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”I am an amateur photographer and just recently took a picture of this chess set in my family room. it is Franklin Mint Chess Set of the Gods and hope you enjoy it. If you think it is interesting enough to put on your website, you have my permission. Kindest regards. Dennis Tsiolis”
A COOL GIFT FOR X-MAS!
A roll-up chess set! LINK
Today’s winning LADY IN RED!
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MEANWHILE, IN PORTUGAL…
My good friend , Miguel Babo, needs little in way of introduction to my readers as I have often made use of some of his art here on this blog. Miguel is also the organizer of the Figueira da Foz International Chess Festival. The most recent edition was in November. Here are some short videos that he has put together of parts of the entertainment at the opening ceremony…Enjoy!
TODAY’S WINNING VINTAGE!
R.I.P. Italian superstar Virna Lisi (November 8,1936–December 18, 2014) YESTERDAY. Virna Lisi photographed by George Lois for Esquire, March 1965
RIP PETER HUGH CLARKE
While on the topic of obituaries, English chess icon Peter Hugh Clarke passed away just last week at age 81. (18 iii 1933 London – 11 xii 2014 Morwenstow). Once England’s number two player, Clarke participated on not less than 8 National Teams. He won the GM title in correspondence. He retired as a player early on , and became a very popular and much respected journalist and chess author. I have a number of Clarke’s books in my library. My condolences to his family.
S.DANAILOV TO RUN FOR FIDE IN 2018?
I found this item on the popular chess site Chess-News. Last week the ex-President of the ECU/the current President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation gave an interview to the Bulgarian newspaper ‘Standard’. During the interview Danailov toyed with the idea of running in 2018 against Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, talked of the ailing Russian economy and how it might help the chessworld; and the alleged stranglehold that Kirsan-Putin-Filatov have on FIDE, and–in a rare moment of lucidity–admitted that unless something drastic happens he would have virtually no chances of winning:
”Against the Russian government I can’t fight.”
“For them, to invest 20-30 million dollars for elections is nothing…Even the President of the Russian Chess Federation Dvorkovich, who is Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, was substituted, because they doubted that he may be a fan of Kasparov. And he was replaced with the multi billionaire Andrey Filatov, who according to “Forbes” has 2.5 billion dollars. Their task was to totally control Europe and I was uncomfortable for them. I was an opposition. If this centralized power Putin-Ilymzhinov-Filatov remained nobody has a chance to fight successfully with their money.”
Needless to say, not everyone in the chess world sees FIDE thru such paranoid eyes as Danailov, who was simply reciting Kasparov double-speak. ‘Facts’ that don’t conform to reality. The truth is that if you add up the combined wealth of Kasparov’s backers, then they double or trebble the wealth of Kirsan’s backers. And does Putin REALLY give a shit about who runs FIDE? Sounds a lot like Kasparov-megalomania…
No, I think that Danailov has virtually NO CHANCES to run successfully against Kirsan for other reasons, mundane and much less glamorous or intriguing than cloak and dagger Kremlin romanticism. Like Kasparov himself, Danailov is–and always will be–haunted by a controvertial past of scandal and intrigue.
While the world is VERY different from what it was during the cold war heyday, these gentlemen refuse to see it. For their own reasons. Their own agendas. They welcome a return to cold war-hysteria. They see the fact that Europe now supports Kirsan as evidence of Kremlin interference, and not the resounding DEFEAT to their failed political visions. The world has moved on since these gentlemen first got involved in chess politics…
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