Chess, potpourri and other nonsense

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PUTIN : ICONIC TREND SETTER?

( Part I)

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There is no escaping it: Vladimir Putin’s chess board magic is the iconic symbol of our time. Putin may infact be the smartest politician on planet Earth! There is something UNCOMFORTABLE about this idea, mostly because it is a reflection on how STUPID our own politicians are…IN ANY CASE, have you observed the increasing frequency of the use of chess in the media? Remarkable, isn’t it! Thank Putin for that! Here is a Canadian news segment that pitches the upcoming Canadian election  and how little Canadians actually understand the electoral rules, against a background of chess. ENJOY!

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‘Checkmate, bitch!’

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This question has been hotly debated for hundreds of years without a clear consensus. BUT FINALLY yesterday in the very last round of the Millionaire Chess Tournament in Las Vegas, infront of millions of TV and internet viewers–and with Maurice Ashley biting nervously his nails in the corridors–the chess-world was given the Mother of all answers…that ends the debate!

CHESS IS A DRAW! 

Nakamura–McShane

Millionaire Chess Open (yesterday)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3

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6…Ng4!

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Threatening to double White’s pawns with …NxB

7.Bc1!

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Now Black’s Knight is looking silly!

7…Nf6!

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That shows White, doesn’t it!?

8.Be3!

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White refuses to be intimidated!

8…Ng4!

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9.Bc1!

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DRAW AGREED!!!

Neither side can make progress without incurring unreasonable risks…

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OFCOURSE, joking aside, a big controversy ensued! Tournament organizer Maurice Ashley had invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote his event and get world wide coverage. He felt SHAFTED by both Nakamura and McShane!  Rightly so…

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Maurice Ashley (second from right) considering forfeiting both Nakamura and McShane (foreground). “If we’re ever going to be a televisual game we cannot have games like this…I consider it a stain on our game.”  Read more HERE and HERE.

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FUNNY VIDEO!

The website www.gorilla.org starts with:

‘Gorilla conservation starts with people. The Gorilla Organization has worked for more than two decades to save the world’s last remaining gorillas in the wild. The Gorilla Organization is a UK Registered Charity and a member of Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) – committed to the highest standards of good practice and work to ensure our fundraising activities are open, legal and fair.’  Even if you don’t care so much about gorilla’s, this short video is fun!

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PUTIN : ICONIC TREND SETTER?

(Part II)

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Even religious fanatics prophecising the doom and gloom of certain parts of the bible are using the symbolic nature of our noble game in their propaganda:

‘The Persians invented Chess…but the Russians mastered it. This week’s update by FBC’s John Haller looks at the shuffling of power in the Middle East and the potential impact on Israel, the recent attack in Oregon that singled out followers of Christ and yet another ACLU lawsuit that demands that a Catholic hospital provide abortive services.

What is Putin up to, and how will the power void and projection of weakness unmistakably signaled by the US President affect events worldwide? So many pieces on the board are moving and the end times game is playing out right on schedule, just as God predicted. All the pieces are falling into place.’

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Interacting with the audience…

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PUTIN : ICONIC TREND SETTER?

(Part III)

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Music video of Champagne Duane performing “I Got You” featuring Jonny Cool (Jonathan Sanders). Filmed at 109 Salmon Studios by Director Kevin Hasenkopf for V1Creative on February 7, 2015.

“I Got You” is a song about camaraderie, while the video explores the idea of competition. The competitive nature of two emcees on one song can be seen in the use of contrasting black and white environments, a parallel between Duane and Jonny’s unique styles. Themes such as ring girls, vying for female attention, and a chess match add to the rivalry. The opposing sides working together ultimately represent how their differences actually push each other forward.´

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Why not make this year’s Halloween

a SCIENCE project!?

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JAWS

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She doesn’t seem impressed with that last suggestion…Ok, then, let’s forget the Jaws music!

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IN PRAISE OF LIBRARIANS

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“Nympho Librarian” by Les Tucker (Jake
Moskovitz) New York: Bee-Line Press, [1970] Cover by Paul Rader

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She likes it BLACK!

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I hope the answer is PARTY!  Life goes on…

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Leonard Cohen is a BIG fan of Doritos, like me.

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The extra-ordinarily sexy Jill St.John

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POOR FRANK.

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FRANK IS MISUNDERSTOOD…

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