SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
I am presently sitting in one of my favourite coffee shops, waiting for a bus back home. This past weekend saw me in Barcelona for the first phase of the COPA CATALANA , a longstanding tradition in chess in Catalunya. My team, Escola d’Escacs de Barcelona (eebcn) won, which places us as favourites to win the finals which should be in the early spring.
The event took place yesterday and consisted of nine -15 minutes games (plus 5 seconds per move) played between teams of four players each. Something like 90 teams participated, including many GMs and IMs. I played first board , scoring a surprising 8-points in 9 (!), against quite a few of the above mentioned gms and ims…
Active chess is not my strongest side, so I was pleased. Especially since I had spent the night before travelling by bus from Madrid and got very little sleep. ADD to that that I had broken one of my toes in Madrid when I slipped and fell and was in some pain!
I think that this is about the 4th or 5th time that I have broken a toe! I used to jog when I first moved to Portugal and I was not used to the lack of paved roads… I was quickly discouraged from running as it became too painful…
A BLAST FROM THE PAST!
I came across this photo of Bob Dylan playing chess back in 1969. The caption is ”Chess with Vic – Cafe Espresso, Woodstock by Daniel Kramer” Curiously, Dylan did NOT perform and left before the festival got underway…
A BISHOP MADE OF ICE!
IN THE NEWS TODAY…
Two men not wearing pants play chess on the subway during the annual “No Pants Subway Ride” in Shanghai January 13, 2013. The event, organised by performance art group Improv Everywhere, involves participants who strip down to their underwear as they go about their normal routine. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA – Tags: SOCIETY
YOU ARE A VERY BAD DOG!
THE PARTY YOU WERE NEVER INVITED TO…
MEANWHILE, IN ST.PETER’S SQUARE YESTERDAY…
A professional group of Ukraine female protestors (FEMEN) decided to strutt their stuff in front of the Pope!
You can find more of their work at the link above!