Chess, potpourri and other nonsense!

SPECTATORS AND CHESS:

GB. England.  Blackpool. 1970.

GB. England. Blackpool. 1970.

Understandably, spectating chess can be DULL and BORING and one would EXPECT most spectators to fall asleep at one point or another during the game.  But, alas, the above photo is NOT from a chess tournament, instead some vacationers at a beach resort…perhaps a bit too much sex the night before?!

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bored-audience

NOW here is a REAL chess tournament!

This COULD be at a chess tournament:

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And while I am at it, I CAN NOT  resist putting this HILARIOUS real life video of how NOT to wake up sleeping people:

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PARENTING IN THE 21st CENTURY:

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COOL CHESS COMMERCIALS!

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GM ALEX LESIEGE RETURNS TO CHESS!

After disappearing from the chess world for more than a decade–and except for a blitz tournament last year–Montreal born Alexandre Lesiege seems to be ready to make a return to the game! Last week the FQE (Quebec Chess Federation) sponsored a two-game rapid chess match (15-min plus 10 seconds per move) between Evgeny Bareev (who has decided to make Canada his new home) and the Montreal grandmaster. 

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The match took place at the Montreal Chess Club. The first round (game) was a solid draw, while the second round saw the Russian superstar come out fighting and make a surprise sacrifice that came close to winning by force:

1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nc7 6.b3 e5 7.Bb2 Be7 8.e3 O-O 9.Nge2 Nc6 10.O-O Bf5 11.f4 Qd7 12.fxe5 Nxe5 13.Nf4 Rad8 14.Ncd5 Nd3 15.Nxe7+ Qxe7

gm Lesiege

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gm  Bareev

Black appears to have everything under control…infact, at first sight his game looks promising…

16.Bxg7!

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A strong sacrifice that is worth atleast a draw.  The idea is to draw forward the Black King…

16…KxB 17.Nh5+! Kg6! 18.g5?! Be4?

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19.Rf6+!

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White is now winning!  I won’t give the rest of the game (you can find some analysis HERE) but try to remember that this was a rapid game  and Bareev even LOST!

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CAN’T NOT LOVE CHEERLEADERS!

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