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N.Beltov
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posted 22 May 2006 11:59 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The 37th Chess Olympiad takes place 20th May - 4th June 2006 in Turin, Italy. Over 140 countries are participating. Chess politics: The event also includes the FIDE Chess Congress which will see Bessel Kok challenge Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for the FIDE Presidency.

In the first round the Canadian men scored 4-0 against the Japanese team, and the Canadian women scored 3-0 against Surinam. Round 2 today will see the Canadian men up against the powerhouse German team and the women will play Ecuador.

The Canadian men:

Board 1 GM Charbonneau Pascal 2510
Board 2 GM Bluvshtein Mark 2531
Board 3 IM Zugic Igor 2466
Board 4 IM Krnan Tomas 2409
Board 5 IM Roussel-Roozmon Thomas 2419
Board 6 IM Livshits Ron 2364

The Canadian women:

1 WIM Khoudgarian Natalia 2123
2 WIM Starr Nava 2169
3 WIM Khaziyeva Dinara 2103
4 WFM Smith Hazel 2035

Live Games at the Chess Olympiad in Turin

Don't even bother checking that site out if you have dial-up or don't have Java-enabled whatever.

Olympiad News - Chess Federation of Canada

blog of Canadian GM Pascal Charbonneau (member of the Canadian team in Turin)

Canada's long-time GMs, Kevin Spraggett and Alexandre Lesiege, aren't playing. Mind you, Canada's newest GMs are playing: Pascal Charbonneau and Mark Bluvshtein. Young Igor Zugic should be worth watching.

Russia is the favourite. Funny note: one of the US blogs said the following: "Our American Russians will beat the Russian Russians and the Israeli Russians and the Ukranian Russians and the other Russians!" Nakamura, however, is hardly a Russian name.

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posted 03 June 2006 11:34 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Caissa, the goddess of chess, has decided to smile upon Canada. Today, paired against the Indian powerhouse, the Canadian men's team accomplished the unthinkable and won 2.5 to 1.5. The women's team also did well, scoring 3.0 to 0.0 against the Sri Lankan team.

In an astounding upset, worthy of a row of exclamation marks, Canadian GM Pascal Charbonneau (2510) defeated Super GM Viswanathan Anand (2803!)on Board 1. Anand has played a World Championship match against Gary Kasparov and is currently the 2nd highest rated player in the world. There is no Canadian in the top 100.
Top chess players in the world.

There is one more round in the Turin Olympiad, scheduled to end tomorrow. Go Canada Go!

Oh yea. Here is the game.

[Event "37th Olympiad"]
[Site "Turin ITA"]
[Date "2006.06.03"]
[Round "12.1"]
[White "Charbonneau, Pascal"]
[Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B44"]
[Annotator "Beltov, N."]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2006.06.04"]

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 e6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nc6
5. Nb5 d6
6. c4 Nf6
7. N1c3 a6
8. Na3 Be7
9. Be2 O-O
10. O-O b6
11. Bf4 Bb7
12. Qd2 Ne5
13. f3 Qc7
14. Rac1 Rac8
15. Rfd1 Qb8
16. Kh1 Rfe8
17. Bf1 Kh8
18. Be3 Ba8
19. Bg1 Rg8
20. Qe3 Ned7
21. Nab1 g5
22. Nd2 Bd8
23. b4 Bc7
24. Qe1 Rg6
25. Bd3 Ne5
26. Be2 Rcg8
27. Be3 Rh6
28. Nf1 Rgg6
29. Qd2 Qg8
30. a4 Bb7
31. c5 dxc5
32. bxc5 bxc5
33. Rb1 Bc6
34. Bxc5 g4
35. f4 g3
36. fxe5 Nxe4
37. Nxe4 Bxe4
38. Bd3 Bxg2+
39. Qxg2 gxh2
40. Bxg6 Rxg6
41. Ng3 Rxg3
42. Qe4 Rg4
43. Be7
{Pascal Charbonneau lets his queen "hang" because he has such a devastating reply.
After 43....Rxe4 there follows
44....Bf6+ and the black queen drops with checkmate to follow.
44...Qg7
45. Rb8+ Bxb8
46. Rd8 mate.} 1-0


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M. Spector
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posted 04 June 2006 01:13 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Why isn't this on TSN?

Hell, if poker qualifies as a "sport", why not chess?


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N.Beltov
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posted 04 June 2006 05:43 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
FYI Spector, it's my understanding that one of the top Canadian GMs has abandoned competitive chess ... for poker. His name is Alexander LeSiege and he's represented Canada at world events.

What gets recognized as a sport, what gets government assistance, what gets commercially promoted are all organizational and political questions. And chess is, frankly, badly organized.

I haven't been able to determine how Canada placed but the men finished with 29.5 points (4 boards) and the women finished with 21 points (3 boards).


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posted 09 June 2006 04:37 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Can't they do something about the hooliganism? Think of the children!
quote:
Arianne Caoili, 19, of the Gold Coast, is at the centre of an international scandal after a sexy salsa dance she shared with Armenian chess star Levon Aronian ended in a brawl in an Italian nightclub.
English chess grandmaster Danny Gormally -- apparently angered at the sight of a rival getting too close to the object of his desire -- allegedly punched 23-year-old Aronian.

Teammates said the world No. 3 player went sprawling across the floor of the nightclub in Turin, where the World Chess Olympiad was being held.

Gormally may face the game's ruling body. Armenia won the tournament. England was 19th.

The incident has sent the international media into a frenzy, with Caoili, a former child prodigy, dubbed the Anna Kournikova of chess and Aronian in turn dubbed the game's David Beckham.


Read the whole juicy sordid story.

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posted 09 June 2006 04:40 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Astounding. Could it be that FIDE has set the whole thing up, in hopes of getting lots of free publicity? How better to make chess look glamourous and exciting?

Beg pardon, NB -- more glamourous and exciting.


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posted 09 June 2006 09:19 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Interview with the chess queen
quote:
Now, in her first interview since the incident on the dancefloor of Hiroshima Mon Amour in Turin, Ms Caoili, 19, is keen to address a few misconceptions. Despite being described around the world as the “Kournikova of Chess”, she said: “I want to be known as the Sharapova of chess, rather than the Kournikova — known for both my brains and beauty.”

She loves the game because it is “fighting for the mere pleasure of fighting”, adding: “There is nothing like arguing for the mere pleasure of arguing. It is my weakness to sometimes start a random friction between myself and another to test reactions, psyche, get amused, or simply to relax.”
I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's something about this gal I really like....

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posted 11 June 2006 05:44 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
The world of marketing and advertising must be salivating over Ms Caoili's potential.

"It is probably the best thing to have happened to this much-mocked pastime in a generation," wrote British reporter and chess fanatic, Stephen Moss, for the Guardian Online, of the scandal that saw English grandmaster, Danny Gormally, deck Armenian player and world No. 3 Levon Aronian at a nightclub during the World Chess Olympiad in Turin.


The Age

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posted 11 June 2006 07:45 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Canadian champion GM Pascal Charbonneau and his friend IM Irina Krush are on a cross-Canada tour this month. They've played "simuls" in Vancouver and are in Victoria today. Irina is brains AND beauty. Yum.

Tour dates for Pascal Charbonneau in Canada

Link for Vancouver photos of Charbonneau and Krush "simuls"

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posted 11 June 2006 07:46 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You would have to go and derail this thread by talking about chess.
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posted 11 June 2006 07:51 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Canadian Champion GM Pascal Charbonneau and IM Irina Krush.

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posted 11 June 2006 07:53 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I stand kurr-rected!!
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posted 11 June 2006 07:59 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Everyone who knows anything about high-level women's chess knows that Alexandra Kosteniuk is the Queen of women's chess. Alexandra won the 2004 European championship.

Alexandra Kosteniuk.

Alexandra has her own website and there are thousands of photos of her there. One of them shows her playing 56 opponents at once.

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posted 11 June 2006 08:16 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ooh, ooh, let me help!

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posted 11 June 2006 08:20 AM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For all you doubters about chess in the fast lane, check out Arianne Caoili's website.
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posted 11 June 2006 08:59 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From her website, I notice one of her many ambitions is to "bullet a bunny."

Is this some kind of pop culture slang, or does it mean what I think it means?


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posted 11 June 2006 12:55 PM      Profile for Lawrence Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Chess is as big in Armenia as hockey in Canada. Their Minister of Defence was a captain on the Men's team. The next morning after the incident in the Hiroshima Mon Amour nightclub, Armenian fans hunted down Danny Gormally in a cafe for a bit of a thumping. English Grandmaster Jonathan Speelman, who is fluent in Russian, cemented things over and Gormally was back on a plane to England the same day. Both he and the English Captain offered apologizies which were accepted. After hiding out for a few days in his parent's house from the media Danny gave a really frank interview to a leading Aussie paper. He admitted he had a problem with anger and alcohol; that he was jealous (he and Aronian had drawn a couple of games in previous tournaments but Levon had evolved into a superstar, ranked 3rd in the World now, and getting the salsa dance also); and that he is madly in love with Ms. Caoili who just wants to be friends. The universal nature of love triangles made this an appealing media story especially as chess masters engaging in fisticuffs has that same anomalous appeal as Man-Bites-Dog stories. It's really very rare. I've been attending Chess Olympics since 1968, first as a player then a Captain. I can't remember anything like this before.
Part of the general antsiness of the players may have been due to living in the Spartan Olympic Village. The accomodation had no tv, no radio, no phones, no bathtub, no refrigerator and a minimum of furniture in the shared living room. "Will they turn it into low-cost housing when the tournaments are over," I asked Nathan Divinsky. Our World Chess Federation representive, 80-year old ex-math-prof Divinsky (best known politically as Kim Campbell's first husband) responded drolly that a prisoner-of-war camp was more likely.
The cross-Canada tour by Pascal Charbonneau and Irina Krush is a pleasant addition to Canada's chess scene. If nothing else Dan Brown has popularized the concept of a travelling protagonist couple with mensa-level brains.
In Toronto, near the end, CITY TV will be hosting in their studio.

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posted 11 June 2006 03:33 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In addition to representing Canada at the Chess Olympiad 13 times, the previous poster is also the 3-time Canadian Open winner, 1980 World Open winner, Bronze Medal winner (Board 3) at the 1986 Olympiad, member of the Canadian Chess Hall of Fame and former Canadian champion. He was awarded the title of International Master (IM) in 1972. A babble first today!!
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posted 11 June 2006 04:07 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, welcome to the forum, Lawrence!
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