Saturday, March 2, 2024

A Teacher’s Touch

The masterminds of FIDE Chessable Academy’s third season, which kicked off in January, have well thought to confer an aura of divine light and authority to its didactic pogrammes by featuring one of the most appreciated teachers of the world, namely 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), a four-time Women’s World Chess Champion and a Full University Professor.

侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) in her classroom. Screenshot courtesy of FIDE.

Yes, Edna, what is their day of rest is our day of extra study

Artwork © alteregobro

Friday, March 1, 2024

Thoughts for a Rainy Day

No matter whether a human being or a great egret, life is life, and a rainy day is the very time to find a quiet spot to think and reflect on its meaning.

The Man who Fell to Earth

René Magritte’s L’ami intime (The Intimate Friend), 1958, goes up for auction at Christie’s in London, UK, with an estimated price of £30m-£50m ($37m-$63m). Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

You know, Edna, they are as safe as the rock of Gibraltar, when you are around

Back to Ithaca

Wadim Alexandrowitsch Rosenstein, deus ex machina of the team which last year brought to the WR Group the world title of the inaugural FIDE World Rapid Team Chess Championship, announced today that the team will defend its title next August, featuring the same lineup except for Wesley So, who will be substituted by five-time World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

The team which will defend the WR’s honour are listed as pictured above, top to bottom, left to right: Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Vincent Keymer, 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk, Ian Alexandrovich Nepomniachtchi, Jan Gustafsson (Trainer), Magnus Carlsen, Wadim Alexandrowitsch Rosenstein, and Nodirbek Abdusattorov. Playbill: Wadim Alexandrowitsch Rosenstein.

A Teacher’s Treasures


Lecture by four-time Women’s World Chess Champion 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) at 2024 Chinese New Year Carnival in 盐城 (Yánchéng), 江苏省 (Jiāngsū province), China, February 3, 2024. Video: 娟子a (Juānzi a). My thanks to Ulises for the information.

One thing is sure, Edna; warmongers are the deadliest enemies of mankind!

Artwork © Teo Wei Qian

Sunday, February 25, 2024

From Dawn to Noon

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen’s imperious victory last week in the first-ever Fischerandom chess (chess960) super-tournament at classical time control has put Fischer’s chess into the spotlight and its billionaire sponsor, Jan Henric Buettner, is more than ever inclined to export the revolution all over the five continents next year. As Leonard Barden wrote in his column in The Guardian of February 23, 2024, “Buettner’s plan is a Freestyle elite eight-GM invitation in India late in 2024, followed by a five-continent global Tour in 2025, and including a new four-player women’s tournament. Weissenhaus had a $200,000 (£158,000) prize fund, but even that may be just the start, as Buettner has stated that his ambition is for $1m for each of the continental knockouts”.

Outlook On Life

Friday, February 23, 2024

Holiday Sweets Without Sugar


Interviewed in the backstage of Longchamp’s “Back To School Party” for its spring/summer collection 2024 “Longchamp University”, held February 23, 2024 in Taipei, Taiwan, jazz-R&B-pop artist 9m88 confessed that she gained weight over the Lunar New Year and spoke about her experience as an actress in Chen Yu-hsun’s upcoming epic film 《大濛》 (Dà Méng).

The Broken Bridge

People inspect the broken 沥心沙大桥 (Lìxīnshā Bridge) after it was hit by a container ship in the 南沙区 (Nánshā District) of 广州 (Guǎngzhōu), 广东省 (Guǎngdōng province), China. Photo: AP.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

In a way, Edna, when no date is given, one would surmise never or forever

A Witchy New Year

2024 Chinese New Year Carnival you’ve never seen before! Four-time Women’s World Chess Champion 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) and 韦奕 (Wéi Yì) performing a joint simultaneous exhibition in 盐城 (Yánchéng), 江苏省 (Jiāngsū province), China, February 3, 2024. Photos: 重回幼儿园 (Back to kindergarten).

此處有龍 (Here be dragons)

Four-time Women’s World Chess Champion 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) (pictured above, centre) and 韦奕 (Wéi Yì) (pictured below, left) celebrated the Chinese New Year with meetings and simultaneous exhibitions up and down the 江苏 (Jiāngsū). Photos: 董小姐 (Miss Dǒng). My thanks to Ulises for the information.