domenica 21 gennaio 2018

The Queens’s Knights

From left: Olga Calamai, Chiara Angelini, Viola Rocchini, Sofia Nutini, and Silvia Bertini, ballerinas of Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”, enjoying a fish dinner together with their fiancés on the evening of Saturday, January 20, 2018. Photo courtesy of Viola.

And so, seated from left to right, are Viola, Sofia, Silvia, Niccolò, Daniel, Matteo, Elvis, Derek, Olga, and Chiara. Photo courtesy of Viola.

Space without Matter

侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) – Fabiano Caruana
80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament; Wijk aan Zee, January 21, 2018
Spanish Game C96

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 0-0 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Nd7. The Keres Variation. 12. d5. The alternative is 12. dxc5! dxc5 13. Nbd2 f6! (not 13. ... Qc7? because of 14. Nf1 Nb6 15. Ne3 Rd8 16. Qe2 Be6 17. Nd5! Nxd5 18. exd5 Bxd5 19. Nxe5± R. J. Fischer – Keres, Candidates Tournament, Willemstad 1962) 14. Nh4 Nb6 15. Nf5 Kf7 (R. J. Fischer – Ivkov, 4th Capablanca Memorial, Havana 1965) and now 16. Qg4! Kh8 17. h4! (intending h4-h5 followed by Nd2-f3-h4) should give White an edge (Fischer’s analysis). 12. ... Nb6 13. Nbd2. If 13. g4 then 13. ... h5! 14. Nh2 hxg4 15. hxg4 Bg5! 16. Nd2 g6 17. Ndf3 Bxc1 18. Qxc1 Kg7 with satisfactory play for Black, R. J. Fischer – Keres, Candidates Tournament, Willemstad 1962. 13. ... Bd7. If 13. ... f5 then 14. exf5 Bxf5 15. Bxf5 Rxf5 16. Ne4 with a very slight plus for White, Lékó – M. Adams, Miskolc 2005, match game 4. 14. Nf1 Nb7 15. b3 a5!? Caruana’s move is probably new. The old reference is 15. ... c4 16. b4(?) a5(!)= Kryvoruchko – J. Polgár, 40th Greek Team Chess Championship, Achaea 2012. 16. Rb1 c4 17. bxc4 Nxc4 18. a4 Qc7. Black sacrifices a Pawn in order to get active piece play. 19. axb5 Nb6 20. Be3 Rfc8 21. Bd3 Nc5 22. Re2 a4. Stockfish’s line 22. ... Nba4 23. Rc1 Nxd3 24. Qxd3 Qc4 25. Qxc4 Rxc4 would seem good enough to win back the Pawn and strive for equality. Instead, Caruana is even thinking about sacrificing a second Pawn in the hope to set up a blockade on the dark squares. 23. Ra2 Bd8 24. Bc2 Nc4 25. N3d2 Nxe3 26. Nxe3 Rcb8 27. c4 Qc8 28. Ra3. But as it is, White prefers not to take the second Pawn, focusing instead her attention on the Kingside. It just sounds a bit strange, since she concentrated her efforts above all on the Queenside, through a very static strategy. I guess that both Wilhelm Steinitz and Bobby Fischer would have taken the Pawn without thinking twice. 28. ... Ba5 29. Ndf1 Bb6 30. Ng3 Qd8. “[...] the engine says that White is better but just the sort of position where I’d play terribly as White. No obvious plan and Black has dangerous counterplay on the dark squares”, Grandmaster Daniel W. Gormally said. 31. Nef5 g6 32. Nh6+. “Hóu should be inspired by Magnus now and make a slightly dubious sac with 32. Nxd6!”, Gormally says. Indeed, it’s not clear at all what compensation White may claim after 32. Nxd6 Qf6, except for creating a brighter future for her suffering light-squared Bishop. 32. ... Kg7

33. Qd2? Probably best was 33. Rf3 Qh4! (33. ... Kxh6 34. Rxf7 is much unclear) 34. Rxf7+ Kh8 (not 34. ... Kxh6? on account of 35. Qc1+ g5 36. Rxd7!+−) 35. Qf3 Qxh6 36. Qf6+ Kg8 37. Nh5! (threatening 38. Rg7+ Kh8 39. Rxg6+ followed by mate) 37. ... Rf8! 38. Rg7+ Kh8 39. Rf7+ and draw by perpetual check. And, after all, White could even play 33. Ng4 which apparenly holds all without touching the status quo. 33. ... Qh4! 34. Ng4 Bxg4 35. hxg4 Qxg4 36. Kf1? 36. Qe2 Qh4! 37. Nf1 h5! would be hardly better, and in a way quite similar to the game. 36. ... Qh4 37. Ke2. The King has no peace. 37. ... h5! 38. Kf1 Rh8 39. Rba1 Qf6 40. Rf3 Qe7 41. Ne2 Nb3! 42. Bxb3 axb3 43. Ra6 Rxa6 44. bxa6 Ra8 45. Rxb3 Rxa6 46. g3 h4! 47. gxh4? This loses right off, but 47. Kg2 h3+ 41. Kxh3 Bxf2 was also quite hopeless. 47. ... Qxh4 48. Ng3 Bxf2! 49. Qxf2 Qh3+ 50. Ke2 Ra2+ 51. Ke1 Rxf2 52. Nf5+ Qxf5 53. exf5 Rxf5 54. Rb6 Rf4 55. Rc6 g5 56. Ke2 Rd4 57. Kf3 f6 58. Rxd6 Rxc4 0 : 1.

Artwork © Willum Morsch

Gambling for Fun

Magnus Carlsen – Gawain Christopher B. Jones
80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament; Wijk aan Zee, January 21, 2018
Sicilian Defence B76

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2 0-0 9. 0-0-0 d5 10. Qe1 e5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. exd5 Nxd5 13. Bc4 Be6 14. Kb1 Re8. It’s just a reculer pour mieux sauter. Jones usually plays ...Ra8-b8; for instance: 14. ... Rb8 15. Ne4 f5 16. Ng5 Bc8 17. h4 h6 18. Ne4 fxe4 19. fxe4 Rf4(!) with typical Dragon pride, Lampert – Jones, 9th International Open 2015, Wunsiedel 2015. 15. Ne4 f5. If 15. ... Qc7 there might follow 16. Bc5 h6 17. g4 Nf4 18. Bd6 Qb6 19. Bxe6 Rxe6 20. Bc5 Qb5 21. b3 Ree8 22. h4 Qe2 23. Qxe2 Nxe2 24. g5 h5 25. Rd6 a5 26. Rxc6 a4 27. Re1 Nf4 28. b4 a3 29. c3 Red8 30. Kc2 Ng2 31. Rh1 Bf8 32. Bb6 Rdb8 33. Bf2 Rd8 34. b5 Nf4 35. b6 Nd3 36. Rd1 1 : 0 Lékó – Trent, 3rd Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, Douglas 2016. 16. Ng5 Bc8 17. g4? “It’s quite difficult to understand Carlsen’s blunder, but 17. g4 is a good move if Black plays 16. ... a5 (instead of 16. ... Bc8 what Jones did), so maybe Magnus mixed things up. (?)”, Ukrainian Grandmaster Mikhail Vladimirovich Golubev said. “I think he wanted to play h2-h4 and later g2-g4. And suddenly, he had the ‘brilliant’ idea not to lose time, forgetting about ... f5-f4. That kind of accident happen in the best families :-)”, Spanish Grandmaster Miguel Illescas Córdoba argued. 17. ... f4. “17. ... f4 would be positionally catastrophic for Black if it didn’t win a piece”, Scottish Grandmaster Jonathan Rowson said. After all, it’s something that looks like a compensation! 18. h4 fxe3 19. Qxe3 h6 20. Qc5 Bb7 21. Ne4 Re6!? Well, maybe it’s a nervous move, but it was not easy not to be a little nervous. 21. ... Bf8 was also worth considering. 22. h5! Qb6? Jones would need the help of Wilhelm Steinitz to survive the storm. Now 22. ... Bf8 followed by ... g6-g5 was, according to the computer, Black’s best way to play for a win. 23. g5! hxg5? Not 23. ... Qxc5? because of 24. Nxc5 Re7 25. Nxb7 Rxb7 26. Rxd5!+−, but 23. ... Bf8 was still called for. And it was probably last call. 24. Qa3! Carlsen has already turned the tables, at least from an emotional standpoint. 24. ... Rb8

25. b3! “I can’t be sure, but 25. b3 looks like one of those classy moves that makes Magnus the best. Most punters, even Grandmaster punters like me, would probably have taken on g5, but then after 25. ... Bf8 26. Qd3 Ba6 Black fights back. Now Black has more to think about”, Rowson said. 25. ... Qd8!? 26. Qxa7(!) gxh5? By now Jones is too demoralized to put up a more stubborn resistance with 26. ... Re7! eventually followed by ... Rb8-a8. 27. Rxh5 Rg6 28. Rxg5! Rxg5 29. Nxg5 Qc8 30. Rg1. The rest is easy. 30. ... Ra8 31. Qb6 Ra6 32. Qc5 Qd7 33. Ne4 Kh8 34. Qf2 Qe7 35. Bxa6 Bxa6 36. Qh2+ Kg8 37. Qh6 Qa7 38. Qe6+ Kf8 39. Rg5 Ne3 40. Qd6+ Kf7 41. Nc5 Bc8 42. Rxg7+ 1 : 0.


Lobster cocktail dresses, banana trousers and peach trench coats: stylish looks made out of everyday foods, by San Francisco-based artist Gretchen Röehrs. All images © Gretchen Röehrs.

C’mon, Edna, I’m sure next life he will reincarnate in a higher form

Thrilla in Bærum
Everything is ready for the unofficial World Fischerandom Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen (the current World Chess Champion) and Hikaru Nakamura (the 4th and last unofficial World Fischerandom Chess Champion) which will take place at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter at Høvikodden in Bærum municipality, Norway from 9 to 14 February 2018. The format will consist of 16 games: 8 one-hour-per-player games over four days, and finally 8 blitz games on the last day, with 900,000 Norwegian kroner (NOK) in prize money for the winner, and 600,000 Norwegian kroner (NOK) for the loser. For further details please visit:

How to Fly a Plane

Very special thanks to all those who yesterday, from near and far, joined the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s Fischerandom chess meeting, and special thanks in particular to Cesare for standing beside our wall-mounted chessboard all the time.

sabato 20 gennaio 2018

1. g4 h5

Magnus Carlsen – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán)
80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament; Wijk aan Zee, January 20, 2018
Semi-Tarrasch Defence D35

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e3. Carlsen avoids confrontation on 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Rb1 Be7 8. Nf3 [not 8. Bb5+ Bd7 9. Bxd7+ Nxd7 10. Rxb7? on account of 10. ... cxd4 11. cxd4 Nb6 12. Qd2 Qc8 13. Rxe7+ Kxe7 14. Nf3 f6 15. 0-0 Kf7! 16. e5 f5 and White has no sufficient compensation, Nepomniachtchi – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), Grand Prix 2017, second stage, Moscow 2017] 8. ... 0-0 9. Bc4 Nc6 10. 0-0 b6 11. d5 Na5 12. Bd3 c4 13. Bc2 exd5 14. exd5 Bb7 15. Re1 Bf6 16. d6 Re8 17. Rxe8+ Qxe8 18. Bf4 Rd8 19. Bf5 g6? (19. ... Qc6! 20. d7 g6 was called for, though after 21. Bh3 Bxc3 22. Qe2 White stands better) 20. d7 Qf8 21. Bh3 Be4 22. Rc1 Qc5 23. Qe2 Bf5 24. Rd1 Bxh3 25. gxh3 Kg7 26. Rd6! Bxc3 27. Ng5 Qf5 28. Qe7 h6 29. Ne6+ Kh7 30. Nxd8 Qxf4 31. Nxf7 1 : 0 Svidler – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), Grand Prix 2017, 3rd stage, Genève 2017. 5. ... c5 6. Bd3 cxd4 7. exd4 Nxc3 8. bxc3 Qc7 9. Bd2 Nd7 10. Qg4!? If 10. Nf3 then 10. ... b6 11. 0-0 Bb7 12. Re1 Bd6 with rough equality, Rantanen – Barbosa, 15th Bangkok Chess Club Open, Pattaya 2015. 10. ... Nf6 11. Qg3. A qualified member of Carlsen’s entourage tellingly explained that such an early exchange of Queens was aimed to produce a remake of the game Carlsen – 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), 78th Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2016, when the four-time Women’s World Chess Champion, in a kind of cupio dissolvi, deliberately blundered a perfectly drawn King-and-Pawn endgame (by 45. ... h6-h5??). 11. ... Qxg3 12. hxg3 Bd6 13. Nf3 b6 14. a4 Bb7 15. a5 Ke7 16. Ke2 Ne4 17. Be1 h6 18. c4 Nf6. Hi, Magnus! Be careful at not falling into a Knight fork! 19. Bc3 Rhc8 20. Rhb1 Bxd3+ 21. Kxd3 Nd7 22. Nd2 Rhd8 23. Ne4 Bc7! 24. Bb4+ Ke8 25. f4 Rac8 26. axb6 axb6 27. Ra7 Nb8!

28. Rxc7! Carlsen sacrifices the Exchange in order to create a climax of sharp feelings. 28. ... Rxc7 29. Nd6+ Kd7 30. Nxf7 Rdc8 31. Ne5+ Ke8 32. Bd6 Rb7 33. c5 Nc6 34. Rxb6 Rxb6 35. cxb6 Nd8! 36. Bc7 Ra8 37. Kc4 Nb7 38. Kb5 Ra2 39. g4! Ke7! 40. g3 Nd6+ 41. Bxd6+ Kxd6 42. Nc4+ Kd7 43. Kc5 Rc2. The game is inexorably drifting towards a draw, but since we know already “The End”, we also know that it won’t end in a draw... 44. f5 exf5 45. gxf5 Rf2 46. Nd6 Rg2 47. Ne4 Rb2 48. g4 Rb1 49. Nd2 Rh1 50. d5

49. ... h5?? Virtually all the Rook moves along the first rank (except for ... Rh1-f1 and Rh1-b1) would have yielded a draw; for instance: 50. ... Rg1 51. Nc4 Rb1 52. d6 Rb3 and White cannot make progress. Apparently it was also important that the metaphoric gift were the same as that of two years ago (... h6-h5). 51. d6! Kc8 52. gxh5 Rxh5 53. Kc6 Kb8 54. Ne4 Rxf5 55. Nc5 1 : 0. “What a relief! It was a hard game. I got an early edge, but perhaps I didn’t play perfectly afterwards. I assumed that the game would have ended in a draw, but still I wanted to challenge her”, Carlsen finally told TV 2.

Artwork © Willum Morsch

Love Motion

Love Motion by Rhys Coren in the Royal Academy courtyard. It is a Matisse-inspired animation of two dancing paper-cut figures projected onto the facade of the Royal Academy, accompanied by a moving and original soundtrack. As Coren writes, “it’s cheesy and honest and emotional. It’s about a sort of spirituality. It’s about a longing for oneness and love and togetherness. It’s about a possible optimism. It’s about a definite scepticism”. The artwork will be on display from 18 to 21 January 2018 as part of the second edition of the light festival Lumiere London. Photo: Royal Academy of Arts.

Oh no, Edna, don’t exaggerate as usual. A girl wearing glasses is not enough to make a copyright claim!

Credit: @anjsng

(Just Like) Starting Over

Today is Saturday and it is the day of the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s Fischerandom chess meeting (as usual starting at 16,00), so don’t be late, and keep ready for the starting position 518, too!

Shinya Watanabe (渡辺 真也) and Yōko Ono (オノ・ヨーコ) playing Yōko Ono’s art work “White Chess Set (Play it by Trust)” at Puffin Room in Soho, New York, United States on January 12, 2008. Photo:

venerdì 19 gennaio 2018


Pyotr Veniaminovich Svidler – Magnus Carlsen
80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament; Wijk aan Zee, January 19, 2018
English Opening A13

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. Qb3 c5 4. Nb5 Nc6 5. Nd6+ Kf8 6. Nf3 Qe7 7. Nxc8 Rxc8 8. e3 e5! 9. Qc2 e4 10. Ng1 Nf6 11. Ne2 Ba5 12. a3 h5! I know at least one person who would unconditionally approve this move. 13. b3 Rd8 14. Bb2 d5 15. cxd5 Rxd5 16. 0-0-0!? Ng4 17. Ng3! Nxf2 18. Bc4 Nxd1 19. Rxd1 Rg5 20. Rf1 Nd8 21. Nf5 Qd7 22. Qxe4 Rg4 23. Bxg7+! Rxg7 24. Nxg7 Qxd2+ 25. Kb1 Bc3

26. Rxf7+! Nxf7 27. Qe8+ Kxg7 28. Qxf7+ Kh6 29. Qf4+ Kg6 30. Qf7+ Kh6 31. Qf4+ ½ : ½. One cannot but admire this game as a superb piece of analysis.

Yeah, Edna, show him who’s who!

The Tomorrow Code

侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) – Sergey Alexandrovich Karjakin
80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament; Wijk aan Zee, January 19, 2018
Caro-Kann Defence B19

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 e6 8. Ne5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3. Nuances from the scrapbook: 9. ... Nf6 10. Bxh7 Nxh7 11. Qd3 Nd7 12. f4 Be7 13. Bd2 Nxe5 14. fxe5 Bxh4 15. 0-0-0 Bg5 16. Ne4 Bxd2+ 17. Rxd2 0-0 18. Qg3 f5 19. Nc5 Ng5 20. Nxb7 Qd5 21. b3 f4 22. Qg4 f3 23. Nc5 fxg2 24. Qxg2 Rf4 25. Qxd5 exd5 26. c3 Raf8 27. Rhd1 Ne4 28. Nxe4 Rxe4 29. c4 dxc4 30. bxc4 c5 31. dxc5 Rxe5 32. Rd5 Re4 33. R1d4 Rxd4 34. Rxd4 Rc8 35. Rd5 g5 36. Kd2 Kg7 37. Ke3 Kf6 38. Rd6+ Kf5 39. Rxh6 Rxc5 40. Kd4 Rc8 41. Kd5 g4 42. c5 g3 43. Rh1 Kf4 44. c6 g2 45. Rc1 Kf3 46. Kd6 Rh8 47. c7 Rh6+?? (47. ... Rg8 would have earned Black a draw) 48. Kd7 Rh7+ 49. Kc6 Rh1 50. Rc3+ Ke4 51. c8=Q Rh6+ 52. Kb5 g1=Q 53. Qe8+ Kf4 54. Qf8+ Ke4 1 : 0 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) – 郭琦 (Guō Qí), 7th “天津弈诚杯” (“Tiānjīn Yìchéng Cup”) Chinese Chess League, 成都 (Chéngdū) 2011. 10. Qxd3 Nd7 11. f4 Be7 12. Bd2 Nxe5 13. fxe5 Bxh4 14. 0-0-0 Bxg3 15. Qxg3 Ne7 16. Qxg7. The alternative 16. Bb4 Nf5 17. Qf4 g5 18. Qf2 g4 19. c4 Qb6 20. Bc5 Qa6 21. b3 g3 22. Qd2 0-0-0 23. Kb2 b6 24. Bd6 Nxd6 25. exd6 Rxd6 26. Qf4 Rd7 looks quite comfortable for Black, 韦奕 (Wéi Yì) – Giri, 79th Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2017. 16. ... Rg8 17. Qf6!? It would appear one does not know what to invent in order to change the nature of a (very) drawish position. If 17. Qh7 then 17. ... Qd5 18. Kb1 0-0-0 19. Qxf7 Rxg2 20. Ba5 Qxa5 21. Qxe7 Qd5 22. b3 Rd7 23. Qf8+ Kc7 24. Rxh6 c5 25. Rh4 Qc6 26. Rh8 cxd4 27. Qc8+ Kb6 28. Qxc6+ Kxc6 29. Rh4 Re2 30. Rhxd4 Rxd4 31. Rxd4 Rxe5 32. Kb2 Rd5 33. Rh4 e5 ½ : ½ Šarić – Mamedyarov, 42nd Chess Olympiad, Baku 2016. 17. ... Nf5 18. Bxh6 Qxf6 19. exf6 Rd8 20. Bf4 Nxd4. 20. ... Rxd4 eventually followed by the exchange of Rooks might have been a clearer way to claim equality. 21. Rd2 c5 22. c3 Nc6 23. Bd6 b6 24. b4! cxb4 25. cxb4 a5 26. b5 Na7. Probably Black should have played 26. ... Nb4 27. Bxb4 axb4 28. Rc2 Kd7 29. Rh7 Rdf8 30. Rd2+ Kc7 31. Rh4 Rd8 (Stockfish’s analysis) with a likely draw.

27. a4. 27. Rhd1! at once seems much stronger (threatening both Bd6-e7 and Bd6-c7), for Black can not play either 27. ... Nxb5?? due to 28. Be7! followed by mate in a few moves, nor 27. ... Nc8?? because of the “dual” 28. Bc7! with mate coming soon. Therefore Black should have played 27. ... Rg5 (in order to answer 28. Be7 by 28. ... Rdd5), but then 28. a4 Nc8 29. Bb8(!) would have given White a much better position than in the actual game. 27. ... Nc8 28. Rhd1 Rg4 29. Bb8 Rxd2 30. Rxd2 Rxa4 31. Rc2 Kd8 32. Rd2+ ½ : ½.

Artwork © Willum Morsch

Maybe I was looking in the wrong direction
Go star 柯洁 (Kē Jié) did not apparently change his wish for no revenge with AlphaGo on being awarded as one of the most influential people in sports business for the year 2017 on the occasion of the 体育大生意峰会 (Sport Business Summit) held at 三里屯洲际酒店 (InterContinental Sānlǐtún) Hotel in 北京 (Běijīng), China on January 16, 2018. Photo:

Pray, Edna, bite him today, but do not bite too hard

Ice giant
Karpov and 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) will play a Rapid chess match in China from 4 to 7 February

The winner will receive a cash prize $20,000, while the loser will be paid $10,000.

北京 (Běijīng), January 12. TASS. Russian Grandmaster Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov and Chinese Grandmaster 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) will meet from 4 to 7 February in 哈尔滨 (Hā’ěrbīn), the administrative centre of 黑龙江省 (Hēilóngjiāng province), Northeast China, in the “2018 Sino-Russian Chess Champions Showdown”. This is reported by 新华社 (Xīnhuá News Agency).
The event is organised with the assistance of the Board and Card Games Administrative Center of General Administration of Sports of China and the Chinese Chess Association. The match of 6 games will be played in Rapid chess format. Time control is 15 minutes per player, plus 10 seconds time per move.
The winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000, while the loser will be paid $10,000.
Besides the match, Karpov and 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) will jointly give a simultaneous exhibition to 50 young players. It is also planned to stage a demonstration-performance on chess on ice.
Karpov is the 12th World Chess Champion, a two-time winner of the World Team Chess Championship representing the Soviet Union, a six-time winner of the Chess Olympiads representing the Soviet Union, a three-time winner of the USSR Chess Championship, a nine-time Oscar winner – the award given to the best player of the year.
侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) – four-time Women’s World Chess Champion, a three-time winner of the World Women’s Team Chess Championship representing China, is one of the three World Champions who succeeded in regaining the chess crown after an eclipse.

(Free translation by Nobody’s Perfect)

Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov. Photo © Alexander Shcherbak/TASS.

The Seventh Seal
Filatov has formalised his candidacy for re-election as President of the Russian Chess Federation

The President of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) had announced his intention to run for a new term at the end of 2017

Moscow, January 18, 2018. TASS correspondent: Andrei Kartashov. President of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) Andrey Vasilievich Filatov formalised his candidacy for the RCF presidential election scheduled to take place on February 3, 2018, he himself told TASS.
On Thursday, Filatov filed all necessary documents required. He had announced his intention to run for a new term at the end of 2017.
“At the moment, 21 regions out of 32 asked me to represent them and continue our work”, Filatov said. “It’s a honour for me and such trust makes me proud. The numbers say that so far we’ve done everything right“.
Earlier Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov also announced his candidacy. Furthermore, on Monday it was reported that five people registered themselves as candidates to run for RCF Presidency: the former Soviet Champion in ski jumping Eduard Anatolyevich Suboch, the member of the Supervisory Board of the RCF from Ingushetia Zaurbek Sultanovich Malsagov, the leading researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ivan Valentinovich Starikov, the President of the Moscow Region Chess Federation as well as President of the Rostov Region Chess Federation Sergey Anatolyevich Nesterov, and the Vice President of the RCF Andrey Vladimirovich Selivanov.
Filatov said he’s not afraid of the competition with Ilyumzhinov. “It’s great that there are such candidates out there. It shows how much attention Russia pays to chess”, he said.

(Free translation by Nobody’s Perfect)

Russian Chess Federation President Andrey Vasilievich Filatov. Photo © ITAR-TASS Archive/Sergey Karpov.

giovedì 18 gennaio 2018

Friday Evening, January 26

The Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna” will participate in the third edition of the ballet festival “Le ali della danza”, which will be staged at the Teatro Aurora, Via San Bartolo in Tuto, 1, 50018 Scandicci, Florence, on Friday, January 26, 2018, starting at 20,45.
The event is organised by Lions Club Fiesole under the patronage of the Comune di Scandicci.
As usual proceeds will be donated to support non-profit charity institutions.

Wind tunnel

Matty’s interpretation of 衣夫人 (Edna “E” Mode). Credit:

Edna, you better take the train if you can, as he has not yet applied for his full driving licence

Kampen, Netherlands: A lorry trailer blown over by strong winds. A code red weather warning was issued in the Netherlands. Photo: Ginopress B.v./EPA.

A Special Day

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico: A girl holds her pet while waiting for a blessing on the day of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of domestic animals. Photo: José Luis González/Reuters.

Trading Places
Ilyumzhinov put forward his candidacy to be President of the Russian Chess Federation

Moscow, January 17, 2018. TASS correspondent: Andrei Kartashov. Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov put forward his candidacy to be President of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF), he himself told TASS.
The election of the President of the RCF will be celebrated on February 3, 2018. Earlier, the current RCF President Andrey Vasilievich Filatov, who had been in office since February 1, 2014, had announced that he would be standing for re-election. Furthermore, on Monday it was reported that five people registered themselves as candidates to run for RCF Presidency: the former Soviet Champion in ski jumping Eduard Anatolyevich Suboch, the member of the Supervisory Board of the RCF from Ingushetia Zaurbek Sultanovich Malsagov, the leading researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ivan Valentinovich Starikov, the President of the Moscow Region Chess Federation as well as President of the Rostov Region Chess Federation Sergey Anatolyevich Nesterov, and the Vice President of the RCF Andrey Vladimirovich Selivanov.
Ilyumzhinov has been chairing the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) since 1995. The election of the new FIDE President will take place in Batumi, Georgia next September.

(Free translation by Nobody’s Perfect)

FIDE President Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov. Photo © Valery Sharifulin/TASS.

Russian Chess Federation Andrey Vasilievich Filatov. Photo © Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS Archive.

C’mon, Edna, we got an almost perfect score, and he has all reason to be scared of facing you!

Photo © Mileymouse101