Doomsday Clock Now 100 seconds From DOOM!

Doomsday Clock is now 100 seconds from midnight

By Mindy Weisberger a day ago

The hypothetical clock measures our nearness to Armageddon.

Humanity’s headlong dash toward our own destruction is marked in minutes and seconds in the ticking of the hypothetical Doomsday Clock. How close we are to destroying ourselves registers in the nearness of the clock’s hands to midnight — the hour of absolute extinction.

In 2019, the clock’s “timekeepers” with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) fixed the hands at 2 minutes to midnight; that time, set in 2018, is the closest the clock’s hands have come to doomsday since 1953, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union detonated the first hydrogen bombs.

And now the fictional clock ticks forward; its hands rest at 100 seconds to midnight, BAS President and CEO Rachel Bronson announced today (Jan. 23) in Washington, D.C. This new time indicates that humanity has entered “into a realm of a two-minute warning,” in which every precious second will count if we want to forestall global catastrophe, Bronson said.

“Danger is high, and the margin for error is low,” she said.

https://www.space.com/doomsday-clock-update-2020.html

 

Some Games Leave You Scratching Your Head…

WGM  Josefine Heinemann (2317)

vs IM Pedro Antonio Gines Esteo  (2482) ( Unfortunately no picture could be found of the teenager)

Gibraltar Masters 2020 round 03

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 (6 Nf3) 6…h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. Bd3 Bxd3 9. Qxd3 e6 (Komodo plays 9…Qc7) 10. Bd2  (Although the most often played move by far, Stockfish and LcO play 10 Bf4. Komodo castles) 10… Ngf6   11. O-O-O a5 12. Qe2?! (This is a TN. Regular readers will know why I attached the exclam! 12 c4 was played in Lacau Rodean v Ozkan below) 12… Bb4 13. Kb1 O-O 14. c3 (14 Ne4) 14…Be7 15. Nf1 a4 16. g4

16…Qa5 (I cannot wonder why this young fellow refrained from playing the 16…Nxg4 in lieu of the losing move played in the game?) 17. c4 Bb4 18. Bxb4 Qxb4 19. g5 Nh5 ½-½

(What the hell is this? White is WINNING THE GAME!!! 20 gxh6 looks STRONG!)

https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2020-gibraltar-masters/03-Heinemann_Josefine-Gines_Esteo_Pedro_Antonio

Iulia Lacau Rodean (2071)

Charlie Ozkan (1903)

Canadian open 07/23/2006

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Ngf6 10.Bd2 e6 11.O-O-O a5 12.c4 Bb4 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Nf6 15.Qe2 Bxd2+ 16.Rxd2 a4 17.Ne5 Nd7 18.d5 Nxe5 19.Qxe5 Qf6 20.Qxf6 gxf6 21.dxc6 bxc6 22.Rd6 Rg8 1/2-1/2

“STOP AGREED DRAWS. THAT’S MATCH-FIXING AND CHEATING AND NOT OK.” – GM Simen Agdestein, answering the question, “If you could change one thing in the chess world what would it be?” New In Chess magazine, 2019/6.

GM Gawain Jones Produces Theoretical Novelty On Move Six!

In the opening round of the ongoing Gibraltar Chess Tournament (https://www.gibchess.com/) Grandmaster Gawain Jones

Gawain Jones (photo Steil-Antoni)

uncorked a TN against his much lower rated opponent, IM Nurgyul Salimova of Bulgaria,

after these common moves had been played:

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 (4 Nf3 is the usual, and best, move, according to Stockfish) h6 5. Bd3 (Stockfish would have played 5. g4, the most often played move) 5…Bxd3

How would you capture the prelate? Ask yourself, “How would Capablanca have captured?” Until GM Jones popped the cork with 6 cxd3 the only move previously played by the best had been 6 Qxd3. Maybe the GM was attempting to do the “dipsy-doodle” against his much lower rated opponent rather than treating his opponent with the respect she deserved. If so, the maneuver backfired.

6. cxd3 e6 7. Nc3 Ne7 8. h5 Qb6 9. Nf3 Nf5 10. Kf1 Nd7 11. Na4 Qa6 12. g4 Ne7 13. Kg2 Nc8 14. Qc2 Ncb6 15. Nc5 Nxc5 16. dxc5 Qa4 17. Qxa4 Nxa4 18. d4 b6 19. b4 Be7 20. Nd2 a5 21. a3 Kd7 22. Rh3 f6 23. f4 fxe5 24. fxe5 Rhf8 25. Nb3 axb4 26. axb4 b5 27. Ra2 Rf7 28. Rf2 Rxf2+ 29. Kxf2 Nb2 30. Rf3 Nc4 31. g5 hxg5 32. Rf7 Rf8 33. Rxf8 Bxf8 34. Kf3 Be7 35. Kg4 Ke8 36. Na1 Kf7 37. Nc2 Bf8 38. Kxg5 Be7+ 39. Kg4 Bf8 40. Ne1 Be7 41. Nf3 Bd8 42. Ng5+ Ke7 43. Kg3 Bc7 44. Kf4 Bd8 45. Kg4 Bc7 46. Kf3 Bd8 47. Ke2 Bc7 48. Bf4 Bd8 49. Bg3 Kd7 50. Nf7 Na3 51. Nxd8 Kxd8 52. Kd3 Nc4 53. Bf4 Nb2+ 54. Ke2 Ke8 55. Bd2 Na4 56. Kf3 Kf7 57. Kf4 Kg8 58. Be1 Kf8 59. Kg5 Kf7 60. Bd2 Nb2 61. Kg4 Na4 62. Kf4 Kf8 63. Kf3 Kf7 64. Kg4 Kg8 65. Kf4 Kf8 66. Kg5 Kf7 ½-½

The annotated game can be located @ https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2020-gibraltar-masters/01-Jones_Gawain_C_B-Salimova_Nurgyul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Jude Acers

The sui generis Jude Acers

The Amazing and the Slightly Irregular Jude Acers: “There’ll be no need for me to cry”

left the following comment to an article, Ladies Knight with FM Alisa Melekhina, at the US Chess website. (https://new.uschess.org/news/ladies-knight-fm-alisa-melekhina/)

JUDE ACERS | January 21, 2020 at 5:12 pm

This is chess in the real world/TOTALLY THE FUTURE ..800 million certified chess phone download app users right now folks! (heaven forbid…many women) / ALL PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE/PARENTS right now must have world rated mega events that are quickly played/media visible like the world series of poker. All chess games must be played in one half hour flat for local events/ 1 hour flat for world title events with absolutely NO DRAW OFFERS EVER ALLOWED AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL WORLD RATED LEVEL PRECISELY AS GRANDMASTER LEVON ARONIAN STATED. “ALL GAMES MUST BE WORLD CHESS FEDERATION RATED”(KASPAROV) OR…. NOT PLAYED AT ALL…AT LEAST 1,000 PLAYERS IN KNOCKOUT MUST PLAY FOR THE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP every single year..like the Superbowl/tennis/golf/WORLD SERIES .. events all start anew ..RIDICULOUS CANDIDATE TOURNEYS / ridiculous 12 draw joke make- a -deal world title /kiss your cousin slumber fest matches SIMPLY MUST GO. The fabulous new world chess federation president A. DVORKOVIC has already announced THE WORLD CUP knockout entry formula … one player from every chess nation in the world regardless of rating is playing the 185 Fide chess nations !!!!!! million dollar plus event. Absolutely THE SAME MUST BE DONE FOR THE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP ITSELF..2 GAME THRILLER KNOCKOUT ELIMINATION ROUNDS WITH SPEED PLAYOFF AFTER EVERY TIED ROUND PERIOD…A WINNER AFTER EVERY ROUND.EVERY PLAYER IS ON HIS/HER! OWN. Good luck. EVERY FIDE PLAYER IN THE WORLD PLAYS in a preliminary world title qualifier in 185 nations..k-CHING! k-CHING! THE NIFTY SOUND OF AN ANCIENT CASH REGISTER. Jude Acers/ New Orleans ps( of course…no leaving the board EVER during all world title knockout games in this computer age…thus quick time controls are mandatory/exciting/BADLY NEEDED … with the new just announced MILLION DOLLAR MEGA WORLD CHESS FEDERATION SPONSOR COCA COLA (and many other just announced sponsors also!) .. the only legal protection chess organizers now have from guaranteed COMPUTER BASED CHEATING ARE QUICKLY PLAYED MURDEROUS EXCITING NO EXIT CONTESTS.It is coming friends and neighbors… monster cash/fierce world competition chess for everyone..not slumber fest kiss your cousin drawfest nonsense ..the pathetic media laughingstock media joke we presently have .(Oh yes..women will be all over the place in these coming competitions.) cHESS WILL RETURN TO GENERAL MEDIA….Think it isn’t possible? FIDE IS NOW FORCING IT TO HAPPEN BY SHEER WILL ..IT IS GOOD BUSINESS PERIOD. Everyone must be allowed to play. Best of all..Mr. Carlsen- the here, there and everywhere world chess ambassador will almost certainly win a $5.000,000 WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER’S PURSE SOMEDAY. Carlsen deserves every cent of such a prize. Thanks Coca Cola!

Thanks, Jude.

 

Clock setting: no more Mr. Nice Guy

by Slivovitz on Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:13 am #339747

At a recent CCA tournament, just before round 2 started, a young man was wandering around the area where I was playing, asking if anyone could set his Chronos GX for him.

With a suppressed eye-roll, I told him to hand it over, and set it for him, storing it as time control #1. That’s usually saved for five minute blitz, but that way he wouldn’t have any trouble getting it back once the clock was turned off. Just press the red button. And it gave him an added incentive to get hold of the #!☠️⚡️⛈!! instructions and learn how to set it himself. The GX is actually quite simple once you learn a few basics.

In the meantime, the director told people to start their games, my opponent started my clock, and I lost about a minute off my time. No big deal, but you know what, new resolution for 2020. I’m not helping anyone to set his clock unless it’s a personal friend of mine, and even then I’ll use a friend’s privilege to give him a hard time about it. I know how to set the long and short versions of a Chronos (at least for any chess time control I’d encounter), a DGT 3000, and a Leap KK9908. I know this because I actually read manuals to the point where I don’t need to consult them every time, and I do keep the manuals. It continues to baffle me that so many chess players can’t seem to master the basics for at least the one model that they own.

The above sounds angrier than it is. I’ve seen this topic come up before, and it will doubtless come up again. But, one pro tip. If the reason you don’t know how to set your clock is because you bought it from the tournament’s equipment vendor two minutes ago and haven’t had time to absorb the manual, the vendor will probably set it for you. Then you can read the manual before the next round, and you’ll never have a problem again.

http://www.uschess.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=25084

The Rest Of The Story

Kudos to Walter High for finding the answer to this conundrum!

From: Walter High

Walter High with his organiser ‘hat’ on | Photo: Davide Nastasio
https://en.chessbase.com/post/north-carolina-open-2018

To: Michael Bacon

Jan 19 at 9:14 PM

Hello Michael,

I believe I have solved the confusion about the questionable Paul/Zapata game in round 9. First a correction for GM Zapata: he identified the tournament as the 2020 NC Open when, in fact, it was the 2020 Charlotte Open. The 2020 NC Open will take place in August! Now, on to the problem of the mysterious game score which is denied by GM Zapata. When I began to review the game that ChessBomb posted for Paul/Zapata game (based on the DGT board record), it bore absolutely no resemblance to the game that GM Zapata has submitted to you. It clearly is not a matter of an error in score-keeping or a DGT board mis-recording of the moves. They are completely different games.

I went back and looked at the board next to Paul/Zapata which was Grant Xu/Christopher Yoo. Lo and behold: that game also matched move for move the game that ChessBomb used for Paul/Zapata. It appears that somehow the Xu/Yoo game got pasted on top of the Paul/Zapata game, thus erasing the true game score of Paul/Zapata and moves for the Xu/Yoo game were used as the DGT record for both matches. I am copying Peter Giannatos, Grant Oen, and Anand Dommalapati who were operating the DGT boards. They can follow your link below and see the true game score as submitted by GM Zapata. Maybe they can paste it into the results, or possibly Paul/Zapata will just have to be deleted from the DGT record. I don’t know how these things work. Note to Giannatos, Oen, Dommalapati: I found the DGT board score for Paul/Zapata on Chessstream.

Walter High

Boomer 1 Zero 0

The title of this post was considered, but rejected,  for use with the previous post. After posting I sent an email to the subject of the post, GM Alsonso Zapata. His reply shocked me:

From: Alonso Zapata
To: Michael Bacon
Jan 17 at 8:15 PM

Dear Michael Bacon.

Thanks for your kind article! Although my game against Justin Paul is wrong – at the NC Open in Charlotte-. You will find attached (in ChessBase format) the real game I played.

Warm regards,

Alonso Zapata

WHAT?! I took the game from the ChessBomb, usually a reliable source of Chess games. (https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2020-charlotte-open/09-Paul_Justin-Zapata_Alonso)

How could this happen?

Then another email was received from a regular reader, an older gentleman of distinction, in which he wrote:

“I do not understand your reference to his opponent, 16 year old Justin Paul, as Zero. I am assuming this is derogatory. Is there a reason to disparage him thusly?”

Oh Boy! It was my turn to “assume” and you know what happens when one decides to “ass-u-me.” I assumed everyone would think of Time’s person of the year, Greta Thunberg,

and her replying to an older person with, “OK, Boomer.” My reply explained this and in return came this:

“Thank you for the clarification! Although I was aware of the young lady and her cause, I did not follow any of it in detail, thus missing the reference to those born in this century as “zeros.” I find most news these days not worthy of more than fleeting attention. That is why I thought calling someone a zero was a disparaging remark as I suppose it would have been 20 years ago. I appreciate your time in helping me edge toward the 21st century!!”

We Boomers obviously need all the help we can get…

This morning I opened my email and read this one first:

From: Walter High
To: Michael Bacon
Jan 18 at 9:06 PM.

Michael,

I believe I have discovered where the ChessBomb game record originated. I have just played through the game as it was recorded by the DGT board that was in use. It matches the ChessBomb record of the game. If GM Zapata has a different game score, then somehow either the DGT board recording of the moves is incorrect or his scorekeeping is incorrect.
Not sure what happens with the DGT if they make a mistake and have to take back moves or change the location of pieces during the game.

Walter

I am still attempting to ascertain exactly what happened, and why, and so are other people. If anyone reading this works with ChessBomb, or knows someone, anyone, who is affiliated with ChessBomb, please inform them of this. With the above in mind, here is the actual game played in the final round sent by GM Zapata:

Paul v Zapata

2020 NC Open

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 Bg7 4. c4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8.Be2 d6 9. O-O Bd7 10. Qd2 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc6 12. f3 a5 13. Rab1 Nd7 14. Be3 a4 15. Rfc1 Nc5 16. Bf1 f5 17. exf5 gxf5 18. Nd5 Rf7 19. Re1 e5 20. Rbd1
Qa5 21. Nc3 Rf6 22. Nb5 Qxd2 23. Rxd2 Bxb5 24.cxb5 b6 25. Bc4+ Kh8 26. Bd5 Rb8 27.Rc1 Bh6 28. Bxh6 Rxh6 29. Bc6 Rd8 30. Rd5 Re6 31. Kf1 Kg7 32. Rc3 Kf6 33. b4 axb3 34. axb3 Re7 $11 35. f4 Ne6 36. fxe5+ dxe5 37. Rxd8 Nxd8 38. Ba8 Ne6 39.Rc8 Nd4 40. Bd5 Rd7 41. Bc4 e4 42. Kf2 f4 43. Rf8+ Kg5 44. Rg8+ Kh5 45. Rf8 e3+ 46. Kf1 Ra7 0-1

This is how it looks in Chessbase form:

[Event “2020 NC Open”]
[Site “Charlotte”]
[Date “2020.01.05”]
[Round “9”]
[White “Paul, Justin “]
[Black “Zapata, Alonso”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B21”]
[Annotator “Zapata,Alonso”]
[PlyCount “92”]
[EventDate “2020.??.??”]
[EventCountry “USA”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 Bg7 4. c4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8.
Be2 d6 9. O-O Bd7 10. Qd2 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc6 12. f3 a5 13. Rab1 Nd7 14. Be3 a4 (
14… Nc5 15. Rfd1 Be5 16. b3 e6 17. Bd4 Qb6 18. Kh1 Rfd8 19. a3 Qc7 20. b4
axb4 21. axb4 Na4 22. Bxe5 dxe5 23. Qe3 Nxc3 24. Qxc3 Ra2 25. Bf1 Rxd1 26. Rxd1
b6 27. Qd3 Ba4 28. Qd8+ Qxd8 29. Rxd8+ Kg7 30. Ra8 Kf6 31. Kg1 Bb3 32. Rxa2
Bxa2 33. Kf2 Bb3 34. Ke3 Ke7 35. Kd2 Kd6 36. h4 {1/2-1/2 (36) Sumets,A (2568)
-Vorobiov,E (2547) Nova Gorica 2018}) 15. Rfc1 Nc5 16. Bf1 f5 $2 $146 (16…
Re8 17. Rc2 e5 18. Rd1 Bf8 19. Nd5 Bg7 20. Bg5 f6 21. Be3 Ne6 22. Nb6 Rb8 23.
Qxd6 Qxd6 24. Rxd6 f5 25. c5 Nd4 26. Rd2 fxe4 27. fxe4 Bf8 28. Bc4+ Kh8 29.
R2xd4 Bxd6 30. Rxd6 Bxe4 31. Bg5 h5 32. Bf6+ Kh7 33. Rd7+ Kh6 34. h4 g5 35.
Bxg5+ Kg6 36. Bf7+ Kf5 37. Bxe8 Rxe8 38. Nc4 {1-0 (38) Larrea,M (2274)
-Saralegui Cassan,M (2111) Montevideo 2017}) (16… Qa5 17. Kh1 (17. b4 axb3
18. axb3 Qa3 $11) 17… Rfe8 $11) 17. exf5 gxf5 18. Nd5 Rf7 19. Re1 e5 (19…
e6 20. Nf4 e5 21. Nd5 (21. Nh5 f4 22. Bxc5 (22. Bf2 Bh8 23. Rbd1 Rd7 (23… Qg5
24. Ng3 Rd7 $11)) 22… dxc5 23. Qxd8+ Rxd8 24. Nxg7 Rxg7 25. Rbd1 Re8 $11) (
21. Bxc5 dxc5 22. Nd5 Qh4 $132) 21… e4 $132 22. f4 Qf8 23. Red1 $14) 20. Rbd1
Qa5 21. Nc3 (21. Ne7+ Rxe7 22. Qxd6 Ree8 23. Qxc5 Qxc5 24. Bxc5 e4 25. fxe4
Bxe4 26. b4 axb3 27. axb3 Bc3 28. Re3 Be5 $14) 21… Rf6 $2 (21… a3 $1 22. b3
e4 23. Nxe4 fxe4 24. Qxa5 Rxa5 25. b4 Bc3 26. bxa5 exf3 27. gxf3 Bxa5 28. Rxd6
Bxe1 29. Rd8+ Kg7 30. Bxc5 Rf5 31. Bd4+ Kf7 $11) 22. Nb5 Qxd2 23. Rxd2 Bxb5 24.
cxb5 b6 (24… Rc8) (24… Bh6 25. Bxh6 Rxh6 26. Red1 Rd8 27. Rd5 $16) 25. Bc4+
Kh8 26. Bd5 (26. Bxc5 dxc5 (26… bxc5 27. Red1 Bf8 28. Rd3 $16)) 26… Rb8 27.
Rc1 Bh6 28. Bxh6 Rxh6 29. Bc6 Rd8 30. Rd5 Re6 31. Kf1 Kg7 32. Rc3 Kf6 33. b4
axb3 34. axb3 Re7 $11 35. f4 Ne6 36. fxe5+ dxe5 37. Rxd8 Nxd8 38. Ba8 Ne6 39.
Rc8 Nd4 (39… e4) 40. Bd5 Rd7 (40… e4 41. Rb8 e3 42. Rxb6+ Kg5 43. Ke1 Nc2+
44. Ke2 Nd4+ 45. Ke1 Re5 $14) 41. Bc4 e4 42. Kf2 f4 43. Rf8+ Kg5 44. Rg8+ Kh5
45. Rf8 (45. Be2+ Kh6 46. Rb8 e3+ 47. Kf1 Kg5 48. Rg8+ Kf6 49. Rf8+ Ke5 50.
Re8+ Kd6 51. Re4 Kc5 52. Rxf4 Ra7 53. b4+ Kd5 54. Bf3+ Kc4 $19) 45… e3+ $19
46. Kf1 Ra7 0-1

That is…