31 Dec 2007
Please click HERE to read more about the games of players at the African Junior Chess Championships that are taking place now at Malawi till the 8th January 2008===there are links and games to play through too.
29 Dec 2007
Henry Steel, South Africa's Closed Chess Champion 2007! Follow the link at the bottom of this post to read more and to see the results.
I came across Tauriq’s blog…and he seems to be getting very excited about chess events taking place in South Africa, as his blog contains poems about different events! I think it is quite cool! Well done Tauriq! I like it! Here’s one about the Closed Championship…..enjoy!
12 Warriors entered the circle
3 will stay in the cube
The rest must die.
9 tombs will scatter
the terrain of 64 squares
Engraved, the names of sacrifice.
But unlike most wars,
there are no funerals here.
Flowers remain strewn everywhere.
Unlike most battles,prisons have no cells,
dungeons hold no chains.
Continue on the link!....
Click HERE to read the poem further! And...to see results of the championships.
26 Dec 2007
24 Dec 2007
20 Dec 2007
16 Dec 2007
Follow THIS LINK to read the history behind this battle and how it became a Sabbath day to commemorate this day in South Africa till 1993.
15 Dec 2007
8 Dec 2007
25 Nov 2007
.....a cup of tea in bed when you're still sleepy!
.....a flower from your own garden...
.....the chirping of birds in trees
.....a smile saying...."I love you!"
.....carrying those heavy bags of whatever!
.....massaging tired shoulders!
.....getting the bathtub ready!
.....showing polite manners....
.....the sunbeam on your face....
.....raindrops splashing about....
(When time allows, I will post my draft about "love" which still needs to be edited, but with the course at the moment, I will save it till later!)
Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor, literary critic, and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the early American practitioners of the short story and a progenitor of detective fiction and crime fiction. He is also credited with contributing to the emergent science fiction genre.
Born in Boston, Edgar Poe's parents died when he was still young and he was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. Raised there and for a few years in England, Poe grew up in relative wealth, though he was never formally adopted by the Allans. After a short period at the University of Virginia and a brief attempt at a military career, Poe and the Allans parted ways. Poe's publishing career began humbly with an anonymous collection of poems called Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only "by a Bostonian." Poe moved to Baltimore to live with blood-relatives and switched his focus from poetry to prose. In July 1835, he became assistant editor of the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, where he helped increase subscriptions and began developing his own style of literary criticism. That year he also married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year old cousin.
Read more about Edgar Poe here...
How do you define love?
Some say it's mysterious, magical, complex, difficult, imaginary, thought-provoking, inspirational, intuitional, joyous, immeasurable, ecstasy, and undefinable. Perhaps.
It is important to stand in Love, not fall into it.
Love is waking up to find the object of your affection in the dream you were having asleep on your shoulder.
Could it be that Love is a story that can never be fully expressed?
Love is a bond or connection between two people that results in trust, intimacy, and an interdependence that enhances both partners.
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you. - Leo Buscaglia
"If you Loved me, you would. . ." Not! Love is not manipulative. It must never be used to get others to do what you want. When you Love someone you never ask them to sacrifice a part of themselves in the name of Love. This form of manipulation contaminates our Love for another.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. - 1 Corinthians 13:5-7
by: Edgar Allan Poe
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.
Read the rest of the poem on my Wordpress blog...and also more about LOVE THIS LINK here.
24 Nov 2007
I've received the "The Colors of Frienship"-Award from Meghna and I really appreciate her as a cyber friend! She is - like I've said before - a truly talented girl, very creative in her writing and I think we do have a lot in common. We both like reading/writing/poetry and even Chess! We've started playing a few games on a site and that's what friendship is about...sharing the same interests! I want to pass on this award to the following bloggers: Chris from "My Kop op 'n blok".
He really tried to help me moving my blog to Wordpress in a way that I would still be able to export my chess games to iframe(which will still happen in the near future!) Boer from Boer-in-Ballingskap". Boer and I are having a few chess games too now and whilst playing, we also have some chats! He lives in Korea and teaches English to Primary children and he always has some fantastic photos about Korea on his blog....so visit his blog, although you might not understand the Afrikaans language, you will surely enjoy his photos! .... Tony from "Moonfleet" Tony always makes me laugh and has always something funny to light-up my day on the chess site!.... and then also to Andrew from "The 4th Avenue Blues"...who's blog I really enjoy reading as he is really a fantastic writer.
Friendship isn't always easily described. The Eskimos, they say, have a hundred different words for snow. Unfortunately, the English language isn't quite as innovative, though it has vast opportunities to differentiate meaning. Certainly, Love is one of those opportunities. And so, too, is Friendship.
Instead of different words, however, we're stuck with simple adjectives. Close friend. Best friend. Childhood friend. Intimate friend. Trusted friend. Beloved friend. But whether you use adjectives or different words, few could deny the nearly infinite meaning in such a simple word.
Friends are special people. We can't pick our family, and we're sorely limited in the number of them at any rate. Society and mores (and often our own conscience) dictate we select a single mate. But our friends can be as diverse and infinite as the adjectives we choose. Our friends, in a very real sense, reflect the choices we make in life. Enjoy a few friendship poems I've found on the net!
A Friend Most True
© Wendy Hinson
I need to know if you’re my true friend,
will you be by my side until the end?
Can I tell you my secrets deep,
and trust them in your heart you’ll keep?
We are neither of us without our flaws,
can you accept mine as I will yours?
I’ll be a shoulder to cry on when you’re blue,
will you be there for me when I need you?
No matter how busy I will make time for you,
if you are busy will you make time for me too?
I will take your hand and comfort your tears,
will you hold me and soothe my fears?
I will give you joy and many warm smiles,
can we share that even across many miles?
I will not forget what’s important to you,
will you remember what’s important to me too?
With you my most favourite things I’ll share,
If only I know do you truly care?
If you can accept me as I do you,
then I will know you are a friend most true
Although you are a friend of mine
and letters we exchange,
I wouldn't know you on the street,
and doesn't that seem strange?
You hold a place within my life,
unusual and unique;
We share ideals and special dreams,
and still, we do not speak.
I picture what I think you are,
perhaps you picture me.
An intriguing game for both of us
for someone we can't see.
So for this friendship we possess,
we owe this mail a debt,
Perhaps the charm lies in the fact
that we have never met.
WHAT IS A FRIEND
© By HARRY SMITH
A friend is someone who understands and
someone you can trust.
They will listen to you both night and day without ever making a fuss.
A friend will stand by your side when you are right and sometimes when you are wrong.
They will hold you up when you are weak and provide support to make you strong.
A friend's love is unconditional and unique in every way.
And when you have problems a true friend will kneel with you and pray.
A friend will stand by your side through thick and thin.
And whenever everyone have deserted you they still will be your friend.
A friend once said to me that a friend is sent from God above and I believe this to be true.
Because God has sent a friend to me and that friend to me is YOU
More about Friendship! ....
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies". - Aristotle
Perhaps the one relation that has survived the trials and tribulations of time and has still remained unconditional is friendship. A unique blend of affection, loyalty, love, respect, trust and loads of fun is perhaps what describes the true meaning of friendship between two individuals. Similar interests, mutual respect and strong attachment with each other are what friends share between each other. These are just the general traits of a friendship. To experience what is friendship, one must have true friends, who are indeed rare treasure.
Different people have different definitions of friendship. For some, it is the trust in an individual that he / she won't hurt you. For others, it is unconditional love. There are some who feel that friendship is companionship. People form definitions based on the kind of experiences they have had. This is one relation that has been nurtured since times immemorial. There are famous stories about friends in mythologies of different religions all over the world. They say a person who has found a faithful friend has found a priceless treasure.
Psychologically speaking, friendship may be defined as "a dynamic, mutual relationship between two individuals. As children become friends, they negotiate boundaries within which both partners function". This helps them to function like healthy individuals in life as they learn to draw a line as and when needed in a relation. This greatly helps in the emotional development of an individual. However, any relation needs constant nurturing and development from all the people that are involved in one. Friendship cannot survive if one person makes all the effort to sustain it without any mutual recognition from others.
Since friendship starts the moment a child starts socializing, the kind of friends that the child chooses should be taken care of till the time he / she learns to differentiate between right and wrong. Wrong peers or lack of socializing can lead to severe psychological traumas and disorders, finally leading to social maladjustment. The correct peer group is essential for the development of the personality of a child. Both positive and negative experiences refine the personality of the individual. Thus it is essential that you find friends who are compatible with you on an emotional and psychological basis.
23 Nov 2007
22 Nov 2007
On the photos you can see South African chess players and on the video you can see short clips of players, including South African players, all busy with round 5. In the next movie, you can see players from round 4! More movies here ...
21 Nov 2007
Cornelia Johanna Arnolda ten Boom, generally known as Corrie ten Boom, (April 15, 1892 – April 15, 1983) was a Dutch Christian Holocaust survivor who helped many Jews escape the Nazis during World War II. Ten Boom co-wrote her autobiography, The Hiding Place, which was later made into a movie of the same name. In December, 1967, Ten Boom was honored as one of the Righteous Among the Nations by the State of Israel.
Read more here ....
And... here to visit the Corrie ten Boom museum....
17 Nov 2007
He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool. Shun him.He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child. Teach him.He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep. Wake him.He who knows, and knows that he knows, is a teacher. Listen to him. Omar Khayam, 13th century philosopher
Here is an old saying from Confucius:
Zhi zhi wei zhi zhi
Bu zhi wei bu zhi
Know what you know
Own up to what you do not know
-- Source: click...
correct text and translationcourtesy Russell Heng....and you may want to read some interesting letters about Aids on that link too...just "views"...
Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
He that cannot reason is a fool.
He that will not is a bigot.
He that dare not is a slave.
When you judge another,
you do not define them,
you define yourself.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
William A. Ward
Failure should be our teacher,
not our undertaker.
Failure is delay, not defeat.
It is a temporary detour,
not a dead end.
Failure is something we can avoid only
by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
What you get by achieving your goals
is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
It is not your aptitude, but your attitude,
that determines your altitude.
16 Nov 2007
For this weekend:
~~~Whether you're going to travel with the family......
~~~~.........or travel on your own........!
~~~~.....or observing the calm sea!!...............
~~~~.......or be calm with the family!!
.....~~~~ or...observing nature in bloom!!! ENJOY your weekend...and BE SAFE!!
15 Nov 2007
17 November 2007!
"Chess is most likely to be introduced into Russian schools curriculum
The Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov thinks that chess is most likely to be introduced into Russian schools curriculum. `In Kalmykia, schools have chess in their programmes for more than 10 years and the results in other school subjects have improved. Kalmyk pupils win not only Russian championships but also world ones in other sports,` Mr. Gryzlov said at the opening ceremony of the Russian Sport Forum. In Mr. Gryzlov`s opinion chess develops not only pupils` logical thinking but their striving for victory which is very important for the Russian people."
Have you seen THIS movie?
14 Nov 2007
13 Nov 2007
This was quite interesting AND funny!!
English donkey law branded an ass
LONDON (AFP) - An ancient law banning an English town from holding a market because it is less than "a donkey ride" away from one in a rival town, was branded an ass Tuesday.
The centuries-old law is used by residents of South Shields near Newcastle to prevent their neighbours in North Shields -- just on the other side of the Tyne river -- from setting up a market.
"We have been trying for a number of years to get around this," said Maggie Richardson of the North Shields Chamber of Trade and Commerce, which wants to set up a weekly market.
"But every time we have approached South Tyneside Council, they say they were given a market charter some time in the 1200 region by king John, so that no one can set up a market within a day's donkey ride.
"It is a bizarre situation ... It's not funny, it's pathetic. The law definitely is an ass. We need a market because they bring vibrancy to the town centre."
South Tyneside Council, like the proverbial donkey, won't budge. "South Shields market is both vibrant and popular, and attracts thousands of visitors to the borough every year," said a spokesman.
"It is of great importance to South Tyneside and, as its owner, South Tyneside Council has a duty to protect it from rivals."
The donkey ride distance is commonly understood to mean six and two-thirds miles (10.7 kilometres) -- how far a trader was deemed to be able to travel from home, sell for eight hours, then return in a single day.
12 Nov 2007
As you know, I was tagged by Meghna .......to do a meme! Read what a meme is....(pronounced like in "dream")...on a post of 2 days ago......OK, it was REALLY very difficult to decide WHERE to start first, as my time is now very little after starting an IT course today! So, I had to think very fast what I will post, as there are so MANY things I could write about!!, but to limit it to only SEVEN! That was very difficult....I made a list, crossed out, started with another, crossed out again...and then just started with what jumped to my mind!!I will have to do another one and another and another and another and.....wow....
First of all, I do LOVE teaching, as I see teaching as a CALLING and not "just a job"...(like I heard some teachers saying that here in London..) for me it is NOT "just a job!!!!"........My great grandad left Holland to teach in South Africa and I think the "teaching -blood" is running through my veins! Click here to see pictures of the current school. The old school, which was in his very own house, is about 2 km from the current school.
I used to teach Primary and don't think I ever want to teach Secondary......but if I have to.....It will have to be a subject like ICT only, as I do like IT and to incorporate ICT in any aspect of my teaching.
I love reading, I LOVE books...not just "like" it....I have about a library packed away in South Africa and have slowly started to build one again. Children's books....adult books...If I'm teaching, you will always find me in a bookshop, leaving with many books! A book as a present to me...and you will make my day! I also like writing stories. During secondary school, I used to get good marks for creative writing...what we also call "composition"....and I was always eager to get homework in composition....I just loved to let my mind flow....
Poetry!!! On this picture you can see a famous and well-known South African poet...Totius...(pen name) .....J D du Toit....he wrote some fantastic poems, some of them very moving, like the one about the death of his own child, killed by lightning....really an emotional poem! His daughter stood by an open window, when lightning struck and he was there to witness everything...as his poem tells us...read my translated version of his poem at the bottom of the post...
South Africa!!! ........I love my country to bits! I have a passion for South Africa. South Africa will always be THE place to be!! No other country is as beautiful as South Africa. On this picture you can see Simonstown...Cape Town...
And.......of course........if you don't know it by now...you will NEVER know! CHESS!!! I never played it at school. During Primary at the age of about 10, my brother taught me...I got my first chess book at the age of 12 from my one sister.....with Fischer/Spasski games in the back....I do like Bobby Fischer's games.....I played them through as a child as I had no one to play with!! No one in my family wanted to play chess!!...then at Secondary...it was always just BOYS when we were called to play chess...and I felt intimidated by them...no other girls! And the boys...always giving you the "look"...as if they wanna say..."hey...a girl playing chess!! how is that possible!"...I really started to get into chess when at my second school, the Headteacher asked me to start chess.......and I was over the moon! My kids really did well....I left at that school with two teams, each team.... 10 players and two reserves and a lot of Junior children...in South Africa they are Gr1-Gr3 (7-9 year old) kids in line to join the teams later... (If you click on this pic, you will see a good checkmate position, this player's rating is a bit low, he only started playing quite recently, but has picked-up very quickly and sometimes, I really have to be very careful with my moves! We play friendlies and while playing, I try to help him with the closing of his games, as this is where his problem lies at the moment.)
I like the colour red ....although purple-pinkish is also one of my favourites...This top is a beautiful top!
...CATS!! I'm a catlover! Cats are peaceloving animals! They have personalities of their own and they have their own language to speak to you!! Listen to your cat!! and try to understand his language!!
The poem that follows now, is the one Totius wrote about his child. When I have time, I will try to translate it....
O die pyn-gedagte
Totius....(JD du Toit)
O Die pyn-gedagte: My kind is dood! . . .
dit brand soos 'n pyl in my.
Die mense sien daar niks nie van,
en die Here alleen die weet wat ek ly.
Die dae kom en die nagte gaan
die skadu's word lank en weer kort;
die drywerstem van my werk weerklink,
en ek gaan op my kruisweg voort.
Maar daar skiet aldeur 'n pyn in my hart,
so, dat my lewe se glans verdwyn;
Jou kind is dood met 'n vreeslike dood!
En – ek gryp my bors van die pyn.
O Die bliksemgedagte! . . . Ja, lieflingskind,
een straal het jou skone liggaam verskroei,
maar bliksemstrale sonder tal
laat my binneste brand en bloei.
Sy was so teer soos 'n vlindertjie,
sy't lugtig omheen geswerf;
'n asempie wind kon haar vlerkies breek
en – kyk watter dood moes sy sterf!
Hoe weinig die kinders wat so moet sterf,
dis een uit die tienduisend-tal,
en ag, dat dit sy was, en ek moes sien
dat sy dood in my arms val!
O Die pyn-gedagte: My kind is dood! . . .
dit brand soos 'n pyl in my;
die mense die sien daar niks nie van,
en die Here alleen die weet wat ek ly.
...as I promised...a translation of the poem!
Read my English translation of the poem HERE ....
Oh the painful thought
11 Nov 2007
I have been tagged by Meghna! to do a meme! Now a "meme" is about writing seven things you like best in your life! Meghna is a 12 year old sweet little girl, blogging her way through space as a poet/creative writer! I think she's just fantastic! It's so much fun visiting her blog!! She's given me a job to do and usually you will think it is the other way around, due to my kind of work I'm used to do!! So Meghna, you're great and I promise to have my meme up by at least Tuesday, if time allows! And keep on writing all those wonderful poems/stories you're writing!! I really wish there were more children like you in this world!...that love reading/school/writing...enjoying being a student/child....and just being you!! no pretending...just YOU! That is beautiful, Meghna!! Even some adults can learn something from you!! I really think you are one of those "nice" little people!!! Great Meghna!! Keep up the good work in India!!! And those bloggers visiting me, be aware, I might tag you to do your meme, because that's the "rule"!! Don't say I didn't warn you!!! So, start thinking about your meme!! ...and....if you have been a regular visitor, but have never left me an idication that you are around on a regular basis....and you wanna be tagged...left me a note! I do like surprises!...ahw! there's one secret left out of the bag!!
10 Nov 2007
Let us not forget today....People who died for our freedom during the wars! People who served during the wars....Remembrance day...11 November, 11 am....
Why the Poppy?
Scarlet poppies (popaver rhoeas) grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century transformed bare land into fields of blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers.
In late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were once again ripped open as the First World War raged through Europe's heart.
The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in the First World War and later conflicts.
Read HERE on my Wordpress blog more about Remembrance day and there's poems and an audio file where a Canadian Veteran talking about the war and more images too.
Click on images for a larger view.
I'm always playing this player for the fun and experience. He's a very good player, as you can see from his rating!! What a devastating end there! We also like to play the Fischer random-games, that's where the chess pieces in the back row are ordered differently...a few days ago, I beat him in one of the Fischer-random-games, but in those games, you have to keep your head together, as the pieces are not on their exact squares, you are not used to move in certain ways with your pieces, so it is easy to have a blunder! It was just my luck! :)
This player and I are always playing friendlies too, as we like to play one another, almost a year or more now. This was really a good checkmate positon...earlier in this game he had the upperhand and I was perhaps lucky to turn it around.
In this game...where I played black, I have thought it was an interesting position I had this player in!
In the last picture, this was really a tough game...this player beat me at the end..just look at the weaving that was going on here!
First of all, I do apologise for not blogging a few days, due to two people! One is Kop-op-my-blog...-link at the bottom of the page...a very friendly South African and he is busy helping me to move my blog to Word Press, but in the same time, to be able to use the iframe to export some of my chess games, which is not possible in WP! - so thank you to Chris for your hard work!! The other person is somebody on the chess site, his nickname is Mortimor and he is also such a helpful guy and he is busy setting up a site where other members of the site too can blog the same time, of course his site is a chess site, we will see how things go there! These chess positions I've posted here, are all games I played on one chess site. Interesting positions, some of them very devastating positions, like the first one! I 've taken out the nicknames of the players although they all have said it's ok with them to post it here. You can see our ratings...mine of course always in the 1200's, sometimes a bit below and sometimes a bit higher, at the moment, it is about 1350...so it is like a yo-yo!! The one day up, the other down... This is, of course, any players nightmare...I played white in this game and my opponent's rating was a bit lower than mine. In chess you have to "read" the game, to be able to see a mate coming like this one! I try to "read" the game 3 moves ahead, it is difficult for beginners really new to the game, but when playing the game more and more, you get used to it. I think those very good players can read the whole game ahead!!! :))