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Chess World Rattled As Someone Nearly Wins Game

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And while the six consecutive draws we’ve seen thus far is a lot, it’s certainly not a record. Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin began their 2016 world championship match with seven draws. Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand fought to eight in a row to open their 1995 match. And at one point in Kasparov’s 1984 championship match against Anatoly Karpov, there were 17 straight draws. “There was a 20-second burst of applause” after a decisive game broke the grueling streak, the New York Times reported. That match, which began in September, was finally halted in February of the following year — 40 of its 48 games were draws.The data scientist Randal Olson analyzed hundreds of thousands of chess games in an article a few years ago. The closer players are in rating, he found, the longer games tend to go. And as the players get better, draws become far more common. Carlsen and Caruana are as good — and about as close in rating — as you can get. Indeed, they are even beyond the scope of Olson’s chart below, with Elo ratings (which measure the strength of players given the opponents they’ve played) north of 2800. Despite black’s apparent material advantage, there was no progress to be made. The players agreed to a draw on the 80th move.Carlsen had walked a slippery bridge and survived. His escape act drew attention. As the tension built toward the end of the game, the match became the most-viewed stream on the popular game-streaming site Twitch. Books could be written about this endgame. (Though not by me.)So, another draw, huh? Yawn, am I right? Not so fast. Today’s Game 6 was an instant classic. Journalist David Hill, who’s been in London reporting on the match, tweeted that there can be beauty in draws. Not all of them are created equal. 87654321abcdefgh 87654321abcdefgh 87654321abcdefgh 87654321abcdefgh The match rests tomorrow. Game 7 — in which Caruana will once again have the black pieces — begins Sunday at 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time. That’s 10 a.m. Eastern. I’ll be covering it here and on Twitter. read more

40th Anniversary Celebrations of ZNS TV

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first_imgPhoto captions:Photo #1:  Board of Directors & General Manager – From left: Director, Oswald Munnings; Executive Chairman, Michael Smith; Director, Elaine Gomez; General Manager, Kayleaser Deveaux-Isaacs; and Deputy Chairman, Patric Walkes.Photo #2: BCB Executives – From left: Charles Russell, AGM/TV Administration; Beverly Curry, DGM/News (Acting); Darren Meadows, DGM/Operations & Northern Service (Acting); Eugene Higgs, Financial Consultant; Kayleaser Deveaux-Isaacs, General Manager (Acting); Keith Gomez, AGM/Engineering; Sandra Duncombe-Knowles, DGM/Human Resources & Training (Acting); Stanley Pinder, DGM/Radio, Plant & Maintenance; and Sean Adderley, AGM/Sales & Business Development.Photo #3: Check Presentation — Michael Smith, Executive Chairman, left, and Rev. Dr. Vaughn Cash, Sr. Pastor, Evangelistic Temple.Photo #4: 40th Anniversary of Television — ZNS Board, Executives & Staff, past and present at Evangelistic Temple Church Service Celebrating 40 years of Television Broadcasting in The Bahamas on October 15, 2017.Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 18, 2017 – Nassau  – The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas launched the 40th Anniversary of ZNS Television on Sunday, October 15, 2017 with a church service at Evangelistic Temple on Collins Avenue.The Corporation celebrates the important milestone with the theme, ‘Celebrating 40 Years of Uniting The Bahamas,’ and with a swirl of events and activities this week, including:Luncheon at headquarters, which took place immediately after the church service on Sunday; Proclamation by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis in Newspaper Supplement on Monday; Breakfast for Staff, present and former, Tuesday; Long Service Awards presentation ceremony at Government House on Wednesday; Celebrations at the Northern Service which includes Luncheon for staff, present and former on Thursday; Customer Appreciation Day & Open House on Friday; and Sail Away to Harbour Island on Saturday.Photos by Kevin Williams capture the ZNS Team on Sunday.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

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