Thursday, May 19, 2011

Queen to Play - last night!

It looks like tonight is the last night to see the chess-themed movie Queen to Play at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave in Chicago. Tonight's showtimes are at 5:15, 7:30, and 9:45 p.m. Be there or be an equilateral rectangle (or 64 of them).

Roger Ebert's review of the film is here. The trailer for the film is here.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bad news, good news

Bad news for the U.S.: Gata Kamsky lost a thriller in the Candidates Semi-Final to Boris Gelfand of Israel.  Congratulations to Gata on a marvelous performance in the Candidates!  It's heartbreaking to be one move away from moving on....

Good news for Chicagoans: Boris has plenty of local connections.  Andi Rosen explained in this 2009 article for Chess Life Online.

I called Tamara Golovey immediately after the Gelfand-Kamsky playoff ended: she was positively giddy!

More at The Week in Chess and ChessVibes; trash talking (sometimes informed) at Chess Ninja.