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

Please don’t believe all the rumours you hear, Missus Edna Mode

Rumours circulate that she is preparing to perform in the next year’s Glastonbury Festival


16th World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen also won the blitz event of the 2017 Paris Grand Chess Tour after a thrilling tie-break against French Grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, thus becoming, for the second year, Roi du Paris. His Hamletic dilemmas, his erratic mood and virile temper, as well as any other expressions captured in the painterly pictures of Lennart Ootes, undoubtedly ended up helping screenwriters with their screenplays, otherwise tied to the autoreferential and mediareflexive narrative of the “Top Ten Club”. Photo: Lennart Ootes.

domenica 25 giugno 2017

Jeremy, Nigel must be suffering from an inferiority complex towards Marlon Brando

Tories on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Britain’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks on stage at the Glastonbury Festival. Photo: EPA.

Metro Zapata

Today (Sunday) in the morning the Mexico City Metro (STC) staged a celebration of 200 years of the bicycle with a bike ride of about 12 km through the Metro areas which ended at the Metro Zapata station on Line 12. There, in the lobby of the Metro station named after Emiliano Zapata, 518 chess players were gathered for the start of the 6th Torneo de Verano de Ciudad Ajedrez 2017, which opening ceremony took place in the presence of a special guest of honour: the four-time Women’s World Chess Champion 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán).

侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) exchanging handshakes with Mr. Jorge Gaviño, Director of Mexico City Metro (STC). Photo: MetroCDMX (@MetroCDMX).

In her welcoming speech, 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) didn’t hide her surprise about the great number of people who were to play in such a venue. Photo: MetroCDMX (@MetroCDMX).

To Whom Who Was Never Called

韦奕 (Wéi Yì) – Frode Elsness
11th World Team Chess Championship; Khanty-Mansyisk, June 25, 2017
Spanish Game C88

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 0-0 8. a4 b4 9. d4 d6 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Nbd2 Bc5 12. a5. For 12. Qe2 Qe7 13. h3 h6 14. a5 Rd8 [for 14. ... Be6 15. Bc4 Nh5 see 韦奕 (Wéi Yì) – Svidler, China – Russia Match, 宁波 (Níngbō) 2015] 15. Bc4 Nd4 see 韦奕 (Wéi Yì) – Wojtaszek, 79th Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2017. 12. ... h6 13. h3 Qe7 14. Bd5 Bb7 15. Nb3 Ba7. Or 15. ... Rad8 16. Qd3 Ba7 17. c4 Nb8 18. Nh4 Nxd5 19. Nf5 Qf6 20. cxd5 c6 21. d6 Bc8 22. Rd1 Bxf5 23. exf5 Bd4 24. Be3 Rxd6 25. Bxd4 exd4 26. Nc5 Rd5 27. Nxa6 Nxa6 28. Qxa6 Qxf5 29. Qxc6 Rxa5 30. Rxa5 Qxa5 31. Qc4 ½ : ½ Svidler – Postny, 32nd European Chess Club Cup, Novi Sad 2016. 16. Qd3

16. ... Rfd8!? As Argentine Grandmaster Oscar Roberto Panno used to say, “Decide which Rook you want to move and then move the other one”. 16. ... Rad8 might have transposed into the above-mentioned Svidler – Postny. 17. c4 Nb8 18. Rd1. Threatening Bd5xf7+. 18. ... Nxd5? Far too naive. After 18. ... Kh7(!) everything was perfectly safe and sound. 19. cxd5 c6? Stockfish regards ... Bb7-c6-b5 as the lesser evil. Now White will easily achieve an overwhelming preponderance. 20. d6 Qe6 21. Be3 Bxe3 22. Qxe3 Nd7. On 22. ... Rxd6? 23. Nc5 wins right off. 23. Nc5 Nxc5 24. Qxc5 Rab8. Black desperately goes for a Pawn sacrifice as after 24. ... f6 25. Rd3 (preventing ... Qe6-b3) White would totally dominate the board. 25. Nxe5 Ba8 26. f4 Rb5 27. Qa7 Bb7 28. Rac1 f6? This leads to a tactical disaster, but neither 29. ... Kh7 30. Rc5 nor 29. ... Qb3 30. Nc4 might have saved Black’s day. 29. Nxc6 Qxe4. Not 29. ... Rxd6?? 30. Qb8+ winning a whole Rook. 30. Re1 Bxc6 31. Rxe4 Bxe4 32. Qe7 1 : 0.