Coffee, chess, potpourri and nonsense

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Coffee addicts like us don’t need to be more convinced that coffee is a good thing, but it is always satisfying when positive articles like THIS appear!  Or this one, which appeared in the NewYorkTimes yesterday:

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I know that I can go a day without coffee. But why should I?  Besides, my coffee loves me…

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Just got back home from my trip to Cappelle la Grande!  The 32nd edition of anything is remarkable, but in the chess world it is an EXTRAORDINARY accomplishment.

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Cappelle 2016  photos by Gilles Garrigues (Download link)

Started way back in 1985 when France was just another banana-republic chess country with no GMs of its own–inspite of Boris Spassky living there–it was precisely the vision and the passionate devotion of organizers like those in Cappelle la Grande that turned France into the power-house that it is today in the chess world, with not less than 49 GMs

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Just a small part of the volunteer team that has made Cappelle the success it is today.

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The political will that is necessary to keep the tradition going…

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and World Class arbiters!

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BERNIE SANDERS PLAYS CHESS?

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A photo of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders back in October 2014 playing chess!  

”He was in a low-ceilinged room Thursday evening in Champlain College’s Hauke Family Campus Center along with 30 or so politicians, family members, college students and elementary school kids. Cameras flashed.

 This was no town hall meeting or (not-yet-a) presidential campaign stop for the two-term senator, however. It was a chess match against Vermont’s lone national chess master, David Carter, and Sanders’ pawns were being knocked off like his political challengers in the Green Mountain State.

 Half an hour later: “We are in a lot of trouble,” Sanders uttered with a bit less verve to his grandson, whom he’d recruited for help…” READ MORE HERE.

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DID YOU KNOW FRANK SINATRA LOVED COFFEE?

 

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NEIL FRAREY TO RETURN ??

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While we are on the subject of BEANS, my Canadian readers might get a kick out of this.  Ottawa chess amateur Neil Frarey (whose exclusive list of talents once included being a DJ at a well known Ottawa brothel; he also is an excellent male pole dancer-see below) is thinking of making a comeback to the online Canadian chess community:

‘Hi Kevin, Neil here.
After a healthy & wealthy sojourn from organizing chess enthusiasts …I have returned.  I’ve brought together a core group of chess enthusiasts, some professional chess players, some not, Society Of Chess Aficionados we are known as.
Your blog is the 1st innerwebs local I thought suitable to publicly dropped our url … just ’cause bro, just ’cause. Anywho, hope all is well with you & yours.
Ciao bella,
Neil Frarey´

 

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TODAY’S CHESS ?! VIDEO!

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From what I can gather, Gulnigar Nurhikim is a talented youngster who is an aspiring film director/actress/writer and is currently studying film making at Emory University. Below is one of her first efforts, and it is pretty good.  ENJOY!

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DAMN THOSE SIBERIAN GIRLS CAN DANCE!

According to wiki, ‘Waackingis a form of dance created in the LGBT clubs of Los Angelesduring the 1970s disco era. Waacking consists of moving the arms to the music beat, typically in a movement of the arms over and behind the shoulder. Waacking also contains other elements such as posing and footwork... 

Dancer -the lovely and talented TITO (Olga Titova, Russia, Novosibirsk). Music – Martin Solveig – Jealousy Camera&Edit – GELKAEVSKA

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You can also visit the Vimeo channel: link to find tons of other cool stuff.  When the twerking craze began a couple of years ago, Gelkaevska also produced some viral videos…

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MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE USA…

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Following up on a January 2016 blog article that I published from WCF champion Stan Vaughan, today I received the following blurb that was cc’d  to–amongst others–Raymond Keene.  I have to confess that I have no idea what is really going on, other than it relates to the sanctions by the US Treasury against FIDE prez Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, billionaire Rex Sinquefield (the money bag of Gary Kasparov) , the WCF and zillions of dollars of disputed assets.

(If you can figure this out, then please let me know! TopLeft to R: Stan,Kirsan and Rex. Bottom Kasparov and his better half)

‘Recently due to Executive Order 13582 supplement vs FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov seizing any and all assets that he controls which includes all WCF lawsuits vs FIDE as they are prohibited from doing business in USA due to Ilyumzhinov’s doing business illegally with Assad,  34 trademarks and assets  and other assets all chess related will now be sold by US Bankruptcy Trustee

Some 500 million plus in mostly trademark assets will be sold.

The initial stalking horse bidder which must be matched with minimum 225,000 bid is Rex Sinquefield billionaire who attempted to win office with Kasparov.

Inquiries must be directed asap  to: Trustee, Yvette Weinstein, Trustee, 6450 Spring Mountain Road #14, Las Vegas, NV 89146

SIGNED:  Stan

ps: Raymond please give widest publicity ASAP as those in England may wish to not let  Sinquefield steal these valuable assets on the cheap.

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PAUL MORPHY RE-VISITED

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