Well, I know: you won’t find that original at all. So you can consider it the same old Easter egg, if you want. Let’s come to the point. I recently found some interesting chess videos on the Internet. Two of them have been posted during the last week, but I’m not sure someone else haven’t already put them somewhere on the web before: my sources are www.youtube.com and http://video.google.com. Both videos are short animated films: the first one is “Chess Nuts” and the main character is the well-known Betty Boop; the second is “Chess love story” and it tells about a White pawn who falls in love with… the Black Queen! You can watch them at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P9IO63UAvk (Chess Nuts) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QmnpUS6mro (Chess love story).
You’ve probably already heard of “Geri’s game”. This 1997 short animated film, made by Pixar, even won an Oscar. Now you can watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q2B1QquzP8. Geri later had a cameo appearance in “Toy Story 2” as the toy cleaner who works on Woody; inside the box of his cleaning kit, viewers can see a collection of chess pieces.
The most interesting non-animated video you can find on the web, undoubtedly, is “Chess fever”. This 1925 silent movie has amongst his characters José Raúl Capablanca (!), but you can also have the only opportunity to watch legendary players such as Ernst Grunfeld, Frank Marshall, Richard Reti, Rudolph Spielmann, Carlos Torre and others in action. Here is the link to the movie.
You can find a complete list of movies where chess have their part at http://movie-chess.hemobile.de/.
Now you’ve eaten your Easter egg I will mention another (interesting?) address: http://kasparovagent.com/index.php. Can you imagine whose site is this? Not his… But you can find some curious material on it, such as a picture where Garry poses with Arnold Swarzenegger. Garry posed with me, too, in Turin (2004) and I posed with… Swarzy :-) at Madam Tussaud's, in London, five years ago. Well, I can say we’re a big and happy family :-)
And now let’s speak about "real" chess. Yesterday a strong rapid tournament started in Spain: the Festival Villa de Cañada de Calatrava. Anand, Mamedyarov, J. Polgar, Grischuk, Shirov, Sasikiran (who all have a perfect score after 3 rounds), Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Bacrot, Milov, Karpov and some other strong GMs are amongst the participants. Official site: http://www.koali.com/festival/index_en.html. The event will end tomorrow.
And what’s about the European championship? After round 4 twelve players have 3.5 points in the main open section, but there is a long list of GMs, IMs and even masters with 3: they are no less than 69! In the women group two players (Mamedjarova and T. Kosintseva) still have a perfect score. Games and various links on my Italian site: www.messaggeroscacchi.it.
And now here is a quick win by Shirov in Spain.
Tahirov,F (2540) – Shirov,A (2699) [A21], Canada de Calatrava 6.4.2007
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. Qc2 Nf6 4. a3 Bxc3 5. Qxc3 Nc6 6. b4 O-O 7. e3 d5 8. cxd5 Qxd5 9. b5 Nd4 10. exd4 exd4 11. Qc4 Re8+ 12. Kd1 Qh5+ 13. Be2 Qg6 14. Nf3 Be6 15. Qc2 d3 16. Qxd3 Bf5 17. Qc4 Rxe2 18. Nh4 Qh5 19. Qxe2 Bc2+ 20. Ke1 Re8 21. Qxe8+ Nxe8 0-1