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  • #31
    The CBC's "The Current" had half an hour relating to chess yesterday. GM Ashley was interviewed and the topic was ... Forget the treadmill: An intense game of chess can burn hundreds of calories, research suggests

    Dogs will bark, but the caravan of chess moves on.

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    • #32
      Chess in Franklin the Turtle cartoon (2006):
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0G7mj-xA7k

      The book:
      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...as-the-hiccups

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      • #33
        OK, this one is a stage play but belongs here anyway, I think.

        Chess: The Musical (Capitol Theatre, Nelson BC) October 17-19, 2019

        The Amy Ferguson Institute is pleased to present CHESS on the Capitol Theatre stage, in collaboration with Black Productions and Forstmedia!

        The most popular fictional portrayal of chess ever created! Set during back-to-back World Championships, CHESS is the story of a love triangle between two grandmasters – one American, one Russian – and the wormen’s champion who serves as a manager to one of the players but falls in love with the other.

        Led by the worldwide hit album, the beauty of ABBA’s Benny & Bjorn’s catchy songs and epic orchestration uplifts this captivating tale of love, politics and gamesmanship! CHESS is directed by Lisel Forst (Grease, Chicago, The Marriage of Figaro), with musical direction by Robyn Lamb (Into The Woods, Mamma Mia!) and choreographed by Mackenzie Hope (Cabaret, Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia!).

        Recommended age: 11+. There is a small amount of strong language.

        Tickets are $26 for Adults and $21 for Students.


        Dogs will bark, but the caravan of chess moves on.

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        • #34
          One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head - Song from the Chess musical.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgc_LRjlbTU


          Bangkok, Oriental setting
          And the city don't know that the city is getting
          The creme de la creme of the chess world
          In a show with everything but Yul Brynner

          Time flies doesn't seem a minute
          Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
          All change don't you know that when you
          Play at this level there's no ordinary venue

          It's Iceland or the Philippines or Hastings or
          Or this place!

          One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
          The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
          You'll find a god in every golden cloister
          And if you're lucky then the god's a she
          I can feel an angel sliding up to me

          One town's very like another
          When your head's down over your pieces, brother

          It's a drag, it's a bore, it's really such a pity
          To be looking at the board, not looking at the city

          Whaddya mean?
          Ya seen one crowded, polluted, stinking town

          Tea, girls, warm, sweet
          Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite

          Get thai'd, you're talking to a tourist
          Whose every move's among the purest
          I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine

          One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
          Not much between despair and ecstasy
          One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
          Can't be too careful with your company
          I can feel the devil walking next to me

          Siam's gonna be the witness
          To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
          This grips me more than would a
          Muddy old river or reclining Buddha

          And thank God I'm only watching the game controlling it

          I don't see you guys rating
          The kind of mate I'm contemplating
          I'd let you watch, I would invite you
          But the queens we use would not excite you

          So you better go back to your bars, your temples
          Your massage parlours

          One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
          The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
          You'll find a god in every golden cloister
          A little flesh, a little history
          I can feel an angel sliding up to me

          One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
          Not much between despair and ecstasy
          One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
          Can't be too careful with your company
          I can feel the devil walking next to me

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          • #35
            Cool memories! I still have the original CD of the British run, such amusing lyrics!

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            • #36
              Fahim the Little Chess Prince

              Plot synopsis: Forced to flee his native Bangladesh, eight year-old chess prodigy Fahim arrives in Paris with his father. Refused asylum, as illegal immigrants they spiral downwards into homelessness and desperation.
              By a stroke of luck, Fahim is introduced to one of France’s top chess coaches, Sylvain (real name: Xavier Parmentier), who tutors him and gives him a sense of purpose - his struggles on the chessboard mirroring both his victories and his crushing defeats in his battle for a normal life.
              Fahim then rises through local and national tournaments only to be crowned France’s Under-12 Chess Champion in 2012.
              The film tells the story of a child who learns to live without his mother and without his father, far from home, from his roots and his language. Fahim’s tale is not only a moving account of the grim realities that underlie a supposedly caring society, but also a heartwarming testimony to a father’s determination, the kindness of strangers, and one small boy’s courageous will to succeed.

              Directed by : Pierre François Martin-Laval
              Produced by : Waiting for Cinéma
              Genre: Fiction - Runtime: 1 h 47 min
              French release: 16/10/2019
              Production year: 2019

              Directed by De Pierre-François Martin-Laval
              Starring Assad Ahmed, Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Nanty
              Gérard Depardieu plays the grumpy, old coach - the late French FM Xavier Parmentier(1963-2016)

              Dogs will bark, but the caravan of chess moves on.

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              • #37
                Masha and the Bear

                Stephen Wright notes that the original Russian-language version is also on YouTube.
                Dogs will bark, but the caravan of chess moves on.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Nigel Hanrahan View Post
                  Fahim the Little Chess Prince
                  Any idea if it is available in English or at least with English subtitles.

                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:Fahim_(film)
                  does not list any English speaking country where it was released.


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                  • #39
                    Fahim is playing in New York's Children film festival this month, so I expect it will get a release in North American theaters this year.

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                    • #40
                      http://cyberspaceandtime.com/GSc-416bz9o.video+related

                      Also, if you have Netflix, this month they released The Queen's Gambit, based on the novel of a rise of a 1960ish US women master. A 6-part miniseries that filmed several outside shots in Southern Ontario. But all the chess tournament scenes were filmed in Europe.

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