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29 May: High noon in Moscow

Posted in Anand, cartoon, Gelfand with tags , , on May 29, 2012 by Chessurfer

It’s almost high noon in Moscow: shake hands before the tiebreak, but what’s really in their mind? A new cartoon by Frank Stiefel.


25 May: Lucky man

Posted in cartoon, stiefel on May 25, 2012 by Chessurfer

Only two more games to go in the 2012 FIDE world chess championship…the factor “luck” will possibly play an important role in the last regular games and maybe in the tie-break. Our cartoonist Frank Stiefel created this new cartoon of the “lucky man“. How many symbols of luck do you discover?

Explanation of the symbols. 

The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. According to legend, each leaf represents something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.

The tradition that pigs bring good luck — especially at the New Year — is apparently Teutonic in origin; it certainly did not originate in Jewish or Arabic cultures where pig flesh was a forbidden food. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the image of a white pig (almost never a spotted, belted, or brown breed) is used as a lucky charm in Germany, Austria, England, and Ireland, as well as among Anglo-Americans.

And what about our “lucky man in the cartoon, the Chimney Sweep?  This custom started about two hundred years ago, when a London Chimney Sweep saved the life of King George 11. The Sweep had been the only person brave enough to step forward when the King’s coach and horse’s bolted, the Chimney Sweeper pulled up the horses and saved the monarch. The King was so pleased that he made an announcement by Royal Decree declaring that all Chimney Sweeps are good luck bearers and must be treated with respect. The folklore was established and to this day Chimney Sweeps are still considered Lucky and are invited to attend Weddings to kiss the Bride.

24 May: Vishy’s fortress

Posted in Anand, cartoon, stiefel with tags , , on May 24, 2012 by Chessurfer

Game 9 was like watching a Barcelona-Chelsea game. A new cartoon by Frank Stiefel.

Vishy Anand, dressed in a Chess Tigers T-shirt is building a fortress in game 9.

22 May: The duel

Posted in Anand, cartoon, Gelfand on May 22, 2012 by Chessurfer

The fight is on with, with only four more games remaining. A new cartoon by Frank Stiefel.

22 May: The tactic monster from Chennai

Posted in Anand, cartoon, Gelfand, stiefel with tags , , , on May 21, 2012 by Chessurfer

A new cartoon by Frank Stiefel. After his decisive miniature in  less than 20 moves, the tactic monster from Chennai is back  in business.

Press conference

Bonus for today: a few pictures of the press conference after game 8. Gelfand disappointed, but not broken, Anand happy but realistic.

20 May: Gelfman strikes first

Posted in cartoon, Gelfand on May 20, 2012 by Chessurfer

A new cartoon by our cartoonist Frank Stiefel. Super  Sunday for Gelfand.

18 May: Drumming another draw

Posted in Anand, cartoon, stiefel on May 18, 2012 by Chessurfer

Half-time in Moscow: Vishy Anand easily drums to another draw. Cartoon by Frank Stiefel.