” to the bottom bar and replay the track and suddenly, co-incidently, I’ve created an echo! Take a listen at the first track and then the original second. Afterwards, when playing around on the menus of the program, I discovered the “echo”-function…but I’ve thought it was cool that I’ve created it myself. I haven’t tried the “echo”-funtion…will do that a next time. I’ve also found out how to use the “fade out”-function, so now it doesn’t sound like the music stops suddenly without a warning… If you have a Blogger-site, I’ve also “discovered” how to upload music on the Blogger-site, If you need any help, give me a shout!

Blou….by Laurika Rauch

And…this is Neil Diamond’s song…”Song sung blue”

And the last song is sung by Vicky Leandros, a Greek singer…”My world is blue”


The Ballad of Julie Blue

by Bruce Lawson

Jan left me cold and April cried
June came when I finished with May
through the signs and the seasons
with her rhymes and her reasons
Julie blew the clouds away

a perfect shadow in a sunshine day.

A month of summerday nights she stayed
blue skies all day each day clear
till the sun in her eyes began to fade
with every daisy chain she made
and she kissed me goodbye like a razor blade
singing I’ll return next year

But tomorrow’s a world away.

Blou – Laurika Rauch

As die skemer kom
en hy vang my by jou
en hy stuur jou terug na jou huis toe
wie sou verstaan
hoe ek sou voel
wie sou verstaan
oral om, om my heen
is dit blou
want ek wil by jou wees
ek wil by jou wees
tyd en plek
bepaal wat gebeur
niemand kan dit keer nie
sê my wat’s reg
en wat is verkeerd
wie sou bepaal?
Oral om, om my heen
is dit blou
want ek wil by jou wees
ek wil by jou wees

alles is blou
alles is blou
blou is die wolke
blou is die maan
blou is die venster waarby ek staan
blou is my hart en
blou my gedagtes
blou om my heen
alles is blou
alles is blou
alles is blou
alles oor jou

as die skemer kom
en hy vang my by jou
en hy stuur jou terug na jou huis toe
wie sou verstaan hoe ek sou voel
wie sou verstaan
oral om, om my heen
is dit blou
want ek wil by jou wees
ek wil by jou wees

Thanks Braam for reminding me that I am a Blue Bull supporter!! How could I fotget about the bulls!!! hehehe

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Jakkals trou met Wolf se vrou! Wie van julle sê dit nog!?

Today is a cooler day than a few days ago, every now and then there’s a few makhulu sized drops..oh, if you don’t know what makhulu means…it means quite biggish… lol! also…makhulu is a Xhosa-word which means Grandma and that’s where the word comes from…  I’ve also thought that it’s only South Africans having this “myth” about the animals getting married when it rains while the sun shines! Here is a short version of the story….Jackal fell in love with the Wolf’s wife and he wanted to marry her. The animals in the animal kingdom knew of course it can not take place, as they are not suppose to be together as Wolf’s wife is Jackal’s godmother!  So, they talked to Mother nature and asked her to stop-spoil-the wedding day! When it was the big day, Mother Nature let it rain on this day, which was a  sunny day and the wedding couldn’t continue! hehe..

From Wikipedia:

A sunshower is an unusual meteorological phenomenon in which rain falls while the sun is shining . These conditions often lead to the appearance of a rainbow, if the sun is at a low enough angle. The term “sunshower” is used in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and parts of Britain, but is rarely found in dictionaries . Additionally, the phenomenon has a wide range of sometimes remarkably similar folkloric names in cultures around the world . A common theme is that of trickster animals, or the devil, getting married, although many variations of parts of this theme exis.

In South African English, it is referred to as a “monkey’s wedding,” a loan translation of the Zulu umshado wezinkawu, a wedding for monkeys . In Afrikaans, it is referred to as jakkalstrou, jackals wedding, or also As jakkals trou met wolf se vrou, meaning “when the jackal marries the Wolf’s wife.”
In Hindi and Bengali, it is also called “the jackal’s wedding.”
In Arabic, the term is “the rats are getting married” .
Bulgarians speak of bears marrying .
In Korea, a male tiger gets married.
In various African languages, leopards are getting married.
One animal, the fox, crops up all over the world[citation needed], from Kerala to Japan (Japan also refers to it as ‘Kitsune (the fox) takes a bride,’) to Armenia; there’s even an English dialect term, “the foxes’ wedding,” known from the south west of England. In Calabria, it is said that “when it rains with sun, the foxes are getting married.”

 Other variations
In Polish, the saying is that “when the sun is shining and the rain is raining, the witch is making butter.” For Filipinos, “elves are getting married”, or “tikbalang” (half-horse, half-men) and a “kapre” are getting married, while in Spain it is witches, and in Greece it is the poor.

In Lithuanian, the phenomenon is described as “orphans’ tears,” where the sun is the grandmother drying those tears. In Russian, it’s “mushroom rain,” as such conditions are considered favorable to growing mushrooms. In Russian it is also often referred to as “слепой дождик”, which literally translates as “blind rain”.

In the United States, particularly the South, a sunshower is said to show that “the devil is beating his wife.” In German, the variation is “Wenn’s regnet und die Sonne scheint, so schlägt der Teufel seine Großmutter: er lacht und sie weint,” or “When it’s raining and the sun shines, the devil is beating his grandmother: he laughs and she cries.” Similar phrases occur in Hungary and Holland. A regional variant from Tennessee is “the devil is kissing his wife. — Wikipedia —


Image: Wikipedia


 Our changeable weather!!!

Picture taken about 2:45 this afternoon!

Picture taken 15:20!

Iemand al gehoor van hierdie sindroom!! hahaha ….O.G.A.A.T.S. SINDROOM —Ouderdom Geaktiveerde Aandag Afleibare Teenwoordigheids Sindroom!

Book Time! The Wolf who cried Boy!

This book is so funny! I guess you know this story, but it’s much more funnier than “The Boy who cried Wolf”!

Spreekwoorde in Afrikaans:

Hy’s a tweegatjakkals!

Jakkals verander van hare maar nie van snare nie – ‘n skelm mens verander uiterlik maar nie innerlik nie.

Read on this link Afrikaans/English Wolf-and-Jackal-stories


Troetelwoorde vir ogilvie douglas
(’n bosbouer van ’n nedersetting by Grabouw
het op ’n reëndag met sy mongoolkind op sy
skoot gesit)

kyk oggeliefie druppeldou
jakkals trou met wolf se vrou
ag die stomme wêreld wou
dat jy my kind sou wees
my kind hier in ons eie dorp
agter die bosrug van grabouw
my droomoogkind
met jou oophangmond
wat kwyl
soos heuningdruppelsdou
kyk daar’s druppels op jou mou
kyk daar’s druppels teen die ruit
o oggeliefie douglas
elke druppel is ’n sonnetrou
dit reën
jou pa kan nie vandag
sy boom gaan kap
o nooit volprese God
wat ook oor wurms
wag moet hou
seën die oggeliefiekind van my
en my sy pa
en daar sy maltrapma
o oggeliefie druppeldou
o jakkals trou met wolf se vrou

Uit: Sprokkelster
Marlene van Niekerk

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See my new post on this link…with the results of round 8  onwards…please click here:  https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/08/10/final-results-rounds-8-13-world-juniors-in-turkey/
 On this link you can see all the standings and results of the first 10 boards in each round from round 8-13 and the final results.


 You will also find the Official site on this new link! I don’t update this post with results for rounds 8-finals! All new results on the link here!…please follow the new link for new results!

Please click HERE for the Official site. See my new post on this link…with the results of round 8  onwards… please click here:


Pairings for round 8 …tomorrow…10th Aug at 15:00


World Juniors: Standings after round 7…first 10 places


World Junior Girls: Standings after round 7…first 10 places

Click on the images for a larger view. I will update this page with info on a daily basis and more on England and South African players…from round 8 on, I will also blog the top players from both sections…in a new post.  All images of players are from the Official site. The top half of this post is about the Girl’s section and after the banner in the middle, you will find info on the World Junior’s section…

World Junior Chess Championship (Girls)

Pairings and results Girls Juniors- round 7: 8th Aug 15:00

19  HEGARTY Sarah 1966 ENG vs WGM CORKE Anya 2255 HKG–0-1
33 WFM WIID Daleen 1931 RSA vs DAI Irmak 0 TUR–1-0

Pairings and results round 6: 7th Aug 15:00

21 WFM GASIK Anna 2211 POL vs  HEGARTY Sarah 1966 ENG–1/2
30 WFM WIID Daleen 1931 RSA vs  BOYARCHENKO Marie 1895 LUX– +

World Junior Girls…round 6 board 1: Muzychuk vs Abrahamyan move 26

World Junior Girls, round 6 board 2: Harika vs Dauletova move 23

World Junior Girls round 5

more girls having fun! 

Pairings and results: World Junior Girls…round 5: 6th Aug at 15:00

19  HEGARTY Sarah 1966 ENG vs WFM SGIRCEA Silvia-Raluca 2167 ROU–1/2
30  ANTONOVA Nadezhda 1883 TJK vs WFM WIID Daleen 1931 RSA –1-0

World Junior Girls…round 5 board 1 move 24

World Junior Girls round 4 board 1 move 12
1 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413 UKR vs IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461 IND

World Junior Girls round 4 board 2 move 5
2 WIM MAJDAN Joanna 2323 POL vs WFM ABRAHAMYAN Tatev 2277 USA

Pairings and results rounds 1-4: Girls Junior….click on the image for a larger view.

On THIS LINK you can view more results of round 2 of the Girls Junior section.
On this link you can see more pairings of the Junior Girls section.
Please click HERE to see more results on round 1 of the Junior Girls of round 1.

Image: Official site

World Junior Chess Championships 2008

Image: World Junior Chess Championships: Pairings and results: rounds 1-4
Please click on the image for a larger view.

Please click HERE to see more results of round 1.
Please click HERE to view more results of round 2 of the Junior Section.

World Juniors…round 4, board 6…David Howell…move 8

David Howell, round 4 move 59

Board 6…England’s player…David Howell vs Hrant Melkumyan
Pairings and results: World Junior Chess….round 5 : 6th Aug at 15:00

1 GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG vs GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE–1-0
35  CONSTANTINOU Peter 2225 ENG vs  ENCHEV Ivajlo 2367 BUL–1/2
46  VAVRIC Pavel 2218 MDA vs RAMSURRUP Pratish 1809 RSA–1-0

World Juniors…round 5…board 1…David Howell move 29

World Juniors…round 5…board 2

World Juniors round 5 board 1

Pairings and results: World Juniors: round 6: 7th Aug 15:00

2 WGM HOU Yifan 2557 CHN vs GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG– 1/2
34 IM KARTHIKEYAN Pandian 2402 IND vs  CONSTANTINOU Peter 2225 ENG–1/2
51  RAMSURRUP Pratish 1809 RSA vs  OZTOSUN Gorkem 0 TUR– 1-0

World Junior Chess board 2 round 6: David Howell, move 23

World Junior Chess board 1 round 6: Le Quang Liem vs Li Chao..move 22

Pairings and results: World Juniors round 7: 8th Aug 15:00

1 IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER vs GM LI Chao B 2590 CHN–1-0
2 GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG vs GM RAMIREZ Alejandro 2531 CRC–1-0
31  CONSTANTINOU Peter 2225 ENG vs  CASPI Israel 2412 ISR–1-0
48  SOUSA Ricardo 2133 POR vs  RAMSURRUP Pratish 1809 RSA–1/2

Junior Chess round 7 boards 1 and 2…final position…click on the image…

Schedule of the Championships


The championships will be held in Gaziantep from 2 August 2008 (arrival day)  to 16 August 2008 (departure day). The venue is Şehit Kamil Municipality Sport Hall in the centre of Gaziantep.

Image: Wikipedia…Province of Gaziantep in Turkey


South African players that will take part in the World Junior Chess Championships

The South African team that played at St Lo, France early in July

Image: SAJCA.com

Image of the old town…farm3.static.flickr.com

Image: farm1.static.flickr…Gaziantep museum

Our wish came true when we found these four houses, each older than 100 years, in the heart of the old city. They were built out of the soft stone, quarried in and around Antep and known for their capacity to keep the habitats cool in the heat of the summer and warm and easy to heat in the winter. With their 4 meter high walls surrounding the courtyards, the old houses in Antep were designed to reflect the cultural and religious background, which put high priority on privacy. Once in the courtyard, you are cut-off from the sound of the busy city right outside.

Gaziantep, the biggest city in the Southeast of Turkey and the sixth biggest in Turkey, is one of the first settlements in Anatolia.
Ruins which belong to the Stone Age, Chalcolithic and Copper ages; Hittite, Mitani, Assyrian, Roman and Byzantine, Islam and Turkish – Islamic Period can be traced everywhere in the area
The region was under the Hittite control in the 1700s BC. The ancient city of Duluk, which is north of the city today, was an important religious center of the Hittites. During the period of Caliph Omar, as a result of the religious wars to spread the Islam out of the Arab Peninsula, the Muslim troops defeated the Byzantine army at the War of Yermuk in 636 under the command of lyaz Bin Ganern. The area, including Gaziantep region became Muslim soil, its people converted to Islam and Omeriye Mosque was built in this period as a symbol of the conquest.
After the Manzikert victory in 1071, Suleiman Shah conquered Antep and its surroundings in 1084 and annexed the area to the Seljuk Empire. On August 20,1516 Yavuz Sultan Selim Khan came to Antep and stayed here for three days. After the Mercidabik victory against Memaluks in 1516 the city came under the reign of the Ottoman Empire.
Gaziantep and the surrounding area, which was occupied by the French and English troops after the World War I, received recognition everywhere in the world for its defense and unique heroism which amazed the world. TheTurkish Grand National Assembly granted Antep the “GAZi” (war hero) title on February 8, 1921 because of this achievement.

Gaziantep, which was called Ayintap, Antep, Kala-i Fusus, Hantap,Antep and finally Gaziantep got its name from the depth of its history.

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