24 Dec 2011

Chess for the birds

In Chess you get different openings and the 'Bird opening' is one of  many openings. In this first game - vs one of my American chess friends - the Bird opening was played. I played black in this game. In the next image you can see the end position.

Before Christmas - a chess game - or two!
Game 2 - I played white and in game 3 I played black - both games  were played against the same player. I always play for the fun of it and don't really put too much effort in my games, as I really want to relax only. So, you might decide it's not good play from my side either, but that's all for the fun of chess - if you're not a serious player. I really have time only for 2-3 games during holidays and therefore see it as time to catch-up with chess friends and their comings and goings. 
Merry Christmas!

Talking about birds - this is one of my favourite smaller birds of South Africa - the Mossie - or a sparrow. This photo is from Flickr:Ruslou/6239953222
Female Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus)

Click HERE to play one of my most recent games on chess.com. This is a game against one of my favourite players and he normally beats me up. This time, with black, I was in the winning position.This is the end position - we've decided to start a new game, hopefully I will not allow him to beat me up in this next game too! :)

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30 Nov 2011

Quick Chess game

A quick game played today, whilst at home due to ...'industrial action'...In this game I played black. It was played on the chesscube site.

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2 Jul 2011

Tired and old

Tired and old - some say she even looks 50 on some of these pics... well, not quite the bridesmaid of a few months ago.Link:


24 Jun 2011

The Game

1.  d4 d5 2.  e3 a6 3.  c4 e6 4.  c5 Bd7 5.  Bd3 Bc6 6.  Nf3 h6 7.  Ne5 Bb5 8.  Bxb5+ axb5 9.  Qf3 Nf6 10.  h4 Be7 11.  Nd2 c6 12.  O-O Na6 13.  a3 O-O 14.  g4 Nh7 15.  b4 f6 16.  Nd3 f5 17.  gxf5 Rxf5 18.  Nf4 Qd7 19.  Bb2 Bxh4 20.  e4 dxe4 21.  Nxe4 Bg5 22.  Nxg5 hxg5 23.  Qg4 Rxf4 24.  Qh5 Rf5 25.  Rfe1 Re8 26.  Rad1 Nf6 27.  Qg6 Qf7 28.  Qxf7+ Kxf7 29.  Rd3 Nd5 30.  Bc1 g4 31.  Re4 Nf6 32.  Ree3 Nd5 33.  Rg3 Nf4 34.  Bxf4 Rxf4 35.  Kg2 Nc7 36.  f3 gxf3+ 37.  Rgxf3 Rxf3 38.  Rxf3+ Kg8 39.  Re3 Rf8 40.  Rh3 Nd5 41.  Kh2 Rf4 42.  Rg3 Nf6 43.  Kg2 Ne4 44.  Rg6 Rf2+ 45.  Kg1 Ra2 46.  Rxe6 Nc3 47.  Re7 Rxa3 48.  Rxb7 Ra4 49.  Rc7 Rxb4 50.  Rxc6 Rxd4 51.  Rc8+ Kh7 52.  c6 b4 53.  c7 Rc4 54.  Kf1 b3 55.  Rb8 Rxc7 56.  Rxb3 Nd1 57.  Kg2 Rf7 58.  Rh3+ Kg8 59.  Kg3 Ne3 60.  Kh2 Nf1+ 61.  Kg2 Nd2 62.  Kg3 Ne4+ 63.  Kh2 g5 64.  Ra3 Kg7 65.  Kh3 Kg6 66.  Ra6+ Kh5 67.  Ra5 Rf3+ 68.  Kg2 Kg4 69.  Ra4 Kf4 70.  Rb4 Rg3+ 71.  Kh2 Kf3 72.  Rb3+ Kg4 73.  Rb5 Kf4 74.  Rb4 g4 75.  Rxe4+ Kxe4 76.  Kxg3 Kf5 77.  Kf2 Kf4 78.  Kg2 Kg5

This game is not finished as yet. My opponent thinks it's going to be a draw...but I said it will definitely be a win [on my side.] He could actually checkmate me quite early on, he didn't notice it and I only told him a few moves after, then he saw it too. Can you see where/when?

Commonwealth Chess

Round 5

Round 4

Round 1

Chess opening - Commonwealth Chess 2011

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30 Apr 2011

Royal Wedding

I'm really not a fan of the Royals, but do like William and therefore decided to watch this wedding. Hopefully he will be more sensible than Charles [I don't like Charles] and he will continue set an excellent example to the rest of the Royal family. Some protocol in this photo! William salutes and Kate bows down.

I quite like the 'party' dress of Pippa, a lovely design and one of my favourite colours.

2 Apr 2011

Chess world rocked by French cheating scandal

Three top French chess players have been found guilty of cheating in last year's world championship, using an ingenious messaging system.

The French chess federation has suspended Sébastien Feller, a 20-year-old grandmaster, his team-mate Cyril Marzolo, 32, and Arnaud Hauchard, 39, the French team captain. It said they used mobile text messages, a remote chess computer and coded signals to beat the opposition.

The fraud, which took place during last September's Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, has rocked the chess world, which prides itself on its code of honour.

Rival teams have been known to accuse each other of cheating, but in this case the whistle-blower was the French federation's own vice president, Joanna Pomian.
She became suspicious when she found a text message addressed to Mr Marzolo, which read: "Hurry up and send me some moves." It was sent from Russia by Mr Hauchard during the competition.

She examined Mr Marzolo's itemised phone bill and found he had sent more than 150 text messages to Mr Feller during the tournament, plus 30 to Mr Hauchard. Unable to look at their contents due to a privacy ruling, she and the federation nevertheless remained "convinced" the players had cheated.
The federation said the system required Mr Marzolo to follow the game via the internet. He logged the moves into a chess computer then texted its suggested moves to Mr Hauchard in codes within phoney telephone numbers.

The captain communicated these to Mr Feller during his match by standing next to a particular player who represented a pre-agreed number and a figure. Mr Feller could follow his captain's movements to know which piece to move and where.
Mr Feller won three games at the tournament, enough to earn him a gold medal and €5,000 (£4,400).
According to Laurent Vérat, the federation's director-general, Mr Feller and Mr Hauchard owned up to the fraud in October, but "refused to sign any documents".
"The only thing that mattered to them was that the affair didn't get out," he told Le Parisien.
Mr Feller and Mr Marzolo were handed down five-year suspensions while Mr Hauchard received a life ban from being team captain or a coach.
The three deny any wrongdoing and have appealed against the ruling.

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