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Grade II listed house with giant chess board and glorious gardens for sale in Kent – HouseBeautiful.com
A Grade II listed hall house with impressive gardens, swimming pool and its very own giant chess board is for sale in Tonbridge, Kent, for 3.5 million.
Great Budds House, which is constructed of brick with a Georgian faade, is arranged over three sprawling floors. Set in the sleepy village of Shipbourne, it's perfect for anyone longing to escape to the country.
With charming period features including an Inglenook fireplace, exposed timbers and high ceilings, the house will take your breath away. Providing versatile accommodation throughout, some of the spacious rooms inside include the extensive living room, eight bedrooms, conservatory, lovely kitchen with stone walls, four bathrooms, and the welcoming dining room, too.
Some rooms are injected with cheer, while others are pared-back and more traditional (such as the floral-infused dcor in the bedrooms). What's lovely about Great Budds House is that every room is light, spacious and unique perfect for a new family to move right in.
The garden is a pocket of peace and quiet. As well as the rather impressive chess board (balmy summer nights just got an upgrade), new owners will also get to enjoy the beautiful summerhouse, swimming pool, tennis court, shrubs and flower beds, orchards, woodland walk, and a pretty Victorian style greenhouse (a well-considered shelter for rainy days).
Set in around 14 acres of gardens and grounds, it's the ideal place for all family members to recline. Whether children are exploring the expanse lawns or adults are dining alfresco, outside spaces don't get much better than this.
But that's not all: to the west of the main house is another self-contained property, known as the Oast House. Arranged over two floors and ideal for visitors, here there is a full-sized billiard room and table, swimming pool changing room facilities and shower, sauna and a round garden room.
Tempted? Great Budds House is currently on the market for 3,500,000 with Knight Frank.
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Researchers in Australia taught children to play chess and found that a year later their aversion to risk decreased significantly. And not just any kind of risks either: the children become better at avoiding risks that rarely result in positive outcomes and plow through risks that were likely to result in a positive outcome.
Things of value in life typically involve risk, whether its quitting your job to follow your passion or overcoming your fear of rejection when approaching a person you find attractive. But not all risks are equal and not everything risky has the potential to enrich our lives. On the contrary, there are some risks that are just stupid to take, such as gambling knowing the odds are stacked against you.
One could argue that the most successful people across the board are those who knew which risks were worth pursuing at the right time. Chess may be a great way to train this ability to perform cost-benefit analyses, according to a new study published by researchers from Monash University and Deakin University.
The researchers recruited 400 school children from the UK, 15 to 16 years old, who had never played chess before. After they were trained to play, the children had their cognitive abilities assessed over the course of a year.
According to the results, the children experienced a decrease in risk aversion, scored better at math, and improved in logic and rational thinking skills.
The researchers in Australia mention that chess is ideal for demonstrating the fine line between good and poor risk-taking. Sometimes sacrificing your knight or performing some other gambit can bait your adversary into a trap that quickly ends in checkmate. In other scenarios, sacrificing pieces on the board can be extremely detrimental and this becomes painfully evident the more you play.
Furthermore, the skills learned from chess in terms of risk assessment and decreased risk-aversion (for the good risks) were long-lasting. Most of the children had lowered risk aversion a full year after the end of the participation in the study.
Our main finding is that chess training reduces the level of risk aversion almost a year after the intervention ended. We do not find any evidence of significant effects of chess training on other academic outcomes, creativity, and attention/focus, wrote the authors of the new study.
The findings appeared in the Journal of Development Economics.
Two grandmasters will play in the "European Parliamentary Friendship Online Chess Tournament" – Chessbase News
The European Parliamentary Friendship Online Chess Tournament will take place on Friday 16 April 2021, starting from 15.30 CET, on the online playing platform Tornelo.
The event is a 7 round Swiss tournament with a time control of 10 min + 2 seconds per player. The event will be played as individual Championship, but the cumulative results of the best three players of each national Parliament or EU Parliament, will decide the team standings.
The event is open to all members of the Parliaments of the European countries and to members of the European Union Parliament.
Registration closed on 11 April.
The FIDE has published a list of 30 participants. It is headed by GM Loek van Wely (Dutch Parliament) and GM Viktor Bologan (Moldovan Parliament). The list also includes the name of Vaclav Klaus, who has held all the high offices in the Czech Republic during his political career and is an avid chess lover.
For each year between 19722000, the average USCF rating of the overall U.S. Championship was always more than 300 points greater than the average rating of the U.S. Womens Championship.
Although the rating differences are already apparent, Ashley Yan conducted an independent samples t-test to compare the means. The results confirmed a statistically significant difference between the average ratings of overall U.S. Championship participants and U.S. Womens Championship participants. Since the resulting p-value was much less than 0.05, which is the standard threshold for statistical significance, its highly likely that the average rating differences are influenced by an external factor.
Given these results, one might conclude that there is a significant difference in skill between men and women. But other explanations are possible.
We hypothesize that the difference in ratings between the U.S. Womens Championship and the overall U.S. Championship is expected due to the small numbers of girls and women with USCF memberships. This conclusion remains valid under two assumptions: that women made up 5% of the total USCF membership, and the rating distribution for all female USCF members was relatively the same as the rating distribution for all male USCF members.
Due to the lack of data available to us, the exact percentage of female USCF members between 19722000 remains unknown, and the rating distributions based on gender are also unknown. Given that 5% of USCF players were girls or women in April 2000, as mentioned in part one, one might speculate that the percentage was even lower in the years before 2000. Indeed, for the datapoint of 1993, the percentage was lower (4.65%). Further data points may or may not be available from the US Chess. Requesting a data search would require staff hours and thus an outside funding source to pay for US Chess staff time.
If a funded study were conducted, and data points of girls/women in various years from 1972 to 1993 were uncovered (since we already have the 1993 and 2000 data points), these additional data points might demonstrate a substantial participation gap between men and women.
In addition, assuming the rating distributions for men and women were relatively equal, it is expected that the highest ratings for men would be higher than those for women. More specifically, when comparing two distributions with the same average value and variability, the distribution with the larger sample size will logically have greater representation on both ends of the distribution curve.
When this logic is applied to the U.S. Championships rating differences, the difference between the average ratings of the overall and womens championships would be expected due to a smaller sample size of total female USCF members. The participants in both championships have ratings in the top percentile for their corresponding gender, so the championships ratings are the highest or most extreme values in the rating distributions of all USCF players. Since there are substantially more male USCF players than female, the male USCF player distribution would not only have a greater magnitude of players in the top percentile, but the highest ratings would also be greater than those for female USCF players. Extreme values explain why the participants in the overall U.S. Championships generally have much higher ratings than those in the U.S. Womens Championships.
Chess Life magazine, March 1996 (from theChess Life and Chess Review Archives)
Graphs and Conclusion
Based on the graph illustrating the average ratings of the U.S. Championships and U.S. Womens Championships, the rating difference has generally decreased over 19722000. Due to the proportion of female USCF members possibly increasing over this period, this trend is statistically expected: The extreme values of the two distributions become more similar as the distributions size difference decreases. That the proportion of female USCF members increased between 19722000, though, is another assumption we make as we do not currently have much gender-based data for those years.
We conclude that the gender participation gap influences the average rating differences between the U.S. Championship players and the U.S. Womens Championship players, and, therefore, the difference would be expected. However, our conclusions and the insight we can draw from the given data are limited. There may or may not be available rating distributions from 19722000, and overall USCF membership during those years perhaps did not include sufficiently accurate gender coding.
In 2001, there was no womens tournament. In 2004, there was a seven-player U.S. Womens Championship but no corresponding U.S. Championship. That is, the 2004 U.S. Championship was named the 2005 championship for legal reasons and was a mixed-gender Swiss system. In 2002 (56 players), 2003 (58 players), 2005 (64 players), and 2006 (two 32-player Swiss systems), the women and men played in combined U.S. championships.
The comparison chart found in part one could resume in 2007, with the caution that, for several of those years, the U.S. championships averages would be depressed due to large numbers of players competing in the U.S. Championships.
Starting in 2014, both the U.S. Womens Championship and the U.S. Championship were round robins of smaller sizes. Comparisons would again be possible, as they were for 19722000, the focus of this two-part series. A future article could analyze those more recent years, 20142020, when the percentage of US Chess female members is above 10%, to see if the rating gap is closing between the U.S. Womens and the U.S. Championship fields. Also possible is a second historical article, about the years 1950 to 1972 and the average ratings for those years for the U.S. Womens and U.S. Championships.
The ratings gap and gender: Analyzing U.S. Chess Championships (Part I)
In a world gone mad, what can the few sane people left do? What can someone say when there are no words that seem up to the job? How can anyone hope to express ideas so terrible when doing so will only reduce those ideas?
These are some of the things that inspired the Dada movement, and in its absurd, surreal, and chaotic nonsense, we find the voice of the voiceless.
Dada was a response to the madness of World War I. Reasonable, intelligent, and sensitive people looked at the blood and mud graveyards of the trenches and wondered how any meaning or goodness could ever be found again. How can someone make sense of a world where millions of young, happy, hopeful men were scythed down in a spray of bullets? How could life go back to normal when returning soldiers, blinded and disfigured from gas, lay homeless in the streets? Out of this awful revulsion, there came one bitter voice, and it said: "Everything is nonsense."
And so, the Dada movement expressed itself in absurdity. Tzara, the closest you get to a Dadaist philosopher, put it like this: "Like everything in life, Dada is useless. Dada is without pretension, as life should be." Dada rejects all systems, all philosophy, all definite answers, and all truth. It is the living embrace of contradictions and nonsense. It seeks "to confuse and upset people, to shake and jolt". It aims to shout down the "shamefaced sex of comfortable compromise and good manners," when actually "everything happens in a completely idiotic way."
In short, Dada is a response to the world when all the usual methods have broken down. It's the recognition that dinner party conversations, Hollywood blockbusters, and Silicon Valley are not how life actually is. This is a false reality and order, like some kind of veneer.
The Dada response to life is to embrace the personal and passionate madness of it all, where "the intensity of a personality is transposed directly, clearly into the work." It's to recognize the unique position of an artist, who can convey ideas and feelings in a way that goes beyond normal understanding. Art goes straight to the soul, but the intensity of it all can be hard to "enjoy" in the strictest sense.
For instance, Dada is seen in the poems of Hugo Ball who wrote in meaningless foreign-sounding words. It's in Hausmann, who wrote works in disconnected phonemes. It's found in Duchamp's iconoclastic "Fountain" that sought to question what art or an artist really meant. It's in Hans Richter's short film "Ghost before Breakfast," which has an incoherent montage of images, loosely connected by the theme of inanimate objects in revolt. And, it's in Kurt Schwitters' "psychological collages" which present fragments of objects, juxtaposed together.
Kurt Schwitters, Merz-drawing 85, Zig-Zag Red, 1920, collageCredit: Kurt Schwitters / Public Domain via Wikipedia
Dada is intended to shock. It's an artistic jolt asking, or demanding, that the viewers reorient themselves in some way. It is designed to make us feel uncomfortable and does not make for easy appreciation. It's only when we're thrown so drastically outside of our comfort zone in this way that Dada asks us to question how things are. It shakes us out of a conformist stupor to look afresh at things.
Of course, like all avant-garde art, Dada needs to address one major problem: how do you stay so provocative, so radical, and so anti-establishment when you also seek success? How can maverick rebels stay so as they get a mortgage and want a good school for their kids? The problem is that young, inventive, and idealistic artists are inevitably sucked into the world of profit and commodity.
As Grayson Perry, a British modern artist, wrote: "What starts as a creative revolt soon becomes co-opted as the latest way to make money," and what was once fresh and challenging "falls away to reveal a predatory capitalist robot." With Dada, how long can someone actually live in a world of nonsense and nihilistic absurdity?
But there will always be new blood to keep movements like Dada going. As the revolutionaries of yesterday become the rich mansion-owners of today, there will be hot, young things to come and take up the mantle. There will always be something to challenge and questions to be asked. So, art movements like Dada will always be in the vanguard.
Dada is the art of the nihilist. It smashes accepted wisdom, challenges norms and values, and offends, upsets, and provokes us to re-examine everything. It's an absurd art form that reflects the reality it perceives that life is nothing more than a dissonant patchwork of egos floating in an abyss of nothing.
Jonny Thomson teaches philosophy in Oxford. He runs a popular Instagram account called Mini Philosophy (@philosophyminis). His first book is Mini Philosophy: A Small Book of Big Ideas.
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Chess Market to Witness Growth Acceleration by Top Key Players The House of Staunton, ChessSUA, CNCHESS NeighborWebSJ – NeighborWebSJ
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Nice to know Ive been ahead of the trend for cottage gardens since the first one I had with my late husband in 1982 (Whats the buzz? Why the cottagecore garden trend is great for bees and biodiversity, 5 April). None of the regimented, tidy rows with gaps needing weeding; every bit of soil is covered and there is colour from early Januarys first snowdrops right through to the last roses in December. A haven for birds, bees, butterflies, my dog and me. Sharman Finlay Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
If we dont know whether or not fish can feel pain (Letters, 7 April), surely the right thing to do is err on the side of caution? To think that they might feel pain and continue doing what we do is so obviously wrong. Dave Gunner Copthorne, West Sussex
All this talk of solving imaginary crosswords (Letters, 7 April) reminds me of a visit to the Lake District in the 1970s. I walked past a house that I learned belonged to the astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle. Ah yes, said the barman in the local pub, Sir Fred and a friend of his often sit over there playing mental chess. I was very impressed. Stephen Newbould Birmingham
On 2 November, in the spirit of recent correspondence, shouldnt we celebrate 14,600 days since Steve Bells first If ... cartoon rather than 40 years (Letters, 8 April)? Toby Wood Peterborough
I hope before taking the shot that hit his dad on the 7th at Augusta Rory McIlroy shouted forefather (Report, 8 April). Michael Cunningham Wolverhampton
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Mental chess is out of this world - The Guardian
WHO: The stunningly talented members of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley chess team.
WHAT: The team just snagged its third consecutive national title.
WHY ITS SO GREAT:When you think of South Texas, you probably dont think of chess. But you absolutely should. Brownsville, the working-class, primarily Hispanic city just across the Rio Grande from Matamoros, has quietly become an international chess powerhouse. Over the last decade, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valleys Vaqueros chess team (motto: Dominate the board) has risen through the ranks, establishing itself as one of the best collegiate teams in the nationand, arguably, the world. On Sunday, the Vaqueros bested Webster University 3.50.5 to take home their third consecutive national title at the Presidents Cup, aka the Final Four of college chess.
It was not an easy win, says Bartek Macieja, who has coached the team since 2012. The Vaqueros initially lagged behind the Gorloks of Webster University; as five-time champion, the Missouri team was the favorite. After five rounds, we were still in the second position...We knew we had to completely crush them. And thats what we did.
Macieja, a chess grandmaster who moved to Texas from his native Warsaw, Poland, after UTRGV recruited him for the coaching job, is himself a key factor in the teams success. He was named European champion in 2002yknow, no big dealand has twice won the Polish national title. When UTRGV came calling, he was looking for a new challenge. I still compete with the Polish national team, and I knew I could do that for many more years, or I could try this, Macieja says. He knew nothing about South Texas before he moved for the job, but today hes a loyal Texan: I am very proud that Brownsville has become so famous for chess, not only in Texas or even the United States, but the entire world.
This weeks win isnt the only recent victory for the Vaqueros. In February, the UTRGV students beat 125 other teams to win the Kasparov Chess Foundation University Cup, which came with a prize they all geeked out about: a private training session with Garry Kasparov, one of the all-time greats.
The teams sixteen members hail from ten countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Venezuelaplus two Texans. Many of the players receive full scholarships, which are funded in part by the students of UTRGV; a portion of the student activity fee goes to chess. The students have voted to say that our team is one they want to support, says Douglas Stoves, an associate dean who oversees the chess program. He says the team enjoys strong support from the campus community, as well as from Brownsville at largenot unlike the way another town might cheer for a football or basketball squad. At some point, it was decided that [chess] was going to be more than just a nice thing to do, he says, and it became a regional success story.
As Texas Monthlys Katy Vine reported in 2007, Brownsvilles path to chess domination can be traced as far back as 1989. Thats when a teacher named Jose Juan J. J. Guajardo started a chess program at Emaline B. Russell Elementary. The school clinched seven consecutive state titles from 1993 to 1999, and the local chess scene ballooned from there. Another catalyzing event came in 2003, when a former high-school chess star named Clemente Rendon moved home to Brownsville and helped start the college team. Now, according to Macieja, almost every K-12 public school in Brownsville has some kind of chess program.
Not long ago, there was a big scholastic tournament in London, and they were proud that they had over one hundred [players], Macieja says. Well, here in Brownsville, before the pandemic, we had six hundred kids competing every second or third weekend! The college team regularly holds workshops in the local schools, so the kindergarten-through-campus pipeline has come full circle.
Stoves also credits Juliet Garcia, former UT-Brownsville president, for championing chess at the college level: She saw the potential, and she understood that because of the socioeconomic reality of South Texas, this was something that could be accessible. As extracurricular pursuits go, chess is affordable: you need only a board and someone to play with. These days, a board is often swapped for a laptopsince COVID struck, the Vaqueros have trained and played all their matches online. You can watch their most recent win on Twitch.
Macieja says he couldnt be prouder of his team. Its really an amazing story, how we did it by defeating our biggest rival. Everybody was celebrating. As the team is still quarantining at home, the victory party was a little muted this year. The players couldnt gather in person, but the group chat on WhatsApp was going like crazy, Macieja laughs.
UTRGV, by the way, wasnt the only team from the Lone Star State in the Final Four: Texas Tech came in fourth. UT Dallas is also extremely good, having finished fourth in the Kasparov Cup. Next time you think Texas, you better think chess.
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UTRGV Just Won Its Third Consecutive National Chess Championship - Texas Monthly
The term final four is most often associated with college basketball and March Madness. But it also applies to another collegiate sport; chess. And last Sunday, the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley took home the Presidents Cup Chess Championship for the third consecutive time.
That was an amazing feeling for us. said Bartek Macieja, chess grandmaster and UT RGV chess coach since 2012. The competition was really tough, very close. We were not leading the entire competition. We were on the second place, but in that last round we played so well that we managed to defend our championship title, the one which we won on in 2019, and then in 2018 for the first time.
Due to the pandemic, there was no Presidents Cup tournament in 2020. And this year, instead of playing face-to-face the teams played online.
Macieja says even though UTRGV won the previous two championships, they were not the favorite to win.
The Rio Grande Valley, and Brownsville in particular, is a chess hot spot. Players from the area consistently place and win in national and international tournaments like the Kasparov Chess Foundation University Cup.
Webster University, Macieja says had won the previous five consecutive championships from 2012 to 2017. And then they were still the favorites in 2018 but we defeated them. And in 2019 the same happened. And now 2021 again.
Since UTRGV wasnt leading at the time of the final match, Macieja says in order for them to win, it had to be a blowout.
Actually, the last round, he said the one I mentioned in order to defend our championship title, we had to not only win it against a Webster University, but literally you had to crush them to secure our first spot. And thats what happened. And that was really extraordinary effort of my students. Im really proud of them. Everybody was super motivated and weve made it.
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Three Nigerian organisations Heritage & Sports Colony Limited, Life and Chess Club, and CSED Initiative will be working together to hold an invitational chess tournament, as part of the nationwide event marking the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) in Nigeria.
Thirty chess players, drawn from primary school, secondary school and university, will take part in this tournament. The winners will be presented with trophies and medals, and all participating students will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the tournament. Five chess officials will supervise the players and the event.
The tournament organisers intend to use this event to promote the grassroots development of chess and, more importantly, to promote peace and unity in the local community.
The tournament aims to provide school-aged children and youth, especially girls, with more access to take part in sport events in the local community.
The collaborative effort also hopes to highlight the need to work together to bring about development and opportunities in the local community especially in a post-COVID world.
The event will be held in compliance with all COVID-19 safety protocols.