Page 11234..10..»

Top five chess experts to watch on Twitch – InvenGlobal

Source: TSM

Chess is a growing category on Twitch, due in part to the exploding interest in the game following the release of the Netflix mini-series Queens Gambit. With the increased interest in playing and watching chess online, a lot of folks are looking for chess specific content creators to watch who can help them improve or entertain them with unique chess content.

There are a number of chess experts who have emerged on Twitch and YouTube that make solid educational and entertaining chess videos. Here are five of the very best chess experts that you can watch online.

Magnus Carlson goes by the screenname maskenissen on Twitch. While he is not the most popular streamer in terms of views, due in part to his inconsistent stream schedule, Magnus is one of the most influential players in all of chess.

The Norwegian chess Grandmaster first rose to fame when he was only 13-years-old when he defeated Russian world champion, Anatoly Karpov. Since then, Carlsen has become one of the most decorated chess players in the history of the sport. He is the current reigning chess world champion with a peak rating of 2882, which is the highest rating ever achieved by any player in the history of chess.

Carlsen has been a strong advocate for online chess competitions over the past few years. Most notably, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he organized the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, which he touted as the first fully online professional chess tournament.

When Carlsen streams, he typically broadcasts himself entering online bullet chess tournaments on Chess.com and Lichess. He streams with a face cam and gives minimal commentary on the game. Overall, his streams are really casual. He is less focused on educating viewers and more worried about having a good time.

If you are interested in seeing one of the greatest chess players in the world casually play bullet chess, subscribe to Magnus Carlsen.

Andrea and Alexandra Botez are Canadian chess players and commentators who host the BotezLive Twitch and Youtube channels.

Alexandra is only 25-years-old. She already holds the title Woman FIDE Master and has a very good FIDE Elo rating of 2020. Her younger sister Andrea, 18, peaked at 1773 in FIDE classical chess rating and holds a 2164 rating in Chess.coms bullet category.

The sisters joined Team Envy as content creators in December of 2020, tying themselves to the growing online chess content movement happening on Twitch. In addition to her work as a streamer, Alexandra Botez has also covered a number of online and offline events as a professional commentator, including commenting at the most recent online PogChamps event.

BotezLive streams and videos typically feature the Botez sisters solving chess puzzles, chatting about chess with their audience, and playing chess competitively online. Their Twitch channel exploded in popularity recently, gaining hundreds of thousands of subscribers over the past year. The Botez sisters are a fantastic educational and entertainment resource for anyone who is looking to get more into chess.

Hikaru Nakamura, who goes by just Hikaru online, is an American chess grandmaster who has won the U.S. world championship five times. Hikaru signed with TSM in August of 2020 and has become the face of chess as an esport over the past year.

Like Magnus Carlson, Nakamura was a chess prodigy, first earning the title of Grandmaster at 15. At the time, he was the youngest Grandmaster in history, but that title has since been taken by Samual Sevian who achieved Grandmaster at 13. Hikaru currently holds a FIDE rating of 2736 and peaked at 2816 back in 2005.

Like Alexandra Botez, Hikaru is a frequent commentator for online chess matches, most recently casting the PogChamps 3 celebrity chess tournament.

Hikarus Twitch and YouTube content typically features him playing chess online and explaining his moves to the audience as he plays. He also makes occasional chess reaction videos and other miscellaneous content surrounding the world of chess. His videos are easy to understand and specifically designed to help introduce more people to the game.

Levy Rozman, who goes by GothamChess online, is a 25-year-old chess International Master and Twitch streamer. He rode the Queens Gambit wave to the top of the online chess world, accruing millions of views on videos that broke down the games presented in the Netflix miniseries.

GothamChesss popularity was aided by his partnership with Chess.com that hes had since 2017. As part of his work with Chess.com, he has commentated on a number of online tournaments, including the PogChamps tournament series.

Rozmans YouTube and Twitch channels are dedicated to chess education. As a scholastic coach for 10 years, Rozman built up a wealth of knowledge in how to help chess players improve. He brings all of that expertise to his online videos and has even published full courses on his website. While watching all of these influencers will help you improve, GothamChess is perhaps the most structured chess streamer when it comes to delivering educational content.

Anna Rudolf, known as Anna_Chess on Twitch, is a Hungarian Woman Grandmaster and International Master who has worked as a commentator and analyst for World Chess Championship events. Most recently she was a commentator for the PogChamps 3 event.

Anna Rudolf has been involved in chess for over 20 years and has a peak FIDE rating of 2325. She has not competed professionally since 2017 and has been instead focusing on building her online presence and teaching chess.

Rudolfs Twitch streams are typically casual but educational, while her YouTube content is dedicated to more structured instruction and game analysis. She often streams with Hikaru, the Botez sisters, and GothamChess, with the group sometimes completing chess puzzles together and other times commenting on live professional matches.

She is an awesome content creator who makes some really interesting and engaging chess videos and broadcasts.

Everyone on this list is part of the small but growing community of chess professionals who have chosen to place their primary chess outreach on Twitch and YouTube. Their content is helping to spread the knowledge and love of chess to an entirely new generation, and we can only expect more growth from them and the chess Twitch category going forward.

View original post here:
Top five chess experts to watch on Twitch - InvenGlobal

Tactical skills meet RPGs in the wild world of ‘Disgaea’ – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

"Disgaea is a tactical RPG in which you play as the new overlord of the netherworld, Laharl, and his army as they go about their business.

The phrase tactical RPG is composed of two words. Never have I been more aware of this than now, and its all thanks to Disgaea.

Tactical RPGs tend to owe their inspiration to Fire Emblem, Tactics Ogre or X-COM games that lean heavily on the tactical aspect, emphasizing what are essentially more complicated chess puzzles with character-building elements. The special quality of this school of tactics games lies in using traits of RPGs and permanent character death to give weight to strategic decisions if Millicent the Marksman dies, we never see the end of their story, and all our progress in improving them is lost, so where we move them on the board now could affect gameplay up until the final stage.

Disgaea, on the other hand, fills an intriguing niche by rejecting this focus on consequence and long-term planning entirely. Tactical prowess is not the focus as much as raw power is many of the boss battles will easily wipe out an under-leveled party almost regardless of approach, and the item world (itself a can of worms) generates levels literally at random. Deaths are inconsequential with the exceptions of ally kills, which only slightly change the ending.

The main cast is slowly introduced throughout the game with no recruitable enemy characters, so the player has to develop their units through the character creator and constantly optimize them through level-grinding and buying/improving equipment. Almost every aspect of gameplay can be controlled through the bizarre voting minigame that is the Dark Assembly practically the polar opposite of the controlled challenges and branching of the Fire Emblem games.

As much as it wore on me throughout its 50-hour runtime, Disgaea has clear appeal: Its incredibly free-form, with an absurd scope (24 worlds with an average of four maps apiece if we include the bonus stages unlockable through Dark Assembly bills and dont count the item world stages, and thats just scratching the surface of whats actually there considering the multiple campaigns and new game plus runs), a deep character improvement system and dozens of bombastic attack animations to make decimating enemies that once kicked your teeth in all the more cathartic. Its far more RPG than tactical, and that ends up working in a strange sort of way, whether you play games casually or obsessively; the game remains accessible, but can become as challenging as you want it to be.

As cringe-inducing as its plot is and as much of a slog as it can turn into (whole worlds are essentially overlong joke episodes), Disgaea is still an achievement.

Its soundtrack and visuals have an immutable flair, its wry sense of humor is so omnipresent that it reaches the item descriptions, and the variety of unlockable secrets, challenges and bonuses it offers gives it ridiculous replay value. I wouldnt recommend playing through Disgaea in one contiguous span, but rather coming back to it every now and then and getting a little further each time, especially since the road to defeating the final boss requires a ludicrous amount of preparation (the item worlds are your friends here it took me eight hours to get enough of a power boost). It may sound cliche, but outside of other Nippon Ichi projects, there simply isnt anything quite like Disgaea.

The fact that there exists a game in which a gunman I named Mister No-Scleras can annihilate one of the Power Rangers by throwing an exploding demonic penguin at him said penguin, of course, being named Toucan Sam is something that makes me very, very happy, however long it might have taken me to get there. Just as it was marketed, the true selling point of Disgaea is its sheer campy audacity. Rest assured that youre getting your moneys worth with Disgaea, especially in the later versions with quality-of-life improvements. Just remember to take a break every now and again.

Gaget is a student in Fairbanks public schools, and has developed a number of free games.He is a neutral game reviewer, and played through the PC version of Disgaea for this review.

IF YOU PLAY

Platform: PS2, PSP, DS, PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, iOS, Android

Price: $19.99

Internet Usage (accounts for download size): 2 GB

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: 9/27/03 (PS2), 2/24/16 (PC)

Genre (if applicable): Tactical Role-Playing Game

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software

Challenge: Low

Novelty: Moderate

Polish: High

Excerpt from:
Tactical skills meet RPGs in the wild world of 'Disgaea' - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

You think you’ve done puzzles during the pandemic? – Granite Geek – Concord Monitor

f you are like me, you have wrestled with a lot of puzzles during these stay-at-home months.

Jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, Sudokus, chess puzzles, retrograde chess puzzles (intriguing; check it out), even one those metal puzzles you try to take apart while waiting for your drink at a bar which somehow ended up in a drawer. Ive been doing them all after a bazillion hours stuck in the house and I bet youve been doing the same.

But none of us have done puzzles like Eric Tentarelli did puzzles.

Tentarelli used a mix of computer database tech, linguistic insight and patience lots and lots of patience to become the first person to publish a 1010 and a 1111 word square, using only solid (no hyphens) words from a single language, topping the previous 99 record. And he did it in Latin, for reasons that will be explained later.

This isnt merely a COVID-driven accomplishment, although the pandemic sped things up. He has been working on this for perhaps five years. Why?

Theres the satisfaction of solving something that was an unsolved problem for more than 100 years in a way nobody had done even though all the tools were there, he said.

The number of combinations in a word square is very large. The possible letter combinations is greater than a googol, Tentarelli added. Its not often you can work on something that fits on a sheet of paper that has combinations more than a googol. (NOTE: Yes, I wrote google instead of googol in the first go-around. Yes, Im an idiot.)

A word square is a crossword without any black squares to separate words. Constructing a 1010 square requires finding 10 distinct words and stacking them so that their letters line up and spell out the same 10 words vertically.

Word squares have been around for almost as long as weve been writing words. Small ones are found in Ancient Roman graffiti and bigger ones populate some Medieval texts.

They were thought to have magical properties, said Tentarelli, perhaps most famously in the five-letter Sator Square, which can be found all over the place in Europe, and in something called The Book of Abramelin the Mage. Word squares can also be approached from a more mathematical bent, as a variant of packing problems in N-dimensional space.

You cant fiddle with word squares for very long before wondering how big they can get. Making a 33 word square is a snap and 44 isnt too bad, but beyond that seems pretty hopeless. You know how difficult it is to construct a crossword puzzle? Then think how much more difficult if youre not allowed to use black squares, Tentarelli said.

Enter the world of extreme puzzle-making.

Tentarelli, who grew up in Atkinson and works in a field he describes only as revolving around strategy and statistics, is part of that world. He went to MIT and got a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics, reminisces about reading Games Magazine as a kid, and has had a crossword puzzle printed in the New York Times. When he heard that people were stymied getting past a 99 word square, he got interested: Its rare to hear about a problem that was unsolved and in the field of word puzzles.

Tentarelli said the solution required alternating between the computer approach and the human. The geeky and patience-requiring parts of the solution involved compiling lists of words from reputable dictionaries into a database, with grammar rules to create 10-letter variants when, for example, nouns are made plural or verbs are put into different tenses.

Ive been entering words, coding them numerically to define how they would be conjugated, then running a script that would generate the word forms, he said.

The high-level decision was to do it in Latin rather than English, French, Klingon or Esperanto. As he explains in an article published in the latest issue of WordWays, an online journal about word play from Butler University, Latin is ideal because of its extensive and overwhelmingly regular system of inflectional endings.

English has some endings that finish up on many words, -ING being the most obvious example. but Latin has plenty more including some that extend to four and even five letters, which makes it easier to find word squares. In Latin, if the words in the bottom rows combine to produce nothing but common inflectional endings, such as -NTUR or -ATIS, there is good reason to hope the remainder of the square may be filled, he wrote.

His current word list contains approximately 220,000 base words. The number of resulting inflected forms, after duplicates are eliminated, is about 3,900,000. That includes words of all lengths but fortunately 10- and 11-letter words lie in the middle of the distribution (because the average word length in Latin is slightly higher than in English), so the final list currently includes about 520,000 10-letter words and 575,000 11-letter words.

The WordWays article lists all the words that he uses in various solutions, such as: ARANEATA is the feminine nominative singular of the perfect participle of the verb araneo, which means be full of cobwebs.

There may be some application to all this in cryptography, Tentarelli said. But mostly its just for fun, which is something were all in need of these days.

Im working on the 12-square, he said. I need to expand the word list.

View original post here:
You think you've done puzzles during the pandemic? - Granite Geek - Concord Monitor

Pokimane officially quits OTV Rust server due to frustration – WIN.gg

Olivia R. January 1, 2021

OfflineTV's private Rust server has been taking the streaming community by storm. But it's now losing one of its biggest personalities, Imane "Pokimane" Anys.

50 of the largest content creators got together to create a huge Rust server the day after Christmas. It quickly became one of the most talked about happenings on Twitch, especially after streamers such as Felix "xQc" Lengyel brought new drama to it. xQc recently apologized after his behavior led to Sugoi "Ash_On_LoL" Ash receiving death threats from xQc's fans. Game Awards winner Rachell "Valkyrae" Hofstetter has also threatened to leave after the continued drama.

Just six days into the Rust server's creation, Pokimane is officially leaving.

"I'm just not gonna get back on because I'm not having a good time," Pokimane explained on a recent stream.

She then explained that she doesn't "have the energy" to play this type of game, growing frustrated with the number of times she's died from radiation. Pokimane said the game was "too much" and the server "wasn't fun."

After wishing her followers a Happy New Year, Pokimane said she'd probably stream chess puzzles soon as she continues to figure out what to play after leaving Rust. With a laugh, Pokimane noted that at least the chess puzzles are fun.

Pokimane confirmed the decision to leave Rust and start playing chess in a January 1 tweet. She also considered going back to playing Valorant.

The popular content creator followed up by telling her fans that she'd consider playing Rust again. But she would only consider the game if a PvE-oriented server was created. Her fans agreed that the 50-streamer server needed to be "split" since some streamers were much more competitive than others, and this caused an uncomfortable divide.

It's been rumored that Pokimane has been, or is in, a relationship with a variety of streamers and YouTubers, including CallMeCarson. But so far, nothing has been publicly confirmed.

Pokimane's net worth has never been officially confirmed, although Pokimane was recently open about the monthly cost of keeping her channels up and running. She also recently limited donations to a $5 cap, which has many believing she's well off enough to get away with such a cut in donations. Some say her net worth is set at about $1 million, but it's impossible to truly know without her opening up on her finances.

Go here to see the original:
Pokimane officially quits OTV Rust server due to frustration - WIN.gg

Chess captures new fans thanks to the pandemic and ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ – CBC.ca

As the only woman at Western University's chess club, Michelle Corredorwas elated when the Netflix series The Queen's Gambit made its debut.

"I loved the show so much, I was hooked on it by the first episode," said Corredor, 20.

The seven-part series tells the story of Beth Harmon, an orphan who becomes a chess prodigy after the janitor at her all-girls boarding school teaches her to play. Along the way, she has to overcome loneliness, sexism and an addiction to prescription medicationwhile trying to ascend the world of international competitive chess.

Like Beth, Corredor was drawn to the ancient game while in elementary school.

"They had a chess player come in every week who would give us lessons in the game," she said. "I was really fascinated by the game, I hadn't played a game like that before."

Corredor's school, St. Michael's Catholic in London, Ont., held tournaments, spurring Corredor's competitive nature. The more she played, the more she wanted to learn.

Chess is clearly having a moment right now. Like a well-timed chess attack, The Queen's Gambit arrived at a time when many were discovering,or re-discovering, the game while hunkered downagainst COVID-19.

"When you're in isolation, it's important to keep your mind occupied," said Corredor. "Chess is a good way to keep your mind stimulated. Especially online, there are so many chess opportunities."

Before the outbreak began, Corredor was sharpening her game with regular play at theWestern University chess club, where members not only play, but discuss and analyze the game with the aim of sharpening their skills.

Corredor says she now plays enough to have a chess rating. Aplayer'schess rating improves when they beat higher-rated players. Defeating someone with a lower rating has little benefit.

Right nowCorredor, who plays about an hour a week,says her rating is in the 1,200 range. It's a ranking that puts her firmly in intermediate territory.

With in-person chess meetings at the Western club on hold due to COVID-19, Corredor has taken her game online.

"The online chess world is very interesting, because you don't need a teacher you can teach yourself the game," she said.

Online play is what pulled Londoner Mark Currie into the chess world.

The 27-year-oldlearned the game as a child. Then, about five years ago, he began to noticeYouTube was suggesting chess videos for him.

The videos showed simple tactics explained as if he had a teacher in the room with him, pulling him back into the game.

"YouTube is one of the best platforms for chess," said Currie.

Other chess websites like chess.com, lichess.organd chessable.comare other online spaces where players can learn, compete and try to solve daily chess puzzles.

Currie's rating is now in the 1700s.

"I'm not a master or anything, but I'm stronger than an amateur for sure," he said.

And likeCorredor,he's a Queen's Gambit fan.

"I binged watched the entire series," he said. "They really did their research. They're talking about the Sicilian defence, and chess terms like that. The show was very authentic."

Currie has posted ads online offering chess lessons. In the meantime he's working on raising his game, something he has time to do with other pursuits off limits during COVID-19 restrictions.

"Sometimes you want to just play the game because it's fun but I'm also addicted to seeing that rating number climb," he said.

Excerpt from:
Chess captures new fans thanks to the pandemic and 'The Queen's Gambit' - CBC.ca

How The Queens Gambit Is Inspiring Women to Take Up Chess – The New York Times

The actress Beth Behrs has a new obsession chess and the Netflix series The Queens Gambit is to blame. Her obsession even got her into trouble on the set of the CBS show The Neighborhood, where she plays Gemma Johnson.

They yelled at me at work yesterday because I was hiding my phone under my script, she said. I should have been acting and I was playing on Chess.com.

Behrs is hardly alone in her new passion. The Queens Gambit, about a troubled chess prodigy named Beth Harmon who is navigating the male-dominated tournament world, is a hit on Netflix. (62 million households watched at least some of the show, according to the streaming service.) That has ignited interest in the game, including among women and girls.

Chess.com, the site on which Behrs was playing, has added more than 2.35 million players since the series debuted in late October, according to Nick Barton, director of business development for the site. Registrations of female players are up 15 percent compared to the composition of players who were joining the site before the series began, he said. Demand for chess lessons has spiked. Evan Rabin, the founder of Premier Chess, said that enrollment in the fall virtual classes was up 50 percent and that many of the inquiries are coming from women. Maxim Dlugy, a grandmaster who runs Chess Max Academy in Manhattan, said that demand for private lessons has doubled and that he, too, is seeing more female players.

One of the academys new students is Leyli Zohrenejad, who sits on the boards of several nonprofits, including Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. She learned to move the pieces when she was young, but never took to the game until The Queens Gambit came out.

It kind of motivated me to go from these casual phone games to something that is actually more meaningful, Zohrenejad said.

She takes as many as four lessons a week and begins some mornings by grabbing a coffee and doing chess puzzles.

It wakes up my brain in the morning, she said. I dont think there are many things that I could do in the morning that gives me that thinking pattern.

Svetlana Timofejeva, who lives in Athens, started taking chess lessons a few weeks ago with Anastasiya Karlovich, a woman grandmaster, after she saw an advertisement on a Facebook page that featured a picture of Beth from the show. Timofejeva said that playing chess has brought back memories of her father, who taught her to play when she was young and living in Latvia. He played with friends in the park, similar to scenes depicted in the final episode of the series.

Bianca Mitchell, a 15-year-old who lives in Albuquerque, started playing when she was in the first grade, but she quit in the seventh grade when she moved to Rochester, N.Y., for a year.

I was the only girl who played and I felt really awkward, she said.

Even after she returned to New Mexico, she did not feel like picking up the game again. But her feelings changed when she watched The Queens Gambit. An aspiring filmmaker, she was transported by the cinematography and by Beths character. She said that the series makes chess look very glamorous and very luxurious, that women can be rock stars. She now wants to be a chess grandmaster too.

Even established chess players have found inspiration in the series. Rowan Field, 12, and her sister, Lila, 11, who live in New York, (and who both tried out for the part of the young Beth), are highly ranked juniors who have competed in international competitions in Brazil, China, Spain and Chile.

The sisters said that they could not identify with Beth because she is an orphan and addicted to drugs, but her character shows that there are female chess players who can be extremely good, Rowan said, her sister nodding in agreement during a Zoom call. Rowan noted that this is rarely depicted in television shows or movies.

Marisa Maisano, a 13-year-old in Philadelphia, who started playing chess in the first grade, found Beth to be a strong role model. To see how she progressed over time, and to see how amazing that progression was, and how successful she became, that was really an inspiration to me, she said. Now a couple of her non-chess playing friends have asked her to teach them the game.

The last time there was a similar chess mania was in 1972 after Bobby Fischer, an American, beat Boris Spassky, a Russian, to become world champion. That craze, which spawned a generation of chess enthusiasts, fizzled out, in no small part because Fischer became increasingly reclusive and unstable, spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric and then giving up the title. It is too soon to tell how the current wave of enthusiasm will play out and whether it might create a wave of Beth Harmons. But it has already found a place in some peoples lives.

Behrs, the actress, said that learning chess had long been a priority because her husband, the Mad Men actor Michael Gladis, is passionate about the game. He plays multiple games online every day. When they had first gotten together 10 years ago, Behrs tried to learn chess, but she felt intimidated.

I just put it away and I never committed, she said.

The Queens Gambit has changed that for her. She said that she feels empowered by the show and finds chess creative and stimulating.

Now, once a week, Behrs and Gladis have a chess date night. They put on a record, light a fire and play a game.

Read the original:
How The Queens Gambit Is Inspiring Women to Take Up Chess - The New York Times

Polish Player Suspected Of Cheating Gets 2-Year Ban – Chess.com

The Polish Chess Federation has banned 17-year-old WFM Patrycja Waszczuk for two years from competitive chess for allegedly using a phone during play. The father of Waszczuk has appealed the decision, claiming the evidence is circumstantial.

Waszczuk, who is the current Polish U18 Girls Champion, was removed from the Ustron Chess Festival on August 16, 2020 for possessing an electronic device. The result of her round-four game was changed from a draw to a loss. There was a strong suspicion that she used a phone during play, which has now led to the two-year ban.

The penalty by the Polish Chess Federation was announced in a document (in PDF here) by the Commission for Awards and Discipline, which is the result of an investigation over the last two months. The verdict is based on a combination of factors, summarized by IM Piotr Nguyen on the Polish chess website Infoszach and translated here:

Since the spring of 2020, several Polish players have suspected Waszczuk of receiving external help during games. WFM Michalina Rudzinska posted her thoughts on Facebook, while IM Klaudia Kulon was interviewed by Onet, a widely read news website in Poland.

WIM Alicja Sliwicka, who attended a training camp in July 2020 with Waszczuk and other players, provided the following comments to Chess.com via email:

"During a training session for the women's national team, we played a small tournament for all camp participants. In the first round, I played against Waszczuk, who had permission from the coach to write down her moves on her mobile phone because she claimed she did not have any piece of paper or pen. I spotted she put the moves into a chess mobile app instead of a mobile notebook. Patrycja won that game as easy as her next two games against GM Monika Socko and coach GM Marcin Dziuba.

"When I was in time trouble, I stopped writing moves down, so after the game, I asked Patrycja to show me her mobile phone because I wanted to copy the moves from her notation. First, she offered help by telling me all moves, but when I preferred to see the app, she refused to show it, claiming that some error occurred and she could not restore her notation. After three games, our coach intervened and did not allow her to use a mobile phone anymore. Then she scored only one point in the next 12 games with a much lower level of play."

Sliwicka also mentioned an experience when the players had to solve puzzles: "During the camp, the participants had to solve chess puzzles by themselves. In one of those tests, everybody used the full time (40 minutes) to solve puzzles except her, who finished them after a few minutes and had all the correct answers. Her behavior during the test was very suspicious too. While solving the next test, she was observed, so she tried to solve it without any help. She did not write any solution and left her paper empty."

Some participants in the Polish U18 Girls Championship in Szklarska Poreba in March 2020 had already suspected Waszczuk because of her frequent visits to the restroom, while showing a "super-GM level of play." Waszczuk won with 7.5/8 when the tournament had to be ended prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The analysis of Waszczuk's moves, which were an important part of the commission's verdict, included this tournament and also her games from the 2019 European U16 Girls Championship in Bratislava where she took clear first with 7.5/9.

Before the Ustron Chess Festival, in early August, Waszczuk participated in the Polish Women's Championship, where she scored 4/9. However, even from the first round, the other participants started suspecting her.

Waszczuk's move 26...Kf8, in her game with the four-time Polish women's champion WGM Jolanta Zawadzka, is well known in the Polish chess scene and has become a meme on social media. It was played after fewer than three minutes of thinking:

"During the game, I couldn't believe it is a good move," Zawadzka told Chess.com. "I was trying to find why it was wrong, why it was not stupid. After the game, I saw it's the computer's first move. Even grandmasters couldn't find it."

Zawadzka experienced more odd behavior from her opponent, such as playing the opening moves quite slow and, after returning from the restroom, quickly finding the best moves.

"All cheaters should be banned forever if there's proof without any doubt as it's too damaging for the sport," said Zawadzka. She agreed that at the women's championship there was no clear evidence of foul play: "Everybody knows it, but nobody can prove it."

Chess.com also spoke to WIM Anna Kubicka, who played Waszczuk in the third round of the championship. Like Zawadzka, Kubicka said that it was the combination of strong moves by Waszczuk and her regular visits to the restroom that raised the other players' eyebrows:

"After the opening, I decided to play quickly to not allow her to go to the toilet. Every time she made a move, she wanted to stand up, but I was blitzing. At some point, it became too much, and she went to the toilet even though it was her move. She came back, and for the next five moves, she went back to the toilet four times, in about 15-20 minutes. I didn't know what to think and tried to find moves that she couldn't have analyzed."

In subsequent rounds, Kubicka and other players started to write down the number of times Waszczuk went to the restroom during her games while afterward trying to check those moments with the evaluation of the computer. They felt that the strength of her play in the tournament corresponded with those restroom visits.

The tournament organizers did arrange for a metal detector to check whether players were carrying electronic devicesa measure that has become more and more common at chess tournaments. However, there were doubts by players about the quality of the machines and how they were used. Sometimes, the detector would make a sound, but players would still be allowed to play without further checks.

Kubicka: "Sometimes players would show their jewelry, and it was fine. But there was also one round when Patrycja didn't have an explanation as the machine went off close to her pants, and the arbiter still let her play. Admittedly, they were not using the best machines."

The atmosphere during the championship was very tense, and most players were constantly distracted by the suspicions. GM Monika Socko stated that she couldn't sleep the night before and after her game with Waszczuk.

The Ustron Chess Festival, where Waszczuk was banned from the tournament, started only a couple of days after the national championship. The event was played under the honorary patronage of FIDE Vice President Lukasz Turlej. He confirmed most of the facts as stated in the document by the Commission for Awards and Discipline.

Turlej told Chess.com that, apart from the phone Waszczuk handed to the organizers, she had a second one in her purse: "They caught her, and she admitted having a phone with her. When the arbiter wanted to inspect her purse, she said no. Then she said: 'Yes, I have a phone in there, but I don't want to show it.'"

Waszczuk had been asked more than once if she had another electronic device with her. After admitting she did have a phone, she left the playing hall and came back with her grandmother, says Turlej:

"The grandmother said it was not a phone but a power bank, and that she had used the word 'phone' because of stress."

Turlej added: "It is such a pity. This tournament was supposed to be famous because of the honorary patronage and visit of Anatoly Karpov and a great number of accompanying events. I have to say, it was one of the best chess events I have ever seen. But unfortunately, the wider public knows the Ustron Chess Festival because of this incident."

Chess24 revealed that the witness who saw Waszczuk using a phone in the toilet was WFM Katarzyna Dwilewicz. She said that during the fourth round, she followed Waszczuk to the restroom, chose the toilet next to hers, and then started to stand up on the toilet seat:

"My heart was beating so fast when I was climbing on the toilet! I was all shaking. Finally, when I climbed up high enough, I looked down. I saw her sitting down. She was using a phone, and I am sure of what I saw. I saw clearly the phone screen. It was exactly the same position she had had on the board a while ago. She was checking variations from a chess program."

An English version of the commission's report has been sent to FIDE. Turlej provided a statement on the legal procedures, in which he notes:

"When requested by a member federation, the Ethics and Disciplinary Commission will attribute general validity in FIDE to national decisions on violations of FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Code, if adequately motivated and decided in compliance with the fundamental principles of law and fair trial."

FIDE Director General Emil Sutovsky confirmed that both the FIDE Fair Play Commission and the Ethics Commission will examine the report. He expects a formal decision to be taken within a few weeks.

In the case of GM Igors Rausis (now using the nameIsa Kasimi), who was caught with his phone during a tournament game, he wasstripped of his GM title and received a six-year ban from FIDE. Earlier, Georgian GM Gaioz Nigalidze also lost his GM title and was banned for three years, also for using a phone in a restroom during play.

The maximum ban from the Polish Chess Federation for offenses during open tournaments is three years but two for minors; therefore, Waszczuk was banned for two years. If she had been caught during the Women's Championship, the penalty would likely have been higher as the maximum ban for offenses at that type of tournament is 10 years.

Mariusz Waszczuk, the father of the player, has appealed the commission's decision. In an interview with Onet, he states:

"There was a hunt on my daughter. Terrible hate has been poured out on her. We're suffering terribly. People see us as cheaters, and that's not the case. There is no evidence of this. This case is a conspiracy by two direct rivals of Patrycja."

According to the father, Patrycja never admitted to having a second mobile phone with her. He also claims that the second device found in Ustron was a power bank.

Waszczuk senior, who has hired a lawyer, suggests that procedural mistakes have been made by the Polish Chess Federation. He claims that they didn't get proper access to documentation and case files. He also questions the actions of the chairman of the Commission for Awards and Discipline, who is said to have spoken about the ongoing case on Facebook.

While the Polish Chess Federation has three months to decide on the appeal, the case could end up in court. One question is how Dwilewicz's revelation that she caught Waszczuk red-handed, a testimony from just one eyewitness, will be handled.

Chess.com couldn't reach a representative of the federation for a comment. Speaking to Onet, the president of the federation, Radoslaw Jedunak, said: "This type of fraud is very difficult to detect. After all, it is difficult to say what someone could do in the toilet if they went out to it. However, if someone goes to the toilet several times during one game, and then beats one of the best players, and then beats another strong opponent, it gives food for thought."

More here:
Polish Player Suspected Of Cheating Gets 2-Year Ban - Chess.com

SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Pokemon Sword & Shield: The Crown Tundra’ Dated, Today’s New Releases, the Latest Sales, and More – Touch Arcade

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for September 30th, 2020. In todays article, weve got a bunch of news items to look at. Lots of updates, mostly. There are a couple of new releases to look at, though nothing wildly exciting. I mean, its Wednesday. We finish things up by looking at the incoming and outgoing sales, as we tend to around these parts. Lets go for it!

Pokemon Sword & Shield Expansion The Crown Tundra Coming Oct 22nd

Well, it looks like my initial assumption yesterday was a safe one. The release date was revealed for the second part of the Pokemon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass, The Crown Tundra. The expansion will arrive on October 22nd, bringing a new story, Legendary Pokemon from past games, and the Galarian Star Tournament with it among many other improvements and additions. If you dont own Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield yet, a special bundle containing the game and the Expansion Pass will be available from November 6th at retail.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fall Update Now Available

Its just about time for October, and although there are much scarier things going on this month than vampire and witch costumes, the world of Animal Crossing remains a fine escape from reality. The planned Fall Update has arrived, and after youve downloaded and installed it youll find things have taken a slightly spooky turn on your island. Only slightly, mind you. Its mostly preparation work at this point, along with some cool new decorations and such to enjoy. At any rate, theres no time like the present to start getting ready for the big Halloween event, so grab the update and dive in.

Trials of Mana Update Incoming with New Difficulty Mode

Didnt find Square Enixs lovely remake of Trials of Mana hard enough? Well, the developers have something coming just for you. An update is on the way which will add two new difficulty settings to the game. If you manage to clear the game on the hardest mode, youll get some spiffy Rabite Slippers for your characters to wear. These modes are only available in New Game+, so youll have to prove yourself before you can tackle these ultimate challenges. The update contains a few other smaller improvements and additions, but nothing too game-changing. You can look forward to the arrival of this latest version on October 14th.

The Next Super Smash Bros. Event is for the Lightweights

Another week, another event in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This time around, players can look forward to another tournament event. Kicking off on Friday and running for three days through the weekend, this new tournament focuses on the lighter side of the roster. And by light, I mean the ones that dont weigh all that much. Pichu. Olimar. Kirby. Zero Suit Samus, apparently? Mewtwo. Well, you get the idea. Grab your favorite character that doesnt make the scales tip and see what you can make of it.

Jump Rope Challenge Isnt Going Anywhere, Pal

Originally scheduled to be pulled from the Nintendo eShop at the end of today, Jump Rope Challenge has gotten a reprieve from Nintendo. As so many players have been enjoying it, the game will now be available until further notice. Just as well, in my opinion. Unlike with some other limited items, theres nothing here to monetize through limited availability. There was really no reason to have it available for a limited time no matter what angle you look at it from. Will we eventually see a similar stay of execution for Super Mario Bros. 35, which is launching tomorrow? I sure hope so!

This game feels like a blast from the past in a lot of ways. Its a classic-style point-and-click adventure game featuring a detective and his sidekick clown robot who serves as an almost endless supply of terrible jokes. The humor in this game runs the gamut from stupid to crass, and depending on your mood and inclinations youll either find it wildly hilarious or kind of offensive. Well, thats comedy for you. In terms of the nuts and bolts, its a soundly-designed example of the genre. The price is quite fair as well.

Some companies have trouble counting to three, but QUByte sure isnt one of them. Unlock The King 3 is, as you would guess, the third game in this series of chess puzzles. The new twist this time around is that the boards are three-dimensional, making it that much trickier to sort out the solutions to the stages. There are 50 levels in total here, which means even if you grab the game at full-price youre paying about two cents a stage. I appreciate that they threw the new mechanic in the game, as Im not sure Id really have been up for a third one without it. If youre looking for a cheap puzzler, this wont fail you.

(North American eShop, US Prices)

The folks at Oddworld have announced an October 13th release date for the Switch version of Oddworld: New n Tasty, and to go with that the previously-released Oddworld games are on sale. Aside from those games, theres not a lot of action in the inbox today. The outbox is quite a bit bigger, with Circle Entertainments latest sale coming to a close, the pre-order discount on Ys Origin ending, and a number of other cool titles going back to their regular prices soon. Do the usual thing and check through to make sure theres nothing there you want.

Select New Games on Sale

Oddworld: Strangers Wrath ($19.99 from $29.99 until 10/13)Oddworld: Munchs Oddysee ($19.99 from $29.99 until 10/13)Projection: First Light ($15.99 from $19.99 until 10/13)Dude, Stop ($10.49 from $14.99 until 10/2)The Dresden Files Card Game ($8.49 from $16.99 until 10/6)Black The Fall ($4.49 from $14.99 until 10/12)Klondike Solitaire ($0.49 from $9.99 until 10/18)Super Battle Cards ($0.05 from $5.99 until 10/19)Unlock The King 3 ($0.49 from $0.99 until 10/19)They Came From the Sky ($0.74 from $2.99 until 10/19)Urban Flow ($8.99 from $14.99 until 10/20)Crocs World 3 ($0.99 from $4.99 until 10/20)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, Thursday, October 1st

A Dark Room ($1.04 from $6.99 until 10/1)AER Memories of Old ($4.99 from $19.99 until 10/1)Arrest of a Stone Buddha ($11.24 from $14.99 until 10/1)Artifact Adventure Gaiden DX ($6.99 from $9.99 until 10/1)Bite the Bullet ($11.99 from $14.99 until 10/1)Boom Ball: Boost ($1.29 from $12.99 until 10/1)Brawlout ($4.99 from $19.99 until 10/1)Button Button Up! ($5.99 from $11.99 until 10/1)Chaos on Deponia ($6.79 from $19.99 until 10/1)Cycle 28 ($1.39 from $6.99 until 10/1)Deaths Hangover ($3.99 from $4.99 until 10/1)Deponia ($3.99 from $39.99 until 10/1)Deponia Doomsday ($6.79 from $19.99 until 10/1)Dominate: Board Game ($7.41 from $9.89 until 10/1)Double Cross ($4.99 from $19.99 until 10/1)Drag Racing Rivals ($7.99 from $9.99 until 10/1)

Edna & Harvey: New Eyes ($6.79 from $19.99 until 10/1)Edna & Harvey: The Breakout ($13.39 from $19.99 until 10/1)Elemental Knights R ($0.75 from $22.75 until 10/1)European Conqueror X ($5.99 from $9.99 until 10/1)Farm Builder ($7.99 from $9.99 until 10/1)Felix the Reaper ($6.24 from $24.99 until 10/1)Flying Soldiers ($14.39 from $17.99 until 10/1)Goodbye Deponia ($6.79 from $19.99 until 10/1)Hand of Fate 2 ($14.99 from $29.99 until 10/1)Ice Cream Surfer ($1.60 from $2.00 until 10/1)Incredible Mandy ($8.99 from $14.99 until 10/1)Joggernauts ($3.74 from $14.99 until 10/1)Koi DX ($1.00 from $5.00 until 10/1)Late Shift ($6.49 from $12.99 until 10/1)Liberated ($13.39 from $19.99 until 10/1)Liege Dragon ($13.49 from $14.99 until 10/1)

Lost Artifacts: Golden Island ($2.99 from $9.99 until 10/1)Mable & The Wood ($3.74 from $14.99 until 10/1)Maitetsu: Pure Station ($24.49 from $34.49 until 10/1)Maria the Witch ($0.99 from $4.99 until 10/1)Mercenaries Saga Chronicles ($7.49 from $14.99 until 10/1)Mini Motor Racing X ($15.99 from $19.99 until 10/1)Moero Crystal H ($33.99 from $39.99 until 10/1)Morphies Law ($3.99 from $19.99 until 10/1)Nevaeh ($10.39 from $12.99 until 10/1)Pan-Pan ($1.00 from $5.00 until 10/1)Paper Dolls Original ($11.89 from $16.99 until 10/1)Quest of Dungeons ($4.49 from $8.99 until 10/1)Resolutiion ($15.99 from $19.99 until 10/1)REZ PLZ ($11.99 from $14.99 until 10/1)Shadows of Adam ($10.49 from $14.99 until 10/1)

Shelter Generations ($7.99 from $19.99 until 10/1)Shift Happens ($3.74 from $14.99 until 10/1)Silence ($7.99 from $39.99 until 10/1)Singled Out ($3.74 from $4.99 until 10/1)Solstice Chronicles MIA ($8.99 from $14.99 until 10/1)Speedway Racing ($5.99 from $9.99 until 10/1)State of Mind ($7.99 from $39.99 until 10/1)Stone ($10.49 from $14.99 until 10/1)Super Crush KO ($9.99 from $14.99 until 10/1)Super Korotama ($2.99 from $4.99 until 10/1)Sydney Hunter & Curse of Mayan ($1.99 from $9.99 until 10/1)Tallowmere ($3.49 from $6.99 until 10/1)The Forgotten Land ($7.49 from $14.99 until 10/1)The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa ($10.49 from $14.99 until 10/1)The Jackbox Party Pack ($13.74 from $24.99 until 10/1)

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 ($22.49 from $29.99 until 10/1)The Kings Bird ($4.99 from $19.99 until 10/1)The Long Dark ($31.49 from $34.99 until 10/1)The Long Journey Home ($7.49 from $29.99 until 10/1)The Saviors Gang ($2.99 from $4.99 until 10/1)WILL: A Wonderful World ($8.99 from $14.99 until 10/1)Working Zombies ($13.99 from $19.99 until 10/1)World Conqueror X ($3.99 from $9.99 until 10/1)Ys Origin ($15.99 from $19.99 until 10/1)

Thats all for today and this month, friends. Tomorrow is the first day of a new month, and one with plenty of new releases to get things started properly. Super Mario Bros. 35 will be launching, along with other notable games like Ys Origin, Warsaw, Orangeblood, and many more. Well have summaries of all of them, plus whatever sales and pressing news come along in the next 24 hours. Im hoping Nintendo doesnt drop big news out of the sky again without warning, but that seems to be a fools errand these days. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday, and as always, thanks for reading!

See the original post here:
SwitchArcade Round-Up: 'Pokemon Sword & Shield: The Crown Tundra' Dated, Today's New Releases, the Latest Sales, and More - Touch Arcade

The Tatler Guide to Hosting a Luxury Virtual Birthday Party In the Time of Covid-19 – Tatler Singapore

By Helen Yu August 13, 2020

The birthday parties of 2020 in Singapore feature Zoom calls, social distancing and just five guests... but don't let that spoil your fun. We've got the best stay-home birthday party ideas and themes, so inventive that will feel just as special

Sign up for our newsletters to get all our top stories delivered.

You've Successfully Subscribed

Just because were practising social distancing and can't have more than five guests visit, it doesnt mean we cant celebrate birthdays and miss out on all the fun. From curating your own home bar to planning a sumptuous feast and enjoy a relaxing spa session, heres a list of Tatler-approved luxe party ideas and resources to make your birthday celebrations in the time of Covid-19 extra memorable and special.

(Related: Social Dis-Dance: Clubbing Goes Online As Virus Shuts Nightspots All Over The World)

Who doesnt love themed parties? If youre looking to wow your guests and give them something to remember, a fun dress code for your party is essential. Let the birthday person choose the dressing theme based on his or her favourite movie, style, book or decade, and allow the guests to showcase their best looks. Have a small party at home, or get everyone to call in virtually.

Crazy Rich AsiansandThe Great Gatsby are always fail-safe options for a party filled with glitz and glamour, and if you want to make the event a little more Insta-worthy and unique, Hong Kong socialite Feiping Changs K-pop and Animal Crossing inspired celebration will offer some inspiration too.

Is it worth getting a year older without some balloons? We think not. Go all out with fancy decorations that match your theme to create the perfect party atmosphere and set up some beautiful photo booths. If you love Insta-worthy balloons, take a look at Party Days creations. Swoon Soires is another great option that offers a wide range of picture-perfect partyware for both kids and adults, including tableware, banners, lights, party crowns, and more.

For those with a rooftop or terrace, why not give your outdoor space a luxe makeover for a memorable al fresco party experience?

Whats a birthday without cake? A homemade cake is a thoughtful gift that will have the birthday person feeling extra special (try this burnt Basque cheesecake recipe!), but if you dont have the time or are not feeling confident enough to bake, there are still plenty of excellent bakeries offering gourmet cakes with pickup or delivery services providedjust be sure to make your order in advance. Take a look at our roundup of the best bespoke cake designers in Singapore to hunt for the most celebratory decadent sweet treats.

(Related: Chef Beppe De Vito Takes Food Delivery in Singapore to the Next Level With Online Restaurant, Grammi)

Support your favourite restaurant by indulging in a scrumptious birthday feast takeaway! Many of the citys most celebrated eateries are now offering delivery services, allowing you to enjoy restaurant-level food in the comfort of your home. Tatler Singapore's dining team has started an initiative to support local restaurants in this period, called United We Dine. Be it takeaway or dine-in from United We Dine's growing list of over 100 participating restaurants to win staycations.

(Related: United We Dine: How it Works)

Weve listed the best gourmet food takeout and delivery services available in town, as well as the must-order dishes that can be found on the most esteemed restaurants delivery menus.

Of course, your celebration wouldnt be complete without some quality wines and cocktails. We know you miss getting dressed up and going out to your favourite bar for a night of great drinks and conversation with friends, thats why weve rounded up the best cocktail delivery services to keep you satisfied at home. As a bonus, this will help support local shops through tough times too.You can also take the celebration as an opportunity to learn something new, creating your own party drinks with the help of our expert guide and these easy cocktail and mocktail recipes.

(Related: The Best Homegrown Ice Cream Brands That Offer Delivery in Singapore)

We all wish that we could physically celebrate with the people who mean the most to us. If you want to include far-flung family and friends who are not able to join an in-person gathering, hosting a virtual party on platforms such as Zoom, Facetime or Google Hangouts is a good idea that it can still bring you a memorable birthday experienceyou just have to be creative about it.First, send out beautiful e-invitations with this online tool to excite your guests and get them ready to enjoy the event. On the invitation, make sure you put the start time (with your time zone, if youre inviting people from other regions), and the detailed instructions for how to join the call. You can also drop your guests an extra note of the party theme, giving everyone a chance to play dress-up, even its just a celebration happening in front of the screen. Dont forget to decorate your room or set the party mood by creating a Spotify playlist and custom Zoom backgrounds for your guests to use during the party, too.You can even pack all the party essentials such as glassware, party hats, your favourite snacks and drinks and deliver them to the guests as party kits in advance, so that everyone will feel like they are at the same space to celebrate your big day together.

Here are some Tatler-approved in-house party activity ideas:

Whether you are celebrating the big day together with your special someone or girlfriends, theres nothing better than a blissful night of pampering. Put on some music and light a calming scented candle to set the mood, then treat yourself to spa-standard facials with these luxury high-tech beauty gadgets. Looking for more ideas to elevate your at-home spa experience? Weve got you covered with our ultimate home spa guide.

Besides ordering delivery delicacies and support the local businesses you love, why not liven up your birthday feast with one or several dishes crafted by you and your friends together? Not only will you be able to enjoy some quality time together while cooking, but you can also brush up on your kitchen skills and experience the joy of tasting your own delicious creations.

Read our favourite cookbooks or watch the most entertaining food shows on Netflix for some cooking inspiration. If its easy but impressive recipes youre after, look no further than our guides to crafting the latest Instagrammable quarantine food trendsdalgona coffee and sushi bake.

(Related: The Ultimate List Of Stay-Home Activities To Do During The Covid-19 Crisis In Singapore)

Toss your smartphone away and host a fun board game night to enjoy some quality time and create new memories with your loved ones. From poker to chess puzzles and classic Scrabble, weve found the most beautiful and fun game sets for you to celebrate the big day in style.

Not into board games? What about making a fort in your living room to cosy up for a night of movies, popcorn and some good conversations? Whether you want to watch some inspiring travel shows, gripping crime documentaries or comedy shows for a good belly laugh, Netflix has something for everyone. For those who want to wow the guests and enjoy movies at home even more, here are some great ideas to build your own luxurious home theatre. If you're celebrating virtually with your friends, make good use of the Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome to enjoy the same shows together in real-time.

See the rest here:
The Tatler Guide to Hosting a Luxury Virtual Birthday Party In the Time of Covid-19 - Tatler Singapore

Film-maker Amit Dutta talks ‘Wittgenstein’, chess, animation and art – Livemint

Duttas latest film, Wittgenstein Plays Chess With Marcel Duchamp, Or How Not To Do Philosophy (on MUBI), is a 17-minute animation that adapts an essay of the same name by Steven B. Gerrard. The essay examines how Wittgenstein and Duchamp, both keen chess players, used the game to question language and perception. The film has a winking style of animationby the directors wife, Ayswarya S. Duttathat involves the juxtaposition of cutout figures, objects and backgrounds. Its a sprightly investigation into the nature of surface appearances and how we perceive meaning, packed with allusions to art, linguistics, philosophy and chess.

Dutta, 42, who lives in Palampur in Himachal Pradeshs Kangra Valley, wanted to be a chess player before he decided to be a director. He was part of his college chess team in Jammu. Later, he started playing correspondence chess and won silver in the All India Correspondence Championship in 2017. He collects rare chess books, owns a Dubrovnik chess set and composes chess puzzles for children in his free time. Last year, a freewheeling conversation between him and International Chess Master Venkatachalam Saravanan, accompanied by a game of correspondence chess, was published in BOMB magazine. On email, Mint asked Dutta about the making of the film. Edited excerpts:

How did you come across Gerrard's essay, and why did you decide to adapt it?

One of my friends, Jaideep Unudurti, is a wonderful chess player/journalist and science-fiction author. We play chess once in a while. One day, while playing and chatting, he mentioned this article. The moment I read it, it immediately sparked a desire to make something around it. Having moved away from the path of competitive chess, the aesthetics of the game was becoming increasingly attractive and intriguing for me. And the way the essay had connected this aspect with chess players of the calibre of Duchamp and Wittgenstein and their main disciplines was extremely exciting.

After reading the essay, I wrote to Gerrard (who teaches philosophy at Williams College, US), explained the project to him and asked for his permission. He was really kind and readily gave me permission. It took us close to two years to finish the film, all this while he was interested in the project. Once the film was finished, I was nervous showing it to himto my delight, he was really happy with it and wrote back one of the most wonderful emails I have ever received.

From what angle were you approaching this materialas a chess player, as someone interested in Duchamp/Wittgensteins work?

Chess was my point of entry because I wanted to be a chess player when I was young. But, at the same time, I am equally drawn to the interdisciplinary woven-ness of the arts. That was what attracted me to this essay. It provided so many interlinked doorways and windows to ideas and aesthetics behind the facade of a simple chess puzzle. It exactly fits the description of the aphoristic Vishnudharmottara story, where a student seeking to learn image-making is prompted to study painting for a better understanding, and for knowing painting better, he is sent to learn dance and music and poetry and prosody and so on.

You had said in an interview that starting with Nainsukh (his 2010 film), you wanted to make research-based cinema. Was Wittgenstein born out of a similar impulse?

Definitely. I find cinema to be a very good tool for anveshan, to discover, for the archaeology of knowledge. At the same time, research is only the external aspect; no research is exciting unless it supports an inner exploration and a feeling of wonder.

Why did you opt for this style of animation?

It developed slowly, of course, with my wife and partner in this film, Ayswarya. We tried various styles and this seemed most resonant with the theme of the essay, where we mostly juxtapose as opposed to creating. So the sum proliferates into much more than the parts.

It felt like the animation has a touch of Karel Zeman and Terry Gilliam, and if we go back further, George Mlis. Were these or any other artists on your and Ayswaryas minds?

I did not have any style in mind except that I wanted a very rough, hand-made treatment; eventually, I went ahead with Ayswaryas instincts. Our main inspiration was the art of the Dadas and surrealists themselves. The animators I really like are Hans Richter, Viking Eggeling and Robert Breer. There is a reference to Hans Richters work in the film as well. The artwork we have used as motion collages is all connected with the essay; and they have trespassed genres even within their times. They provided the main inspiration for the look and feel. It is an extravagantly derivative work, any influence was welcomed without qualms.

Theres a density of information and reference that makes it difficult to take in everything in one go. For instance, in one frame you have a melted clock, Marcel Duchamps Trebuchet, Max Ernsts The Hat Makes The Man, and Duchamp playing chess. Is the hope that people will return to the film and notice more each time?

Ayswarya has a deep interest in art history and philosophy. She was very excited about finding innumerable details that fitted so well with the themes and ideas of the essay. She is also an illustrator, and I asked her to draw certain portions, so that added an element of exposition also. I also believe that an image must not exhaust itself quickly. Just the way we were returning to the themes and discovering more and more the web of ideas that motivated those turn of the century artists and thinkers, and the brilliant way in which Gerrard has opened up those hyperlinks, we wish the viewer can enjoy and expand those threads too. This is an entirely open-source, digital film.

'Wittgenstein Plays Chess With Marcel Duchamp, Or How Not To Do Philosophy' is streaming on MUBI, along with several other films by Dutta.

Subscribe to newsletters

* Enter a valid email

* Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.

View original post here:
Film-maker Amit Dutta talks 'Wittgenstein', chess, animation and art - Livemint


Page 11234..10..»