Aug 162017

Garry Kasparov, Leinier Dominguez, Le Quang Liem and David Navara, join players staying on from the Sinquefield Cup — Nakamura, Nepomniachtchi, Aronian, Anand, Karjakin and Caruana for 9 rounds of rapid and 18 rounds of blitz. After six rounds of rapid, Nepomniachtchi leads with 4.0 / 6. He dealt the first loss to Garry Kasparov in Round 5, as the 13th World Champion sits near the bottom of the cross table.
Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz: Day 3
Source: Chess News

Aug 162017
Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.
Date Sunday, August 20, 2017
Event Format 4SS
Time Control G/30 d5
Sections 14 & Under and 8 & Under
Entry Fee $25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door
Prizes Trophies for 1st/2nd each age group, medal for 3rd
Registration 10:00am – 10:20am
Round Times 10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
Entry List Current Pre-Registration List

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August Scholastic
Source: Boylston Chess Club Weblog

Aug 162017

There is a new-ish quiz show on ABC (Australia) Television, called Hard Quiz. I suspect it’s an attempt to do a UL style quiz show, where the banter is as important as the knowledge. It isn’t that bad, especially as it doesn’t try and copy the UK style, instead taking a more Australian approach to the byplay between host and contestants.
I was watching this evenings episode, which had such subjects as Tomas the Tank Engine, and Queen Victoria (which were nominated by the constestants). The host (Tom Gleeson) also gets to pick a topic, and tonight the topic was Chess. Unlike a past episode of Sale of the Century where they did not know the difference between draw and stalemate, they seemed to have done their homework a bit better. For example, they knew that the first computer program to beat a GM in a tournament game was Deep Thought, which stumped most of the contestants.
However, for the final chess question, they featured 6 statements or actions by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.  Of course they were all quite outrageous (Flown in a spaceship, Aliens invented chess), and the challenge was to pick the one that wasn’t said or did not happen. I suspect the question wranglers couldn’t quite believe the list themselves, as the only non true choice was “Financed the musical Chess so he could play the lead”  which seemed pretty tame. Only one player got that right (IIRC) and I assume it was a wild guess.
If you want to catch the episode try this link. It is episode 3 of series 2, and you can watch a reply of it online (not guaranteeing this will work for non-Australian viewers)

Hard Quiz
Source: Chessexpress