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Ek het ‘n studie gemaak van Rooikappie en die Wolf. Dit het als so begin: Sodra ons terug by die skool is na die lockdown – volgende week 8 Maart – is ons opdrag gegee om in elke jaargroep ‘n tradisionele storie te neem en ‘iets anders’ daarmee te doen. Vir ons jaargroep is Rooikappie gegee en ons gaan die kinders kry om hul storie te skryf vanaf ‘n ander karakter se oogpunt hulle kan kies: die wolf, Rooikappie, die Ouma of die houtkapper. Dit is ‘n lekker manier om dit so bietjie ‘fun’ te maak en dis altyd interessant om te sien waarmee die kinders na vore kom. In my rondsoeke na idees om my voorbereiding te doen, het ek afgekom op verskeie interessante artikels en geskiedenis wat my gelei het na meer ‘n studie as om aan beplanning te werk – alhoewel die beplanning ook op die ou end darem gedoen is! Ek was taamlik erg geskok om te sien wat oorspronklik deel was van hierdie ‘onskuldige’ storie! Sien die aangehaalde gedeeltes in blou.

Ek het onder andere op die dokument van die Britse hoofbiblioteek afgekom en ek het die PDF dokument hier ook opgelaai in die inskrywing vir jou om af te laai en self deur te lees. Ek het hier ‘n gedeelte aangehaal. Ook met die lees van artikels, het ek op ‘n blog van ‘n Onderwyseres afgekom waar sy 25 variasies van Rooikappie het! Ek het ook uitgevind dat daar nie minder as 85 variasies bestaan! Dis net ongelooflik hoeveel studie daar rondom die storie gemaak is. In die volgende afbeelding kan die oorsprong van  soortgelyke stories gesien word. Ek het die artikels baie interessant gevind en nooit geweet dat daar soveel variasies bestaan nie! Gelukkig is die variasie van Charles Perrault verander – met ‘n gelukkige einde, maar is ook die ‘aaklige’ gedeelte verwyder!

Aanhaling van die dokument hierbo geplaas. Quote from the document by the British Library – the PDF in this entry for you to download and to read in your own time.

Charles Perrault’s tale of Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding-Hood) first appears with four other stories in a manuscript Contes de ma Mère l’Oye, which was offered to Élisabeth Charlotte d’Orléans, the niece of King Louis XIV, in 1695.

According to Marie Françoise Quignard, Charles Perrault rewrote tales which had been transcribed from the stories of nurses and old women by his son Pierre Perrault d’Armancour. Charles had the tales beautifully written out, and illustrated them himself with little gouache paintings at the head of each story, but signed the dedicatory letter with his son’s name in order to obtain him a post as secretary to Elisabeth Charlotte. The manuscript is now in the Pierpont
Morgan Library in New York. The tales were intended to be read aloud, as the introduction refers to ‘those who listen’ to the tales. There are corrections to the manuscript, possibly by Perrault, and, in the story of Red Riding-Hood, beside the last reply of the wolf that his big teeth are ‘to eat you with’, a note says that these words should be spoken in a loud voice in order to frighten the listening child.

Three more stories were added to the first printed edition Histoires ou contes du temps passé published in 1697 by Claude Barbin. Le Petit Chaperon rouge is the shortest story in the collection. The heroine is a little girl who is idolized by her mother and grandmother; the latter making a little ‘chaperon’ for her to wear. The Dictionnaire de l’Académie Française of 1694 defines chaperon as a padded medieval bonnet, and also as a strip of cloth, in velvet, satin or camelot (a material which was a mixture of goat hair, wool and silk), worn by girls and women who were not of the nobility, ‘not long ago’. It was therefore mainly ornamental and quite small, very different from the enveloping capes shown in most English language
illustrations of the story. The painted illustration (which is coloured) in the 1695 manuscript shows Red Riding-Hood in bed about to be eaten by the wolf, who is emerging from the curtains at the back of the bed. Red Riding-Hood wears a strip of red cloth laid over her head from her forehead back over her hair as far as her neck. In the first printed edition the engraved line drawing by Antoine Clouzier is not an exact copy of the painting. The image
is reversed (by the printing process) and one can see more clearly that the wolf is beneath the covers of the bed, as described in the story. The little piece of cloth on the heroine’s head is just visible. Speculation that this is a picture of Grandmother, because the wolf has no clothes on, is belied by the presence of the red headdress in the original picture 3 Perrault does not describe the wolf putting on Grandmother’s clothes, but he does mention that she is ‘en son déshabillé’, implying a nightdress or shift. Perrault has not shown this, perhaps for the sake of a clearer image; one can excuse him on the grounds that the wolf was
‘showing his true nature’.

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The Dictionnaire de l’Académie Française also explains that an older woman who wore this type of headdress was known as a Grand chaperon, a woman who accompanied young girls, whom we would now call a chaperone. In the eighteenth century a riding-hood or capuchin. was a large, soft hood with a deep cape attached, faced with a coloured lining, worn by all
classes, and not just for riding. It was generally black with a bright lining.4 This is the garment usually depicted in illustrations, but of course red and not black. So perhaps Robert Samber, who first translated the stories of Perrault into English in 1764, thought that a chaperon translated as a ‘capuchin’, the alternative name for a riding-hood. The rolling r’s of ‘Red Riding-Hood’ certainly sounded well.

Perrault tells all his Contes very economically, in a precise, polished style. Le Petit Chaperon rouge is as brutal as the original version of Cinderella. The little girl meets the wolf in the forest, and asks where she is going. On hearing that she is to visit her grandmother, he runs ahead and eats the old lady, and then takes her place in bed. When Red Riding-Hood arrives, he pretends to be the old lady, and the little girl assumes that his gruff voice is due to a cold. He tells the little girl to undress and lie down beside him, a detail which is expurgated in later
versions. Then follows the famous exchange of comments on the size of his arms, legs, ears, eyes, and finally teeth. Giving the terrible reply that his big teeth are to eat her with, he promptly gobbles her up. End of story, with no rescue. The verse moral explains that young ladies should be on their guard against human wolves. And the most dangerous sort of human wolves are pleasant and gentle, and follow girls into houses and alleys.

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In 1729 an English translation of Perrault’s stories by Robert Samber was published by J. Pote and R. Montague as Histories or Tales of Past Times. Samber translates Perrault’s text exactly; the wolf eats up Red Riding-Hood. The only addition is that he calls the little girl Biddy, and the wolf Gossop Wolfe, a name which in a later anonymous version turns into Gossip Wolf. Samber makes Red Riding-Hood his first story, whereas Perrault begins with La Belle au bois dormant, and Le Petit Chaperon rouge is second. The illustrations in Samber’s translation, which are copperplate engravings, copy those by Clouzier in the first French edition.

The German Romantic writer Ludwig Tieck, who wrote a number of fairy tales,
published a dramatic poem in 1800 about Red Riding-Hood, Leben und Tod des kleinen Rotkäppchens. An English translation of this was published in 1851 by Groombridge and Sons: The Life and Death of Little Red Riding-Hood, a tragedy, by Jane Browning Smith, illustrated by John Mulready.  See this link: https://books.google.co.uk/books id=jfcIAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

Tieck introduces extra characters, both human and animal.
Red Riding-Hood and her friend Jenny blow dandelions to see how long they will live. Red Riding-Hood’s seeds blow away instantly, indicating a short life. A dog has a philosophical dialogue with the wolf about the advantages of being a servant and protector of man, or a free agent and his enemy. The wolf hates man because his mate was killed by peasants, and he was ill-treated and hunted. The wolf kills Red Riding-Hood, and is shot by a huntsman, but too late to save her, and two robins mourn her fate (fig. 3).

In their version, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm provide a happy ending. After the wolf has eaten grandmother and the child, a hunter enters the house and cuts open the wolf, releasing them both. The child fetches stones to fill the wolf ’s stomach, and he dies. The Grimms also provide an alternative ending in which Red Riding-Hood is alarmed by the wolf ’s fierce expression, and runs to her grandmother’s house. They shut the door to keep the wolf out.
He waits on the roof, until grandmother fills a trough with the water in which she has cooked sausages, and the wolf, tempted down by the smell, falls in the trough and drowns.

Fig 3
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Jaquie vs. Duke of Wellington

This is a game I played against a player called ‘The Duke of Wellington’ – just his nickname. Of course, with a much lower rating than this Duke, I lost the game, but thought it was a good game and good experience. You can play through the game where I played white by clicking on the above link.

I have also discovered that Napoleon played also chess! He played a game against the Duke of Wellington though he was not the only person to play chess against Napoleon. Both the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte where gentlemen chess players – Napoleon had a higher rating.  Chess just before battle of Waterloo – Night 17th June 1815.

The whole art of Chess consists in getting at what is on the other side of the board.
Duke of Wellington

Lord Uxbridge: By God, sir, I’ve lost my Queen!
Wellington: By God, sir, so you have.

Wellington describing Napoleon Game Play. Source – chess.com

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Johann Baptist Allgaier (June 19, 1763 – January 3, 1823) was a German-Austrian chess master and theoretician. He was also the author of the first chess handbook in German – Neue theoretisch-praktische Anweisung zum Schachspiel.

This is a game played by Napoleon vs the Turk, alias Johann Allgaier.

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Three games purporting to be played by Napoleon are in existence. One of these (a Scotch Game) said to have been played in St Helena between Napoleon and Bertrand, and first printed in Capt. Kennedy’s Reminiscences in the Life of Aug. Fitzsnob (Waifs and Strays, 1862), is certainly fictitious. The second game, said to have been played with Mme von Rémusat, 29 March 1804, and a third game (I.L.N., 1844, 352), played against the Automaton in Vienna, are also of very doubtful authenticity.’ from H.J.R. Murray’s A History of Chess. – Source: chess.com

During this game, the Turk was operated by Johann Allgaier
The automaton was a chess playing machine known as the Turk. It was invented by a Hungarian baron called Wolfgang van Kempelen in 1770. However, the machine did not really play chess. It was a trick. The automaton was a large box, large enough for someone to hide inside and it was this person who played the game. In 1809 Napoleon played against the Turk.
(1)e4e5 (2)Qf3 Nc6 (3) Bc4Nf6 (4) Ne2Bc5 (5) a3d6

(6) O-OBg4 (7) Qd3Nh5 (8) h3Bxe2 (9)Qxe2Nf4

(10)Qe1Nd4 (11)Bb3Nxh3+ (12)Kh2Qh4 (13) g3Nf3+

(14) Kg2Nxe1+ (15)Rxe1Qg4 (16) d3Bxf2 (17) Rh1Qxg3+

(18) Kf1Bd4 (19) e2Qg2+(20) Kd1Qxh1+ (21) Kd2Qg2+

(22) Ke1Ng1 (23) Nc3Bxc3+ (24) bxc3Qe2#0-1

[Event “Malmaison Castle”]
[Site “Malmaison Castle”]
Date 1804
[White “Napoleon I”]
[Black “Madame de Remusat”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C41”]
Source: Chessbase

1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.e4 f5 4.h3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 Nc6 6.Nfg5 d5 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Qf3 Nh6 9.Nf6+ Ke7 10. Nxd5 Kd6 11. Ne4+ Kxd5 12. Bc4+ Kxc4 13. Qb3+ Kd4 14. Qd3# Napoleon 1-0 Madame de Remusat

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I don’t think I’ve blogged about chess players and stamps before. As a young child, I collected stamps and still have them all. Just the other day, I actually ordered a new stamp album for some other loose stamps. After a chess dot com article about the best top 5 female chess players of all time, I was intrigued by the name of Verna Menchik and found her on stamp too. That led me to some more exploration. I have a few favourite Grandmaster chess players of which Magnus Carlsen is one and quite like the artistic stamp sheets I’ve found on ebay. With graphic software packages available these days you can create some really artistic collages like these stamp sheets. It’s sad to know that Vera left her country after a family split just to come and die due to a WW2 bomb that hit her house in England – in 1944. She must have had a strong mind to continue playing chess during a time that it was very ‘odd’ for a female to play chess – even in England.

The best top 5 female players of all time
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More about Vera:

Vera Menchik

Vera Menchik was born in Moscow in 1906 to an English mother, a governess, and a Czech father who managed several country estates. Vera’s younger sister, Olga, was born 15 months later. Details of their life in Moscow are sparse but it would appear that the girls enjoyed a relatively comfortable life in pre-Revolutionary Russia. They were introduced to chess by their father when Vera was about 9 years old. The years following the Russian revolution in 1917 were hard for the family. They lost their income and their home, and the family spit up. In 1921, Vera, Olga and their mother moved to England to live with their grandmother, whilst their father returned to Czechoslovakia.

It was in England that Vera took up chess more seriously, joining her local chess club in Hastings in 1923. At this time, it would have been unusual to see women playing at a chess club. For Vera it seemed like a natural move as her spoken English was very poor, so sitting in silence suited her perfectly. Vera’s talent was quickly recognised, and she became a pupil of Geza Maroczy, a Hungarian Grandmaster. Soon she was representing both the Hastings Chess Club and Sussex County in team matches and making good progress.

In 1927, the World Chess Federation held the first World Championship for women. At the age of 21, Vera was its first winner, beginning a streak ended only by the Second World War. She was the first woman to compete on the international elite chess circuit, travelling Europe and the Americas to do so. In 1937 she married Rufus H S Stevenson, who was involved in the chess world, moving into his house in Clapham, bringing her mother and sister with her. She was Mrs. Stevenson at home, but Vera Menchik in chess. Source: blog.cwgc.org

The Chess Stamps History

It all starts on May 11, 1923 in Borstendorf when a local German industry decides to advertise its business with a first specific postmark: “Papier factories, Draught and Chessboards Industries, Toy Pianos”.

The first International Chess Tournament to be announced through a postmark was held in Kecskemét, Hungary in 1927 and was won by the future world chess champion Alexander Alekhine.

The 6th Chess Olympiad, organized by the FIDE took place between August 16 and August 31, 1935, in Warsaw, Poland. To commemorate this important event and also the 12th FIDE Congress was used a special chess postmark. This was the first special olympiad postmark

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The first postage stamp with a chess topic was issued in Bulgaria in 1947. It was a stamp showing a knight with the vertical inscription ‘Balkan Games 1947’ and the horizontal inscription ‘Republic of Bulgaria’ to commemorate the 1947 Balkan Games, held in Sofia, Bulgaria on November 2-5, 1947.

On November 20, 1948 in the Hague (Netherlands) and Moscow (USSR), three chess stamps were issued to commemorate the World Chess Championship match-tournament that brought together the five strongest chess players of the time: Mijaíl Botvínnik, Vassily Smyslov, Paul Keres, Samuel Reshevsky y Max Euwe. These three stamps was the 1st World Chess Championship Stamps.

Another three chess stamps were issued in Budapest, Hungary to celebrate the first Candidates Tournament on April 9, 1950. These was the first Candidates Tournament Chess stamps.

The first Chess Olympiad commemorated by a special edition of stamps held in Dubrovnik (Yugoslavia) on August 20, 1950. There are 5 chess stamps whose FDC you can see above on the left of this page.

On November 1, 1951 seven stamps were issued in Cuba as part of the 30th anniversary of Jose Capablanca winning the world chess championship from Emanuel Lasker in 1921. This was the 1st stamps showing a portrait of a chess player.

Source: chessonstamps.com

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Tata Steel Chess Tournament – 15th January 2021 – 31st January 2021 – Image: Tata Steel FB
From Tata Steel’s FB page
Chess players are in general smart people. Just look at these boys.
Not necessarily the looks, but smart overall. I leave you with a question:
Where are the girls in this tournament?
Is it always just males playing in this tournament?
If you have the answer, please let me know.
Round 4
All photos by: © Jurriaan Hoefsmit – Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2021
Round 4
Jorden 1/2 and Magnus 1/2 in Round 4
This is the end position of a game I completed today.
I played white and I think I had a bit of luck on my side too. Usually, I prefer black as I have more wins with black.
Click on the link below to play through the game.

jaquie vs. Larkey4

This is the opening we played in our game.

I wish I had more time to play chess! Also, my dream is to play a GM! Does anyone know a GM?

Results – Round 3 and Round 4

https://tatasteelchess.com/standings/ This is the official website for you to follow the games and to view the standings.

Tata Steel Round 5 Results – from the site of Tata Steel
Standings after round 5
Chess tournaments take a lot of deep thinking.
One thing I like about chess players – they are ‘nice’ in games. Chess is a gentleman’s game.
Is it thinking or worry? Game 6
I like those cushions! (searching the internet….)

Jorden van Foreest commented on his game in round 6.

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Carlsen’s aggression and Giri’s defensive skills light up day 1 of Tata Steel Masters 2021
by Sagar Shah – 17/01/2021
It just seems like a normal year when the Wimbledon of chess begins in January! That’s exactly what has happened in 2021! With the Covid-19 pandemic threat, it seemed likely that the Tata Steel Masters would be called off. But the will of the organizers and the excitement of the players to get back on the chess board has ensured an exciting 83rd edition of this world class event in the town of Wijk Aan Zee, Netherlands. Day one began with an amazing onslaught by Magnus Carlsen. He won his game against Alireza Firouzja. Anish Giri got the better of Aryan Tari in an Ant-Berlin. Nils Grandelius was the other winner on day one. All of this and much more in our illustrated report from day 1 of Tata Steel Masters 2021.

The quaint town of Wijk Aan Zee known for its powerful breeze and scenic beauty – Chessbase. in

I quite like to follow the Tata Steel tournament and have blogged about some before, but that’s long ago. I think I might have a few spare minutes to follow the tournament this time – during this lockdown4. I quite like this image quote from @tatasteelchess

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The 14 TOP players from 10 different countries: Magnus Carlsen, Grandelius Nils, Alexander Donchenko, Anish Giri, Aryan Tari, Pentala Harikrishna,  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Jordan van Foreest, Fabiano Caruana, Andrey Esipenko, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, David Anton Guijarro and Andrey Esipenko.
Tata Steel – Blue is beautiful! images: @ChessBaseIndia – twitter
Images: chessbase India
End position of the game between Magnus and Alireza

Follow this link for more about the first day! https://chessbase.in/news/Tata-Steel-Masters-2021-Day-1

Magnus – Round 2

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Beth’s top 5 moves – from the movie: The Queen’s Gambit
This is the opening we played in my game below – see link – and it’s called: The Philidor’s Defence

When I was at school, I got the looks from boys as chess was always just seen as a boys’ game. Luckily, time has changed, however, there are still some of the opposite sex that still think this is true and sadly even some of the Chess Grand Masters. I will not elaborate on this as I already done so a few years ago on my blog. After all the media attention, this Grandmaster denied what he said, but we know what he said is what he meant. Sometimes, when I write my own poems, I do like to weave some chess into my poems – you might find some on my blog to read and spot the random reference to chess in a random poem.

This was one of my online games from a few years ago, which I really enjoyed. If you click the link below the image, you van view the game and play through the game by using the arrows. I played black in this game. This image shows the end position.

ChJOEY vs. Jaquie

I have watched this movie: The Queen’s Gambit and enjoyed it thoroughly. If you haven’t done so, you are missing out, even if you don’t know anything of chess, you will still enjoy it.

Beth Harmon – ~The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen’s Gambit – a Netflix
Music from the movie: The Queen’s Gambit

 

This chess opening is called: The Queen’s Gambit

 

This chess opening is called, The King’s Gambit.

 

The Final Position on the board in the Netflix Movie.

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Charlize in 2019 at the South African Closed Chess Championship
Charlize in Batumi, Georgia, in 2018
Credit: Reint Dykema and Chess dot com

When there is an opportunity, I do like to blog about chess players from Africa as they don’t get the exposure they should get. Even more so if it is a high profile player and a female! I was quite surprised to find this article about Charlize on Chess.com and was quite excited to know there are more young female players, from South Africa, in this great game! I didn’t copy the complete interview on my blog and you can follow the link to read more about her and to view more other photos of this talented young player.

Quick Bio: Chalize van Zyl age 20

Occupation:                                      Student (BA Media, Communications and Culture)

Rating:                                              1686 (FIDE) / 1801 (CHESSA)

SA rank:                                             9th (FIDE) / 7th (CHESSA)

Title:                                                  Woman International Master (WIM)

Number of Olympiads played:           1 (2018)

An interview conducted by WCM beccrajoy

At what age did you start playing chess, and who introduced you to it?

My Dad taught my sister and me when I was about 7 – he tried earlier, but we just weren’t into it. I started playing tournaments at 8, and when I was 9, I went overseas.

What’s your earliest chess memory?

My memory’s not that good, but I remember in one of my first tournaments, the only point I got was against my sister. We had both lost all our games, so we played in the last round. No one was watching us, and we ended up playing with just our kings until someone came and told us it was a draw!

How did you prepare for the South African Closed Chess Championships?

I did a lot of tactics in the days leading up to the closed. I did a bit on the opening, because I wanted to experiment a bit and change my lines, but not much. So, it was mainly hours and hours of tactics, and Puzzle Rush too. I’m addicted to Puzzle Rush – I don’t know if it was really training, but I couldn’t stop playing!

What is the highlight of your chess career?

When I was 13 I won the African Zonals, which is when I won my WIM title. And I broke a record for being the youngest South African to get the title.

Please click HERE to read the complete article.

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Give me the good news

 

With this lockdown due to the coronavirus, I think we all wait for some good news!

A song during the time when South Africa went through a difficult time with the border war, which lasted more than 30 years.

If we accept the word forever
Maybe we should live together
And not be scared to watch
The late night news
You can’t use guns to build a nation
A bullet never was creation

Give, give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

If I accept the word tomorrow
Can I file away my sorrow
And not be scared to watch
The late night news
You can’t use force to sell a promise
Dictatorship was never honest

Give, give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

Give, please give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

If I accept the word forever
Maybe we should live together
And not be scared to watch
The late night news
You can’t use…

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One day at a time

 

English readers: scroll down a bit please. Ek is ‘n groot aanhanger van Country musiek and het die countrymusicartistfoundation co za gekry met die foto’s van ‘n paar legendes in Suid-Afrika se musiekwêreld van die (nie so ver) verlede. Nadat ek op twitter sommige mense se ‘tweets’ gesien het, het ek onthou van die mooi stem van Marie Gibson met ‘One day at a time’ en onthou hoe hierdie lied jou laat dink om die lewe ‘een dag per slag’ te neem. 

Sommige van my ‘volgelinge’ (Onderwysers – in alle kategorieë van die Onderwys) het ge-‘tweet’ oor hoe ‘alleen’ hulle voel en dan was daar selfs van hulle wat beskryf hoe hartseer hulle voel en in trane is – omdat hulle alleen is en voel. Dis ongelooflik waar dat baie mense, in hierdie tyd waarin ons leef, alleen is en alleen voel. Mense is alleen om verskillende (baie) redes.

Jy moet net nie dat die alleenheid of die gevoel van alleenheid die oorhand kry en jou tot drastiese stappe laat lei nie. Besig bly en jou aandag aftrek is belangrik. Gelukkig is daar baie mense wat op hierdie ‘tweets’ van mense reageer en hulle aanmoedig of wat positiewe boodskappe terugstuur en selfs offer om die dag/aand met hulle te spandeer. Meeste mense, wie se ‘tweets’ ek gelees het, spandeer die aand in hul huise met die heel naaste familie, slaap vroeg en staan vroeg op en raak besig. Waarom moet daar nou spesifiek ‘n verskriklike groot partytjie, met ‘n paar hondered mense wees? Is dit regtig nodig? Skep mense ‘n idee wat ander laat voel hulle moet dit ook doen anders is hulle ‘uit’ of laat hulle voel hulle is ‘alleen’?  Wat dink jy? O ja, Gelukkige Nuwe Jaar vir jou -wat hier lees – en ek hoop dat dinge vir jou ook positief sal uitwerk hierdie jaar en dat God jou sal seën!

I’m a big fan of country music and after reading some of my teacher-follower tweets, I remembered this song sung by a South African country singer – Marie Gibson. This song is about taking one day at a time.

Some tweets were about people feeling alone or lonely on a day like today. Luckily, many other of my followers encouraged them to be active, to do things and in this way, to get distracted by their thoughts of being alone.

My question is: do we need to have or attend parties of 50/100 people this time of the year? What is really important in your life? Many people tweeted about them just being with their closest relatives/family members, sleep early, get up and do the ‘normal’ things all people always do. This sounds great to me. Yes, we are all happy to start a new year. Yes, we are happy for everyone else for things that went well the previous year and for new resolutions and to get better at certain other things. But, do we have to attend this massive party  to ‘show’ it? Are we letting other people feeling ‘left out’ with what we share in public? It’s the same with photos being altered by all sorts of apps and you let other people feel that they are not as beautiful as you are – whilst your photo was actually being photo-shopped? I really think we need to think about what we try to achieve with what we share and think about other people’s well-being too. What do you think? Btw – Happy New Year to you and I hope you will be blessed by God and that you will have a positive year this year!

Joanna Field

Marie Gibson

Jody Wayne

Caroline Du Preez

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First performance

Beautiful song and dance. Most of these choir members are orphans from a rural area in South Africa. These children are from the poorest part of South Africa – the Limpopo. For the past 10 years, they have been together and as they said in the first video (of Americans got talent), there was nothing to smile or laugh about. The choir, the singing, the dancing brought it all back. I cross my fingers and hope that they will come out top! They deserve it. Well done to Ralf Schmitt, the conductor of the choir. 

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Grand Chess Tour 2019

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Grand Chess Tour – first leg: Ivory Coast – Congratulations to Magnus as the winner.

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The trophy – and you can see why the elephant-head has been used.

Ivory coast coat of arms

Coat of arms of Ivory Coast.

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The participants at the Grand Chess Tour at Abidjan,  Ivory Coast.  all photos: credit to: @ Grand Chess Tour’s twitter account.

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Amira sings

Amira now lives in South Africa and what a great place for her to be! This girl is just amazing! Just the right music for a good chess game.

Now over to chess – for a change! The 2019 Grand Chess Tour is this year in Africa – for a change! Magnus is playing too. I hope to follow this tournament this year.

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The Côte D’Ivoire Rapid&Blitz, the 1st stage of the 2019 , is held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from May 8-12. Ten 2700+ GMs headed by Magnus Carlsen will compete for a total of $150,000 prize fund over 9 rapid and 18 blitz rounds.

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Nostalgic

Golden memories

Instrumental pop

One of the best groups

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Waikiki Man

Everything I want to do

Alan Garrity – and the list goes on…

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Golden Oldie Time


This song was popular for many years in South Africa. Hands up if you like this song too!


You remember this one probably too.

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The White Farmer

I am fed up! Yes, to sign petitions, to read day in and day out about the vicious and brutal attacks, killings and murders of South Africans and in particular, the white farmers! It’s not always I feel like this, but after reading about more brutal attacks, I felt like crying – and the very young couple, with a month old baby, how they were murdered and tortured!

This is my poem based on the very famous poem of Ingrid Jonker: The Child is not dead.

The White Farmer

The white farmer is not dead
at Hopewell nor at Port Elizabeth
not at Kimberley nor at Brits
where he lies with an axe in his head.

The white farmer is in the dark shadow of the ANC
the ANC on guard with pangas, axes, rifles, guns
and kitchen irons, ready to brutally burn and torture farmer and wife
the white farmer is present at all food markets, charities and schools for black, white and brown children
the white farmer peers through the hearts of EVERYONE
this white farmer just wanted to feed the whole nation
of South Africa, black, white and brown children
the white farmer is brave and a refugee in a whole world
that turned a blind eye.

The white farmer is not dead
at Sabie and Lydenburg nor at Tzaneen
not at Uitenhage nor at Randfontein
where he lies with a bullet in his head
and his wife tied to a chair – raped.

This white farmer supported the community
in every way he could by sharing his belongings with his black workers
on the farm as well as in his shop but laid
dead in his house, brutally murdered by one of those…
in a world where world leaders are turning a blind eye

and the white farmer without a life!

Nikita (24/8/2018)

The Child is not dead

The child is not dead
The child lifts his fists against his mother
Who shouts Afrika ! shouts the breath
Of freedom and the veld
In the locations of the cordoned heart

The child lifts his fists against his father
in the march of the generations
who shouts Afrika ! shout the breath
of righteousness and blood
in the streets of his embattled pride

The child is not dead not at Langa nor at Nyanga
not at Orlando nor at Sharpeville
nor at the police station at Philippi
where he lies with a bullet through his brain

The child is the dark shadow of the soldiers
on guard with rifles Saracens and batons
the child is present at all assemblies and law-givings
the child peers through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers
this child who just wanted to play in the sun at Nyanga is everywhere
the child grown to a man treks through all Africa

the child grown into a giant journeys through the whole world
Without a pass

Ingrid Jonker

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Sinquefield cup 2018

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Chess Sinquefieldcup 2018

It’s time for the Sinquefield Cup and I’ve looked at some twitter news! I usually like to follow this tournament, but not sure if there will be time blogging about it. These are some favourite tweets.

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Photos: Grand Chess Tour 2018 – What is Magnus thinking?

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Shahriyar Mamedyarov resigns on behalf of his team.

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David Llada is the famous chess photographer. He took these photos at the Schools Finals in Warsaw.

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rhino photographer of the year 2017

To read the complete article, you can click here and read it on the site of the Natural History Museum. There is an exhibition till Monday, 28th May 2018.

I’ve blogged about the rhinos before and as I know this is very upsetting to look at, this is reality and if the world don’t know what’s going on out there, how would they be bothered to care anyway? On the 6th June, we have another rhino day at my school and like the one 5 years ago, this is going to be a fabulous day and we hope to help saving more rhinos. With our previous rhino day, we helped and donated £420 towards rhino Thandi’s skin grafting at the Kariega game reserve. Please help the rhinos and donate on the site of the International Rhino foundation.  From the link I shared, I quoted the following:

Photojournalist Brent Stirton has won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 title for his compelling image Memorial to a species, which frames a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. Once the most numerous rhino species, black rhinos are now critically endangered due to poaching and the illegal international trade in rhino horn, one of the world’s most corrupt illegal wildlife networks. For the photographer, the crime scene was one of more than thirty he visited in the course of covering this tragic story.

Natural History Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon says ‘Brent’s image highlights the urgent need for humanity to protect our planet and the species we share it with.’

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Fashion time

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These generals of the Boer War look like they wanted to show off the latest fashion of some famous fashion designer’s clothes. Hats off to them! I can see them marching to the music in this video.

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Happy New Year

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A Happy New Year to you all and may you be blessed throughout this year!

Let’s protect our animals more this year!

 

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American girl

This girl is a super sweet cool girl. Camille is an American girl married to a South African and she sings Afrikaans!  Her pronunciation and accent is far better than some Afrikaans born South Africans. She’s very much like a typical South African ‘farm’ girl and therefore, double super! By that I mean, she seems to be a down to earth and modest person without any fuss and hang-ups. She needs to sing more Afrikaans!

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These are South African folk songs – beautiful songs describing South African nature and the ‘young’ (upcoming) South Africa (now the forlorn, dying South Africa where horrific things happen on a daily basis.


Ivan Rebroff – a Russian singer

Edit: Ivan Rebroff is not a Russian singer – Eugene, one of my blog readers,  just pointed it out to me in a message. Seems like I have to do some research about this singer that’s actually a German: Hans-Rolf Rippert and he took on a Russian acting name. 

 

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Chess research

This is an interesting read. Please click the above PDF link or visit this link:
Click HERE for the source link.

From this document and research: Female players outperformed expectations when facing male players, across the whole range of rating differences. 

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Patches

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After a few weeks into the new year and already a week break! Just in time. Enjoy the song Patches by Jody Wayne – a real golden oldie. In the video you can read where he is originally from!


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Another ‘patch’ – Gert Potgieter, a South African Tenor sings Bianca.

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A Giant’s Game

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Giants playing Chess – Graphisoft Park – Budapest

Image: Wikimedia

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I saw this quote on twitter by ‘unknown’ and thought by myself, yes, I do know quite a few politicians’ names I can add here – not really in leading positions now, but those who think they can lead. 

Another giant step in Chess! Well done to Dorsa, you are brave! Women must be able to make their own decisions in this world. Other people and their beliefs should not stop women from doing what they want to do.

“It shouldn’t have become such a big deal,” she said in an interview Wednesday, her head uncovered and long braids hanging down her back. “What I think is right to do, I do it. I try to keep my conscience clear and my mind at peace. I don’t know why some people have enough free time to worry about what I wear.”

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Dorsa Derakhshani, 19, at St. Louis University, poses for a portrait on campus on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Photo by Christian Gooden.

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Ruby

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Ruby Bridges, the first black student to integrate an elementary school in the South – of America – is 63 today.

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Just wonder about this quote by Prince Bernhard, 1954? I haven’t seen this before. Interesting!

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Sometimes things in the world happen and you just want to shake your head and sigh, tap your fingers and roll your eyes. Why do people think that ‘apartheid’ was JUST a South African ‘thing’ from a certain group?

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David Isom, 19 years old, broke the colour line in a segregated pool in Florida on June 8, 1958, which resulted in officials closing the facility. Well, well, well, this is the time – and early 60s – when the world shouted ‘apartheid’ – uhm… uhm…it was the same time in so many other countries… in particular ‘certain’ other countries.

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The two legends – finally playing each other. #GrandChessTour2017

Images: Twitter

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Anand vs Kasparov

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Kasparov vs Nakamura

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Anand vs Kasparov  1/2-1/2

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George Santayana

George Santayana said, “Those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.”  We can forgive other nations for the past and for the wrong doings, but you should never forget. Memories should be kept alive in order not to repeat what happened and to always remind us not to repeat it. Warsaw uprise is a good example where Poland commemorated what happened 70 years ago last week. What are your thoughts? 

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R.I.P. – Cowboy

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Refentse

What a beautiful voice from Refentse and he is singing in the most beautiful language – Afrikaans, the second easiest language in the world to learn – after Dutch. This song is called: Sonvanger – suncatcher. 

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Grand Chess Tour playoff

Magnus: “I found some life again after I won the last game against Wesley.”

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Final playoff game

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Photos: Grand Chess Tour – What is Magnus Carlsen thinking?

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Photo: David Llada

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Blitz Round 10 pairings

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Spectators

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Magnus not happy with his play.

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Standings after blitz game 11

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That feeling …

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Blitz game 12 pairings

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Magnus Carlsen won the rapid section of the Paris Grand Chess Tour, but the day will be remembered for his outburst beginning, “What do you want me to do?” when Maurice Ashley suggested the final win had been less than smooth. Elsewhere the star was Alexander Grischuk, who did win three smooth games in a row, making it five wins in his last six games. He’s just one point behind Magnus with 18 rounds of blitz to follow, though he called that a big gap, given Magnus’ “idiotic ability to win many games in a row!”

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Funny expression: Topalov!

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Today’s Chess

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Photo: GrandChessTour-Twitter

Today’s Grand Chess Tour Blitz Round 2 in Paris.

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Is it a draw already?

Bacrot – Carlsen 0-1

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Live commentary by WGM Tatev Abrahamyan on the official site.

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What do chess players do on a ‘free’ day?

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Image: Anna Rudolph (twitter)

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Magnus Carlsen -Photo tweet.

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Participants: Paris Grand Chess Tour 2017
Click– HERE — for the official site of the Grand Chess Tour 2017.

The 2017 Grand Chess Tour is a series of five chess tournaments held throughout the year and across the globe. A total of nine players were selected as full 2017 Grand Chess Tour participants. Three spots were awarded to the top finishers in the 2016 GCT, another three to the top players by average 2016 rating and the final three were determined by the GCT advisory board as tour wildcards.

Tour participants will play both classic events and two of the three rapid and blitz events. Unlike last year, every result will count toward a player’s final GCT standing. In total the Grand Chess Tour boasts an impressive $1.2 million prize fund, awarded as follows:
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Music and chess


Someone asked me yesterday if I listen to any music when playing chess. I do like to do so, but only if it’s music that will allow me to think and concentrate. This song of Demis Roussos is one beautiful piece of music which I particularly enjoy when I need to think about those moves.

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The other side …


A brilliant video with subtitles and I wish that Zuma – and his allies, which includes some other people across the globe – would watch this. You really need to watch the whole video and listen carefully to what exactly is being said, especially if you think you might be one of those others across the globe. 

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A Knight’s Tale

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I came across this beautiful art of the artist: Leonard Campbell Taylor, a British artist born in Oxford. During WW1 he was an official war artist. I couldn’t find a large, quality image as I tried to analyse the position on the board. Also, when  I resized the image, I noticed the expression on the male person’s face – and I wondered: What was he thinking with that expression and who are the females? I couldn’t find details, maybe a blog reader who is more skilful then me to find info on the Net? 

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The Coffee Snobs


Weekend song – and finally, holiday for the next two weeks!

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A poem I like by Warsan Shire. There are too many wounded hearts in this world. Too many unnecessary things happen to too many people across the world. This must stop somewhere. If we all make an effort, it must help at the end or is it just me trying to think the impossible is possible?

What they did yesterday afternoon

by Warsan Shire

grief-reaction they set my aunt’s house on fire
I cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
I called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
I said hello
he said Warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

I’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
Dear God
I come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

later that night
I held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered
where does it hurt?

It answered:
everywhere
everywhere
everywhere.

 

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We know apartheid was instilled by the British – the introducing of pass laws, before it was an actual law written in the law books of South Africa. This case study seems to be very interesting. For so many years many countries were shouting ‘apartheid’ – but did they know what was really going on in the country? Did America or Britain look at themselves to see what was actually going on in their own countries, the same time? What is happening in America at the moment? Why is there still so much ‘hate’ between black and white – after all these years? I rest my case. We all know the rules of the (chess) games people and politicians play. They change the rules to suit them only. They instigate events to suit them as and when necessary to avoid checkmate. Just look around the world and you will (probably) notice what they (still) do. This was just one more, but one more too many.

Please click HERE for the first resource link.

Abstracts from the ‘Introduction’ of the book:

“Afrikaners, my people, have long been accused of being the originators and engineers of apartheid, one of the most disreputable institutions in modern history. Yet the accusers have, on the whole, not taken the trouble to understand the historical genesis of apartheid. That is the purpose of this book.

My aim is not to justify apartheid, but to shed light on the historical events and psychological factors which informed its origination. It is not a history, but rather a case study steeped in history.”

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“What compelled the Afrikaners, a people traumatised by British barbarism, to inflict the legalised racism of apartheid on their black countrymen? In other words, what does trauma do to a people?

This question constantly ringing in my head would eventually lead me on the most unexpected of paths, and keep me busy for nearly 15 years, something I couldn’t foresee even in my wildest dreams. It led me to the discovery of the abusive relationship between Englishman and Afrikaner, one of unrelenting humiliation of the Afrikaner by the English, since the British arrival in Southern Africa in 1795, and the tragic consequences this relationship had for South Africa, including, inter alia apartheid.”

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“Fifteen years of research for this book has yielded evidence of at least 200 years of prejudice against Afrikaners. My psychotherapy practice in Cape Town and Swellendam continues to uncover many stories of humiliation. It is important that Afrikaners understand their own history. Otherwise how do you live with the guilt? How do you explain the past to your children – without creating new ghosts and falsehoods? How do you mourn and heal without knowing about the past which has shaped who you are today?

Although this analysis focuses on one group, the Afrikaners, the fact is that trans-generational re-enactment of trauma and humiliation is a universal theme, playing itself out all over the world. A lack of understanding of trans-generational trauma and the impact of humiliation on nations is one reason why ‘people never learn from history’. This book is an attempt to learn from ours.”

Another link:

The myth that there has never been democracy in South Africa is linked to a second myth. Most people think they know that apartheid was an invention of the Afrikaners and their belief that South Africa should be ruled exclusively by whites. Conversely, it is usually thought that the English tradition in South Africa was non-racial and democratic. In fact, the British tradition, as purveyed by both English-speaking South Africans and the parliament at Westminster, has played a less than glorious role in establishing democracy.
Read more on the link of the Independent.

One more…
Link here to read. If you do some in depth research, you will find many more…

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An actual fact many of these were a formalisation and extension of existing British pass laws and land acts that kept blacks from travelling freely, obtaining employment, and owning land.

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Children of Africa

What a beautiful song by my Art teacher of Secondary School. I couldn’t help for sharing this beautiful song.

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Happy New Year

 

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This is my collage-creation of 2011 and I still like it. Happy New Year to everyone! God bless you all. May we have PEACE in 2017 and beyond.

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Caption: Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal, 21 December 2016 – The president rolled up his sleeves and went head-to-head with pupil Nokwanda Gcaba at an annual chess tournament took in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: eNCA

South Africa’s President is well known for many (negative) things in the country and abroad. It has become an annual tradition to host a chess tournament to help developing strategic thinking in pupils organised by the Jacob G Zuma Foundation.  Nokwanda Gcaba‚ 13‚ from AmaJuba‚ Newcastle was this year his opponent during the tournament in Mandeni‚ on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast and Zuma got outsmarted by Nokwanda. Maybe Zuma should get some advice and training in chess before next year’s tournament! 

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Zuma the chess player vs 5 year old Keagan Rowe – and counting. His game against Keagon in 2013 ended up in a stale mate.

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A beautiful poem by Kipling – and an interesting history behind this poem.

IF

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

 

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After the Cold War, chess is once again emerging as a point of controversy as we move toward what some fear could degenerate into yet another Cold War.  In fact, anti-Russian Cold Warriors in the United States have already nailed the scalp of a chess-playing “desperado” to their trophy wall. His arsenal reportedly features such deadly devices as the Yugoslav Attack, the Queen’s Gambit, and the dreaded Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation — all weapons of “chess distraction.”

August – Last month, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a Russian and president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), was barred from boarding a plane from Moscow to New York because he had been put on the sanctions list by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for allegedly “materially assisting and acting for or on behalf of the Government of Syria” and related entities. Mr. Ilyumzhinov had hoped to take part in preparations for a match between Russian Sergey Karjakin and Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen.

Mr. Ilyumzhinov had written to OFAC offering to come to Washington to hand-deliver documentation refuting the claims against him, but the office rejected his offer to deliver such evidence, suggesting instead that he mail them as part of his request for reconsideration of the decision to sanction him. Friends of Mr. Ilyumzhinov in Russia, Europe and even the United States suspect the decision to sanction him in the first place was based on politics rather than evidence.

Continue reading more on this link of the Washington Times.

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Nostalgic

Nostalgic: adjective

experiencing or exhibiting nostalgia, a sentimental or wistful yearning for the happiness felt in a former place, time, or situation.

Some real golden oldies in the next video-list

Sylvia’s Mother: The real story

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For English readers: This is a poem by someone who is totally frustrated – and fed-up –  by what is going on in South Africa. Watch this video and you will understand. For us who know why these things are happening, we feel the same and we all know who actually to blame for what is going on in this beautiful country we all love to bits! For those who are disrespectful towards other people and their native language, we do excuse you for being uneducated – as we guess it’s again Apartheid that gets the blame, even after more than 20 years, but we have a clear message: #Afrikaanswilnotfall

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Official Trailer

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I enjoy true stories. I am not a really big fan of science fiction stories or movies. If you want to treat me, give me a good cowboy book or movie, a real life story or a true story. This movie is about a true story of a Chess Champion. African true stories, and from some other places in the world, are inspiring, as the struggle to reach for dreams is so much more intense due to so many problems and issues people from developing countries need to deal with on a daily basis -things people from developed countries take for granted. Today, some of those problems and issues are because of certain countries in the West who tried to gain, only for themselves and who put leaders in place just to shush their conscience. They think they get things right, but they are totally wrong. I’m glad that there is, once again, a movie about chess, to show the power of this game in real life and to highlight the struggles of some people in this world.

True Story of a Chess Champion
Walt Disney Pictures has revealed the colourful first Queen of Katwe poster. The true story of an inspiring chess champion stars Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar), Oscar winner and Tony Award nominee Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game.
Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.

Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) from a screenplay by William Wheeler (The Hoax) based on the book by Tim Crothers, Queen of Katwe is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (The Darjeeling Limited) and John Carls (Where the Wild Things Are) with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. Disney’s Queen of Katwe opened in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016. Resource: commingsoon.net 

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ChessBaku2016

The 42nd Baku Chess Olympiad starts today in Baku. Please click HERE for the official web link. Sadly, I won’t be able to follow the complete tournament this year! 

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Azerbaijan parks – photo credit: official site of Baku Chess Olympiad

Olympiad Schedule

Date Time Event
1 Sept 18:30/20:30 Opening, Captains meet
2 Sept 15:00 Round 1
3 Sept 15:00 Round 2
4 Sept 15:00 Round 3
5 Sept 15:00 Round 4
6 Sept 15:00/22:00 Round 5/Bermuda Party
7 Sept  – Day Off
8 Sept 15:00 Round 6
9 Sept 15:00 Round 7
10 Sept 15:00 Round 8
11 Sept 15:00 Round 9
12 Sept 15:00 Round 10
13 Sept 11:00

19:30

Round 11

Closing Ceremony

14 Sept All day Departure day

The top seeds at the Olympiad

Russia
Players: Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Ian Nepomniachtchi

USA
Players: Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Ray Robson, Sam Shankland

China
Players: Wang Yue, Li Chao, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi

Azerbaijan
Players: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Eltaj Safarli, Rauf Mamedov, Arkadij Naiditsch

Ukraine
Players: Pavel Eljanov, Ruslan Ponomariov, Yury Kryvoruchko, Anton Korobov, Andrei Volokitin

South African players in the Women’s team:
Captain: Dalpat Winston
WIM Frick Denise
WIM Laubscher Anzel
WIM February Jesse Nikki
WCM Fisher Michelle M
WFM Van Niekerk Lauren

Players in the Open section
Captain: CM Bouah Lyndon 2115
GM Solomon Kenny  2380
IM Cawdery Daniel 2416
IM Kobese Watu 2350
IM Van den Heever Donovan 2247
FM Klaasen Calvin Jong 2177

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Opening – photo: David Llada, the official photographer of the Olympiad.

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Bournemouth Pavilion

It is again time for the British Chess Championships and it’s taking place at the Bournemouth Pavilion from the 23rd July 2016- 6th August 2016. The official opening ceremony is on Monday, 25th July.

Please click HERE to access all the necessary information regarding the championship. This is a PDF document from the site of the British Chess Championships. 

Live Games – from Monday 25th July:
Click HERE for the site of chess24 to follow live games during the championships.

Results can be followed here on the site of ‘Chess Results’.

British Chess 2016

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Four Corners


Fatherless and raised by his grandmother, thirteen year old Ricardo Galam lives in South Africa’s Cape Flats, a unique and volatile sub culture dominated by two Number gangs, the 26 and 28. Ricardo’s future as a chess prodigy is threatened by his growing interest in the 26 whose local leader is grooming him as a potential member. Unknown to Ricardo, the father he’s never known has been released from prison. Farakhan, a reformed general in the 28, is back in his old neighbourhood, an intruder in 26 territory. In a story that is at times raw and violent at other times touching and true. FOUR CORNERS is a gripping drama set against the backdrop of a gang war in Cape Town which has been raging for a 100 years; a little known fact. 

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By watching this trailer, I don’t think I ever want to be in an area where any gangs are roaming and scavenging for anyone they can manipulate to their needs. It must be scary and you must feel intimidating to live in places like these, but the same time you feel sorry to know that there are people who only know one life and that’s this kind of life. Then the same time I wonder if you could change any adult who only knows this kind of life?

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This movie has received 13 Golden Horn nominations at the SAFTAs – South African Film and Television Awards March 2015. 

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From The Tempest: Miranda and Ferdinand playing chess

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy Shakespeare day with some chess dancing!

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

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Chess in the park


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

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The World Chess Championship is coming to New York.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Who is going to be the winner? 

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

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

Please click here for live cover on chessdom.

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

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

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

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

Round 9

GM Anand, Viswanathan 1-0  GM Aronian, Levon 

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

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

Results: chessbase

Congratulations to GM Sergey Karjakin!

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

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

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Artificial Intelligence and chess

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Source: Click here to visit the site of computer_history.

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Drinking song

This is again one of my most favourite pieces of the Opera. It’s been raining the whole evening, which is just the right mood for music like this. I’ve also been reading on the link in this entry – all about the morals of chess. Interesting that already in the 1700s people tried to annoy their opponents and were these ‘rules‘ probably put in place.

If your adversary is long in playing, you ought not to hurry him, or express any uneasiness at his delay. You should not sing, nor whistle, nor look at your watch, nor take up a book to read, nor make a tapping with your feet on the floor, or with your fingers on the table, nor do anything that may disturb his attention. For all these things displease. And they do not show your skill in playing, but your craftiness or your rudeness.

Follow this link to read more about the Morals of Chess as by Benjamin Franklin – dated: June 1732 – June 1779

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 At random times, I get asked by friends what cities in South Africa are like. They usually want to know if they are ‘big and busy‘ – similar to London. On Instagram, I saw these lovely photos and thought to put together this collage to share on the blog. These pictures are from two accounts: ‘SouthAfrica‘ and ‘CityofPretoria‘. From the Pretoria account, I’ve chosen six pictures as they are all amazing pictures and I couldn’t resist them. If you look at the ‘SouthAfrica‘ account, you will agree with me that there’s only one beautiful country in the world and not just a country with random beautiful places. #SouthAfrica

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year Everyone! May 2016 be a fabulous year filled with tons of happiness. Let’s all save the world from all bad things – including the animals.

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Please click here to watch full videos of round 1.

It’s again the London Chess Classic and these players are the participants this year.
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Fly, thought, on wings of gold,
go settle upon the slopes and the hills
where the sweet airs of our
native soil smell soft and mild!
Greet the banks of the river Jordan
and Zion’s tumbled towers.
Oh, my country, so lovely and lost!
Oh remembrance so dear yet unhappy!

Golden harp of the prophetic wise men,
why hang so silently from the willows?
Rekindle the memories in our hearts,
tell us about the times gone by!
Remembering the fate of Jerusalem
play us a sad lament
or else be inspired by the Lord
to fortify us to endure our suffering!

I think the chorus of the Hebrew slave from the Italian opera, Nabucco, is many people’s favourite. These words are beautiful and leaves me in a sad mood if I think about South Africa and how it’s getting destroyed by Zuma.

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Chess pieces from elephant tusk carved in China – Nottingham Castle Museum

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James Bond – and chess.

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Chess to build bridges

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Read about Watu Kobese, a South African chess champion and Fide trainer and now also author of chess books. Kobese is taking the game and his book on a roadshow to promote chess. Click on the image for a larger view in order to read the complete article.

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Nakamura seems lost: a quick Bf2 will be hard to deal with, his King on g5 is too weak.

Source: Please click here to read the article on the site of ‘Business Insider.’

The Sinquefield Cup Chess Tournament is on at the moment in St Louis and I’ve been following some of the games and thought it was high time to blog about a ‘big’ tournament again. The images above are from twitter The link below is game 7 where Anand is playing against Wesley So. You can see the moves up to move 11 by Anand.
Please click HERE to follow the game live.
1 e4 e5
2 Nf3 Nc6
3 Bb5 Nf6
4 d3 Bc5
5 Bxc6 dxc6
6 Nbd2 O-O
7 O-O Re8
8 Nc4 Nd7
9 b3 a5
10 a4 f6
11 Be3 Bb4
12 Rc1 b5
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Chess Sinquefield Cup round 7 Anand vs Wesley So

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Round 7 – Aronian and Nakamura

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Round 7 – Magnus vs Grischuk

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Round 7 – Caruana vs Vachier Lagrave

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Magnus Carlsen on his way to the playing venue – photo: @   SaintLouisChessClub

The rest of the schedule:

30-Aug Sunday 1:00 PM Round 7 Chess Club
31-Aug Monday 1:00 PM Round 8 Chess Club
1-Sep Tuesday 1:00 PM Round 9 Chess Club
2-Sep Wednesday 12:00 PM Playoff

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The 2015 South African Open Chess Festival incorporates the SA Schools Individual Chess Championship and SA Open Chess Championship
SA Open Chess Championship runs from Fri 03 July to Sat 11 July 2015
(entire day over weekends and evenings during week days)
SA Schools Individual Chess Championship runs from Mon 06 July to Thu 09 July 2015
(mornings and afternoons)
SA Schools Individual Chess Championship players may choose to participate additionally in the SA Open.
For more details, click this link. Click on the image for a larger view.

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It is the World Women’s Chess Championships 2015 in Sochi. Follow this link to play through the games. The final battle is between Russia and Ukraine – how ironic. All images are from the official site – from the games link.

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Muzychuk vs Pogonina

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Final pairings / results – game 4 will be played on Sunday 5th April 2015 local time: 3pm

Player Fed Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Pogonina, Natalia RUS 2456 ½ 0 ½ 1
Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2526 ½ 1 ½ 2

Game 4 link
Click here for Game 4.

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The new Women’s World Chess Champion – Mariya Muzychuk

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Comedy of Errors

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There stands my castle!
His queen, it was his queen!
Queen of queens, how far dost thou excel?
Come hither, come! Come, come, and take a queen
Sir your queen must overboard!
Will take your queen
Farewell sweet queen!
I was in a mood to blog a chess game, this is one of my very old games – about 8 years ago! I played black and like how I trapped my opponent. I love Shakespeare’s works and these lines are from Shakespeare. This title of the post doesn’t fit the writing, don’t worry, it’s meant not to fit. I need to play more chess so my brain can get organised in boxes. I like that guy’s video on youtube about the male and female brain. I need a male brain, so I can organised everything in boxes. I try too many things in one go. Here is the game link.
Please click HERE to play through the game.

Enjoy some chess dance

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MeMoRies are made of this


Love this music – great for a Saturday evening. The Springboks lost against Ireland! And.. Anand vs Carlsen = 1/2

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The World Chess Championship Match between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Vishy Anand is taking place in Sochi, Russia on November 7–28, 2014. It’s the first time that Magnus will defend his title. [Images:Twitter & Official site]

5-time World Chess Champion, Vishy Anand is considered one of the most versatile chess players in the world. He is the only world champion who won titles playing in all different formats (match, tournament and knockout). He is the first Indian grandmaster.

It’s been a year since my entry about the game in Chennai, where Magnus walked off as the World Champion

Please click HERE for the official site. You can also follow the game on twitter – on the bottom photo you will find the official twitter account of Carlsen and Anand. Sochi temperatures average 24° C – 27° C between June and October/November. Who are you supporting?

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The Chess set
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I hope you like this card-image – I was in a mood to play around with the two chess kings!
As Carlsen is called the ‘Mozart of Chess’ – I have some Mozart for you to listen to. One of my favourite pieces – though only part of the composition.

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This is the hotel where Anand and Carlsen will be playing.

This is the Instagram link for you to follow, should you wish to do so.
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On the map I’ve highlighted for you where Sochi is.

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Norwegian camera teams may have been swarming around Magnus Carlsen before his meeting with world number two Levon Aronian, but the serious chess spectators had eyes firmly fixed on the start of Kramnik-Topalov, where the feud that began in their acrimonious 2006 world title match has resulted in permanently frosty relations.

by GM Jonathan Tisdall

Some of the games played today round 5. On this link you can follow the live games or play through games already played in previous rounds.

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Tromso round 5: Topalov vs Kramnik
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Round 5: Kramnik vs Topalov 1-0
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Round 5: Ivan Cheparinov vs Peter Svidler 1/2-1/2
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Round 5: Barileng Gaealafshwe vs Kenny Solomon 0-1
On this youtube.com/watch?v=-xABHJdf31o link you can see Kenny as South Africa’s Chess Grandmaster and it’s strange that Fide still has him as an IM on his profile here: ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=14300192 Melissa Greeff is South Africa’s first Women Chess Grandmaster.
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Chess art at Tromso

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The South African Women’s Chess Championships will be held at ‘The Atrium’, The Woodlands, Johannesburg and starts on the 8th August 2014 – 10th August 2014. That’s a serious killer with 3 games per day! There is also a B-section. You can click on this PDF for all the necessary info and a link to the venue. 
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Scene from ‘The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog‘ (1927) a thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock [movie on youtube]
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Woody Allen, Peter O’Toole and Capucine, a French model and actress in ‘What’s new, Pussycat’

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The FIDE World Youth Chess Championships 2014 will be held in Durban, South Africa from 18th September to 30th September 2014 organized by the South African Chess Federation under the auspices of FIDE. All FIDE members and chess academies are cordially invited to participate in the 2014 World Youth Chess Championships. The Local Organizing Committee is honoured to host this prestigious event and we sincerely hope that you will enjoy your visit in Africa.

Please click HERE to visit the Official site of the World Youth Chess Championship.

 

The Championships will be hosted at the International Convention Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The ICC Durban is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world. The ICC Durban is purpose-built, fully air-conditioned and comprises six convention halls that are interlinked, but separate. Halls 4-6 double as convention and meetings spaces and the flat floor space for the ICC Arena makes it the leading indoor sports and entertainment venue in Durban which accommodates up to 10 000 spectators.
The latest FIDE Rules and Regulations will apply
Age Groups : u/8, u/10, u/12, u14, u/16, u/18
Format: Swiss System
Rounds: 11 rounds
Time Control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves; Followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game; 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
Each National Federation can register a total of twelve (12) Official Players, that is, one official player in each category (under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 years old; open and girls) plus one accompanying official, provided he/she holds a valid licence and title as a FIDE Trainer.
The players placed 1st to 3rd in the previous FIDE World Youth Championships, and the respective Champions of the 2014 Continental Youth Championships, shall have the personal rights to participate in the World Youth Championships of the corresponding age-category or a higher age category if the age stipulation is met. Such players shall also be classified as Official Players and have to be registered by their respective National Federations.

Other than Official Players, all other players shall be classified as Additional Players. All other persons other than players or the Accompanying Official shall be classified as Accompanying Persons. A Federation may register any number of Additional Players and Accompanying Persons but they shall be responsible for their own costs.
In order to provide appropriate tournament conditions, the Federations must complete the official online registration form, in full, and submit to the organising committee by no later than 17 July 2014. FIDE endorsed Chess Academies may register not more than one player per age group per gender per event. The deadline for the reservation and payment of a 50% deposit on the accommodation is 17 July 2014. Any accommodation payment made after the deadline, will incur a surcharge of 10%. Once the payment has been made, proof of payment must be sent to the Treasurer at treasurer [at]2014wycc.co.za

Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, also known as the Zulu Kingdom. Durban is also the major centre of tourism in South Africa because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. Resource: Chessdom.com

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Tromso 2014 starts Friday 1st August – Thursday 14th August

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Click HERE for the schedule. These are some of the open teams that take part in this chess olympiad.

South Africa
Captain: CM Lyndon Bouah
Average Rating: 2327
1. IM Steel Henry Robert – 2399
2. IM Solomon Kenny – 2376
3. IM Kobese Watu – 2341
4. FM Van den Heever Donovan – 2277
5. IM Gluckman David – 2241

Azerbaijan
Captain: GM Alexander Khalifman
Average Rating: 2678
1. GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar – 2743
2. GM Radjabov Teimour – 2724
3. GM Mamedov Rauf – 2659
4. GM Safarli Eltaj – 2649
5. GM Guseinov Gadir – 2613

Norway 1
Captain: Ole Christian Moen
Average Rating: 2639
1. GM Carlsen Magnus – 2881
2. GM Agdestein Simen – 2628
3. GM Hammer Jon Ludvig – 2628
4. GM Johannessen Leif Erlend – 2528
5. GM Lie Kjetil A. – 2528

Netherlands
Captain: GM Vladimir B. Tukmakov
Average Rating: 2668
1. GM Giri Anish – 2752
2. GM Tiviakov Sergei – 2656
3. GM Van Wely Loek – 2654
4. GM L’Ami Erwin – 2647
5. GM Van Kampen Robin – 2631
Israel
Captain: IM Alexander Kaspi
Average Rating: 2670
1. GM Gelfand Boris – 2753
2. GM Rodshtein Maxim – 2672
3. GM Smirin Ilia – 2660
4. GM Postny Evgeny – 2641
5. GM Sutovsky Emil – 2625

England
Captain: GM Peter K Wells
Average Rating: 2673
1. GM Adams Michael – 2743
2. GM Short Nigel D – 2665
3. GM Jones Gawain – 2654
4. GM Sadler Matthew – 2653
5. GM Howell David – 2650

China
Captain: GM Jun Xu
Average Rating: 2679
1. GM Ding Liren – 2714
2. GM Wang Yue – 2713
3. GM Yu Yangyi – 2675
4. GM Ni Hua – 2653
5. GM Wei Yi – 2634

United States of America
Captain: IM John W. Donaldson
Average Rating: 2686
1. GM Nakamura Hikaru – 2775
2. GM Kamsky Gata – 2712
3. GM Onischuk Alexander – 2659
4. GM Akobian Varuzhan – 2653
5. GM Shankland Samuel L – 2632

Hungary
Captain: IM Tamas Horvath
Average Rating: 2693
1. GM Leko Peter – 2737
2. GM Rapport Richard – 2701
3. GM Almasi Zoltan – 2692
4. GM Polgar Judit – 2685
5. GM Balogh Csaba – 2648

France
Captain: GM Sebastien Maze
Average Rating: 2705
1. GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime – 2762
2. GM Bacrot Etienne – 2720
3. GM Fressinet Laurent – 2717
4. GM Edouard Romain – 2702
5. GM Tkachiev Vladislav – 2625

Russia
Captain: GM Yury Dokhoian
Average Rating: 2767
1. GM Grischuk Alexander – 2792
2. GM Kramnik Vladimir – 2783
3. GM Karjakin Sergey – 2771
4. GM Svidler Peter – 2753
5. GM Jakovenko Dmitry – 2736

Ukraine
Captain: GM Oleksandr Sulypa
Average Rating: 2714
1. GM Ivanchuk Vassily – 2738
2. GM Eljanov Pavel – 2723
3. GM Ponomariov Ruslan – 2723
4. GM Moiseenko Alexander – 2707
5. GM Korobov Anton – 2680

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I had been on a course and it was held at this beautiful place in Lincolnshire. It was a residential course and I couldn’t help to immerse myself completely into this historical swamp. When I looked at the mansion and the structure of the building, I found myself in a game of chess, moving turrets and spikes around, wondering about the conversations that took place at this place by noble men and women, throughout the centuries. I also wondered about the Romans who roamed the area and the meetings during WW2, when the Second Battalion of the Parachute Regiment used it. In the late 40’s teachers got trained here till the late 1970’s and today it belongs to one of the largest Teacher Unions for training sessions and conferences. 

The obelisk was erected by Charles Turnor, 1847, in honour of Isaac Newton, who acquired his basic education in the area of Stoke, the area where this mansion-hotel is. The Turnor family owned the original property from as early as the 1700’s till 1940.


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Excavations at a burial site in south-east Turkey have revealed a set of 49 sculpted pieces that may once have been used in board games. They are among the oldest evidence of such games ever found.

Sağlamtimur, from Ege university in Izmir, Turkey discussed the finds at the annual International Symposium of Excavations, Surveys and Archaeometry in the Turkish city of Muğla. He thinks the pieces belong to some complicated chess-like game. His team now hopes to work out the strategies that the game must have involved.

Not so fast, says Ulrich Schädler, director of the Swiss Museum of Games in La Tour-de-Peilz. “Do the objects really all belong to one game? I would answer no,” he told New Scientist. “We don’t have the slightest trace of a board game using more than two different kinds of pieces before chess.” Early forms of chess were not played until about 1500 years ago. Read the entire article here.

Chess is believed to have first originated in Eastern India known as Chaturanga. The game spread from India to Persia and after the Islamic conquering of the Persian empire it was adopted by them and spread even further afield with it’s name changed to shatranj. The Islamic world then spread chess throughout Europe and then to Russia. On this link you can read more about the history of ancient games relating to chess.

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Image: Wikipedia – Shatranj

Senet was played between 1550-1069 BC in Egypt. In the next image you can see a painting on the wall of Queen Nefertari’s tomb depicting her playing the game in the afterlife. 

You can download this file for  the rules of Senet

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This game in the above image has been found painted on the funeral tombs of the rich and which shows a lion and an antelope playing the game of Senet.

According to the British Museum, it’s a scene from a satirical papyrus, possibly from Thebes, the Late New Kingdom, around 1100 BC.

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