Lidia Davidenkova naît à Leningrad en 1939. Elle étudie l’art à Leningrad et obtient son diplôme en 1957. En 1966, elle obtient un second diplôme de peinture, sculpture et architecture à l’Institut Répine. Dès 1974 elle enseigne à l’Institut Répine et devient membre de l’Académie d’Etat russe des Beaux-arts. Elle travaille principalement à Saint-Pétersbourg, Paris, Londres et Monterey.
Arguably one of the most grotesque and warped contributions to Canadian chess on the internet is the ”chesstalk” message board (http://www.chesstalk.com/) I stopped posting on that site some 6 years ago , soon after death threats by Mussolini fanatics to other posters of Jewish origin were allowed to go unchecked by the site moderator–none other than CMA’s executive director Larry Bevand. Since then the site has cleaned up its image somewhat, but the bullying continues…
Recently some of the site’s bottom feeders have been attacking Canadian champion Jean Hebert for making constructive criticism of the CFC’s lack of policy regarding sending teams to the FIDE Olympiad. In his defence we find the lone voice of reason, Gary Ruben, who is not only a very strong master in his own right, but was one of Canada’s top organizers for decades:
”Why is it you don’t think Canada will be a chess power in the future? Do you figure Canadians don’t have the brains, the drive or the organizers who can’t train and pair the players properly at the club level?
Any organizer who thinks all he has to do is take a players money and give them a chance to play with no other responsibilities is, in my opinion, a poor stupid jerk.
Most want to play like Fischer and an organizerr should be having events and pairings which challenge players. I used to use a combination of class and open events. With correspondence chess I used to try to get the good players into international play as fast as I could. From there it was onto the national teams if we had room.
What are those organizers you envision there to do? Gratify themselves or provide a service to the players?
There is one Canadian who has done very well and shows the Canadian flag in events around the world. When other Canadians are also entered guess who normally finishes higher. Why is it the over 45’s, or maybe now it’s the over 50’s, are doing so well in chess in Canada?
Could it be a reflection of the kind of responsibilities you think the organizers should have?The kind of organizers you paint in your picture, where anything else is the players problem, reminds me of a big dog which poops on the rug and then looks around like it’s someone elses problem. ”
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS