Chess game – Echecs Faciles http://echecs-faciles.com/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 17:59:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://echecs-faciles.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-80x80.png Chess game – Echecs Faciles http://echecs-faciles.com/ 32 32 Taking his shots at the college bar https://echecs-faciles.com/taking-his-shots-at-the-college-bar/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 17:59:21 +0000 https://echecs-faciles.com/taking-his-shots-at-the-college-bar/ Monday, November 14, 2022 Media contact: Bailey Stacy | Communications Coordinator, Marketing and Communications | 405-744-2700 | bailey.stacy@okstate.edu Face2Face with Reid Rector It was a trivia Wednesday night last July at College Bar on the Strip in Stillwater, Oklahoma, when Reid Rector tried his luck at foosball for the first time. Once the teams have […]]]>

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Media contact: Bailey Stacy | Communications Coordinator, Marketing and Communications | 405-744-2700 | bailey.stacy@okstate.edu

Face2Face with Reid Rector

It was a trivia Wednesday night last July at College Bar on the Strip in Stillwater, Oklahoma, when Reid Rector tried his luck at foosball for the first time. Once the teams have completed the trivial game, the champion is chosen so that a winner wins all foosball matches. The price? The coveted $50 bar tab. And, of course, bragging rights.

Rector was on the five bar, the middle row with five players, when the other teams’ keeper tried to shoot and he pushed it back into his opponent’s goal for the winning shot.

Although this was his first time playing the game competitively, he was no stranger to the sport.

“Growing up, I had a table in my house because my dad played in college, and he always wanted to bring it to the family,” said Rector, a freshman MBA student at Oklahoma State University. Spears School of Business and a former mechanical and aerospace engineer from OSU in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. “It wasn’t until college that I really got involved.”

When playing against his father as a child, Rector’s scores were always worth five points and his father’s were worth one until his experience level slowly increased and his points became less and less. In the end, the father-son duo was on an equal footing.

After his first big win at College Bar, his skills caught the attention of bar owner and former state foosball champion Javi Cervantes, who knew Rector as the bassist for the band Funk N Beers who play the bar every day. Thursday evenings. Cervantes noticed that Rector was using actual technique and not just barbell rotation, so he began coaching him and became his foosball mentor.

“Every time I went, we stayed until closing time,” Rector said. “I would lose a lot, but he would always teach me something new and always teach me something to think about or bring to light something that I couldn’t conceptualize, so that I could improve and hopefully the, bring the score a little closer to the next game.

“I learned a lot about how the table was, how not to shoot it directly against the wall and how to aim for the goal, basically the fundamentals of how to play.”

Eventually, Rector honed his skills to the point where he started competing in national tournaments. He has competed in the Texas State Championship, No Pro National Championship, Tornado Table World Championship, and Halloween Open Foosball Tournament. He placed in three of the four tournaments, winning the 2022 Tornado World Novice and 4000 Limited Doubles Championship at the No Pro National Championship and placing second in the Halloween Open Foosball Tournament in the 5000 Limited Division.

Although Rector has only been involved in competitive foosball for a short time, he has already made a name for himself in the sport. He has been featured on Foosball Radio and the Foosball Sports Network. He went from rookie to rookie and is on his way to becoming an amateur.

“Reid really takes his time for a guy who’s been playing for nine or 10 months,” said Duane Stuart, Rector’s partner for the doubles debutant at Worlds. “He won’t be a rookie for long. At one point, Reid stopped four in a row!

Reid Rector playing foosball at the Cowboy Underground. He has had the opportunity to play with and against competitors from all over the world, including England, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Peru and Costa Rica, as well as all skill levels from beginner to master. professional. Rector and his open doubles partner at the Halloween Open, Clay Tumey, were able to defeat top pro players en route to a top 10, which was higher than any other rookie in open doubles.

“It’s almost like a game of chess on a wooden table with plastic men and a ball,” Rector said.

Rector is passionate about growing the sport of foosball at OSU by creating a club and opportunities for students to learn about foosball. He also looks forward to one day hosting his own foosball tournament for OSU students in the Cowboy Underground.

“I learned so much about life from foosball,” Rector said. “It’s crazy to think that a sport with little men and a little plastic ball can teach you so much. I learned a lot about discipline, it takes a lot of time and a lot of focus to be able to do the same thing for five hours just to see maybe a little improvement in one part of your game. I learned a lot on empathy, I learned a lot about listening and understanding others. My God, there are so many great things that I have learned from foosball.

He is a student of life and seeks any opportunity to learn something new, whether in school or through experience. Reid Rector playing foosball at a tournament.

“Coming from an engineering degree, it was great to learn all the technical aspects of the job,” Rector said. “But I love the opportunity the MBA provides to just learn the soft skills, to learn how to work with people, to learn how to hopefully improve people’s lives through the work I do. .”

When Rector isn’t playing foosball, going to class, or performing at Funk N Beers, he’s also a graduate assistant for the office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs on campus where he works on Greek broadcasts. and advises Follies, Varsity Review and Spring Sing. .

Rector certainly didn’t expect a fun night out with friends at his favorite college bar to become the seed of his newfound talent and amateur foosball career, but that’s how the poles roll.

“The oldest person at the World Championship was 73,” Rector said. “As long as I can keep playing and as long as my schedule allows, I would just like to keep playing, keep working and keep learning and improving.”

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The rise of the new generation of chess in India | Latest India News https://echecs-faciles.com/the-rise-of-the-new-generation-of-chess-in-india-latest-india-news/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 18:21:09 +0000 https://echecs-faciles.com/the-rise-of-the-new-generation-of-chess-in-india-latest-india-news/ In the space of eight months, the number of Indians who have defeated the world’s best chess player, Magnus Carlsen, has increased from two to five. Before 2022, only Viswanathan Anand and P Harikrishna had managed to outsmart the reigning five-time world champion. Now, the teenage trio of R Praggnanandhaa, Arjun Erigaisi and D Gukesh […]]]>

In the space of eight months, the number of Indians who have defeated the world’s best chess player, Magnus Carlsen, has increased from two to five. Before 2022, only Viswanathan Anand and P Harikrishna had managed to outsmart the reigning five-time world champion. Now, the teenage trio of R Praggnanandhaa, Arjun Erigaisi and D Gukesh can claim the feat as well.

Praggnanandhaa, 17, has beaten the Norwegian three times; Erigaisi, 19, and Gukesh, 16, picked up their first victories over the world champion at the Aimchess Rapid tournament in October. In doing so, they offered the most resounding proof of their willingness to challenge the best players in the world.

“I think the importance [of the results] is for their self-confidence,” said Anand, who had many intriguing battles with Carlsen. “They saw that even against the best player in the world, someone who is very difficult to get a point against, they can do it. This is the positive message they should take away. It doesn’t matter if it’s quick chess or anything else. It’s just as hard to beat it in rapid as it is in any other time check.

While an intrinsic aptitude for chess is a common factor helping them reach milestones in their teenage years, there are subtle differences in the playstyles of the three young players, and their attacking and defensive preferences provide an interesting comparison. .

So which format do they prefer? What are their favorite opening moves? How do they handle the pressure in a final phase when time is running out?

Favorite formats

“Gukesh has focused a lot on classical chess. That’s clearly his priority. He only plays those quick (10 minutes to 60 minutes) and blitz (less than 10 minutes) events if they don’t conflict with his engagements in classical events,” said grandmaster Srinath Narayanan, who was the coach of the Indian A team that finished fourth at the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mahabalipuram in August.

“Praggnanandhaa, on the other hand, was popular mainly because of his exploits in the Champions Chess Tour, which is a fast-paced online tournament. I think Praggnanandhaa didn’t play as many classic games as the other two. he has now done much better in that format than in classical. Srinath added that he thinks “it’s only a matter of time” before Praggnanandhaa starts doing well in classical chess as well.

When it comes to formats, Erigaisi doesn’t seem to have a clear favorite. “Arjun was balanced. He played a lot of classic chess and was active and consistent in all the different online rapid tournaments. He’s a bit more balanced comparatively,” Srinath said.

This is evident from the ELO ratings of these three players in the classic format. While Gukesh and Erigaisi broke the 2700 mark earlier this year, Praggnanandhaa’s rating is 2687.

Different styles

Anand believes the styles of the three players are constantly evolving. “There are small variations. Arjun is closest to a universal style, while Pragg and Gukesh lean heavily towards aggressive stances. Arjun is probably the most positional of the lot. He likes to play a mix of calm stances and aggressive moves. But they are all working on all aspects,” Anand said.

Srinath cites Gukesh’s recent victory over Carlsen, in 29 moves, to underline the greater strength of the player. It looked like the Norwegian was on the verge of a routine 25 move victory in the match, only to fall into a cleverly set trap for his queen.

“In terms of the technical aspects, I think Gukesh is incredibly resourceful. That’s his USP,” Srinath said. also happen with Magnus. He was doing very well in the match against Gukesh. Magnus forgot that his queen was getting trapped. It was game over for him after that. It may seem like luck, but it doesn’t. is not.

Srinath attributes this trait to Gukesh’s formative training. “He stayed religiously away from the motors (in the early years). It probably trained him to get a glimpse of what can be difficult for humans, even if it’s not among the best moves the engines recommend. It throws opponents off guard. It’s not easy to understand Gukesh’s moves as easily as other top players.

Praggnanandhaa, too, was largely kept out of the motors during his formative years by coach RB Ramesh. According to V Saravanan, an international master from Chennai, Praggnanandhaa’s playing is all about dynamism.

“Pragg doesn’t care much about hardware. It goes for activity. His game involves a bit of play,” said Saravanan, citing as examples Praggnanandhaa’s match against Pranav Anand, another teenage grandmaster, in the recently concluded Asian Championship and his first victory over Carlsen.

“When the position became even, the match looked likely to end in a draw if it continued as normal. Pragg didn’t even bat an eyelid before sacrificing a pawn and getting into the activity. Most of his pay is dynamic in nature. The very first time he beat Carlsen in blitz, that’s what he did. He went for a very dynamic position. Of course, Carlsen blundered and lost the part.

Another characteristic of Praggnanandhaa’s playing is his unflappable temper. India’s match against Azerbaijan at the 44th Chess Olympiad in August is a good example.

“What has stood out recently is his incredible composure in critical situations under time pressure,” Srinath observed. “There was this game in the Olympics against Azerbaijan where the game was quite even. If Pragg didn’t win that game, India’s medal chances were lost. They were down 1-2 and the position was bad for Pragg. While the opponent was tense and animated, Pragg was just completely calm and managed to outplay his opponent in a critical moment. It was a very important moment in India B by winning a bronze medal.

Saravanan regards Erigaisi as “almost diametrically opposed” to Praggnanandhaa.

“Arjun is basically a positional player. He puts his pieces in the right place. He plays chess well. He sticks to the principles. There’s usually not a single misplaced piece…that kind of style. He is probably the best of the three in terms of calculation.

Openings and ending games

Chess players typically spend a lot of time on various opening preparations, knowing that this lays the groundwork that often dictates the course of a game. You might be a master at getting out of tricky late-game situations, but that matters little in a game between evenly matched players if the opening isn’t up to snuff.

“One thing I can say is that Pragg goes for clean openings,” Saravanan noted. “In a dynamic opening, you keep the stance open but under your control. That’s what Gukesh and Erigaisi do. ​​Pragg immediately opts for hand-to-hand combat. That means he can be hit and miss. For example, he there’s the Sicilian Najdorf, which is an extremely tactical opening. You can’t play by general instinct or understanding in such openings. You have to calculate like a machine.

In general, however, the younger generation of Indian GMs are not obsessed with any particular opening system. This perhaps sets these players apart from the likes of Anand, Harikrishna and Vidit Gujrathi, who would seek to master one system before trying another.

All of them, according to Srinath, have work to do on the endgame though.

“Everyone can improve in this aspect. As a rule, much attention is paid to openings and intermediate matches. As they are quite young, they just haven’t seen as many positions as an older person at the top level,” he said.

Over the next few years, as they evolve, their specific methods and preferences are likely to change. As long as they are able to maximize their potential, chess-loving Indians can sit back and savor what each of the three has to offer.


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The Bombers are gearing up for the talented Rourke and the hype machine with the Lions coming to town for the West Final https://echecs-faciles.com/the-bombers-are-gearing-up-for-the-talented-rourke-and-the-hype-machine-with-the-lions-coming-to-town-for-the-west-final/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 21:55:34 +0000 https://echecs-faciles.com/the-bombers-are-gearing-up-for-the-talented-rourke-and-the-hype-machine-with-the-lions-coming-to-town-for-the-west-final/ Breadcrumb Links Winnipeg Blue Bombers Soccer CFL Publication date : November 08, 2022 • 48 minutes ago • 4 minute read • Join the conversation BC Lions Nathan Rourke (12) practice at the team’s training facility in Surrey, BC on Wednesday October 26, 2022. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG Content of the article Winnipeg Blue […]]]>

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive coordinator Richie Hall sat down for his online media availability on Tuesday and knew exactly what was to come.

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Questions about BC Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke.

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Many of them.

Rourke is in the news again in the Canadian Football League after returning from a lisfranc sprained foot to make the playoffs and led the Lions to a win over the Calgary Stampeders in the West Division semi-finals .

The 24-year-old quarterback will then lead the Lions against the two-time defending champion Bombers in Sunday’s West Final at IG Field (3:30 p.m.), and the hype machine is already buzzing.

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Like the former defensive back that he is, Hall handled Tuesday’s media offense well, even when asked if Rourke could be placed in an elite tier of quarterbacks that includes all-time greats. from the CFL like Doug Flutie, Warren Moon and Dieter Brock – a bit of a stretch considering the Lions quarterback has started just 12 games in his career.

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“I think it’s unfair for the guys mentioned and also unfair for (Rourke) to start comparing him in such a short time,” Hall said.

“He got off to a good start. When you start evaluating people’s careers, you’re evaluating them on how it starts and how it evolves to the end, not as it unfolds. He got off to a good start, had a great year, phenomenal. But this is his second year. When you’re talking about the other guys, you’re talking about a period of time.

Obviously, it’s not quite time to start preparing for Rourke’s Hall of Fame bust yet, but there’s no doubt the young Canadian has had a special season, albeit a reduced one. half by injury.

In 10 games, Rourke threw for 3,349 yards and 25 touchdowns, while leading the league with a 78.7 completion percentage and a 123.6 save rating.

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He was named CFL Player of the Week five times.

Although the Bombers have an equally dynamic quarterback in Zach Collaros — who beat Rourke as the West’s nominee for best player and comes with much more big-game experience — Rourke is clearly a dangerous opponent and he has plenty of weapons at his disposal. , including star receiver Dominque Rhymes and powerhouse running back James Butler.

“They’re a very good football team, offensively, defensively and special teams, and that’s why we have to play our best game,” Hall said. “But we also have a very good football team. It’s about going out there and executing, minimizing mistakes and making it a game where you don’t give up easy yards, easy plays. If we do this, we increase our chances of winning.

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“They can lead the football, they have good receivers, but we can also stop the run and we can also defend the pass. It’s a good back and forth chess match.

The Bombers have faced the Lions three times this season, but only one of the games was a true indication of how the teams have faced each other.

Back July 9in Vancouver, the Bombers (4-0) and Lions (3-0) were undefeated and had their No. 1 quarterbacks in action the entire game.

The Bombers came away with an emphatic 43-22 victory, with Collaros (288 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions) edging Rourke by a wide margin.

Rourke finished that game with 278 yards and three touchdown passes — including two on deep balls to Rhymes — but also threw two picks.

“What have we learned? Hall wondered Tuesday. “You can’t give up the big play, the explosion plays. You have to play hard because (Rourke) is a very smart quarterback who gets rid of the ball quickly.

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“Coming into this game, what we’re asking our guys to do is nothing we didn’t ask of them in Week 1. If we go out there and do this stuff, let’s minimize our mistakes. , limit big games, give ourselves a chance to win.

Rourke was still injured and Collaros was resting — the Bombers had already clinched first place — when the two teams met Oct. 15 in Vancouver (a 40-32 win for the Lions), and both quarterbacks didn’t play. only the first quarter of a season – the Bombers’ 24-9 victory on October 28 at IG Field.

One stat that stands out from Rourke’s games against Winnipeg: His completion percentage was just 63.9, well below his season average.

Although he limped noticeably at times, Rourke was brilliant in the West semifinals last Sunday, throwing for 321 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-16 win over the Stampeders. He became the first Canadian quarterback since Gerry Dattilio in 1980 to win a CFL playoff game and only the second since Russ Jackson did so in 1969.

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Bombers defensemen – including big-name players like Willie Jefferson, Jackson Jeffcoat, Adam Bighill and Brandon Alexander – will likely be sick of talking about Rourke by the time he arrives in Winnipeg, and you have to wonder if all that hype media will serve as motivation for the home team 15-3.

“I don’t know, it depends if they read the paper or watch the news,” Hall said. “All we know is we’re playing the BC Lions and that’s what they bring to the table. We have to go and we have to play well if we hope to win. It doesn’t matter who we play against.

“All the conversation about all these other things comes from people, such as the media and other people, the fans, who build it. For us, it’s a game of football that we have to play and play well, no matter who is it.

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Iowa Utilities Seek to Slow Soil Erosion and Improve Water Quality | AG https://echecs-faciles.com/iowa-utilities-seek-to-slow-soil-erosion-and-improve-water-quality-ag/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 20:30:00 +0000 https://echecs-faciles.com/iowa-utilities-seek-to-slow-soil-erosion-and-improve-water-quality-ag/ (Grinnell) – A cattle farm in Grinnell has been fined for storing manure on its property that spilled into a nearby creek. It’s the latest in a string of pollution cases that go back generations – and vex agencies trying to keep drinking water clean. Ted Corrigan, CEO and Managing Director of the Des Moines […]]]>

(Grinnell) – A cattle farm in Grinnell has been fined for storing manure on its property that spilled into a nearby creek. It’s the latest in a string of pollution cases that go back generations – and vex agencies trying to keep drinking water clean.

Ted Corrigan, CEO and Managing Director of the Des Moines Water Plant, the city’s water department, said it was testing for nitrates, phosphates and now, dangerous algae blooms. But they also join farmers who are introducing cover crops, which prevent erosion and provide nutrients to the 20 million acres of bare soil that remain after Iowa farmers harvest their crops.

“And a cover crop is a crop that you don’t harvest,” he said. “It stays there on the ground during the winter months. It provides living plants there, which are there to hold the soil in place. Their roots tend to hold the soil in place.”

In some cases, Corrigan said, crops are provided free of charge by state agricultural partners. While it might seem like a common-sense solution, he noted that some longtime farmers aren’t willing to try it. In the case of the Grinnell cattle rancher, the manure flowed into a tributary of Middle Buck Creek – and ultimately, into the Des Moines water supply.

Many farms have been in the same family for generations, but Corrigan said there was a growing trend towards “non-farming landowners”, a fancy way of saying people who rent their land rather than farm it themselves. themselves. He said he saw it as a troubling trend that could create stumbling blocks for conservation efforts.

“You can imagine that if someone rents this land they won’t spend a lot of money improving the land, because it’s not theirs – and they might not even be able to rent it. next year or two years from now,” he said. “And so that’s a real barrier to implementing conservation practices, it’s non-farming landowners and their lack of connection to the earth.”

Corrigan said conservation groups and local natural resource agencies are working hard to stay ahead of the latest method of yield improvement or corporate agricultural production. He likened it to a game of chess between conservation and utility officials and large-scale agricultural producers.

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A Delightful Experience: Chess Houseboat 2023 https://echecs-faciles.com/a-delightful-experience-chess-houseboat-2023/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 10:47:21 +0000 https://echecs-faciles.com/a-delightful-experience-chess-houseboat-2023/ Chess in paradise Kerala is dubbed as “God’s Country” as it is one of the best destinations in the world blessed with captivating natural beauty, rich cultural traditions and modern amenities for travel and tourism. A unique and exotic chess tourism event is planned from 22nd to 28th January 2023 in various enchanting places in […]]]>

Chess in paradise

Kerala is dubbed as “God’s Country” as it is one of the best destinations in the world blessed with captivating natural beauty, rich cultural traditions and modern amenities for travel and tourism.

A unique and exotic chess tourism event is planned from 22nd to 28th January 2023 in various enchanting places in Kerala.

Chess Houseboat 2023 International Chess Tourism Event, organized by Orient Chess Moves with support from Kerala Tourism, is an enchanting blend of chess, sightseeing, cultural and culinary experiences, and more.

Participants benefit from full board. Everything is taken care of from landing in Kochi to the flight home.

The organizers, led by Professor Anilkumar, offer a chess tournament in paradise. A maximum of 100 participants will compete in an open of 9 rounds according to the Swiss system. The particularity: the tournament is played on a boat during a trip on the backwaters of Kerala.

Participants will be accommodated in the best resorts in various fairy tale locations (see information on the website). The trip is priced at 950 euros.

Marari Beach

Participants will spend two nights at a resort in Marari. Marari Beach, a secluded and little-known beach destination in Alappuzha, is about 11 km from Alappuzha town, where Mararikulam fishermen and their relaxed lifestyle are among the attractions. An evening stroll is one of the best meeting places here.

Alappuzha Backwaters

Thanks to its alluring natural beauty, the boat trip to Alappuzha has long been a favorite among Western travellers.

Alleppey has secured a place in the hearts of every traveler, foreign or local, who has set foot in this land of unspoiled beauty. The beautiful island of Pathiramanal visited by migratory birds, the enchanting rural life of Kerala, the irresistible local cuisine and the uninterrupted views of the endless backwaters are just some of the highlights not to be missed here.

Kumarakom and the Bird Sanctuary

A labyrinth of backwaters with shimmering waters, the dazzling green of the mangrove forests, coconut palms on the banks, a blue sky, flocks of migratory birds gliding over the water, this is Kumarakom, a real dream country!

Every year, more than seven million tourists visit Kerala, a place that National Geographic magazine has named one of the must-see places of a lifetime. Kumarakom is a major stopover for many of these tourists.

This famous tourist center is a group of islands on the eastern shore of Vembanad Lake. Compared to neighboring villages, Lake Kumarakom has its greatest length and width – about eight kilometers. With the huge lake on one side and a network of serene canals criss-crossing it, Kumarakom, a masterpiece created by man and nature together, enjoys a unique position on the map of Kerala.

Periyar Tiger Reserve / Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary

The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, endless stretches of hills and spice-scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady are one of India’s finest wildlife sanctuaries. It is one of the oldest tiger reserves in the country, and the forests of Periyar are graced with the presence of endangered species, including white tigers.

To explore the wild nature of Periyar Tiger Reserve, tourists have many options, from canoeing to trekking.

Bolgatty Island / Kochi, the Queen of the Arabian Sea

Bolgatty Island is a scenic island near Fort Kochi in Ernakulam district. It is famous for its eponymous palace and is a growing cosmopolitan hotspot in the region. Bolgatty Palace was built by the Dutch in 1744 and eventually taken over by the British. Today it is a famous hotel and resort run by the Kerala Tourism Department Corporation (KTDC) and has its own golf course and honeymoon cottages.

Kochi International Marina is located here. It is the only such marina in India and can accommodate up to 34 yachts along with water, electricity and sewage pumping facilities. The Bolgatty Event Center is known for hosting many international conferences, conventions, exhibitions and wedding ceremonies. Overlooking the backwaters, the seaport of Cochin, the container terminal of Vallarpadam and the Arabian Sea, there is no better place to organize such important events.

For more information, please visit www.chesshouseboat.org

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Senior European Team Championships – reports by Nigel Povah – English Chess Federation https://echecs-faciles.com/senior-european-team-championships-reports-by-nigel-povah-english-chess-federation/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 10:33:16 +0000 https://echecs-faciles.com/senior-european-team-championships-reports-by-nigel-povah-english-chess-federation/ Six teams from England consisting of 26 players gathered for the Senior European Team Chess Championship in Dresden, Germany. The six teams are as follows – England 50+ 1: 1. Mark Hebden 2. Keith Arkell 3. John Emms 4. Glenn Flear 5. Chris BakerEngland 50+ 2: 1. Steve Dishman 2. Andy Lewis 3. Clive Frostick […]]]>

Six teams from England consisting of 26 players gathered for the Senior European Team Chess Championship in Dresden, Germany. The six teams are as follows –

England 50+ 1: 1. Mark Hebden 2. Keith Arkell 3. John Emms 4. Glenn Flear 5. Chris Baker
England 50+ 2: 1. Steve Dishman 2. Andy Lewis 3. Clive Frostick 4. Bob Noyce 5. Natasha Regan
England 50+ 3: 1. Phil Crocker 2. Peter Hassan 3. Brian Valentine 4. Ray Tarling
England 65+ 1: 1. Peter Large 2. Andrew Martin 3. Nigel Povah 4. Richard Britton
England 65+ 2: 1. Stephen Orton 2. Ian Reynolds 3. David Tucker 4. Roger Scowen
England 65+ 3: 1. Steve Williams 2. Colin Costello 3. Tim Spanton 4. Bob Kane

October 27 – Round 1

The England 50+ 1 and 2 sides both picked up convincing wins, the former winning 4-0 against Graz and the latter winning 3.5-0.5 against SK Heidenau U50. England 50+ 3 lost 0.5-3.5 to a strong side from Austria.

England 65+ 1 beat a helpful Sweden 2 side 3-1, in which all games were hard fought. England 65+ 2 lost 3.5-0.5 to Finland with Ian Reynolds earning a commendable two-legged draw against someone rated more than 150 points above him. England 3 lost 3-1 to Austria 65 with Tim Spanton scoring a fine win against someone almost 200 points above him.

October 28 – Round 2

A fantastic day for England as all six teams win! The England 50+ 1 team went on to their second 4-0 victory against Deutsche Bahn 1 and England 2 beat Belgium 2 by 2.5-1.5, while England 50+ 3 took defeated Lichtenstein by 3-1. So England 1 and 2 are both at maximum points after two rounds.

England 65+ 1 beat Kosovo by 2.5-1.5 and England 65+ 2 beat a Dutch team called Oranje by 3.5-0.5, while England 3 recorded the same score against a higher rated team called USV TU Dresden.

So today, the English players scored 19 points in 24 games!

October 29 – Round 3

Back to earth, with a dose of reality. The England 50+1 team pulled off a well-deserved 2.5-1.5 win over a decent German side, who were seeded fourth, thanks to Mark Hebden claiming his third straight win in the top tier. England 2 lost 0.5-3.5 to third-seeded Slovakia with Steve Dishman earning a creditable draw against GM Ftacnik and nearly beating them. England 50+ 3 lost 1.5-2.5 to slightly better rated Germany Women 1.

England 65+ 1 drew 2-2 against Finland with all four games drawn in a very even game. England 65+ 2 lost to Iceland 65 by 2.5-1.5, while England 3 lost by the same score to SV Dresden-Striesen.

Thus, only the best English teams in each section avoid defeat and both remain in contention.

October 30 – Round 4

The England 50+ 1st team maintained their 100% record with another 2.5-1.5 victory over a strong Berlin 1st side, courtesy of a John Emms win. England 2 won by the same margin against Germany Women 1 and England 3 won 3-1 against Schwarzwald 50, so a good day for all three England 50+ teams.

England 65+ 1 lost 1.5-2.5 to third seed Germany 3 in what was again a very close game. England 65+ 2 beat BSV Chemie Radebeul 65 3-1, while England 3 drew 2-2 with SK 2012 Danmark.

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What Justin Fields, Bears can do in a QB game against Micah Parsons, Cowboys https://echecs-faciles.com/what-justin-fields-bears-can-do-in-a-qb-game-against-micah-parsons-cowboys/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 21:46:24 +0000 https://echecs-faciles.com/what-justin-fields-bears-can-do-in-a-qb-game-against-micah-parsons-cowboys/ The Bear the offense should enter Week 8 with a bit of swagger, and that’s a good thing considering their opponent. Strategist Justin Fields and company travel to Dallas to deal with a Cowboys team that is second in points allowed, second in yards per play allowed, third in yards per pass allowed and first […]]]>

The Bear the offense should enter Week 8 with a bit of swagger, and that’s a good thing considering their opponent.

Strategist Justin Fields and company travel to Dallas to deal with a Cowboys team that is second in points allowed, second in yards per play allowed, third in yards per pass allowed and first in sacks per pass attempt.

The Bears scored a season-high 33 points against the patriots in Foxboro, Mass. Cowboys have allowed 19+ points once this season – on the road to undefeat Eagles.

“He’s got a few players that are a handful and we need to do a good job of finding out where those guys are,” Bears coach Matt Eberflus said of Cowboys coordinator Dan Quinn’s unit.

In the Bears’ best win of the season, offensive coordinator Luke Getsy set Fields in motion, moving the pocket for Fields the setter and designing plays for Fields the runner.

The result was 82 rushing yards for Fields and seven passing plays that went for 16 yards or more.

As Eberflus said on Tuesday, however, the rest of the league has now seen the changes made by the Bears in their mini-bye. The Patriots fell victim to Fields’ runs. The Cowboys will be ready.

“Once you put it on tape, guys have to defend it,” Eberflus said. “Then you want to be creative in how you do things and you want to do it in a safe way because he’s your quarterback. You want to make sure you’re doing it the right way. He has to know when to do things the right way, when to slip, when to go out of bounds and all those things.

Field-designed tracks

My colleague Nate Tice has broken down some of these designed races in his Week 7 Rewind. Here are two more from the second quarter of Monday’s win, when the Bears responded to the Patriots’ rally.

It’s the third and fifth with 2:14 left at the New England 34-yard line. The Bears start with an empty backfield. The call is a Fields race to his left.

wide receiver Equanime Saint-Brown held his block on Patriots cornerback Marcus Jones long enough for Fields to earn a pitch. wide receiver Dante Pettis won his block. Left tackle Braxton Jones entered the space to get his hands on the cornerback Jalen Windmills. And left guard Michael Schofield, on his first start, held off defensive lineman Davin Godchaux.

The result was a 9-yard run to get a first down and put the Bears in a set field goal range. They wouldn’t need it, though, as Fields hit the running back Khalil Herbert for a 25-yard touchdown on the next play.

When the Bears got the ball back after a Patriots fumble, Fields ran for 4 yards, was sacked for a loss of 8, scrambled for 20 on third-and-14, then lost 15 yards when he got his own back escaped—Fields’ Complete Experience.

Facing a second-and-25 from the Patriots’ 36-yard line with 24 seconds left, the Bears needed some positive yards for Cairo Santos to add to their lead.

The call? A lousy quarterback.

Given down and distance, and the clock, the Patriots are playing not to give up a big play. They have four linemen and a linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley (No. 8) at the line of scrimmage.

He’s the key, and he hesitates slightly on the snap, then crosses Sam Mustipher lay hands on him.

Schofield holed up with Godchaux and rusher Matthew Judon – primed for a pass – tried to get around Jones, but Fields was already gone.

Fields gained 9 yards on the play, then found Darnell Mooney for 17 yards on third-and-16. Santos’ field goal gave the Bears a 20-14 halftime lead.

Cowboys vs quarterbacks running

giants strategist Daniel Jones rushed for 79 yards against the Cowboys in Week 3, the fourth most yards gained by a quarterback against Dallas. He did most of that work via scrambles, but the Giants had a pair of draws at quarterback.

This can be a great way to shut down Dallas’ best player, linebacker Micah Parsonsseen here rushing uphill against a Giants guard, only to have Jones take off in the middle.

On that next play, Parsons isn’t on the field, but Durance Armstrong — who has six sacks and eight QB hits — rushes on Jones’ blindside, and the quarterback runs for positive yards.

Either way, Jones ran back Saquon Barkley in pre-snap motion to clear a linebacker from the zone.

Two weeks ago, the Cowboys faced Jalen hurts and the Eagles. Hurts had just 155 passing yards and was sacked four times. He was also held to 27 yards on nine carries, although a few of them were stealth QBs for first downs.

On that first down play, Hurts holds it on a zone read and rushes for 5 yards. Parsons is drawn into the middle by the running back’s false play.

Parsons had seven tackles in that game and one for a loss, but was held bagless and did not register a quarterback hit. He had two passes defended.

“When I was watching the game, they just didn’t block it,” Fields said. “They just made him read most of the time, so of course that’s a way to get him to stop the rush. And I mean, he’s a great athlete on the edge, so of course we’ll have to make sure we know where he is at all times, but… he’s a great player — fast, physical. We will certainly have a plan for him.

Parsons has seven sacks and 13 quarterback hits this season to go along with eight tackles for loss. Eberflus noted how the Cowboys are doing a good job moving Parsons, forcing Fields and the offense to always know where No. 11 is.

“Just his speed and he’s very strong,” Eberflus said of Parsons’ strengths. “So the quickness of the ball and he can beat you to the punch and then really his strength. You really know that his intensity is also very good.

On another play, the Eagles threw an option play, and when Hurts faked the pitch, Parsons covered the running back, creating a traffic lane for the quarterback.

A few stats to consider, courtesy of TruMedia and colleague Aaron Reiss:

• Two of the Cowboys’ three worst defensive performances this season by EPA rush defense (expected points added) by snap have come against the Hurts Eagles and the Jones Giants.

• Dallas is tied for 27th in defensive pass rate against quarterback runs, but it’s only 26 runs.

• While the Cowboys rank first in DVOA pass defense (Football Outsiders Effectiveness Indicator), they are 12th in DVOA run defense.

The chess game will be between what Quinn’s defense has in store for Fields’ runs and how Getsy adjusts as well. One thing that will always be in play is Fields’ jamming ability. That’s how Jones got most of his yards and against a team with a pass rush as good as Dallas, Fields may need his rare ability to escape the rush and make multiple plays. occasions.

“He’s got the unscripted plays where on the third down he backs off and will take off for a first down, or even on the first down,” Eberflus said. “I think it’s very difficult to defend. I’ve tried to defend these guys over the years, and it’s very difficult. We just have to do it the right way – and we have to be creative in how we do it.

Fields, who converted 10 of the Bears’ 11 third downs on Monday night — five with his legs, five through the air — knows other teams will be better prepared, but he’s also confident in what the Bears have against the Patriots.

“It was the first time we really did this,” he said. “I don’t think their defense expected that from us. But to be honest with you, I don’t care. If the coaches think this is going to help us win then you already know I will do anything for this team to help us win games. If it’s going to be more quarterback runs, then that’s what it’s going to be. Of course, I expect teams to prepare more for this.

(Top photo: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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Chess: Niemann sues Carlsen and others for $100m after recovery in St Louis | Magnus Carlsen https://echecs-faciles.com/chess-niemann-sues-carlsen-and-others-for-100m-after-recovery-in-st-louis-magnus-carlsen/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://echecs-faciles.com/chess-niemann-sues-carlsen-and-others-for-100m-after-recovery-in-st-louis-magnus-carlsen/ Hans Niemann, the 19-year-old accused by the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, from being a cheater, made an impressive comeback in the second half of the US Championship in St Louis. After that, his next move was in Eastern Missouri District Court, seeking $100 million in damages from Carlsen, the chess.com website, streamer Hikaru Nakamura and […]]]>

Hans Niemann, the 19-year-old accused by the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, from being a cheater, made an impressive comeback in the second half of the US Championship in St Louis. After that, his next move was in Eastern Missouri District Court, seeking $100 million in damages from Carlsen, the chess.com website, streamer Hikaru Nakamura and others, alleging that they “colluded to blacklist him” at major events, including “Chess Wimbledon” in Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands.

Second to last of 14 players in the U.S. Championship at the midpoint with 2.5/7, Niemann improved to tied for fifth and 7/13 at the finish. Of the five members of the US Olympic team, only former world No. 2 Fabiano Caruana, who won the title, beat him. His tournament performance was exactly at the level expected from his previous results, while his best game started with 18 theoretical moves and was decided on move 36 when Black chose Rd8? instead of Rc8!

Niemann followed his victory in round 10 on Sunday with a moving interview where he admitted: “I was certainly humbled a lot in this tournament”, adding: “I am a competitive chess player on my way to becoming world champion.” He did not comment on the chess.com report which claimed he cheated more than 100 times in online events.

Niemann countered his detractors with board successes under conditions where cheating was virtually impossible. Skeptics had believed that his inability to describe his over-the-board games in concrete terms in post-mortem interviews was evidence that he was playing without understanding and therefore needed computer assistance.

His U.S. Championship matches relied on solid pre-game preparation and tactical vigilance. Carlsen, after his Sinquefield Cup loss, claimed that Niemann “wasn’t tense or fully focused on the game in critical positions”, but viewers of the St Louis live stream could see that Niemann often deflected the look at the board where his opponent was looking. Mikhail Tal and Vasyl Ivanchuk did too.

Elshan Moradiabadi vs. Hans Niemann: Black has played 1…e5! and White resigned. Queens will soon be exchanged, white has no time for a passing capture and black wins easily with rook for knight in front.

St Louis’ state-of-the-art and expensive security precautions, with metal detecting rods, radio frequency scanners and scanners to check silicon devices, were probably the most comprehensive for any chess tournament in history. They did the rounds, and there were no serious suggestions that a game was played abnormally.

The upshot is that Niemann, competing unaided as a rookie in the U.S. Championship, and playing under the extreme pressure of all the many allegations before and during the tournament, has always played at the level of the world’s top 40 grandmasters and maintained its elite. rating 2700.

Niemann has always denied the accusations made by Carlsen, saying he only cheated twice in his life playing chess online and it was one of the biggest regrets of his life.

There is a difference between cheating with widespread computer help, which is very rare, unlikely to succeed, and subject to a long ban, and cheating with an online computer, which is easy to do, difficult to control, possible to repeat using another account or website, and widely considered less serious.

Carlsen played on chess.com Tuesday with Titled last week, starting a late turn, opening as White with 1 g2-g4 and as Black with 1…g7-g5, and finishing 9/ 11, half a point behind Nakamura.

The talking point came in the penultimate round when the world champion, then at 7.5/9, met Rauf Mamedov, who was half a point ahead, and the game went 1 e2-e4 g7-g5 2 Resigns, after which the Azerbaijani grandmaster withdrew from the tournament.

Mamedov explained in an interview that he considered 1…g7-g5 a “mockery” of Carlsen’s opponents: “If you come and mock us, then without me… Imagine, a very young Anatoly Karpov or Garry Kasparov comes to the center Chess Club in Moscow, against him is a grandmaster 2650, and he plays 1 e4 g5. Well, they will beat you!

Others pointed out that Carlsen used bizarre openings on numerous occasions, including his Double Bong Cloud 1 e4 e5 1 Ke2 Ke7 against Nakamura and his 1 f3 and 2 Kf2 against Wesley So in the 2020 Banter final. His assistants claimed he was doing it “just for fun”, and the world number 1 himself added: “I actually know g5 is a weak move, but I was having a bad day.” Nakamura, not to be outdone, chose 1 g4/1…g5 in all his TT games this week, finishing second in the first and last editions.

3838 1 Bb4! Kf7 2 a4. So now Re8 3 a5 Kd8 4 Bd6 Kc8 5 a6 wins. If Re6 3 a5 Kd5 4 a6 Kc6 5 Fa5! wins, as the BK is prevented from reaching a8.

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A school resource officer starts a chess club to help students https://echecs-faciles.com/a-school-resource-officer-starts-a-chess-club-to-help-students/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 15:06:00 +0000 https://echecs-faciles.com/a-school-resource-officer-starts-a-chess-club-to-help-students/ BRANDON, Fla. — Concentration, anticipation, planning and analysis are all skills that a Hillsborough County school resource officer says can be taught by playing a game: chess. Officer Hillary Mitchell said he took it upon himself to teach these skills to students at Kingswood Elementary School. He meets a group of third, fourth and fifth […]]]>

BRANDON, Fla. — Concentration, anticipation, planning and analysis are all skills that a Hillsborough County school resource officer says can be taught by playing a game: chess.

Officer Hillary Mitchell said he took it upon himself to teach these skills to students at Kingswood Elementary School. He meets a group of third, fourth and fifth graders once a week, to share his love for the game of chess.


What do you want to know

  • School Resource Officer Hillary Mitchell took it upon herself to teach students at Kingswood Elementary School how to play chess.
  • Now the chess club has become so popular that there is a waiting list to enter
  • Studies conducted by ChessEDU have shown that children who play chess do better in school, are more creative and have better critical thinking skills

“Forty years ago I was in the Air Force and one of my roommates taught me how to play and I’ve been very interested in the game ever since,” Mitchell said.

And although chess is a game, studies by ChessEDU showed that children who play not only perform better academically, but, among other things, also have better critical thinking skills and are more creative.

Fifth grader Jeremiah Mack says he can attest to that.

“I learned about piece movement and how to attack,” he said.

Mack said playing chess isn’t easy, but every Monday he stays after school to learn from Mitchell.

“There are a lot of novice chess players here, like most of them, so I try to teach them certain things and I try to make those who have a better game play with those who are weaker, hopefully to help them strengthen their game,” Mitchell said.

He started this chess club after noticing that many students lacked focus and thought it would be a great way to help change that.

Now the club has become so popular that there is a waiting list to enter.

“I explained to them that chess is like life – the moves you make today will dictate how things go tomorrow,” Mitchell said. “So it’s very important that you think about what you’re going to do – just like in chess, you think about your moves and see what might happen if you make a certain move.”

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Taulia Tagovailoa injured in Maryland win at Indiana https://echecs-faciles.com/taulia-tagovailoa-injured-in-maryland-win-at-indiana/ Sun, 16 Oct 2022 02:03:13 +0000 https://echecs-faciles.com/taulia-tagovailoa-injured-in-maryland-win-at-indiana/ BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the past three seasons, Taulia Tagovailoa has given the Maryland football program something new at quarterback. He showed his abilities, broke school records and provided long-awaited stability. But the image of him lying on the turf in pain, clutching his leg and driving off on a cart during the Terrapins’ game […]]]>

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the past three seasons, Taulia Tagovailoa has given the Maryland football program something new at quarterback. He showed his abilities, broke school records and provided long-awaited stability. But the image of him lying on the turf in pain, clutching his leg and driving off on a cart during the Terrapins’ game at Indiana on Saturday has become a familiar sight for a fan base marred by an abundance of quarterback injuries. .

The injury will loom over the weekend, although backup Billy Edwards Jr. replaced Tagovailoa early in the fourth quarter and pulled Maryland out of a deficit for a 38-33 victory. Edwards, a transfer from Wake Forest, led the Terps in consecutive touchdowns despite not passing and scored a rushing touchdown with 2:11 remaining.

The Hoosiers then scored with less than a minute to go, but their two-run attempt fell through, keeping Maryland’s lead at five. Jacob Copeland recovered Indiana’s kick to seal a win that will have muted celebration until the severity of Tagovailoa’s injury becomes clear. Coach Michael Locksley said his quarterback suffered a “lower leg” injury that he wasn’t sure if it was his knee or his ankle. The team will know more after Tagovailoa has an MRI scan upon his return to College Park.

“We all know that on any given game, that could be your opportunity,” said Locksley, who added that Edwards takes 40% of first-team reps in training. “Our players prepare that way.”

Before Tagovailoa left the game, the Terps (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) suffered a barrage of setbacks, some unavoidable (injuries that kept key players out) and some self-inflicted ( too many penalties, an undesirable habit of this team). But the Terps managed to contain the struggling Hoosiers (3-4, 1-3), who lost four in a row.

Chess tackle helps Maryland offensive line plan next moves

When Edwards entered, the Terps faced a 27-24 deficit. His attacking teammates told him they had faith in him, and as a substitute, Edwards described his preparation as “very similar to Taulia’s”.

He led Maryland on a touchdown drive, which was capped by Roman Hemby’s six-yard run with 5:35 to go. The defense, plagued with gaps and penalties throughout, stepped up as they recovered a fumble on Indiana’s next possession, opening the door for the second touchdown. Hemby’s 46-yard run pushed Maryland into striking position, and Edwards looked sharp as he provided the heroism.

“The longer I was in there,” he said, “the more comfortable I felt.”

Maryland played without three key veterans who start normally: linebacker Ruben Hyppolite II (ankle), who had missed two games but returned to play last week; cornerback Jakorian Bennett (injury unspecified); and left tackle Jaelyn Duncan, who missed the game for personal reasons. The Terps’ depth was further reduced by injuries to defensive backs Gavin Gibson and Glendon Miller.

Tarheeb Still, with an interception on the game’s first play, and Deonte Banks, with a pick on Indiana’s first play in the second half, provided moments of optimism for the secondary, which had a performance that Locksley described as “hit or miss”.

The Terps fell into a hole after collapsing in the second quarter, with penalties hampering the defensive effort, with Tagovailoa struggling at times against Indiana’s pressure and stalled offense. The Maryland redshirted junior quarterback completed 10 of 14 passes in the first quarter, then just 6 of 13 in the second. The Hoosiers scored 14 straight points to take a 17-14 halftime lead, including a touchdown that came after the Terps picked up a defensive holding flag on the punt and handed Indiana a first automatic test.

“Guys have to be disciplined, really,” said Still, who was flagged twice for pass interference. “We got a little nonchalant. We had a good first quarter, then we got a little lax, then we got a little cold, which is bad. We have to keep our foot on the accelerator every game.”

The Terps improved after halftime, with Tagovailoa leading Maryland on a touchdown that ended in Dontay Demus Jr.’s first score since returning from a torn ACL last season. Maryland’s rushing offense, which gained just 45 yards in three quarters, came alive in fourth with 127 yards.

After the game, Edwards said he and Tagovailoa had “a good long hug in the locker room”.

“He was in good spirits,” Edwards added. “He was partying, singing with me, banging on the lockers.”

Edwards’ strong performance with the game on the line provided optimism if he is to hold on to the role for weeks to come. But the Terps would naturally prefer to get their starter back to keep this promising season on track. For now, they will have to wait for this update hoping that Tagovailoa does not join its many predecessors who have suffered unfortunate injuries.

Over the past decade, Maryland fans have had to endure one torn ACL after another. They saw a linebacker step in at quarterback. They’ve seen seasons upset by those injuries, and so they back off every time Tagovailoa stays on the ground a bit too long after being hit. He got scared earlier this year when he slipped with cramp after scoring a rushing touchdown against Charlotte. Tagovailoa sat out the final practice in the loss to Michigan with minor rib and knee injuries. Each week, he would return for the next game, apparently in full health.

This time, Tagovailoa left on a cart. Edwards played admirably and made sure the Terps rose to the occasion. But Tagovailoa’s image in pain will persist, and the ramifications of his injury could change the course of Maryland’s season.

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