7 Dec 2008

Have a Wonderful Christmas

Please click HERE to read more and if you're interested in a lovely Power Point Presentation with animation and music. The PDF-document can be downloaded from this link, but I couldn't upload the Presentation document. You can read on the link what you can do to get it though. Enjoy the movie here with the music of Sweet People.
I hope you will have a wonderful Christmas!

This song is John Lennon with "So this is Christmas".

21 Nov 2008

Dresden Olympiad 2008

The official blog of CHESS SA: http://chessaol.wordpress.com
Please click on THIS LINK to see chess graphics of the South African chess players at Dresden. The link will open in a new window.

18 Nov 2008

South Africa at Dresden 2008

Image: The Official blog of CHESS SA.

Please click HERE to see more images and graphics of the games as well as results of the Saffa-teams at Dresden.

Image: Official blog of Chess SA - see the link in this post.
South Africa vs IPCA - The International Physically Disabled Chess Organisation.

10 Nov 2008

Chess Olympiad Dresden 2008

You want to know who's playing chess? Please click on THIS LINK to read about them - and many more - and to get all the details about Dresden 2008! The link will open in a new window.

19 Oct 2008

Tussen Treine

Richard van der Westhuizen with "Tussen treine" ("between trains")

Nadine singing "Song for the World"

15 Oct 2008

Anand vs Kramnik 2008

Finally!!! The Two Chess Engines in the World! The World Chess Championship 2008 has started in Germany.
Click on this link on my Wordpress-blog to follow the Championships.There are chess graphics about their games and links to the official site and other sites too. The link will open in a new window.

End Poverty - Blog Action Day

Read here on my WORDPRESS-blog more about this calculation and you will also find more facts on poverty! Do you think the rich countries are doing their bit...I say no!! and read why I say it! Links will open in a new window.

UK taxpayers’ money + American’s = 37 billion pounds…+ 250 billion dollar = roughly… 162 billion pounds! and that =£288 per person in the whole wide world…every single person…adult/child!

11 Oct 2008


Read on my Wordpress-blog
HERE about music to put you to sleep, sleep in general and there's a few beautiful tracks for you to listen to.The link will open in a new window.

6 Oct 2008


Yes, You've read my title...I'm fed up! And maybe, if you look at these images, you can take a guess!
I'm fed up with the following on the London Underground:
---people having their music SO loud that they don't care a damn for anyone around them!! And this is everyday!! I haven't travelled one single day without having someone about 30-60 cm away from me with their music loud! So loud, that people about 2 m away look around to see who's music is so loud!! If different people near you give you "the look" (open your eyes if your ears are blocked!!) know!! they are looking at you because of your LOUD music!!! Next time if you get something against your head, know that might be me...waking you up!!
---people...mostly secondary age school children..."shouting" at one another, whilst sitting opposite one another!! I won't tell you what we call people like that in South Africa!! You definitely don't want to know!
---people...adults and secondary age school children...mostly girls/ladies, but sometimes men too...talking on their mobiles as if they are the only person in the carriage...for miles without end!... having a conversation as if it's the last conversation on earth and also in such a loud voice that you can't think in your head!!
Please, read the posters!! You can even click on this image to be able to read what it says, print it off for you, have it in your room to remind you about it!! Think for yourself!! Stop being a selfish traveller and think about the other people around you!! I'm fed up with people like you, not knowing how to behave in public!!
People that read my blog quite often, you might be "shocked" with this entry, my very "aggressive" entry!! This is really how I feel after travelling the past month to Uxbridge and it really is something that happens everyday on every train...I change at Acton town, sometimes at Rayners Lane again, depending on the train I got on at Acton town and I can't think of one peaceful and "quiet" day so far. It's really not very pleasant having all these people around you whilst travelling. Is it necessary to shout?? NO! You keep your voice down when having conversations with other people, but unfortunately....(((big sigh))

13 Sep 2008

Do you see what I see?

Hill Top Farm

Please click HERE to see my entry about Beatrix Potter and Hill Top Farm in Hawkshead.

World Women's Chess Championships in Nalchik

Links will open in a new window.
Follow the results of round 6, the final between Alexandra Kosteniuk and Hou Yifan in Nalchik.
Please click HERE to see more pictures about Alexandra Kosteniuk, the Chess Queen, and to play through her games in round 5 of the World Women's Chess Championships in Nalchik.

Please click HERE to see beautiful pics of Alexandra on my WP blog.

Sweet Places

Please click HERE to see my pictures about the Lake District and to read more about Hadrian's Wall and Whitehave. If you like Sweet People's music, you can even listen to Barcarolle.

3 Sep 2008

I am an African

Image: DK-images..Langebaan, Cape Town, South Africa

If you are looking for Afrikaans Poems...click HERE to read poems by our own South African poets!Enjoy. The link will open in a new window.


Ek is van Afrika
Ek is van Afrika
Nie omdat ek daar gebore is
Maar omdat my hart met Afrika klop
Ek is van Afrika
Nie omdat my gelaat donker is
Maar omdat Afrika my gedagtes omgrens
Ek is van Afrika
Nie omdat ek van haar leef
Maar omdat my siel tuis is - in Afrika

Please click HERE to read the rest of the Afrikaans version of the poem..."I am an African" on my WP blog. Wayne Visser has asked me to translate his poem and you will find his English poem on this link too and a link to his site where you can enjoy more wonderful poetry written by him. If you go to his site, make sure you read the poem..."Prayer for Africa" too. Also, read Wayne's message which I've posted here too...

Wayne has sent me this message via email, please react if you're interested by sending him an email with one of your poems in either English or Afrikaans...about Africa...
"Hello again I thought I'd let you (and your lekker vriende) know that I've launched a "Poets of Africa" blog - http://poetsofafrica.blogspot.com/
Afrikaanse digters welkom! Just email me on wayne@waynevisser.com and I will give permission for you to post. Kwa heri Wayne”

1 Sep 2008

I wandered lonely as a cloud

“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

Please click on THIS LINK from my WP blog to read more about William Wordsworth and to see more pictures which I took when visiting the house where he was born in Cockermouth, the western part of the Lake District in England. If you understand Afrikaans, you can also read my Afrikaans version/interpretation of his poem and I call my poem..."The Dance of the Daffodils". You can also read about his sister, Dorothy, and her journal.

18 Aug 2008

Jane Austen

See more beautiful pictures from Jane Austen's house on my Wordpress blog and take a virtual trip through the house-museum too.

5 Aug 2008

World Junior Chess Championships 2008

A new post with results from round 8 onwards, can be found on my Wordpress blog HERE with results and images from the Official site updated daily as the tournament goes. - 9th Aug. There is also a link to the results of rounds 1-7.

To follow the results of the World Junior and Girl's Championships in Turkey, please click HERE to see the results on my Wordpress blog.

1 Aug 2008

British Chess Championships 2008

GM Nigel Davies…images: Official site..britishchess08.com

Please click HERE to follow my post about the British Chess Championships on my WP blog which I keep updated as the championship goes.
On THIS LINK you can see all the results about the Biel International Chess Festival. There's also links to play through all games played.

Have a listen to the music of Waldo de los Rios and if you enjoy it...follow THIS LINK to listen to more on my WP blog.The link will open in a new window.

12 Jul 2008

Emanuel Lasker

Image: Wikimedia

Emanuel Lasker was born at Berlinchen in Brandenburg (now Barlinek in Poland), the son of a Jewish cantor. At the age of 11 he was sent to Berlin to study mathematics, where he lived with his brother Berthold, eight years his senior, who taught him how to play chess. Berthold, a strong player in his own right, was according to Chessmetrics among the world's top ten players in the early 1890s. He was also possibly distantly related to International Master Edward Lasker.

To supplement their income Emanuel Lasker played chess and card games for small stakes, especially at the Cafe Kaiserhof.

Lasker shot up through the chess rankings in 1889, when he won a tournament at Cafe Kaiserhof and the "second division" tournament at the German Chess Federation's (DSB) congress, held in Breslau; finished second in an international tournament at Amsterdam, ahead of some well-known masters including Isidore Gunsberg, who finished 3rd in the New York 1888 "Candidates Tournament" and unsuccessfully challenged for Wilhelm Steinitz' World Chess Championship title, also in 1889. In 1890 Lasker shared first prize with his brother Berthold in a tournament in Berlin and finished third in Graz. He followed up with tournament victories at London 1892 (by 4½ points) and New York 1893, in both cases without losing a game.

His match record was equally impressive: at Berlin in 1890 he drew a short play-off match against his brother Berthold; and won all his other matches from 1889 to 1893, mostly against top-class opponents: Curt von Bardeleben (1889; 9th), Jacques Mieses (1889; 11th), Henry Edward Bird (1890; then 60 years old; 29th), Berthold Englisch (1890; 18th), Joseph Henry Blackburne (1892, without losing a game; Blackburne was aged 51 then, but still 9th in the world), against Jackson Showalter (1892-1893; 22nd) and Celso Golmayo Z├║pide (1893; 29th). Chessmetrics calculates that Emanuel Lasker became the world's strongest player in mid-1890, and that he was in the top 10 from the very beginning of his recorded career in 1889.

In 1892 Lasker founded the first of his chess magazines, The London Chess Fortnightly, which was published from August 15, 1892 to July 30, 1893. In the second quarter of 1893 there was a gap of 10 weeks between issues, allegedly because of problems with the printer. Shortly after its last issue Lasker traveled to the USA, where he spent the next two years.Source: Chess.com and Wikipedia..

Please click HERE to read more about Lasker on Wikipedia.

On THIS LINK you can play through Lasker's games on Chessgames.

6 Jul 2008

My smekende gedagtes

Click HERE to read my Afrikaans poem... "My smekende gedagtes" and if you're an English reader....there's an explanation for you to read... enjoy!

5 Jul 2008

Chess Puzzle

Please click HERE to solve this puzzle, please allow 10 seconds for the puzzle to load.

29 Jun 2008

28 Jun 2008

Dortmund Chess Tournament 2008

Please click HERE to follow the games live and for results and more information.

Standings after round 6, Dortmund Chess
Today, Sunday 6th July, it's the final round, round 7


Vladimir Kramnik, Russia 2788
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Azerbaijan 2752
Peter Leko, Hungary 2741
Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukraine 2740
Loek Van Wely, Netherlands 2676
Ian Nepomniachtchi, Russia 2634
Arkadij Naiditsch, Germany 2623
Jan Gustafsson, Germany 2603

Time Schedule Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2008

Saturday, 28th June 3 p.m. 1st round
Sunday, 29th June 3 p.m. 2nd round
Monday, 30th June no play
Tuesday, 1st July 3 p.m. 3rd round
Wednesday, 2nd July 3 p.m. 4th round
Thursday, 3rd July no play
Friday, 4th July 3 p.m. 5th round
Saturday, 5th July 3 p.m. 6th round
Sunday, 6th July 1 p.m. final round


19 Jun 2008

Die Broosheid van my Siel

This is an Afrikaans poem I wrote.....and when I have time, I will translate it for my English readers..

Kliek op HIERDIE LINK om my gedig te lees getiteld..."Die Broosheid van my siel"....hier is die eerste strofe...
Die Broosheid van my Siel

Dit is soos gister
dat my gedagtes swerf
op golwe van stormwinde;
ongesiens, verwyder dit
die eind’lose groenbedekte
ystergrendels van my hart ...

(c) Nikita

Aerosvit International Tournament 2008

Please click HERE to see more results, to play through games and to see "game-of-the-day"-movies played at the Aerosvit International Tournament.
On this next table you can see the standings after round 7.

Round 10 : Results

Van Wely, Loek 0 - 1 Ivanchuk, Vassily
Eljanov, Pavel ½ - ½ Karjakin, Sergey
Carlsen, Magnus ½ - ½ Volokitin, Andrei
Alekseev, Evgeny ½ - ½ Jakovenko, Dmitry
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ½ - ½ Onischuk, Alexander
Shirov, Alexei 1 - 0 Svidler, Peter

Round 11 : Pairings for Thursday 19th June..the final round

Svidler, Peter Van Wely, Loek
Ivanchuk, Vassily Eljanov, Pavel
Karjakin, Sergey Carlsen, Magnus
Volokitin, Andrei Alekseev, Evgeny
Jakovenko, Dmitry Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter
Onischuk, Alexander Shirov, Alexei

10 Jun 2008

Aerosvit 2008, Foros

Please click HERE to play through games interactively.

Standings …Round 4

Van Wely, Loek vs Alekseev, Evgeny
Eljanov, Pavel vs Carlsen, Magnus
Svidler, Peter vs Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter
Ivanchuk, Vassily vs Onischuk, Alexander
Karjakin, Sergey vs Jakovenko, Dmitry
Shirov, Alexei vs Volokitin, Andrei

The standings after round 2:

1 Shirov, Alexei ESP 2740 ---2
2 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2765 ---1½
3 Karjakin, Sergey UKR 2732--- 1½
4 Volokitin, Andrei UKR 2684--- 1½
5 Svidler, Peter RUS 2746--- 1
6 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2687 ---1
7 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2740 ---1
8 Alekseev, Evgeny RUS 2711--- ½
9 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ROU 2684--- ½
10 Van Wely, Loek NED 2677--- ½
11 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2711--- ½
12 Onischuk, Alexander USA 2664 ---½


June 8th, 2008, Round 1, Time 15:00…ALL rounds start at 15:00 —every day!
June 9th, Round 2
June 10th, Round 3
June 11th, Round 4
June 12th, Round 5
June 13th, Round 6
June 14th, REST DAY
June 15th, Round 7
June 16th, Round 8
June 17th, Round 9
June 18th, Round 10
June 19th, Round 11