Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Betty Bledsoe of Indianapolis, holds a box containing daily medications for her children as they receive a chess lesson in her Indianapolis home Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007. All 12 of Bledsoe's children receive Medicaid for various disabilities and she worries about Gov. Mitch Daniels plan to automate the processing of food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits. Daniels is leading the way among cash-strapped governors who are contracting out services states historically have handled themselves.Post your caption in the comments.
The history of the 20th century is the history of the strategically necessary misrepresentation of chess. The defeat of left-wing politics, of reason and seriality, and its replacement by the flows of capital and the madness of markets informs us that whichever side chess was on, the game itself has lost, and lost badly, relegated to the status of whimsical pastime for the terminally intellectually aspirational, the insane and the incarcerated. The hustlers that sit in Washington Square Park, playing for the odd five bucks against business-folk on their lunch-break are the last remnants of the chess vanguard. But how did chess get beaten so badly? One solution to this question lies in the wilful misunderstanding of chess, by both its defenders and its critics, as primarily a game of war, and not as a game of seduction. The denial of the seductive qualities of chess is by extension a refusal any longer to acknowledge or even contemplate the seductive elements of the avant-garde as a whole.Read more...
Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
performing arts company
CHESS The Musical
music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA
lyrics by Tim Rice based on an idea by Tim Rice
Director ~ Liz Smith
Choreographers ~ Liz Smith, Leigh Lucey and John Duffy
Vocal Director ~ Jonathan Eldridge
Orchestra Director ~ Bridgid Bibbens
and a matinee Sat. March 3 at 2:30 pm (with alternate cast)
The game of Chess is used as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and the US-Soviet rivalry. The main characters form a love triangle: Freddie Trumper, the ill-mannered American challenger, Anatoly Sergievsky, the intense but charming Russian Champion who plans to defect to the West, and Florence Vassy, the Hungarian-born American Chess Second who must choose between love and patriotism. And the KGB and CIA are watching every move...
From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies all struggle to get the upper hand. The songs, "One Night in Bangkok" and "I Know him so Well" went on to become international hits. During three different scenes in the musical, the stage becomes a giant chess board, and members of the company become human chess pieces, moving through Four chess games created by International Chess Master Joe Fang (Belmont alumnus Class of 1977).
Tickets available through Tickets Hotline (617-993-5844)
e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at
Champions Sporting Goods in Belmont Center
& Ooh La La Fudge 381 Trapelo Road
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
He didn't mention the names of the other team members, but if you know them leave a comment.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
While full-fledged investigations are under way into the pipe bombs sent to industry shops last month and a string of earlier threatening letters, the key to thwarting future attacks may be in decoding "the Bishop."From "Who Is the Mysterious Fund-Bombing Bishop?" at Ignites.
Some speculate the culprit could be from the industry, but federal authorities are tight-lipped about their progress in the investigation and their profiling of the person, or persons, responsible. However, observers say there are likely some distinguishing characteristics to be on the lookout for to help unmask the Bishop, the name used by the individual who sent the packages.
Last month packages containing explosive devices and threatening letters were sent via U.S. mail to an American Century facility in Kansas City and Janus in Denver. The Janus package was forwarded to the Chicago office of Perkins Wolf McDonnell, a brokerage and advisory firm with which it does business. Both parcels were defused.
The pipe-bomb packages were the latest in a string of threats by the Bishop sent to financial institutions. Past letters contained references to the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, and D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo as well as demands that firms manipulate stock prices to equal $6.66. They also discussed kidnappings and killing.
Friday, February 16, 2007
NASHUA, N.H. - A former Lowell High School math teacher claims city detectives called him racist, derogatory names while urging him to admit to sexually assaulting three young women.
Prosecutors and police dispute the claims made by Severine Wamala, 45, of Nashua.
Wamala faces 34 felony sexual assault charges, each of which carries up to 10 to 20 years in prison. He has been jailed since his arrest in September, unable to post $1 million bail.
Police charge Wamala repeatedly raped three young women, ranging in age from their teens to early 20s, in Nashua over the past year. Lowell police also are investigating allegations of additional assaults, police have said.
Wamala's lawyer, public defender Scott Rankin, made the allegations in a motion filed earlier this month, seeking to suppress statements Wamala made during the interview.
If they were actually used, such words would land detectives in trouble, Detective Capt. Scott Howe, supervisor of the detectives division, said Tuesday. "That is not and would never be tolerated by the Nashua Police Department," he said.
"We intend to call as many people as we can to say that that didn't happen," said Patricia LaFrance, assistant Hillsborough County attorney. "The defendant makes some assertions, and we're obviously going to respond to them. It will be up to the judge to decide what was or wasn't said."
A hearing on the matter is scheduled March 12 in Hillsborough County Superior Court.
Detectives Robert Page and Jonathan Lehto questioned Wamala after one of the women reported the alleged assaults in September, Rankin's motion said. Wamala claims Lehto told him he would be allowed to go home if he admitted to having sex with the women, and showed Wamala a letter one of them had written, in which she stated that Wamala had raped her. Wamala claims the detectives became increasingly hostile as he persisted in denying the allegations and began yelling at him.
Police recorded only "a small portion" of their interview with Wamala, LaFrance said.
The state Supreme Court has ruled that recordings of a defendant's confessions or statements can't be used as evidence unless police record the whole interview, starting when police read defendants their rights.
Wamala argues that detectives questioned him at length without advising him of his constitutional rights to remain silent and consult a lawyer. Once they read him his Miranda rights, Wamala requested a lawyer and the interview ended, Rankin's motion states.
Gretchen ... had two problems: how to stick to her diet and how to raise money for the state chess championships....I wonder if Gretchen is a neighbor of CD's.
"Chess season is hard, you tend to eat more," said Gretchen Zaitzeff. "At tournaments, the kids play chess all day while the parents sit and wait and snack. I had lost a total of 12 inches ... since the beginning of the chess season, but I needed more motivation to stick to it all winter."
... she decided to donate $10 for every inch she lost since the beginning of chess season until March 1 to the local chess association to help its fundraising efforts.
"I knew that the Bloomington Normal Area Scholastic Chess Association (BNASC) was trying to raise money to buy additional chess boards for the IL State K-8 Chess Tournament at ISU in March," said Gretchen Zaitzeff. "It seemed the natural thing to do. $10 would buy one chessboard, and they need four hundred more. I know I can't lose 388 inches in a month. My goal is six to eight more inches. It's not a lot of money, but maybe kids from our Grove team will play on a board I helped pay for."
Thursday, February 15, 2007
I taught my son to play chess when he was three. We used to play chess all the time. He just really fell in love with the game. So he read umpteen books on how to play it really well, he went to camp for it, and he played a million phantom games with himself. He played it constantly for years. So he got really good. Now he can totally clean my clock in like five seconds flat. I stopped playing chess with my son. It's not because I am bad sport and I can't take getting beat. It's just not good for him. He has started to think that because he can beat me at chess that he is smarter than me and can question my thinking. That's not the only reason for it, but it doesn't help. He is just starting to enter the Know-it-all phase of his existence and playing a game where he can whoop me is not helping him to avoid becoming an arrogant little punk. So I don't play chess with him anymore.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Author Mark Stevens has some advice for Motorola executives about corporate activist and multibillionaire Carl Icahn, the subject of his 1993 biography, King Icahn:
• Brush up on your chess. "Icahn was a top chess player at Princeton. He will do whatever it takes to win. He will surprise. He will come back from the dead. He will not go away until he wins. Motorola management is on the second move in the game, but Carl is already on his 10th."
• Even if you think you're a crack chess player, chances are Icahn will have his way and will win. "He almost always takes the value of the shares he bought and drives them up," Stevens said.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
...here in Ontario, buying gas is like a game of chess. At-the-pump prices go up and down like yo-yos, with ten cent per liter (think thirty cents per gallon) daily swings a common occurrence. So when gas is running about eighty-one cents per liter (USD$2.60/gal.), and you see it drop to seventy-four cents, you pull in and fill up. It doesn't matter if the tank is full, and it's all you can do to squeeze three bucks worth in.Maybe they play chess differently in Canada?
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
"For two years, despite his best efforts the commissioner has been unable to swing a Championship over to his beloved New York Knights. So in desperation he has decided to stack the deck by having 25% of the league hail from the Big Apple and its surrounding environs."I'm not sure if I could get behind such "Clint"onian thinking, but it is interesting to note that the two new US Chess League expansion teams share the same subway and commuter rail systems as the Knights. Welcome Queens and New Jersey.
First off, let's forget the idea that the league is intended to pit players from different cities against each other. This notion had already been stretched thin by teams like Tennessee, which needed to scour an entire state to put together a competitively challenged team, and Carolina, which while still probably in James Taylor's mind is nonetheless not even a state at all. So now we can add New Jersey (wink! wink!) to the mix -- as if players from Cherry Hill will be making the weekly trek to the team's playing site.
And what about Queens? It's a borough! That's a New York term for a big neighborhood, for those of you in flyover country. It's like forming a second Boston team in Dorchester or Allston. Yes, I know all about the Brooklyn Dodgers, but where are they now?
The geographic centricity of the new teams also required a realignment of the division structure. For 2007, Carolina will be moving back to the Western Division. Now I ask you, how can a division with teams from Miami and Carolina be called the Western Division? West of what? Bermuda? Nova Scotia? Even the Tennesseans realize that their patch of land hasn't been considered the frontier for over 150 years.
Perhaps the commissioner should consider some alternative Division naming conventions:
- Refined Geographic - The Northeast Division and the South & West Division
- Political - The Blue Division and the Purple Division (Purple? It comprises both red and blue states)
- "Ballard"ian - The Biased For Division and the Biased Against Division
As for the Garden Staters, why not use their most famous export? The New Jersey Barriers!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
What will happen when the first genetically modified competitors emerge? Will there be a stratification of competitions, ones featuring unaugmented players and ones featuring those with genetic mods? Thinking more philosophically, what is the qualitative difference between an unmodified player who was born with a genetic advantage versus a player who had that advantage given to them via assistive reprotech?
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Initial reports suggest that the chess-playing computer went on a massive drugs&sex&booze session to celebrate.... Onlookers were amazed to see Fritz (or "the Fritz-Meister General" as he prefers to be called) totally off his face in the bar of his hotel just hours after his marathon chess challenge.Read "Deep Fritz goes on 5 day bender after claiming chess crown" from Robots Will Take Over!
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
A game of chessRead "Black and White - Chess" from Clear Like Clarity.
Black and white.
Pieces are black, pieces are white, squares are black squares are white
the cosmos is painted just black n white
Black and black are never together, white n white are never together
Still they say they are always together....
Friday, February 02, 2007
And senior Rick Marshall, 16, worked on perfecting not only strategy, but his aggressive flick of the wrist when capturing a piece.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Access to a licensed bar on the premises.