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

Grand Chess Tour

Is it a draw already?

Bacrot – Carlsen 0-1

Topalov-Mamedyarov 1/2

Chess Grandmaster

Live commentary by WGM Tatev Abrahamyan on the official site.


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

chess free day
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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#GrandChessTour

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.

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. 


This is an old time favourite I would like to share and the same time I hope you have a blessed Easter.

The Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1785. The first performance took place at the Mehlgrube Casino in Vienna on 11 February 1785. The concerto is scored for solo piano, flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani and string and written in three movements. Source: Wikipedia. #Mozart #Classics

A Knight’s Tale

Chess in art

Chess Leonard Campbell Taylor 1874-1969

Chess Leonard Campbell Taylor 1874-1969-1

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? 

Chess Leonard Campbell Taylor 1874-1969-2