SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Shirov pondering his next move. Can you recognize some notorious CFC ex-presidents?
Ottawa’s most active chess club –the R.A. Chess Club –has created a tradition since Gordon Ritchie has retired and taken an interest in the game. The past year has seen some of Gordon’s favourite grandmasters visit and do simuls. Yesterday Alexi Shirov was in town and it produced a full house at the club.
I like to poke fun from time to time at the R.A. , but it is all in the spirit of gamemanship. The R.A. club deserves credit in working to promote chess in the Ottawa area, regardless of sexual orientation or how much alcohol you consume on average. Even bald individuals can become members…
Gordon (left), amusing the player on the right by making a move without waiting for Shirov to be at the board (that is a ‘no-no’, Gordon!).
Alexi standing beside a portrait of young Gordon when he had a full head of hair, a VERY long time ago!
(Thanks to Tim Bouma for photos and video!)