EICC 2012

European Individual Chess Championship 2012

April 27, 2015
by Pladiv Putin
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Ajedrecistas con discapacidad visual en Torneo Internacional   

Four Santander athletes participate in the 4th International chess tournament – Cup San Francisco de Quito that takes place in the Ecuadorian capital from 2 until 5 December.

Torneo internacional de ajedrez para personas con discapacidad empezó en Quito. Foto: Carlos Augusto Rojas Acevedo/ EL COMERCIO

Quito brings together 24 of the best players with visual impairment and low vision belonging to Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia. The tournament is played with the Swiss system, to seven games. I.e., all participants will play seven times, leaving champion who earn more score.

The ‘red’ delegation is composed of athletes Alba Luz Ruiz, Marcela Sepúlveda, Johan Camilo Cancino and Edgar Rico; the delegate Martha Mantilla and coach Pablo Ruiz. This is the first time in history that the State Government and the Indersantander support a tournament or preparation of international athletes with visual limitation.


En la imagen están Juan Antonio Loaiza y Carolina Aracena, boliviana que está ayudando al ajedrecista originario de Sucre en la capital ecuatoriana. Foto: Carlos Augusto Rojas Acevedo/ EL COMERCIOPictured are Juan Antonio Loaiza and Carolina Aracena, Bolivia is helping the native player of Sucre in the Ecuadorian capital.

According to the santandereano athlete Johan Camilo Cancino, who was pleased by this international involvement, “we come to this tournament is very important, we gain experience to compete with athletes from other countries.” We thank the Governor of Santander, Richard Aguilar Villa and the Indersantander for giving us the opportunity to learn about another country, learn and interact with other cultures”.

The President of the Council Metropolitan of disabilities of Quito, María Camila Pinzón, said in a press release that “for the city of Quito and Ecuador it is very important that Colombia and Santander are with us in this tournament, one of the most important skills we have. Thank you for the presence of these athletes that give greater impact to the event”.

The international swithch gear given to recognize and enhance the work of athletes who will represent the Department in the upcoming national games and individual skills of 2015.

You want to take part in the competition but you are lack of money? We have an organization can help you solve financial problem, contact disability benefits Canadian to have more detail.




April 26, 2015
by Pladiv Putin
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‘Probably I have become world champion too soon’

Ruslan Ponomariov was born on October 11, 1983 in Ukraine. At the age of fourteen he became the youngest player in history to achieve the Grandmaster title. In 2002, at age 18, he defeated his compatriot Vassily Ivanchuk and won the FIDE World Championship. The duel for the world title against Garry Kasparov, initially planned for the following year, was finally suspended. In this interview you can read, as Ponomariov found hair across the bed after a visit to the “champion world of hairdressing salon”, as a few Chilblains bathing in icy water and that their dream would traverse the steppes of Mongolia on horseback were cured him.

Ruslan Ponomariov: “probably became world champion too soon”

On October 11, the first and so far only Ukrainian world champion, served 25 years. Here are excerpts from an interview with him, made by GM Dmitry Komarov for the Russian magazine “Sobytiya”.

When I lost my father, almost went I wanted to hit him

“Probably got world champion too soon”, recalled Ruslan Ponomariov, sitting in the cafeteria where we find it, near his home in Poznyak, Kiev. “People expected too much of my and tried to do the best which was able to comply with this new status.” But it wasn’t easy. Today, there is no any key player, even if it is champion of the world, as in the case of Kasparov or Karpov. They are important to the smallest details, and if something goes wrong, our rivals will take advantage of it without mercy. Yes, it is true that I have lately disappeared a little in the shadow, but chess is still my profession. I’m still working hard on it. Finally, you know if you don’t train you and act as best you can, you can achieve anything.

Question: How did you you crowned champion?

Response: I started to play with my father when just he was seven years old. At the beginning I used to lose much and angry me terribly. They almost went I feel like beating my father. When he realized it began offering me tables and more forward began to beat him. The thing became less interesting. But then appeared a chess coach in our school and a group was formed. I started to go and little by little I began to study the theory. Then we play competitions in neighbouring regions and then also in other cities. It was then that arose the desire to become a professional chess player.

Q: I know that for a period of six years, since you won the Championship, you have managed to get two higher degrees of vocational training.

A: Since the times of the era of the Soviet Union, in our society there was the opinion that one should have a university education. So I chose the Institute of law that was not far from my house in Kramatorsk, whereupon it could study without that would conflict with other aspects of my life. My thesis with the title “Challenges and prospects for legislation improved in international competitions” was dedicated to the analysis of the contract of my mourning suspended against Garry Kasparov. My top sports training was obtained rather by chance. After a long interval, the State University of physical education in Kiev offered specialization in chess and I decided to not only support my friends, gaining new students giving them a personal example, but also to develop my own knowledge. This summer I finished my thesis on analysis of chess software. I was invited to stay in high school, but I didn’t. We already have enough teachers.

Q: how profitable is your profession?

A: Chess is not a sport to earn much money, especially compared with soccer, tennis or golf. The fact that chess is not Olympic sport has effects on its prestige and popularity. The other day I called the finance authorities.Apparently he had read in the press that I won lots of money [for his victory in the World Championship, Ruslan took some 380,000 USD, clean – D.K.]. I had them to explain that newspapers do not always publish certain facts. By the way, I paid all my own pocket training sessions. And sometimes that even came out against me. I hired Veselin Topalov to be my coach when I was preparing for the duel against Kasparov, and paid him an amount amount of money. But as it became obvious, he won more than such cooperation. It is now at the top of the list of FIDE and I’m in position 22.

Sergey Karjakin, Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov in Bilbao 2005

Q: Pay you a State salary?

A: The pay for being a member of the national team of Ukraine are two thousand hryvnia [around 350 USD] per month. But I rejected it. I want that chess be respected and paid properly. At one point, an athlete’s career ends. Four years ago, wrote frankly on “Facts” that the chess Olympiad Winners [the State paid ten thousand hryvnia for this success] should receive recognition similar to that the winners of the gold medals received at the Olympics. Since then it has not changed anything and why I’ve never returned to play in the national team over the past three years. Before, when I was a kid, it was interesting to play for the team. At one point I left out, due to various intrigues. But in 1998, we won the bronze medal and I managed to win the decisive point.Then I won the gold both in the World Championship and the Olympics. In this way I have shown that I am professional and now les officials demonstrate the same thing.

Q: Would you not wanted to play in a traditional as the forums Super-tournament?

A: I know, some of the participants, including some foreigners, received money to participate, in addition to the awards. The first time I played free, but I now insist that the conditions should be more or less the same level as other major international tournaments. Why Ukrainians, and not just the players, must earn less than residents in European countries?

Q: Have you ever thought why money is important?

A: Economic independence means freedom and choice. One can accept some and reject others. For example, if Ukraine were rich, we would be able to make our own policy, but as things stand, there are other countries that decide what should be the fate of the Ukrainians.

P : And how would you like to spend your hard-earned cash?

R: I have a dream. I would like to travel the steppes of Mongolia on horseback. One of my friends from the Institute of physical education has traveled to Antarctica and has brought me a coin as a souvenir. When I am listening to their stories about the ice and penguins it makes me want to see also the Antarctic. Already I’ve heard of that pleasure would cost me around $ 10,000.

P : You would not have fear of dying you cold there out?

A: You don’t have to be afraid to cold. Last December I had Chilblains in my ear. The doctor told me to take antibiotics and that one month I get in bed. But just then I went to a baptism and my friends persuaded me to put me in a hole in the ice with them.

P : Go! what happened?

R: until then had never tried to swim in winter. Of course, I was a little nervous. But when the priest blessed the hole in ice, in the form of a cross, I got into the water with the other. It was wonderful, and the next day my ear had completely healed. A month later I was in Spain. Course, it’s much less cold than in Kiev, but still was pretty cold and I could not resist to swim in the Atlantic.

P : And how you keep in shape?

A: Ten years ago I started to play football but I soon decided that I thought it was a too violent sport, broke my leg and with that left him. Jogging always seemed boring, so I bought a bike. But when all the districts of Kiev had travel me, I also started to bore me. In addition, our capital is not exactly friendly with cyclists. There are no bike lanes so you spend all the time on the verge of being run over by a car. So now I go to the gym and pool; I do exercises with weights of 5 kg daily.

P : Many famous people not only tend to go to the gym but it also go to beauty salons, hairdressers, etc. do you also?

To: when I coroné me world champion, decided that it should start to worry about my appearance. I approached me a room in Moscow’s name “Dolores”. The owner is the “champion of the world of hairdressing”. I paid about $100 for a normal haircut. I went back to the hotel, went to bed and when I woke up the next morning, my hair was all over the pillow. Since I usually go to the normal Barber.

P : Do you usually go to the field often?

R: to my I love to train me in some areas of the field in Ukraine. What I especially like is to catch carp in the Lakes. Once we went fishing at a lake that was partitioned into sectors with barriers and fail to catch anything.Then the owner of the resort where we were staying took us to an old man. It turned out to be very nice and allowed us not only to fish in their particular Lake but that he also shared with us some delicatessen as rabbit liver and a brandy that was distilled illegally.

P : Do you like singing?

R: actually, I love to sing. Different thing is that I have no talent whatsoever. In changing my sister Yes. She is ending her violin studies and is preparing to go to the Conservatoire. I remember when I went to a karaoke bar for the first time in my life in Lausanne and I was scared of it rather than sang customers. They had no Russian songs in the Repertoire, but still I got up, I waited my turn and I even clapped a little. Now I’d like to find a similar site in Kiev.

Ruslan with her younger sister, Ludmilla, who wants to be a professional violinist

P : What are the most amazing memories that you’ve taken your travel?

R: once I was invited to a dacha in Barvikha, near the famous Rublevo-Uspenscom Shosse, where they live all those Russian millionaires. My friend had a relatively modest two-room wooden house, but up to that house cost him three million rubles. I peeked through the door to breathe some fresh air in the morning and saw something like a luxury spa and on the side there was a church. I thought: what a beautiful, after a relaxing treatment one can go directly to pray a little. I told my friend and this burst of laughter because it turned out that this was not a spa but the dacha of one of the new Russian millionaires.

And last year I travelled for the first time to the Czech Republic, to play in the tournament in Karlovy Vary. I thought I could familiarize myself with Czech culture and meet some Czechs of the place. But it turned out that the local language was Russian and that almost everyone was from Russia or Ukraine.

Last year, met his girlfriend Ines Ruslan Ponomariov in the “League of Champions” tournament in the Basque country (Spain) Inés is 21 years old and studying Philology. Ruslan not revealed many details of his relationship with his girlfriend, but Agnes published some photos of your vacation with Ruslan in his blog. This year, Ruslan visited her several times and in June Ines returned the visit to Kiev.

R: No, have no plans to marry. Due to the many trips that we do, and why not say it, our selfish characters, chess players tend to have a high Divorce in Arizona, AZ rate.

P : Of course, your colleague Alexei Shirov, recently, divorced by third time. you give sentence?

To: why I should be worth? Perhaps one should rejoice over it (laughs). Once a relationship is broken, do to what extend it? One always should look at the positive side of things and move forward. The case is that it should be able to earn reasonable money to support his four children. Seriously, the key to resolving the problems of everyday life is avoiding conflicts with the closest and most beloved people and focus on what matters most. And the most important thing for myself now is chess.

April 20, 2015
by Pladiv Putin
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Chess and work

Chess is rejected many times by workers who do not know because they imagine the heavy duty which means to solve many difficult problems, that it is necessary to work hard and long hours to not get very little.

It is surprising that there are people able to spend thousands of hours in study a game, for in the end not obtain anything. Chess may then seem a game for madmen. But in capitalism, just in case… does not occur the same? Not have one grueling hours of work just to survive? The worker flees both chess and work and prefers to concentrate on simple things. As Marx said “the human becomes animal and the animal in man”. This article arises to elucidate what attitude we have against the work, which is the same as that with chess. In a socialist revolution that we put, head of production and the need to improve our productivity, know how to play chess, know the dialectics of transformation, as well as perform volunteer  job openings near me let us reverse the alienation, be more conscious and free, planning our lives.


What is the alienation of labor?

Let’s look at a small quote from Marx that shows in simple manner, how really is our attitude towards work, since we were born in this capitalist society to this day in will finally disappear.

What is, then, the alienation of labor?” First of all in that labour is external to the worker, i.e., does not belong to its being; that in his work, the worker does not assert, but it refuses; does not feel happy but miserable; It does not develop a free physical and spiritual energy but mortifies his body and ruins his spirit. Why the worker only feels itself outside of work, and work out. It is in one’s own when not working and when you work on one’s own. His work is not, thus, voluntary, but forced, forced labour. That is why it is not the satisfaction of a need, but only a means to meet the needs out of work. Its strange character is clearly evident in the fact that as soon as there is no physical coercion or otherwise flees work as from the plague. External work, the work that it alienates man, is a work of self-sacrifice, of asceticism. Last term, for the worker shows the exteriority of the work that is not yours, but of another, which does not belong to you; in that when it is on it is does not belong to itself, but to another“(Marx, Karl; “Manuscripts economic and philosophical 1844″).

The workman is poorest much more wealth producing, more grows in power and volume production. The worker becomes one cheaper so commodity produced many more goods. The devaluation of the human world grows in direct reason for the valorization of the world of things. The work not only produces goods; It also produces itself and the worker as a commodity, and justly in the proportion in which produces goods in general.

The obrero-mercancia is the slave of his own production. This happens every day of our lives under capitalism. But it has not always been so. It can be said that humanity itself is the work product, Engels shows it in its known the role of work in the transformation of the ape man when he says that “first work, then and with it the word articulated, were the two main stimuli under whose influence the brain of monkey was gradually transformed into human brain“. The category of alienated labour is a great contribution of Marx to understand why it is such an unpleasant despite its enormous importance for life. It is necessary that we look at how to modify this situation, to be happier and that socialist revolution not just give food to the hungry, work for the unemployed and greater dignity, but also achieve this situation in the background: that the work ceases to be a painful obligation, we do only if we receive a good salary to compensate us. Otherwise, never will be communism.

The importance of voluntary work and the new Communist attitude

Lenin stated that the Communist attitude towards labour “is based and increasingly with the passage of time, will be based in the discipline free and conscious of the own workers who have knocked down the yoke of the landlords and capitalists“. Therefore, he stood out as a major initiative the development of volunteer work that made Moscow workers in civil war and who then had systematized in all Russia. They had dubbed their volunteer work as ‘Communist Saturday’. Let’s see:

‘Communist Saturdays’ are so important because they were initiated by workers who in any way were conditions exceptionally favorable, by workers of various trades and some without any office, simple unskilled workers, who live in ordinary conditions, i.e., extremely difficult.” We all know very well what is the main cause of the decline of the labor productivity which is observed not only in Russia, but in the whole world: is the ruin and misery, irritation and fatigue caused by the imperialist war, disease and malnutrition. The latter, because of its importance, occupies the first place. Hunger: that is the cause.And to end hunger must raise the productivity of labour in agriculture, transport and industry. Is, therefore a kind of vicious circle: to raise labour productivity have to end hunger, and for ending hunger we have to raise the productivity of the work“.”

We know that in practice such contradictions are resolved, breaking the vicious cycle, producing a radical change in the mood of the masses, with the heroic initiative of certain groups, which often play a role on the basis of this radical change.” The inexperienced workers and railway workers in Moscow are workers who live in extremely difficult conditions. Their food is always poor, and now, before the new harvest, with the general worsening of the food supply, actually die of hunger. And yet, these hungry workers, encircled by the malicious counter-revolutionary propaganda of the bourgeoisie, the Mensheviks and the eseristas, organize ‘Communist Saturday’, work hours extra without any payment, and achieved a huge increase of productivity of work, despite being tired, exhausted and bedridden by poor nutrition. Is this not an extraordinary heroism?“Isn’t this the beginning of a change of transcendental importance?(V. I. Lenin, a major initiative, 1919).

The argentino-cubano revolutionary Ernesto Guevara was one of the biggest promoters of volunteer system and made him known around the world promoting it with his own example since he understood it as a moral and economic factor, an important element in socialist Cuba economic plan and argued that all leaders should take the lead. The sense of this voluntary sacrifice is that “work must acquire a new status; the mercancia-hombre continues to exist and installed a system that grants a fee for the fulfillment of social duty. The means of production belong to society and the machine is only the trench where the duty is fulfilled. The man begins to liberate their thinking from the annoying fact that meant the need for your animal needs through work. It starts to be portrayed in his work and understand its human scale through the object created, the work carried out. This already not there leave a part of his being shaped sold labor force, which does not belong more, but means an emanation of itself, a contribution to the common life which is reflected; the fulfillment of its social duty“(E. Guevara, socialism and man in Cuba, 1965). A simpler way to put it: “work should be a moral necessity our; the work should be something which we go every morning, every afternoon, or every night, with renewed enthusiasm, with renewed interest. We have to learn to take away work that has interesting or what’s creator, to know the most intimate secret of the machine or the process in which we have to work“(E. Guevara, speech given on December 16, 1963). And on another occasion also pointed out that “the important thing is that a part of the life of the individual that is delivered to the society without waiting for nothing, without compensation of any kind and only in compliance with the social duty” (E. Guevara, speech on May 9, 1964).

Chess, source of joys and challenges

Who has studied and practiced chess knows the joy of work very hard to overcome every day. That is differently against the sacrifice, as when one loves what it does not repair them and gives everything to continue improving and progressing. We can say that chess combines the work, play, art and science. But it has a terrible limitation that means the individual game. Parts are working together it is true, one learns of unrelated items and trained with teachers also it is true, but the chess player has to be hours and hours only on a Board, solving difficult problems.

Among the benefits we can highlight that one learns to take responsibility for their own mistakes. But this can also engender a feeling of great safety (or inferiority, as the case may be) in your own capabilities, which can lead to believe that one is self-sufficient. This individualistic thinking, unfortunately is very common among the Argentine players, so that when a fan of the working class participates in a tournament you can see an environment that is petulant, vain, where many ‘believe it is’ big. It was (and still is) a major challenge for the players in this situation. It is necessary to plan from now different alternatives for it, as it might be to develop volunteer work days to promote chess among the masses, making simultaneous public and split classes, without seeking any economic revenue.

The Soviets made a great effort in that same sense. Already discussed in another article of the “first five-year plan” to organize brigades of players that take chess to factories, schools and rural villages. From the sporting aspect, we can say that in the palaces of pioneers (centres for children and young people encountered in the USSR where the creative work and sports promoted) group in thousands of baby geniuses work is pushed. This was expressed in long hours of training collective, with athletics and swimming, exercises analysis by team of each match and cooperation when they played in international tournaments, making tables for not exhausting is among them.

Robert Fischer was a staunch critic of this stance, calling it unsportsmanlike and be a “trap” by the Russians. Surely that’s why is so valued and featured chess culture of the West.

Furthermore, it is a unique case in history. Bobby really worked 24 hours to improve your chess, never tired of doing so. At age 11 the title of Grand Master International had achieved the title of champion in the United States and the 15 years. He thought since then was the best player in the world and wanted to prove it by obtaining the maximum trophy. But in his path stood dozens of walls, represented by the top Soviet players. It was then that he began to denounce the Communist practices that prevented him to reach the highest level.Let us not forget, McCarthyism and the cold war that surrounded Bobby childhood. He had simply assumed that all the blame was Communists. Over a decade, it happened the same. Fischer was a great candidate, but could not express its maximum level. Until finally, at the end of the Decade of the 60s he admitted himself that should improve the own chess and was able to overcome. In 1970 he beat on Taimanov and Larsen (two of the best players in the world) to Tigran Petrosian (former world champion) and six points ahead by four points. This last match was important for chess in our country history, because it was held in the teatro Municipal General San Martín during the 30 days of September and 19 October 1971.Crowds met chess and went to watch the best games in the world.

Yes, Fischer had the chance to contest his awaited World Championship. We saw a victory of Spassky, where the champion sacrificed material to quickly mobilise his army. Now we will see a decisive game for the fate of the match, where the Challenger prevails masterfully and creates a gem of art.

April 1, 2015
by Pladiv Putin
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The 14 January pluck chess and photography workshops

The Italian Association of Mutual, Cultural and Recreational Formosa, like every year, offers its members and the wider community cultural activities during the summer recess.
This time, on January 14 next torn photography workshops and chess, between the hours of 17-19 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The photography workshop will be conducted by photobooth hire Melbourne and will last 10 meetings and the objective is that attendees will learn the basic operation of the camera, camera modes, the basic techniques of digital image to the introduction to photography. General aspects of photography will be discussed at the technical level accompanied by practical work.
“Also in this workshop strategies that facilitate the use of small digital camera to the limit is applied. It focuses both multimedia and imaging cameras not DSLRs and exploration programs for editing photos on computer,” he added the degree in social communication with vast experience in photography and that began as a photojournalist in Nuevo Diario disappeared and now focuses on corporate communication of the Italian Association.

According to reports by the head of the workshop that the same will be developed through “lectures, discussions and constructive criticism will guide attendees can realize their creative decisions based on personal photographic approaches. The expected result is that participants completed the workshop with renewed enthusiasm and appreciation for the small but valuable digital camera.
The workshop cost is 100 pesos for non-partner and 50 pesos for the partner.
Chess Workshop
Meanwhile, the same days and times the chess workshop will be held by Franco Campuzano, renowned chess player of the medium.
 According to the assertions of the workshop leader, “every class has a theoretical part, in which a strategic or tactical aspect is developed, taking grandmaster games or experiences the teacher, who then seeks to bring various problems related to their students the subject matter or facing each other while evaluates and assists in the development of the games they play. “
When the professor warns that the student has a level of more advanced game, you will be promoted to play (first internal, with their classmates) tournaments and then encourages you to participate in other tournaments to know several game levels and then they can analyze games played, seeking the reason for each and correcting errors through the experience of the student in the “field”. the cost of this workshop is 50 pesos
Closing activities 2013
Before a large crowd, the Italian Association of Mutual, Cultural and Recreational activities hill Formosa 2013 the pasodo December 11, in a large ceremony at the Grand Cinema Teatro Italia with free admission.
Note that in the evening if you made ​​this mrs.  Bussolon Margarita, who is president of the Union of Italian Associations who spread the Italian language and culture northeastern Argentina (Photo by delivering a diploma) ,.
It started when a few words the president of the Association, Alfredo Maglietti and delivery of the respective certificates was later students of Italian language told the audience; Chess Workshop: courses in drawing and painting; of introductory workshops on creating and literary correctness, theater and folk dance Italian, Argentine and tango.
Sandwiching the delivery of certificates some works made by participants such as that presented the group of theater and choreography that make us enjoy people dance.
Recall that the “Italian was founded   on 6th junio 1897,   under the name of Italian Association of Mutual “Savoia” Formosa, then was renamed Italian Society of Mutual XX September “. It was the initiative of 44 Italian immigrants and was intended to provide assistance to its nationals and in order to have their own space to meet, strengthen their friendship and preserve the customs, language and culture of the land where they were born.
The secretary of the institutions operating in the 353 Avenida May 25 (high), telephone 370 4427561, e-mail aismfsa@ciudad.com.ar; asociacionitaliana@arnetbiz.com.ar where they can racabar reports on summer workshops or directly to phone 3704251065 or email franco.romero@gmail.com   for photography and for chess on 3704542734.

March 23, 2015
by Pladiv Putin
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Chess movies showing at the competition

Yesterday, speaking of Steve McQueen , mentioned The Thomas Crown , in which Steve McQueen plays a game of ajredez (real and metaphorical) with Faye Dunaway . I’ve never played chess, I find it a fascinating, very cinematic game, which is full of possibilities. Unfortunately, in real life rarely has a chance to say something so forceful as lethal as â € œJaque Matea € ?? mamarracha without being pretentious. So, again, we must take refuge in the cinema to live those larger than life moments that God, in his infinite stinginess, we so often obscures. Here’s my ListA € |

1. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

I said. For McQueen, the Dunaway (what a shame for women, which has been done in the face), the Pelia € | I think also for the time. A little about everything.

2. Fresh (1994)

When you are surrounded by gangsters, thieves and other ilk, the only site where you can play by the rules I guess it must be chess, because what is in the barrioâ € | forget it. The great Samuel L. Jackson proves to be a actorazo like the top of a pine tree again.

3. Stalag (1953)

One of the lesser known films Giant Billy Wilder . It is not surprising, since it is not a comedy precisely: in a Nazi refugee, one of the prisoners is able to sell his mother to survive one day € Masa | The moral is not very edifying precisely, but so is the human being, is not it, darling Holly (Golightly) ?: â € œRatas and super ratasâ € ??.

4. Searching for Bobby Fisher (1993)

Being a child prodigy is not easy in any field or in the entertainment world (I would tell Judy Garland ) nor in chess. The truth is that the movie is great, especially for the script, and Joe Mantegna , who is an actor that I love.

5. Insurgent (1957)

A movie of deadly chess, literally. Max Von Sydow life is played with the Grim Reaper, white against black, in a movie also filmed in black and white. As you know, Ingmar Bergman  is not exactly my weakness, but even a Reconco know its virtues. You can watch insurgent online free because the movie so old that it doesn’t have copyright anymore.

Moral: I, in life, what I’m wanting to say is not really Matea € â € œJaque ?? œenroqueâ € but â € ??, which is a word, and an attitude that seems much more civilized.

March 5, 2012
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Press Conference



In the Press Centre of the Championship, Mr. Silvio Danailov – President of the European Chess Union (ECU) and President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation gave Press Conference about the Chess in School Program.

April 5, 2011
by Pladiv Putin
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Chess: six pieces and a housing market


Is chess a mere collection of wooden figures without personality, or each -for what they can do and what does not could represent, and even drop us better or worse, to each of us? Are they worth the towers always pawns? Are they worth all the pawns the same? Is the king always so weak? Is it always the lady so strong? Are all equally important squares? Is the board only a board, or is it really a miniature world?

The pawn

If chess is a game monarchy and no doubt it is because the king is the most important piece and queen the most powerfully then we can say that the pawn is the equivalent on the board of the worker or peasant. And it’s the quintessential revolutionary piece. As in life, if a rebellion to overthrow the king and queen occurs, those who are the pawns will star. For although the pawn move is the most limited and very weak … firepower combines two qualities that make it unique.

For one, the pawn is able to associate with other laborers and thus acquire -through the organization said that strength of ordinary people when you decide to join. If the pawn develop a class consciousness and joins his teammates, you can purchase amazing power. A pawn can rarely do great things alone, but when working side by side with his teammates is capable of immobilizing and even destroy the most formidable enemy pieces. Pawns can build a wall that no other piece is able to break. Philidor, chess theoretician and coincidentally or not so casually hegemonic chess champion in the immediately preceding the Revolution of 1789 France, summed it up in a phrase that seems speak both squares as life itself: “The pawns are the soul of the game.”


To be honest, there is no strict democracy on the chessboard, which continues to be the scene of a war on two heavily nested fighting armies.But, nevertheless, the town itself has a voice, and has through the pawn.Clairvoyance Philidor was rescued in the nineteenth century by Wilhelm Steinitz, top promoter of modern chess strategies, strategies based on the order and logic. The German champions cultivated a philosophy that continues to prevail in chess today: if the game is like a war between two nations, the best way to achieve victory is counting on the people and giving, when possible, a predominant role. Create a solid pawn structure on the board, in which each support the next, is one of the cornerstones to ensure victory. A chess strategy, as a nation, is only strong when the laborers feel strong enough to actively collaborate in the final result. And that strength comes from the support, collaboration, solidarity. So Steinitz took the theory of the modern state to which -before him was chaotic medievalizante bleeding chess where the pawns were as cannon fodder that could be sacrificed without much remorse. When Steinitz began to beat all, some, jealous and consumed by envy rivals accused him of making a ‘ungentlemanly’ game when maybe, deep down, meant “little chivalry” -demostró the people, united, can not be beat.

But there is also another way by which the pawn can cause a revolution on the board, and this approach is its ability to be crowned. Although the pawn moves slowly, step by step, and always under constant dangers especially when insulators is, when it gets to reach the eighth row, reaching the enemy rear after the heroic odyssey through the entire board, get an invaluable reward. At the same time, the pawn “crown” and can choose which part become. Naturally, usually chooses the strongest, the queen. Thus, starting from the bottom, a pawn can emulate the career of Napoleon Bonaparte whole and eventually become a powerful general able to decide a battle … and sitting on the throne.

One of the basic mistakes that often make the most novice chess novice writer-even that, I mean is underestimating the importance of pawns. With so many more powerful pieces a pawn on the chessboard, the player unwary may believe that the loss of a single pawn will not be noticed or have importance in the development of events. But when the absence of this peasant anonymous prevent the creation of a disciplined and impassable defensive front, or when the farmer is not there to be brought before an enemy peasant who is about to be crowned in our own rear … is when the novice chess player finds the awful truth: in chess, as in life, the people rejected almost certainly leads to disaster.

The bishop

In some parts of the world also called the “bishop” is the most sinuous, crafty chess piece. It moves and always in diagonally, which has its advantages and disadvantages, but also defines a way of being.

Its diagonal attack allows him to exercise one of his favorite tactics, the courtier, fast and unobtrusive and often treacherous attack. The bishop may, for example, shut in “Fianchetto”. That is, hiding from the enemy sheltered between the solid escort several pawns. There, we see the seemingly dormant and away from the heat of battle bishop: he is indeed the bishop who contemplates hostilities from the safety of a castle window. But it is not really inactive, but waiting, as Machiavelli or Cardinal Richelieu … waiting for their time comes. It seems quiet and absent when the battle is in what we call the “middle game”, ie, the height of the struggle, when more blood is shed and falls a larger number of combatants. In the intermediate stage of the game, it sometimes happens that the complex multitude of pieces that come and sword in hand often difficult for the bishop to move comfortably and this remains in Fianchetto. In these cases it could give the impression that the bishop, as cowardly hiding, has disappeared and has abandoned his people to their fate.

But when we reached the end of the game, when the battle is starting to clear and diagonals begin to be clean parts, the cunning and sly bishop shows who has spent much time planning their entry into action, which often lead to very unpleasant surprises for the adversary. If a diagonal is cleared, the bishop leaves his hiding place and emerge the most notable of his virtues: the ability to attack by surprise, throwing an arrow in the distance that usually surprised by the unexpected and harmful. Bishop arts have fished the fierce enemy soldiers in the distance: the sniper chess, the man who waits in the shadows. A bishop well used can be the favored weapon of player who likes to plan ahead the battle on a level, reserving his Machiavelli inadvertent corner that, at the least expected moment when enemy walks down the aisle in what we were expecting, the bishop of the shadows wielding a poisoned dagger appears. The Tarrasch said:“the future belongs to whoever owns the bishops”.


But if there is a free diagonal leaving you room to move in the middle game, a bishop who controls the diagonal is the sharpest of the parts, because it can remove, immobilize and threaten any other. Sometimes even better than I could do the dreaded queen. The bishop is not so outrageously valuable to have to protect it at all costs, as it does with the lady, who just so powerful was worth so much that sometimes the player has to protect it, even timid manner.A bishop in an open diagonal, is a “good bishop,” something very dangerous in the hands of someone who knows how to use well.

But the bishop also has its weaknesses. When items are never open phase, when no free diagonals and everything is resolved in a tangle of pieces that accumulate in locked position, the bishop could turn out to be almost completely useless, especially when left without pretenderlo- isolated battle in a corner from which you can no longer launch their arrows. In such cases, when it is blocked by other pieces, it becomes what we call a “bad bishop”. There, his power to decide important issues in the battle disappears. In fact, the ability to hide bishop can backfire if suddenly the door closes cache under his nose and is barred from outside. There is no possible contrapié cunning.

Even so, usually, the big players have come to prefer the subtlety long distance the bishop on handling a short distance equivalent theoretical value: the cavalry.


It is the only piece that does not move or attack straight or diagonally, but does so by drawing a twisted “L”. It is also the only piece can jump over the other, whether friend or foe, so you need not have to transit corridors through which open. If in actual wars cavalry is more effective in the open, in chess is just the opposite. Where there entrenched positions in which other parts are difficult to maneuver, without aisles or clear diagonal, the horse is like their sauce.There where others can barely move, the horse jumps happily from one square to another, creating sudden threats as the “cradle” (attack two pieces at a time). For example, there are few Jaques as terrible as that of a horse that appears jumped, giving checkmate the king while attacking a larger piece that was relatively far from the danger zone. In this case, the greater part can be taken for dead, but had been believed safe behind a parapet.


The horse is like the sapper or an army engineer: building bridges, dig tunnels, passes through walls, even occasionally bursts walls with a sudden explosion that sacrifices his own life to demolish the impassable opposing pawn structure. It is a very valuable piece when the trenches are labyrinthine and deep. But when the battle is cleared and long distance sniping like the alfil- begin to dominate the horizon, the horse loses much of its power. The ability to jump a short distance, so necessary in trench warfare, it does slow and ineffective if the battle moves into the open. Also, a horse often very unhelpful if still too long in one place is, unlike the bishop, which makes the entrenchment one of his best weapons.

But the horse is also important in another phase: the opening of the game when it is the only piece that can come out of its initial position even before any pawn has moved. As the horse can control the center of the board with a single hop, it’s a perfect browser that can escort the pawns in their first steps towards control of the board. It is rare that a skilled player making big mistakes in the opening, but for a novice player -propenso to certain inaccuracies in phase initially jumping horse contrary can be an unexpected and terrifying movement, the rider operates easily the existence of weakly defended boxes and is quite adept threatening “from scratch” to pieces incorrectly located. In this inexperienced player, the strange pattern of movement of the horse finds it difficult to anticipate their way to create labyrinthine played in unlikely places you crave almost magical, and use of the fork attacking two pieces at a time seems illogical and creepy.

Although many players tend to prefer the most effective in the distance and more reliable long-term bishop theoretically equally valuable, but the horse can always play a decisive role in complex games. And more in amateur chess, especially if it is in the hands of imaginative players will quickly see how to capitalize on the mistakes of his opponent.The apparent “irregularity” pattern of movement of the horse favors those with a more immediate vision of the subtle geometric webs board. Already said Capablanca: “the weaker or inexperienced player is more terrible seem horses.”


If there is an equivalent of the modern tank in the war taking place on the chessboard, that’s the tower. Its front and sweeping attack is much more obvious and easy to foresee that for example the bishop, but is also more devastating. It is a powerful piece, but more than any other has its time and should not be using it early. Rarely does something at the beginning of a game, but rarely not decisive to nothing in the end. At the final stage and there are few pieces on the board and there are many rows and columns as open road, where our two tanks can move freely spreading terror among the enemy ranks.

However, until that end comes, towers usually remain parked in our own front row for much of the game. And there in his “garage” should stay, unless extraordinary circumstances require their services before time … unusual thing.Usually one of the two towers is part of castling, the castle where King refuge. In fact, both towers saved the monarch during the early and middle stages of the game. Are the two tanks of his escort and simply watch the battle with the engine off. Even Bishops can check out their hideouts, but the tower should expect. Need wide highways to reach their destination.


Thus, at the time the battle is nearly finished, when many pieces are missing and roads begin to be cleared, tanks leave their hangar … and that’s when his departure becomes overwhelming. They overflow a few enemies left standing still, and will flee to other troops. At the end of the war, when both tanks start their engines and move in a coordinated manner, there is no way that the enemy get answer your assault. The towers terminated by brute force what other parts have been getting millimeter based maneuvers throughout the game.

But the need for road conditions is their only weakness. Samuel Reshevsky said that “the only good tower is a tower in motion.” These two tanks need to speed chess, proceed for a distance to cause harm. In very short, with few exceptions distances are generally less fearful and more vulnerable, because they are easier to dodge and boycott. Imagine an infantryman located right next to a tank, if he is smart, tank will never do anything. But if that same soldier is not attached to the tank, but forty meters away, visible and unguarded in the middle of a road … if the tank begins to accelerate pointing his gun, the soldier has no future.

How do you cope? A complex and full of pieces, such that both hinder the lives of bishops heading is even more debilitating for the towers. Because even in that kind of games bishops have the opportunity to sneak into diagonal crack unattended for some, but not towers. Tanks, we said, need a good clear lane … and one of the easiest things to get in chess is to hinder the enemy lane intended use. Just a single pawn well placed to cut an entire road.

For all this, the towers are especially dangerous in the hands of experienced players, those who play with pinpoint accuracy the final with few parts. In those final, a couple of tanks is so terrible that the lady could not stop them.

The Lady

Said a medieval text that “when I saw my queen from, ay! I could not continue playing. “ We said that chess is a game monarchy, but also a matriarchy. The lady, the queen is the most powerful part of the game. You can make any possible movement to any other piece except horse jumping and attacking the pawn “in step” – so it is also the most valuable piece in battle. The king is only more valuable in theory; its value, say, can not be calculated. But where the king is weak and vulnerable, the queen is strong and powerful. If the king holds an honorary degree but usually confined to let others defend, is the queen who governs and directs troops in practice.

The queen can attack everything and everyone, and wherever you go, wherever they are located, their presence instantly changes the nature of the ongoing battle. It is very difficult to defend against it; Also it is difficult to lock in a corner and almost impossible to disable it completely. No less difficult trying to take his life, which always requires a complicated plan … or a monumental failure of the opposite. There are few places where the lady can not reach and few fragments of wall that are completely immune to his power. Brings together in one body, the force of tanks and subtlety of the bishops. Worth more than all the pawns together. Worth more than the two horses together. Worth more than two bishops together. Only the couple if both towers are intact and if they have good roads where move-is a worthy rival of Queen … because if you become one of the towers, there is not nothing I can do.


The Queen is also the best commander of the game When acting alone is scary, but if it is surrounded by some squires to develop a plan in the company, its power spread to smaller pieces and rarely attack that set not end up being irresistible.

However, its enormous power is the only possible weak point, which makes it extremely valuable. And being so valuable, if the enemy gets difficult but not impossible -ponerla in peril our plans would completely disrupted because saving the lives of our lady would become the first of our priorities, thwarting any other plan that we were shipped so far. No won few battles we thought when we had the enemy king in sight, ended volviéndosenos against at the time we had to turn our steps and run to safeguard the queen in distress. Therefore, despite its enormous capabilities, the lady must be used with caution. It is surprisingly strong, but not invulnerable, and if it falls into a trap our army would be without their best general. The lady is like Joan of Arc: army hardly be without it.

Sometimes though, when voluntarily thrown into a trap when knowingly sacrificed his life, when we became a martyr after winning the battle, the chess game reaches a new level of epic beauty. The queen sacrifice that leads to victory is probably the most spectacular and grandiose chess move. We have let go our greatest weapon to disarm precisely the opposite: a paradox that has more than novel mathematical, one of many situations that make chess something so amazingly human. This was understood by example Tartakower (“the sacrifio of the lady, even when it is quite obvious, always glad the heart of chess lover”) and even someone as unfriendly to the tragic and uncertain adventure on board as Anatoly Karpov (” combinations with queen sacrifice are among the most striking and memorable chess “). Losing the lady is the worst misfortune of chess, but deliver it on purpose to beat the opponent is the largest of its glory.

The king

Weakest part, and also the most important. Avoid the final capture our king-as well as capture the enemy king are the two fundamental goals of the game, the art and science of chess.

For most of the game the king is a completely passive piece, viewed from his throne the efforts of his generals, knights and subjects to preserve their safety. Are scarce mobility and power. Also suffers a serious constraint: the inability to enter boxes that are being threatened by the enemy, and the urgent need to flee their box when it is jeopardized;because if you can not escape this trap occurs final check-the art that will make your army is finally defeated.

So, like many monarchs in history, our wooden king lazy just sits on the throne as are the others who shed blood for their cause. While there are many pieces on the board, the king is not only less useful than a pawn, but leave it uncovered can bring considerable problems when the opponent finds a way to harass. It is normal that many beginning players rush by castling, safeguarding the king in his castle, and lay mortally afraid at the thought of being forced to maneuver the defenseless monarch in open areas. Not without reason, because during the opening and middle game, a king is bare naked prey that is completely at the mercy of the arrows, spears and swords opponent.


However, as Reuben Fine said, “the king is also a piece, use it!”. If the game reaches its final stage, the hitherto craven crown holder can begin to play an important role in the battle. Despite its inherent weakness, when there are few pieces that may harass or threaten Jaques base to mate with the king may leave his castle and start fighting also, two-handed sword in hand, as any of its parts. The king is weak, but not useless. In fact, plays a sound and solemn metaphor: when the war has left his nation in frame, when many have died and there are few hands to fight, when flagging spirits, he also has to roll up and shed blood, sweat and tears. Because, shortage of troops, their contribution is no longer possible, but absolutely necessary.

For the novice chess, the endgame is probably the most difficult and mysterious phase-despite the shortage of pieces- the entire game. Because at this stage, the intrinsic value of each part is changed considerably, and the role it can play. So to speak, the laws of chess change. The king, who until then had to be protected at all costs, is drafted as a soldier. While this may seem silly, is an important psychological inexperienced player jump.

How come? Because it is often not easy to decide at what time the game has abandoned his “middle game” and has entered the final phase itself-which can reach in one movement and is characterized, at times, very subtle changes on the chessboard, where the strategies and needs change. Therefore it is not easy to detect the precise moment that we lose the fear of using the king and do get unceremoniously and despite possible threats in the heat of battle. Many times, I do so only with a play late (or, of course, do precipitously) makes the difference between victory and defeat.The proper use of the king piece that looks emaciated until it unusable, means a lot when the game reaches that final stretch and, like everything in the end, chess is a complicated science of learning.

For the king, sometimes, gets great things if you approach to action at the right time, without due caution but using the path that best combine safety and speed. A king, like any other fighter, can also threaten a checkbox effectively or even capture an enemy piece. Rarely does it for himself, but serving as support plans and traps that have carefully built their troops.

Black and white

It is not a matter of race, or creed, or flags. In chess there are no good or bad. Neither the pristine white pieces embody kindness and black are a “dark side”. There is no difference between each other, except that its color determines who moves first. The colors in chess mean nothing. But time itself.

White always start the game. Always, every time, invariably. This does not constitute any ethnic, cultural or national metaphor, and no double historical sense: it is simply a necessity in the internal order of the game, a mere reflection also of black and white are the plots of the board. In fact, black and white are an official competitive convention, because outside competitions pieces could be (and often are) different color and texture: the only unwritten rule to play chess anywhere is that you can easily distinguish one side of the other.

The fact that White made ​​the first move is considered, on paper, an important advantage in a game where as important as what you do-or sometimes even more important is when it’s done. One of the first things to look for any chess player is taking the initiative is often less dangerous to give the enemy a pawn to deliver a time. Who has the initiative chooses the plan to follow, who decides what to play and where on the board, while the unrivaled initiative is limited to passively react on the fly. In fact, for example, quite a few players do and sacrifices a pawn for the initiative. Lose a soldier but earn a while. It is something that does not always work, but it’s a possibility is there. A shift bonus is a heritage to be preserved.

Therefore, the white, which already enjoy that lead time and at the outlet, have the upper hand. Or so it was thought for a long time.


Chess players are constantly perfecting his art, and that has brought times when saw things in a way, and revolutions that changed his view. As with most things, have lived the question of colors in different ways throughout history. For long periods it was thought that the initial advantage of time enjoying the white pieces advised attack when you played with them while they recommended was to proceed conservatively and trying to force playing with black tie. There was thus a “better” side, a nation more awake than ever before the battle began, while the other slept unawares nap. Who played with black felt, first, self-conscious. His game was going to tow the will of the initiator, so it seemed sensible to try to take all possible defensive precautions. Get a tie with black was like getting a win with white.

But this habit of playing looking tables with black was, however, demolished by modern chess -well especially those living paradox, that “dogmatic destroyer of dogmas” called Fischer – because it can always be a way for the victory even for negras.O is always at least an obligation to look. So, playing with white or black is not as important as who plays and what your attitude. It is not so important who has the first time and how to use the fact that first time, which depends on their ability and personality. An aggressive player, willing to take risks, you can quickly steal the initiative to white, if your opponent goes neglected or too many fears. Or a player who starts taking the initiative with white can lose if your momentum takes him too dangerous loopholes. As always in chess, the balance between risk and safety is a difficult achievement. The initiative can easily change hands when the game is starting. Even this has ended up being fair to both contestants chess: we thought there was a better side, but it turned out it’s just better in the ideal world of “perfect chess” unattainable we are lucky to humans.

Naturally, the advantage of the output is still there; but not as decisive as to force us to adopt a “mentality white” or “black mentality”. Among professionals, ways to neutralize or keep the lead at the start of the game are well studied.Among fans, it’s easy white player commits subtle inaccuracies that make you lose that advantage or the black player base cunning exploits loopholes that are presented, or simply apabulle the white player with momentum. Thus, the pieces end up having a single color: the ability to whoever handles.

Expensive land, cheap land

In these times of real crisis, chess is to market the floor like it is for so many things, a perfect rehearsal. This game could be used as a lesson for a variety of disciplines, even for some that may not yet exist when started to invent. And of course it could be used in a school of real estate investors (bezoek website). Usually, if we look at the board at the start of the game, a square has more or less value depending on where you are located. Output, and before making the first move, not all board squares are equal. But that does not mean the same space has a fixed price. Not only depends on where you are located, but also on who occupy and what is going on around them.

Chess embody what better through -distintivas, showy, variadas- pieces but really is basically a war for land. The mission is to overthrow the opponent’s king, okay, but this can not be done without first conquering their territories. Until we can step on the throne room, plant us to the enemy king, put the tip of our sword on his chest and force him to surrender or die, the game is basically a struggle to maintain our positions and win new positions. Now, how do you know what positions we conquer?

Just start the game, the boxes are trying to master the geometric center of the board. In securing control over those boxes -conservando while the harmony between our pieces- all science is basically the opening, studied for centuries.And of course, from those boxes of the center is easier to reach any point on the battlefield from remote boxes flanks, which are less useful and therefore less valuable. The center of the board is at the center of a city, more expensive and coveted. But the coastlines of the board are coveted ground: our rear, back where we started the game, it is an area that we must defend at all costs. For various reasons. Because there usually build the foundations of our castle, our king because there is safeguarded, and that if an enemy pawn reaches the edge of our ocean will be lost, since that pawn and crown him emerge a powerful lady who will wreak havoc in it is our castle.

So, to start the game more or less, we can draw a map of the board and set prices for each box. So we know what land start to set. We dominate the center, defend our shores and threaten the opponent. The flanks are not as important, and in the corners probably not make reparation for the entire game. Chess has a register.

Is Playing

But-and this is something we have learned in life as we learn in chess you have to be flexible and not obcecarse to think that what we know now will forever. Controlling a good box is important, but is no less important to detect when that box is no longer worth what it was, or when it is worth abandoning to conquer another box that has acquired a new price, or when it has become a weak square whose control can not hold in the future. For in chess there are also mortgages. Sometimes we use a major part in buying a box we like or suit us, but over time it should have done that investment becomes a heavy burden. Yes, mortgaged boxes. Sometimes we learn by surprise. Buy this box seemed such a good idea …

In chess, the circumstances are everything.What is valuable today, tomorrow might not be. And after tomorrow would be back again. The only sure thing in chess, the only thing that never changes is that we must protect the king-for it is said that its value is incalculable but the value of absolutely everything else is relative. Prices and importances can skyrocket or collapse from one moment to another. From the modest illustrious queen pawn from the bourgeois squares in the center of the boxes barren rural corners, the price of everything I make current events. Therefore, in chess you have to be flexible and judge without too many preconceptions. Is it not often the case that an inexperienced but imaginative player beats the most skilled player but more rigid thinking? Indeed it is not hard to believe, especially if a game is complex and unpredictable, where theory can tell us “retains the squares in the center” but where the practice suddenly dictates what “takes now” is a chaletito outside. Sometimes, victory or defeat may depend on something so trivial as to be able to detect in time when a major box would cease to be, or vice versa.

That is why there are property speculators in chess. Players who invest in a box according to a plan, thinking that the price of that now-box insignificant rise as a couple of favorable circumstances exist. Sometimes the plan is successful and that player wins because he stood there a part before it seemed a reasonable location. Chess operates according to the law of supply and demand, what are you going to do.

We started these lines saying that chess is a monarchical game can become revolutionary, and we can conclude by saying that chess is also pure commercialism. With one difference: mercantilism real life we ​​often negligible something worth much convincing, and gladly paid a high price for it. But in chess, everything is worth the money and only a player who deceive themselves pay a high price for something-piece or a casilla- whose usefulness is really little.

Although, on second thought, perhaps in this chess to life like it.