Sunday Chess News!

Chess news from around the world in the past 24 hours.  Sources: mainstream media, twitter, blogs and other chess-related sources.  If you have anything you want to contribute, please contact me!


Fashion Philosophy (part I)


Photo of Jackie by Raushan

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

― Yves Saint-Laurent

Chess today!

Mostly chess news from the past 24 hours from around the world…from mainstream news media, twitter,  blogs and other chess sources. Presented in a new format: as a photo gallery (with links embedded)… just click on any item to find out more. (The pretty girls are there to test your powers of concentration and discipline to stay focused! Consider it part of your chess training…) Enjoy!

Bobby Fischer was happy with his wood chess set!  Cost at the time: 5 dollars US.

Today’s chess tactics quiz


“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


Chess news, potpourri and nonsense!

Good day!  I will be adding items to the news segment as the day progresses.  Enjoy!

The NONSENSE part:

Inarkiev wins European title!





Chess, news, potpourri and nonsense




Any one who is a regular reader on this blog would by now know that I love to post videos of ‘Say a little prayer for you’.  Here is a cute amateur production that I recently came across.  ENJOY!




“We don’t store words or the rules that tell us how to manipulate them,” he writes. “We don’t create representations of visual stimuli, store them in a short-term memory buffer, and then transfer the representation into a long-term memory device. We don’t retrieveinformation or images or words from memory registers. Computers do all of these things, but organisms do not.”


Insightful article by a well known researcher, in defence of the human brain against the traditional and unfair IP computer stereotype.  READ MORE HERE.




Sunday’s tactical chess quiz


“The board game of chess is a representation of the four divisions of the military; pawn, knight, bishop, and rook. It is prudent to have a strategy in mind before play but you cannot fully predict the playing out of the game, which is the realm of ninja tactics. Different pieces on the chess board have different tactical abilities; the knights are able to leap other pieces, move in a particular way and can change the point of focus of the game in a non-linear way which is similar to a detournement. Through the history of the game, the pieces have evolved to reflect the culture of context…”–DesignMethodsAndProcesses




(The positions on the left are odd-numbered; on the right even numbered)

1) Tarragona (Spain) 2016.4.23 Cases Arasa, Jordi–Guasch Figuerola, Agusti: White should play 19.Kh1! and if Black wants more than the perpetual, he must risk as White is two pieces up!  For example, 19…Rae8 20.Bg4! Re6 ( 20…Qxg4 21.Rg1 Qf5 unclear ) 21.Qg2! with chances for both sides.  INSTEAD, in the game White’s King went the otherway, and he got crushed: 19. Kf1?  f5! 20.c5 f4! 21.exf4 Rxf4+ 22.Bxf4 Rf8! 23.Qc1 e3 0-1

2) Tarragona (Spain) 2016.4.23 Asensio Gil, Jesus–Bru Rullo, Llatzer: 19…hxg3! 20.cxd4 Rxh3!!  Ouch. The White defences collapse immediately. 21.Rh1 (21.KxR Rh8+ is soon mate) 21… Rxh1 0-1 Mate is not far off

3) Tarragona (Spain) 2016.5.7  Llort Puig, Joan–Panella Navarro, Sergi: 15…Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 Qd4!!  A very strong move.  17.c3 Qxf4 18.cxb4 Qe5+ and Black has a winning attack 19.Kf2 Ne4+ 20.Ke2 Bg5 21.Qh3 Ng3+ 22.Kd3 Qe2+ 23.Kd4 Rd8+ 24.Kc5 Qe5+ 25.Kc4 Rd4+ 26.Kc3 Rd2+ 27.Kc4 Qd5+ 28.Kc3 Bf6# 0-1  Brutal!

4) Barcelona (Spain) 2016.5.14  Povill Claros, Xavier–Perez Garcia, Adria:  Black should have played it safe!  Instead, he got greedy…15…Bxg5? 16.Qxf7+ Kd8 17.Rxb7!! The move Black overlooked.  Now the roof collaposes. 17… Ne7 18.Rxe7! Qd5 19.Rc7 1-0

5) Barcelona (Spain) 2016.4.30  Reverdy, Micah Fabrice–Garcia Ramos, Daniel: 17…Nxf2! 18.Kxf2 (Otherwise Black will have two pieces plus a Rook for the Queen) 18…Rxd4!!  The point!  Now Black’s pieces will rapidly swarm into White’s position before his pieces can mobilize.  19.Qf3 ( 19.Qxd4 Bc5 and Black will have two extra pawns in the ending or if iinstead 19.Qa6 Bc5 20.Be3 Ng4+ 21.Kf3 Nxe3 22.Kxe3 Ra4+ etc ) 19…Rad8 20.Be3 ( 20.Qb7 Bc5! ) Rd3 ( even more precise is first 20…R4d5! 21.Kg1 Rd3! 22.Re1 Bc5 23.h3 Nd5 etc ) 21.Qe2 Bc5 ( or 21…h5! 22.h3 Ne4+ 23.Kg1 Rxe3 ) 22.Bxc5 Rd2 23.Bb4 Ng4+ 0-1  Instructive!

6) SocialChess (internet)  2016.4.28  Sid Belzberg–Mindtrick459: 64.b5!! cxb5 65.c6! Bxc6 66.g6!!  The point of White’s play. Now nothing can stop h6 when White will promote a pawn! For example, if 66…Be4 67.h6! The game ended: 66…b4 67.h6 1-0



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