SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
CHESS PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Two kids watching the Russia vs China match
Do you think she is comfortable enough?
Tal-like psych-out stare at World Junior
Another competitor at the World Junior: a different message
After a hard working day, a congenial dinner at the “Lord” hotel: IM Raja Panjwani (CAN), Raja’s coach GM Victor Michalevski, WIM Alisa Melekhina (USA) and FM Shiyam Thavandiran (CAN) (chessbase.com)
CHESS QUOTE OF THE DAY
”… the difference between chess and baseball. Baseball is won by hitting things, leaving no subtlety to the outcome. If the outcome is not clearly decided, we go into extra innings until it is. (Unless it keeps Bud Selig up past his bed timeat the All-Star Game, of course.) Chess, on the other hand, requires careful interplay between appearance and power, resulting in an outcome that is sometimes ambiguous (most matches at the grand master level are draws) or surprising (ah, the rush of an unexpected checkmate when you are down a rook and a bishop).”
CHESS KIBITZER SENTENCED TO 2 MONTHS IN JAIL !
Old man gets jail time for being a violent loudmouth
Monday, August 16, 2010
The China Post news staff
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Opinionated spectators beware: talking loudly during a game of chess can land you almost two months in jail.
The Taoyuan District Court yesterday sentenced an elderly man to 59 days of detention for assault. The man, surnamed Lin, was watching a chess game at a local park when he made excessive remarks disparaging the players’ strategies and got combative when they told him to keep quiet.
The incident occurred last September in Taoyuan, on an open space in front of a temple where public chess games were popular. Lin, 79, was standing behind a sexagenarian chess player surnamed Tao, giving him and his opponent unwanted advice and commentary.
When Tao and his opponent had a dispute regarding a move, Lin threw in his two cents as well and pointed to Tao as the one in the wrong. Tao responded by telling him to be quiet, causing the more senior Lin to fly into a rage and beat the younger man.
The judge sentenced Lin to 59 days of detention — the equivalent to NT$59,000 in fines.
Playing chess in front of local temples or in public parks is a favorite pastime of many senior citizens across Taiwan. The activity often draws a substantial crowd of elderly people with the same interests.