Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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“People think I’m crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: ‘Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.’ Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner.”

― Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

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FROM THE CHINESE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

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gm  Wang, Rui

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Xu, Xiangyu  (2257)

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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gm  Xiu, Deshun

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Xu, Yinglun  (2463)

BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!

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gm  Yu, Ruiyu

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gm  Wen, Yang

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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im  Wang, Chen  (2524)

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gm  Malakhov, Vladimir

WHITE TO PLAY AND CRUSH!

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EXCITING FINISH!

gm  Zhou, Jianchao

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gm  Wei,Yi

TCh-CHN  2015.8.22  Position after White’s 37th move (37.b7). A wild position!  Making things worse, both players were probably short of time. Earlier Black knew that he was better, but even so, it is extremely difficult to play correctly when we have these mad pawn races…It makes no sense for Black to play 37…Rb8 and White will simply advance his a-pawn. But what to do?

Correct is to take the draw that is inevitable after 37…f2+! 38.Ke2 Rd2+!  ( Not 38…Rd1? 39.Rf4+!! Kxf4 40.b8=Q+ Kf5 41.Qb5 and White wins; more on this later ) 39.Kxe3  See diagram below

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White is hoping for 39…f1=Q 40.KxR! when only he has winning chances because his King can hide from Black’s checks.

39…f1=N+!! 

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White can not avoid perpetual check after 40.Kf3 Nxh2+!

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In the game, HOWEVER, Black wanted more…

37…Rd2 (?)

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Now if 38. b8=Q f2+ 39.Kf1 Rd1+ and Black wins!

38.Rf4+!!

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The move that Black must have overlooked!  Now White is winning!

38…KxR 39.b8=Q+ Kf5

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If Black could keep his advanced centre-pawns then he would have chances to hold, but unfortunately for him he is going to lose one of them.  The game continued 

40.Qc8+ Ke5 41.Qc7+ Ke4 42.Qe7+ Kd4 43.Qb4+ Kd5?! [ Some what better, but also insufficient, is 43…Ke5 44.Qe7+ Kd4 45.Qa7+ Ke4 46.Qb7+ Kf4 47.Qxf7+ Ke4 48.Qg6+ Kf4 49.Qg3+ Ke4 50.Qg4+ and the e-pawn goes ]

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44.Qb7+ [1:0]

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MORE TACTICAL MAGIC!

gm Wei,Yi

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gm  Zhao, Jun

TCh-CHN  2015.8.21  Position after White’s 32nd move (32.Bc4) Another wild, chaotic and out-of-control position from wonderboy Wei Yi!  Despite his heroic efforts, Black here is simply lost: White’s King is safe enough and nothing can stop White’s advance of pawns on the Queenside. Wei, never the less, tries to conjure up some threats…

32…Nh5!?

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Black tries to regroup and put his Bishop on f4.  Now good enough for White is the defensive 33.g3!?, but there is no immediate need for this and so White advances his b-pawn…

33.b6  Bf4

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Now White should take defensive measures with the immediate 34.g3! and he should win easily enough; though Black has some scary checks, they lead to nothing: for example 34…Rxh2+! 35.Kxh2 Qh4+ 36.Kg2 Bxg3 37.Qc3+ Be5 38.Qxe3 Bd4 39.Qe8+ Kg7 40.Qe1! etc.  Black has some other tries, but there is nothing in them.

HOWEVER, White thought he saw something better… 

34.b7 (?)

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White had based this decision on some long variation…

34…Ng3+!

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White had foreseen this resource. Black has really no choice, anyway, as 34…Qd8 35.a4 Qb8 36.Qh4! is all over. 

35.QxN! BxQ 36.b8=Q+ Kg7

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37.h3 

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White is an entire Rook up and he must have thought that the rest should be easy…REALITY is that White is LOST!!  Amazing…

37…Qh4!!

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Threatening mate starting with 38…Qxh3+. The next moves by White are all virtually forced

38.Rgd1 Bf4! 39.Rxd2 Qg3!!

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Mate is inevitable!

40.Kg1 Qh2+ 41.Kf1 Qh1+

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Fortune favours the brave…

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Sixteen year old Wei Yi is the HOTTEST property in the chess universe at this moment, very much seems to be a reincarnation of Bobby Fischer. Wei wins virtually everything he plays in and the FIDE elo system can barely keep up with his leaps and bounds.  It is conceivable, in this writer’s opinion, that Wei Yi is ALREADY the strongest player in the world(!) but because he is so young and has only recently EXPLODED onto the world chess schene, there has not been enough time for him to prove it! (Or for the rest of the world to realize it)

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TCh-CHN  2015.8.22 Xu, Xiangyu–Wang, Rui: 24.Rf8+!! 1-0  White wins the Queen for starters…

TCh-CHN  2015.8.22  Xu, Yinglun–Xiu, Deshun: 29…g4+! 0-1  The Knight can not move as it is needed to defend the Rook on d1.  That leaves only the King moving, and there follows a nasty check on e3.

TCh-CHN  2015.8.21  Wen, Yang–Yu, Ruiyua:  21.Ba6! Qa5  (The main line goes 21…bxa6 22.Bxe5 Qxe5 23.Qxc6+ Qc7 24.Qxa6+ Kd7 25.Rb7 etc ) 22.Bxb7+Kd7 23.Bxc6+ Nxc6 24.Rfd1+ Ke7 25.Qxc6 1-0  About time to bring down the curtains…

TCh-CHN  2015.8.22  Malakhov, Vladimir–Wang, Chen: 48.Qxd5!  Qxd5 49.Rxc8+! 1-0

Chess, potpourri and other nonsense

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Before there were computers…

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Tournament chess was about being inspired by Caissa! You can’t do that anymore…Silicon valley has put an end to the golden era of chess. Today the only place where you can find that kind of chess is at the …

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Local pub! ThankGod!

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‘What’s beautiful is all that counts, pal. That’s all that counts.’

Jack Nicholson

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THE PROBLEM WITH THE WORLD TODAY…

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ON HAVING AN AGENT…

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‘The reason actors, artists, writers have agents is because we’ll do it for nothing. That’s a basic fact – you gotta do it.’

Morgan Freeman

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REFUSING TO ACT ONE’S AGE

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Chess, potpourri and other nonsense!

LIFE IMITATING ART?!

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND?

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When the exhibition first was open to the public last year, BITCHSLAPMAG wrote: “A CHESS NOVEL” is an exhibition by the artist duo Ida Havn and Isabella Hemmersbach who explore the rules of the chess universe and outdated gender roles inspired by Stefan Zweig’s book, carrying the same title as the exhibition “A Chess Novel”. Not giving away too much beforehand, the exhibition combines opposing elements, such as nature and technology, black and white as well as the roles and expectations of the different elements of a chess game…”

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“For me the chess game is a symbol of an outdated worldview. Nobody needs a king who can only go one step at a time in a black and white world”, says Isabella Hemmersbach

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For those lucky enough to find themselves in Copenhagen this weekend, you can visit the exhibition!

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WHITE BITCHES ALL LOOK ALIKE…

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WE ALL NEED DICK…

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A FUN PROFESSION BECOMING FUNNER…

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HOW AFRO-FEMALES ARE ARRESTED IN FERGUSON:

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ODDS AND ENDS

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Berlin defence and the board set up properly!  

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Time to buy a new car!

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Why let table-space go to waste?

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1879 – Chess With Living Figures – Hand colored wood engraving from Leslie’s showing the Manhattan Chess Club in a Novel Exhibition.  (click on image to enlarge)  LINK

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NOT MUCH HAS CHANGE WITH RESPECT TO SPECTATORS…

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lasker and steinitz 1994  LINK   1894 Hand colored half-tone showing, “The Champion Chess-Match Between the Champion Steinitz and Lasker. For the World’s Championship.” Inset on top left of page shows points being given to the most brilliant woman chess-player in the world. Featured in Leslie’s Weekly.

I count 5 spectators (not counting the arbiter (sitting) and judge (standing)  Not bad, considering that Anand vs Carlsen back in 2013 averaged about 15 to 20 spectators per day.

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HOW TO GET YOUR ATTENTION!

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POLITEST INDECENT PROPOSAL

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Today’s chess video

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The Arab-American identity in a diaspora context.

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‘I Say Dust’ tells the story of Hal, an Arab-American poet belonging to the Palestinian diaspora in New York City, who meets Moun, a free-spirited chess sales girl.

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Their brief homosexual love affair forces them to challenge their understanding of what makes home. Starring Hala Alyan and Mounia Akl

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Mounia (left) is an award winning Lebanese writer, director and actress working between New York City and Beirut. Hala Alyan (right) is an award-winning Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals including The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and Colorado Review. She resides in Manhattan.

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR/WRITER

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Darine Hotait (photo by Nora Schaefer)

Today 30-years old, Darine Hotait received her Masters Degree in Film Writing and Directing from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in California before founding Cinephilia Productions in Los Angeles, and later in New York City.

”Born in Beirut in the midst of civil war. Her family emigrated to the United States of America when she was 11 years old. At that time, Darine discovered her love for writing. She started writing her diaries and poetry at her grandmother’s home in Detroit. The writings revolved around the concept of readapting to a new home and defining family. 

Later, Darine moved to Los Angeles to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She completed her MFA in screenwriting and film directing. 

Darine wrote and directed a number of short films that went on to win prestigious awards at International film festivals. Her awards and recognitions include ‘EMMY award Finalist’, ‘Best Short Film at Evolution FF, ‘Audience Award’ at Zero FF, ‘Nominated for a Best Foreign Film’ at International Filmmaker Festival, ‘Honorable Mention’ at the Los Angeles International FF…and many more.” Read more HERE. You can find a fair critique of ‘I say dust’ HERE. Below is an excellent interview with Darine done in 2014, for an earlier film; the first minute is in arab, but the rest is in english:

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CHESS CONTENT

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Naturally this film does not revolve around the game of chess per se, though part of Moun’s character is relected as a ‘free-spirited chess sales girl’.  Many of the films that I present on this blog have chess as a mere prop.  Curiously, despite the attention given by the director to details, the film got the chess board wrong: the right-hand corner is supposed to be a white square!

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‘I SAY DUST’ TRAILER

Today’s chess video

CHESS, PRIVATE LESSONS

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Luis Alberto Cuello, age 53 when the internationally recognized documentary below was produced (2014), had spent more than half his life in prison, and today finds himself using chess to try to stay out of prison, giving lessons and promoting the game, especially amongst the youth of his native Uruguay. But to Luis chess is much more than that: chess gives him the confidence and discipline necessary to (hopefully) turn his life around…

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Produced by Javier Hayrabedian and Ines Grah for the Uruguayan TV chain CIUDAD, the documentary was quickly recognized and promoted by Al Jazeer’s ground-breaking Viewfinder.  Says Javier: ‘‘ The most interesting aspect in this story was searching for, and discovering, Luis Cuello’s inner world. Luis is an ex-convict who has spent most of his life in prison, and now, after his release, is searching for a productive role to play within society.”  You can read more HERE

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