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Boerneef

Die berggans het ’n veer laat val
van die hoogste krans by Woeperdal
my hart staan tuit al meer en meer
ek stuur vir jou die berggansveer
mits dese wil ek vir jou sê
hoe diep my liefde vir jou lê

Images:noila.latsi.de

The translation in Dutch…on the link you will find more Afrikaans poems translated into Dutch.
De berggans heeft een veer laten vallen
Van de hoogste rots bij Wuppertal
Mijn hartje slaat al meer en meet
Ik stuur naar jou die berggansveer
Hierbij verklaar ik je gewis
hoe diep mijn liefde voor je is.

Boerneef (1897 – 1967)

Klik HIER vir meer Nederlandse gedigte – Afrikaans vertaal in Nederlands.
Wupperthal

Wupperthal, South Africa

Boerneef: Die berggans het ‘n veer laat val

Bateleur – photo: Treknature- copyright: Andrea Piazza

25/3/2012 – ‘Dok’ het in die kommentaarboksie vir ons ‘n boodskap gelos oor die Bateleur/Berghaan. Ek dink Boerneef het eintlik bedoel dat dit ‘n berggans is en nie berghaan/bateleur nie. Ek plaas ook die boek hier – van Amazon – met die korrekte titel.

berggans_1

C.M. van den Heever (1902-1957)

Die vertrekkende wildeganse

Tot aan die ruigte-gladde waterkant
verglans die son se skuinse middagvuur,
om trillend oor die watervlak
in hierdie teer vertwyfelingsuur
’n oogwenk nog te duur –
’n oogwenk tot ’n vlerkgeklapper ruis,
die water, ru verras, sy rimpels plooi,
en swart figure oor die wye spieël
onrustige skaduwees gooi.
Dan uit die donker vleie styg
met hees geskreeu die pikswart ry,
en oor die rustig-diepe kuile reis
die ganse met hul heimweeroep verby,
verby na verre lugte waar die vuur
van weggekwynde sonlig
’n oogwenk bang nog duur …
al kleiner word die swart gedaantes,
en verder sterf die heimweeroep
die verre kimme oor,
en langs die wye land die hemele in
raak stil die ry met hul geskreeu verloor.

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Image: allposters.com

From Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 1601:

DUKE ORSINO:
If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound,
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more:
‘Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou,
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soe’er,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical.

Swallows in Durban – see the news article in this entry from ENS news

Enjoy “Village Swallows” by  Mantovani and his orchestra. It is a composition by Josef Strauss, one of the Strauss-brothers.

 

hmmm…just what I need…flowers and chocolates!! and on this video…the music of Strauss…”Roses from the South”

Swallow Flocks and World Cup Airport Try Coexistence

DURBAN, South Africa, November 12, 2007 (ENS) – This year, as five million barn swallows migrate from across Europe to roost in South Africa’s Mt. Moreland Reedbed, they will be greeted by air traffic controllers. The controllers will be waiting to warn pilots of the swallow flocks coming in to land so that bird-plane collisions can be avoided.

The plan to protect the birds was announced Monday at a ceremony at the reedbed, attended by the nonprofit conservation group BirdLife South Africa.

The decision to protect the swallows was made in response to global outcry last November, when BirdLife outlined its concern about the expansion of La Mercy Airport at Durban, in preparation for South Africa’s hosting of World Cup 2010.

The airport is being expanded to handle traffic expected for the soccer event and the KwaZulu Natal government wants to see the project completed by 2009.

The Airports Company of South Africa, which administers the existing Durban International Airport, owns the La Mercy land where the $8 billion King Shaka International Airport is under construction, 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Durban.

The new airport is expected to replace Durban International, which will be decommissioned. But for the swallows at the Mt. Moreland Reedbed, without special planning and accomodation, the airport would have been deadly.

Both the reed bed and Mount Moreland are situated South West of the proposed development are aligned exactly with the proposed runway and so are in the flight patch of aircraft leaving or arriving the airport.

The controllers at La Mercy Airport have been among those watching the millions of birds come in this year from all over eastern and western Europe. They will leave again at the onset of winter.
The threat that planes at an expanded La Mercy Airport would pose to the swallows roosting at the reedbed, among Africa’s largest roosts, was put across by conservationists and BirdLife partner organizations throughout Europe.The barn swallow, Hirundo rustica, undertakes one of the world’s most remarkable migrations. The birds fly thousands of miles from southern Africa in spring to breed in Europe and then repeat the feat in reverse in the autumn, to winter back in Africa.

“This has been a fantastic result, and we’re delighted to report on this outcome after a year of negotiations and meetings. The support of so many people via letters and petitions has played an important part.” said Neil Smith, conservation manager at BirdLife South Africa, which led the campaign.

The Airports Company of South Africa has been supportive of making accommodations for the birds.

“Since our campaign started, the Airports Company of South Africa has really come on board, quickly realizing the importance of this site as a reedbed of international significance,” said Smith.

Following BirdLife’s complaint, consultants were brought in to examine the roosting and flocking behavior of the swallows, using advanced radar imagery. They confirmed that constant monitoring of the swallow movements during take-off and landing of aircraft would be required.

The Airports Company of South Africa now says it will install in the airport control tower the same advanced radar technology that the consultants used to study the movement of the swallows.

This will mean that planes can take the option of circling or approaching from another angle when large flocks of swallows form over the reedbed site in the late evening.

Environmental management staff will be employed to make sure that suitable management of the reedbed continues, the airports company said.

Bird conservationists feel somewhat reassured about the swallows’ future. “Losing such a valuable site could have affected breeding swallow populations across Europe,” said Dr. Ian Burfield, Birdlife’s European research and database manager.

“Conserving migratory birds is about more than ensuring one site is protected or well managed,” said Burfield. “It takes global effort: at breeding sites, at stopover sites during migration, and at important non-breeding sites like this, where large numbers of birds roost.

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Storietyd-Storytime

Images:Storiewerf

As jy hier is vir die stories – die PDF dokumente is verder af in hierdie inskrywing. Hierdie bloginskrywing is van ‘n hele paar jaar gelede – neem dit in ag.

To English readers, unfortunately, this post is only in Afrikaans, as it is about children’s stories in Afrikaans and all sorts of ramblings about Afrikaans authors and school stuff, so there’s no point I try to translate anything for you, but there’s tons of other stuff on this site to go through and I hope you enjoy what you find here. You may want to click on the second and third link in this post as it is in English and also about children’s stories…all links will open in a new window. There’s also a link for you to Dalene Matthee’s books/films…enjoy! I have also uploaded PDF’s (to the middle of this post) with Afrikaans poems and stories. There is even one PDF with a story about the SAN.

On this next link you can read about childrens’ books…English and Afrikaans. Some really great books to have.
https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/07/07/your-closest-friend/
This story is an Afrikaans story…Bollie Konyn

Kliek HIER vir Storiewerf. Kliek op hierdie link waar jy Jakkals-en-Wolf Stories kan kry en ook audio-files sal kry met stories en op hierdie link gaan jy lekker Afrikaanse verhale kry. Alle links in die pos maak in ‘n nuwe venster oop! Hierdie link is ‘n oulike webbladsy oor Skrywers en Illustreerders..
This link has info on Dalene Matthee’s books and films. Books like Circles in the Forest, The Mulberry Forest, Fiela’s Child, etc. and on this link you can read about Alida Bothma, a book illustrator and artist.  These links will open in a new window.

Hierdie possie lê eintlik al hier op “draft” vir ‘n paar maande en ek het besluit ek wil hom nou van my af kry. Ek geniet hierdie Storiewerf website baie en ek dink dis die moeite werd om daar te gaan inloer as jy opsoek is na goeie kinderboeke en allerhande ander stories-gedigte-verwante boeke. Daar is natuurlik ook ‘n link vir die grootmense…Die boek waarvan jy die voorblad hier sien – “Krisis by Maroela” – is een van die Afrikaanse boeke wat talle kinders in die laerskool baie geniet het en seker nog steeds geniet. Die boek is eintlik ‘n opvolg op die boek: “Die besetting van Laerskool Maroela“…kinders vanaf ouderdom  9 geniet hierdie boeke baie, veral as hulle so bietjie hou van avontuur/spanning/pret. In die eerste boek begin die verhaal met ‘n lot boewe wat die skool “kaap”. Natuurlik is al die kinders in die skool morsdoodbang vir hierdie boewe op die eerste dag van ‘n nuwe skooljaar. Ongelukkig het ek nie daardie boek hier en kon ek nie hom inskandeer nie, maar hierdie tweede boek het saamgekom, saam met ‘n paar ander omdat my kinders geredeneer het dat hulle darem so bietjie Afrikaans wou hê om te lees hier in die land van die “vyand”! Hulle het albei die boek geniet. Die gedig.. “Die Pianis” het ek op Storiewerf gevind en ek het gedink die gedig van die 17-jarige meisie was nogal oulik. Volg hierdie skakels hierbo en jy sal nie spyt wees nie.

Dan gaan julle dit dalk “snaaks” vind dat ek hier werkskaarte blog!

Ek het al ‘n paar besoekers gehad wat in ‘n soek-terme ingesit het wat vir my ‘n aanduiding was dat daar dalk ‘n behoefte was na hierdie tipe werkskaarte. Ek het in SA o.a. vir Gr4-Gr6 Afrikaans onderrig – wat ek natuurlik verskriklik geniet het (saam met die talle ander vakke) Ek het o.a. begin om oulike gedigte/stories op my rekenaar uit te tik en om my eie begripsvrae en Taalkunde-vrae daarby te sit. Dit is ‘n probleem met boeke wat jy koop in die handel. Daar is goeie boeke, meeste van die tyd, maar ek het altyd geglo dat ek my werk beplan rondom die kinders wat voor my in die klas gesit het. Jy kan nie ‘n boek koop en net so gebruik en dink dis voldoende vir daardie spesifieke kinders, jy as Onderwyser moet aanpas vir die spesifieke kinders voor jou in die klas. Dit wat in die boek is, is juis daar om net ‘n gids te wees en jou net te help. Wel, dis hoe ek dit sien, baie ander mag dalk met my verskil. Dit hang maar van persoon tot persoon af. Met klasse wat gemeng is volgens vermoëns, met jy juis al verskillende werkskaarte/opdragte hê vir die verskillende groepe- in kort- differensiasie! Enige persoon wat dit nodig vind om hierdie pdf-dokumente af te laai en te gebruik, dis juis daar om dit te doen!

Ek het nog heelwat hier, veral vir Gr3-5, (omdat ek daarmee begin het en mag enkeles hê vir Gr6. Ek wil myself nou glad nie hier ooreis, maar doen dit met die grootste liefde vir die wat hier lees en dit vra!

Enige persoon kan die vragies afknip en verander volgens sy behoefte. Ek het die Word-dokumente omgeskakel in pdf, slegs omdat dit netjieser lyk. Die storie van die Reëndruppels het ek uit ‘n Daan Retief-boekie gekry met daardie titel. ‘n Dierbare storie wat ek altyd met Gr3 gedoen het sodra ons by die waterkringloop gekom het – in Wetenskap. Die kinders het die storietjie baie geniet. Hierdie pdf’s wissel vir kinders Gr3-Gr4. Selfs vir kinders in Gr 5/6/7 wat op ‘n laer vlak is. Jy sal weet watter tipe kinders jy in jou klas het en kan self oordeel hoe jy dit sal gebruik. Ek mis die Afrikaans klas-gee ontsettend vir die stories/gedigte skryf wat die kinders doen. Daar het altyd die oulikste stories/gediggies van hulle af gekom. Ek kan onthou met Gr3’s (voor ons hierheen gekom het…selfs voor die eerste keer!) skryf ons die storie van Rooikappie vanuit ‘n ander oogpunt gesien. Een dogtertjie besluit toe Ouma (wat deur die wolf in die kas toegesluit was) het ‘n selfoon by haar gehad en Ouma het sommer gou-gou haarself uit die penarie gered! Dit was nogal baie oulik uitgedink. En met advertensies…die Pienkies!! Kondensmelksakkies wat jy in pakkies van 10 te koop kry by Pick-a-pay…daardie maatskappy skuld my! My eie pienkie-advertensie was elke jaar die voorbeeld wat ek voorgehou het en die dag daarna, was omtrent die helfte van die klas by die skool met pienkies in hul kosblikke!

De Jager-HAUM ISBN: 07986 2974 6 –Die Krisis by Maroela…Johan Kock

“Die plofbare “pakkie” in die onskuldige omhulsel van ‘n klankversterker sou nie verdag lyk naby die vername eregas nie. Dat die minister die dag nou juis by Laerskool Maroela ‘n toespraak moes lewer, het die Organisasie gepas. Boonop was die briljante plan, om die ervare misdadiger, Mike, se ontsnapping te reël sodat hy die Organisasie se opdrag by die skoolkermis kon uitvoer, die waagstuk werd. Mike het die skool geken… En Mike wou wraak neem. Alles sou vlot verloop het, as dit nie vir die pille was nie… en die waagmoed van Deon Schoeman.”

Elsabe Steenberg…Stories vir Afrika

Die Pianis

Met sensitiewe
vlinder-vingers
wip jou hande
oor swart en wit
en wit en swart
raak-raak hier,
rus-rus daar
‘n lange, ‘n korte
‘n agtste
en die molle en kruise
en linkerhandtekens,
kom lê hier warm op my hart.
Met solo’s en duete
het jy jouself tot in my siel begelei
en jy trap nou die pedale van my emosies
met jou sagte-sagte voete.
Met donderslae en diep akoorde
speel jy jouself al dieper in my wese in,
tot jy weer
tikkel, tokkel
flidder, fladder,
iewers ver agter die Baby Grand,
so ver,
so onbereikbaar ver,
dat jy netsowel ‘n opname kon gewees het.
Oor swart en wit
en wit en swart
en grys het nie ‘n plek nie,
en c’s en e’s
en vir jou bestaan ek nie verder as g nie.
maar vir my is jy alles,
want jy het jouself
met geoefende vingers
onlosmaakbaar déél van my gemaak,
jouself in my in getoonleer.

Maryke Wennick

DIE PADDA

Padda, jou grootoog ding,

Kan jy wip of kan jy spring?

O, jy kan wip,

Wip-wip tot op die klip.

Ek kan tog sing

jou skurwe ding:

Ka-tjie-rie, Ka-tjie-rie

My ouma het ‘n kie-rie,

‘n kier-rie.

Vir wat spring jy nou weg?

Jou maniere is maar sleg.

Ek praat dan nog met jou,

Ek wil net vra:

Hoeveel vratte het jou vrou?

Tot siens jou skurwe ding,

wat met jou paddaboudjies

in ons visdam spring!

All of the PDF’s will open in a new window. Al die volgende PDF’s maak in ‘n nuwe venster oop. Sien verder in die inskrywing nog PDF’s wat bygewerk is. [opgedateer Augustus 2011 – ek wou nie die werkskaarte ‘delete’ nie en het dit goedgevind om dit ook hier te plaas en hoop iemand sal dit kan gebruik!]
Kliek op die pdf-dokument vir ‘n storie oor ‘n bokkie met begripsleesvragies. bokkie-begripslees-en-taal  Die Hoogmoedige muskiet – storie met ‘n les..Slim vang sy baas!. die-hoogmoedige-muskiet  Spookstories…gediggie met vragies! spookstories-gedig-leesbegrip    Die Reëndruppels…van Daan Retief… die-reendruppels  Die verwaande Walvis…gedig die-verwaande-walvis-gedig     Gedig…Skinderbek..met vragies…uit: 101 Diereverhale gedig-skinderbek
Afrikaans leeskaart voels
Begripslees en vrae BOKKIE en taal lettergrepe
Begripsvrae Luilekkerhappie
Leeskaart Luilekkerhappie
Helen Keller
Sampie 2
Karoo gediggie
Reën gedig
Die verwaande walvis gedig met vrae
Storie van die sterre
Storie wat die San vertel het van Heisib en die Volstruis
Vrugte gedig
Jenny Seed Die 59 Katte Hierdie is slegs ‘n gedeelte van die storie.
Koue lande Leeskaart
Wereldreis gedig met vragies
padda gedig hoogmoed
Leeskaart Die eensame teepot
Die direkte rede-pdf’s is slegs strokiesprente waarvan die teks verwyder is en leerders kan self hul eie teks invul!
DIREKTE Rede4
Direkte Rede 3
Direkte Rede 2
Direkte Rede 1
fiets gedig
Leesbegrip Liedjie

Miempie

Hier is Louise Prinsloo met ‘n paar kinders – sekerlik besig met interessante skrywerk!

Louise her haar eie website: louiseprinsloo.co.za

 

Kinders sonder fantasie ontspoor later
Elfra Erasmus
SY het ‘n groot droom, sê die bekroonde kinder- en jeugboekskrywer Elsabe Steenberg. ‘n Droom oor busse vol boeke wat op al die dorpe in die land aandoen en waar kinders (en grootmense), soos oorsee, boeke op straat kan koop. Elsabe se jongste publikasie, die kleuterboek Kariena Karyn, oor ‘n meisietjie wat vir die donker bang is, het pas by J.L. van Schaik-uitgewers verskyn. In die verhaal gesels Kariena met die goudvis, wat ”borrel-orrel-gorrel”, en die botterblom, wat sy stingel swaai en kraai van die lag, oor hoekom sy snags so skreeu. Die boek, wat in Engels heet Katie Colly Wobbles, is fraai geïllustreer deur Alida Bothma. Elsabe meen daar het ‘n verandering (en gelukkig ‘n verbetering) plaasgevind in die kinderboektemas oor die jare. Vroeër is ”verskriklik afgeskryf op kinders”. Die boeke het gehandel oor sake waarin grootmense geïnteresseer was. Deesdae is kinderboeke egter meer ”kindgerig”. Maar lees kinders nog? ‘n Mens bekommer jou daaroor sê sy, maar sê sy hoor bemoedigende verhale oor kinders wat nie meer as ses boeke by die biblioteek mag uitneem nie en vir wie dit ‘n allemintige probleem is dat hulle eers twee dae later weer ses mag uitneem! Om die jong TV-geslag voor die vervlietende prentjies op die stel weg te kry, is daar net een oplossing: ouers moet kinders van kleins af lief maak vir boeke. Sy het vir haar kinders begin stories lees voordat hulle twee jaar oud was en vir haar een seun bly lees totdat hy elf was, bloot omdat hy daarvan gehou het. ” ‘n Kind betree ‘n boek soos hy die wêreld betree, dit word deel van sy ervaring van die lewe.” Die skool maak nie juis in hierdie verband ‘n positiewe bydrae nie. Onderwysers is so besig om die kinders te léér dat daar nie meer tyd gemaak word sodat hulle net kan sit en lees nie. Is daar in ons moderne samelewing plek vir sprokies, of moet dit, soos in sommige kleuterskole in Pretoria, verbied word omdat dit nie die ”werklikheid” is nie? Kinders het sprokies en fantasie besonder nodig, sê sy. In sprokies is altyd ‘n element van geweld, maar dit word ”deurgewerk”. ”Elke mens het geweld of woede in sy onderbewuste wat deurgewerk moet word. Kinders moet dit van kleins af leer.” Fantasie bevat gewoonlik ‘n dieper waarheid en is nodig om ‘n kind gebalanseer groot te maak. Kinders wat daarsonder grootword, ontspoor heeltemal. Hulle ontwikkel later persoonlikheidsversteurings omdat hulle reeds te veel werklikheid moes hanteer. ” ‘n Mens kan byna sê, wat bly oor as daar nie fantasie is nie. Sonder fantasie is die lewe so eendimensioneel.” Oor of stories ‘n les moet bevat, voel sy sterk. ”Ek gril daarvoor. Stories moet ‘n kind laat groei omdat dit oorspronklik anders is. Dit moet nooit ‘n versuikerde preek wees nie. Kinders is te fyn, hulle let dit dadelik op.” Dis juis hoekom sy vir kinders skryf. Omdat hulle eerliker is as volwassenes. Soos die bekende Nederlandse kinderboek-skrywer Guus Kuijer gesê het: jy kan nie kinders bluf met literêre foefies nie. ”Die terugvoer wat ek van kinders kry, is heerlik. Omdat hulle so eerlik is, sal hulle nie aan my skryf as hulle nie werklik die boek geniet het nie.” As kenner van kinderboeke is sy bekommerd oor die toekenning van pryse vir kinder- en jeugboeke in Suid-Afrika. ”Daar moet gewerk word aan die keurders.” Kyk ‘n mens na die boeke wat bekroon word, is dit duidelik die mense wat dit beoordeel, het nie kennis van kinders nie. Sy sonder egter die die laaste paar jaar se toekenning van die Scheepers-prys uit as meer in die kol. * Dr. Elsabe Steenberg is reeds verskeie kere bekroon, onder meer met die J.P. van der Walt-prys vir Klawervyf (1975), die Sanlam-prys vir Boom bomer boomste (1980), die Tafelberg-prys vir Eendoring met lang bene (1979), Goue fluit my storie is uit (1986) en die Zoeloe-vertaling van Masilo en die monster (1991) is bekroon met Maqhawe Mkhizi-HAUM-Daan Retief-prys vir kinderliteratuur.
Op skool is verskeie van haar boeke voorgeskryf, onder meer Rooi kanarie Hoepelbeen, Waar is Pappa se panfluit en Ken jy die weerligvoël.
http://152.111.1.251/argief/berigte/beeld/1992/09/3/2/2.html
Boekeblad
Elsabé was altyd ‘n wenner
Marina le Roux
MISKIEN is Elsabe Steenberg in haar ryk en vol lewe nie na waarde geskat nie. Benewens kreatiewe en produktiewe skryfster was sy immers ook nog vrou en moeder, vertaler, resensent, akademikus, geliefde dosent en gewilde spreker by leeskringe en skryfskole. Maar daar was moontlik nie genoeg literêre bekronings nie. Die J.P. Van der Walt Prys twee maal, vir Klawervyf en vir Eendoring met lang Bene, die welverdiende Sanlam Prys vir Boom bomer boomste, en in 1993 die erepenning van die Akademie, het sy besonder waardeer. Maar sy het ‘n pragmatiese siening oor skryfpryse behou: “Dis so ‘n gedwonge soort ding. Wie wen, berus soms op wie die pryse toeken”, het sy by geleentheid gesê. Elsabé Steenberg was egter altyd ‘n wenner: onder haar toegewyde en getroue lesers, waaronder kleuters, kinders, tieners en volwassenes, en ‘n wenner oor die “draakstasie” in haar lewe. Nou is sy bevry van die rolstoel waarin sy die afgelope 20 jaar ‘n “vasgerankte” was. Ten spyte van die uitmergelende aanslae van veelvuldige sklerose, het sy steeds onwrikbaar geglo in die terapeutiese vennootskap met die letterkunde. Sy kon selfs met humor skryf oor haar siekte, die “gog”, die bedreigende “draakstasie” in haar outobiografiese werk Twee hang bo die Pad, vier Loop op die Mat:”Met genoegsame genade sal ek nou nie toelaat om die kern van dit wat ek is, aan te tas nie. Eerder sal jy my sterker maak, ‘n verbete vegter, ‘n dankbare mens. Maar ónderkry? O nee, onderkry sal jy my nie”. Hierdie lewensbeskouing het Elsabé Steenberg ten grondslag gelê. Sy was een van die mees prolifieke Afrikaanse skryfsters, veral dan van kinder- en jeuglektuur. As tiener het sy alreeds kortverhale gepubliseer, en haar eerste boeke het in 1968 verskyn : Die Moerasloper en Dat ek mag sien, wat vir televisie verfilm is as Sien jy nou? Sedertdien het daar ‘n wye verskeidenheid boeke, kortverhale, eenbedrywe, resensies en vaklektuur uit haar pen verskyn, vir volwassenes sowel as vir kinders Sy het egter altyd verkies om vir kinders te skryf, “omdat hulle tegelykertyd wond-baarder en oper is as grootmense én beter gewapen deur die vermoë tot verbeelding”. Die “wondbaarheid” van kinders is dan ook die herhalende tema in Steenberg se oeuvre. Gebore op Vrede, staan sy nou in die gees op Horeb, die hoogste piek van die Rooiberge by haar geliefde Clarens, en sy sien die beloofde land, sy glo en begroet dit.

http://152.111.1.251/argief/berigte/dieburger/1996/05/22/15/2.html

In Engels…Tree more-Tree most
Update: August 2011 – Opdateer: Augustus 2011 – Ek hoop dat die volgende PDF-lêers ook bruikbaar gevind sal word. Maak seker oor die Woordeboekbladsynommers in die vragies, want dit sal verseker nie dieselfde as jou klas s’n wees nie.

Althea die stokroosfeetjie
Althea en die Stokroosfeetjie – storie met vragies
Die Diefstal
Die Diefstal – storie met vragies
Die Haan en die Mieliepit
Die Haan en die Mieliepit – storie met vragies

Die Ongeluk
Die Ongeluk – storie met vragies
Die pot met die drie pote
Die Pot met die drie pote – slegs die storie, geen vragies
Mini raak ‘n spogmotor
Mini raak ‘n spogmotor – storie met vragies
Tessa
Tessa – storie met vragies
Wollie en Wippie
Wollie en Wippie – storie met vragies

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Die Leeu en die Muis -‘n Tradisionele fabel

Eendag beland ‘n piepklein muisie in die poot van ‘n yslike groot leeu. “Ek het jou gevang, Meneer Muisie, jy is myne!” brul die yslike groot leeu.”Asseblief, Grote Leeu, Koning van die Diere, moet my nie seermaak nie. Laat my asseblief los. My kinders wag vir my en die son sak al laag. As jy my loslaat, sal ek vir jou ook eendag ‘n guns bewys”, pleit die muisie.”Jy weet”, brul die yslike, groot leeu, “ek dink nie jy sal enige nut vir my wees nie. Jy is glad te klein om vir my gunste te bewys. Maar loop maar, ek sal jou lewe spaar ter wille van jou kinders. Toe, loop nou, voor ek van plan verander.”Piepklein Muisie skarrel vinnig weg en verdwyn in die bosse.’n Paar dae later word Grote Leeu in ‘n strik gevang. Hy is vas en kan nie roer nie. Hy brul en brul, maar kan nie loskom nie. Skielik hoor hy ‘n “piep-piep” hier naby hom. Sowaar, dit is dieselfde muisie wat hy ‘n paar dae tevore gevang het.”Lê stil”, piep die muisie, “Ek sal gou-gou die toue deurknaag, dan sal jy los wees.””Ag, ou Muisie,” kla Grote Leeu moedeloos, die toue is so dik en jou tandjies is so klein. Hoe sal jy dit regkry?”Maar die muisie hou net aan met knaag en sowaar, kort voor lank is daar ‘n yslike gat waardeur Grote Leeu kan kruip.”Baie dankie, Kleine Muisie. Jy het vandag my lewe gered. Al is jy baie, baie klein, het jy my gered toe ek magteloos was. Ek is jammer dat ek gedink het dat jy te klein is om my te help. Ek sal vir jou en jou kindertjies ‘n groot geskenk gee.” Hulle was vir ewig vriende. Source: Connexions

Die Skilpad en die Haas

‘n Skilpad is ‘n dier wat baie stadig beweeg.Eendag sê die uitgeslape skilpad vir Haastige Hasie: “Ek wed jou ek sal jou wen as ons twee resies hardloop.” Die hasie kyk verbaas na skilpad en dink by homself: “Ek het seker nie reg gehoor nie. Glo hierdie trapsuutjies nou regtig hy sal my wen? Weet hy nie hoe vinnig ek kan hardloop nie? Hier is nie ‘n hond op hierdie plaaswerf wat my kan vang nie!””Nou goed”, sê Haas, “ons kan môre resies hardloop en dan kyk ons wie kom eerste by die wenstreep aan.”Die volgende oggend het al wat dier is bymekaar gekom om hierdie resies dop te hou.Skilpad en Haas staan gereed.”Op julle merke, gereed en weg is julle!” roep die olifant en hy blaas die fluitjie so hard dat dit deur die bos weergalm.Haastige Haas spring met ‘n vaart in die pad.’n Groot stofwolk agtervolg hom en hy verdwyn heeltemal daaragter.Skilpad stap maar voetjie vir voetjie aan.Hy is baie rustig en glimlag vir homself.Hasie dink toe dat hy genoeg tyd het om nou eers ‘n bietjie te rus en ‘n bietjie te eet.Hy gaan lê uitgestrek in die koelte van ‘n groot boom en begin knibbel aan die smaaklike, vars, groen grassies wat daar naby hom groei. Dit smaak heerlik, dink hy, en lê agteroor.Hy lê so lekker dat hy insluimer en vergeet van Ou Skilpad.Skilpad is bult-op en bult-af.Hy kyk nie regs nie en ook nie links nie.Hy hou net aan.Uiteindelik is hy twee tree van die wenstreep.Dis toe dat Hasie wakker skrik en onthou!Hy spring soos ‘n weerligstraal daar weg, maar te laat!Skilpad is oor die wenstreep!Al die diere juig en klap hande vir die wenner.”Jy sien”, sê Skilpad, “dit is waar wat hulle sê: HOE MEER HAAS, HOE MINDER SPOED. Jy het gedink jy is vinniger as ek en toe het jy te gerus geraak.”Skilpad stap weg met ‘n glimlag wat nou nog breër is.
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It was Monday when the music of Villa Rides suddenly – without a warning! – entered my thoughts and managed to settle there and it hasn’t left me since! When I got home, I couldn’t wait to search the internet to see if there’s somewhere a downloadable file, but to no avail! All I could do, was to order this cd to satisfy my Villa Rides-thirst! When I was at secondary school, I used to do my homework on Saturdays outside with classical music playing…picture this…a farm, huge oak trees – five of them – in front of the house, about 20m away from the house, birds chirping around you…..and you…doing homework! (I loved school homework and wished always for more! haha do you think I’m insane/crazy!?) with the music playing loudly — Villa Rides was definitely on my music-menu during homework time! Even the pesty baboons in the mountain opposite the house had come closer to take a listen! wow! hehehe…I’ve decided to be generous again and to share some tasters with you. The first one is the theme music from the movie with the same title…Villa Rides! And, best of all, I didn’t even know about this movie! I was so surprised when I discovered that it was actually from a movie with even the same title! Why am I the last person to know this! The second and third also only “tasters” from this cd.  I like Mantovani’s music and would like  to put him in the same class/category as Waldo de los Rios. This is what I call music if I have to define music! I also have more info on Fierro and Pancho Villa…very interesting – the Mexican Revolution – on which the movie was based. Do enjoy!
Enjoy the music of Mantovani and his orchestra with…Villa Rides, the theme music from the movie with the same title, Hora Staccato and the third track…Hungarian Rhapsody no2.

Rodolfo Fierro

Villa in grey suit in center. General Rodolfo Fierro at far right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodolfo_Fierro
Rodolfo Fierro (b. 1880 d. October 14, 1915) was a railway worker, railway superintendent, federal soldier and lieutenant in the army of Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution in the Division del Norte. Fierro and his counter part and fellow lieutenant, Tomas Urbina, have been cited as the two halves of Pancho Villa, Fierrorepresenting his malicious side. It is believed Fierro met Pancho Villa in 1913 following the Madero revolution. Originating from Sonora, Fierro was a former federal officer having taken part in fighting against the Yaqui Indians. Following his role as a federal officer, Fierro went on to work as a railway man, eventually being absorbed into Villa’s ranks.

Soldier
Fierro’s prominence is often cited back to the Battle of Tierra Blanca on November 23, 1913. The battle included 5,500 of Villa’s soldiers, against an estimated 7,000 federal soldiers. Before the battle began Fierro had been sent South to destroy the railroad tracks, forcing the federal soldiers to halt. As Villa flanked the well armed federal soldiers with cavalry, a locomotive filled with dynamite and percussion caps was rammed into the federal soldiers train cars, the resulting explosion caused the federal soldiers to flee to nearby undamaged train cars in retreat. Fierro is then noted as riding on horseback after the escaping locomotive, climbing on to the locomotive, running across the roofs of the train cars, and shooting dead the boilerman and conductor, pulling the train to a complete stop. All federal soldiers captured were executed and in the battle Villa captured 4 locomotives, 7 machine guns, horses, rifles and 400,000 rounds of small arms ammunition. The death toll during the battle stood around 1,000 federal soldiers killed and 300 of Villa’s.

Fierro is most known as Villa’s executioner, known as el carnicero (English the butcher).Fierro’s nom de guerra originates from a story documented by Martín Luis Guzmán. Guzmán describes events following the capture of over 300 soldiers known as Orozquistas. The captured soldiers were led into a large field with Fierro on one end, and a wall on the other. They were informed, if they were to reach the opposite end and climb over the wall they would be allowed to continue on free. In groups of ten the captured men were set out to run, Fierro alone firing his pistol at them as they ran, his soldiers handing him fresh pistols to continue firing without delay. One captive is noted as making it over the wall and to freedom, only after Fierro stopped to massage an achy trigger finger.The shooting went on for two hours. It is said that Fierro would ask each prisoner if they would rather return to their family, or join the army of Pancho Villa. Those deciding to return to their family were seem as men who would head back to their old regiment and were executed. Those choosing to join Pancho Villa were provided with a horse, a gun, and three bullets.

Other stories exist of Fierro shooting a man dead in public in the state of Chihuahua. The person, sitting across from Fierro, argued that a man shot would fall backwards, Fierro disagreed. To settle the bet Fierro shot the man, and watched as he fell forward, confirming to Fierro that he was correct.

While working as Villa’s railway superintendent, Fierro was publicly reprimanded by Villa for a train of supply water running 35 minutes late. Villa, when the train arrived is said to have shot the conductor dead as an act of vengeance for his humiliation. This incident sparked strife amongst the railway workers, who primarily supported Villa. In another incident, a drunken Fierro killed a railway worker for bumping into him, this final incident caused Villa to act. Villa permitted a judge to begin collecting evidence against Fierro into his actions, a judge who begged to be removed from the case for fear of repercussion. The case never went to trial but Fierro was removed from the position of railway superintendent. It is often stated the case was a sham, simply to continue to retain support from the much needed railway workers.

Fierro is also known for the murder of William S. Benton on February 17, 1914, an Englishman and land owner in Mexico who had his land confiscated by Villa’s forces. Numerous stories exist around what happened. Benton is cited as having stormed into Villa’s headquarters in Ciudad Juárez, demanding his land back from Villa, in which Villa refused. Following his refusal, Villa maintains Benton unsuccessfully attempted to draw a six-shooter pistol, he was wrestled to the floor and given a formal court martial and found guilty of attempted assassination, he was then executed and buried. A conflicting story exists in which Benton drew his pistol but was detained and removed from the town at night. He taken to the desert, where a hole was dug and Fierrois believed to have struck Benton in the head with a shovel, dumping into the grave without checking to see if Benton was still alive.

On October 14, 1915, Fierro died after being thrown from his horse and landing in quicksand. At the time, Fierro was marching toward Sonora when he encountered the quicksand at the Casas Grandes Lagoon. The weight of his belt, loaded with gold is said to have prevented him from being able to escape.

 Doroteo Arango Arámbula  also known as Pancho Villa

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancho_Villa

Image:tcm.com

 

Charles Bronson as Villa and Yul Brynner as Fierro

The Texas Revolution or Texas War of Independence was fought from October 2, 1835 to April 21, 1836 between Mexico and the Texas (Tejas) portion of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas
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I know Wipneus is going to freak out about these images from “unluckypuppy” on flickr.  She’s a “stargazer!” and loves anything about space. This lily-flower’s name is also Stargazer! I think it’s beautiful! When I came across these images, I had to post it with some poems and I’ve found these lovely poems, enjoy them with the song by Don McLean–Starry, Starry Night! I like Van Gogh’s art too, so thought you would enjoy his “Starry Night” at the same time, also, I’ve Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata for you to enjoy too! and the link where you can download it.

 
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A Sonnet of the Moon

Look how the pale queen of the silent night
Doth cause the ocean to attend upon her,
And he, as long as she is in his sight,
With her full tide is ready her to honor.
But when the silver waggon of the moon
Is mounted up so high he cannot follow,
The sea calls home his crystal waves to moan,
And with low ebb doth manifest his sorrow.
So you that are the sovereign of my heart
Have all my joys attending on your will;
My joys low-ebbing when you do depart,
When you return their tide my heart doth fill.
So as you come and as you do depart,
Joys ebb and flow within my tender heart.

Charles Best

http://www.vangoghgallery.com

To Helen…by E A Poe

I saw thee once — once only — years ago:
I must not say how many — but not many.
It was a July midnight; and from out
A full-orbed moon, that, like thine own soul, soaring,
Sought a precipitate pathway up through heaven,
There fell a silvery-silken veil of light,
With quietude, and sultriness, and slumber,
Upon the upturn’d faces of a thousand
Roses that grew in an enchanted garden,
Where no wind dared to stir, unless on tiptoe —
Fell on the upturn’d faces of these roses
That gave out, in return for the love-light,
Their odorous souls in an ecstatic death —
Fell on the upturn’d faces of these roses
That smiled and died in this parterre, enchanted
By thee, and by the poetry of thy presence.

Clad all in white, upon a violet bank
I saw thee half reclining; while the moon
Fell on the upturn’d faces of the roses,
And on thine own, upturn’d — alas, in sorrow!

Was it not Fate, that, on this July midnight —
Was it not Fate, (whose name is also Sorrow,)
That bade me pause before that garden-gate,
To breathe the incense of those slumbering roses?
No footstep stirred: the hated world all slept,
Save only thee and me. (Oh, Heaven! — oh, God!
How my heart beats in coupling those two words!)
Save only thee and me. I paused — I looked —
And in an instant all things disappeared.
(Ah, bear in mind this garden was enchanted!) 

The pearly lustre of the moon went out:
The mossy banks and the meandering paths,
The happy flowers and the repining trees,
Were seen no more: the very roses’ odors
Died in the arms of the adoring airs.
All — all expired save thee — save less than thou:
Save only the divine light in thine eyes —
Save but the soul in thine uplifted eyes.
I saw but them — they were the world to me.
I saw but them — saw only them for hours —
Saw only them until the moon went down.
What wild heart-histories seemed to lie enwritten
Upon those crystalline, celestial spheres!
How dark a wo!, yet how sublime a hope!
How silently serene a sea of pride!
How daring an ambition! yet how deep —
How fathomless a capacity for love!

But now, at length, dear Dian sank from sight,
Into a western couch of thunder-cloud;
And thou, a ghost, amid the entombing trees
Didst glide way [[away]]. Only thine eyes remained.
They would not go — they never yet have gone.
Lighting my lonely pathway home that night,
They have not left me (as my hopes have) since.
They follow me — they lead me through the years.
They are my ministers — yet I their slave.
Their office is to illumine and enkindle —
My duty, to be saved by their bright light,
And purified in their electric fire,
And sanctified in their elysian fire.
They fill my soul with Beauty (which is Hope,)
And are far up in Heaven — the stars I kneel to
In the sad, silent watches of my night;
While even in the meridian glare of day
I see them still — two sweetly scintillant
Venuses, unextinguished by the sun!

On this link, you can find all Poe’s works and his biography too.

http://www.online-literature.com/poe/
Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement

 http://www.mfiles.co.uk/scores/moonlight-movement1.htm

Image: flickr…unluckypuppy..follow the link at the first image

Starry, starry night.
Paint your palette blue and grey,
Look out on a summer’s day,
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills,
Sketch the trees and the daffodils,
Catch the breeze and the winter chills,
In colors on the snowy linen land.

Starry, starry night.
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze, Swirling clouds in violet haze,
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue.
Colors changing hue, morning field of amber grain,
Weathered faces lined in pain,
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand.

For they could not love you,
But still your love was true.
And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night,
You took your life, as lovers often do.
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you.

Starry, starry night.
Portraits hung in empty halls,
Frameless head on nameless walls,
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget.
Like the strangers that you’ve met,
The ragged men in the ragged clothes,
The silver thorn of bloody rose,
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they’re not listening still.
Perhaps they never will…


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I’ve seen Romeo and Juliet ages ago, I can only recall certain parts of it, think I need to go and see it again. The Dance of the Knights is quite fresh in my mind…I’ve found the music for you to download too if you want to! Take a listen and enjoy the youtube movie. You can also read about the “Knight’s tour” in chess…almost like the “Dance of the Knights”;) The music was composed by Prokofiev and was also the theme music of the tv program  “The Apprentice”. If you click on links, it will open in a new window.

Download the music here.


Images: Wikipedia
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History..links open in a new window.
The pattern of a Knight’s Tour on a half-board has been presented in verse form (as a literary constraint) in the highly stylized Sanskrit  poem Kavyalankara written by the 9th century Kashmiri poet Rudrata, which discusses the art of poetry, especially with relation to theater (Natyashastra). As was often the practice in ornate Sanskrit poetry, the syllabic patterns of this poem elucidate a completely different motif, in this case an open knight’s tour on a half-chessboard.

The first algorithm for completing the Knight’s Tour was Warnsdorff’s algorithm, first described in 1823 by H. C. Warnsdorff. Read more on this link.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight’s_tour

 

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Please click HERE to play through annotated videos of the games of Anand and Kramnik, 2008. The link will open in a new window. It is also the “movies”-link on my blog..top page.

Images: Official site

The big day has arrived! Opening ceremony on today…Monday 13th October

LIVE CHESS…click on the link on the top right of my blog!
Follow this new link with the games I blog and chess graphics about their games….

https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/10/14/anand-vs-kramnik-2008/


14th October – 2nd November 2008….Who is going to be the winner?? The battle for the highest Chess Title! You can find the OFFICIAL LINK on my side-bar in the “Admin”-section as well in the “Chess” section…look out for the same image as the image in top of this post…I will be following the Championships and blog about it too…you can also find a link underneath my “welcome” image…on the side bar of my blog..(right hand side- top – the link will open in a new window)
Please click here to look at statistics between the 2 players on Wiki…the link will open in a new window.
Schedule for the World Chess Championship 2008: 
All games start at 3pm! 2pm UK local time and 9am Eastern USA time.
Game 1                      Tuesday                      October 14 —1/2           
Game 2                      Wednesday                  October 15            
Game 3                      Friday                          October 17            
Game 4                      Saturday                      October 18            

Game 5                      Monday                       October 20            
Game 6                      Tuesday                      October 21             
Game 7                      Thursday                     October 23             
Game 8                      Friday                          October 24             
Game 9                      Sunday                        October 26              
Game 10                    Monday                       October 27            
Game 11                    Wednesday                  October 29             
Game 12                    Friday                          October 31             
Tiebreak                     Sunday                       November 02          

On this link of Chessgames you can play through Kramnik and Anand’s games where they played one another. A new window will open when you click on the link! If you slide down to Anand, you will find more games to play through and at the bottom of this post you will find more links on my blog…- with games to play through- that were all played during tournaments.
 
  • Where: Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn  
  • Overall Prize fund: 1,5 Million Euro
  • The match will consist of twelve games, played under classical time controls, in the period from October 14 to October 30, 2008. If there is a tie at the end of these games a tiebreak will be played on November 02, 2008. The prize fund, which will be split equally between the players, is 1,5 million Euro (approximately 2,1 million US Dollars) including taxes and FIDE licensee fees.

  • V. Kramnik and V. Anand. World Chess Championship Tournament Sep. 2007, Mexico City
    Image: Official Site

    Images: Official website…http://www.uep-worldchess.com/
    Short history of the World Chess Championships

    1886 – 1946
    Wilhelm Steinitz (Austria/USA) was the first official World Champion in the chess history. In 1886, he defeated Johannes Hermann Zukertort in the first classical tournament for the World Chess Champion title. They played 20 games against each other – and Steinitz won by 12.5:7.5 points. Steinitz defended his title up to 1894. Emanuel Lasker (Germany) deprived Steinitz of his title and remained champion for 27 years – a unique record in the chess history. The next World Chess Champions were José Raoul Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine and Max Euwe.

    1948 – 1993
    Since 1948, World Chess Federation (FIDE) started to organize the World Chess Championships. After Alekhine´s death in 1946, the new World Champion had to be determined. Thus, there was a tournament with several players where Mikhail Botvinnik (USSR) became a winner. Since that time, the reigning Champion should defend his title in a match against a challenger. Vassily Smyslov, Mikhail Tal, Tigran Petrossian and Boris Spassky – all of USSR – were the next World Champions. In 1972, Bobby Fischer (USA) broke through the dominance of the Soviet players by defeating Boris Spassky in Reykjavik. In 1975 Fischer refused to fight for his title, and as a result his challenger Anatoly Karpov was appointed as new Champion. Karpov – who played two times against Viktor Korchnoi and once against Garry Kasparov – kept his title until November 1985. Then it was Kasparov, who defeated Karpov by 13:11 points and became the new World Champion. 1986, 1987, and 1990 Kasparov succeeded in reserving his chess crown against Karpov, before he broke away from FIDE in 1993.

    1993 – 2006
    In 1993 Kasparov refused to defend his title under the conditions provided by FIDE – and together with his challenger Nigel Short (England) the World Champion decided to leave FIDE by holding the Championship match under the auspices of the new founded “Professional Chess Association” (PCA). Kasparov won the match against Short and retained the title of “Classical World Champion”. Two years later he won the next title match against Viswanathan Anand (India) in the New York World Trade Center. Finally it was Thursday, the 2nd November 2000, when Kasparov’s era ran out: with 8.5:6.5 victory Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) dethroned Kasparov, who did not manage to win a single game. Kramnik, at that time 25 years old, became the 14th Classical World Chess Champion. In October 2004 the next Championship took place: In Brissago (Switzerland) Kramnik held out against the
    attacks of the Hungarian Peter Leko and kept his title. Leko was qualified for this match by having won the Candidates’ tournament in 2002 in Dortmund.

    On the other hand, FIDE continued organizing its own World Chess Championships from 1993 on. The FIDE title holders between 1993 and 2006: Anatoly Karpov (1993), Alexander Khalifman (1999), Viswanathan Anand (2000), Ruslan Ponomariov (2002), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (2004) and Veselin Topalov (2005).

    The split of the chess world into two competitive championships ended in 2006. The duel between the Classical World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik and FIDE World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov took place in Elista from 23 September to 13 October 2006. In a historic battle this unification match combined both titles in one FIDE World Chess Championship. Having won this important event, Vladimir Kramnik became an undisputed World Chess Champion. Continue to read more on the Official site here:
    http://www.uep-worldchess.com/


    Image: chessgames.com

    VLADIMIR KRAMNIK
    (born Jun-25-1975) Russia
    Vladimir Kramnik was born in Tuapse, on June 25, 1975. In 1991 he won The World Under 18 Championship, and began a string of international success. At the Manila Olympiad 1992, he achieved a gold medal for best result on reserve board. Major tournament triumphs were soon to follow, such as Dortmund 1995, Tilburg 1997, and Wijk aan Zee 1998. Dortmund became a favorite stop, as Kramnik would go on to win seven more times, either as shared champion, or clear first. In 2000 Kramnik won his first Linares tournament, completing his set of victories in all three of chess’s “triple crown” events: Corus, Linares, and Dortmund. Kramnik would later capture additional Linares victories in 2003 (shared) and 2004.
    In 2000 Kramnik reached the pinnacle by defeating long-time champion Garry Kasparov for the World Championship in London by the score of 8 1/2 to 6 1/2. Kasparov was reported as saying, “He is the hardest player to beat in the world.” The year 2002 saw Kramnik play an eight-game match against the program Deep Fritz (Computer) in Bahrain. The match ended in a 4-4 tie, with Kramnik and the computer each winning two games and drawing four. In 2006 the German organization Universal Event Promotion (UEP) would stage a return match of six games, which Kramnik lost, +0 -2 =4.

    In 2004, Kramnik successfully defended his title by drawing a 14 game match against Hungarian GM Peter Leko in Brissago, Switzerland. His next title defense was in 2006, in a reunification match with the holder of the FIDE world title, Veselin Topalov. As part of his preparation for the match, Kramnik played first board for Russia in the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006), where he won the gold medal for best performance rating of all participants (2847). He also took part in the Dortmund Sparkassen (2006) supertournament, tying for first place with Peter Svidler.

    The $1 million Kramnik-Topalov World Championship Match (2006), was played in Elista from September 21 to October 13, and drew record numbers of online followers on most major chess sites. After much controversy surrounding a forfeit in round 5, Kramnik won in the tiebreak phase, thereby becoming the first unified World Chess Champion since the schism of 1993.

    Kramnik lost the unified World Champion title when he finished second to Viswanathan Anand at the Mexico City FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007). Kramnik will exercise his entitlement to a match for the World Championship against Viswanathan Anand in Bonn, Germany, starting 14 October 2008.

    NOTABLE GAMES:
       Kramnik vs Leko, 2004 1-0
       Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1996 0-1
       Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 0-1
       Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 0-1
       Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 1-0
       Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 1-0
       Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 1/2-1/2
       Kramnik vs Anand, 2004 1/2-1/2
       Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2001 1-0
       Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2007 1-0

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
       Kasparov-Kramnik World Championship Match (2000)
       Kramnik-Leko World Championship Match (2004)
       Kramnik-Topalov World Championship Match (2006)

    It is an almost senseless challenge to describe Vladimir Kramnik in only a few lines. His personality has too many facets; his areas of interests are too diverse. What is clear is that Kramnik is not solely fixated on chess. Current affairs interest him just as intensively as numerous sport and cultural activities, several of which he regularly engages in. The cosmopolitan would love to enjoy life ever more intensively, but his drive to succeed holds this inclination within limits. What is it that marks out a world chess champion in him even though he doesn’t focus exclusively on chess?

    People close to Kramnik often claim that this has something to do with his creative nature and strategic gifts. Kramnik considers chess less as a sport and more as the art of carrying out a long-term plan. The harmonious interplay of his pieces and the beauty of his game are already legendary. He is always searching for creative and new solutions, particularly when he is playing.

    In many games, they say, he sees things that no computer can calculate and no other grandmasters could discover. The ingenious ideas would come to him quite easily, providing him with moments of pure joy. The artistic vein in the 32-year-old Muscovite must have been given to him in his cradle. His father Boris is a well-known sculptor; his mother Irina a music teacher. No wonder that journalists all over the world have dubbed Kramnik an “artist” or “painter”.

    Kramnik started to play chess at the age of five. At 12, his enormous talent was recognized in Moscow and encouraged. As a teenager, Kramnik got better and better – at only 16, he won the U18 World Championship. The list of his victories is long. He has already finished all major tournaments in the world as the victor. And he holds a record which made sporting history: Kramnik was unbeaten at the highest level in 86 classical games over 18 months up to July 2000.
    World Championship
    Thursday, November 2, 2000, London: Vladimir Kramnik became the World Chess Champion with a brilliant 8.5-6.5 result against Garry Kasparov (Russia), who could not win a single game. After Garry Kasparov had congratulated him, the greatest dream of his life became true. Exulting, Kramnik threw his arms up into the air in triumph. The audience’s applause and the subsequent tumult will not be forgotten. It was a historic moment in the history of chess: Kramnik had not only won the lion’s share of the two-million dollar prize money; his victory had ended Kasparov’s 15-year-long reign on the chess throne.

    First Challenge
    In 2004, he faced off in another World Championship Match, this time in Switzerland : Kramnik successfully defended his title against the Hungarian super grandmaster Péter Lékó. In a complex strategic battle, he pulled off a supreme coup, winning in the 14th game – the last in the match – with a 7:7 tie. Kramnik was lucky because it was agreed before the match that he had to be beaten outright based on points – the challenger Lékó came heart-wrenchingly close to doing so.

    2005 was a year of ups and downs for the World Champion. Kramnik was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, entered intense medical treatment, and disappeared from the tournament hubbub for six months. The break seemed to rejuvenate the Russian – at his comeback in the 2006 Chess Olympiad in Turin , he had the best individual score of all 1,000 participants. Kramnik was successful in several tournaments thereafter and on 1 January 2008 he again occupied the no. 1 position in the FIDE world ranking list.
      

    The Unification Match

    In October 2006, Kramnik faced the biggest challenge: the unification match that would decide who the next unique, absolute World Champion would be. In a historic fight against all sort of adversities, Kramnik defeated the FIDE champion Veselin Topalov ( Bulgaria ) to become the first unified World Champion after 1993, the one and only official World Chess Champion. His win in Elista was one of the most impressive victories in all of sports history.

    Highlights:

    – World Chess Champion 2000-2007
    – Undefeated in three World Championship Matches
    – Three-time Olympiad winner as a member of the Russian team
    – Russian Honoured Master of Sport
    – Current ELO rating: 2788

    Source: http://www.uep-worldchess.com/

    Please click HERE to play through Kramnik’s games on chessgames.com The link will open in a new window.

    VISWANATHAN ANAND
    All games on these links will open in a new window.
    Please click HERE to play through a ‘Petrov Defence’- game which was played in 2003. This Sicilian game was played in 2001and this Sicilian Najdorf was played in 2003.

    (born Dec-11-1969) India
    Viswanathan Anand, or “Vishy” as he is known to his fans, became in 1984 the youngest Indian to earn the title of IM at the age of fifteen. At the age of sixteen he became the Indian Champion. In 1987, he became the first Indian to win the World Junior Championship. At the age of eighteen, he became India’s first grandmaster. His prowess at quick-play chess earned him the nickname “The Lightning Kid.”
    Anand contested a match with Garry Kasparov for the PCA World Chess Championship in 1995, but lost. Three years later he won a knockout tournament in Groningen to qualify to play for the FIDE title against Anatoli Karpov, but was defeated in rapid tie-breaks.
    a game by them in 1996 with the Reti-opening.

    In 1998, he won the strongest Linares tournament ever, with an average rating of 2752, making it a category 21 event. In 2000, he beat Alexey Shirov to become the FIDE World Chess Champion. He is a four-time winner of the Chess Oscar award and the 2003 FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion. In spring of 2006, following a record-extending fifth victory at Corus Wijk aan Zee (2006), Anand became only the fourth player ever to crack the 2800-Elo mark in FIDE ratings, following Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, and Veselin Topalov.
    2007 was a year of two memorable milestones for Anand. First, he finally achieved his longtime goal of becoming world #1 in ratings. After winning his second victory at Linares-Morelia (2007), he overtook Topalov to claim first place on FIDE’s April list. His second great success came at the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007). Leading throughout the event, Anand captured the unified World Chess Champion title with an undefeated +4 score. A few months later, he won the Morelia-Linares (2008) outright for the third time.
    Anand’s first title defense will be in a match against challenger Vladimir Kramnik in October 2008.
    Please click HERE to play through the games of Anand. The link will open in a new window.
    NOTABLE GAMES:
       Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 0-1
       Anand vs Topalov, 2005 1/2-1/2
       Anand vs Lautier, 1997 1-0
       Anand vs Bologan, 2003 1-0
       Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 1-0
       Anand vs Ponomariov, 2002 1-0
       Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 0-1
       Kramnik vs Anand, 2004 1/2-1/2
       Anand vs Karpov, 1996 1-0
       Anand vs Kramnik, 2005 1-0

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
       Kasparov-Anand World Championship Match (1995)
       Karpov-Anand World Championship (1998)
       FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
       FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
       Kasparov-Anand World Championship Match (1995)
       Karpov-Anand World Championship (1998)
       FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
       FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
     

     

    Acclaimed as the Fastest Brain in the world, Viswanathan Anand is the World Number one and World Champion. It is his success in the world scene that has made this ancient Indian game, a mass sport in India.The critics rate him as one of the  biggest natural talents ever  in the history of chess. His hallmark lightening speed and intuitive play came to be recognised when he became the first Indian Grandmaster in 1987.

    On 29th September 2007 Anand became World Champion for the second time in his career. By winning the event in Mexico Anand becomes the Undisputed Champion, ending many years of schism in the chess world. An feat that is unique as he achieved it while being the World No.1. A honour shared by a select few. Anand became the first Asian to win the World Championships in 2000. In 2007 Anand  reached the number one spot on the world ranking lists by winning the prestigious Linares tournament. He becomes the seventh person in modern chess history to reach the coveted spot. This is the first for an  Indian and Asian . He won the prestigious Melody Amber, Blind & Rapid chess in Monaco in 2003, 2005, 2004(Rapid), 2006, 2007(Rapid). The Leon Magistral for the seventh time, Corsica Masters five times & the Mainz Classic a staggering ten times. His results in rapid chess make him one , if not the  greatest player  ever in chess history . If his talent as a Rapid chess player is legendary, his records in classical chess have been superlative. In January 2006, he became the only player in chess history to win the Corus Chess event 5 times in the tournament’s 70-year history. He has won the prestigious Corus event 5 times (1989,1998,2003,2004 & 2006),  Linares Super Tournament 3 times (1998 , 2007 and 2008), Dortmund Sparkassen 3 times (1996,2000 & 2004) and other important events like, Madrid Masters,  Biel etc.

    One of the few non-Soviet players in the sport, Viswanathan Anand has been feted with many international awards. He is the proud recipient of the Chess Oscars  given for the best player of the year . He received this award four times. (1997,1998, 2003,2004) (An unique distinction he shares with Bobby Fischer).In India he has received the civilian awards, Padma Vibhushan,Padma Bhushan, the Padmashree and the Arjuna Award. He is the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. He has received   other prestigious awards from private organisations .

    Having travelled to close to 50 countries, Anand is also fluent in Spanish and German. One of the projects closest to heart is the NIIT Mind Champions Academy which aims at taking chess to over 1 million children from both  Government and Private schools in India . Known as the Gentleman Champion in the chess world, Anand is a spokesperson  for   Vidyasagar, a NGO that crusades for the Inclusion of children with cerebral palsy and  he also represents Avahan, the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation initiative on AIDS. Anand is a keen follower of  current affairs, world business and astronomy. Source: http://www.uep-worldchess.com/

    [Event “Amber Rapid”]
    [Site “Nice FRA”]
    [Date “2008.03.15”]
    [Round “1”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Anand,Viswanathan”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [EventDate “2008.03.15”]
    [ECO “E15”]
    [MastersGameID “3707810”]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bc3 d5 9.Ne5 Nfd7 10.Nxd7 Nxd7 11.Nd2 O-O 12.O-O f5 13.Rc1 Nf6 14.Bb2 Bd6 15.Nf3 Qe7 16.Ne5 Rac8 17.Nd3 Rfd8 18.Re1 Qe8 19.e3 g5 20.Rc2 g4 21.Qc1 Qe7 22.Rd1 Ne4 23.c5 bxc5 24.dxc5 Bb8 25.Ne5 Ng5 26.Qa1 Nf7 27.Nxf7 Kxf7 28.a4 h5 29.b4 h4 30.b5 Bb7 31.Rdc1 Kg6 32.Be5 Bxe5 33.Qxe5 Qf6 34.Qd4 e5 35.Qb4 hxg3 36.hxg3 Rd7 37.Qa5 Rh8 38.Qxa7 f4 39.exf4 exf4 40.gxf4 Rdh7 41.Qb6 Qxf4 42.bxc6 Qf3 43.cxb7+ Kf5 0-1

    [Event “Amber Blindfold”]
    [Site “Nice FRA”]
    [Date “2008.03.16”]
    [Round “2”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Leko,Peter”]
    [Result “1/2-1/2”]
    [EventDate “2008.03.15”]
    [ECO “B10”]
    [MastersGameID “3707801”]

    1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 e5 4.Ngf3 Bd6 5.d4 exd4 6.exd5 cxd5 7.Nxd4 Ne7 8.Bd3 Nbc6 9.N2b3 Ne5 10.O-O O-O 11.Bg5 a6 12.Re1 Nxd3 13.Qxd3 Qc7 14.h3 h6 15.Bd2 Bd7 16.a3 Nc6 17.Nf3 Ne5 18.Nxe5 Bxe5 19.Ba5 b6 20.Bxb6 Bh2+ 21.Kh1 Qxb6 22.Kxh2 Qxf2 23.Qxd5 Qxc2 24.Rac1 Qf5 25.Qxf5 1/2-1/2

    [Event “Corus A”]
    [Site “Wijk aan Zee NED”]
    [Date “2008.01.26”]
    [Round “12”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Carlsen,Magnus”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [EventDate “2008.01.12”]
    [ECO “A30”]
    [MastersGameID “3693740”]

    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.O-O Be7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Qxd4 d6 9.Rd1 a6 10.Ng5 Bxg2 11.Kxg2 Nc6 12.Qf4 O-O 13.Nce4 Ne8 14.b3 Ra7 15.Bb2 Rd7 16.Rac1 Nc7 17.Nf3 f5 18.Nc3 g5 19.Qd2 g4 20.Ne1 Bg5 21.e3 Rff7 22.Kg1 Ne8 23.Ne2 Nf6 24.Nf4 Qe8 25.Qc3 Rg7 26.b4 Ne4 27.Qb3 Rge7 28.Qa4 Ne5 29.Qxa6 Ra7 30.Qb5 Qxb5 31.cxb5 Rxa2 32.Rc8+ Kf7 33.Nfd3 Bf6 34.Nxe5+ dxe5 35.Rc2 Rea7 36.Kg2 Ng5 37.Rd6 e4 38.Bxf6 Kxf6 39.Kf1 Ra1 40.Ke2 Rb1 41.Rd1 Rxb4 42.Ng2 Rxb5 43.Nf4 Rc5 44.Rb2 b5 45.Kf1 Rac7 46.Rbb1 Rb7 47.Rb4 Rc4 48.Rb2 b4 49.Rdb1 Nf3 50.Kg2 Rd7 51.h3 e5 52.Ne2 Rd2 53.hxg4 fxg4 54.Rxd2 Nxd2 55.Rb2 Nf3 56.Kf1 b3 57.Kg2 Rc2 0-1

    [Event “Corus A”]
    [Site “Wijk aan Zee NED”]
    [Date “2008.01.23”]
    [Round “10”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Gelfand,Boris”]
    [Result “1/2-1/2”]
    [EventDate “2008.01.12”]
    [ECO “E15”]
    [MastersGameID “3693722”]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.O-O d5 9.Qc2 Nbd7 10.Rd1 O-O 11.a4 c5 12.Na3 Bb7 13.Qb2 Rc8 14.Rac1 Ne4 15.Be1 Bf6 16.b4 Ba8 17.e3 cxd4 18.exd4 dxc4 19.Ne5 Bg5 20.f4 Be7 21.Naxc4 f5 22.Ne3 Rxc1 23.Qxc1 Ndf6 24.Nc6 Qc7 25.b5 Nd5 26.Nxd5 exd5 27.Nxe7+ Qxe7 28.Qb2 Rc8 29.Rc1 Rc4 30.Bf1 Nd6 31.Qa3 Qe4 32.Bf2 Rxc1 33.Qxc1 Nc4 34.Qd1 Bb7 35.Bd3 Qe6 36.Qh5 Nd6 37.Qe2 Qxe2 38.Bxe2 Kf7 39.Be1 Bc8 40.Kf2 Nc4 41.Bb4 g6 42.Ke1 a6 43.bxa6 Bxa6 44.Bc3 Bb7 45.Kf2 Bc6 46.Bd1 Nd6 47.Ke3 Ke6 48.Bb3 1/2-1/2

    [Event “Corus A”]
    [Site “Wijk aan Zee NED”]
    [Date “2008.01.20”]
    [Round “8”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Polgar,Judit”]
    [Result “1/2-1/2”]
    [EventDate “2008.01.12”]
    [ECO “A15”]
    [MastersGameID “3692699”]

    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.g3 Bb7 4.Bg2 e6 5.O-O Be7 6.Nc3 O-O 7.Re1 d5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.d4 Nbd7 10.Bf4 Ne4 11.Qc2 Bd6 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Ng5 Bxf4 14.gxf4 Nf6 15.Nxe4 Bxe4 16.Bxe4 Nxe4 17.Qxe4 Re8 18.Qd3 Qf6 19.e3 Rad8 20.Qc2 Rd5 21.Rad1 g5 22.Qxc7 gxf4 23.exf4 Rxe1+ 24.Rxe1 Rxd4 25.Re3 h5 26.Qe5 Qxe5 27.fxe5 Rd2 28.Rb3 Kg7 29.Kg2 Kg6 30.Ra3 Rxb2 31.Rxa7 b5 32.Kg3 h+ 33.Kf3 b4 34.h3 Rc2 35.Ra4 Rb2 36.Ra7 Rc2 37.Rb7 Rb2 38.Kg2 Rxa2 39.Rxb4 Kf5 40.Rxh4 Kxe5 41.Rg4 Kf5 42.Kg3 Ra3+ 43.f3 Ra1 44.Rf4+ Kg6 45.Rb4 Rg1+ 46.Kf2 Rh1 47.Rg4+ Kf6 48.h4 Ra1 49.Kg2 1/2-1/2

    [Event “Amber Rapid”]
    [Site “Nice FRA”]
    [Date “2008.03.17”]
    [Round “3”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [EventDate “2008.03.15”]
    [ECO “A52”]
    [MastersGameID “3707822”]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.e3 Ngxe5 6.a3 a5 7.f4 Ng6 8.Bd3 Bc5 9.Qh5 d6 10.Nf3 a4 11.Bd2 O-O 12.Ne4 Qe8 13.O-O-O f5 14.Nxc5 dxc5 15.Kb1 Nge7 16.Qh4 h6 17.Bc3 Be6 18.Rhg1 Rd8 19.Ka1 Rxd3 20.Rxd3 Bxc4 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.g4 Ng6 23.gxf5 Rxf5 24.Rc3 Bf7 25.Qf2 Qe6 26.b3 axb3 27.Nh4 Rh5 28.Kb2 Qf6 29.Nxg6 Bxg6 30.e4 c4 31.Qd2 Qd4 32.Qxd4+ Nxd4 33.Rcg3 Rxh2+ 34.Kb1 Kf7 35.Rxg6 c3 36.Rg7+ Ke8 37.R7g2 Rxg2 38.Rxg2 Nf3 39.Kc1 Nd2 0-1

    [Event “Amber Blindfold”]
    [Site “Nice FRA”]
    [Date “2008.03.18”]
    [Round “4”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Morozevich,Alexander”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [EventDate “2008.03.15”]
    [ECO “E51”]
    [MastersGameID “3709268”]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e3 O-O 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 c6 8.Bd3 b6 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.Qe2 Bb7 11.Bb2 Nc6 12.O-O Na5 13.Nd2 Rc8 14.f3 Re8 15.e4 e5 16.Rae1 exd4 17.cxd4 Nh5 18.g3 g6 19.Qe3 Qd7 20.Qh6 Ng7 21.exd5 f5 22.d6 Bd5 23.g4 Rcd8 24.Re5 Qxd6 25.gxf5 gxf5 26.Qxd6 Rxd6 27.Rxe8+ Nxe8 28.Bxf5 Nc4 29.Nxc4 Bxc4 30.Re1 Ng7 31.Be4 Ne6 32.Kf2 Nxd4 33.Rg1+ Kf7 34.Bxh7 Ne6 35.Ke3 Rd5 36.Bc3 Rb5 37.Bg6+ Ke7 38.Bb4+ Kf6 39.f4 a5 40.Bc3+ Ke7 41.f5 Rb3 42.Kd2 Nc5 43.f6+ Kd6 44.Rg4 Be6 45.f7 Bxf7 46.Bxf7 Rxa3 47.h4 b5 48.h5 b4 49.Bg7 Rh3 50.Bf8+ Kc6 51.Rc4 Rf3 52.Be8+ Kd5 53.Rxc5+ Kd4 54.Be7 Rf2+ 55.Kc1 b3 56.Rxa5 Kc3 57.Rc5+ 1-0

    [Event “Amber Rapid”]
    [Site “Nice FRA”]
    [Date “2008.03.20”]
    [Round “5”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Topalov,Veselin”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [EventDate “2008.03.15”]
    [ECO “E94”]
    [MastersGameID “3709299”]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Na6 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bg5 Qe8 10.Re1 exd4 11.Nd5 d3 12.Bxd3 c6 13.Ne7+ Kh8 14.Nxc8 Rxc8 15.Bf1 Nc5 16.Qxd6 Nxe4 17.Qa3 f5 18.h3 Ne5 19.Bf4 Nd7 20.Qxa7 Bxb2 21.Rab1 Bg7 22.Qxb7 Ndc5 23.Qb6 Rf7 24.Ng5 Rb7 25.Qxb7 Nxb7 26.Rxb7 Kg8 27.c5 h6 28.Bc4+ Kh8 29.Be5 hxg5 30.Bxg7+ Kh7 31.Bf8+ Kh8 32.Be7 Rb8 33.Rxe4 1-0

    Anand’s games

    [Event “XXI Magistral Rapid Final”]
    [Site “Leon ESP”]
    [Date “2008.06.01”]
    [Round “3”]
    [White “Anand,Viswanathan”]
    [Black “Ivanchuk,Vassily”]
    [Result “1/2-1/2”]
    [EventDate “2008.06.01”]
    [ECO “B47”]
    [MastersGameID “3726239”]

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.O-O Nf6 8.Be3 Be7 9.f4 d6 10.Qe1 O-O 11.Qg3 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.a3 Bb7 14.Rae1 Rad8 15.Bd3 Rfe8 16.Kh1 Rd7 17.Nd1 g6 18.Bc3 Nh5 19.Qh3 Bf6 20.e5 dxe5 21.fxe5 Bg5 22.Qg4 Qd8 23.Nf2 Bh4 24.Re2 Qg5 25.Qxg5 Bxg5 26.Ne4 Bxe4 27.Rxe4 Rc8 28.g4 Ng7 29.a4 Rd5 30.axb5 axb5 31.Ra1 Be7 32.Ra7 b4 33.Bxb4 Bxb4 34.Rxb4 Rxe5 35.Rbb7 Rf8 36.b4 Ne8 37.Rb8 Nf6 38.Rxf8+ Kxf8 39.b5 Nxg4 40.b6 Nf2+ 41.Kg1 Nxd3 42.b7 Re1+ 43.Kg2 Rb1 44.cxd3 Kg7 45.Kf3 Rb4 46.d4 g5 47.Ke4 Kf6 48.Kd3 h5 49.Kc3 Rb1 50.Kc4 g4 51.Kc5 h4 52.Kc6 Rc1+ 53.Kd6 Rb1 54.Kc6 Rc1+ 55.Kd6 Rb1 56.Kc6 1/2-1/2

    [Event “XXI Magistral Ciudad de Leon”]
    [Site “Leon ESP”]
    [Date “2008.06.01”]
    [EventDate “2008.06.01”]
    [Round “4”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [White “Vassily Ivanchuk”]
    [Black “Viswanathan Anand”]
    [ECO “E55”]
    [WhiteElo “2740”]
    [BlackElo “2803”]
    [PlyCount “31”]

    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5
    7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Nbd7 9. Qe2 cxd4 10. exd4 b6 11. d5 Nc5
    12. Rd1 Qe8 13. Nb5 exd5 14. Nc7 Qe4 15. Rd4 Qg6 16. Nh4 1-0

    On all of these links – on my blog – you will find games of Kramnik or Anand which you can play through — games they played during different tournaments.

    https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/06/27/dortmund-chess-2008/

    https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/09/04/chess-grand-slam-bilbao/

    https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/01/27/anand-polgar-van-wely-ea-in-corus-rounds-12-and-13/

    https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/01/23/corus-rounds-9-and-10/

    https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/01/15/aronian-vs-leko-and-mamedyarov-vs-kramnik-round-3/

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