mercoledì 28 giugno 2017

Portrait of a Diva

Ruta de Vino (Wine Route)

On Tuesday, June 27, 2017 four-time Women’s World Chess Champion 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) paid a visit to Tequisquiapan, a tourist town on Querétaro’s Ruta de Vino (Wine Route), where as usual she talked with fans and signed autographs. Photo: Francisco González/Diario de Querétaro.

Salt & Stone

A courier transporting a bust of Hồ Chí Minh to a customer in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Hoàng Đình Nam/AFP/Getty Images.

But unfortunately, she kept wanting everyone to submit themselves to those wrong men she had done all that wrong work for

A Time for Searching

The Passion of Rome, 1986
Photo: Sheila Metzner/Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery

The Old East Side

Sergio Mariotti – Miodrag Dražić
16th European Senior Team Chess Championship; Novi Sad, June 26, 2017
English Opening A39

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. g3 c5 5. Bg2 Nc6 6. 0-0 0-0 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Nxd4 9. Qxd4 d6 10. Qd3 a6 11. Bd2 Qc7 12. Rac1 Be6 13. b3 Rac8 14. h3 Rfd8 15. Kh2 h6 16. e4 Bd7 17. f4 Bc6 18. Qe2 Qb8 19. Nd5 Bxd5 20. exd5 Re8 21. b4 e6 22. dxe6 Rxe6 23. Qd3 Rce8 24. Rfe1 Rxe1 25. Rxe1 Rxe1 26. Bxe1 Qe8 27. Bf2 Qe7 28. a3 Qc7 29. Bf3 h5 30. Kg2 Nd7 31. Qd5. Everything went easy for White, who got an huge advantage without too many efforts. Now Black should get rid of at least one of his own weaknesses by 31. ... Nf6 32. Qd4 (32. Qxb7 Qxc4) 32. ... b5 leaving White the choice whether continue 33. c5 or 33. cxb5.

31. ... Bb2? But instead he looks for a mirage, completely underestimating the strength of two Bishops. 32. Qxb7 Qxb7 33. Bxb7 Bxa3 34. Bc6! That’s all. The Black Knight is totally dominated. 34. ... Nb8 35. Ba4 a5. On 35. ... Bxb4 36. Ba7 wins the Knight. 36. bxa5 Bb4 37. Bb6 Kf8 38. Bb5 1 : 0.

Sergio Mariotti

La Boum

After being arrested at 14 for drawing on a wall in chalk, the accidental 16-year-old hero of the 香港 (Hong Kong) 雨傘革命 (Umbrella Revolution) must now decide whether to rejoin the battle alongside the “localist” youth.

Of course there’s one reason why duo cum faciunt idem, non est idem

And there, waiting for her, was her Prince Charming

Edna, never trust a chaperone who forgot to tell you she is Arcovazzi’s wife

martedì 27 giugno 2017

Fair Play
Undercover officers are alleged to have monitored the Labour MP for two decades. [Read more].

Red Carpet

The Importance of Not Being Arcovazzi
Bernie Sanders rallying opposition to Republican healthcare reform plan on Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for

But unfortunately, the more they gave her, the more she wanted, without being able to distinguish a Tuscan red wine from a sour vinegar

The Windmill

After having paid homage to Emiliano Zapata, four-time Women’s World Chess Champion 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) moved to Mérida, in the Free and Sovereign State of Yucatán, Mexico, which – not incidentally – was the birth town of Mexican Grandmaster Carlos Jesús Torre Repetto (“The Windmill”). On June 26, after the official presentation speeches (that surely won’t change the world), 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) played a 25-board simultaneous chess exhibition at Multigimnasio of the Unidad Deportiva y Recreativa Kukulcán (Kukulcán Sports Unit), scoring 21 wins, 3 draws, and one loss. And then, as usual, she met fans and signed boards and cards. On her way to chess evangelisation and mission, she will also visit the Free and Sovereign States of Querétaro and Tabasco, for finally coming back to Mexico City where, as previously agreed with the bosses of the Mexican Chess Federation, she will spend her last Mexican days teaching and preparing the young players who will take part in the 28th Pan-American Youth Chess Championships Open and Girls to be held in San José, Costa Rica from June 30 to July 7. All photos: IDEY YUCATÁN‏ (@IDEY_oficial).

Art of Tuscany

In the newly opened gallery-shop “Art of Tuscany”, Borgo Ognissanti 99/R, in the heart of Florence, you can finally find some flowers from Mado Flynn’s collection!
The clean-lined space of Mrs. Paola Soldi exhibits a colourful display of rigorously handmade samples of Tuscan artistry such as bags, pottery, mirrors, jewels, paintings and pictures, and, of course, Mado Flynn’s flowers!
Moreover, the shop hosts a permanent exhibit of the artist Attilio Antonelli, whose joyous, abstract oil paintings, if nothing else, are worth a look. Enjoy!

When It Happens

lunedì 26 giugno 2017

Tragedy of a Ridiculous Superman

Plenary session

The annual Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna” end-of-year dinner and dance party will be held at our place on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, starting at 20,00. All our associates are welcome to join us.

Ballerina Cupcake Toppers
Photo: ShayloAndLolli/

So who will take care of her now, Jeremy?

Erratum: Unfortunately, once again she chose the same wrong men for the same wrong reasons

On the Line

Echoes of yesterday’s apparition of four-time Women’s World Chess Champion 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) at the Metro Zapata station of Line 12 of Mexico City’s Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (STC) reached also China via web and newspapers, which published a photographic depiction of her crowd mingle as well as of the Großmeister-Remis she conceded to Mr. Jorge Gaviño, Director of Mexico City Metro (STC). All photos:

Exchange rate

Ian Aleksandrovich Nepomniachtchi – Samuel L. Shankland
11th World Team Chess Championship; Khanty-Mansyisk, June 25, 2017
Caro-Kann Defence B12

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. g4!? Be4 5. f3 Bg6 6. e6!? fxe6 7. h4 Nd7 8. h5 Bf7 9. f4 e5 10. fxe5 e6 11. Nf3 c5 12. c3 Ne7 13. Bd3 Nc6 14. 0-0 Qb6 15. Kg2 Rc8 16. a3 cxd4! Shankland adds fuel to an already wild game with a pseudo-Bishop sacrifice. 17. cxd4 Nxd4 18. Nxd4 Qxd4 19. Bg6 Qxd1 20. Bxf7+ Kd8 21. Rxd1 Ke7 22. Rf1 Rc2+ 23. Kh1 Nxe5 24. Bg5+ Kd7 25. Nc3 Nxg4. Black’s position looks very threatening, but Nepomniachtchi is keeping everything under strict control. 26. Bxe6+! Kxe6 27. Rae1+ Kd6

28. Rxf8! Nf2+. Maybe it’s not so wrong as it looks, but simpler seems 28. ... Rxf8 29. Be7+ Kd7 30. Bxf8 Nf2+ 31. Kh2 d4 32. Re2 d3 33. Rxc2 dxc2 34. Ne2 Nd3 25. Bxg7 c1=Q 36. Nxc1 Nxc1 with a probably drawish ending. 29. Rxf2 Rxf2 30. Nb5+ Kc6 31. Nxa7+ Kc7 32. Nb5+ Kb8 33. b4 Rf5 34. Be7 Rxh5+ 35. Kg2 d4 36. Nxd4 Rd5 37. Bc5 Rhd8 38. Re4 h5 39. a4 g5 40. a5 g4 41. a6 bxa6 42. Nc6+ Kc7 43. Nxd8 Kxd8 44. Kg3 Rf5 45. Kh4 Rd5 46. Re3 Kc7 47. Re7+ Kb8 48. Bb6 Rb5 49. Bc7+ Ka8 50. Ba5 Rf5 51. Re6 Kb7 52. Rg6 Ka7 53. Rb6 Rd5 54. Rf6 Kb7 55. Rf4 Ka7 56. Kg3 Rd3+ 57. Kf2 Rd5 58. Ke3 Re5+ 59. Kf2 Kb7 60. Rf7+ Ka8? After strenuously fighting for survival in such an unbalanced ending, Shankland finally puts his foot (King) in the wrong spot. Apparently after 60. ... Kc6 Black would have retained excellent drawing chances; for instance: 61. Rf6+ Kb5 62. Rb6+ Kc4 63. Rxa6 h4 64. Rh6 g3+ 65. Kf1 Rf5+ 66. Kg1 Rf4 and White doesn’t seem to have any way to make progress. 61. Rg7 Re4 62. Kg3 Re5 63. Kf4 Rd5 64. Ke4 Rb5 65. Kd4 Rf5 66. Bb6 Rb5 67. Rg8+ Kb7 68. Bc5 Kc7 69. Ke4 1 : 0.

Ian Aleksandrovich Nepomniachtchi
Photo: Anastasiya Balakhontseva/Ugra Chess Academy

Unfortunately, once again she chose the wrong man for the wrong reasons

The Lost Weekend