Friday, September 7, 2012

2012 Chess Olympiad Women

Hola darlings!  It's all over except for the Fat Lady singing.  September 8th is a "free day."  Why not give a free day half way through the damn competition?  DOH!  The FINAL round, Round 11, will be held on September 9th.  So, here are the top ten Women's Teams after R10.  There is only 1 more round to go.

Rk.SNo TeamTeamGames + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
11
ChinaCHN1073017357.029.0131.00
22
RussiaRUS1073017348.029.0126.00
34
UkraineUKR1064016325.027.0127.00
414
FranceFRA1071215294.027.5120.00
522
KazakhstanKAZ1063115281.027.0112.00
69
GermanyGER1071215277.526.5113.00
76
IndiaIND1071215277.525.5122.00
87
PolandPOL1062214282.026.0122.00
913
BulgariaBUL1062214260.026.0107.00
108
ArmeniaARM1070314259.524.0117.00

Three points separate the No. 1 team from the No. 10 team.  Here are the final match-ups among some of the top Women's Teams:

Round 11 on 2012/09/09 at 11:00
No.SNo TeamTeamPts.MPRes.:Res.MPPts.TeamTeam SNo
12
RUSRussia2917:1527KazakhstanKAZ
22
213
BULBulgaria2614:1729ChinaCHN
1
34
UKRUkraine2716:1526½GermanyGER
9
414
FRAFrance27½15:1525½IndiaIND
6
57
POLPoland2614:1424ArmeniaARM
8

Here are the R10 results among the top teams:
Bo.1

China (CHN)
Rtg-22

Kazakhstan (KAZ)
Rtg2 : 2
1.1GMHou, Yifan2599-WIMNakhbayeva, Guliskhan2291½ - ½
1.2GMZhao, Xue2549-WIMDauletova, Gulmira22671 - 0
1.3WGMJu, Wenjun2528-WIMSaduakassova, Dinara2216½ - ½
1.4WGMDing, Yixin2424-WIMDavletbayeva, Madina21650 - 1
Bo.8

Armenia (ARM)
Rtg-2

Russia (RUS)
Rtg½ :3½
2.1GMDanielian, Elina2476-GMKosintseva, Tatiana25300 - 1
2.2IMMkrtchian, Lilit2454-IMGunina, Valentina25070 - 1
2.3IMGalojan, Lilit2349-GMKosteniuk, Alexandra2489½ - ½
2.4WGMKursova, Maria2338-WGMPogonina, Natalija24480 - 1
Bo.4

Ukraine (UKR)
Rtg-7

Poland (POL)
Rtg2½:1½
3.1GMLahno, Kateryna2542-GMSocko, Monika2467½ - ½
3.2GMZhukova, Natalia2442-IMRajlich, Iweta24121 - 0
3.3IMUshenina, Anna2433-WGMZawadzka, Jolanta2377½ - ½
3.4IMYanovska, Inna2404-WGMSzczepkowska, Karina2375½ - ½

Bo.27

Azerbaijan (AZE)
Rtg-14

France (FRA)
Rtg1½:2½
4.1WGMMamedjarova, Zeinab2285-IMSkripchenko, Almira24420 - 1
4.2WGMMammadova, Gulnar2324-WGMMaisuradze, Nino22841 - 0
4.3WGMMamedjarova, Turkan2245-IMCollas, Silvia2261½ - ½
4.4WIMUmudova, Nargiz2208-WIMBollengier, Andreea22530 - 1

Bo.9

Germany (GER)
Rtg-11

Spain (ESP)
Rtg3 : 1
6.1IMPaehtz, Elisabeth2483-WGMMatnadze, Ana24221 - 0
6.2WGMMelamed, Tetyana2356-IMAlexandrova, Olga2417½ - ½
6.3WGMOhme, Melanie2337-WGMVega Gutierrez, Sabrina2355½ - ½
6.4WGMMichna, Marta2380-WGMCalzetta Ruiz, Monica22761 - 0

Bo.6

India (IND)
Rtg-25

Israel (ISR)
Rtg3½: ½
5.1GMDronavalli, Harika2503-WIMPorat, Maya22951 - 0
5.2IMSachdev, Tania2379-WIMEfroimski, Marsel21741 - 0
5.3WGMGomes, Mary Ann2396-IMKlinova, Masha2317½ - ½
5.4WGMSoumya, Swaminathan2271-WFMShvayger, Yuliya22021 - 0

Bo.12

Hungary (HUN)
Rtg-13

Bulgaria (BUL)
Rtg1 : 3
10.1GMHoang, Thanh Trang2464-GMStefanova, Antoaneta2502½ - ½
10.2WGMGara, Ticia2385-WGMVidenova, Iva23170 - 1
10.3WGMRudolf, Anna2289-WGMNikolova, Adriana2299½ - ½
10.4IMGara, Anita2306-WIMRaeva, Elitsa23130 - 1

Team USA, Team Canada, and Team Georgia:

143
GeorgiaGEO1053213280.526.0119.00
175
United States of AmericaUSA1053213260.526.5109.00
5559
CanadaCAN1051411157.521.595.00

Judit Watch!

How is GM Judit Polgar doing?

She won again :)

5. Hungary (HUN / RtgAvg:2708, TB1: 15 / TB2: 311.5)
Bo.
NameRtgFED1234567891011Pts.GamesRpwwew-weKrtg+/-
1GMLeko Peter2737HUN1½½½½½0½15.09270155.44-0.4410-4.4
2GMAlmasi Zoltan2713HUN½½1011½½16.09269566.11-0.1110-1.1
3GMPolgar Judit2698HUN1½1½½1
½11
7.09275676.270.73107.3
4GMBerkes Ferenc2685HUN½½11½0115.5826175.56.10-0.6010-6.0
5GMBalogh Csaba2668HUN1½½½½3.05256433.43-0.4310-4.3

The Hungarian Team is currently in 5th place in the Open.  Team USA is right behind in 6th place in the Open.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Remember Johnny Rivers?

Maybe because I was riding through the same poor side of town I ride through five days a week in order to get downtown to the office, but was coming from a different direction this morning after having to get a blood draw, this morning a song of Johnny Rivers' came into my head - "Poor Side of Town" - and after I played that through my mental video, I remembered smash hits like "Secret Agent Man," "Memphis," "Baby I Need Your Loving" and this one, "Summer Rain," which didn't go to number one on the charts in 1967 but to this day when I hear it (which is practically never), it gives me chills.  I think it is one of the most romantic love songs of all time.  The words are so incredible -- like he actually lived it and met his true love, the song is full of meaning, tenderness, joy, wonder.  Wow.  And he played that acoustic guitar like an angel!

I found a poor quality video from 1973 at You Tube and decided not to post it.  The sound quality on this recording is not much better, but it has the studio orchestration behind it so you kind of get an idea of what it sounded like back when I was still in high school (EEK!) before videos were ever dreamed of, people still played 33LPs and 45 singles on record players and DJs spun actual hot-pressed records, and eight-track was becoming all the rage.

 

Lyrics:

Summer Rain taps at my window
West wind soft as a sweet dream
My love, warm as the sunshine
Sitting here by me
She's here by me

She stepped out of a rainbow
Golden hair shining like moonglow
Warm lips, soft as her soul
Sitting here by me, yeah
She's here by me

All summer long we spent dancing in the sand
And the jukebox kept on playing
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

We sailed into the sunset
Drifting home, caught by a gulf stream
Never gave a thought for tomorrow
Just let tomorrow be, now
Let tomorrow be

She wants to live in the Rockies
She says that's where we'll find peace
Settle down, raise up a family
One to call our own, yeah
We'll have a home

All summer long we spent grooving in the sand
Everybody kept on playing
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

Winter snows drift by my window
North wind blowing like thunder
Our love is burning like fire
And she's here by me, yeah
She's here with me
Let tomorow be

Shell Jewelry Discovered at Dakar, Senegal

I hardly ever see a story about an archaeological discovery in sub-Saharan west Africa, so this is exciting!

(AFP)–3 days ago

DAKAR — Pieces of pottery, iron tools and jewellery dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Dakar after recent torrential rains flooded some suburbs, university researchers told AFP on Monday.

Pieces of jewellery found at the site (AFP/File, Seyllou)
Impossible to tell from the photo what size the shells are.

Moustapha Sall, a lecturer and researcher at Dakar's Cheick Anta Diop university said he happened upon the items by chance during a visit to the suburb of Ouest-Foire in the north-east of the capital after the rains on August 26.

"While visiting the flooded zone, I stumbled upon... pieces of pottery, perforated shells reused as jewellery, iron scoria and small stones including blades which could have been used to cut or carve," said Sall.

"The water washed away the sand and revealed these archeological objects."

Sall said the area was home to several construction sites, where workers said they had come across pieces of pottery and shells, which could hinder any future archeological digs.

"We will do an analysis of the objects discovered and send them to a laboratory" at the university which specialises in dating historical items, Sall said.

Another researcher at the university, Alioune Deme, said the objects could date back between 2,000 and 7,000 BC.

Copyright © 2012 AFP.

2012 Chess Olympiad Women

If I'm counting right, there are only 3 more rounds to go.  The last day is September 10th, but that is usually reserved for grand awards and closing ceremonies for teams and individual boards. Soooo...

Here are the top ten Women's Teams standings after R9:

Rk.SNo
TeamTeamGames+ = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
11
ChinaCHN972016287.027.0102.00
22
RussiaRUS963015266.525.5102.00
34
UkraineUKR954014266.024.5103.00
422
KazakhstanKAZ962114236.025.091.00
57
PolandPOL962114236.024.597.00
68
ArmeniaARM970214231.023.592.00
714
FranceFRA961213242.525.099.00
825
IsraelISR961213223.525.086.00
927
AzerbaijanAZE961213221.023.096.00
1011
SpainESP961213213.523.088.00

Team USA is out of it at this point.  They lost their match today and have fallen to 14th place.  They don't have enough rounds to make up match points, barring a complete collapse of the teams above them.  Team Canada is in 53rd place.  The Georgian Women's Team has collapsed all the way to 24th place!  I, for one, would never have predicted that outcome!  So perhaps the impossible can happen and Team USA can win a medal.  Nah.

145
United States of AmericaUSA952212212.524.588.00
243
GeorgiaGEO943211223.023.597.00
5359
CanadaCAN950410115.519.574.00

Bo.1

China (CHN)
Rtg-14

France (FRA)
Rtg3 : 1
1.1GMHou, Yifan2599-IMSkripchenko, Almira24421 - 0
1.2GMZhao, Xue2549-IMMilliet, Sophie24111 - 0
1.3WGMJu, Wenjun2528-WGMMaisuradze, Nino2284½ - ½
1.4WGMHuang, Qian2449-IMCollas, Silvia2261½ - ½
Bo.6

India (IND)
Rtg-2

Russia (RUS)
Rtg1 : 3
2.1GMDronavalli, Harika2503-GMKosintseva, Tatiana2530½ - ½
2.2IMKaravade, Eesha Sanjay2371-IMGunina, Valentina25070 - 1
2.3IMSachdev, Tania2379-GMKosintseva, Nadezhda2524½ - ½
2.4WGMSoumya, Swaminathan2271-GMKosteniuk, Alexandra24890 - 1

Bo.5

United States of America (USA)
Rtg-4

Ukraine (UKR)
Rtg1 : 3
4.1IMZatonskih, Anna2512-GMLahno, Kateryna25420 - 1
4.2IMKrush, Irina2467-IMMuzychuk, Mariya2466½ - ½
4.3WGMFoisor, Sabina2356-IMUshenina, Anna2433½ - ½
4.4WGMAbrahamyan, Tatev2303-IMYanovska, Inna24040 - 1

Bo.22

Kazakhstan (KAZ)
Rtg-35

Uzbekistan (UZB)
Rtg2½:1½
3.1WIMNakhbayeva, Guliskhan2291-WIMMuminova, Nafisa2329½ - ½
3.2WIMDauletova, Gulmira2267-WFMGevorgyan, Irina21781 - 0
3.3WIMSaduakassova, Dinara2216-Nadirjanova, Nodira21851 - 0
3.4WIMDavletbayeva, Madina2165-Kurbonboyeva, Sarvinoz21430 - 1

Bo.13

Bulgaria (BUL)
Rtg-7

Poland (POL)
Rtg1½:2½
5.1GMStefanova, Antoaneta2502-GMSocko, Monika2467½ - ½
5.2WGMVidenova, Iva2317-IMRajlich, Iweta2412½ - ½
5.3WGMNikolova, Adriana2299-WGMZawadzka, Jolanta23770 - 1
5.4WGMVoiska, Margarita2281-WGMSzczepkowska, Karina2375½ - ½
Bo.26

Iran (IRI)
Rtg-8

Armenia (ARM)
Rtg1 : 3
6.1WGMPourkashiyan, Atousa2313-GMDanielian, Elina24760 - 1
6.2WIMKhademalsharieh, Sarasadat2270-IMMkrtchian, Lilit2454½ - ½
6.3WIMHakimifard, Ghazal2249-IMGalojan, Lilit2349½ - ½
6.4WIMGhaderpour, Shayesteh2218-WGMKursova, Maria23380 - 1

Bo.25

Israel (ISR)
Rtg-19

Serbia (SRB)
Rtg3 : 1
8.1WIMPorat, Maya2295-WGMManakova, Maria23040 - 1
8.2WIMEfroimski, Marsel2174-WGMStojanovic, Andjelija22771 - 0
8.3IMKlinova, Masha2317-WIMRakic, Marija23001 - 0
8.4WFMShvayger, Yuliya2202-WGMBenderac, Ana22661 - 0

Bo.3

Georgia (GEO)
Rtg-27

Azerbaijan (AZE)
Rtg1½:2½
7.1IMKhotenashvili, Bela2509-WGMMamedjarova, Zeinab22850 - 1
7.2IMJavakhishvili, Lela2458-WGMMammadova, Gulnar2324½ - ½
7.3IMKhurtsidze, Nino2444-WIMUmudova, Nargiz2208½ - ½
7.4WGMBatsiashvili, Nino2432-WIMIsgandarova, Khayala2205½ - ½

Bo.11

Spain (ESP)
Rtg-33

Lithuania (LTU)
Rtg3½: ½
11.1WGMMatnadze, Ana2422-GMCmilyte, Viktorija2520½ - ½
11.2IMAlexandrova, Olga2417-WGMDaulyte, Deimante22161 - 0
11.3WGMVega Gutierrez, Sabrina2355-WFMKaspute, Vesta21181 - 0
11.4WGMCalzetta Ruiz, Monica2276-Ziogaite, Jovita20521 - 0

Judit Watch!

How did Judit Polgar do in R9?  She won today!

10. Hungary (HUN / RtgAvg:2708, TB1: 13 / TB2: 233.5)
Bo.NameRtgFED12345678910Pts.GamesRpwwew-weKrtg+/-
1GMLeko Peter2737HUN1½½½½½0½4.08266844.73-0.7310-7.3
2GMAlmasi Zoltan2713HUN½½1011½½5.08267255.36-0.3610-3.6
3GMPolgar Judit2698HUN1½1½½1½16.08273465.510.49104.9
4GMBerkes Ferenc2685HUN½½11½014.5725754.55.36-0.8610-8.6
5GMBalogh Csaba2668HUN1½½½½3.05256433.43-0.4310-4.3

Her numbers speak for themselves.  GO JUDIT GO! 

Checking in on the Open Teams, some interesting developments:

Rk.SNo TeamTeamGames + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
16
ChinaCHN971115272.026.0100.00
21
RussiaRUS971115268.523.0107.00
33
ArmeniaARM971115258.523.5104.00
45
United States Of AmericaUSA963015252.026.093.00
52
UkraineUKR970214240.024.099.00
69
NetherlandsNED970214218.025.085.00
729
ArgentinaARG962114216.522.590.00
817
Czech RepublicCZE953113247.024.092.00
97
AzerbaijanAZE953113246.525.097.00
104
HungaryHUN961213233.522.598.00

Tomorrow for R10, Open Team USA faces #1 Open Team China. Good luck, dudes.  Can you kill the Terminator Team?

4. United States Of America (USA / RtgAvg:2702, Captain: Shulman, Yury / TB1: 15 / TB2: 252)
Bo.NameRtgFED12345678910Pts.GamesRpwwew-weKrtg+/-
1GMNakamura Hikaru2778USA1½1½½115.5728845.54.590.91109.1
2GMKamsky Gata2746USA1110½½1117.09278676.410.59105.9
3GMOnishuk Alexander2666USA11½½½11½6.08276164.981.021010.2
4GMAkobian Varuzhan2617USA1½½½½3.05255733.27-0.2710-2.7
5GMRobson Ray2598USA111½½½04.5725664.54.63-0.1310-1.3

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2012 Chess Olympiad Women

Quick summary tonight:

R 7 Standings, top ten Women's Teams:

Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames+ = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
11
ChinaCHN752012168.521.061.00
22
RussiaRUS752012165.520.561.00
37
PolandPOL752012160.521.058.00
44
UkraineUKR743011160.519.560.00
514
FranceFRA751111146.021.055.00
612
HungaryHUN751111144.019.557.00
728
VietnamVIE751111133.518.557.00
86
IndiaIND751111133.018.558.00
911
SpainESP751111130.018.553.00
1035
UzbekistanUZB751111124.518.054.0

At this point, Team USA was in 12th place and, shockingly given their great tradition of winning chess teams, Georgia was in 11th place. Team Canada was in 81st place.

Here are R8 Standings:

Rk.SNo TeamTeamGames + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
11
ChinaCHN862014228.024.081.00
22
RussiaRUS853013209.522.580.00
314
FranceFRA861113199.524.073.00
46
IndiaIND861113174.521.076.00
535
UzbekistanUZB861113171.520.574.00
64
UkraineUKR844012209.021.583.00
75
United States of AmericaUSA852112193.523.571.00
87
PolandPOL852112182.022.075.00
922
KazakhstanKAZ852112177.522.568.00
108
ArmeniaARM860212176.020.572.00

Team Georgia is now in 12th place and Canadian Women in 68th.

Judit Watch:

Judit finally got a rest day for R7.  Here are the Hungarian Open Team's results thus far:

14. Hungary (HUN / RtgAvg:2708, TB1: 11 / TB2: 185.5)
Bo.NameRtgFED123456789Pts.GamesRpwwew-weKrtg+/-
1GMLeko Peter2737HUN1½½½½½03.5726533.54.28-0.7810-7.8
2GMAlmasi Zoltan2713HUN½½1011½4.5726784.54.69-0.1910-1.9
3GMPolgar Judit2698HUN1½1½½1½5.07269954.800.20102.0
4GMBerkes Ferenc2685HUN½½11½03.5625223.54.64-1.1410-11.4
5GMBalogh Csaba2668HUN1½½½½3.05256433.43-0.4310-4.3

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Upcoming Events at The China Institute

Love The China Institute -- someday I'll get back there again.  I wish I could afford to live in Manhattan.  Sigh.  These events sound absolutely fascinating:

Member's Event: An afternoon of Chinese Art at Christie's



Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Start Time: 2:00 pm End Time: 5:30 pm
(Time Zone: US/Eastern)

Location: Christie's (map)

Category: Members

Description

An afternoon of Chinese Art at Christie’s

Chinese Art Tour
Chinese Calligraphy: Brushstrokes and Beyond

Saturday, September 8, 2012
2:00 pm -5:30 pm

Christie’s
20 Rockefeller Plaza, 49th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves)

Join fellow China Institute members for an afternoon of Chinese Art at Christie’s, the renowned auction house. Our afternoon will start with a lecture series on Chinese Calligraphy: Brushstrokes and Beyond, hosted by Elizabeth Hammer, Vice President and Specialist, Chinese Paintings at Christie’s. After the calligraphy lectures, members will have a special tour of the upcoming auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art.

The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction (on September 13th and 14th) comprises over 500 works across several categories and periods, including ceramics, jades, archaic bronzes, sculpture, furniture and paintings. Highlighting the sale is a superb green jade brush pot, Bitong, from the Qianlong Period (1736 – 1795), which is exceptional for the intensity of its color, its delicate and detailed carving and distinguished provenance.

Schedule of events:
2:00 pm Variations on Dots and Lines: Calligraphy and Painting in Chinese Art
(Speaker, Dora C. Y. Ching, Associate Director, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University)

2:30 pm The Greatest Chinese Calligrapher and the Ideal Calligraphy Model
(Speaker, Wang Mansheng, Calligrapher and Artist, New York)

3:00 pm The Life and Politics of Kang Youwei (1858-1927) as Revealed in His Calligraphy
(Speaker, Elizabeth Hammer, Vice President and Specialist, Chinese Paintings, Christie’s)

3:30 pm From Tradition to Innovation: The Collection and Calligraphy of Sha Huaishi
(Speaker, Sha Huashi, Calligrapher and Collector, New York)

4:30 pm Special tour for China Institute members of the upcoming auction: The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art


Ticket Prices:
FREE member / member’s guest $20 per person
Space is limited. Advance registration required.

To RSVP, please go to http://www.chinainstitute.org/support-us/membership/membership-events.
For more information, please call Jenny Liao at 212-744-8181 x137 or email jliao@chinainstitute.org.

Contact: Jenny Liao
Email: jliao@chinainstitute.org
Phone: 212.744.8181, x137

Location Details

Christie's
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York NY 10020 US

Special Lecture on Chinese Medicine
China Institute is honored to host a special lecture by the renowned Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen, DMS. He is the 88th Generation Daoist Master of Yu Ching Huang Lao Pai (Jade Purity School), Yellow Emperor/Lao Tzu Sect, ordained by 87th Generation Daoist Master Yu Wen, Dr. Yuen’s adoptive grandfather. Having been immersed in the practice and study of Daoism and the classics of Chinese medicine since early childhood, Dr. Yuen offers unparalleled knowledge of the rich, oral traditions that fully integrate physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of the medicine. He is an esteemed faculty member of the American University of Complementary Medicine and other schools, and lectures internationally.
Tuesday, September 18 ~ 6:30 – 8 PM
$15 member / $20 non-member
 
Author Talk and Book Signing
Three Tough Chinamen
Nineteenth century Chinese immigrants to America, the Moy brothers — Jin Kee, Jin Mun, and Jin Fuey, crossed lines and broke barriers. Tough men whose lives were hemmed in by prejudice and restrictive laws, they were scrappy and ambitious. In an era when the Chinese were excluded from America’s shores and most already in the U.S. kept their heads down, they stood up and fought for their countrymen, using all means available to get ahead, up to and including committing petty crimes and, in the case of one brother, heinous ones. This is a collection of their stories about outwitting laws that mandated that Chinese accept third-class status if they desired even a small share in the American dream.
 
Scott D. Seligman is a writer, historian, genealogist, retired corporate executive, and career “China hand.” Seligman is the author of Chinese Business Etiquette (Grand Central Publishing, 1999) and Dealing With the Chinese (Warner Books, 1989) and co-author of the best-selling Cultural Revolution Cookbook (Earnshaw Books, 2011) as well as Now You’re Talking Mandarin Chinese (Barron’s Educational Series, 2006) and Chinese at a Glance (Barron’s, 1985 and 2001). He has published articles in the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the China Business Review, the Jewish Daily Forward, China Heritage Quarterly, and Traces, the Journal of the Indiana Historical Society. He has also created several websites on historical and genealogical topics. He lives in Washington, DC.
Tuesday, October 16 ~ 6:30 – 8 PM
$10 member / $15 non-member

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Art of Chess

From The New York Times Art Beat blog:

Chess Gets the Artistic Treatment in a New Saatchi Show

 September 3, 2013

Since the new Islamic art galleries opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last fall, one of the most popular objects on display has been a chess set dating from 12th-century Iran, one that looks surprisingly modern because the pieces are highly abstracted. The Shah (king), for example, is represented by a large throne.

Faced with designing chess sets today, contemporary artists like Damien Hirst, Maurizio Cattelan and Rachel Whiteread naturally look to their own quirky vocabularies. Mr. Hirst recently created a set composed of pills, bottles and other medical equipment; Ms. Whiteread made one fashioned from squares of carpeting and dollhouse furniture, and Paul McCarthy used objects from his kitchen, including a coffee grinder and ketchup bottle.

Sixteen of them will go on view at the Saatchi Gallery in London from Saturday through Oct. 3. Called “The Art of Chess,’’ the show originated at Somerset House in 2003 and has since traveled around the world, adding more sets at each stop. For this iteration, the British duo Tim Noble and Sue Webster will show a new, “Woodland” chess set, hand-carved from a tree stump with bronze pieces based on their collection of mummified animals. The kings and queens are squirrels; the pawns, frogs.

Beautiful Jade Horse Carving - The Horse Exhibit at British Museum

I just happned to stop by the website for the British Museum tonight and right on the front page was an incredibly beautiful jade horse carving.  It's not a chess piece - but it could be, albeit a little large:


The particulars:

Height: 12.750 cm [1 cm = .39 in. approximately; so this piece is a little over 5 inches tall]
Length: 20.500 cm [approximately a little over 8 inches long]

On loan from a private collection OA 26:20
Room 33b: Chinese jade

Jade figure of a horse

Late Ming or Qing dynasty, 17th century AD

This impressive horse belongs to a small group of carved jade animals, mainly horses and buffaloes, carved on a much larger scale than usual, and all in the same range of green opaque stones. There is no direct evidence to help us define precisely when and for what purpose these large creatures were carved.

The slender and elegantly smooth carving shows the horse lying down, its hind legs tucked under its body. The mane and tail are carefully worked to represent the hair, with the other features - eyes, jaw, limbs, muscles and sinews - shown in fine grooves.

J. Rawson, Chinese jade: from the Neolith (London, The British Museum Press, 1995, reprinted 2002).

Oh, I wish I could see this -- a wonderful exhibit on the horse at the British Museum, time is almost up, it ends on September 30, 2012:

The horse from Arabia to Royal Ascot

24 May – 30 September 2012
Free
Royal Patron:
HM Queen Elizabeth II
A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

2012 Chess Olympiad Women

Top ten standings after R6:

Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames+ = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
12
RussiaRUS651011121.018.542.00
27
PolandPOL651011119.019.041.00
31
ChinaCHN642010126.518.545.00
44
UkraineUKR642010120.017.544.00
53
GeorgiaGEO642010116.518.541.00
614
FranceFRA650110103.519.037.00
728
VietnamVIE65011088.516.537.00
812
HungaryHUN64119109.517.043.00
918
GreeceGRE64119103.515.041.00
1019
SerbiaSRB6411999.016.543.00

Bo.1
China
Rtg-2
Russia
Rtg2 : 2
1.1GMHou, Yifan2599-GMKosintseva, Tatiana25301 - 0
1.2GMZhao, Xue2549-GMKosintseva, Nadezhda25240 - 1
1.3WGMJu, Wenjun2528-GMKosteniuk, Alexandra2489½ - ½
1.4WGMHuang, Qian2449-WGMPogonina, Natalija2448½ - ½
Bo.7
Poland
Rtg-19
Serbia
Rtg3½: ½
2.1GMSocko, Monika2467-IMBojkovic, Natasa23921 - 0
2.2IMRajlich, Iweta2412-WGMManakova, Maria23041 - 0
2.3WGMZawadzka, Jolanta2377-WGMStojanovic, Andjelija2277½ - ½
2.4WGMSzczepkowska, Karina2375-WGMBenderac, Ana22661 - 0

Bo.4
Ukraine
Rtg-27
Azerbaijan
Rtg3½: ½
5.1GMLahno, Kateryna2542-WGMMamedjarova, Zeinab22851 - 0
5.2IMMuzychuk, Mariya2466-WGMMammadova, Gulnar2324½ - ½
5.3GMZhukova, Natalia2442-WGMMamedjarova, Turkan22451 - 0
5.4IMUshenina, Anna2433-WIMIsgandarova, Khayala22051 - 0

Bo.20
Slovakia
Rtg-3
Georgia
Rtg1½:2½
3.1WGMBorosova, Zuzana2280-GMDzagnidze, Nana2547½ - ½
3.2WGMPokorna, Regina2353-IMKhotenashvili, Bela25090 - 1
3.3WGMKochetkova, Julia2305-IMKhurtsidze, Nino24440 - 1
3.4WIMMrvova, Alena2241-WGMBatsiashvili, Nino24321 - 0

Bo.14
France
Rtg-57
Philippines
Rtg3 : 1
6.1IMSkripchenko, Almira2442-WIMPerena, Catherine20910 - 1
6.2IMMilliet, Sophie2411-Frayna, Janelle Mae19911 - 0
6.3IMCollas, Silvia2261-Docena, Jedara20611 - 0
6.4WIMBollengier, Andreea2253-Fronda, Jan Jodilyn20221 - 0

Bo.23
Czech Republic
Rtg-28
Vietnam
Rtg1 : 3
7.1WGMNemcova, Katerina2276-WGMLe Thao Nguyen, Pham2393½ - ½
7.2WIMHavlikova, Kristyna2298-WIMThi Mai Hung, Nguyen22120 - 1
7.3WIMOlsarova, Tereza2241-WIMKieu Thien Kim, Le22260 - 1
7.4WIMOlsarova, Karolina2267-WIMThi Nhu Y, Hoang2228½ - ½

Bo.12
Hungary
Rtg-11
Spain
Rtg2 : 2
4.1GMHoang, Thanh Trang2464-WGMMatnadze, Ana24221 - 0
4.2WGMGara, Ticia2385-IMAlexandrova, Olga2417½ - ½
4.3IMGara, Anita2306-WGMCalzetta Ruiz, Monica22760 - 1
4.4WGMPapp, Petra2302-WIMHernandez Estevez, Yudania2252½ - ½

Bo.18
Greece
Rtg-36
Belarus
Rtg2½:1½
9.1IMDembo, Yelena2457-WGMZiaziulkina, Nastassia23421 - 0
9.2WGMBotsari, Anna-Maria2336-WGMSharevich, Anna2261½ - ½
9.3WGMMakropoulou, Marina2256-FMStetsko, Lanita21300 - 1
9.4WIMFakhiridou, Ekaterini2215-Nevioselaya, Maria20571 - 0

Where are Teams USA and Canada at?  Crap!  They played each other today.  It wasn't pretty for Team Canada.

185
United States of AmericaUSA6321896.516.042.00
7159
CanadaCAN6303636.511.532.00

Bo.59
Canada
Rtg-5
United States of America
Rtg½ :3½
15.1WIMKhoudgarian, Natalia2158-IMZatonskih, Anna25120 - 1
15.2WCMOrlova, Yelizaveta1947-IMKrush, Irina24670 - 1
15.3WCMBotez, Alexandra2009-WGMFoisor, Sabina23560 - 1
15.4Lacau-Rodean, Iulia1999-IMGoletiani, Rusudan2341½ - ½


How did Judit Polgar do today???

Judit continues to lead her team while holding down Board 3, playing her 6th straight game and having the best scores overall of her team members, 4.5/6.  GO, JUDIT!

7. Hungary (RtgAvg:2708, TB1: 10 / TB2: 105)
Bo.NameRtgFED1234567Pts.GamesRtgAvgRpwwew-weKrtg+/-
1GMLeko Peter2737HUN1½½½½3.052641271333.13-0.1310-1.3
2GMAlmasi Zoltan2713HUN½½1013.052564263633.40-0.4010-4.0
3GMPolgar Judit2698HUN1½1½½14.56252227154.54.240.26102.6
4GMBerkes Ferenc2685HUN½½11½3.55246426133.53.86-0.3610-3.6
5GMBalogh Csaba2668HUN1½½2.032448257322.14-0.1410-1.4
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