IT WAS 50 YEARS TODAY!
We all know how the story line goes: ” On that fateful November 22 in Dallas,Texas a lone gunman…’. Don’t worry: I am not going to bore you with the details. You know them only too well, maybe even better than I do! America has still not gotten over it.
Like most North Americans , I STILL remember everything… where I was , what I was doing right before and immediately after. It had been a rainy Friday afternoon as I walked home after classes…I was a 9-year old student at Maple Hill Elementary School in Montreal North. When I got home I found my mother watching television , looking nervous, confused and excited at the same time. Then she looked straight at me and told me–just as if I were an adult– that President Kennedy had been assassinated.
It didn’t mean that much to me at the time, after all I was just a 9-year old Canadian. Kennedy was an American. But over the coming hours and days, these distinctions melted away as television did its magic. Soon we all felt like Americans …The Kennedy assassination was the biggest opportunity that TV had ever got to demonstrate its power and influence. Atleast, up to that time. It is estimated that for the following days–up to Kennedy’s state funeral– the average North American watched 8 hours of televison each day! Nothing would ever be the same.
I remember walking to school the following Monday morning, passing one store after the other, each with a black draped photo of Kennedy in the window display. Remember, this was Montreal, not the ‘States. I can’t say that the Kennedy assassination marked my life–as I was too young to really understand its significance–but I believe that the reason I still remember it so vividly is because of how it affected people of my parent’s generation. I can still feel their pain, their sense of loss. And I always will.
LAST GAME TODAY?
Probably. Carlsen, with the White pieces, needs only to draw to win the title. At writing, the game seems heading in that direction…
I think that one of the most interesting aspects of the FIDE world title match has NOT been the chess (boring and blunderful come to mind) but instead the reactions from some of those who have been following it. Stan Vaughan, world title holder of the WCF, a sort of tongue in cheek parallel chess organization–but DON’T tell him that I said so– felt so frustrated with the play of both participants that he released a press communiqué soon after the 5th game:
”Asked to comment about the competitor FIDE championship now ongoing between FIDE champion Anand and Carlsen in Chennai, India, current WCF champion Vaughan had the following comments:
The championship match of competitor FIDE is a farce.
Carlsen has taken a 1-0 lead with 4 draws after 5 games of the short beat of 12 match which in the first place is an absurdity.
A so-called championship where Carlsen plays a well known refuted Marshall gambit? And Anand does NOT accept the unsound gambit? Even 3 year old students of mine know the maxim that the best way to refute a gambit is to accept it.
But so-called champion Anand declines the gambit? For fear Carlsen has come up with some way to revive the unsound gambit?
When Steinitz played for the title in 1866 he got 6 minutes per move. This competition (?) has for its third time control 15 minutes for the entire game with only 30 second increments per move. It is a joke to call this chess!!!!”
Well, everyone has the right to have their own point of view! Not sure what Marshall Gambit Carlsen was supposed to have played (which Anand supposedly declined), but I think Stan might have a valid point about the time control.
CHEERLEADERS AND CHESS
I think that Susan Polgar might have a GREAT idea there. Cheerleaders! Tits and ass. Just what chess needs…my blog has been saying something similar for years now!