domenica 22 ottobre 2017

Hand reading

Pauline Guichard – Anna Muzychuk
ACP European Women’s Rapid Chess Championship; Monte Carlo, October 22, 2017
English Opening A37

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. Nc3 e6 6. d3 Nge7 7. Bg5. 7. 0-0 0-0 8. Bd2 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. a3 h6 11. Rb1 a5 12. Qc1 Kh7 13. Nb5 Qb6 14. a4 Na7 would have also evoked sweet memories to Muzychuk, Dzagnidze – A. Muzychuk, Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship, Doha 2016. 7. ... h6 8. Bd2 d5 9. 0-0 b6 10. Qc1 d4 11. Nd1. From a theoretical viewpoint it’s worth mentioning that in Talla – Brodowski, 21st Czech Chess Extraliga 2012/2013, Czech Republic 2012 was seen 10. Na4. 11. ... a5 12. b3 g5 13. a3 Qd6 14. Rb1 0-0 15. h4 g4 16. Nh2 e5. Black’s position is already much more pleasant. 17. b4 axb4 18. axb4 Ra2 19. bxc5. I doubt that the opening of the b-file may favour White, but it’s not such an Hamletic dilemma as 19. b5 Nb4 looks quite unpleasant too. 19. ... bxc5 20. Rb6? This seems a big mistake of judgment. White should have absolutely avoided the catastrophe on the Queenside by exchanging Rooks on the a-file (20. Ra1). 20. ... Bd7 21. e3? And this seems the losing move, bottling up her dark-squared Bishop. 21. e4 Rfa8 was better, but bad enough not to be good.

21. ... Rb8! 22. Rxb8+ Qxb8 23. Re1 Qb3 24. Be4. This loses material, but 24. Nf1 Nb4 wasn’t a way to save the game. 24. ... Rc2 25. Qa1 Rxd2 26. exd4 Ra2 27. Qc1 Nxd4 28. Kf1 f5 0 : 1. Thus Anna Muzychuk added the title of ACP European Women’s Rapid Chess Champion to her Women’s World Rapid & Blitz Chess titles, so now only one crown is still missing. The young Russian talent Aleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina took the podium with a third place, and everything says that she, too, will claim that missing crown for herself.

Autumn Spring

Aleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina – Natalia Andreevna Pogonina
ACP European Women’s Rapid Chess Championship; Monte Carlo, October 22, 2017
Scotch Game C45

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 6. c3 Nge7 7. Be2 b6 8. 0-0 0-0. For 8. ... Bb7 9. Nb5 0-0-0 10. Bxc5 bxc5 11. Qa4 Kb8 12. Nd2 Nc8 13. Nc4 Nb6 see Almási – Shirov, 3rd Dresdner Porzellan-Cup, Dresden 1999. 9. b4 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Bxd4 11. cxd4 Bb7!? 11. ... Nc6 12. e5 Qf4 13. Bf3 Rb8 14. Bxc6 dxc6 15. Qd2 Qxd2 16. Nxd2 Rd8 17. Nb3 Be6 seems also to give Black quite an even game, Alieva – I. K. Grigorjev, 4th Polugaevsky Memorial, Samara 2014. 12. Nc3 c5 13. bxc5 bxc5 14. e5 Qg6? Looking for a non-existent attack on the castled King, Pogonina only puts herself into trouble. Simply 14. ... Qf4! gave Black quite a satisfactory play. 15. d5. This most obvious move gives White a very powerful position. 15. ... Qf5? Black insists on playing her Royal Doll, ending up making things much worse. Here maybe 15. ... Ba6 was more advisable. 16. f4 d6 17. Rb1 Rab8 18. Bd3 Qd7 19. Be4 Ba8. 19. ... Ba6 20. Rxb8 Rxb8 21. Re1 makes no much difference. Black stands very badly anyway. 20. Rxb8 Rxb8 21. Qd3 g6 22. Bf3 Kg7 23. Re1 Qf5? This is the nemesis of the Black Queen’s wandering search for drama. In truth, even after 23. ... Qd8 24. g4 (Stockfish) Black had all reasons to be unhappy, but the text will end really in what Her Majesty was searching for.

24. Qd2! Rb4 25. exd6 Nc8 26. Ne4. Threatening Qd2-c3+. 26. ... Rd4 27. Qc3 Nb6 28. Nxc5 Qf6 29. Ne4 Nxd5 30. Nxf6 Nxc3 31. Ne8+ Kf8 32. Bxa8 Rxf4 33. d7 Rd4 34. Nf6 Kg7 35. Nd5! 1 : 0.

Desert Water

A woman with an umbrella wades through a water-logged street in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Salim Reza/新华通讯社 (Xīnhuá News Agency).

Miss Hepburn

Michelle Mildenhall, Miss Hepburn, 2016
Credit: Affordable Art Fair Battersea/Lilford Gallery

Don’t worry, Edna, I’ve nothing to say to you tonight

Artwork © ZitFarm

sabato 21 ottobre 2017

Jeremy, that’s how Theresa feels when she must star in Donald’s “liberal-conservative” movie. Can’t you find a way to make her laugh?

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May waits prior to a bilateral meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk during an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium on October 19, 2017. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP.

The Mermaid’s Mirror

And so, while the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is outlining the guidelines to develop the country as a leading worldwide model of global politics in the coming years, 上海 (Shànghǎi)’s superdelegate and five-time Olympic gold medal diver 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) succeeded in taking over the telegraph and telecommunications! Here she is, serving as a special correspondent for the 新华通讯社 (Xīnhuá News Agency)’s microblog 《新华视点》 (Xīnhuá Viewpoint) on the ongoing congressional works.

The Wings

Anna Muzychuk – Alina Anatolyevna Kashlinskaya
ACP European Women’s Rapid Chess Championship; Monte Carlo, October 21, 2017
French Defence C11

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Be7 7. Be3 b6 8. h4 0-0. For 8. ... Nc6 9. h5 f5 10. exf6 Bxf6 11. Dd2 0-0 12. 0-0-0 just take a look at A. Muzychuk – Unuk, Turkish Team Chess Championship (First League), Kocaeli 2017. 9. h5 Nc6 10. Bb5 Ndb8 11. Qd2 c4!? The alternative was 11. ... a6 12. Bxc6 Nxc6 13. Qf2 cxd4 14. Nxd4 Qc7 15. 0-0-0 b5 16. Nxc6 Qxc6 17. f5 exf5 18. Nxd5 Bd8 19. Qg3 Kh8? (best was 19. ... h6!) 20. Nf4! h6 21. Ng6+! fxg6 22. hxg6 Qe4 23. Bxh6 Qg4 24. Bg5+ 1 : 0 Sutovsky – Forcén Esteban, 18th European Individual Chess Championship, Minsk 2017. 12. Bxc6 Nxc6 13. g4 b5. The run to opposite goals has just started. Who will arrive first? 14. Qg2 b4 15. Nd1 c3 16. b3 a5 17. Nf2 a4 18. Rc1 axb3 19. axb3 Ra2 20. g5 Qe8 21. Ng4. With the obvious threat of Ng4-f6+. 21. ... Kh8 22. Nh4 Na5 23. Qf3 Qd8? As it will be immediately clear, Her Majesty should never have relinquished control of the g6-square. 23. ... Bd8 (Stockfish) might have been Black’s toughest defence.

24. Ng6+! fxg6. If 24. ... Kg8 then 25. Nxe7+ Qxe7 26. Nf6+! Kh8 27. g6! gxf6 28. g7+! Kxg7 29. Qg3+ Kh8 (or 29. ... Kh6 30. f5 mate) 30. Rg1 and mate next move. 25. hxg6 h6 26. Nxh6! gxh6 27. Qh5 Bxg5 28. fxg5 Kg8 29. Qxh6 1 : 0.

Capitalism as a Fashion System

Anne Storno, Wall Street Dog, 2016
Credit: Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Dancing on Ice

Jeremy, since you said that “We are now the political mainstream”, Theresa got crazy and now wants a solo in all our shows. Don’t you think it’s better to be careful and to not provoke her needlessly?

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attending the Queen’s speech on June 21, 2017. Photo: AP/Kristy Wigglesworth.

venerdì 20 ottobre 2017

The vanguard party

Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá), with her usual perfect timing, unveils us that nothing has been left to chance in the “montage” of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China underway in 北京 (Běijīng), China. So, here she is, in the limelight of 《时尚芭莎》 (Harper’s Bazaar), hand in hand with Montblanc International GmbH, the German manufacturer of luxury pens, watches, jewellery and leather goods. That’s doesn’t mean, of course, that the President’s speech was written with her Meisterstück fountain pen, and not even that the length of the presidential speech was recorded to the very last second and clocked by means of her Meisterstück Chronograph. Photo:

Hey Edna, don’t you know that no one is allowed to fall asleep during the speech?

Artwork © calustra

Time zones map

It’s already tomorrow somewhere in the world, and so, if you were just there, you’re already given the precious chance to kick Arcovazzi off and join instead the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s afternoon Fischerandom chess meeting, starting at 16,00.
Please just keep always in mind that we’re the only and one chess school not recognized by anyone!

Photo © ankazhuravleva

The Importance of Not Being Arcovazzi
Jeremy Corbyn’s speech prompted a standing ovation at the meeting of the Party of European Socialists (PES) in Brussels, Belgium on October 19, 2017. Photo credit: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images.

Invented People

Simon Kirk, Invented People, 2017
Credit: Affordable Art Fair Battersea/Turner Barnes Gallery


Apparently Diving Queen 吴敏霞 (Wú Mǐnxiá) as well as the 上海 (Shànghǎi) delegation survived the presidential longest speech marathon on the first day of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. On the other hand, we may reasonably guess that she didn’t lose a single word of today’s press conference given by the Vice Minister of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television 张宏森 (Zhāng Hóngsēn), who, in saying that “The rapid development of the film industry has been a big bright spot for China’s culture industry”, also assured that the Communist Party of China will fiercely support Hollywood-style films that portray China as the rejuvenated superpower envisioned in 习近平 (Xí Jìnpíng)’s oration. So the question arises spontaneously: who will find Nemo? All photos: 郭至君 (Guō Zhìjūn)/

The Importance of Not Being Arcovazzi

Today is already Friday, and even if tomorrow is Saturday, for no reason in the world you should miss your ballet and dance classes at Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”!

Tiny dancer... This lemur knows how to strike a pose. Photo: Andy Rouse/Rex Features.

Dance by Chance

I feel Sergey Anatolyevich Nesterov probably knows that’s the way to be a worthy President of Khimki’s Prof. Chess Club. Photo:‏ (@Chess__News).

giovedì 19 ottobre 2017

The Company

The Prof. Chess Club in Khimki, Russia, thanks to the support of the city administration as well as the House of Moscow Oblast Government and the Russian Ministry of Sports, claims to be the home of all the most gifted young players from around the world – and, of course, we’ve no reason to doubt it. On today, Thursday, October 19, 2017 the club celebrated its feast day, by reuniting its best of chess youth, parents, coaches, guests and officials, in order to solemnise the recent successes of the club’s players representing the Moscow region in the international chess arena.

Hey Jeremy, rumours circulate that Theresa is seriously thinking about running for presidency of the PES so that you will never part each other

Brussels, Belgium: Jeremy Corbyn (back row, centre) at a meeting of European socialists. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP.

A Tale of Two Titans

We asked the girls the question of who is a better dancer – Baryshnikov or Tsiskaridze? “Baryshnikov!”, they answered without hesitation.

A Single

Kirklareli, Turkey: Aerial view of the Longoz forests displaying autumnal colours. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

C’mon, Edna, don’t exaggerate! That’s artistic licence as a means to emphasis the femininity of Caïssa

Fischerandom Chess Showdown

Last Tuesday, the municipality of Bærum, Norway unanimously decided to allocate 1,500,000 Norwegian kroner (NOK) – half of the aimed money prize – to fund a Fischerandom match between 16th World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura – the 4th (and last) unofficial World Fischerandom Chess Champion – to be held in the month of February at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter at Høvikodden in Bærum municipality.
The news was anticipated by the Budstikka website, and not denied by Carlsen’s manager Simen Agdestein.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK)