Chess, Reflections & LIFE
What is wrong here? The position? The exposed breast? The cigarette? The sunglasses? Maybe all; maybe none!? Perhaps you are the problem, have you ever thought of that? You think too much…
U will own nothing & U will be happy
The mantra of the Great Reset. Freedom is slavery. (Orwell, 1984) Does the lady above seem happy to you? Would you be happy to serve the self-chosen?
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
― Benjamin Franklin
This is freedom. But I understand if some prefer to be a table instead. Far less risk.
Kevin Gentes: RIP
7.12.1967 – 1.5.2021
Another sad day for Canadian chess. At age 53, Winnipeg master Kevin Gentes passed away after a stroke. Way too early, but an adventurous life has its risks. My condolences to his family.
Kevin came into prominence in the middle 1980s when he defeated one of the top 5 players in the world (Arthur Yussupov) at the 1986 Canadian Open. In later years I also became one of his victims.
Surprisingly, Kevin never got above the ‘FIDE Master’ title. He was one of the most talented players that I had ever seen (and I have seen many!), but a life style that could most politely be called ‘wild’ or ‘adventurous’ prevented him from developing the discipline and focus that is necessary to achieving consistent success in chess.
As a teen he was already known to the authorities in Winnipeg. I remember being in Winnipeg at the time of him defeating Arthur Yussupov: the local press carried the achievement with an article with the headline ”Local delinquent defeats world master”.
You are a difficult reader to please! I put this photo of a beautiful goddess here for your appreciation and all you can do is complain that the board is set up wrong!
More chess art! Artist not known, but you can find more of this kind of wonderful art HERE.
To be continued in a little while…