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  • Filipino-American Wesley So wins world Fischer Random chess title, topples No. 1 Magnus Carlsen

    11/03/2019 7:06:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | 11/03/2019 | Bong Lozada
    Wesley So stunned World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen to win the inaugural World Fishcer Random Chess Championship at Henie Onstad Center in Norway Sunday (Manila time). The Filipino-American grandmaster, who now represents the United States, swept Carlsen 13.5-2.5 and started off the match defending with the black. “I’m very happy, it’s my favorite type of chess and it hasn’t been popular until the last couple of years,” So told “Magnus had a bad couple of days; if it was regular chess he would’ve beaten me easily.” “To me, mainly chess is art—that’s why I like Fishcer Random a lot;...
  • Al-Baghdadi and Trump’s Syrian chess board

    11/03/2019 6:17:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 11-1-19 | Caroline Glick
    US President Donald Trump’s many critics insist he has no idea what he is doing in Syria. The assassination of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend by US special forces showed this criticism is misplaced. Trump has a very good idea of what he is doing in Syria, not only regarding ISIS, but regarding the diverse competing actors on the ground. Regarding ISIS, the obvious lesson of the al-Baghdadi raid is that Trump’s critics’ claim that his withdrawal of US forces from Syria’s border with Turkey meant that he was going to allow ISIS to regenerate was...
  • The grandmaster diet: How to lose weight while barely moving

    09/13/2019 8:34:54 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 18 replies
    IT SEEMS ABSURD. How could two humans -- seated for hours, exerting themselves in no greater manner than intermittently extending their arms a foot at a time -- face physical demands? Still, the evidence overwhelms. The 1984 World Chess Championship was called off after five months and 48 games because defending champion Anatoly Karpov had lost 22 pounds. "He looked like death," grandmaster and commentator Maurice Ashley recalls. In 2004, winner Rustam Kasimdzhanov walked away from the six-game world championship having lost 17 pounds. In October 2018, Polar, a U.S.-based company that tracks heart rates, monitored chess players during a...
  • Was chess grandmaster caught looking at pawn on the toilet? Cheating scandal after [tr]

    07/12/2019 9:32:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 12, 2019 | Leon Watson
    The world of elite chess has been engulfed in a cheating scandal after a picture emerged of a top grandmaster sat on a toilet using a mobile phone during a tournament. Police are investigating after Igors Rausis, who has represented Latvia, Bangladesh and the Czech Republic, was caught 'red-handed' in France, the game's governing body Fide said. Phones are banned at chess tournaments because of chess software that can be used to suggest winning moves. Rausis, aged 58, had aroused suspicion by reaching the game's top echelon at an age most players decline in strength.
  • Iran Demands Full Withdrawal of American Forces from Middle East

    06/25/2019 11:51:44 PM PDT · by righttackle44 · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 25, 2019 | Edwin Mora
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif this week demanded that the United States pull its troops out of the Persian Gulf region, arguing that such a move is “fully in line” with the interest of America and the world. His comments, made via his official Twitter account on Monday, came amid skyrocketing U.S.-Iran tensions, mainly stemming from Tehran’s decision to shoot down an American drone this month. The incident is bringing the two countries closer to a military conflict. Both have warned they are ready for war. “[U.S. President Donald Trump] is 100% right that the US military has no...
  • Mueller investigated whether Trump attended a 2016 chess championship alongside Russians

    04/21/2019 2:51:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | 21 April 2019 | Allan Smith
    Buried in special counsel Robert Mueller's 400-plus page report is the question of whether then-president-elect Donald Trump attended a 2016 championship chess tournament — an event that came under scrutiny as Mueller probed possible collusion between Trump's orbit and the Russian government. Although Trump said he did not attend the event, he told Mueller in written answers that he became "aware of documents indicating" that then-president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov — a sanctioned Russian power player — invited the Trump Organization in March 2016 to host the tournament at Trump Tower. "I do not remember having...
  • Homeless 8-y-o Christian refugee who fled Boko Haram wins NY chess championship, donations pour in

    03/19/2019 11:24:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/19/2019 | Leonardo Blair
    Thousands of dollars in donations are now pouring in to help find a home for a homeless 8-year-old Christian refugee who fled persecution with his family from Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria, after he beat wealthier competitors to win New York State’s primary chess championship. The boy, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who is affectionately called Tani, is currently living with his family in a homeless shelter in Manhattan and only started playing chess just over a year ago, according to an op-ed by The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof. Tani who is the new state chess king of the kindergarten through...
  • Eight-year-old Homeless Refugee who fled Violence in Nigeria is Crowned the Chess Champion [Trunc]

    03/17/2019 4:04:15 PM PDT · by Cecily · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 17, 2019 | Jennifer Smith
    An eight-year-old boy who fled Nigeria with his family and is now living in a homeless shelter in New York City while his asylum application pends has been crowned the state's chess champion for his age group. Tanitoluwa Adewumi won the state tournament for his group, from kindergarten through third grade, last weekend. The boy and his family fled their home in Nigeria in 2017 in fear for their lives and have been living in a homeless shelter ever since while their application for asylum pends.
  • World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen retains title after tiebreakers against American, Caruana

    11/30/2018 10:34:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    DW ^ | 11/29/2018
    After a series of tense draws over the last few weeks, reigning champion Magnus Carlsen stepped up to win 3-0 in the deciding tiebreakers on Wednesday in London. The Norwegian has held the world title since 2013. After 13 games and nearly 50 hours of play, the deadlock at the 2018 World Chess Championship was finally broken when Magnus Carlsen ground out a victory in the opening tiebreaker, forcing challenger Fabiano Caruana to resign after 55 moves. A little over two hours and two wins later, Carlsen was able to shake hands on a fourth world title, one that had...
  • World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

    11/04/2018 3:20:40 PM PST · by fhayek · 32 replies ^ | 10/8/18 | Peter Doggers
    We've had the Candidates and the Olympiad, but the biggest event of 2018 is yet to come. In 32 days, the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana will start in London. Let's start early and provide you with all the information:
  • Trump and Bobby Fischer Discuss 3D Chess Strategy on Beating the Deep State (fake image)

    08/25/2018 5:19:18 PM PDT · by poconopundit · 20 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 8/25/2018 | PoconoPundit
    Recently I was reminded of the Fischer vs. Spassky chess match my brothers and I watched on TV in 1972.  Actually there was no live broadcast, but commentators gave a running analysis as each move was made.  It turned out to be quite fun -- a pre-runner of Periscope -- four decades before social media took off. Does anybody out there remember this?! I explored photos of Fischer and Trump's 1970s publicity shots and wondered if I could create an imaginery meeting between the two.  This is the result. I read up about Fischer for this vanity and discovered...
  • Trump to remain 'uninvolved,' won't declassify FISA documents despite House request (tr)

    07/23/2018 3:42:12 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 87 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23 July 2018 | Gregg Re
    President Trump will not immediately grant House Republicans' request to declassify and publicize currently redacted sections of the recently released FISA application used by the FBI to justify the surveillance of an ex-Trump aide, the White House said Monday. Republicans on the House intelligence committee asked Trump last month to declassify portions of the surveillance warrant application for Page, according to a letter obtained by Fox News. The heavily redacted application outlining the justifications for surveiling Page, which was approved and renewed several times by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), was released over the weekend after a Freedom of...
  • Indian chess star says no to headscarf, pulls out of event in Iran

    06/13/2018 1:48:05 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 28 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Amit Karmarkar
    Highlights Former world junior girls' champion Soumya Swaminathan has pulled out of the Asian Team Chess Championship, to be held in Iran Swaminathan cited the Islamic country's "compulsory headscarf" rule as violation of her personal rights In 2016, Indian shooter Heena Sidhu had withdrawn from a meet in Iran citing the same reason PUNE: Woman Grandmaster and former world junior girls' champion Soumya Swaminathan has pulled out of the Asian Team Chess Championship, to be held in Hamadan, Iran, from July 26 to August 4, calling the Islamic country's "compulsory headscarf" rule violative of her personal rights. "I do not...
  • Julian Assange Tweets Checkmate?

    01/12/2018 10:41:11 PM PST · by MNDude · 98 replies
    Assange just tweeted a picture of a chess board. And that's an expert at chess, but it looks like the black player has one or two moves remaining. What's happening?
  • Ukrainian Chess Master Refuses To Wear Saudi Women’s Robe, Gives Up Title

    12/29/2017 9:39:23 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Dec 2017 | Breitbart Jerusalem
    Ukrainian Anna Muzychuk pulled out of the the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship in Riyadh when the tournament’s organizers told her that she would need to wear an abaya, a full-length robe women must wear when they go out in Saudi Arabia. “In a few days I am going to lose two World Champion titles — one by one,” the 27-year-old Muzychuk wrote on Facebook on Saturday. “Just because I decided not to go to Saudi Arabia. Not to play by someone’s rules, not to wear abaya, not to be accompanied getting outside and altogether not to...
  • Checkmate humanity: In four hours, a robot taught itself chess, then beat a grandmaster...

    12/22/2017 8:44:54 AM PST · by Sergio · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12-21-2017 | John Naish
    Will robots one day destroy us? It’s a question that increasingly preoccupies many of our most brilliant scientists and tech entrepreneurs. ... ...This year, a leading Oxford academic, Professor Michael Wooldridge, warned MPs that AI could go ‘rogue’, that machines might become so complex that the engineers who create them will no longer understand them or be able to predict how they function. ...The same sort of computer mind that can conjure up new chess moves might easily decide that the most efficient way to streamline the health service would be to get rid of the vulnerable and needy. ...And...
  • The Democrat's pawns.

    12/12/2017 7:54:23 AM PST · by Fhios · 3 replies
    Dec 12 2017 | Total Vanity
    This is just a vanity but I've been likening this political game like a chess game. Trumps methodically taking out major progressive/liberal/DNC pieces and the Democrats keep pushing pawns ahead to try and protect them. Right now the Progressives strength seems to be King, Knight, Bishop and 3 pawns to Trump's king, 2 rooks and 2 bishops. and 2 pawns. We're reaching the end game here and it looks like Trump has mate in 4 against the Dems. Trump's going to shut Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. I hope it's over her flirtations when looking for campaign donations ... wouldn't that be...
  • Is Mueller Actually Working For Trump?

    10/23/2017 12:13:29 PM PDT · by Rod Rammer · 114 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | Oct 23, 2017 | Larry Schweikart
    Trumpers, who are most critical of Mueller’s investigation, normally (correctly, I’d say) see Trump as brilliant, playing 3D chess... Fast forward to the investigation. Mueller hires, supposedly, a bunch of biased lawyers (some of whom, it turns out, specialize in financial transactions—which was never, ever mentioned in the original “charges” against Trump). So in addition to the fact that Trump was told on multiple occasions he was not a target, it also appears that the types of lawyers Mueller hired were looking at something entirely different than “Russian collusion.” it had to look like Sessions was incompetent. Trump provided “Cheese...
  • Girl, 12, forced to withdraw from chess tournament for wearing ‘seductive’ dress

    05/01/2017 3:04:39 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 36 replies
    Women in the World ^ | 05.01.17 | WITW STAFF
    A chess coach in Malaysia demanded an apology after organizers humiliated one of his players, a 12-year-old girl, over the dress she was wearing, ultimately leading the young girl to back out of the tournament voluntarily
  • A 12-year-old chess champion was kicked out of a tournament for her ‘seductive’ dress

    04/30/2017 6:58:37 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 30, 2017 | Marissa Payne
    A 12-year-old chess champion in Malaysia was forced to withdraw from a youth tournament in the country after tournament organizers deemed her knee-length dress too "seductive," the girl's coach said. The tournament director of the National Scholastic Chess Championship held April 14-16 made the call personally, the coach noted, after finding the dress to be "temptation."