Chess: Nigel Short launches campaign to secure role as Fide president

first_img Chess: Guildford extend their record unbeaten run in 4NCL to 66 matches Share on Messenger news Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Chess Since you’re here… Share via Email Read more Chess: Mixed results for Gawain Jones, Luke McShane and Nigel Short Reuse this contentcenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Deep Sengupta v Srinath Narayanan1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 d5 3 e3 c6 4 Bd3 Bg4 5 Ne2 Nbd7 6 f3 Bh5 7 0-0 Bg6 8 c4 e6 9 cxd5 Bxd3 10 dxc6?? Bxe2 0-1 After 11 cxd7+ Nxd7! both 12 Qxe2 Qxg5 and 12 Bxd8 Bxd1 leave White a piece down. This is a new version of a trap which occurred in 1970 (twice) and 1989, catching out two GMs and an IM: 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Nf3 f5 4 d4 e4 5 Bg5 Nf6 6 d5?? exf3 7 dxc6 fxg2 8 cxd7+ Nxd7! 0-1Short’s win below in the Najdorf Sicilian is instructive. He follows a Garry Kasparov strategy where Black delays the routine Be7 and 0-0 so as to gain time for his queen’s side attack and the thematic Rxc3! exchange sacrifice. Black then wobbles a little with 16…Qc6 (Qc4!) but White errs in turn by 18 Nb5? and Short launches a crushing attack.Mehdi Hasan Parag v Nigel Short1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Be3 Nbd7 7 f3 e6 8 Qd2 b5 9 0-0-0 Bb7 10 g4 Nb6 11 Qf2 Nfd7 12 h4 Rc8 13 Kb1 Rxc3! 14 bxc3 Qc7 15 Bxb5?! axb5 16 Nxb5 Qc6?! 17 Na7 Qc7 18 Nb5? Qc4 19 Nxd6+ Bxd6 20 Rxd6 Na4 21 Rd4 Qb5+ 22 Kc1 Qb2+ 23 Kd1 Nxc3+ 24 Kd2 Ba6 25 Qh2 e5 26 Rd6 Nxe4+! 0-1. If 27 fxe4 Qb4+ wins the d6 rook with a continuing attack.3568 1 Ra4 Kb5 2 Rh4! Kxa4 3 Nc3 mate. Leonard Barden on chess Topics Nigel Short was simultaneously player and politician this week when he took third prize at Kolkata while in the early stages of his campaign to become president of Fide, the global chess body. The 52-year-old former world title candidate is the oldest player in the top 100.Four months further on, and Short will be the anti-establishment contender in what is likely to be a bitterly fought election. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Fide’s controversial president since 1995, has been sanctioned by the US Treasury after Washington accused him of “materially assisting” the Syrian government. UBS closed Fide’s bank account at the end of last month, and its officials have yet to find another bank. Support The Guardian Fide’s presidential board asked Ilyumzhinov to resign, but he refused to do so and will be challenged at the election by the deputy president and former Greek champion Georgios Makropoulos, who administers Fide’s Athens office. Makropoulos’s No 2 will be Malcolm Pein, the English Chess Federation’s international director.The voting by delegates from Fide’s 185 affiliated countries will be on 3 October during the world team Olympiad at Batumi, Georgia. Ilyumzhinov has won every election so far, including in 2010 and 2014 when he was opposed by the former world champions Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.The former ruler of Kalmykia was endorsed by the influential Russian federation last month, but since then his campaign has unravelled when it was discovered that his nomination for Fide secretary, listed as Glen Stark of the US, had several false references in his CV and was allegedly actually named Igor Shinder.Short is widely popular among ordinary chess fans, but, given the very restricted electorate at Batumi, Makropoulos is the early favourite with four months to go before the vote.At Kolkata, Short was tied for the lead with two rounds to go, but then one of his Indian rivals received a gift point. Either 10 dxe6 or 10 Qd3 is fine. Srinath Narayanan, the winner, went on to take first prize on tie break with 7.5/9, with Short third half a point behind.last_img read more

Government didnt care about reducing emissions Inside Quebecs green fund

first_imgMONTREAL — When Ljiljana Latkovic was named to the council governing Quebec’s multibillion-dollar green fund in 2017, she thought she was going to use her science background to help choose projects aimed at fighting climate change.Instead, Latkovic said she and the eight other council members were asked to sign off on proposals whose financing had already been approved by various government departments.Moreover, she said, in the case of many projects they were approving, councillors had no idea how the projects were actually going to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, that trap heat in the atmosphere, causing global temperatures to rise.“My opinion is that the (environment) ministry didn’t care about the reductions,” Latkovic said in a recent interview.Quebec’s green fund was created in 2006 as a way of collecting billions in revenues — in large part from the province’s version of a carbon tax — and redistributing the money towards initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.But the so-called green fund has been widely criticized as a boondoggle.Quebec’s new environment minister, Benoit Charette, is promising reform, but he has a colossal task ahead of him. The province’s past mistakes highlight the difficulties of managing a multibillion-dollar fund to which various government departments have access.Instead of promoting projects with strict greenhouse gas emission targets, the fund became a buffet for the pet projects of various ministers, Charette said.“Unfortunately, yes,” Charette said in an interview when asked whether the fund was being misused. “Certain departments helped themselves to the fund, so to speak, without a guarantee of results on investments. And the previous government let this phenomenon go on like that, which made things even more deplorable.”Charette said despite the billions of dollars collected since 2006, the reduction in greenhouse gases “was very small across the projects that were financed.”Quebec collects hundreds of millions of dollars every year from a carbon credit cap-and-trade system. Companies that emit high amounts of greenhouse gases are legally forced to purchase the right to release those gases into the atmosphere. Quebec sells emissions credits four times a year at auction.Since its inception, almost $5.5 billion has been poured into the fund. And from the beginning, the program has been mismanaged, according to several reports from the province’s auditor general.Various government departments used money in the fund to finance projects without calls for proposals or without specific criteria to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions reductions, the auditor general concluded.In its 2019 report, the auditor general’s office said “nearly five years after the publication of our initial audit report on the green fund, we can only be disappointed with this situation.”News reports over the years have indicated millions have been given to major oil companies and airlines for projects with dubious greenhouse gas reduction targets. Maple syrup producers received hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace evaporation equipment. Millions more dollars were given to taxi companies to help them adapt their vehicles for disabled people.A spokesperson for the Liberals, the party that created the fund and managed it until they lost power last year, did not make anyone available to respond to the criticism.Following harshly worded reports on the fund’s governance by the auditor general, then-premier Philippe Couillard in 2016 created the council to oversee the distribution of money. But Latkovic said that most of the time, her job consisted of rubber-stamping projects chosen by other departments.The council chose about 10 to 15 per cent of the projects that received financing, she said, while the rest were pre-approved elsewhere in the government. “We wanted to know what we were signing for,” Latkovic said. “And some of the members wanted to resign because they didn’t know what was going on.”Charette backed up Latkovic’s comments.“It’s unfortunately true,” he said. “It’s really what was happening. We had a situation where the fund wasn’t being used to its potential. There was confusion regarding responsibilities. It’s what we want to correct.”In June, Charette announced reforms he said would ensure the fund fulfills its mandate. First, the green fund is getting a new name. It will now be called the “electrification and climate change fund.”Instead of the governing council on which Latkovic sits, Charette says the new fund will have a “committee of experts” who will oversee how money is distributed. Their reports will be public, he promised.The fund will now be fully under the Environment Department, Charette said, and its minister will be accountable. “In the future if there is a management problem we won’t need multiple searches to find out who is responsible,” he said.Finally, Charette said, the auditor general’s office will be tasked with producing an annual report on the fund’s governance. “We consider this public money so it’s important that it’s properly managed,” he said.But Latkovic, who has a master’s degree in geological and earth sciences, said the fund has been a lost opportunity.“It’s sad (the council) didn’t work as it should have,” Latkovic said. “Because it was a good thing, and I thought they were really going to care and do something about climate change.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Womens lacrosse falls to Big Ten foe

The No. 19 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team faced the No. 18 Penn State Nittany Lions Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes fell to American Lacrosse Conference rivals Penn State, 18-12. But for the Buckeyes it was a tale of two halves. The Buckeyes jumped out to an early start in the first half as they were 9-6 with less than two minutes to go, with five unanswered goals. But the Nittany Lions also came out firing and over-shot OSU 17-15. But this did not overwhelm OSU goalie Annie Carruthers who had 11 saves in the game. “To prepare for a team like Penn State, we look at patterns they have when shooting and put more pressure on them,” Carruthers said. “I know I look a lot at where they shoot, and if they’ve been going for one spot, I overemphasize that.”  Carruthers leads the ALC in saves per game with 12.2. Although PSU overshot the Buckeyes, OSU lead 9-7 at the half. Alayna Markwordt, Brittney Zerhusen and Gabby Capuzzi, went into halftime with two goals apiece.   In the second half, the Nittany Lions came back with a purpose, as they took their first lead since early in the game, 13-10 with more than 19 minutes to play. OSU’s Jayme Beard’s goal at 17:38 was one of only three goals for the Buckeyes in the second half.  Zerhusen had three goals in the game but still felt OSU didn’t get to the ball as often as it should have. “I think every year with Penn State it’s a tough battle, no matter how each of our seasons are going,” Zerhusen said. “When it comes down to it, you have to have possession of the ball. We just couldn’t get the possession off the draw. That was a definite game-changer that we’re going to have to work on.” At the end of the game, PSU overshot OSU 38-23, while OSU had 13 turnovers to PSU’s 11. “It was hard to come back when we didn’t have the ball on our sticks. It was frustrating because we did it in the first half,” Coach Sue Stimmel said. Ohio State will face Notre Dame Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m. read more

Buckeyes aiming to keep Badgers from running wild

Ohio State’s fourth-ranked rushing defense will face perhaps its biggest challenge of the season Saturday night when it looks to slow Wisconsin’s solid ground game, which features bruising running back John Clay. With 692 rushing yards and nine touchdowns through the season’s first six games, Clay is Wisconsin’s most dangerous weapon and has played himself into Heisman consideration. At 248 pounds, he will be the biggest feature running back the Buckeyes have seen in quite some time. “He doesn’t even look like a running back. He’s a linebacker,” Cameron Heyward said at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. “He’s so explosive and you don’t even know it, but sometimes the team can be feeling down and he makes one big play and he can turn around the game.” Coach Jim Tressel said the defense must also be prepared for the Badgers’ other running back, James White, who counterbalances Clay’s power-running style with his speed. White, at a more standard 198 pounds, has rushed for 485 yards and eight touchdowns this season. “Obviously, John Clay is extraordinary, but you bring in that tempo-change guy and all of a sudden, he hits you with that different type look and I think it’s a great look,” Tressel said. Wisconsin averages nearly 241 rushing yards a game, good for 11th in the country, while the Buckeyes only allow an average of 78.7 yards on the ground. OSU’s defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 29 games. “I think (White) is a little more shifty, but he can be explosive as well,” Heyward said. “It’s going to be critical of us to contain both of them. It’s going to be a hard task and it’s not just going to be one guy, it’s going to take the whole team to just swarm to the ball.” Heyward said the OSU defense will have to remain disciplined and react well to play action. Clay has averaged more than 122 yards rushing in Badger wins, while only rushing for 80 yards in the team’s loss to Michigan State. Last year at Ohio Stadium, OSU held Clay to 59 yards on 20 carries in the Buckeyes’ 31-13 win. “They have tremendous team speed,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said on the Big Ten’s weekly conference call. “Some teams have fast linebackers or fast defensive backs. They have fast everything.” Tressel said that aside from being a good power-running team, Wisconsin’s offensive coaching staff has done a good job in being creative with its play calling. But just like any other Big Ten game, they both agree the contest will be won with line play up front. “I think all games are won on the offensive and defensive line,” Heyward said. “In the summer and spring we emphasized if we win every battle in the trenches, we’ll have a great chance of winning.” read more

Football Ohio State ranked No 6 in AP poll

The Buckeyes line up prior to taking the field for warmups before the Ohio State-Nebraska game on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State benefitted from four top-10 teams losing in Week 7, with the Buckeyes moving up three spots to No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll following their 56-14 victory at Nebraska Saturday night.Ohio State’s next opponent, Penn State in Week 9, elevated to No. 2 in the country following its bye week. Wisconsin joined the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes in the top 10 as the Badgers were ranked No. 5 following a win against Purdue Saturday.Michigan and Michigan State are ranked 18th and 19th after securing victories at Indiana and Minnesota, respectively. Ohio State matches up with the Spartans on Nov. 11 and heads to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the Wolverines in a season-ending game on Nov. 25.No. 2 Clemson, No. 5 Washington and No. 8 Washington State all lost to unranked opponents on the road last week and dropped to No. 6, 12 and 15, respectively.Alabama remained No. 1 in the country, receiving all first-place votes. Georgia moved from No. 4 to No. 3 due to Clemson’s loss. TCU is ranked fourth to round out the top five. Miami (Fl.), Oklahoma and Oklahoma State moved into the top 10.AP PollAlabama (61)Penn StateGeorgiaTCUWisconsin Ohio State Clemson Miami (Fl.)Oklahoma Oklahoma State USCWashington Notre Dame Virginia TechWashington State South FloridaNorth Carolina State Michigan State MichiganUCFAuburn StanfordWest VirginiaLSUMemphis read more

Rep Jim Jordan accused by former wrestlers of knowing about Strauss alleged

Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican congressman from Ohio’s fourth congressional district and former assistant coach for the Ohio State wrestling team, has been accused of knowing about the sexual assaults made by former team doctor Richard Strauss, according to a report.Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoAn assistant coach from 1986-1994, Jordan had told the Columbus Dispatch when the investigation began he did not know about the abuse, but three former wrestlers told NBC News that Strauss’ abuse was common knowledge and that Jordan was told about the incidents while he was on staff. According to the NBC report, former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato said he reached out to Jordan before going public with his allegations. DiSabato said Jordan did not want to be involved. Dunyasha Yetts, an Ohio State wrestler from 1993-1994, told NBC he and his teammates talked multiple times to Jordan about Strauss’ behavior. However, Jordan told the Columbus Dispatch on May 3 that, “no one had reported any type of abuse to him.” In a statement made to The Lantern, Ian Fury, Jordan’s spokesman, echoed that statement. “Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State,” the statement read. “He has not been contacted by investigators about the matter but will assist them in any way they ask, because if what is alleged is true, the victims deserve a full investigation and justice.”Ohio State announced April 5 that it would be investigating the allegations made against Strauss of “acts of sexual misconduct” as a team doctor. read more

Dunk can see a bright future for Brighton

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion managed to claim a massive 1-0 win over Manchester United at home and they are far from the relegation zone where they were expected to be at this point of the season.Lewis Dunk claimed that he believes that the future is great for his team and they can become a “massive Premier League club” if the owner will continue making investments and improving the squad constantly.The defender spoke about his side’s future as he said, according to brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk:“For me, it’s probably a little bit more special. I’ve seen the club rise from nothing really. I’ve seen it from the times where the university was our training ground.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“But to see where the club is now, it’s amazing. We’re in the Premier League again next season, and it’s only going to improve from here.”“We’ve got everything to be a massive club, and hopefully the chairman invests again and we’ll push on next season.”“We looked at these last few games and it was a sore sight to see, but obviously we’ve secured safety in the first one.”last_img read more

Race for Layuns signature heats up

first_imgThe race for FC Porto defender Miguel Layun has begun to heat up with three European giants interested in securing his services during the summer transfer window, reports ASThe Mexico international had spent the latter part of last season on loan at Sevilla, where he had scored two goals in his 16 La Liga games.New boss Pablo Machin is expected to pursue a permanent deal for Layun this summer after impressing the La Liga side in his short loan spell.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, it appears that the former Girona coach will have to act swiftly in order to complete the deal with Arsenal, AC Milan and Marseille believed to be waiting to pounce on the opportunity to sign Layun for themselves.Sevilla do have an agreement with Porto to make Layun a permanent addition to their ranks this summer for a fee in the region of €6m, but they only have seven days remaining until the deal expires.last_img read more

Henry pleased with Monacos appointment of exdistance runner

first_imgAS Monaco manager Thierry Henry has backed the club’s decision to appoint Bouabdellah Tahri as a member of the medical staffThe Monégasques have brought in the former distance runner in order to aid the players with mental preparation and their respective injury problems as they bid to turn around their disastrous start to the 2018/19 campaign.Currently, Monaco are 19th in Ligue 1 with just three wins from their opening 16 matches.Henry’s own arrival as the new head coach has done little to change their fortunes with Monaco winning just two games under the Arsenal legend.Now Henry hopes the appointment of a 2009 World Championship bronze medallist will have the desired impact.“I didn’t know him personally, but I think it is a good thing for the club,” said Henry, according to Fox Sports.“We know what he achieved in his professional career. It’s great for the club, he’s not the only one who just joined us in Monaco.“Every team needs it. We had one at Arsenal, one at Barcelona, they are everywhere. That’s it.”Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.Monaco will take a trip to the Groupama Stadium on Sunday to face Lyon, who are fourth in Ligue 1 and qualified for the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday by drawing 1-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk.And Henry is well aware of the challenge that awaits his Monaco side in what will be their first Ligue 1 game for two weeks after last weekend’s fixture against OGC Nice was postponed due to riots in Paris.“We have to play this game now,” added Henry.“Winning two games in a row is just anecdotal. You know that we couldn’t play our game against Nice and it may have been better for us to have another win.“That’s what I would have hoped for. We’ll play away once again. It’s going to be a tough game in Lyon.“It is never easy to play them away especially when they just went through in Champions League.”The Lyon-Monaco game will begin at 21:00 (CET) on Sunday.last_img read more

Hudson proud of the Terriers despite defeat

first_imgHuddersfield interim boss Mark Hudson expressed his delight at his players display despite seeing them lose 3-0 to Manchester City.Hudson enjoyed his first taste of Premier League management after he was drafted in from the U23 side to manage the bottom-placed team.City breezed past the Terriers 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Super Sunday, closing the gap to league leaders Liverpool back to four points.“I asked them to take on board something in a week and show what they’re about and they did,” Hudson told Sky Sports.“We tried to cause them problems but the deflected goal put us on the back foot a little bit.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“I felt we were growing into the game at that point, the shape was good. It was a tough early part to the week but we’ve been focused for the last few days and you saw that today.“It’s been a busy week – the boss came in to say goodbye on Monday. It was tough, emotional as he created so many relationships within the club. Everyone stuck together to try and lift the mood and the players really enjoyed this week.“I’ve said thank you to them for everything they’ve given me this week. It’s something I can be proud of and we’ll see where we go.”Another barren run in front of goal means the Terriers have only managed to score 13 times this season.last_img read more