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Chess News

World Championship from 24 November to 16 December 2021:

https://www.chess.com/article/view/world-chess-championship-2021#watch

Magnus Carlsen

Norwegian Magnus Carlsen is the Tiger Woods of chess. That’s why chess has become a mainstream sport! OK, that’s extreme, neither mainstream nor sport (debate!?), but Magnus Carlsen was the youngest player to top the world FIDE rankings when he reached the top in January 2010 and he has been on top since.

Magnus Carlsen’s Recent Loss

Four days ago, on 24 January, Magnus Carlsen lost to 18-year-old Russian Andrey Esipenko. It was a huge upset. The tournament schedule is here and the final round is played on 31 January.

Watch the game analysis of Carlsen’s loss here.

Two days later, On 26 January, Magnus Carlsen bounced back and won his next game. Watch the game analysis here.

On 27 January, Magnus Carlsen, World #1, played World #2, American-Italian Fabiano Caruana.

Watch the game analysis here between the world’s top two players.

How to Watch Chess

Chess games last several hours, and it’s chess at a level we cannot understand. However, agadmator’s Chess Channel makes the games watchable and even exciting. Here is agadmator’s website. Agadmator’s name is Antonio Radić and he is Croatian guy who is a really good amateur chess player and now comments on chess full-time.

The International Chess Federation, FIDE is the most widely-recognized governing body. (but their calendar stinks)

Magnus Carlsen’s own schedule might be the best place to follow. Other options are chess.com calendar, agadmator’s site, FIDE ratings, more … ?

Who’s Who of Chess

Chess has a long history. We’ve heard some of the names without being able to place them. Here are some:

Paul Morphy, 1837-1884: dominated in America, then crossed the ocean and dominated in Europe.

Bobby Fischer, 1943-2008: American who won the most widely publicized chess championship of all time, the 1972 World Chess Championship considered a Cold War US versus USSR chess showdown. I have not yet seen the movie, Searching for Bobby Fischer.

Garry Kasparov, 1963-living: longest reign at top of FIDE ratings.

Computers Playing Chess

The chess computer Deeper Blue beat the reigning world champion in 1997, and computers have not looked back. Modern computers beat all humans at chess.

Gone Sailing

On 2 November 2020 I decided to depart the corporate career path (energy engineer) for the rest of my life. My knee-jerk solution was to learn to sail and make sailing my occupation somehow. Regardless of what I do, I made the decision because of a fundamental idea: I am convinced that true progress in the next several decades will not be in new technologies, but in learning to use the existing technologies in a more wholesome way. As I went down the list of categories on my blog, I realized my decision affects almost every category.

Brazil Now What Migration Series: I once again do not know where I will go.

English Lessons: language is basic. Will I teach English from a sailboat?

Industrial Change Surfing: Industrial Change Surfing is about decisions – this was an enormous decision based on industrial changes.

Rage and Frenzy Politics: I believe the current polarized divisive politics partly arise from frustration with the diminishing returns of tech. (A pause for sailing is in order!)

Real Estate: boats are floating real estate. (the tax is maintenance!)

Travel: Sailing is the oldest form of long-distance water travel!

Ventures Quarterly: I have not been faithful to quarterly updates lately, but this obviously represents a ventures update.

Brazil Now What 10: Sailing

I have always been interested in sailing but I consider myself a land lover. I thought sailing would remain a dream unfulfilled, but now with the world freaked out by a virus, the ocean is calling.

Employers?

Sailing Holidays, UK

World Sailing, governing body of sport sailing, UK

PR Sailing, Netherlands

Brussels International Sailing Club

Dr. Sails, Barcelona

The Moorings Yacht Charters, Clearwater

Dream Yacht Charter, Surbiton, Surrey

Sunsail Yacht Charter

Nautal, Barcelona

YachtCharterFleet, London

ClickandBoat, Boulogne-Billancourt

Sailing Enjoy South America, Buenos Aires

2020 Calendar of Events, Sports, Etcetera

2020 sports schedule that is mostly not happening!

January

13: BCS National Championship Game

February

1-2: Tennis Australian Open Finals, men’s final starts ~0030 EST Sunday morning (Sunday evening in Melbourne)

2: Super Bowl LIV, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens Florida

March

15: March Madness selection Sunday

April

6: March Madness Championship Game

9-12: Golf Masters

May

14-17: Golf PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park, San Francisco

June

6-7: Tennis French Open Finals, men’s final starts ~0900 EDT Sunday morning (Sunday afternoon in Paris)

18-21: Golf US Open, Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY

July

11-12: Tennis Wimbledon Finals, men’s final starts ~0900 EDT Sunday morning (Sunday afternoon in London)

27 June – 19 July: Tour de France

16-19: Golf British Open

24 July – 9 Aug: Summer Olympics, Tokyo

August

1-5 August: SCRABBLE NASPA North American SCRABBLE Championship, Radisson Hotel Downtown Baltimore

9-20 August: Chess Magnus Carlsen Tour Final. Organized by Magnus Carlsen, advertised by FIDE, online at Chess24

September

12-13: Tennis US Open Finals, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York

October

Late Oct: Baseball World Series

November

None

December

14: Total solar eclipse visible in Chile and Argentina

There are no total lunar eclipses in 2020.

2022: Winter Olympics in Beijing, 4 – 20 Feb 2022

2022: Soccer World Cup in Qatar, 21 Nov – 18 Dec 2022

2023: Women’s Soccer World Cup, location TBD.

2023: Rugby Union World Cup, France 8 Sep – 21 Oct.

Cincinnati to Columbus Ohio on the Ohio to Erie Trail

The Ohio to Erie Trail website is here, click for a great interactive map.

Thanks to Aaron for accompanying me on the journey!

Cleveland coming soon, hoping for a warm November to get to a Browns game!

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Click here for a summary of my first bike trip to Cincinnati.

Our Favorite Ski Locations

Holiday Valley snow report

Ski Resorts

  • Snowmass: 3,362 acres, 4,406ft vertical.
  • Vail: 5,289 acres, 3,450ft vertical.
  • Breckenridge: 2,908 acres, 3,398ft vertical.
  • Beaver Creek: 1,815 acres, 3,340ft vertical.
  • Keystone: 3,148 acres, 3,128ft vertical.
  • Stowe: 485 acres, 2,360ft vertical.
  • Snowshoe: 244 acres, 1,500ft vertical. Very difficult drive Greg says.
  • Holiday Valley: 290 acres 750ft vertical.
  • Seven Springs: 285 acres, 750ft vertical.
  • Wisp Mountain: 132 acres, 700ft vertical. Greg and Pat have been. It is an easy drive from the interstate.
  • Peak n Peak: 130 acres, 400ft vertical. Ed, Greg, and Thad have been. Good?
  • Perfect North: 100 acres, 400ft vertical. Rachel’s suggestion. 45 minutes west of Cincinnati.

Check out OnTheSnow snow report app. Pat uses it for snow storm alerts.

Click here for skiing tips from expert.