Chess game – Ajedrez En Mexico http://ajedrezenmexico.org/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 04:11:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://ajedrezenmexico.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/icon-69.png Chess game – Ajedrez En Mexico http://ajedrezenmexico.org/ 32 32 Another chess match on Monday night https://ajedrezenmexico.org/another-chess-match-on-monday-night/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 19:40:00 +0000 https://ajedrezenmexico.org/another-chess-match-on-monday-night/ Between the Alabama football roster and the Georgia Bulldogs, neither team has a decisive advantage when it comes to talent. The Crimson Tide is slightly weaker than it would be from injuries, especially with losses to John Metchie III, Josh Jobe, and possibly Jalyn Armor-Davis. Even without these key injuries, some national college football pundits […]]]>

Between the Alabama football roster and the Georgia Bulldogs, neither team has a decisive advantage when it comes to talent. The Crimson Tide is slightly weaker than it would be from injuries, especially with losses to John Metchie III, Josh Jobe, and possibly Jalyn Armor-Davis. Even without these key injuries, some national college football pundits believe the Bulldogs have a slight talent advantage. Kirby Smart’s talent pool over the previous three hiring cycles has paid off.

If talent will not be a major determinant in the outcome of the game, what is left? Preparation is always a key element. Both teams will have prepared well. Luck can often tip the scales in a close game, but it’s impossible to predict. What remains is the execution. The players decide the games. The players who have been prepared with the best game plan and the coaches making the best adjustments in the game will most likely determine the next National College Football Championship.

Call it a chess match, if you will, although the only proper comparison is the “quick chess” version of the game. Coaching teams have had plenty of time to prepare. First, both teams played a month ago. But, both teams have spotted Monday’s opponent all season. Alabama Football may have a little advantage in game preparation. Much of the Crimson’s Tide time leading up to the semifinal game was not spent in Cincinnati.

As in every season, Nick Saban and his coaches took the opportunity to find their way around. Pre-play analysis and play planning were also carried out on Michigan and Georgia. The Bulldogs, after being shocked in the SEC Championship game, arguably also self-scrutinized. But their semi-final game needed more attention than Tide’s semi-final.

More changes will be needed for Bulldogs than for Crimson Tide. Georgia’s rushed eight quarters weren’t enough in Game 1. Even without any sacks, that rush might have been enough if Bryce Young hadn’t made frequently correct pre-hook readings and post-hook creative decisions. If the Bulldogs can’t exert enough pressure to keep Young unstable, the Tide offense will thrive again. If Bryce has time to put his feet down and get into his throws, the Tide will light up the Dawgs in the air.

Keeping Alabama Football Offensive off the field

One way to help the Dawgs’ defense is to reduce the risk of them getting tired in the second half. Extending their offensive possessions with a more effective rush attack could shorten the game. The Bulldogs’ backers ran for 97 yards in the last game but had just 22 carries from their line. Georgia won the possession time battle in the last game, but that was canceled out by Tide’s explosive plays. In order to save time Monday night, Georgia must improve its efficiency on the third down (3 for 12).

Kirby Smart and his team need to know that they can’t afford to fall behind. If the Tide gets a two point lead early on, it will be very difficult for the Dawgs to overcome it. That being the case, whatever changes Georgia makes in pressuring Bryce Young, they will be seen early.

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A Polish player falls from his chair after losing a game of chess. Internet keeps laughing https://ajedrezenmexico.org/a-polish-player-falls-from-his-chair-after-losing-a-game-of-chess-internet-keeps-laughing/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 09:33:31 +0000 https://ajedrezenmexico.org/a-polish-player-falls-from-his-chair-after-losing-a-game-of-chess-internet-keeps-laughing/ Chess is a serious game that requires a lot of restraint. One wrong move and you could lose an important soldier in your army on the board. The players get so involved in this game that it lasts for hours. Players are also disappointed when they lose. When a player recently lost a game, he […]]]>

Chess is a serious game that requires a lot of restraint. One wrong move and you could lose an important soldier in your army on the board.

The players get so involved in this game that it lasts for hours. Players are also disappointed when they lose. When a player recently lost a game, he experienced a similar disappointment. But, despite his loss, something interesting happened to him and that’s what made him go viral on the internet.

Pawel Teclaf, a famous 18-year-old Polish chess player, is well known in his home country and around the world, but he is currently in the news for another reason. A video in which Pawel plays chess and reacts sadly to his loss goes viral. But something happened and it made everyone laugh.

Pawel is seen playing against a competitor at the FIDE World Blitz Championship in Warsaw in a viral video. After being defeated in the game, he feels anxious but suddenly the balance of the chair gets out of hand and he falls. It was not a painful or detrimental fall for him. The video looks pretty funny. He claimed that his chair lost his balance and as a result he fell.

The reaction was spontaneous:

Pawel claimed his opponent helped him when he fell to the ground. He was furious at the time, but when he saw the video himself he started to laugh. The player said he saw a man in the elevator watching the same video on his phone for the first time. When he returned home and checked his phone, he found he had received many links.

He said he did not react in this way during the game, but he has no idea how such a reaction came about during this game. This reaction, he says, was not planned in advance. On social media, people are making funny comments about the video.

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Containing Georgia star TE Brock Bowers will be Michigan’s ‘game of chess’ https://ajedrezenmexico.org/containing-georgia-star-te-brock-bowers-will-be-michigans-game-of-chess/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 21:17:00 +0000 https://ajedrezenmexico.org/containing-georgia-star-te-brock-bowers-will-be-michigans-game-of-chess/ DANIA BEACH, Fla .– The Michigan soccer team have faced their fair share of talented pass catchers this season, most recently against the dynamic Ohio State receiving trio of Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba . But none had the combination of size and speed like Georgia first-year tight end Brock Bowers. The 6-foot-4, […]]]>

DANIA BEACH, Fla .– The Michigan soccer team have faced their fair share of talented pass catchers this season, most recently against the dynamic Ohio State receiving trio of Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba .

But none had the combination of size and speed like Georgia first-year tight end Brock Bowers. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound All-American has been a mismatch for opponents all season, leading the team by a wide margin in receptions (47), receiving yards (791) and touchdowns (11 ).

Bowers will get a lot of Wolverines attention when the two teams face off in the Orange Bowl on Friday in South Florida.

“Brock is a hell of a player, man,” Michigan defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald said Tuesday. “He’s really dynamic. What they do with him is he really plays all positions. He will play the Z, the Y, the X, the move guy, the down guy. They will give it to him on backhands, screens. It is quite impressive. A tribute to their coaching staff for putting him in positions to affect the game.

“The difference between a tight end and a catcher is that a catcher, you can build certain things to find him, where he’s at, and try to get several guys on him. Tight end, it’s a little more difficult.

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Michigan (12-1) also faced another qualifying tight end Sam LaPorta of Iowa in the Big Ten Championship game. The Wolverines won 42-3, but the 6-foot-4, 249-pounder led the Hawkeyes with six catches for 62 yards.

However, the Bulldogs (12-1) have more weapons around Bowers than Iowa with LaPorta. Receiver Greg Pickens is back in good health and gives quarterback Stetson Bennett a reliable 6-3 / 4 outside target. They also have a formidable running back duo in James Cook and Zamir White.

Georgia are also not afraid to use 13 staffs (one running back, three tight ends). He has two effective blocking tight ends in 6-foot-7, 265-pound Darnell Washington and 6-foot-7, 250-pound John FitzPatrick, allowing offensive coordinator Todd Monken to move Bowers.

“They have very talented guys at every level, guys who can really hurt you at any point in the game,” Macdonald said. “The stress points in our areas and when we play man-to-man, when we put the pressure on, when we don’t, it’s going to be kind of an interesting game of chess throughout the game.”

Bennett said it didn’t take long for him to realize that Bowers was a special talent. The four-star California prospect made six catches, a team-high, in his debut against Clemson and has been at the midpoint of the Georgia offense. He just won his best game of the year, catching 10 passes for 139 yards and one score in the Southeastern Conference Championship loss to Alabama.

“There were a few times he trained in the summer, and we had these boxes of plio, and you would see him jumping up there,” Bennett said. “But you don’t know if he’s just a weird athlete and (if) he’ll be able to handle things quickly enough to play this year. Then over time you see that he’s an abnormal athlete and can process things pretty quickly as well.

“Everyone we recruit into the specialist positions is athletic and talented enough to do what he’s done. I think where he shines the most is how slowly the game goes for him and how smart he is in football.

Macdonald will be tasked with formulating a game plan to try and slow down Bowers, who ran a verified 4.55-second 40-yard sprint in high school and posted a 40-inch vertical. Defensive backs aren’t usually big enough to cover it one-on-one, while linebackers aren’t usually fast enough.

“Right away you can see this guy is different,” Monken said on Monday. “He only knows this way of working. All he did every day was work hard. He will continue to develop his skills. It probably has more reach than you might think. We knew he had the ability to run after catch. We saw it on tape. They used him in the backfield when he got out of high school, but he’s got a bit more range than we thought, and he continued to develop as a road runner. But he works terribly hard at his craft. It is important to him. He doesn’t say much, he just works.

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Russia v Ukraine chess game puts Israel in awkward position https://ajedrezenmexico.org/russia-v-ukraine-chess-game-puts-israel-in-awkward-position/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 21:35:29 +0000 https://ajedrezenmexico.org/russia-v-ukraine-chess-game-puts-israel-in-awkward-position/ (December 20, 2021 / JNS) Russia has assembled around 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine, raising international concerns about an imminent invasion. US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a video call last week in which Biden warned of serious consequences, including “strong economic measures”. The National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry […]]]>

Russia has assembled around 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine, raising international concerns about an imminent invasion. US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a video call last week in which Biden warned of serious consequences, including “strong economic measures”.

The National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ) hosted a webinar featuring Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, in which she discussed the current threat and expressed her hopes for a peaceful outcome.

Markarova noted that Russia is not only a military threat, but also a hybrid threat from Ukraine by spreading disinformation and carrying out surveillance and intelligence gathering activities.

As the days go by, the question remains whether Russia will actually launch an attack and Markarova has said she believes some steps need to be taken immediately to prevent such a scenario.

“We believe the number one priority is to demotivate Russia. The international community must threaten serious consequences [if Russia attacks],” she said.

Markarova praised Biden for his long discussion with Putin, saying “we are grateful to the United States for all efforts to deter Russia. … We appreciate that our friends are united with us.

She said that we also need three levels of deterrence.

First, there is a need for political deterrence, including diplomatic messages, discussions and warnings; economic deterrence such as sanctions; and security / defense deterrence.

“All the instruments of deterrence will make us stronger and we hope to find a diplomatic solution,” she said, adding that “we are doing everything possible to deter and demotivate Russia”.

Markarova noted that sanctioning Russia after an invasion might be too late and that it would be more prudent and logical to impose sanctions now as a deterrent and then remove them when Russia achieves its de-escalation goals.

“We ask our friends to impose sanctions,” she said.

Russia has already been sanctioned by the international community for its bellicose actions in Crimea and Donbass, which includes the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

“But Russia has not yet changed its behavior,” lamented Markarova, adding that she hopes the international community will impose additional sanctions on Russia.

Regarding the commitments made by NATO, the European Union and the United States to protect Ukraine, Markarova acknowledged that Ukraine is not a member of NATO, “and we understand that it does is not obliged by its charter to defend us “.

She said Ukraine’s goal is to become a NATO country.

“For us, what is important is to increase our capacities and our preparation. We are only asking NATO to help us. We have a lot to offer NATO countries and NATO as an organization. We have a very capable army and we are ready to help our partners. “

Markarova pointed the finger at Israel, which for her “was an inspiration” because it is a “small country capable of defending itself”. She noted that a large part of its population is nationalist and that many Israelis are ready to defend their country.

Israel has diplomatic relations with Russia and Ukraine, and if the two countries end up engaging in war, Israel could face a diplomatic maze in which it will have to expertly maneuver to avoid damaging its relations. with either country.

“The situation will remain the status quo”

Boris Morozov, of the Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies at Tel Aviv University, told JNS that while Russia “plays chess on different desks,” its relationship with Israel is still “viable,” while like Israel’s relationship with Ukraine, pointing out that Israel’s ambassadors in the two countries are “very good and very experienced”.

Even if Russia invades Ukraine, Israel “will remain neutral and try to preserve normal and viable relations with the two countries, as we do now when the two countries act as enemies, but without war,” he said. declared. “Israel can follow the line without sabotaging the relationship with either.”

Morozov explained that the reason Putin is threatening Ukraine is because he is showing his dissatisfaction with a number of issues, including NATO’s encroachment on Russia’s borders.

However, Morozov said he believes Russia is genuinely taking advantage of the current circumstances as it controls the Ukrainian and European situations.

He pointed to the Nord Stream 2, the submarine pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia directly to Germany, as leverage that Putin is using against Europe.

According to Morozov, everyone is trying to exploit this situation, including Ukraine because it wants – and receives – financial, military and political aid.

“I hope everyone calms down,” he said. “Russia will probably have its gas supplied to Europe, and both sides will be happy. The deal will include Ukraine, so it will also be happy. Russia will likely get guarantees from the United States that it will not accept Ukraine or Georgia into NATO, and basically the situation will remain the status quo.

Morozov noted that Putin does not need or want to control the eastern part of Ukraine. “He already has enough problems with Crimea, not just with political sanctions, but with the real management of the country. “

“Putin is also happy because now everyone is running after him and talking with him. It shows him, and the Russian people, that it is important, and that Russia is strong without war, ”he said, adding that Putin assembling troops at the border“ is more about flexion. muscular, but with a slight possibility of climbing. “

“Israel must remain neutral”

Vera Michlin-Shapir, visiting scholar at King’s College London, told JNS “While we cannot be sure that Russia will invade Ukraine, there are serious signs of deteriorating security situation on the border. Media reports in reputable US media and the recent visit of the CIA chief to Moscow make it clear that US officials see this as an immediate and present danger.

“As for Israel,” she said, “it depends on how the situation develops and the pressure from the United States for an Israeli response. Even if Israel did not want to take sides for fear of a Russian response, ultimately Israel cannot (and should not) challenge the United States when it comes to a United Nations vote on a subject that the United States considers essential. strategic question.

Dima Course, a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Ariel University, told JNS he thinks Putin is bluffing. “There are few goals for such behavior,” he said.

The course highlighted Putin’s efforts to increase pressure on the West. Washington is occupied by China, Iran and other crises abroad, and it is fragmented at home. In addition, it is fighting a global pandemic. According to Course, Putin is trying to offer a reduction in tensions in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions, or at least the prevention of new sanctions.

“Russia is in a deep, multi-faceted crisis – the economy is in bad shape; they are struggling to slow the epidemic; the popularity of the ruling party and even of Putin is decreasing, ”he said, adding that Putin“ is not getting any younger, ”and it seems that the elites in Russia have already started to compete for power shares. “In such a situation, a full-scale war with Ukraine can be disastrous,” Course said.

Putin’s bluff “is extremely dangerous,” he warned. “Every provocation from any side, every mistake on the pitch, can lead to a major clash with unforeseeable consequences.”

“Israel must remain neutral,” he asserted, asserting that Israel must maintain cooperation with Russia in Syria, as they do not interfere with IDF attacks on Iranian targets there.

Course also noted that Israel is “unable” to help Ukraine anyway. He suggested that Israel keep its “fingers crossed so that there is no serious conflict”.

“In this scenario,” he said, “our relations with Russia could be damaged even if Israel remains neutral, simply because of our strategic ties with the United States and the EU.

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Russia’s game of chess against Ukraine puts Israel in a difficult position | JNS https://ajedrezenmexico.org/russias-game-of-chess-against-ukraine-puts-israel-in-a-difficult-position-jns/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 21:24:08 +0000 https://ajedrezenmexico.org/russias-game-of-chess-against-ukraine-puts-israel-in-a-difficult-position-jns/ Russia has assembled around 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine, raising international concerns about an imminent invasion. US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a video call last week in which Biden warned of serious consequences, including “strong economic measures”. The National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ) hosted a webinar featuring […]]]>

Russia has assembled around 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine, raising international concerns about an imminent invasion. US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a video call last week in which Biden warned of serious consequences, including “strong economic measures”.

The National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ) hosted a webinar featuring Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, in which she discussed the current threat and expressed her hopes for a peaceful outcome.

Markarova noted that Russia is not only a military threat, but also a hybrid threat from Ukraine by spreading disinformation and carrying out surveillance and intelligence gathering activities.

As the days go by, the question remains whether Russia will actually launch an attack and Markarova has said she believes some steps need to be taken immediately to prevent such a scenario.

“We believe the number one priority is to demotivate Russia. The international community must threaten serious consequences [if Russia attacks],” she said.

Markarova praised Biden for his long discussion with Putin, saying “we are grateful to the United States for all efforts to deter Russia. … We appreciate that our friends are united with us.

She said that we also need three levels of deterrence.

First, there is a need for political deterrence, including diplomatic messages, discussions and warnings; economic deterrence such as sanctions; and security / defense deterrence.

“All the instruments of deterrence will make us stronger and we hope to find a diplomatic solution,” she said, adding that “we are doing everything possible to deter and demotivate Russia”.

Markarova noted that sanctioning Russia after an invasion might be too late and that it would be more prudent and logical to impose sanctions now as a deterrent and then remove them when Russia achieves its de-escalation goals.

“We ask our friends to impose sanctions,” she said.

Russia has already been sanctioned by the international community for its belligerent actions in Crimea and Donbass, which include the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

“But Russia has not yet changed its behavior,” lamented Markarova, adding that she hopes the international community will impose additional sanctions on Russia.

Regarding the commitments made by NATO, the European Union and the United States to protect Ukraine, Markarova acknowledged that Ukraine is not a member of NATO, “and we understand that it does is not obliged by its charter to defend us “.

She said Ukraine’s goal is to become a NATO country.

“For us, what is important is to increase our capacities and our preparation. We are only asking NATO to help us. We have a lot to offer NATO countries and NATO as an organization. We have a very capable army and we are ready to help our partners. “

Markarova pointed the finger at Israel, which for her “was an inspiration” because it is a “small country capable of defending itself”. She noted that a large part of its population is nationalist and that many Israelis are ready to defend their country.

Israel has diplomatic relations with Russia and Ukraine, and if the two countries end up engaging in war, Israel could face a diplomatic maze in which it will have to expertly maneuver to avoid damaging its relations. with either country.

“The situation will remain the status quo”

Boris Morozov, of the Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies at Tel Aviv University, told JNS that while Russia “plays chess on different desks,” its relationship with Israel is still “viable,” while like Israel’s relationship with Ukraine, pointing out that Israel’s ambassadors in the two countries are “very good and very experienced”.

Even if Russia invades Ukraine, Israel “will remain neutral and try to preserve normal and viable relations with the two countries, as we do now when the two countries act as enemies, but without war,” he said. declared. “Israel can follow the line without sabotaging the relationship with either.”

Morozov explained that the reason Putin is threatening Ukraine is because he is showing his dissatisfaction with a number of issues, including NATO’s encroachment on Russia’s borders.

However, Morozov said he believes Russia is genuinely taking advantage of the current circumstances as it controls the Ukrainian and European situations.

He pointed to the Nord Stream 2, the submarine pipeline that would carry natural gas from Russia directly to Germany, as leverage that Putin is using against Europe.

According to Morozov, everyone is trying to exploit this situation, including Ukraine because it wants – and receives – financial, military and political aid.

“I hope everyone calms down,” he said. “Russia will probably have its gas supplied to Europe, and both sides will be happy. The deal will include Ukraine, so it will also be happy. Russia will likely get guarantees from the United States that it will not accept Ukraine or Georgia into NATO, and basically the situation will remain the status quo.

Morozov noted that Putin does not need or want to control the eastern part of Ukraine. “He already has enough problems with Crimea, not just with political sanctions, but with the real management of the country. “

“Putin is also happy because now everyone is running after him and talking with him. It shows him, and the Russian people, that it is important, and that Russia is strong without war, ”he said, adding that Putin assembling troops at the border“ is more about flexion. muscular, but with a slight possibility of climbing. “

“Israel must remain neutral”

Vera Michlin-Shapir, visiting scholar at King’s College London, told JNS “While we cannot be sure that Russia will invade Ukraine, there are serious signs of deteriorating security situation on the border. Media reports in reputable US media and the recent visit of the CIA chief to Moscow make it clear that US officials see this as an immediate and present danger.

“As for Israel,” she said, “it depends on how the situation develops and the pressure from the United States for an Israeli response. Even if Israel did not want to take sides for fear of a Russian response, ultimately Israel cannot (and should not) challenge the United States when it comes to a United Nations vote on a subject that the United States considers essential. strategic question.

Dima Course, a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Ariel University, told JNS he thinks Putin is bluffing. “There are few goals for such behavior,” he said.

The course highlighted Putin’s efforts to increase pressure on the West. Washington is occupied by China, Iran and other crises abroad, and it is fragmented at home. In addition, it is fighting a global pandemic. According to Course, Putin is trying to offer a reduction in tensions in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions, or at least the prevention of new sanctions.

“Russia is in a deep, multi-faceted crisis – the economy is in bad shape; they are struggling to slow the epidemic; the popularity of the ruling party and even of Putin is decreasing, ”he said, adding that Putin“ is not getting any younger, ”and it seems that the elites in Russia have already started to compete for power shares. “In such a situation, a full-scale war with Ukraine can be disastrous,” Course said.

Putin’s bluff “is extremely dangerous,” he warned. “Every provocation from any side, every mistake on the pitch, can lead to a major clash with unforeseeable consequences.”

“Israel must remain neutral,” he asserted, asserting that Israel must maintain cooperation with Russia in Syria, as they do not interfere with IDF attacks on Iranian targets there.

Course also noted that Israel is “unable” to help Ukraine anyway. He suggested that Israel keep its “fingers crossed so that there is no serious conflict”.

“In this scenario,” he said, “our relations with Russia could be damaged even if Israel remains neutral, simply because of our strategic ties with the United States and the EU.

The post-Russian chess match against Ukraine puts Israel in an awkward position appeared first on JNS.org.

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Human pawns: migrants trapped in geopolitical chess game https://ajedrezenmexico.org/human-pawns-migrants-trapped-in-geopolitical-chess-game/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 18:17:50 +0000 https://ajedrezenmexico.org/human-pawns-migrants-trapped-in-geopolitical-chess-game/ When the border crisis between Poland and Belarus first erupted this summer, I remember comments from fellow journalists saying that everything would probably be over by the fall. I have reported twice in the region since then, and despite ongoing diplomatic demarches, thousands of migrants are still stuck in the stalemate between Minsk and the […]]]>

When the border crisis between Poland and Belarus first erupted this summer, I remember comments from fellow journalists saying that everything would probably be over by the fall.

I have reported twice in the region since then, and despite ongoing diplomatic demarches, thousands of migrants are still stuck in the stalemate between Minsk and the European Union.

On my second visit, I was able to spend some time on the Belarusian side of the border, which had been open to the media.

Moved to a warehouse

Authorities were eager to show that there had been improvements and that hundreds of people stranded outside for weeks in makeshift camps had been taken out of the cold – in a huge warehouse just off the road leading to the Bruzgi border post with Poland.

I couldn’t help but huff when I entered the building. It was filled with men, women and so many children, crammed like cattle, jostling each other along the aisles, killing time on mattresses piled up on the warehouse shelves or on the floor. I had the impression of entering a gigantic exhibition of human misery. The clamor. The stench. My interpreter had to breathe outside before continuing.

Belarusian authorities had just started to organize access to medical care and hygiene facilities, but conditions were dire.

This was not the greatest concern of the locals. “We sold everything to come here to reach Europe. But Europe refuses to open its doors to us. My family and I are ready to stay here another 3 months, until European governments react, ”said Vian, a Kurdish woman from Iraq.

The determination in her eyes, intense with the shadow of what she told me that she and her family had endured in the city of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, attacked by Daesh.

A young man suddenly appears out of nowhere; a press secretary from the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, informing me that the governor of the Grodno region was outside, available for interviews. I made my way through the lines of people queuing for food, under the watchful eye of the soldiers. The gaze of the silent men in line was humiliating, as the truncheons of the soldiers touched their chests, very lightly.

“The solution to this humanitarian crisis does not depend on us”, insisted the governor of the region. “If people want to return to their country, we make it possible. But most of them say they want to continue their journey, which is something we unfortunately cannot offer them.

“This is a political question, and the decision must be taken by the leaders of the European Union. We hope that the position of the European Union will be defined soon, because people are tired.”

A geopolitical chess game, with migrants being used as pawns.

Tension mounts as the crisis escalates

Across the border, in the Podlasie region of Poland, tensions have been mounting since my first visit. Some 15,000 police, border guards and soldiers have been deployed along the border.

Checkpoints are everywhere, and police and military convoys ply the roads as if they were part of a sinister ballet.

The 3 km-wide exclusion zone that stretches from the border with Belarus is still blocked for non-residents, aid organizations and journalists.

Local activists continue to sound the alarm bells. Arbitrary refoulements of migrants arriving in Poland by security forces continue. And those who are forced to return to Belarus are in turn pushed back by Belarusian soldiers.

“We fled the war and came to the forest to die.”

The allegations that Belarusian authorities have repeatedly rejected, although Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko himself

that inquiries would be made.

“They played with us! The Belarusians pushed us, the Poles pushed us back, ”Fadi, a Syrian refugee, assured me.

We met in a refugee center where he and his brother had arrived two days earlier, after being rescued by activists and border guards in the Polish forest. “We were going to die. Without food, without anything. We got lost in the forest. Me and my brother lay down under a tree and thought we would die. We fled the war and came to the forest to die. He sighed. “Thank goodness we’re still alive. “

Death at the border

Not everyone is so lucky. At least 12 refugees are believed to have died in the Polish forest trying to cross the border. A figure that only concerns those who have been found.

I attended two funerals in the small Tatar Muslim village of Bohoniki, near the village. The community decided to give graves to the dead identified as Muslims. Within a week, three people were buried in the Bohoniki cemetery. “There will be more,” commented the village imam. Two days later, the small coffin of a stillborn baby, whose mother died shortly after, was added to the graves.

“In our forests and under our windows, people should not die! The words of Adam, one of the local residents who we meet later in a place that must be kept secret. He takes us on one of the many treks organized by activists like him, who roam the forest in an attempt to help migrants stranded in the wild, between Polish and Belarusian forces.

A contrast to the story of far-right supporters met during a demonstration in the town of Bialystok, the capital of the Podlasie region. “Mass immigration affects the social fabric and will make us a country of multiculturalism! »Argues Marcin, a young lawyer, fearing that the current crisis will induce an« invasion ».

“We want to live in peace, in security … because Syria is over”

The so-called “invaders” are not ready to give up their dream of Europe easily.

Like Ali, another refugee from Syria, whom this time I meet in Minsk, the Belarusian capital. He lets me enter the apartment where he and several companions are hiding. They regain their strength after several unsuccessful attempts to cross the border. They were pushed back three times to Belarus, after reaching Lithuania and Poland. Ali tells me that once he made it to the Netherlands, but was arrested by the Dutch police, who took him back to Belarus. Limping from an old wound caused by a terrorist attack in his hometown in Syria, he tells me that the pain has worsened, due to the ordeal he went through for days in the forest.

Yet he and his friends are determined to try their luck again, whatever the cost.

“In Syria, we have children, we have women. They can no longer live there!

There are no schools, there is no electricity, there are no hospitals, no heating!

We want to live in peace, in security, better than in Syria. Because Syria is over, ”he said. “I have no choice but to try again. I want to give my wife and my family a better future than that of Syria.

Finally a better future

Two weeks have passed since our conversation. As I write these words, I can’t help but smile. Ali sent me news during the night. And an invaluable still image from a telephone video, featuring his swollen face but overjoyed, and that of his young wife, overcome with emotion. Ali kept his promise. He tried again, and this time was rescued by Polish militants in the forest. He is now safe and has applied for asylum in Poland.

On December 15, Poland’s decision to build a wall along its border with Belarus came into effect.

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A chess player almost won a game of chess https://ajedrezenmexico.org/a-chess-player-almost-won-a-game-of-chess/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://ajedrezenmexico.org/a-chess-player-almost-won-a-game-of-chess/ The Dubai auditorium which hosts the 2021 World Chess Championship is reminiscent of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Each has a large, dark room with a bright diorama, filled with still drama. And in either case, a squid and a whale get stuck in their crates, caught in the middle of […]]]>

The Dubai auditorium which hosts the 2021 World Chess Championship is reminiscent of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Each has a large, dark room with a bright diorama, filled with still drama. And in either case, a squid and a whale get stuck in their crates, caught in the middle of a grueling battle.

Longtime world No.1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway defends his title against challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, world No.5. On Saturday the two played the roller coaster of a draw in 58 moves in 4.5 hours. They shared the point and the best of 14 games is level 1-1. It has been more than five years since no one won a regulation game of the World Chess Championship.

Here’s how the computer has seen the ebb and flow of games so far this year:

Carlsen ordered the white pieces in the glass box on Saturday, moving first, with a matching cream-colored blazer. Before the match, the chesserati was buzzing, wondering how he was going to start. At the 2018 World Championship Carlsen displayed a fun little pattern in their shutouts, opening with pawns on d4, c4, e4, d4, c4, and e4, which I guess looks cool if you play it on a piano.

As it happened, Carlsen played d4 and for the second game in a row sacrificed a pawn to gain an early attacking initiative – perhaps against expectations against his famous aggressive Russian opponent. The players entered the Catalan opening. The Catalan is a “clash of concepts”, as former world champion Viswanathan Anand explained during the official broadcast of the match: what is more valuable, the extra pawn of black or the nascent attack by white and the bishop controlling the longest diagonal of the board?

After six moves to Dubai on Saturday, this clash of concepts looked like this:

Two hits later, Carlsen straddled his knight in enemy territory, on square e5 – a rare and precise move. When Nepomniachtchi responded, the position they had created had never been on the top Grandmasters tournament tables before. Soon after, Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi both moved away to rest briefly, leaving the new position of chess sitting alone on a table in the box, like a still life in a museum exhibit.

Expert observers admired Carlsen’s offensive chances but knew they wouldn’t be easy. “The position is dangerous and complicated, but it is not a position where White can attack immediately,” Fabiano Caruana, the US No.1, said on the Chess.com livestream. “It’s more of a long-term pressure.”

Despite the complexity, Carlsen seemed at ease, probably well in his pre-game preparation. He played fast and opened up a big time advantage – perhaps against the expectations against the famous Nepomniachtchi.

But the clash of concepts ultimately favored the pawn over position, and long-term investing never paid off. Nepomniachtchi defended and counterattacked with great precision. Around the 20th move, Carlsen sacrificed even more material, exchanging his tower for the Knight of Nepomniachtchi in order to prevent a Russian equine invasion. On his 24th move, at this heavily computer-favored stage, Nepomniachtchi faced the position below:

The computer suggested pawn-to-g6 or queen-to-e7 moves, or take the pawn on a4. Instead, Nepomniachtchi moved his pawn to c3, obviously a mistake, allowing Carlsen to recoup some of his material deficit in the moves that followed. The game got easier (relatively!) After that – the position was pretty much level for about 30 moves, as the pieces quickly left the board. The Squid and the Whale – I’m agnostic as to who’s who – agreed to a draw with one rook and two pawns each.

“I thought I was fine,” Carlsen said after the game, before admitting that he had simply overlooked the Knights’ invasion that had caused him so much trouble.

Nepomniachtchi also recalled the moment: “I was like, ‘Wow, all of a sudden it’s getting really nice for black people.'”

But in the end, another day, another draw, another deadlocked diorama. “Overall it was a very confusing game,” added Nepomniachtchi. “It was very interesting and very chaotic.”

Game 3 begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m. EST. We’ll cover the whole game here and on Twitter, and we’re delighted to be puzzled as we look in the glass box.

Seven games by Oliver Roeder

For even more articles on chess and other games, check out Roeder’s new book, “Seven Games: A Human History,»Available in January.

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How to overcome a whitetail deer’s keen sense of smell https://ajedrezenmexico.org/how-to-overcome-a-whitetail-deers-keen-sense-of-smell/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://ajedrezenmexico.org/how-to-overcome-a-whitetail-deers-keen-sense-of-smell/ A whitetail deer’s sense of smell is anything but beyond our comprehension. Dogs too. My bird dog locks on point while retrieving a downed bird. Somehow, this dog was able to smell a woodcock through all that heady grouse scent swirling around its muzzle. His nose was buried in burning feathers! How could this dog […]]]>
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World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen’s Brilliant Chess Finale has been added to the NFT “Chess Board Rapture” collection https://ajedrezenmexico.org/world-chess-champion-magnus-carlsens-brilliant-chess-finale-has-been-added-to-the-nft-chess-board-rapture-collection/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://ajedrezenmexico.org/world-chess-champion-magnus-carlsens-brilliant-chess-finale-has-been-added-to-the-nft-chess-board-rapture-collection/ NEW YORK, NY, November 19, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) – A Chess Shard from Magnus Carlsen that concluded his successful defense of the 2016 World Chess Championship was created by Citrusw00d Productions in the Non-Fungible Token Market (NFT ) OpenSea. The latest addition to the Chess Board Rapture NFT collection depicts the final phase of Carlsen’s […]]]>

NEW YORK, NY, November 19, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) – A Chess Shard from Magnus Carlsen that concluded his successful defense of the 2016 World Chess Championship was created by Citrusw00d Productions in the Non-Fungible Token Market (NFT ) OpenSea.

The latest addition to the Chess Board Rapture NFT collection depicts the final phase of Carlsen’s final victory over challenger Sergei Karjakin five years ago – culminating in a shocking queen sacrifice that has been called the most dramatic final blow of all. world chess championship since the institution was born 135 years ago.

The 94-second film can be viewed at: https://opensea.io/assets/0x495f947276749ce646f68ac8c248420045cb7b5e/63367472966475522338762630114326136861224857079812512247593168992986552336388

Like the previous entries in the collection, the sequence of movements presented is rendered by means of sophisticated videographic technology and is accompanied by textual and graphic elements that evoke the time and place where the game took place, as well as synchronized branded music to enhance the impact of viewing. experience. Each of these practices is unique, making Chess Board Rapture a revolutionary project in the emerging world of NFT chess.

“Everything in this movie and the previous two is 100% understandable to any viewer who knows nothing more than the rules of the game,” says Coordie64, the chess-playing visual artist behind the Chess Board Rapture project. “The on-board action is explained without using chess notation or special terminology, but in less than 100 everyday words that illuminate both the aesthetic beauty of the game and engaging information about its history.”

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, who will defend his title again this month in a match against Russian challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi in Dubai starting on November 24, is considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time. . The 2016 championship game took place in New York City about three years after first snatching the world title from Vishy Anand.

Although none of the participants in the last Chess Board Rapture NFT game were American, the 2016 game was the first one-on-one world chess title battle staged in America since 1995, and only the third since 1907. Continuing the design tradition of this collection displays this bridge between chess culture and the rest of the world, the colors of the text pages and fonts that appear in the latest NFT have been associated with the event most visible and consequential unrelated chess that coincided with the Carlsen-Karjakin chess match.

The next article expected to join the collection later in November will also expand Chess Board Rapture’s tradition of honoring women’s contributions to high-level chess past and present. It will feature a brilliant Vera Menchik, the first female world chess champion. Menchik faced many of the best male players in the world while also holding the title of women’s champion from 1927 to 1944, when she and her family died in a German bombing raid on London.

Each Chess Board Rapture movie features a short sequence of moves that decided a historically significant game, followed by a text vignette describing the background and the players. Designed for the general public and art collectors, the content contains no chess notation. Each NFT will be produced in a predefined number of editions that carry a unique digital certificate of authenticity registered on the Ethereum blockchain.

The collection is hosted at https://opensea.io/collection/chess-board-rapture.

The project is managed by Citrusw00d Productions, a start-up that works with members of the chess community to develop curated experiences designed to deepen the public’s appreciation of the aesthetic beauty and historical traditions of the royal game.

Unlike other electronic sports, chess is widely recognized as an art form as well as competitive wrestling. It is not uncommon for chess tournaments to award “awards of excellence” for outstanding creativity on the chessboard. Frank Marshall, an American champion at the turn of the 20th century, made a gesture of such beauty that onlookers would have showered him with gold coins. Marcel Duchamp, professional chess player and world class artist, said that “all chess players are artists”.

Citrusw00d Productions website: https://citrusw00d.com

For more technical and other details on the Chess Board Rapture Project and its inhabitants, please refer to the fact sheet linked here (PDF):

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Desperate migrants as pawns in a treacherous game of chess https://ajedrezenmexico.org/desperate-migrants-as-pawns-in-a-treacherous-game-of-chess/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://ajedrezenmexico.org/desperate-migrants-as-pawns-in-a-treacherous-game-of-chess/ Migrants walking from the Polish border to a warehouse shelter on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Bruzgi, Belarus. Image Credit: NYT Who would be insensitive enough to play a treacherous game of chess where migrants are used as human pawns? The game is played that way. Belarus wants to punish the European Union (EU) for […]]]>

Migrants walking from the Polish border to a warehouse shelter on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Bruzgi, Belarus.
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Who would be insensitive enough to play a treacherous game of chess where migrants are used as human pawns?

The game is played that way. Belarus wants to punish the European Union (EU) for imposing sanctions on it, so it puts Poland, an EU member state, with a major migrant problem on its doorstep. Thousands of migrants, between 10,000 and 20,000, originating from the Middle East who are in Minsk, the capital of the country, are pushed towards Poland. From there, they are told, they could seek asylum in any country in Western Europe.

The cruelty of it is there for everyone. EU member states are adamantly united in their opposition to the absorption of more refugees and that if these people came to strike they would be forced to return.

“Some migrants say Belarusian forces beat them if they fail to enter Poland, sending them back to the border and denying them food or water,” Washington Post correspondent Loveday Morris wrote in a report. report filed Sunday from the town of Sokolka, the Polish border. “They also accuse the Polish guards of ill-treatment, in particular of having broken their phones before sending them back to Belarus.” Loveday tells how these migrants come and go between the two borders during the day and at night. sleep in the forest, where temperatures drop below zero

Other journalists have described equally surreal scenes. In the main line of his own report in The Guardian, Andrew Roth wrote: “Gunshots echo through the forest as Belarusian soldiers fire warning shots to repel terrified asylum seekers from Iraq and Syria looking for help ”. He goes on to describe the heart-wrenching conditions in the encampments in the forests where these people – most of whom, it seems, are ethnic Kurds – cut branches for firewood to warm themselves in the freezing cold.

The rich north wants nothing to do with refugees from the impoverished south seeking refuge in their country, and they would go to extremes to circumvent, at this time, their obligations under international law, which obliges countries of the the whole world to deal with asylum appeals by all those who arrive at their borders.

The law, ironically, was promoted by Europe and enacted in the aftermath of World War II, when Europeans, by the millions, themselves became refugees, then known as “displaced persons”, whose needs had to be met, in part for humanitarian reasons. reasons, but above all because resolving their problem was seen as a necessary function of European, and even world, stability.

But that was then. Today, this wealthy North has constantly looked for a way around this law.

The United States has found this path. Here is an example. In 1991, Washington discovered a loophole in the law. To prevent Haitian refugee boats that year from reaching Florida, for example, which would have required the United States to process all asylum seekers on board, they sent coast guard ships to them. divert elsewhere. Since then, not only have European states adopted this policy, but they have surpassed Washington in its pursuit. They have given billions of euros to the countries of the European periphery (five billion to Libya alone in 2007) to prevent refugees from approaching their borders and have even, worryingly, made travel more dangerous for them. asylum seekers by restricting the activities of aid groups and reducing search and rescue missions on the high seas, including the closure of ports to emergency rescue vessels.

Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers met in Brussels on Monday and decided to impose a new round of sanctions on Belarus for its “instrumentalization of migrants for political ends”.

The decision is, say, cold comfort to those thousands of asylum seekers huddled in the freezing cold in makeshift camps on the Belarusian-Polish border.

After the 2015 migration crisis in Europe, which generated a nativist reaction there after the admission of more than a million asylum seekers, the doors of the borders of EU countries are now hermetically closed.

These people stranded on the border between two countries whose geopolitical disputes they know little about are unlikely to have a way out, bypass or through their problem – other than repatriation. Those, many of them, who had put their homes as collateral to pay for their ill-conceived trip, will now return home to find themselves homeless.

– Fawaz Turki is a Washington-based journalist, scholar and author. He is the author of The Disinherited: Diary of a Palestinian Exile

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