Meet Olga. Her parents and nephews were killed by Kiev mercenaries at the start of the Ukrainian Holocaust. Now her nickname is ”The Widow Maker” Wonder why? Twenty-three Ukrainian soldiers killed, each shot in the left-eye. And she is NOT finished yet…
Nuclear War? The III-World War? MAYBE! But I don’t think so. The Russians are too smart for that. Before that happens consider the following scenario: Nato troops enter Ukraine and attack rebels. Moscow then implements new WAR DOCTRINE: it nukes every Nato boat in the Black Sea and the eastern Mediteranean. Moscow simultaneously nukes Brussels with 50-megatons. It is wiped off the map of history. While all this is in play, Putin, separately, negotiates–privately–with Obama, Hollande and Cameron so that they DON’T participate…WHO WINS: Nobody. WHO LOSES: Europe.
So, no. I doubt if there will be WW3…
This is GREAT! Someone has finally built a miniature catapult capable of hurling 3mm-wide pies at flies and other insects! Have we reached the peak of our ability?
We used to say ”Go jump in a lake!”, now we just issue ICE-BUCKET challenges…
MASSACRE IN ST.LOUIS!
Congrats to Caruana for a perfect 5-0 in the first half of the Sinquefield Cup. Sort of reminds me of Ruben Fine’s 5.5/6 at the famous AVRO 1938 tournament. What is happening? How to explain such results at the top?
Partly Caruana is playing very well, taking advantage of every opportunity that comes his way. Partly his opening preparation has been superior to that of his adversaries. Partly his opponents don’t seem as motivated as he is. This is , apparently, Caruana’s first tournament in the US since he decided to play abroad to sharpen his skills. (Caruana has American/Italian parents) He has a lot to prove!
Alexander Fier takes first place in Barcelona!
NOTHING TO DO WITH CHESS!
TODAY’S WINNING SELFIES!
2nd place! (Would have got first had Grandma not been there…)
Meanwhile, back in St.Louis…
And congrats to Topalov for his second place in the standings! At 39. Veselin is the oldest participant of the event. Give them ‘ell, Veselin!
Just how BIG is Africa?
That is BIG!
To dil or not to dil?
MEANWHILE, BACK IN WASHINGTOON…
Barcelona Sants Open 2014.8.29 Position before White’s 25th move. Black had forseen this position several moves earlier, before entering into a forced series of exchanges, and had only counted on 25.RxR QxR.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
im Graf, Felix
Arias Igual, Alejandro (2276)
Barcelona Sants Open 2014.8.28 Position after 31 moves. The game is sharp but roughly equal; White has an exchange more but Black’s active pieces fully compensate. Probably running short of time, White made an ‘obvious’ move:
No doubt trying to undermine the annoying Bishop on d4
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
im Gonzalez Rodriguez, Jorge
Barcelona Sants Open 2014.8.27 Position after 24 moves. White is clearly better with his active pieces and Bishop pair. Infact, there is a forced win to be had. The game continued:
Now White can win a piece with the straightforward 26.Qd4!, threatening mate and the Bishop. If Black tries 26…Qf6 then 27.Qg4! overloads the Black pieces. (Note that 26.Qg4?! is not good enough after 26…f5! 27.Qxf5 Qc6! with Black very much back in the game.)
INSTEAD, White thought he had better:
Looks strong at first sight, but throws away all of White’s advantage!
26…Re4! 27.Qd2 PxP 28.Qg5!?
Now Black should play 28…f6! when he does not stand the least bit worse: 29.Bxf6 Qb7! 30.Rab1 Qd7 31.Bxg7 Rg4! 32.Rb7 Qxb7 33.Qxg4 h5!
INSTEAD, Black played 28…g6(??) when 29.Qf6 and Black soon collapsed and resigned on the 33rd move.
gm Libiszewski F
Barcelona Sants Open 2014.8.27 Position before Black’s 27th move. A sharp struggle where Black’s extra pawns and Bishop pair should be a bit better than White’s extra exchange and pressure along the f-file. However, Libiszewski allowed his sense of danger to wander for one moment when he played:
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!