im Sharma,Dinesh K
gm Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel
From the 6th Kolkata Grandmaster tournment taking place right now. LINK Position after 23 moves of play. White has sacrificed a pawn, trying to exploit Black’s lack of development. The problem is how White should best continue…If now 24.Re5!? then simply 24…Nc6! solves the immediate issues. Or if 24.Qf3!? Nc6! (again).
Perhaps White has nothing special here! In such circumstances, one should remember Emanuel Lasker’s words of wisdom: ‘Prove your evaluations, or IMPROVE them!’
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
gm Gagunashvili, Merab
Kunal, M (2277)
Also from Kolkata. Position after White’s 39th move. The White King floating about carries with it inherent problems, but what can Black do about it? 39…Qa5+ allows the King to escape to the Kingside. Moves such as 39…Kg8 or 39…Kh7 allow 40.Rc4!, holding for the time being. Black has only one way to bag the White majesty. Think quickly and just do it!
BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!
im Konguvel, Ponnuswamy
im Karthikeyan, Murali
Kolkata. Position after White’s 38th move (38.Qc4) The game is even, but Black wants more. He should really just exchange Queens into a very drawish Rook and Pawn ending. INSTEAD…
Trying to be a hero…
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel–Sharma,Dinesh K: 24.Nxd5!! Rxd5 25.Qf3! Rxd1+ 26.Rxd1 Qc627.Rd8+ Kf7 28.Qxc6 Nxc6 29.Rxa8 1-0
Kunal, M.–Gagunashvili, Merab: 39…Rd6!! Cutting off the King and threatening the decisive Qa5+. 40.Nxh5+ (Clearly the Rook can not be taken; White tries a desperate attempt at perpetual that does not go anywhere) 40…gxh5 41.Qg5+ Kh7 42.Qf5+ Kh8 0-1
Karthikeyan, Murali–Konguvel, Ponnuswamy: 39.Re8+ Kg7 40.Qd4+! Kh6 (Only. 40…Qf6? 41.Rg8+!) 41.Qh4+ 1-0 Black loses his Queen after 41…Kg7 42.Re7
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at age 16 playing with the camera. She was to become the most photographed woman of her generation. History records Jackie Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) the wife of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and served as First Lady during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. She was later married to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis from 1968 until his death in 1975. In later years she had a successful career as a book editor. She is remembered for her contributions to the arts and historic preservation, her style and elegance, and her public stoicism in the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination.
Robert Kennedy on the campaign trail , 1968. Had he not been assassinated (while leading the polls) and gone on to become president, then who knows what the world would look like today? Robert united several generations of Americans. Nixon–who won essentially by default–was to become the most divisive president up to that time…many consider the double assassination of the Kennedy brothers as a key turning point in modern history…not just for America but for the whole world.
“His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.” – Muhammed Ali
At the cinema
Adorable. And playfully sexist.
Sort of brings back memories of reading ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ Where is the wolf? She definitely wants a wolf…
Congratulations to the Russian team for winning the World Team Championship! Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk (with the cup) , Ian Nepomniatchi, Nikita Vitiugov and the team coaches – Yury Dokhoian, Alexander Motylev and Vladimir Potkin! (Click on pic to enlarge)
Recently the Russian chess team has not won a lot, often bested by Armenia and the Ukraine at the Olympiad and European Championship. So this explains their euforia. (Click on pic to enlarge)
Those who do not finish 1st:
Italy, cerca 1960. Photo: Vittorio Ronconi
Two nurses take a break. FRANCE. Lourdes. 1989. Steve McCurry
This photo proves that children look drunk 99% of the time! LINK
QUEER ROLLER DERBY GAL!
DERBY GIRL INSPIRATION! link
Better not fuck around with grandma!
Solutions at the end. Good luck!
gm Petrosian, Tigran L
World Team Championship, Turkey, earlier this week. Position after 28 moves. Black’s position is riddled with pawn weaknesses and his last move (28…Nf6) brings about an abrupt, but inevitable, end.
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
gm Shoker, Samy
gm Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Turkey, yesterday. Position after 21 moves of play. Black’s last move, 21…Rd6, is a mistake that allows White to win material. Do you see it? The Israeli grandmaster did not!
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN MATERIAL!
Petrosian, Tigran L.–L’Ami, Erwin: 29.Qxa5! 1-0 White emerges a piece up after 29…PxQ 30.RxR+ and 31.Rb7
Nepomniachtchi, Ian–Shoker, Samy: 22.Nxb7! Qxb7 23.Bxg3! fxg3 24.Bc4+! bxc4 25.Rxd6 Rb8 26.Qc3 with an extra Exchange and a big positional advantage.