SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Everyone seems to be talking about chess grandmasters becoming models…(!). You decide! Above we have Carlsen (left) and Nakamura. Two nerds or is it 2 boy-toys in the making? Personally, I think they should stick with chess…
A great photo from Natalyia’s site: L to R we have grandmasters Natalyia, Anna Muzychuk and Nadezhda Kosintseva. Now these 3 should consider modelling as a career!
THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO PUT UP WITH TO BECOME FIDE PRESIDENT!
Here we have a photo of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov–in traditional dress– visiting Peru this past weekend, all part of a whirlwind visit in South and Central America. He was given a hero’s welcome at the airport and then spend a pleasant stay meeting and discussing chess with Peruvian players and officials.
Ilyumzhinov mentioned in an interview that he had approximately 80 confirmed votes so far in his re-election campaign. The official site (http://www.onefide.com/
) mentions 70 as the ‘official’ number today….unofficially Kirsan has in excess of 100 confirmed votes, with another 2 and a half months still to go.
Meanwhile Karpov’s campaign (http://www.karpov2010.org/
) is drying up faster than a glass of water in the Sahara sun…according to Ilyumzhinov, the Karpov campaign has only about 20 confirmed votes thus far. Canada is still undecided, as in Portugal. Both countries, apparently, have been under heavy pressure from both sides to support them…
Monroi has just posted some photos! Congrats! I will give a large sample tomorrow of the best of these. In the meantime, just 2 samples….theme: Beauty and the Beast! Guess who?
It was reported on chessbase (http://www.chessbase.com/
) that Karpov’s legal team had filed a complaint in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
No details were given, but we can guess just what the case is based on….
Chessbase , in typical sober
(?) fashion, speculates/hallucinates that this could lead to the dis-qualification
of the 15 year term FIDE incumbent’s re-election campaign! Pass the joint, please….
Meanwhile, the US Women’s Championship and the US Junior Championship are taking place in St.Louis between the 9th and 20th of July. Once more, the organizers are outdoing themselves!
IM Anna Zatonskih, Tatev Abrahamyan, WGM Sabina Foisor, WIM Alisa Melekhina
Irina Krush taking the tournament serious!
The 2010 U.S. Women’s Championship will feature a $65,000 prize fund, the largest prize fund in the history of the tournament. The breakdown is as follows:
1st: $16,000;2nd: $12,000 3rd: $9,000 4th: $7,000 5th: $5,500 6th: $4,500 7th: $3,500 8th: $3,000
9th: $2,500 10th: $2,000
The US Junior tournament has a total of $10,300 in prizes, with the winner taking home $3,000.
Jennifer Shahade and H.Nakamura provide entertaining live-coverage!
Alisa Melekhina and Beatriz Marinello
________________________________________________________________________2010 CANADIAN CHESS OPENhttp://www.chess.ca/canopen.shtml
Seems to be a problem for the organizers getting the message out on the ‘net: the above ‘official site’
is really a dead end on the CFC site. I will post photos if and when they appear. In the meantime, the site http://www.monroi.com/
carries some live games, pairings but little else. Three rounds so far, little to say other than there are a few complaints about the pairings…yawn.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS