Chess, potpourri and other nonsense!

GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN!

tumblr_m8arfxLLw41qlyfsao1_1280At least the board is set up right! Not sure what Rook-girl is trying to do, though….but I am game!

9cacbacdae147e3a7ada1b526bcd4815

I think she thinks the pawn is a Bishop!

50702cc606767e5ad6ae843d4335a530

WATCH FOR THE KNIGHT FORK!

————————-

NO COMMENT!

14102174157_2e7191e4fa_b

Kasparov’s alter-ego…?

0e5a3e11f42d6732a713f3f01cbc56a2

————————–

ANY CHESS CONNECTION??

201f906e8ea1fff003d1ea1081d3cecf

…PROBABLY NOT!

——————————–

WORSE CHESS SONG EVER?!

‘Chess Mate Fucker’

 

Yes, definitely!  The WORSE chess-song ever.  Group is the swiss-basedHouston Swing Engine.

$_35

——————————-

FAVOURITE KOREAN POP-STAR!

giphy (2)

Though I don’t know a word of Korean, I think I get the idea…sort of a modern Frank Senatra romance!

——————————-

TODAY’S WINNING TAIL!

jenselter

The amazing Jen Selter (born 1993) in a recent Vanity Fair photoshoot. 

————————————

WHERE DID WE GO WRONG??

sun

1a7ce80000c9ea55308929972218c901

 I am a sucker for GREAT stories…

 

Chess, potpourri and other nonsense!

BEAUTIFUL PHOTO!

art(click on photo to enlarge)

”I am an amateur photographer and just recently took a picture of this chess set in my family room. it is Franklin Mint Chess Set of the Gods and hope you enjoy it. If you think it is interesting enough to put on your website, you have my permission. Kindest regards. Dennis Tsiolis”

……………………………………….

A COOL GIFT FOR X-MAS!

chesscoffee

 A roll-up chess set!  LINK

—————————–

72cdbe5c8d9ad6874acbef34213f4d2d

——————————–

Today’s winning LADY IN RED!

C6PK8T0subc(click on photo to enlarge)

————————–

MEANWHILE, IN PORTUGAL…

 

My good friend , Miguel Babo, needs little in way of introduction to my readers as I have often made use of some of his art here on this blog.  Miguel is also the organizer of the Figueira da Foz International Chess Festival. The most recent edition was in November.  Here are some short videos that he has put together of  parts of the entertainment at the opening ceremony…Enjoy!

——————————-

WTF??

wtf

—————————-

TODAY’S WINNING VINTAGE!

e5af8a531cefc7ade6eb3fa26cb83137

 

R.I.P. Italian superstar Virna Lisi  (November 8,1936–December 18, 2014)  YESTERDAY.  Virna Lisi photographed by George Lois for Esquire, March 1965

42c5303c6dd334e267de1a9e583aaa89——————————

tumblr_ngi14rpiiI1t2k4xgo1_500

—————————

RIP PETER HUGH CLARKE

clarke

 

While on the topic of obituaries, English chess icon Peter Hugh Clarke passed away just last week at age 81. (18 iii 1933 London – 11 xii 2014 Morwenstow). Once England’s number two player, Clarke participated on not less than 8 National Teams.  He won the GM title in correspondence.  He retired as a player early on , and became a very popular and much respected journalist and chess author. I have a number of Clarke’s books in my library.  My condolences to his family.

—————————————-

tumblr_mqnp79wp0r1qfhacko1_250

—————————————

S.DANAILOV TO RUN FOR FIDE IN 2018?

SONY DSCI found this item on the popular chess site Chess-News. Last week the ex-President of the ECU/the current President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation gave an interview to the Bulgarian newspaper ‘Standard’.  During the interview Danailov toyed with the idea of running in 2018 against Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, talked of the ailing Russian economy and how it might help the chessworld; and the alleged stranglehold that Kirsan-Putin-Filatov have on FIDE, and–in a rare moment of lucidity–admitted that unless something drastic happens he would have virtually no chances of winning:

”Against the Russian government I can’t fight.”

danailov20

“For them, to invest 20-30 million dollars for elections is nothing…Even the President of the Russian Chess Federation Dvorkovich, who is Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, was substituted, because they doubted that he may be a fan of Kasparov. And he was replaced with the multi billionaire Andrey Filatov, who according to “Forbes” has 2.5 billion dollars. Their task was to totally control Europe and I was uncomfortable for them. I was an opposition. If this centralized power Putin-Ilymzhinov-Filatov remained nobody has a chance to fight successfully with their money.”

fide

Needless to say, not everyone in the chess world sees FIDE thru such paranoid eyes as Danailov, who was simply reciting Kasparov double-speak. ‘Facts’ that don’t conform to reality. The truth is that if you add up the combined wealth of Kasparov’s backers, then they double or trebble the wealth of Kirsan’s backers.  And does Putin REALLY give a shit about who runs FIDE? Sounds a lot like Kasparov-megalomania…

ksksksks

No, I think that Danailov has virtually NO CHANCES to run successfully against Kirsan for other reasons, mundane and much less glamorous or intriguing than cloak and dagger Kremlin romanticism. Like Kasparov himself, Danailov is–and always will be–haunted by a controvertial past of scandal and intrigue.

While the world is VERY different from what it was during the cold war heyday, these gentlemen refuse to see it. For their own reasons. Their own agendas.  They welcome a return to cold war-hysteria. They see the fact that Europe now supports Kirsan as evidence of Kremlin interference, and not the resounding DEFEAT to their failed political visions. The world has moved on since these gentlemen first got involved in chess politics…

ok

acfa30aec8b19307880ca94799ebab70

Today’s winning 5-second tactics

edae12d24fa16b5785a532d572070fc6

 

——————————-

gm Strikovic, A

3

Barrenechea Bahamonde, Gustavo  (2200)

XXIV Torneo Magistral Internacional de Elgoibar  2014.12.17 Position after 12 moves.  Black has played a risky line in the Caro, taken a hot pawn on d4….and worse: does NOT know the theory! His last move , 12…Ne7? (12…Be7!), loses immediately!  Do you see why?

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

——————————-

Gorka,Carl  (2089)

1

fm  Jordan, William  (2233)

Australasian Masters IM  Melbourne AUS  2014.12.14  Position after 31 moves of play.  It looks as though White is busted (32.Qf2? Be6 or  32.Qd3? Qxh2+) but he finds a hidden resource to save the game.  Do you see it?

HOW SHOULD WHITE PLAY?

——————————-

7afbd7293393614879d49648be9b6033

 —————————– 

gm  Romanov,E

2

gm  Pogorelov,R

Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival 2014.12.14  Position before Black’s 33rd move. Black appears to be in trouble , having weaknesses and pieces hanging (White is threatening RxN). If 33…Rxb2!? 34.Rxb2 Qxb2 35.Bxc4 Kh8 36.Rb1 and White has reasonable practical winning chances, given White’s Bishop pair and better pawn structure (Karpov won a similar position against Ljubojevic in Montreal 1979)

WHAT IS BLACK’S BEST CHANCE?

————————————

fm  Makhmutov,R  (2428)

4

gm  Romanov,E

Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival 2014.12.14  Position after 21 moves. Black seems to have everything undercontrol…

HOW CAN WHITE GET THE UPPER HAND?

——————————-

pain

 

XXIV Torneo Magistral Internacional de Elgoibar  2014.12.17 Barrenechea Bahamonde, Gustavo–Strikovic, Aleksa: 13.Ba6!! Black can not allow 14.Nd6, but has to make too many concessions to prevent it.  Black is busted!  The game continued: 13…Rd8 14.Bxb7 f5 15.Ng5 Rxd1+ 16.Rxd1 Qb5 17.Qe3 h6 18.Qxe6 hxg5 19.Bc8 1-0

Australasian Masters IM  Melbourne AUS  2014.12.14 Jordan, William—Gorka,Carl : 32.Rh7+!! Kg5?? ( 32…Kxh7! is forced:33.Nxf6+ Qxf6! 34.Qxf6 Rae8 and though White is a shade better, Black should hold without difficulty ) 33.h4+ Kg4 34.Nxf6+ ( Good enough, but  34.Ne3+! is more precise ) Qxf6 35.Qxf6 Rae8 36.Qg5+ Kf3 37.Bd5 1-0

Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival 2014.12.14 Pogorelov,R –Romanov,E: 33…Rxg3+! Best chance. 34.Kxg3?! (Correct is 34.fxg3 c3 35.Bd3 cxb2 and though White is better, Black has reasonable chances) c3!  Now Black is better and, being in time trouble, Pogorelov put up little resistance: 35.Ra1 Qxb2 36.f4 c2 37.Re1 Nb3 38.Ra8 Qc3+ 39.Kh4 Nc5 40.Rxf8+ Bxf8 41.Qe2 c1=R 0-1

Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival 2014.12.14  Romanov,E—Makhmutov,R:  22.Nxg6!! Re8 ( 22…Rxg6 23.Nh4 Nb6! 24.Qxc5 Qd3 25.Nxg6 fxg6 26.Rcd1 with clearly the better position as the two Black minor pieces can not get any play while White has a weakness free and dominating position. Notice that 22…Qxg6 23.Qxd7 ) 23.Ngh4 (23.Nfh4!) 23…Qe6 24.Rcd1 Nf8 25.Qxc5 Qxa2 26.Nf5 Qxb2 27.Rb1 Qa2 28.Nd6 Reb8 29.Ra1 Qe6 30.Rxa7 Qg6 31.Nh4 Qh5 32.Nhf5 Ne6 33.Qb4 Rf8 34.h4 1-0

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 80 other followers