Chess and the AfterLife
Usually, when a noted chess master dies and I prepare a short article/obituary for this blog, I like to include a game or two. Sometimes it happens that I just don’t know enough about the said master’s games to pick one right off my head, and so I have to create a database and then take a closer look.
I actually enjoy this process as I can discover many interesting and fascinating games that never see the light in magazines and books. It can be an enriching experience.
Today I want to present a little known win by the late Cuban grandmaster Roman Hernandez (he passed away on June 1st of this year) played in 2000 in Spain. His opponent was at the time a talented 17-year old Spanish expert, David Rivas Vila.
The game is quite sharp and complex. The grandmaster tried to take advantage of his opponent’s lack of experience by constantly attacking and provoking him, forcing him to solve new problems at every move.
David was able to keep up with the grandmaster to a point, demonstrating good nerves and focus, but then faltered and soon ended up losing in a brilliant and surprising manner. Enjoy!
gm Hernandez,R – Rivas Vila,D
Chess in the cemetery
Chess game. Karet Bivat cemetery. Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by Alfonso Perez de Velasco. LINK
Alberto and Rody waiting for a funeral convoy. North cemetery. LINK
Cemetery: an area set apart for containing graves and tombs.
Yet, in the Philippines, in Manila and Cebu especially, families have made cemeteries their home. The North Cemetery in Manila, Philippines, established in 1904, covers an area of 54 hectares. The graves range from mausoleum to tombs, appartments and niches. The cemetery is a real labyrinth: a burial place for the dead with a population of 2000, it is also a living space. Each day, some twenty burials take place in the cemetery. And death brings jobs: men build and maintain graves, carry caskets during funerals, perform exhumations, cut headstones, drive tricycles taking visitors to the graves of their departed loved ones. Women take care of children, do housekeeping chores, cook, raise chicken, grow flowers, manufacture and sell candles. Children, like anywhere else, run around and play.