Chess game – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 07:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-16.png Chess game – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ 32 32 COLUMN-Pelosi visit boosts US-China global chess game in Taiwan: Peter Apps https://tromsosjakklubb.com/column-pelosi-visit-boosts-us-china-global-chess-game-in-taiwan-peter-apps/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 07:00:35 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/column-pelosi-visit-boosts-us-china-global-chess-game-in-taiwan-peter-apps/ Band Peter Apps LONDON, August 11 (Reuters) – On Sunday, a Somali televised roundtable on the powerful Ethiopian neighbor’s long entanglement in the country swirled into a discussion of how the government in Mogadishu should deal with growing tensions between China and Taiwan. Abdirahman Nur Dinari, former Somali ambassador to Syria and South Sudan, backed […]]]>

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LONDON, August 11 (Reuters)On Sunday, a Somali televised roundtable on the powerful Ethiopian neighbor’s long entanglement in the country swirled into a discussion of how the government in Mogadishu should deal with growing tensions between China and Taiwan.

Abdirahman Nur Dinari, former Somali ambassador to Syria and South Sudan, backed Mogadishu’s decision to send a letter of support to Beijing, stressing its economic commitment to the region. He expressed anger that Taiwan has friendly relations with Somaliland, a breakaway strip along Somalia’s northern coast that functions as a de facto independent state.

Political commentator Idris Abdi disagreed, saying it was in Somalia’s interest to remain neutral in great power disputes.

For decades, the governments in Beijing and Taipei have played a complex global game over the status of autonomous Taiwan, which China sees as a rogue “one China” province. However, this year’s conflict in Ukraine – coupled with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and a hawkish new Taiwan Relations Act that is currently pending in Congress – saw tensions escalate dramatically.

The way companies, countries, institutions and individuals respond to this new reality is clearly constantly changing. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 immediately drew attention to Taiwan, which also finds itself in a “strategically ambiguous” relationship with allies who may support it but won’t fight for it in no war. The island only has full diplomatic relations with a handful of nations.

In a white paper on “reunification” published on Wednesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry recommitted itself to bringing the island under Beijing’s control and refused to rule out the use of force, while exposing a strategy of economic and military pressure intended to eradicate “separatist” activities.

The U.S. Congress, meanwhile, is seeking to designate the island as a major non-NATO U.S. ally and significantly boost military and diplomatic support, something President Joe Biden’s administration — which has also opposed to Pelosi’s visit – lobbied. Passing this legislation would infuriate Beijing even more.

Pelosi, who met Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and toured factories and facilities, was unrepentant this week, saying the trip was worth it and China could not be allowed to prevent foreign leaders from visiting the country. ‘island.

THE “BROKEN” US-CHINA CONSENSUS?

While US media coverage portrayed Pelosi’s visit as largely against the wishes of the White House, few in China interpreted it that way. Writing in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, columnist Xie Maosong — a senior fellow at China’s National Security Institute at Tsinghua University — framed it as a deliberate move by the Biden administration to “ shatter” the consensus on US-China relations that has been built for decades since the days of Henry Kissinger and the Nixon administration.

That, she argued, meant Chinese Premier Xi Jinping needed to act with speed and determination.

“Many in the West still believe that China is not ready to reunify Taiwan,” she wrote, saying that should not stop authorities in Beijing. “Looking back on modern Chinese history, was China ready to face the United States in the Korean War? Was the PLA ever ready for one of its major military campaigns? ?”

However, other Chinese state media pushed a more nuanced message. Discussions of military reunification appear to have been deliberately promoted in the days leading up to Pelosi’s visit, but during the visit itself, Chinese state media encouraged readers to focus on the bigger “game of ‘American-Chinese chess‘ and not on Pelosi’s ‘chess piece’.

For nearly a week starting last Thursday, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Eastern Command said China’s naval and air forces practiced what they described as “defense and blockade” operations. around the island in several directions, seen by analysts as a warning that even without an invasion, China could block access to the island.

Taiwan authorities say Chinese ships and planes have repeatedly crossed the “median line” between the mainland and Taiwan, which the two sides have largely respected for decades. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu told reporters this week that “no middle line exists”, as he defended China’s response.

CHARM OFFENSIVES

Companies and investors are keen to avoid being caught off guard as they have been with Russia and Ukraine, while China’s economic size and Taiwan’s importance to microchip supply chains technologies mean that even a non-violent blockade and increased sanctions could have an even greater impact on the global economy.

Some of this is already happening. Beijing followed Pelosi’s visit with a wave of trade bans against companies and institutions accused of supporting “Taiwan independence”.

It alarmed foreign and domestic business groups in China, with the EU Chamber of Commerce in China – which had also lobbied against Pelosi’s visit – warning that new Chinese restrictions on Taiwan-linked businesses would further deter foreign investors in China. and the island.

Beijing’s trade disputes with the United States and Australia have also escalated – just as China launches charm offensives in the developing world, cutting import tariffs on goods from 16 of the world’s least developed countries. poorest in the world, including Cambodia, Laos, Djibouti, Rwanda and Togo. Chinese media also highlighted support from Russia, Mongolia and North Korea, as well as Saudi comments reaffirming the kingdom’s commitment to Beijing’s “one China” policy.

Taiwan is also seeking friends, with its officials and the media praising supportive comments from Lithuania, the Pacific Marshall Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands – even as they slam the Biden administration for what many in Taiwan see as insufficient support.

Beijing will want to maintain psychological pressure on Taiwan, pressure US lawmakers and demonstrate the level of disruption it is capable of alongside more conventional military force – though that may just embolden those in the US Congress and beyond who believe that only a tougher line on Taiwan will deter China from attacking.

** Peter Apps is a writer on international affairs, globalization, conflict and other issues. He is the founder and executive director of the Project for Study of the 21st Century; PS21, a non-national, non-partisan and non-ideological think tank. Paralyzed by a car accident in a war zone in 2006, he also blogs about his disability and other topics. He was previously a reporter for Reuters and continues to be paid by Thomson Reuters. Since 2016 he has been a member of the British Army Reserve and the UK Labor Party.

(Editing by Nick Macfie)

((nicholas.macfie@thomsonreuters.com; +65 6870 3815; Reuters messaging: nicholas.macfie.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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The chess game continues: the Assembly overrides the mayor’s veto and can now determine how to dismiss the mayor https://tromsosjakklubb.com/the-chess-game-continues-the-assembly-overrides-the-mayors-veto-and-can-now-determine-how-to-dismiss-the-mayor/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 06:04:27 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/the-chess-game-continues-the-assembly-overrides-the-mayors-veto-and-can-now-determine-how-to-dismiss-the-mayor/ Despite objections from three Anchorage Assembly conservatives, a mayoral veto was overruled Monday, giving the Assembly the power to remove the mayor at any time, with the most flimsy reasons. Anchorage Ordinance 2022-60 gives the Assembly broad power, both overtly and implicitly, over the mayor, the ability to hold a knife to the mayor’s head […]]]>

Despite objections from three Anchorage Assembly conservatives, a mayoral veto was overruled Monday, giving the Assembly the power to remove the mayor at any time, with the most flimsy reasons.

Anchorage Ordinance 2022-60 gives the Assembly broad power, both overtly and implicitly, over the mayor, the ability to hold a knife to the mayor’s head by creating a pathway for the legislature to impeach him for what is a “breach of public trust.” Their process to impeach him makes the Assembly a judge, jury and prosecutor.

Assemblyman Randy Sulte opposed overriding the veto, saying that if mayoral recalls failed and the Assembly acted to remove a mayor, then it would be the Assembly that would be wrong about the ” breach of public trust”.

“I’m afraid we’re judge and jury on what a ‘breach of public trust’ is. We may not be right and the public can still trust that person and want them to stay. , even though we may think otherwise,” he said.

Assembly Deputy Speaker Chris Constant admitted at the meeting that the impetus for the ordinance was an incident that occurred during a ‘wildcat’ regular Assembly meeting in October, when the public was angry at Assembly’s last mask mandate.

“A lot of people ask ‘Why did you start this project?'” said Constant, the author of the prescription. “The day I decided this project was essential was the day in October when a member of the administration tried to cut the public wire. The second thing they did in that meeting was to fire security. And the third thing they did in that meeting was said to APD [police] withdraw. And I saw the personnel of this administration gathering people into an angry mob.

An October 2021 meeting of the Anchorage Assembly drew a crowd that upset Assemblyman Chris Constant, prompting him to write an ordinance to allow the Assembly to impeach the mayor. Here they represent the oath of allegiance at the start of the meeting.

Constant said the order was not intended to be used to sue a mayor for dropping a city-issued cellphone and breaking the screen. But it’s more for “a pattern of behavior that rises to the level of abuse, which ordinary people would look at and ask, ‘How could this person do such a thing?’ That it is inadmissible that this action took place.

Monday’s meeting was a special meeting in a small hall at City Hall, called solely for the purpose of overriding the veto, and the meeting lasted just over half an hour. It was supposed to be streamed live on YouTube, but the Assembly somehow cut the video feed, cited technical difficulties and only released an almost unintelligible audio recording of the meeting instead, an affront to public trust.

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Anand Mahindra: This colorful chess set with dancers wins praise from Anand Mahindra https://tromsosjakklubb.com/anand-mahindra-this-colorful-chess-set-with-dancers-wins-praise-from-anand-mahindra/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 10:33:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/anand-mahindra-this-colorful-chess-set-with-dancers-wins-praise-from-anand-mahindra/ It was published before the inauguration of the 44th Chess Olympiad. Among the various programs offered by different districts of Tamil Nadu to celebrate the occasion, this video of Pudukottai is going viral online. It is a choreographed game with dancers in Indian costumes playing the role of chess pieces. The choreography was done by […]]]>
It was published before the inauguration of the 44th Chess Olympiad. Among the various programs offered by different districts of Tamil Nadu to celebrate the occasion, this video of Pudukottai is going viral online.

It is a choreographed game with dancers in Indian costumes playing the role of chess pieces. The choreography was done by Pudukkottai collector Kavitha Ramu. The video received a tweet from business tycoon Anand Mahindra.

“Superb. Choreographed, I’m told, by Mrs. Kavitha Ramu, Pudukkottai collector. Brings the chess pieces to life in our imagination. Plus, it has authenticity, considering the game was invented in India. Congratulations!”, tweeted the president of the Mahindra group. .

A closer look at the video shared on YouTube would show that this isn’t some insane costume game. The pieces dance – in a mix of classical, folk and martial styles – to set the stage for an opening game. The first dance steps would read as follows: 1.
e4 e5 2.
Nc3 Nc6 3.
Bb5
a6… Ruy Lopez? Some of you would know better.

Nc3 Nc6 are a pleasure to watch, with the colorful
poikkal kuthirai – from the famous Tamil Nadu folk dance of the dummy horse – replacing the stilted knights. At some point in the game, you may also spot the white castling king.

The best part comes towards the end when the black queen does a hand flip, lines up next to the white king, and pins him with her sword. Checkmate!

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‘Sour loser?’: Robot opponent breaks child’s finger during game of chess, watch viral video https://tromsosjakklubb.com/sour-loser-robot-opponent-breaks-childs-finger-during-game-of-chess-watch-viral-video/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 18:10:17 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/sour-loser-robot-opponent-breaks-childs-finger-during-game-of-chess-watch-viral-video/ Image source: TWITTER/@DAVENEWWORLD_2 Viral video of a robot playing chess A chess-playing robot grabbed his 7-year-old opponent’s finger and broke it during last week’s Moscow chess tournament, Russian media reported on Monday. “The robot broke the child’s finger,” Sergei Lazarev, chairman of the Moscow Chess Federation, told Russian news agency TASS. “Of course it’s bad.” […]]]>
Image source: TWITTER/@DAVENEWWORLD_2 Viral video of a robot playing chess

A chess-playing robot grabbed his 7-year-old opponent’s finger and broke it during last week’s Moscow chess tournament, Russian media reported on Monday. “The robot broke the child’s finger,” Sergei Lazarev, chairman of the Moscow Chess Federation, told Russian news agency TASS. “Of course it’s bad.”

A video shared on social media shows the robot taking one of the boy’s pieces, then grabbing his finger as he tries to move. Four adults then rush in, struggling to free the boy before dragging him away from the chessboard.

Watch the viral video below:

Lazarev said the chess federation has rented the robot which has appeared in many previous events without incident. He said the boy could play again the next day and finished the tournament with his finger in a cast.

The video shocked netizens. While some users found the incident funny, others showed sympathy towards the child. One user wrote: “Jesus… A robot broke a child’s finger during a chess tournament in Moscow. There is no violence in chess, they said.” Another said: “Whoever designed this didn’t take safety into consideration. Safety protection is most important. At the very least, they should have used a slower collaborative robot.”

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Data Chess Game: Databricks, MongoDB, and Snowflake Move Business Part 2 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/data-chess-game-databricks-mongodb-and-snowflake-move-business-part-2/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 13:10:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/data-chess-game-databricks-mongodb-and-snowflake-move-business-part-2/ To further reinforce our commitment to providing cutting-edge data technology coverage, VentureBeat is delighted to welcome Andrew Brust and Tony Baer as regular contributors. Monitor their posts in the data pipeline. This is the second in a two-part series. Lily part 1 dissecting how Databricks and Snowflake approach head-to-head competition. As we noted yesterday, June […]]]>

To further reinforce our commitment to providing cutting-edge data technology coverage, VentureBeat is delighted to welcome Andrew Brust and Tony Baer as regular contributors. Monitor their posts in the data pipeline.

This is the second in a two-part series. Lily part 1 dissecting how Databricks and Snowflake approach head-to-head competition.

As we noted yesterday, June was quite a month by post-lockdown standards, as back-to-back, MongoDB, Snowflake, and Databricks each held their annual events in quick succession. Historically, each of these providers may have crossed paths in the same businesses, but usually with different constituencies. So they didn’t face each other directly.

Despite recent declines in financial markets, each of these companies is considered one of the fastest growing growth players in cloud data platforms, with valuations (private or market) in the tens of billions of dollars. dollars. While Databricks is still private, MongoDB and Snowflake have their IPOs well behind them.

Player positions

They each position themselves as default destination platforms for the company. Databricks and Snowflake are on each other’s competitive radars at this point and yesterday we gave our thoughts on the chess game they play. In this article, we take a look at what each player needs to do to attract the whole company. While there are differences in target markets, especially with MongoDB, there is a common thread for all three: to grow further, they are going to have to expand beyond their comfort zones.

So what are these comfort zones? Databricks and Snowflake came from different parts of the analytics world, while MongoDB focused on operational use cases. Historically, they each addressed different audiences. Databricks for data engineers and data scientists, Snowflake for business and data analysts, and MongoDB for application developers.

But recent tri-vendor initiatives are starting to break down those silos. Let’s start with the deployment. Of the three, MongoDB is the only one with an on-premises presence (the other two are pure cloud players), but barely five years after the start of its cloud database service Atlas, the company’s revenues are now primarily cloud-based. While MongoDB will probably never be a pure cloud game, the cloud is clearly driving its future.

Next come operations. With Snowflake adding a lightweight transaction processing engine and MongoDB taking early steps to start addressing analytics beyond visualization, we were asked a few weeks ago if they were on a collision course . Our opinion ? In the short term, they’re still in separate universes, but in the long term, never say never.

As for analytics, we noted yesterday that Databricks and Snowflake are talking more about developing each other.

Nonetheless, while MongoDB remains the most loquacious in sticking to its knitting as an operational database, below the surface it’s taking the first steps to coming to terms with the relational database folks and dipping its toes in the analysis.

Starting points

Let’s take a look at the messages from each of the summits over the past month. MongoDB was about to double the number of developers. In CTO Mark Porter’s keynote, he spoke about the growing volume of new apps coming out over the next few years and, with it, the need for rapid approaches that allow developers to overcome barriers to implementation. application production. At Snowflake, it was about strengthening the “data cloud” as a destination by expanding its reach, both in transaction processing and machine learning. And for Databricks, it was benchmarks, governance capabilities and lineage showing the data lakehouse is ready for prime time and capitalizing on its open source strategy.

The starting points of each player relativize their ambitions. MongoDB’s official mission is to enable businesses to operate like “software companies”. This reflects the fact that the MongoDB constituency has traditionally been made up of software developers, and they must be able to be productive if their organizations are to operate at the speed of a software business. A recurring message from this strategy is that traditional databases have proven to be obstacles, due to the rigid nature of the relational schema and the inability to scale them.

For Snowflake, it’s about targeting business and data analysts who rely on data warehouses with a cloud-native reinvention tackling the hurdles of ease-of-use, scaling, and of data sharing.

And for Databricks, it’s about harnessing the breadth and scale of the data lake with a nut-soup development and runtime environment powered by Apache Spark, Photon, and Delta Lake.

The next steps

This is where getting out of the comfort zone becomes critical. Let’s look at each provider individually.

MongoDB

For MongoDB, it’s not just the application developers, but the database folks as well, as we pointed out in our article last month. For MongoDB to become the default operational data platform for new applications, it must go beyond being a development company to too become a data company.

MongoDB has taken some first steps in this direction, such as improving its security game and writing a genuine SQL query engine. The business needs to make deeper cultural shifts, like moving away from the denigrating SQL message and outdated database practices. MongoDB responds that relational database developers should also pivot, or at least accept that the document model does not mean moving away from the skills and disciplines they have developed. The MongoDB platform supports schema validation. But schema tends to be variable in most MongoDB implementations, so we’d like to see more focused efforts in the future to develop data lineage capabilities that could keep up with schema evolution.

Either way, our message to MongoDB remains: don’t alienate a key group (SQL database developers) that you will need to expand your company’s footprint. We would like to see more positive contacts in the future.

Snowflake

For Snowflake, it’s about convincing data scientists that Snowpark should be an efficient execution environment for their models. The company has a new partnership with Anaconda, which maintains Python libraries, to optimize them for running in Snowpark. But the skeptics remain; for example, H2O.ai claims it’s more efficient to bite the bullet and run machine learning models in their clusters that can handle multiple processes, then send the results back to Snowflake.

Since the introduction of Snowpark a few years ago, Snowflake has improved its ability to optimally scale resources for user-defined functions (UDFs) written in languages ​​such as Java or Python.

Of course, the recent Unistore announcement puts operational analytics in Snowflake’s sights. However, we don’t see this as a massive land grab for a new constituency, as the company isn’t taking on the world’s SQL, Oracles, or MongoDB servers.

Databrick

For Databricks, it’s about making the data lakehouse more user-friendly for businesses and database analysts. These people work with data modeling and BI tools, not laptops; there must be another entry path providing a view that makes Delta Lake look like a data warehouse.

And business analysts expect consistent performance for interactive queries and batch reports. TPC-DS benchmarks are designed around analysis/decision support workloads, but like EPA’s gas mileage ratings, your results will vary. Significantly, the next step for Photon is to reduce latencies under more typical query conditions, as well as expand table and file format support beyond Delta Lake and Parquet, respectively.

Bringing it all together for a winning strategy

The common thread is that, coming from different starting points, each provider must connect to new constituencies. The key will not just be the technology, but the culture and structuring of the core business. Go-to-market, field and support teams need to be recruited who can talk to different stakeholders. Debates about purity must go.

Can MongoDB speak to relational database people as well as developers? Will Snowflake speak the language of data scientists, and can Databricks cultivate the BI community? These are not talking points you’ll see on a press release.

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Alonso: We played the race like a game of chess https://tromsosjakklubb.com/alonso-we-played-the-race-like-a-game-of-chess/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/alonso-we-played-the-race-like-a-game-of-chess/ Fernando Alonso ended the 2022 French Grand Prix with a solid sixth place for Alpine, after what he dubbed a game of chess he was playing with McLaren. McLaren made a big improvement to both of their cars, but Alpine held on to their advantage as Lando Norris couldn’t pass Alonso, finishing seventh, while Esteban […]]]>

Fernando Alonso ended the 2022 French Grand Prix with a solid sixth place for Alpine, after what he dubbed a game of chess he was playing with McLaren.

McLaren made a big improvement to both of their cars, but Alpine held on to their advantage as Lando Norris couldn’t pass Alonso, finishing seventh, while Esteban Ocon overhauled Daniel Ricciardo to finish eighth, with the Aussie settling for from ninth place.

As a result, Alpine edged McLaren in the constructors’ championship to fourth place, but by just four points.

“I am very happy!” Alonso was quoted by the official Formula 1 website as saying: “I think the start was mega, from seventh to fifth – some risky moves there and then good tire management.

“I think P6 was the maximum today,” he admitted. “The tires were acting better than expected so we had to manage but not as much as we thought. I’m happy with our race today. It was well executed from our side, and we managed the pace well and the tires.

“We had to work on a lot of things in terms of car balance this weekend, but we ended up finishing just behind the top five, so a very solid race at the end and more points on the board for us,” revealed the Spaniard.

“It shows that when we have a clean weekend like this we can finish in the top six positions,” he said. “Hopefully we can maintain that level of consistency through the second half of the season and keep the momentum going.”

Alonso highlighting all the experience of his 40 years

One of the highlights of the race was a radio exchange between Alonso and his team, where he was warned that Norris was closing in on him in the DRS range, only for the two-time champion to respond he cleared it in goal to ruin the tires of the Briton.

“I’ve done 350 races, so I know what I’m doing! Alonso joked when asked about the incident. “It was fun. The start was probably crucial to get ahead of Lando. I think [McLaren] have a very similar pace, but being ahead of them in the first two laps was enough to control the race and control the pace.

“I think we played the race like a game of chess,” he said. “We tried to position the McLarens close to us and get some clear air up front, so overall…it was a good Sunday.

“I wish I could challenge the Mercedes in front of us or Checo [Sergio Perez] but it wasn’t our league so from there it was just to control [the McLarens] and if they get close to us they damage the tyres, so it was not a concern at that time.

“So, happy for that. Let’s go to Budapest, again,” concluded the 2005 and 2006 Champion.

Alonso’s run received praise from another world champion, Jacque Villeneuve who won his title with Williams in 1997, and praised the Alpine rider in his formul1.nl column.

“I would like to mention Fernando Alonso,” he wrote. “The way he held off the McLarens and burned their tires, after which Ocon was able to catch Ricciardo.

“It’s pure experience and that’s exactly why Alonso still has a place in Formula 1,” insisted the Canadian.

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During a game of chess in Moscow, a robot accidentally fractured the finger of a 7-year-old boy, according to Russian news agency TASS https://tromsosjakklubb.com/during-a-game-of-chess-in-moscow-a-robot-accidentally-fractured-the-finger-of-a-7-year-old-boy-according-to-russian-news-agency-tass/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 22:25:33 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/during-a-game-of-chess-in-moscow-a-robot-accidentally-fractured-the-finger-of-a-7-year-old-boy-according-to-russian-news-agency-tass/ During a game of chess in Moscow, a robot accidentally fractured the finger of a 7-year-old boy, according to Russian news agency TASS. According to Sergei Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, “the robot broke the child’s finger.” Of course, this is a negative thing. According to Sergei Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess […]]]>

During a game of chess in Moscow, a robot accidentally fractured the finger of a 7-year-old boy, according to Russian news agency TASS.

According to Sergei Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, “the robot broke the child’s finger.” Of course, this is a negative thing.

According to Sergei Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, the teenage chess player did not give the robot enough time to react when he made a move on the chessboard during a game at the ‘Moscow Chess Open last Thursday. Then the robot fractured its finger while grabbing it.

The child’s finger was broken by the robot, Lazarev claimed. Of course, this is a negative thing.

The young boy came back to finish despite his injury.

The volunteers helped record the chess moves, and the boy played the next day and finished the tournament in a cast, according to Lazarev.

He said the federation had “nothing to do” with the programming or operation of the robot but that the organization had rented the robot several times before without incident.

He remarked, “It looks like bot operators will have to consider improving warranties so this problem doesn’t happen again.

People can be seen rushing after the robot was shown pinching the child’s index finger in a video from Russian news site Baza’s Telegram channel.

In his match against the little kid, the came up against two other young opponents, according to Baza.

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China has yet to learn the rules of the Pacific chess game https://tromsosjakklubb.com/china-has-yet-to-learn-the-rules-of-the-pacific-chess-game/ Tue, 05 Jul 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/china-has-yet-to-learn-the-rules-of-the-pacific-chess-game/ Placeholder while loading article actions China’s growing influence in the Pacific Ocean microstates has raised alarm bells among the powers that traditionally dominated the region – Australia, New Zealand and the United States. If they want to stop Beijing’s advance, they’re going to have to start offering more in return. A security pact with the […]]]>
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China’s growing influence in the Pacific Ocean microstates has raised alarm bells among the powers that traditionally dominated the region – Australia, New Zealand and the United States. If they want to stop Beijing’s advance, they’re going to have to start offering more in return.

A security pact with the Solomon Islands earlier this year first showed the extent of Beijing’s ambitions, allowing Chinese police and military to operate in the country. Similar deals were offered to a group of 10 countries alongside a visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi in May. Wang is now seeking to meet with foreign ministers from island nations at the same time leaders gather in July for the annual Pacific Islands Forum, the region’s top multilateral body.

China can afford to be so forceful in its diplomacy because the status quo has become obsolete and no longer clearly serves the interests of these governments. Traditionally, the Pacific has been divided between an Australian sphere of influence in the mountainous and more populated territories of Papua New Guinea and Melanesia; a New Zealand sphere in the Polynesian archipelagos south of the equator; and an American in the small islands of Micronesia between Hawaii and Guam north of the equator.(1)

It is difficult to say that the region has done very well with this arrangement. Thanks to their geographic isolation and tiny populations, Pacific states are doing far worse than small island nations elsewhere in the world. Outside of Fiji, tourism is rudimentary; to date, most merchandise exports consist of fish, coconuts and pearls. Offshore financial centers that have contributed to the relative wealth of Mauritius and many Caribbean countries were wiped out here before being established. Income levels, when adjusted for the relatively high cost of living, are comparable to those in sub-Saharan Africa:

However, what the Pacific nations lack in economic power, they make up for with a strong card: their sovereignty. If you include East Timor, Pacific island nations make up 13 of the 38 members of the Small Island Developing States grouping at the UN. This bloc, in theory, has greater voting power than the 27 nations of the European Union, or the 22 non-island states of the Americas, helping to secure committee appointments and diplomatic victories for its allies(2). Additionally, Melanesian countries like the Solomon Islands lie within 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) of the Australian coast, making the Chinese military presence a concern for Canberra.

Island governments have a long tradition of trading diplomacy for development aid. Four of the 14 states that recognize Taiwan instead of mainland China are in the Pacific; three others have in the past switched allegiance between Taipei and Beijing, taking advantage of the geopolitical competition between the powers.

According to Sarina Theys, senior lecturer in diplomacy at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, their willingness to accept more substantial overtures from Beijing is a sign that these nations are becoming more assertive. “They realize they have more power than they initially thought,” she says. “They are becoming more vocal and claiming their place on the world stage.”

In this sense, the growing interest of China is perceived locally not so much as a threat, but as an opportunity to gain ground with the great traditional powers of the periphery of the Pacific. Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s first act after taking office in the country’s May election was a diplomatic visit to woo governments attracted by Beijing’s overtures. A more open door for labor and permanent migration to Australia is also promised by Wong’s government.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in March appointed the former US ambassador to Malaysia to oversee the renewal of pacts expiring over the next two years with Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, three nations closely aligned with America through migration. and development agreements.

On a per capita basis, the major Pacific powers have been extraordinarily generous in aid and development assistance over the years. It is unclear, however, whether Beijing’s investment promises will materialize or be effective if they do materialize. The experience of countries like Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which find themselves with too much debt and underutilized infrastructure, recommends a policy of prudence.

China is also obviously not a better player on the biggest problem for island governments – global warming which threatens the viability of even some of the lowest states.

“Climate change is an existential challenge in the region,” Theys says. “It is the most significant threat to the security of Pacific island states.”

Yet a more competitive diplomatic space in the Pacific is very much in the region’s interest, even if it annoys neighbors who have grown accustomed to the status quo. By entertaining but ultimately rejecting Wang’s proposed 10-nation security pact, island governments have shown themselves to be increasingly adept at the traditional art of minor powers – pitting major nations against each other.

The great powers will have to pay more attention to the Pacific in their future relations. For island governments, this is not a bad thing.

More from Bloomberg Opinion:

• The West has forgotten the islands of the Pacific. China didn’t: Ruth Pollard

• China wins victory in new South Pacific battle: James Stavridis

• Obesity stalks poor countries where hunger once reigned: David Fickling

(1) France, which has territories in several corners of the region, is an additional player.

(2) Admittedly, the presence of France, the United Kingdom and the United States on the UN Security Council gives more weight to these regions.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

David Fickling is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering energy and commodities. Previously, he worked for Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

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“Even Viswanathan Anand would avoid a game of chess with Amit Shah given his insight,” says NCP https://tromsosjakklubb.com/even-viswanathan-anand-would-avoid-a-game-of-chess-with-amit-shah-given-his-insight-says-ncp/ Sun, 03 Jul 2022 11:50:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/even-viswanathan-anand-would-avoid-a-game-of-chess-with-amit-shah-given-his-insight-says-ncp/ Suspicious of Amit Shah’s skill, even Vishy Anand would avoid a game of chess with him, Chhagan Bhujbal told the two-day special session of the Maharashtra Assembly. Significantly, in an unexpected move, the BJP appointed Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde as Maharashtra’s chief minister, who was sworn in on June 30. This is despite the BJP […]]]>

Suspicious of Amit Shah’s skill, even Vishy Anand would avoid a game of chess with him, Chhagan Bhujbal told the two-day special session of the Maharashtra Assembly. Significantly, in an unexpected move, the BJP appointed Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde as Maharashtra’s chief minister, who was sworn in on June 30. This is despite the BJP being the largest assembly party in Maharashtra.

NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Bhujbal during the extraordinary session of Maharashtra Assembly just before Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat rose to deliver the congratulatory message to new BJP chairman Rahul Narwekar said, “Vishwanathan Anand has defeated some of the best in the world. chess players and is therefore a world famous chess player. When asked if he would continue to play chess? He replied that he would no longer be able to continue playing the game because Interior Minister Amit Shah’s single move leaves me clueless as to which piece on the chessboard was where.”

BJP presidential candidate Rahul Narwekar outnumbers Sena’s Rajan Salvi

BJP candidate for assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar (164 votes) beat Sena candidate MLA Rajan Salvi (107 votes). Significantly, the office of President had been vacant since February 4, 2021, when Congress Leader Nana Patole resigned from her position to become Congress President of Maharashtra. What ensued was a long battle between former CM Uddhav Thackeray and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

MVA’s differences with the governor on the elections of presidents

On December 27, Uddhav Thackeray wrote to the governor for arranging the election for president, however, the latter cited its “unconstitutionality” and rejected the request, as the rules had been changed to organize the election of the president. . It can only be conducted with an open voting system rather than a secret ballot.

The governor, through his secretary, again disapproved of the MVA alliance’s request for the presidential election to be held on March 16 this year, citing that the matter was sub-judicial as the BJP MP Girish Mahajan had filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court against an amendment allowing the election of the president. be conducted through an open voting system by voice and show of hands instead of a secret ballot. However, the governor authorized the holding of this election on July 3 after the swearing in of the government led by Eknath Shinde.

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ANZ Premiership: recruitment chess game heats up https://tromsosjakklubb.com/anz-premiership-recruitment-chess-game-heats-up/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 01:10:37 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/anz-premiership-recruitment-chess-game-heats-up/ The first of the 2023 ANZ Premiership player announcements has begun, with Pulse title-winning international shooter Joyce Mvula recruiting. Malawi International Joyce Mvula Photo: PHOTOSPORT Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse announced yesterday that top shooter Aliyah Dunn, a Pulse mainstay since 2018, is looking for new challenges elsewhere. RNZ understands Dunn was signed with the […]]]>

The first of the 2023 ANZ Premiership player announcements has begun, with Pulse title-winning international shooter Joyce Mvula recruiting.

Malawi International Joyce Mvula
Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse announced yesterday that top shooter Aliyah Dunn, a Pulse mainstay since 2018, is looking for new challenges elsewhere.

RNZ understands Dunn was signed with the Tactix, as they parted ways with striker Ellie Bird, who had been with the team since 2017.

It is understood that the Tactix, who finished bottom this year, have also signed a midfielder from the Roses of England, who will fill the attacking role on the starting wing.

With his high volume and accuracy, Dunn has topped shooting stats this year and the Pulse would have been keen to lock down a player who has a similar presence.

Mvula, 28, has been plying her trade in the British Super League since 2017 for the Manchester Thunder, where she played a key role in the team’s unbeaten run to the title this year.

Over the past three years, she has achieved a 91% success rate from under the hoop.

The 1.85m Mvula is also a star of the Malawi international team and has competed at the World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

Midfielder Fa’amu Ioane also joined Pulse from Northern Mystics, where her career at elite level began in 2016.

The 26-year-old has mainly played wing defense but has struggled to get court time this year.

The core of this year’s Pulse side has been retained.

Rangy defender Parris Mason and exciting midfielder Ainsleyana Puleiata make the leap from sister team Manawa, who won the National Netball League this year.

A bolter straight out of school on the 2021 Pulse squad, 19-year-old Mason returned to the Manawa squad this year to continue developing her game while also being a Pulse sparring partner.

Puleiata, 21, has previously served as a Pulse sparring partner while adding cover this year for the Pulse.

Pulse coach Yvette McCausland-Durie said she was happy to have a core of six players back.

“Joyce and Fa’amu are experienced and established performers who will add variety and options for us. They are exciting additions and we look forward to what they can bring.”

Courtney Elliot, one of Pulse’s alternates this season, will return next year as a training partner.

The franchise will support Paris Lokotui and Binnian Hunt in their rehabilitation from ACL injuries and will be back in the domestic league.

All six ANZ Premiership franchises must have their rosters complete by July 8.

Franchises cannot start approaching players from other teams until a week after the ANZ Premiership Grand Final, but players themselves can engage in discussions with other franchises.

Pulse 2023 Team:

Maddy Gordon, Fa’amu Ioane, Kelly Jury, Kristiana Manu’a, Parris Mason, Tiana Metuarau, Joyce Mvula, Ainsleyana Puleiata, Whitney Souness, Amelia Walmsley.

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