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Something Rotten in Georgia?

In Uncategorized on 05/31/2006 at 9:16 pm

Yesterday, I was browsing through the online chess forums, and I stumbled upon a discussion about the safety of Georgia. You see Georgia is to host the World Youth Chess Championship but for quite a while, there has been a steady increase in criminal activity in the region, particularly targeted at foreigners. Not to mention the occasional armed conflicts between the government military and militia from the separatist South Ossetia. It is the perfect setting for a mass chess event, one of the rank of the World Youth Championship.
But this is hardly the first time FIDE is granting the hosting rights for such an event to a country with fragile internal peace and a dubious international reputation. One must not go farther back than 2004 to find that Libya was hosting the Championship Cycle in that year. Then, the whole Israeli delegation submitted a protest that was hardly noticed, while Moammar Kadafi went on to use the tournament as a political tool to publicize his regime. That same “application” of chess that was so common during the Cold War, when each Soviet grandmaster’s win on the board was before all a win of the “right” political ideology over the “corrupt” Western one. Apparently, these times are not that far back in the past as the fact that Libya is hosting yet another chess event this year – the World Amateur Championship proves.

*Apparently FIDE has run into a few problems with the venue for the World Youth competition and has deleted the name of Georgia as the current host from the schedule on its website. A sign of change?

Chess Olympiad (or is there such a thing?)

In Uncategorized on 05/31/2006 at 8:35 pm

On 4th of June, the 37th Chess Olympiad (yes, there were 36 already done) finished. What was spectacular about it was the total lack of media attention it got – even less than the 36 ones before that if this was ever possible (and as I am coming from Eastern Europe, I still remember the days when there were tv shows an hour or longer about chess (called it reality chess) and when chess gms were national heroes, what am I talking about, they still are, take Topalov (he is the current world chess champion and he is also Bulgarian) who received the highest degree medal from none other than the president of Bulgaria himself))
Still I am not completely fair – the chess Olympiad got its fair bit of attention at the end, at the closing party to be more precise with something almost as exciting as a 5 hour long chess game – a fight between two Gms! Mind you not over a chess board but with fists and apparently the reason for that was that both of them were hitting on the same girl. This reminds me of another such stunt performance by another well known GM – Zurab Azmaiparashvili who head butted a cop at the closing party of the 36th Chess Olympiad ( am I seeing a pattern here or is it just a coincidence?) in 2004 and went on to spend 2 days in jail. Hmmm and they say chess is not a violent sport….

Zurab Azmaiparashvili giving the stare to a chess opponent….

a tasty gem from a glorified grandma

In Uncategorized on 05/31/2006 at 6:32 pm

my ever-expanding search for tasty comestibles recently led me to the cutest darn bakery in the mile end: cocoa locale. after reading about this lil’ spot in the gazette some time ago, i decided to drop by and taste the homestyle baking for myself. as someone who particularly values the ability of any baker to produce food that is both tasty and cute, i was happy to discover that cocoa locale’s cakes and cupcakes manage both. for those who might find a reason to criticize the lack of polish in this tiny cookery i offer the words of cocoa’s very own one-woman show reema singh, as quoted in the montreal mirror, to express my own thoughts: ” ‘You have so much fancy-fancy French pastry in Montreal,’ Singh explains. ‘But there’s no cake in this city! Classic “grandmother cooking” is hard to come by, and that kind of baked comfort food is missing. I’m not a pastry chef. I’m a baker. I’m basically a glorified grandma.’ “ and there, folks, is the difference. although i did not test out the brownies, i encourage anyone with an affinity for sweets to drop by 4807 parc in order to see if the brownies stand up to the famous brainwash delights of the same name. or just to eat some yummy cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more tasty treats baked fresh on location.

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In Uncategorized on 05/30/2006 at 5:00 am

coming soon to redlight
in the meantime three great reasons to post your anonymous crush note below on Comments ;
1. your crush gets a huge brainwash team hug
2.if you don’t then you will never know
3. if you don’t they may never know


In Uncategorized on 05/27/2006 at 10:31 pm

Magnus Carlsen was born on November 30, 1990, which puts him at just under fifteen and a half years. He became internationally famous when he won the C Group of the Wijk aan Zee tournament in January 2004, just after completing his 13th birthday, and then winning the B Group this year, at fifteen, to qualify to play in the A Group in next year’s edition. In 2004 Magnus is currently youngest chess super Grandmaster in the history of the game, making his final norm at the age of 13 years, 3 months and 27 days (surpassed only by Sergey Karjakin, who did it in 2002 at 12 years and 7 months). Carlsen’s current FIDE rating is 2646. In March this year he won a very strong blitz tournament in Iceland, knocking out world’s second best player Vishy Anand in the process.


In Uncategorized on 05/27/2006 at 10:21 pm

Answer #4

Nunu? NONO! Of course not. The fifth daughter’s name is Mary. Read the question again.


In Uncategorized on 05/27/2006 at 10:20 pm

Answer #3

Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100. Don’t believe it? Check with your calculator! Today is definitely not your day.

Maybe you will get the last question right!


In Uncategorized on 05/27/2006 at 10:19 pm

Answer #2

If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person?!


In Uncategorized on 05/27/2006 at 10:04 pm

If you answered that you are first, then you are incorrect. Correct response is, if you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second.


In Uncategorized on 05/27/2006 at 9:43 pm

have you any ham?
yes we have ham
have you any eggs?
yes we have eggs
ok, ham and eggs.


In Uncategorized on 05/27/2006 at 9:29 pm
click on photo to see mystery man
many thanks to our kindred sisterjen for the pic and
a timely reminder that bg didn’t always look the geek(!)

Are you INSANE?!?

In Uncategorized on 05/23/2006 at 3:36 am

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Buff Up!

In Uncategorized on 05/23/2006 at 3:33 am

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