Going to be in Gent, Belgium this Thursday?
Always nice to see chess used in innovative ways! Not sure how much chess is being played at Chess Cafe, but if your are young and game then this is the place to be! Thursday will be a party marking the Spring season…
THE GOOD OLD DAYS!
18-12-1932. Barcelona. (Club Ajedrez de Barcelona) Spain’s first Women’s Chess Championship.
I don’t see no donuts!
DYNAMICS OF DOG-FLIGHT!
I recently came across the Icelandic chess-site, skakmyndir, which means ‘chess photos’. The site contains loads of photos from the Fischer-Spassky match (1972) that I had not seen before, as well as photos and drawings from other events, most held in Iceland. I recommend the reader to investigate! (Helpful hint: by clicking on many of the photos another album will open)
I present a small sample taken from this site. ENJOY!
Grandmasters William Lombardy (l) and Miguel Quinteros. Lombardy was a priest at the time, and was the official second of Bobby Fischer. Miguel was one of the few friends that Fischer had.
The legendary 3rd game, played in a closed room, without any spectators. This is the game that changed the course of chess history…Fischer had just played his incredible 11…Nh5!?, and Spassky is considering his reply.
This was to be the first win by Fischer (ever!) against Spassky. After this painful loss, Spassky (and the Soviets) insisted to continue the match in the auditorium infront of the spectators. Fischer did not protest!
Grandmaster Robert Byrne (the NYTimes chess columnist) and Chester Fox, the American businessman who had bought the film rights to the match, checking out the playing conditions of the match before the actual match got going.
Spassky making a LONG move, while Fischer prepares to write the move down on his scoresheet.
Ditto the above comment, but this time with roles reversed!
I love this photo! Notice the hands…
What is Spassky doing? Concentrating or doing some soul-searching?
Fischer in deep concentration. I like the way he leans forward over the board.
Another unusal pose by Fischer. Is he praying?
I also love this photo! The body language says it all!
Fast forward 5 years to 1977 when Spassky found himself once more in Iceland , but this time playing a Candidates’ match against V.Hort. At one point in the match (after the 12th game) Spassky had to be hospitalized, where he had his appendix removed. Here we see him looking at some ending while receiving some IV treatment!
A pic is worth a 1,000 words…
…Better late than never!
THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’…
Snow White (0)–Boots (1)
”A strong open tournament is taking place in Dubai, UAE these days. The field includes 22 players over 2600, while the top-rated participants are David Howell (2687), Vladimir Fedoseev (2674), Igor Kovalenko (2665), Tigran Petrosian (2660)…
The latter, an Armenian Grandmaster whose first and last name are same as those of the 9th World Champion, has become one of the two main heroes of the latest playing day. Petrosian was White against Georgian GM Gaioz Nigalidze (2566).
It’s Tigran Petrosian himself who told our website what had happened:
“I was suspicious about my opponent already after the tournament in Al Ain in December, where we both had been taking part. Nigalidze won that tournament; during our game he would go to the toilet very often, as well as this time. However, in Al Ain I had no evidence, I could only make guesses. Today, my suspicions have been confirmed…
In our today’s game, Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet. Twice, I made my moves promptly as well, so that he couldn’t leave, and he made mistakes on those occasions. Then I decided to keep an eye on him. I noticed that he would always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren’t occupied.
I informed the chief arbiter about my growing suspicions and asked him to keep an eye on Gaioz. After some time, the arbiter approached me and said that he had checked my opponent and found nothing. I asked him to check Nigalidze again, because I was already sure that something was wrong.
After my opponent left the very toilet partition yet another time, the arbiters entered it. What they found was the mobile phone with headphones; the device was hidden behind the pan and covered with toilet paper.
We both were sitting at the board, when the chief arbiter came up to Nigalidze and showed him the mobile phone, asking: “Is this yours?” Nigalidze blushed, got confused and couldn’t say anything.
The arbiter forfeited him in the game. I went outdoors, and Gaioz approached me. I thought he was going to apologize, but he only asked me what was going to happen to him as a result.”
We have asked Gaioz to comment on the situation. His comment was brief: “Not everything is true in what Petrosian said”.
All the games played by Nigalidze in the Dubai Open can be replayed below. Before the game vs Tigran Petrosian, he had 4 points out of 5 and was among the nearest pursuers of the leaders. However, his name is already absent in the next round pairings.”LINK
TODAY’S WINNING SMILE!
Wow! The lovely Erina Mano (b.1991 Japan)
PS: editorial comment to myself
Many chess writers and commentators seem to have little better to do this weekend than to talk about a silly forfeit incident in the US championship, so I will throw in a few of my own observations.
The first is that even though some tournament rule might give the tournament arbiter, Tony Rich, the POWER or the AUTHORITY to forfeit Wesley So , no rule –just because it is written–gave Tony Rich the RIGHT to forfeit Wesley So for doing what he did. So offended no one nor did he disrespect his opponent; he caused no disturbence, nor did he cheat. Wesley So’s actions were not designed to give him anything other than peace of mind and a calm spirit.
Please understand that I am not saying that Akobian–who is a perfect gentleman– acted wrongly when he drew to the arbiter’s attention So’s actions. Nor am I saying that Tony Rich acted incorrectly when he decided to act according to the written rules. And especially I am not saying that So was right when he lashed out when interviewed afterwards…there were CLEARLY better ways to have handled the situation.
What I am trying to say is that once more the game of chess DESERVES to be belittled because of this incident. ONCE MORE, mainstream media will target and make fun of us. Chess LOST some prestige on that day. When Jon Stewart recently did a humorous skit on the USCF trying to recruit F.Caruana for the national team, many–including ChessBase–thought it was also a bit insulting to the game of chess. Perhaps it was a bit insulting, even though it might not have been intended to be insulting…
But until the day we (the chess community) STOP allowing silly and poorly written rules to hurt and denigrate the noble game of chess in the eyes of normal and intelligent onlookers (and let us not forget about potential sponsors and patrons), then we deserve to be insulted a little bit more each time…
COMING UP SHORT…
NIGEL TAKES BITE OUT OF EMIL!!
THE FIRST VOLLEY:
THE SECOND VOLLEY:
THE TROUBLE WITH JANE…
“You make me want to suck a bruise on you just to kiss it better.
― Rachel Gibson, See Jane Score