The Corus-tournament’s fourth round, out of 14 altogether, is starting in just a few minutes.

The official site is here, where you can follow the games live. On the site there are also daily reports, standings, schedule and photo galleries.

As always, it is a very strong field, 10 of the world’s 25 best players participate in this event, and quite a few excellent games have already been played. In the grandmaster group A, Sergey Karjakin, Gata Kamsky, Jan Smeets, Teimour Radjabov and Sergey Movsesian are all on +0.5. In the B group, Nigel Short, David Navarra and Rustam Kazimdzhanov are in the lead with +1.

Yesterday Short literally killed L’Ami in only 19 moves. It’s very rare these days to see a game between two Grandmasters end before move 20 unless it’s a draw, but somehow L’Ami very quickly got himself into a terrible position. Nigel Short – Erwin L’Ami, the position after 14…fxe6:





19…Bg7 doesn’t save the position, it only makes it worse. After 20.Qxb7! the rook on a1 is hanging.


January 20, 2009 Posted by | Chess | Leave a comment

Stuff you probably don’t know

I certainly didn’t:

i) What is Compton scattering?

ii) When was the Qing Dynasty founded?

iii) When did the neanderthals go extinct and what are the main theories as to why and how they disappeared? (Well, here I must add that I have read most of Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series – but that was probably almost 10 years ago, and I don’t remember much of it anyway; so I didn’t know the answer. Now I do.)

iv) Can one hear the shape of a drum? (from my new startpage)

January 20, 2009 Posted by | Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Physics, Random stuff | Leave a comment