Some chess quotations…

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J.H.Donner (1927–1988)

“…in chess, the rule is touching is moving… When you are not moving, you are, so called, pondering. However, a remarkable moment is the moment you make your move. It’s the exact moment you touch the piece. In the split second you touch the piece, you will see more than you have seen in the past 30 minutes or hour in which you have been pondering. The physical contact does something that enables you to see things you did not see before. That is why when someone blunders, he sees it himself the very moment he touches the piece.”

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J.Timman (1951–??)

“In a way, chess is a worse addiction than hard drugs. With hard drugs, you are finished at age 30, but you’ll have to live with chess until 60 years of age.”

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Bobby Fischer (1943–2008)

(At the Majorca Interzonal 1970, Canadian chess star Duncan Suttles , when he tried to convince Fischer that the Modern Defence is better than the King’s Indian Defence because you can play f5 before Nf6–thus saving the cumbersome manoeuvre Nf6-e8 and only then f5– Fischer is reported to have considered this for a few seconds and then remarked:)

”Where is the washroom?” 

(and then Bobby headed off and did NOT return)

Potpourri and other nonsense!

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One more thing for chessplayers to UPDATE?

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Girl looks on at British Soldier in Ireland_ January, 1972

Surreal?  A film?  No!  This is Ireland, 1972.

(I love her rollers!)

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The NATURAL ORDER of things…

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I am in LOVE!

 

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Terminated!

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Typical breakfast in eastern Ukraine this week….

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TODAY’S AMATEUR TALENT HUNT!

 

CONTESTANT 1:

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WOW!!  There is just so much talent in the world!

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CONTESTANT 2:

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Not bad, John!  But don’t quit your day job…

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CONTESTANT 3:

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And we have winner!!

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GRATUITOUS CURVES

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Shirley MacLaine by Bert Stern 1960

The one and only Shirley McClaine.  PASSION!

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Today’s 5-second tactics

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Hou, Yifan  –   Muminova, Nafisa

4th WGP   Khanty-Mansiysk   2014.4.14

1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bg2 a6 5.d4 dxc4 6.O-O Nc6 7.Nbd2  Nxd4 8.Nxc4 Bc5 9.Nfe5 O-O 10.Be3 Ba7 11.Rc1 c5 12.Bd2 Nd5 13.e3  Nb5 14.Qe2 Nd6 15.Rfd1 Nxc4 16.Nxc4 b5 17.Ba5 Qe7 18.e4 Nb4 19.Bxb4  cxb4 20.Ne5 Qg5 21.Nc6 e5 22.h4 Qf6 23.b3 a5 24.Rc2 Bb7 25.Nxa7  Rxa7 26.Rc7 Qb6 27.Rdd7 a4 28.Kh2 h6 29.Qe3 Qa6 30.Qc5 axb3

Muminova,Nafisa

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gm  Hou, Yifan

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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( This is easy!  31.Qxf8+ 1-0)

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”Not just a pretty face: Yifan Hou, from Beijing, China, is the youngest person ever to win the World Chess Championship The chess prodigy, who started playing tournaments at the age of 11, says she was teased as a young girl for not knowing a lot about fashion, but eventually ‘learned from the older players’. Miss Hou, who first beat her father in a game of chess at the age of three, was announced an ‘exceptional genius’ by the chief of China’s national chess team when she was only nine years old.She was ranked as one of the top ten women in the world by the age of 12 and has remained part of that elite ever since. ”   LINK

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Jimenez Almeida, Luis

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im  Santos Latasa, Jaime

San Sebastian Open this past Sunday.  (I am also playing in this tournament.  Here is the LINK. Position after 17 moves of play.  Black has unsuspectingly walked into a well known trap…do you see it?

 

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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gm  Akesson, Ralf

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Pastor Pons, Pedro Maria

Also from San Sebastian.  White has been greedy in the opening and taken a hot pawn.  Now , with his King still in the centre, it is time to pay the price!

BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!

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37 Open Donostia 2014.4.13 Santos Latasa, Jaime–Jimenez Almeida, Luis David: 18.Nxe4 Nxe4 19.Bxe4 dxe4 20.Nh6+ 1-0

37 Open Donostia 2014.4.13 Pastor Pons, Pedro Maria–Akesson, Ralf: 13…Nd4! Not just threatening the check on c2, but if now 14.Rc1 Be6! Is immediately decisive. The game ended quickly after 14.Ne4 Qxe4 15.O-O-O Bf5 16.Bd3 Ne2+ 0-1

Today’s 5-second tactics!

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“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
Leonardo da Vinci

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gm  Frolyanov, Dmitry

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gm  Dominguez Perez, Leinier

Russian team championship Sunday.  Position after 43 moves of play.  After a long series of manoeuvres, the Cuban grandmaster is now ready for the decisive breakthru…do you see it?

 

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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BEAUTIFUL GAME!

Shirov, Alexei–Maletin, Pavel:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2 Bg7 6.e4 Nxc3 7.Bxc3 O-O 8.h4! c5 9.d5 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 e6 11.d6! Qf6 12.Qd2 Nc6 13.h5 Rd8 14.Rd1 e5 15.hxg6 hxg6 16.Nf3 Bg4 17.Qh6! Rab8 18.Bc4 Rd7 19.Rd3! b5 20.Bd5 Nd8 21.Ng5 b4

gm  Maletin,Pavel

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gm  Shirov, Alexy

After beautifully outplaying his adversary, Alexy here played–probably under time pressure– the inaccurate 22.c4, which, however, was good enough to eventually win.  However, in the position above, White has a much simpler way to win the game. Do you see it?

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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TCh-RUS Loo 2014.4.13 Dominguez Perez, Leinier–Frolyanov, Dmitry: 44.Rxc5! dxc5 45.Qg6 1-0 It is mate.

TCh-RUS Loo 2014.4.13 Shirov, Alexei–Maletin, Pavel:  22.Qh7+ Kf8 23.Qh4! The move Alexy missed. The threat is a Knight check on h7 winning the Queen. 23… Kg8 24.Qxg4 Rxd6 25.Rf3 etc,

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