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So when Frank, a long-time friend, invited her to join the series and spend a few months shooting in Berlin, Heller saw it as the perfect opportunity to, in her words, keep my street cred as a director who was an actor. As a director who seeks out projects about the uncomfortable things that people dont talk about, Heller found that Alma embodied those same sensibilities: Shes someone who has a lot of pain in her past, and that makes her most interesting; shes not some version of a 50s housewife that doesnt feel real. So much of what I try to do as a director is to tap into that thing that has made somebody the way they are.
Despite mother and daughters initial friction, as Beth carves out her niche in the chess world, and Alma begins accompanying her on her more glamorous tournaments, the older woman is inspired to revisit her own long-abandoned dreams of devoting her life to a creative pursuit. For Alma, Heller says, she had this dream deferred. She was somebody who wanted to be a pianist and artist and never could, and thats a pain that I feel is very human, and I totally connected to.
Whats remarkable about The Queens Gambit is that each of its female characters experiences a different and specific struggle for the time period. Scott did that really beautifully, Ingram says of playing adult Jolene, advocating for change during the Civil Rights movement while Beth is moving up through the ranks of the chess world. He didnt let us forget what point in time we were in the worldwere in the 60s, in the smack-dab [middle] of civil unrest, because people arent being treated fairly. And I loved that Jolene is out front and being a crusader, being a champion for change, when very clearly all shes known is white people her whole life. So it was beautiful to see that shes found herself later, in changing the worldtrying to, at least.
In that endeavor, Jolene describes herself as a radical, though Ingram also feels that the word was a fitting theme for the series overall.
I think its radical that Beth, as a woman, is this far into the chess world at this point in time, she says. Its unheard of that shes there, and everyones shocked by it. Its definitely a story of radical love, and radical faith.
The show officially premiered on October 17.
On October 17, Chess the Musical made its Russian premiere at the MDM Theatre, Moscow.
A legendary play about a confrontation between Soviet and American chess masters for the world chess crown, set against the backdrop of the Cold War, has finally made it to the Russian audience.
Get a first look at the production in the photos and video below!
The world premiere of CHESS was held in 1986 at London's West End. Created by Benny Andersson and Bjrn Ulvaeus of ABBA and Sir Tim Rice, CHESS has since been staged all around the globe.
Four great chess masters: Boris Spassky, Bobby Fischer, Victor Korchnoy, and first and foremost - multiple-time world champion Anatoly Karpov, became prototypes for the two main characters.
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Photos/Video: First Look at the Russian Premiere of CHESS The Musical - Broadway World
During the August 2020 Special Delegates Meeting, the Delegates adopted a recommendation from the Governance Task Force to create a Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee (Committee) will:
For the 2021 Executive Board election, the Committee will make recommendations for prospective candidates who will be permitted to use the Committees endorsement as one element of their campaign marketing. The Committees candidate recommendations in no way preclude others from self-nominating for the election. All candidates for the Executive Board (endorsed or not) are required to obtain signatures on their petitions for office. That petition form is available here. (A fillable petition form is also available.)
The Committee, composed of six Delegate-appointed and two Executive Board-appointed members, recently began meeting. The Committee has established the following steps for US Chess members to express their interest in becoming an endorsed candidate:
The Committee seeks interested candidates who bring the following leadership experience and skills:
Since all candidates for the Executive Board are required to obtain petition signatures from a diverse pool of US Chess members, the Committee recommends beginning this process as soon as possible. All completed candidate petitions are required to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or postmarked and mailed to Governance, US Chess, PO Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557 by 11:59 pm (CT), December 31, 2020. There are no exceptions.
By: PTI | Chennai | October 9, 2020 10:18:03 pmThe Indian men and women teams will start as favourites in the Asian Online Nations (Regions) Cup Team Championship, beginning on Saturday.(Representational Image)
The Indian men and women teams will start as favourites in the Asian Online Nations (Regions) Cup Team Championship, beginning on Saturday. Grandmaster Surya Sekhar Ganguly will lead the mens team which also includes B Adhiban, Nihal Sarin, S P Sethuraman and K Sasikiran. However GM Viswanthan Anand is not taking part in this event.
The Indian squad is the highest ranked among the 39 teams and is the top seed followed by Kazakhstan and Iran, who are expected to provide stiff challenge.
The Indians had last month won the gold medal in the FIDE Online Olympiad. Three members of the triumphant squad-Sarin, Bhakti Kulkarni and R Vaishali will be seen in action in the Asian team event.
The top-seeded womens team includes Bhakti Kulkarni, WGM Mary Ann Gomes, Padmini Rout, Vaishali and P V Nandhidhaa, and is the highest rated among 31 nations taking part.
Apart from India, Kazakhstan and Indonesia are likely to be among the contenders for the top prize.
The tournament will be played on nine-round Swiss System preliminaries in both mens and womens division with a time control of 15 minutes + 5 seconds increment.
The top eight teams will qualify to the knockout stage of quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. Each stage will be a duel of two matches. Cash prizes worth USD 20,000 and gold, silver and bronze certificates as individual board prizes in the preliminary stages are up for grabs.
The tournament will conclude with the finals on October 25.
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By: PTI | Chennai | October 10, 2020 10:06:06 pmNihal Sarin emerged winner in the Chess.com's 2020 Junior Speed Online Chess Championship. (Source: Twitter/NihalSarin)
Young Indian player Nihal Sarin emerged winner in the Chess.coms 2020 Junior Speed Online Chess Championship, beating Russias world junior No. 6 Alexey Sarana 18-7 in the final.
The title win earned the 16-year old Sarin $ 8,766 and enabled him to qualify for the 2020 Speed Chess Championship Final which will feature the worlds best players.
Sarin had beaten American Andrew Tang, Australias Anton Smirnov and Armenian Haik Martirosyan en route the title.
Past winners of the Speed Chess Championship include Magnus Carlsen (2017) and Hikaru Nakamura (2018, 2019).
The Indian teenager had lost in the first round of the 2019 Junior Speed Chess event.
According to a press release, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand praised Sarin, saying, Nihal is one of the worlds fastest juniors, and this result confirms it.
Sarin, a former world Under-10 champion, will join the Indian mens team that is taking part in the Asian Online Nations (Regions) Cup Team Championship which began Saturday.
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Grandmaster Maurice Ashley is a man who hardly needs an introduction to the readers of Chess Life or Chess Life Online. While he is famous today for his energetic style broadcasting events for the Saint Louis Chess Club, Ashley has been a giant of American chess for many years now. He isthe first Grandmaster of African descent, has been a successful scholastic coach, and he organized some of the most lucrative and interesting large Swiss tournaments in American history.
Maurice Ashley, US Chess Hall of Fame honoree (courtesy WCHOF)
Because his career has been so varied and spanned so much of recent chess history, we thought Maurice Ashley would be the perfect person to write our October cover article on International Master Abhimanyu Mishra, the youngest IM in the world. His story is utterly fascinating.
Ashley knocked the assignment out of the park, putting young Abhi's story into the proper context, and painting a much fuller picture of the role played by his family in his success than has been previously shown.
Our interview, recorded on September 29, 2020, tries to cover the full range of Ashley's history and accomplishments. I had a great time recording it, and I want to thank Maurice for taking an hour of his time to talk to me for this podcast.
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CCPS hosting in-person chess tournament, limited to students in Grades 4-12 – The Southern Maryland Chronicle
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is hosting its annual fall chess tournament in person at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Thomas Stone High School. This years fall tournament is limited to chess players in Grades 4-12, as parents and family members will not be permitted to remain on-site during the event. This is a precautionary measure to limit the number of people inside the playing area. Parents will be invited to watch the tournament virtually through Zoom with a limited panoramic view. Individual matches will not be highlighted.
Players must register in advance to participate. The registration form is posted on the CCPS website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/gifted-education-services#Events. The deadline to register is Oct. 21. The registration window closes after Oct. 21. Walk-in registrations are not accepted.
The tournament features a four-round Swiss-style format. Sign-in for players begins at 8:15 a.m. with the first round of play starting at 9 a.m. Students must check in by 8:45 a.m. in order to be matched for play in the first round.
An awards ceremony will follow the matches. Players will receive a trophy, medal and/or certificate for participation. Participation is free and open to all Charles County students in Grades 4-12.
The following COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place.
‘Audiences wont have seen anything like this’: how Iranian film Chess of the Wind was reborn – The Guardian
The rediscovery of a film is seldom as fascinating a story as the film itself, but thats the case with Chess of the Wind (Shatranj-e Baad), directed by Iranian film-maker Mohammad Reza Aslani. It was only screened twice in Tehran in 1976, once to a cinema of hostile critics, and then to an empty cinema the bad reviews had done their work. The rediscovery of this film is great for me, says Aslani, now aged 76, and still living in Tehran. But it also allows audiences to view Iranian cinema from another perspective, and to discover other auteur film-makers who have been marginalised because of the complexity of their films.
Critical of the Shahs royalist government, the film also featured strong female leads and homosexuality, which didnt endear it to the Ayatollah Khomeinis regime either. In the politically tumultuous years that followed the Iranian revolution of 1979, the film was banned, and then presumed lost. Critics in Iran at the time of its release claimed the film didnt make sense, that my father was just trying to make an intellectual film, to imitate European cinema, says the directors daughter, Gita Aslani Shahrestani. But Aslani Shahrestani was determined not to let her fathers legacy languish. A writer and academic based in Paris, she was uniquely suited to the task. About seven years ago I was working on my PhD about auteur cinema in Iran, and this film was part of it, so I started to look for the film.
Having searched the international film archives without finding a copy, Aslani Shahrestani turned to her brother Amin based in Tehran to help in her investigation. Nothing could be found in the Iranian laboratories and archives either. It seemed that Chess of the Wind was lost for good. Then, browsing in a junk shop in 2014, Amin spotted a pile of film cans. On enquiring what they contained, the proprietor said he didnt know; they were simply on sale as a decorative element. Like something out of a fairy tale, on opening them Amin discovered a complete copy of his fathers long-lost film. Still banned in Iran, the print was smuggled out of the country via a private delivery service to Paris, where work began on restoring the film, overseen by Martin Scorseses non-profit organisation, The Film Foundations World Cinema Project, in association with the Cineteca di Bologna.
Chess of the Wind is a gothic family tale, following the (mis)fortunes of a paraplegic heiress played by Fakhri Khorvash, her angular face a study in controlled despair. Seeking to maintain her fragile independence, shes beset on all sides by predatory men her stepfather, his nephews, the local commissar who all seek to prise her fortune from her. Shes aided against them by her handmaiden, played by Shohreh Aghdashloo (nominated for an Oscar for her role in House of Sand and Fog). An erotic tension between mistress and maid adds spice and complexity to the proceedings.
The opulent, claustrophobic interiors are reminiscent of Persian miniatures. Theres also something of the gothic horror of Edgar Allan Poe. The influence of European cinematic masters like Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti and Robert Bresson is also apparent; the camera lingers on hands as they roll cigarettes, serve food, and feed gunpowder down the barrel of a gun, finding beauty in these simple actions. The sound design also stands out: wolves howl and dogs bay as they circle the house, ratcheting up the sense of menace; crows caw, jangling the nerves; heavy breathing makes the characters isolation in this haunted house increasingly oppressive. The soundtrack an early work by trailblazing female composer Sheyda Gharachedaghi takes inspiration from traditional Iranian music, and sounds like demented jazz.
Im very happy this film is finally being viewed fairly, and not through a lens that values populist cinema and propaganda
Initial reactions to the restored film have been rapturous, to the delight of its director. I was not expecting such a positive reaction, says Aslani. Of course, Im very happy this film is finally being viewed fairly, and not through a lens that values populist cinema and propaganda.
Robin Baker, head curator of the BFI National Archive, who programmed the film in this years BFI London film festival, says, I think this film will have an impact on the world film canon its ambition on so many different levels is extraordinary. It has a resonance far beyond an Iranian cinema niche. I found it genuinely shocking at times. I think it will confound so many peoples expectations not only of the cinema, but also of the culture of Iran. I can confidently say that audiences wont have seen anything quite like this, no matter what their taste in cinema.
Sadly, Aslanis film-making career was a casualty of Irans political upheavals. Before Chess of the Wind, which he directed aged 33, Aslani had made two short films: a documentary (Hassanlou Cup, 1964), and a wry political allegory critical of the Shahs government (The Quail, 1969). Hed also directed the first season of a television series (Samak Ayyar, 1974) that was roundly criticised for its idiosyncratic, uncommercial style. Afterwards, he remained in Iran, continuing to work within the Iranian film industry. Hes since made more than 10 documentaries, an experimental piece (Tehran, A Conceptual Art in 2011) and another feature film, The Green Fire (2008), but his output has been severely curtailed both practically and conceptually by his situation. Yet he still has plans.
I hope to make another feature, says Aslani. Ive had a script for 10 years, but because Ive been labelled uncommercial and unentertaining in Iran, nobody wants to risk producing it. Its a historical film about one of the greatest Iranian poets, and the style of the film again recalls Persian miniatures, western painting and the cinema of Visconti and Bresson.
Meanwhile, Chess of the Wind is a reminder of his talent, and acts as a touching tribute by Gita Aslani Shahrestani to her fathers legacy. When he saw the restoration he said it was like seeing a therapist, that it reminded him why hed wanted to be a film-maker in the first place, says Aslani Shahrestani. He was really happy. He regrets nothing. He said the film was like a baby hed lost, and now theyre reunited.
Chess of the Wind is available for free on the BFI Player from 1013 October as part of the London film festival.
AS the Andalucian provincial chess matches get underway, so Benalmadena has had a very lively start, fielding three teams representing the Benalmadena Chess Club, Team Puerto Deportivo, Team Innov @ , and Team Arroyo de la Miel Shooting Gallery.
The Puerto Deportivo Benalmadena team beat Lucena by 3.5 to 0.5 and climbed to first place in the Andalucian First Division, in tied place with Lucina Nazar from Granada.
The result reflects the superiority in the ranking of the Benalmadena chess players who also have in their ranks the national strategist, Yingrui Lin, who at 14 is already part of the Spanish chess elite.
Daniel Hidalgo, president of the Benalmadena Chess Club, commented on the results saying; We continue in a good line, ascending, with a first team of high-level players who aspire to everything, also Innov @ which will surely achieve many successes in the near future.
He also thanks the Arroyo de la Miel Shooting Gallery for ensuring that the competition could proceed thanks to control of hygiene and social distancing.
Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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Chess success with one team leading Andalucian First Division - Euro Weekly News
This is the first of a two-part piece examining the Lakers-Rockets chess match, the tactics the Lakers employed to win the series and how Houston can counter this moving forward.
To the casual NBA fan or even the more engaged, in-tune one the name eljko Obradovi might not exactly roll off the tongue.
And before you say anything, no, Obradovi isnt the next best prospect to come out of Europe or hasnt featured on Sam Vecenies draft board hes 60 years young. But hisname carries a ton of weight both in the NBA and overseas particularly more so abroad.
Obradovi is perhaps the most decorated European coach of all time, garnering 63 distinctions in a career that spans over three decades. In his time manning the sidelines for esteemed foreign clubs such asPanathinaikos,Fenerbahe, and Real Madrid, Obradovi won 11 EuroLeague championships, made 18...