I am presently playing in an interesting international open in Porto commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Grupo Xadrez de Porto (GXP). After 7 rounds I find myself tied for first (6 points) with two others. The tournament has attracted players from 19-countries and is a big success for Portuguese chess. Congrats to all those involved! Especially to Mario Marques, director of the tournament.
SELFIES AND COFFEE!
A social-media phenomenon, SELFIES, has also spread into the coffee universe!
CANADIAN ZONAL ENDS ON SOUR NOTE
L to R: Bond (organizer) im Gerzhoy, im Krnan, gm Hansen, Drkulec (cfc prez)
As written last week on this blog, the Canadian Chess Federation organized one of the POOREST Canadian championships in living memory. As can be understood from the above photo, the only one who made any money was Hal Bond–the tournament organizer– who took home the lion-share of the paid entries (each participant had to pay $250 ,plus late fees and/or fines): that is why ONLY Bond is smiling!
No prize fund was announced before the event, and even as I write these words, no PUBLIC announcement has been made on what (if any) measly prizes were awarded. No doubt Bond is too embarrassed to release such information…
There was neither the money nor the will to try to organize a tie-break rapid match between the three winners of the event (Hansen, Gerzhoy and Krnan) and instead the CFC simply declared Krnan winner by some other scheme. Congrats to Krnan! Krnan will now represent Canada at the upcoming World Cup.
MEANWHLE, BACK IN MONTREAL…
Organizers Bernard Labadie and Patrick van Hoolandt
Congrats to FQE president Bernard Labadie and AIDEF president Patrick van Hoolandt for successfully organizing the 3rd Rencontres internationales des echecs franophones. These gentlemen did not try to HUMILIATE the participants (as the CFC did in their championship) and had no difficulty in finding $20,000 for the prize fund. CONGRATS!!
KASPAROV ‘NON-PERSON’ IN SPARTAK CLUB!
Well, not quite, but Kasparov’s name was not even mentioned in a book commemorating the 80th anniversary of the famous Spartak Sports Society. Over 200 athletes from various sports were mentioned in the book. Chess-News.ru describes how an article on Garry Kasparov was submitted to be included in said book, but somehow (for political motives) was ‘forgotten’…Kasparov was not slow in letting this opportunity pass: