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  • Frank Dixon
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    "I adored the game, it's my life. I'm just a pawn pushed around by the powers that be."
    [Her Royal Highness Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1993, after attending one of the London World Championship games of the Kasparov vs. Short match.
    (Source: 'Diana: Her True Story', A Commemorative Edition, by Andrew Morton, 1997, Simon & Schuster, New York, ISBN 0-684-85080-x, p. 257.)

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  • Hans Jung
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    A lovely little story. You can just picture it.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    December 2, 2020

    The Delights of Chess

    Heinrich Fraenkel (1897-1986) was an author and Hollywood writer. Born in Poland, he died in England

    Under the pseudonym "Assiac", Fraenkel edited a chess column in the New Statesman and published several chess books, among them The Delights of Chess (1960 and The Pleasures of Chess (1958)

    Lothar Schmid

    Who of us could seriously consider emulating Lothar Schmid and collecting some 15- or 16,000 chess books? And if we had them, where could we put them? I for one can contemplate Lothar’s famous library with unenvious admiration when thinking of far too many shelves in my study taken up by my own modest collection of just over 1,000 chess books, to say nothing of the ever growing piles of many thousands of chess magazines requiring storage space.

    Lothar’s library contains some very precious pieces, such as Lucena’s incunabula (ca. 1497 in Salamanca), the world’s oldest chess book; moreover the first Hebrew chess book (Frankfurt, 1726), the first American one (Philadelphia, 1802) and the first Russian one (St. Petersburg, 1821). But what impresses me even more on every visit to Bamberg is the owner’s “perfectionism”, which gives his collection a very personal note. Why, even my own modest output of two chess books takes up well over a foot of Lothar’s shelf-space, for he insists on having every edition in four languages. As for Dufresne’s famous little primer (later edited for many decades by Jacques Mieses), it takes up some five or six feet of shelf-space, for Lothar has every edition published in more than a century. When a friend told me that he got his ‘Dufresne” as a P.O.W. in an edition specially printed for the purpose I asked Lothar if he had got that one. “No,” he said, but I must have it.” I asked my friend to send the booklet to Bamberg and he was surprised to receive not only an enthusiastic thank-you letter but a few bottles of a very noble Rhine wine.

    As for Lothar Schmid’s hospitality, I got the first taste of it when, many years ago, I came to Bamberg to interview the Countess Stauffenberg for a book, The Men who Tried To Kill Hitler. I was just unpacking in my hotel when the manager came to say he had strict instructions from Herr Schmid to move me over to the villa and its neat apartment constantly prepared for visiting ‘chess-guests’. There one has the thrill of sleeping in the bed which has provided slumber for a good many grandmasters and some World Champions too. But I for one still dream of spending an entirely sleepless weekend there. Right next to the apartment are the rooms housing the famous library, and to keep browsing there all through the night must surely be well worth a bit of insomnia.

    From Chapter 8, Crazy About Chess Books in The Delights of Chess, Assiac, 2nd edition, Dover (1974).

    See also: What Will Happen to Lothar Schmid’s Library?

    https://forum.chesstalk.com/forum/ch...C2%92s-library
    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020, 04:39 PM.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    November 25, 2020

    Peter Leko and Tania Sachdev are commentating in the first knockout round of the Skilling Open 2020 and are conversing with Levon Aronian:

    Tania: Do you decide the opening you are going to use before the game or just before you are about to move?

    Levon: The decision process is fairly simple:

    I prepare before the game

    Then, I forget what I prepared

    Then, I play randomly.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    October 27, 2020

    I have heard that a man played another member at his club for 30 years without knowing if he had a family or not.

    Here, a player doesn’t know the last name of his opponent.

    And what were you doing (mooning your adversary?) to get stabbed in the bottom?

    STAMFORD — An argument over a chess game resulted in one man being stabbed in the buttocks, but no arrests have been made in the case, police said.

    Sgt. Kenneth Jarrett said police were called to an apartment on Mohawk Court on the report of an assault after 5 a.m. Saturday.

    The 51-year-old victim said he knew only the first name of the man who stabbed him, and refused to give police any more information.

    https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/pol...r-15675649.php

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  • Wayne Komer
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    October 6, 2020

    The Penrose Family

    Nobel Prize for Physics Announcement 2020

    Three scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for advancing our understanding of black holes, the all-consuming monsters that lurk in the darkest parts of the universe and still confound astronomers.

    Briton Roger Penrose, German Reinhard Genzel and American Andrea Ghez explained to the world these dead ends of the cosmos that devour light and even time. Staples of both science fact and fiction, black holes are still not completely understood, but they are deeply connected, somehow, to the creation of galaxies, where the stars and life exist.

    Penrose, of the University of Oxford, received half of this year’s prize for discovering that Albert Einstein’s famous general theory of relativity predicts the formation of black holes, the Nobel Committee said.

    From Wikipedia:

    Jonathan Penrose, OBE (born 7 October 1933, in Colchester) is an English chess Grandmaster and International Correspondence Chess Grandmaster (1983) who won the British Chess Championship ten times between 1958 and 1969. He is the son of Lionel Penrose, a world-famous professor of genetics, the grandson of the physiologist John Beresford Leathes, and brother of Roger Penrose and Oliver Penrose. He is a psychologist and university lecturer by profession, with a PhD.

    Richard Dawkins on Twitter:

    Many congratulations to Roger Penrose on winning the Nobel Prize for physics. Brilliant mathematician and theoretical physicist.
    Very distinguished family. Brother is a chess grandmaster. Another brother is a Fellow of the Royal Society. Father was a great geneticist.

    https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins?r...20%2F1%2F1%2F1

    ChessTalkers may remember a thread from 2017 entitled: A chess problem solvable by intuition but not by computers.

    https://forum.chesstalk.com/forum/ch...t-by-computers

    The problem was set by Sir Roger.

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  • Aris Marghetis
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    Originally posted by Frank Dixon View Post
    "All is good that is well forgotten." (Russian chess proverb)
    Thanks for that one Frank, I had never heard of it before. It seems to also be translated as:

    Everything new is well-forgotten old.

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  • Frank Dixon
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    "All is good that is well forgotten." (Russian chess proverb)

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  • Wayne Komer
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    September 27, 2020

    Auction Troubles

    You want to put some chess books up for auction, so you list them on one of the sites and wait for the bids to come in. No problem.

    However, the collector, Victoriano Gallego Jimenez, had some prime items for the Lund auction for this weekend and then..nothing.

    His explanation:

    Hello dear chess friends!

    Finally I had to suspend the auction, because I had a problem with the computer. After sending the auction email, and before being able to work with the new items, the computer updated Windows 10 to version 2004 (it is the latest) and also automatically updated the BIOS (on the motherboard), and the computer was frozen for almost 40 hours, until finally yesterday I was able to fix the problem with the help of a computer friend.

    What a bad time I have! It has been hell and I thought there was no immediate solution, that I would have to send the computer to Technical Service! Luckily everything has been a great scare. Sorry for all the inconvenience caused. From today, I will start adding items.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    September 9, 2020

    From SpraggettonChess

    http://www.spraggettonchess.com/round-and-round-we-go/

    I was born in Montreal, Canada in 1954 and can’t remember exactly when I fell in love with the game. When I was 15 I played in my first nationally rated tournament…and I lost the very first game! My Irish genes made me a talented fighter by nature, so I quickly bounced back. At 17 I was a Master level player; at 18 I qualified for the National Team; at 20 I was an IM.

    Then there was a long lull. In Montreal in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s there were no opportunities to get a GM-norm. (The world and the rules have changed since.) I feel that I was GM-strength at age 22, but had to wait until 30 to officially be awarded the GM title. In between, I won virtually every major North American Open tournament (except the US Open, where I only finished 2nd), and twice the CommonWealth Championship.

    In the summer of 1985 I qualified for the Candidates Tournament , at the time only the 5th North American to do so, after Fischer, Reshevsky, Benko and Robert Byrne. (Yasser Seirawan qualified a week after at the Biel Interzonal –becoming number 6–and we both played in the Montpellier Candidates Tournament later that year.)

    A few years later (1988) I was back in the Candidates Matches, defeating Andrei Sokolov but then losing to Artur Yussupov. Soon afterwards I moved to Portugal (married!) and have been resident there ever since.

    I have won the Canadian Zonal as well as the Canadian Open on numerous occasions (too many to care to remember) and I have played on the Canadian National Team eight times. I continue to play with the Canadian flag even today.

    I play a lot less now a days, but I am still a pretty strong practical player. I have also earned an excellent reputation as a world-class coach/trainer over the past twenty-odd years or so, and I have worked (and continue to work) with some of the world’s best.

    Besides writing this blog, I have written dozens of chess articles reproduced in numerous languages. I will publish four (4!) e-books sometime in the next 6 months. As well, I have served on the FIDE Journalist Commission for the past 2 years (2014-2016)
    ________

    Will the ebooks to be published have his best games?

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  • Hans Jung
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    David Morgan: A chess optimist is someone who thinks he will never do anything as stupid again.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    August 31, 2020

    The decision to declare India and Russia as joint winners of the gold medal after a connection issue in the FIDE Online Olympiad 2020 has met with some criticism. Three players tweeted their opinions: Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Levon Aronian.

    There is also a general feeling that the rules were made up as the committee went along with their decision. This tweet from Peter Heine Nielsen:

    A friend once spoke to Georgios Makropoulos who, with Sutovsky, were on the rules-commission for major FIDE events.

    He asked Makro why are there not specified rules.

    "There are," he replied.

    Why are they not public?

    "Because that is inconvenient when we want to do something else!"

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  • Brad Thomson
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    When our junior hockey teams play in Russia, military jets swoop down over their hotel in the middle of the night causing our players to fail to get a proper night's sleep.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    August 30, 2020

    From the Online Olympiad

    In the FIDE Online Olympiad 2020, in the first match Armenia-India, there was a disconnect and so Armenia lost the match. They appealed, lost the appeal and resigned the second match without playing.

    The team captain Levon Aronian tweeted this:

    In our match against India, Haik Martirosyan lost on time due to disconnection from http://chess.com We proved that our connection was stable and the access problem was with chess.com, not on our side. All we asked for was to continue that game from the same position and same time. Is that too much to ask?

    Two days later, in the Final, India was playing Russia and there were two disconnects in the second match (for India).

    The FIDE President decided that the two countries should share the Gold Medal.

    Levon Aronian on this decision:

    I guess like always, some are less disconnected than others.
    ________

    In the matches Russia-USA in the semi-finals, Sam Shankland had good positions but lost. These were critical mistakes and even his opponent, Ian Nepomniachtchi, had sympathy with him but Sam had none for himself:

    (Tweet) - If you miss mate in 2 moves, blunder your passed pawn on the seventh rank, and lose control in a strategically dominant position, you don't deserve to win the tournament. Sorry to all US Chess fans, this one was on me. Best wishes to India and Russia for a great final tomorrow.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    August 17, 2020

    From 20 to 5

    When a lady marries and takes her husband’s family name, it is often quite a change.

    This:

    From FIDE Newsletter #012
    August 17, 2020


    The MOKATE 2020 Polish Women's Chess Championship was a 10-player round-robin taking place in Ostrów Wielkopolski, from 4-12 August. And like the Irish Championship, the event crowned someone who had never won the title before: the International Master Karina Cyfka, previously known as Karina Szczepkowska- Horowska.

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