Chess, potpourri and other nonsense!

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SETTING  PRIORITIES FOR THE WEEK…

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GHETTO POLITICS AND CHESS

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MEANWHILE…

THE ARITHMETIC OF POLITICS

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CHESS AND LINGERIE

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It is so ‘itsy-bitsy’…

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CHESS AND SEX: INTENSELY!

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Blow my Mind

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‘You know what will just blow my mind?  Aside from finding a man who isn’t selfish in the bedroom and is competent in giving a woman an orgasm… a man who will lean just a little towards me from across the table and asks me what my story is.  A man who sincerely wants to know who I am and where I came from.  A man who doesn’t just yap about himself or asks a question so I can hurry and answer so that they themselves can answer their own question.  A man who doesn’t just jump up from the bed and think the party is over once they’ve gotten theirs.  Cause baby I gave you yours now give me mine.’

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THE FUTURE OF WOMEN’S CHESS?

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PORN AND THE LOCAL CHESS CLUB…

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THIS one cracks me up!  How desperate can the Porn-Writer’s Guild of America be if all they can up with for plot is a chessclub filled with sexually frustrated men?  ”Noelle Easton’s a busty midwestern schoolgirl who just moved to a new city. her guidance counselor told her that she needs some more extra-curricular activities, so Noelle Easton decided to join the chess club. Getting a little one-on-one lesson from chess master Johnny Sins makes her horny as fuck, so she takes her big titties out to tease him until his …Read more HERE!  (And don’t forget to see the entire video!)

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The chess club president demonstrating to Noelle how the Queen moves…(!)

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DID YOU KNOW THAT…

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Isabel dos Santos, the charismatic eldest daughter of Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos, besides being the richest woman in Africa today, has DEEP chess roots?  Her mother, Tatiana Kukanova, was a former Russian chess champion. Jose Eduardo and Tatiana met in Baku, Azerbaijan while both students in Engineering.

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Isabel was born in Baku in 1973.  When Santos had to return to Angola, Isabel and her mother were sent to London, where she also studied Engineering.

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While FORBES might write disparagingly about Isabel and the source of her wealth, I can assure you that in Portugal she is IMMENSELY well-respected for her business savy and outstanding intelligence.  She has already made some of the hottest investments ever seen in Portugal…

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The 2015 BeatBox World Champion!

Until I saw this really cool video I did not even know that beatbox existed…learn something new every day.  On the other hand, with a talented mouth like Kaila’s, she should be in porn!

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Today’s chess video

CHESS IN THE MOVIES AND TV

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Althought the official count is something like 1700 films have chess scenes, the real number is much higher and reflects the traditional importance of the game in all levels of society. Several years ago FightLux (Lucio of Rome, Italy) started a Rhapsody series, putting music to chess-clips.  Just this week appeared the grand compilation of such efforts in one go, the result given below.  ENJOY!

Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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‘In the end, it all comes to choices to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.’

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THERE IS A DANGER IN FORCING PLAY…

Successfully attacking a fundamentally sound King position requires good preparation. Besides placing our pieces in excellent positions, we must probe and create weaknesses in the adversary’s game. Trying to simply over-run a sound defensive position is more a game of poker than chess, and carries with it dangers of a strong counter-attack.

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2015 Canadian Zt Guelph 2015.7.15  Position after 16 moves of play. A sharp game; White is playing directly to attack the Black King, his e5, opening up the b1-h7 diagonal) is a key motif.  Black is betting on a counter-attack against White’s centre as the best route…White did not want to play the defensive 17.Be3!?  because of 17…Ng4, but perhaps he should have considered this instead of the move played: after 18.Nd5!? cxd5 (18…Bxd5 19.exd5 g6 20.dxc6 Bf6!? is probably the mainline’ here) 19.exd5 g6 the game is very unclear. INSTEAD, Zhang decided to play directly:

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Black’s next moves are all forced…

17…Rxd4! 18.Be3 Rxd3 19.Bxb6

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Black has two pieces enprise…this must have been what White was counting on before embarking on his attack on move 17.  True, maybe the opponent won’t find all the best moves, but what if he does?  Where will that leave you then?

19…Rxc3! 20.bxc3(20.exf6 Bc5+) Nd5 21.Bd4 c5 22.c4?! cxd4 23.cxd5 Bxd5 24.Bd3

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The smoke has cleared.  White’s attack never really got started; Black has the Bishop pair and two pawns for an exchange, and therefore the better chances.  Here the most precise is 24…Bg5!?; in the game Razvan played …Rc8, but won the game anyway pretty quickly after White played imprecisely.

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Today’s unusual photos….

The world of Frederic Fontenoy

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Regardless of what you might think of this photo, atleast the photographer (Frederic) got the board set up correctly oriented! You can  find an interview HERE that might help you to understand who Frederic Fontenoy is. As an artist, Frederic has always tried to explore the use of the body as something more than something we take for granted:

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I don’t know whether eroticism has anything to do with any reality. I’d rather say that it rather has to do with a fiction…As with regard to the representation of a certain eroticism (which is not the only subject of my photos), my work stays in the will to leave beaten paths, with the desire to look for the unimaginable, the senseless, to push back certain limits, always with subtlety… I don’t do this work in order to shake the values of the spectator, I’m not interested in that. What I wish for is to question the imagination of everyone. To remember first of all that our mental space is our own space of freedom that must be respected.

Clearly, my obsession for the detail, be it in the models’ poses or in the sets, objects or light, allows different photographic interpretations.In these details, which are intelligible, it’s easy for the spectator to get lost. He/she risks to get accidentally seized by this dream that, mine at the start, becomes his/hers.There ! I have reached my purpose!

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‘Born in Paris, France in 1963, Frederic Fontenoy has been working on his first series representation of the body, considering the photographic gesture as artistic in itself.

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From “Metamorphosis” in 1988, he plays with the reference to reality due to this medium, and readily relates to the distortions of Andre Kertesz and “The Anatomy of the image” of Hans Bellmer.

In 2006 he began work combines fictional, intimate scenes in the history of avant-garde artists and policies of the first half of the twentieth century as subtle as a powerful eroticism. It is recognized among the symbols which plays Frederic Fontenoy, evocations of the Second World War, and number of citations of surrealist works: space of photography fits well in time and simultaneously uses the collective unconscious .

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Crucial point of these “scenes of the darkroom”: the photographer is also in the frame, the main male character. Grand officer of these stagings, this double devilishly imaginative and wicked madness seems to make its most ambitious expression, which is Art. The space of photography, sometimes multiplied by the area is deep, and this report double the photographer about it is not the least of its mirror games.

Optical device, the Board of Frederic Fontenoy is a mental space which contains many more …

Fontenoy has participated in many group exhibitions and art fairs. He also had several solo exhibitions in Paris, Milan, Budapest, Bruxelles, Ljubjana…’

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THE PIANO WOMAN

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NATURE LOVER

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In my next life I am going to be a tree…

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I AM SO BORED…

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“Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that’s what makes it so boring.”

 Edward Gorey

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WHAT I WANT TO SEE IN THE METRO…

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Cirque du Metro, Munich, Germany. Photo Simon Lohmeyer  instagram: @simonlohmeyer.  If you are like me, then you would approve of this!  Aren’t we so tired of the usual street-musician/entertainer peddling his sorry ass?

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MEANWHILE, SOMEWHERE IN SPAIN….

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The party NEVER stops!

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DILEMMA IN THE MEN’S WC

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(Herb Ritts Immaculate Collection session 1990)

Did you ever find yourself in the ‘wrong’ place and yet feeling that it was the right place to be at at that very moment?

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HAVE A NICE SATURDAY!

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From China with love…(!!!)

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Move over James Bond (and the rest of you coldwar relics out there) and welcome to the 21st century! The writing has been on the wall for some time now…China is the NEW RUSSIA of chess!

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China already has the strongest (and youngest!) national team of any country (as proven decisively in Tromso, 2014 and at the World Teams this year in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia), and their top female player has already eclipsed Judy Polgar’s long held records.  What is more, the new generation of young chinese superstars is already knocking at Carlsen’s door!

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Peter Long is Executive Director at the Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific which advocates the use of chess in education and facilitates regional chess development. He also runs the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association where despite challenges of parents he remains passionate about young talent development. He can be contacted at peterlong@aol.asia and Twitter: @PeterCBLong   

I often read Peter Long’s opinions on chess and chess-related topics. While not always agreeing with his political perspective, I always find Peter’s views to be balanced and fair

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BY PETER LONG

JULY 30 ― Looking at the current FIDE rating list, it is China (average top 10 rating 2710, 36 grandmasters) which is ranked second behind Russia (average top 10 rating 2743, 230 grandmasters!).

China is also the current World Team and Olympiad men’s champions, their current No. 1 Ding Liren is about to break into the top 10 and emulate his still very young predecessor Wang Hao who is starting to play again after focusing on university in the last few years. All eyes are also on just-turned-16 Wei Yi who has so far broken every rating record while improving with every tournament he plays in.

The current World Junior champion is Lu Shanglei who pipped Wei Yi to the title in arguably his only failure to date.

Even their young veterans like Wang Yue and his even younger friend Li Chao (who are not anywhere near 30) and brilliant even younger talents like Yu Yangyi together with stalwarts like Ni Hua and Bu Xiangzhi who are just in their 30s are all continuing to add to their already stellar reputatations.

China in chess as in so many sports first made its mark with their women and has a long string of world champions and world championship contenders beginning with the legendary Xie Jun.

China is ranked No 1 ahead of Russia and is led not only by the incomparable World No. 1 How Yifan who just left the teenage ranks but is also backed up by incredibly strong players like Ju Wenjun and Zhao Yue who have also earned the grandmaster title.

From March 1-10, 2015, China played its only serious Asian rival India in Hyderabad and their four ― Ding Liren, Wei Yi, Zhou Jianchao, and Wang Chen ― took on the Indian Olympiad team sans Parimarjan Negi who had started his studies at Stanford University, and it was a comfortable 18-14 victory that was pretty much expected.

The ante was upped this month when China hosted Russia in Ningbo for matches between both men and women and again China emerged winners by 29-21 (men winning 14-11 and women winning 15-10).

It was very representative with a mix of leading and upcoming players and for the men, China’s Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Bu Xiangzhi, Lu Shanglei and Wang Chen took on Russia’s Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov, Vladimir Fedorseev, and Daniil Dubov, while for the women, Tan Zhongyi, Shen Yang, Huang Qian, Lei Tingjie, and Ding Yixin took on Russia’s Valentina Gunina, Olga Girya, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Nataliya Pogonina, and Alina Kashlinsaya.

To what can China’s success be attributed to?

I remember in the 70s and 80s when China was starting to make its presence felt in chess, they were far behind the Philippines which had Eugene Torre, Asia’s first grandmaster and a genuine top 30 player who on his best day could beat anyone and in fact even qualified for the world championship cycle.

Their first players were from Chinese chess; perhaps the best player to emerge from this period was Ye Jiangchuan, who is both Secretary of the Chinese Chess Association as well as their National Team Chief Coach, but there were others like Liu Wenzhe who was the most prominent from the start and former No. 1 Xu Jun.

Now even their current top players are into coaching as are those who are no longer at their very best but who are are still active and successful players at less than top level events.

It is clear that China has always focused on performing on the world stage and since they started have had three generational waves, each one building on and better than the previous.

Their women made the first inroads as there was less competition and so easier to excel. For their men, it was first getting grandmasters and a solid group to represent the country, then having 2600+ grandmasters able to compete with anyone, and now they have super grandmasters 2700+ winning everything in sight. The Individual Men”s World Championship is the final and only remaining goal.

Forget the technicalities as it is easy to sum up China’s recipe for success. 

It is to strive to compete with the very best and to collectively work together to achieve this. This was evident at the Asia-Yugoslav Match in 1984 when the best bets from Asia then for the grandmaster title came together as a team, it was with awe every day that I watched how the Chinese players worked with the rest of us: not holding back, giving everything, simply striving to help each other become better. 

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