Today’s chess (music) video

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Paulina Fuentes is an up and coming Mexican born singer and song writer.  Her style is very jazzy, having studied in NYC, where she developed her musical tastes. Much of this is reflected in her debut album DRAGON. The songs are refreshing and reflective. Paulina’s hit song ‘AJEDREZ‘ (chess in english) is an introspective song written when she was going thru a difficult time, contemplating and searching for meaning.  In her own words:

“Ajedrez es una canción que hice en un momento donde no la estaba pasando bien. En ese tiempo tomaba clases con Iraida Noriega y llegué a su casa con muchos libros de jazz. Ya decidí que lo único que quiero hacer en mi vida es estudiar y solo pensar en esto porque la música es muy importante para mí, le dije. Sabía cómo me la estaba pasando y me comentó que dejara los libros. Empezó a tocar y me pidió que cantara. Estuvimos hora y media y nada de lo que hacía le parecía porque evidentemente lo que Iraida estaba buscando era que algo pasara. En algún momento, sentí que algo brotó del pecho y empecé a cantar y a llorar. Abrí los ojos, porque para esto ya los tenía cerrados, y la vi sonriendo. Me cayó el veinte después que lo que necesitaba que me pasara era sentir. Me fui a mi casa sacada de onda e hice esta canción que para mi es una canción de reconocer, de hacer paz y de no tenerle miedo a ser honesto”.  LINK

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Below is a live version of ‘Ajedrez’ performed  with the Mexican star  Iraida Noriega. ENJOY!

Today’s insight: FEAR of FLYING!

NIGEL is going thru a tough time…

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“It was easy enough to kill yourself in a fit of despair. It was easy enough to play the martyr. It was harder to do nothing. To endure your life. To wait.”

― Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

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HERE’S JACK’S PHILOSOPHY…

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Jack has a point!  LIFE has its own agenda, and we should NOT worry TOO MUCH about things that we can NOT stop or control or understand…Nigel should JOIN the ‘I don’t give a FUCK!’ club:

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Chill out and stay COOL! Life may be little more than a SEXUAL adventure…but WHO is complaining about these rules?

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”The world breaks everyone…BUT those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and very gentle and very brave… impartially.  If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”

Ernest Hemingway;  A Fairwell to Arms

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Today’s chess video

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The American Turners, a federation of Turners Societies in the United States of American and Canada, is organized to promote health and physical education, cultural education, and rational thinking, in order to advance the health, happiness and progress of mankind. This year their big attraction is called ”Checkmate

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Abbie Springer and Lynley Elliott performing on Chandelyra for Checkmate. American Turners of Louisville, Inc. Turners Circus.

Cool chess photos

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Photo by Konstantin Maslak

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Photo by Anton Privalov

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No Pants chess by Dave Beckerman

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ON ASSHOLES AND LIARS…

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Actress/Model Mila Cunis for Esquire 

”People in this industry lie so much, they believe their lies. That’s what I learned on that movie. I learned people are assholes and people lie. I think that was the turning point of my career. Where I said no!”

We can deduce, therefore, that Mila would not like the CFC leadership!

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Mickey Yoochun

BEAUTIFUL!

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Cool tattoo!

Today’s 5-second tactics

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Bad Wiessee  2014.10.31  Position after 19 moves. A complex line of the Nimzo-Indian opening has resulted in a chaotic middlegame where Black allowed himself to get carried away with his Queen side initiative, ignoring White’s build up on the other side of the board.  As we know only too well, it is ALWAYS dangerous to allow a White Knight to linger on f5…

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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Bad Wiessee  2014.10.31 Rambaldi,F–Delchev,A:  20.Nxg7! Kxg7 21.Rxf6!! Kxf6 22.Qf2+ Kg7 23.Bh6+!! 1-0  Mate is not far off.

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When we win, we are a superhero for a day for some and the Grim-Reaper for others…the Ying/Yang of life.  Enjoy the moment, because it rarely lasts for long…

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