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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Analysis of Aronian-Shirov, 2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament round 9


Richard said...

Hi Wayne. Interesting report here. Shirov has fallen from grace! I faced this CB Springs once and played Bxf6 after Qa5...and then Nd2 simply as saw game by Capablanca! I surprised my opponent and won with 1 d4 but I had worked somewhat on the QGD etc with a friend so sometimes I 'essay' it ...also I played 1 d4 quite a bit as boy in the 60s.

On the environmental / political form I just finished book by Oliver Sacks called 'The Island of the Colour-blind' it is about many things but he is in the Marshalls and Guam (basically Micronesia...). Interesting are references to the places such as Johnston Island (formidable, even frightening, military base), and the Kwajalein atoll (in the Marshalls) etc
I just ran through a booklet I have on the history of nuclear testing on Bikini and the other Islands there...the devastation caused by nuclear testing (to humans and the sea, and animal life) and also missile testing is huge. The indigenous people there were treated virtually as sub human. They are (probably) still not treated to well.

I wonder if you have looked into the history of that.

There is also Guam, where, another issue arose, on Guam there are or there were no birds! They had all been killed by a snake!!...I mean obviously they had eaten the eggs. (introduced from a passing ship -it could have been Spanish or other). That is crazy. Sacks doesn't dwell on these issues but there is lot in the book that aroused my interest in that and other things... (including his passion for Cyclads).

In NZ we protested Mururoa testing by the French and I wonder if indeed the problems were (in Tahite etc) quite as bad as the Marhsalls may be. I have to concede that in those days I felt that the anti-nuclear thing was not so important (as I still feel that, tragically, many nations need to have nuclear weapons to defend themselves - such as Iran); BUT of course it would have been wonderful if there had been no testing. (And maybe no nuclear energy or weapons and even more NO colonialism).

The countries at fault or involved were the US, The USSR, Britain (even in Australia, John Pilger writes about that), France (in Tahiti etc), China (mostly inside China or its territories). I am not sure where India and Pakistan tested nuclear weapons and also Israel has them.

I would be intetrested in looking more into these factors s these and indeed the effects of colonialism overall in the Pacific, as well as related issues.

But I wonder if you had heard if anything had been done about Guam etc. Sacks also mentions that the Japanese ( but you can just about read US=Japan) were already carving up the island of Rota (for Golf courses!) and thus he thought they would destroy the whole ecosystem, including cycads (his passion), animals, everything, or that they could do...a bit of a worry.

By the way, some time ago I read book by Cousteau about how he developed aqualung diving - he started France (in deep caves or "wells"). They even tested hand grenades in water and found them relatively harmless even at close ranges, and octopi were interesting but harmless,...interesting book it was...I recall him being on TV in the 70s.

Wayne said...

Hi Richard,thanks for dropping by.Yes Shirov certainly is having his problems in this tournament and has had problems with consistency of play throughout his career. It is interesting that you have played the CS variation over-the-board which is a world of difference from analyzing the game as I have. I have a friend in Calgary,Alberta who I used to play online and he often played the Cambridge Springs defense against me, so I had to learn the theory relating to this opening. Yes I believe I know which Capablanca games you are referring to.Richard what attracted you to playing 1.d4 as a boy? For me what attracted me to playing it was that I didn't have to face the Sicilian defense after 1.e4!

Ricard I have never heard of the author Oliver Sacks. I just went on-line and read about the book, "The Island of the Colorblind.." which certainly appears to be a fascinating read. My father is colorblind so that makes me probably a carrier of this trait. I can't imagine being color-blind in this World can you or are you color-blind yourself?

Yes nuclear testing and nuclear weapons are certainly one of the most awful things our gender have ever created on the planet.I have read some first-hand accounts of residents on these islands where these tests were conducted and it is appalling what these people went through in the name of the creation of this destructive weapon. Of course the Americans indicate that thousands of lives would have been lost if the Allies would have had to invade Japan to end World War 2, if the Atomic Bombs had not been developed and used...but still.... ??

Richard,yes I have read about the fact that there are no birds on Guam due to this species of snake. As you mention, the snake species is not indigenous to Guam,and it is devastating the bird species on the island which is so sad! I am pretty sure I talked about this situation in a blog post last year.

This nuclear testing is so bad for the environment and the living species on our planet. If only some way could be found to unite the people in our World to be peaceful.And as you mention it is often these indigenous people on these remote islands as well as the other life which has been unfairly been exposed to the dangers of nuclear weapons by certain countries who believe peace is achieved by owning such weapons of mass destruction!

Richard in regard to Guam, I believe it is the "Brown snake" species which is causing the devastation there. I did a blog post on this situation last year and I recall that shortly after World War II, and before 1952, the Brown tree snake was accidentally transported from its native range in the South Pacific to Guam, probably as a stowaway in ship cargo.

To minimize the threat of the Brown snake in Guam, trained dogs are used to search, locate, and remove brown tree snakes prior to the departures of outbound military and commercial cargo and transportation vessels from the island. Numerous sightings of this species have been reported on other islands including Wake Island, Tinian, Rota, Okinawa, Diego Garcia, Hawaii, and even Texas in the continental United States.An incipient population is probably established on Saipan. Paracetamol has been used to help eradicate the snake on Guam. Here are some links to articles you may want to read about this control measure:
Apparently Typenol, the household pain reliever is deadly to the brown tree snakes.

Wayne said...

I recall seeing a show in the 70's regarding this testing of hand grenades in the water, and I tried to watch every show I could about Cousteau and his work. Jacques Cousteau as you know has passed away, however Philippe Pierre Jacques-Yves Arnault Cousteau, Jr. (the grandson of Jacques Cousteau), co-founded EarthEcho International
with his sister Alexandra Cousteau. EarthEcho International is based in Washington, D.C., and its mission is to "empower youth to take action that protects and restores our water planet."

Philippe is the Chief Ocean Correspondent for Animal Planet and Planet Green, where he is creating a series of ocean documentary programs, including "Ocean's Deadliest," which he completed after his co-host Steve Irwin was fatally wounded during their expedition.Philippe is a very active conservationist, encouraging aspiring teenage individuals.

Ricard, it is always nice talking with you. I hope you have a great year!

Richard said...

Wayne - the book by Sacks is great - many who are colour blind are in fact very acute in other areas of vision - as you will see if you read Sacks;for me Sacks is great. He has influenced my writing. Not in a logical way if you understand - perhaps I have taken things that have affected me and incorporated them - a kind of note of paranoia - it is hard to explain - but that is in poetry. Sacks in his own way is an "artist"...

Otherwise as a Scientist he is unique, or unusual, in his holistic approach.

Cousteau great also.

I will look up those links. Interesting about the brown snake.
Pity bird life cant be restored etc The argument for Hiroshima etc I know as I also have read "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard won a Pulitzer (I sell books via so get to see a lot of books! I have my own collection of literary, of poetry and lit crit, art, science reference and other such ...but I have about 3000 books for my life I wanted to be a scientist (I couldn't really do the practical work though, and probably the maths etc was too hard for me) and then a writer but I eventually just worked as a Lineman and so on but later I went back to Uni to study lit. but I keep wide interests) and he (Rhodes) goes into the whole story. There was in fact debate with scientists (they - including Leo Szilard who started it (He persuaded Einstein who had never considered the possibility himself to get the US to make the bomb) but then realized that neither Japan nor Germany had an atomic bomb - had a petition to stop its use but the military blocked that from getting to the President), the President and military and others about what to do. A Demonstration was very much on the agenda. Bronowski was an observer in Hiroshima. He got out of Physics and into Biology after that tragedy...Bronowski was also very much into literature and wrote a a book about Blake by the way...he knew Robert Graves and Laura Riding.

Re Chess - I just copied up form learning chess in about 1960 - I played the games of the great players and they played either 1 e4 or 1 d4 so I play either myself although when I re started chess in 1978 I kept mainly to 1 e4.

It looked to me as if Shirov missed some chances there BTW (without analyzing the game much).

Good to communicate...

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