Chess photos and potpourri
BODY LANGUAGE2014 Sigeman Chess Tournament opening ceremony just the other day. Unidentified woman beside Jan Timman and Ulf Andersson. Drinking, champagne I suppose. Photo by Calle Erlandsson. LINK
The body language is interesting: Jan is relaxed and eyeing something/someone in the foreground. Ulf is crouched, and seems to be toasting the unidentified woman sitting beside Jan, who (am I being overly-analytical?) seems to be giving Ulf the finger(!). No, It must be my imagination: everyone LOVES Ulf!
MASKS WITH CHESS THEME
”In this serie, the notion of game is being questioned. I tried to expresse my fascination with the relationship between the players. I asked myself what the participants are looking for and whether they are trying to disturb, seduce or intimidate opponents.
These reflections led to a series of pictures of a female model wearing masks inspired by primitive tribal art, yet created from elements of the games being played in the championships.” LINK You can find more photos at this link.
THE GAME MUST GO ON…
Turkestani captured by the Nazis became part of Hitler’s Ostlegionen (Also see this) . These soldiers had little choice: either be shot by the Nazis or become part of the German war movement. However, many non-soldiers volunteered to fight the Soviets so as to regain Turkestan’s independence. Here we see a game of chess being played (notice the board set up properly!) . Notice the Nazi uniforms. (Photo source) After the war, these soldiers were handed over to Stalin by the British military. Most were either executed or sent to the Gulags for treason. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t… There is uncertainty about how many Turkestani died in World War II, but you might find this LINK interesting.
HERE IS A SHORT YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE OSTLEGIONEN IN TURKESTAN: