Coffee, potpourri and nonsense!
Hello Saturday! Hard to believe that we are already into the second Saturday of the second month of 2017! Where does the time go? Between living our own busy lives and watching Donald
Duck Trump fuck-up each time he opens his mouth, it seems as though there is little time left over for paying attention to what is really going on around us…
Lot’s of things going on right now…
But before we get into that…
Congrats to GM Bruzon for winning his 6th Cuban Championship!
And last but not least…
Congrats to Iturrizaga for winning the Portugal Open with 8 points from 9!
Now, back to what is happening this weekend!
Tehran. Women’s World Championship
Friday saw the opening ceremony of the FIDE Women’s World Championship in Tehran, Iran. The tournament is the typical knock-out system that is so popular under Kirsan’s presidency. Every round (until the final rounds) will see 2-games played between the paired players, with quick-time tiebreaks , if necessary. The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by half an hour for the rest of the game (plus 30-sec per move). Number of participants is 64. Did I mention that the prize fund is some $450,000 ?
You can follow an excellent round by round coverage over on Europe Echecs. In fact, I recommend you do it because of the background info and the coverage is unbiased and fair. And speaking of fair, a number of women have refused to participate in this knock-out because of the requirement of wearing the hijab.
Love it or leave it, the players are fighting for the World Championship and if they want to play in Iran, then they have to respect the local customs. More on this topic later this week.
Marcel Duchamp International in Montevideo (Uruguay)
In honour of famed artist and passionate chess player Marcel Duchamp, this 9-round Open tournament began on the 9th and continues until the 15th. Time control is 90 minutes for the entire game (plus 30 sec per move). In total, 127 players from 11 countries, including 5 GMs, 5 IMs and 3 WIMs.
Today’s round 3 pairings (and partial results):
Hilarious chess story!!
I came across this mature, funny story just yesterday by chance over at Vice.com and whole heartedly recommend you to take a peak. I guarantee that you will laugh and really enjoy it as much as I did.
Also a must read:
“DeepMind, the London-based artificial intelligence unit of Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. has been running a series of simulations aimed at answering a key AI question once and for all: will the robots play nice, or will they try and kill us all?
DeepMind’s latest research is focused on the dichotomy between cooperation and competition, specifically among reward-optimized agents (human or synthetic), in highly variable environments.” Read more HERE.
Sexy chess game!
Lois Mitchell (b.1952) by Ron Vogel
TO BE CONTINUED IN A COUPLE OF HOURS