Today’s potpourri and other nonsense!
It is Olympiad time again, and today I came across this rare photo from the 1939 Olympiad held in Buenos Aires, right before WW2…infact, the event had to be cut short because of the war! Many stayed in Argentina to sit out the war, while Alekhine and Keres both returned to Europe. Both were lucky to survive the war, though, as we know, Alekhine met his end shortly after the war ended, while staying in a hotel right outside of Lisbon.
Great photo! Chess players don’t dress like that anymore…perhaps we should!
How people communicated before there was the internet…
Queen of the board!
(The lovely Monica Bellucci)
WHAT IS COOL TODAY:
Kirsan at Tromso playing chess today!
Isn’t twitter GREAT! Apparently his game against Filiatov (r), the president of the RCF, ended in a draw. According to one source, Kramnik, the game was of a reasonable level. Perhaps someone might publish it?! IN ANY CASE, this is one more example of why Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is such a popular FIDE president, rubbing shoulders with the common-folk and sharing his passion with chess for all to see. And notice how relaxed he is? That is probably because he knows that he won the election several months ago…
WHAT IS KASPAROV DOING IN TROMSO?
Meanwhile, Kasparov’s campaign has a completely different style. Even surreal! Banners and flags all over the place, but the man himself, in flesh and blood, is nowhere in sight. There is nothing personal about this approach, nothing that tries to connect with the chess community. There has been no street-contact with people in Garry’s earlier campaigning either, other than for photo-shoots for publication. Nothing spontaneous.
Just nice to LOOK at!
Former world champion, Boris Spassky, 77 years old and apparently in good health, has come out and given his support to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov:
”It is no secret to anyone that Kasparov has not ever managed successfully a single organization, in chess or in politics. The reason for this is his intolerance of those with different views from his, as a result of which he usually ends up alone.”
“The FIDE President must not only be tolerant of other people’s opinions, but also be capable of great resolve and firmness when the need arises…This is why I ask the electors to be extremely cautious and attentive in their choice.”