Image: New York Times
Image here too: http://wyn.cc/1fi7e
images from the movie: The Thomas Crown Affair
Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen
We all know that alcohol inhibits the brain function under normal circumstances. For some people, wine adds some kind of majesty or splendor to a function -or even aesthetic value – for some chess players too – to their game. I wonder what was added to Faye Dunaway’s game vs Steve McQueen? In the wine and chess scene, Faye’s Queen traps Steve McQueen’s King, and he says, ‘Let’s play something else,’ … hmm…think the wine was too much for him – or was it maybe the chess…[hehe] or was it more Faye’s clever ‘tricks’ to get him distracted from the game. Hmmm… some tips I might be thinking of next time – hehe… of course we know Steve McQueen had something else on his mind! Click HERE to view the clip of: The Thomas Crown Affair: – the wine and chess scene with Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen.
On the next link, a chess-friend , blog-friend and Sommelier ,- one who knows his onions– ‘Boer’, who is in South Korea, recently blogged about the Chilean vs South African wines – an Afrikaans entry – unfortunately. [Google might help a little bit with the translation.] He was then informed about a few wines – which had been given as pressies – I would like him to comment upon. I’m not a huge wine-lover, but do like a glas of sweet red wine from time to time -that is about 1 glass per month – or so. Bad, I know – some of you might say…hehe…but promise to have at least 2 glasses, if I have a special meal with you! [hehe] If you look at some chess-gifts, they even include some wine for the wine-lover! This is definitely not for the professional chess player, I guess. Ok, now the photos for our Sommelier in South Korea.
White Chardonnay - Chile
Red Frontera - Chile
French and Italian wines – click image for a very large view
Domain Cauvard – Volnay 
La Chasse: Shiraz
South Australian – Jacob’s Creek: Shiraz
Some words about wine: Plato said: ‘There is nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was ever granted by the gods to man.’ Thomas Jefferson: ‘good wine is a necessity of life for me.’
‘Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk about them, and Champagne makes you do them.’ Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Click this link for more words on wine – a PDF document.
This poem originally by Rumi caught my attention:
I Am and I Am Not
in the flood
which has yet to come
I’m tied up
in the prison
which has yet to exist
Not having played
the game of chess
I’m already the checkmate
Not having tasted
a single cup of your wine
I’m already drunk
Not having entered
I’m already wounded and slain
I no longer
know the difference
between image and reality
Like the shadow
I am not
From: Love Poems of Rumi – Deepak Chopra
Translated by: Fereydoun Kia
Edited: Dr Deepak Chopra
Republished with permission of: Chopra centre
Click HERE for the poem source-link.
This image is from chessgames.com. It must be some sort of good position, but to get my pawns lined up like this, I will have to take a few ‘reds’ to be this good. I’ve never had 4 of my pawns in a line like this. I can recall two pawns, but 4…pass me the Red please! Click this link to read about double pawns.
Enjoy the clip: Wine, Woman and Song – by Strauss