Checkmate – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 06:39:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-16.png Checkmate – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ 32 32 Checkmate: Two Laing Middle students build a chess-playing robot | New https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-two-laing-middle-students-build-a-chess-playing-robot-new/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-two-laing-middle-students-build-a-chess-playing-robot-new/ Lia Lieberman and Kate Baldwin swap parts on the ShopBot, a precision cutting machine, in Laing Middle School’s FabLab on November 16. ANNA SHARPE/STAFF While most kids at Mount Pleasant’s Laing Middle School spend their lunch break chatting in the cafeteria with their friends or playing outside during recess, two eighth graders are hard at […]]]>






Lia Lieberman and Kate Baldwin swap parts on the ShopBot, a precision cutting machine, in Laing Middle School’s FabLab on November 16.




While most kids at Mount Pleasant’s Laing Middle School spend their lunch break chatting in the cafeteria with their friends or playing outside during recess, two eighth graders are hard at work building a chess-playing robot.

Lia Lieberman and Kate Baldwin have taken the serious step of building a robot that will be able to strategize and independently play a game of chess. The process involves a lot of trial and error, and students also don’t have a how-to guide in front of them.

Lieberman came across the Raspberry Turk, a chess robot built by software engineer Joey Meyer, and knew she wanted to replicate it for her pre-engineering class. There were only a handful of images to base the project on, which resulted in a lot of misses, Baldwin said.

“There are just a lot of estimates… We really have little information and very few photos. We have five photos that we found and that’s it, so we have to guess which would make the most sense,” Baldwin said.

Lieberman and Baldwin spent countless hours in Laing’s FabLab, a small workshop equipped with tools and equipment, such as 3D printers and a ShopBot that cuts materials like metal into complex shapes. The two build the mechanics of the robot and conceptualize the coding needed to make it work.







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Lia Lieberman and Kate Baldwin hold the mount and equipment for their chess-playing robot in the FabLab at Laing Middle School on November 16.




Lieberman held the robot’s “brain” in her hands – a small computer called a Raspberry Pi – as she described how they would code the robot to play.

“We have to figure out how to code it to process and understand the meaning of each piece,” Lieberman said.

For the robot to play the game, it needs a knowledge base. He must recognize which pieces are on the board and how these pieces move. This will be done with tens of thousands of images. The robot will be able to identify pieces based on the number of pixels in a square of the board with a camera attached.

This image recognition and thought process occurs naturally in humans. Often we don’t think about it. But Lieberman and Baldwin will have to program the robot to have these thought processes so it can strategize and participate in a game of chess. Each step will need to be coded, and other factors, such as shadows or poor lighting, must also be taken into account when programming.







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Lia Liberman and Kate Baldwin smile as they hold their robot chess pieces.




Students will begin the coding process next semester. Lieberman has been playing chess since he was five, but Baldwin doesn’t know the game. As the girls start coding next semester, Baldwin and the robot will learn the game at the same time.

“The thing is, most middle school students wouldn’t have the patience to do something like that,” said Dr. Melvin Goodwin, a STEM coach at Laing. “Each step must be considered and then coded. This is what is looming on the horizon.

It’s exciting for both to see the progress they’ve made this semester on the robot. Just a few months ago, the robot was just an idea, a concept.

“I like to see what I drew or what we imagined, what we talk about, see how it became a reality,” Lieberman said. “At first, I didn’t really understand. I just knew I wanted to do it because it’s cool. Now that I kind of have it all figured out – well, not everything because I’m not going to say I know everything about it – but I get it.”

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Messi and Ronaldo checkmate fans with a Louis Vuitton ad; chess nerds guess the winner https://tromsosjakklubb.com/messi-and-ronaldo-checkmate-fans-with-a-louis-vuitton-ad-chess-nerds-guess-the-winner/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 08:25:03 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/messi-and-ronaldo-checkmate-fans-with-a-louis-vuitton-ad-chess-nerds-guess-the-winner/ First published November 20, 2022, 1:55 PM IST A recent photo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi together that oozes quality has football fans stunned. The two great rivals have collaborated to create an image that will live forever. Throughout their illustrious careers, the Portuguese talisman and the Argentine superstar have established themselves as legends […]]]>

First published November 20, 2022, 1:55 PM IST

A recent photo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi together that oozes quality has football fans stunned. The two great rivals have collaborated to create an image that will live forever. Throughout their illustrious careers, the Portuguese talisman and the Argentine superstar have established themselves as legends of the game. the other on a chessboard.

Also Read: Revealed: What Cristiano Ronaldo Really Thinks Of His Rival Lionel Messi

The two titans, who have faced each other before, seem engrossed in their game as they battle it out on a board made from a suitcase with the Louis Vuitton logo on it.

Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi holds a hand to his chin and wears a gray crew-neck sweater with the sleeves rolled up to show off his tattoos as he ponders his next move.

Aware of the Argentine’s strengths and weaknesses, five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, dressed in a blue turtleneck sweater, keeps a close eye on the action.

Also Read: Argentina Set to Lift Qatar 2022 World Cup; here’s how many goals Messi could score

The two athletes posted the photo on their social media pages with the caption: “Winning is a state of mind. A long tradition of trunk making.”

“Pictures of the century,” fans of the two footballing legends noted on social media platforms as they went into a frenzy. “Will this be the most liked tweet in history,” another enthusiast asked.

One fan wrote, “Best picture I’ve seen this year,” while another eagle-eyed fan said, “To my chess nerds: this board position is the same as Magnus Carlsen’s 2017 match against Hikaru, 2 of the greatest chess masters. The game ended in a draw.

“Ronaldo is winning the game of chess,” noted another chess nerd.

“Everything Louis Vuitton plans to sell. It’s the fastest, easiest sale ever. – It’s one of the best pictures ever. What’s better than a goat [greatest of all time]. Two,” said another fan.

While Messi and Ronaldo play together this season, they could compete for their respective nations next month if Argentina and Portugal play each other in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. If both teams drop out of the group stage of what appears to be their respective World Cup finals, the teams can play each other in the round of 16.

Ronaldo finally clarified his connection to Messi in his candid interview with Piers Morgan for Talk TV this week after the two were so often branded as bitter competitors.

“An incredible player, it’s magic, top…” said Ronaldo. “As a person, we share the stage 16, imagine, 16. We share. So I have a great relationship with him. I’m not friends with him in terms of, what I mean friend, he’s the guy that was with you in your house, talking on the phone, no, but he’s like a team mate He’s a guy I really respect the way he always talks about me Even his wife or my wife, my girlfriend, they always respect and they “I’m from Argentina. My girlfriend is Argentinian. So well. What am I going to say about Messi? A great guy who does great things for football,” said the Portuguese icon in an explosive interview.

Also Read: Qatar World Cup 2022: Ronaldo Vs Messi – Stats That Prove Which Legend Dominates The World Stage

Here’s a look at some of the reactions on Twitter:

Last updated Nov 20, 2022 1:55 PM IST

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I’m incredibly wrong about everything but I’m very good at chess https://tromsosjakklubb.com/im-incredibly-wrong-about-everything-but-im-very-good-at-chess/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 08:12:04 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/im-incredibly-wrong-about-everything-but-im-very-good-at-chess/ So you thought you could outsmart me, didn’t you? You thought you could waltz in here and effortlessly broadcast my attacks on your ideology? That you could categorically debunk every one of my outrageous claims without even a Google search? Well, you were right, I clearly have no idea how the world works, but I […]]]>

So you thought you could outsmart me, didn’t you? You thought you could waltz in here and effortlessly broadcast my attacks on your ideology? That you could categorically debunk every one of my outrageous claims without even a Google search? Well, you were right, I clearly have no idea how the world works, but I still own that chess set. Checkmate!

Don’t try to mock me with this ‘white privilege’ talk. Unless of course you’re referring to the real-life “white privilege” you reluctantly forced me to concede is one thing. But in terms of the statistical advantage I had playing with white and therefore making the first move, my rook/bishop/pawn advantage is high enough in points to indicate that I would have won that game even if I had played with the blacks!

I may be one of the most toxic examples of a “free thinker” since Bobby Fischer, but I’m the best chess player since Bobby Fischer!

Maybe if you hadn’t been so busy proving that Trump didn’t win the 2020 election, you would have casted on the queen’s side while you still could, but alas, no. Now the day, except for a single argument about everything that really matters in this world, is mine.

You cited ironclad data when I called Covid a “liberal hoax” and exposed my anti-vax sentiment as nothing more than the distorted rumble of a paranoid mind, well done. You also aligned your rook and your king, a critical error in chess!

I destroyed your middle ground defenses as easily as you ruined my argument that modern Republicans can take credit for ending slavery. You may have won the conversation, but I have one this arbitrary little board game! Check and mate libtard.

Oh wait, you can actually block my queen with your knight. Alright, but that’s only delaying the inevitable, because I… hmm, that’s putting me in check while simultaneously attacking my queen with your bishop. Alright… I’m going to offer a draw?

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Checkmate – The Martha’s Vineyard Times https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-the-marthas-vineyard-times/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 21:33:51 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-the-marthas-vineyard-times/ At the blue picnic tables in front of Bobby B’s in Vineyard Haven, a showdown of wit and talent begins. Despite the cold weather, a group of seven Islanders gather around a few treadmills to test their abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills. There were light and friendly chats (all in the name of the game) […]]]>

At the blue picnic tables in front of Bobby B’s in Vineyard Haven, a showdown of wit and talent begins.

Despite the cold weather, a group of seven Islanders gather around a few treadmills to test their abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills. There were light and friendly chats (all in the name of the game) and laughter exchanged by everyone in the group – just some of the joys experienced by members of Martha’s Vineyard Chess Club.

“The island has a very strong chess tradition,” TJ Reap, coach of the chess club, told The Times. “Dan Sharkovitz started it in high school in the 80s or 90s, and it went through phases over the years.” Reap became involved with the club after former club leader Bill McCarthy, an English teacher at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, handed him the torch.

The club has several hangouts around the island, and the chess community here extends far beyond students or members of the club itself. Most Vineyard libraries host their own chess nights, and you can be sure that plenty of chess club members show up to test their mettle and have fun. But the chess club also holds competitions at the Portuguese-American club, Bobby B’s, near the port of Oak Bluffs, and at the MVRHS library.

Sometimes 13 or more people will participate in the various chess events and tournaments on the vineyard. There are some very familiar people joining in on the fun, including Mike Benjamin, Paul Lazes, Michael Wexler, Mike Alberice, Ed Painter and many more. When the MV Chess Club was in its heyday, it was an official league team that competed in off-island tournaments and also held tournaments on the vineyard. “They had won many years since the 90s. I’m sure they still have all the trophies somewhere in high school,” Reap said.

Back when Reap took over and worked to revitalize the chess club, he offered a $100 prize for a chess player who could challenge him, and many skilled and experienced players took up the challenge. “All the top players were very passionate about it. We found out who the real serious players were and reformed the team,” Reap explained. McCarthy put Reap in touch with coaches from the official chess league, and soon after, the high school team was in second place in its regular season South Cape Interscholastic Chess League Finals, with Dartmouth High School taking the lead.

“We had an extremely exciting final match with them. We ended up splitting (tied) – Dartmouth won game one, we won game two. Well in game three Kestutis Biskis thought he was beaten but it turned out to be a draw,” said Reap. “Then we all sat and watched Nikola Nikolov finish. He won best of three, and the final score was a tie – that was really exciting.

According to Reap, there will be about 10 students on the high school team this year, including former members who won Vineyard honors in the Chess League Finals. But Reap noted that interest in chess goes well beyond the confines of the official club: he personally knows dozens of high school kids who use chess.com, a virtual chess platform that lets people to compete with online competitors. “A lot of kids use online chess on their phone or computer. There are tons of resources for people who are interested and want to learn the game.”

For people who want an insight into the ins and outs of chess, Reap explained that there are endless how-to videos and chess instructors on YouTube that offer free access to valuable content. “You can watch greats like Magnus Carlsen play in a live game against some of the greatest players in the world,” Reap said. “There are even videos that break down the game into the best principles and all the different tactics you can use to grow as a player.” For Reap, who is also an MVRHS football coach, showing up in a public space with a few chessboards and watching youngsters gather for friendly competition is one of his great joys. Every time he starts playing, passers-by take an interest in him and in no time a large group of all ages is gathering around the table. “I have a wrestling background and many years of football. Chess teaches many of the same very important life skills. Even if your opponent beats you hard, you shake their hand and say ‘good game,’” Reap said.

A core element of chess that Reap said he enjoys the most is that both sides start on an equal footing, and it’s up to the competitors to outsmart and outplay their opponents. He said that chess is a game for everyone and that many skills learned in chess are valuable in other spheres, whether on the football field or in everyday life. “It’s about understanding strategy, patience, self-confidence; there are so many upsides to playing,” Reap said. “I think it should be part of the school curriculum at some point early in children’s learning – it’s incredibly valuable and a lot of fun.”

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Su-75 Checkmate death knell as Russian fighter jet development set for further delays due to war in Ukraine? https://tromsosjakklubb.com/su-75-checkmate-death-knell-as-russian-fighter-jet-development-set-for-further-delays-due-to-war-in-ukraine/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 04:19:24 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/su-75-checkmate-death-knell-as-russian-fighter-jet-development-set-for-further-delays-due-to-war-in-ukraine/ Russia’s war in Ukraine appears to have severely hampered its aerospace industry, particularly its ambitious fifth-generation single-engine Su-75 Checkmate. HIMARS Pounding brings Russia to the brink of major military defeat; Moscow admits losing ground in Kherson Experts have now pointed out that Western sanctions have severely limited Russia’s ability to source and manufacture the components […]]]>

Russia’s war in Ukraine appears to have severely hampered its aerospace industry, particularly its ambitious fifth-generation single-engine Su-75 Checkmate.

HIMARS Pounding brings Russia to the brink of major military defeat; Moscow admits losing ground in Kherson

Experts have now pointed out that Western sanctions have severely limited Russia’s ability to source and manufacture the components needed to build the “fifth generation” aircraft.

Russia has shown great confidence in the future of the Su-75 and said that the first test flight of the aircraft could materialize in 2024. However, the Checkmate did not exceed models and computer generated graphics.

The current conflict in Ukraine could last until 2023. Many Western experts have noted that it could be difficult for the Russian aerospace sector to move the project forward smoothly.

When the Checkmate was first shown at the MAKS 2021 international airshow, it was touted as a way for the domestic fighter jet industry to carve out a niche in the export market.

The plane’s name comes from the term “Checkmate”, which alludes to the chess move that ends the game by trapping the king.

An artist’s digital representation of the Sukhoi Checkmate., TASS

The Russian aerospace industry wants to undermine sales of competing planes developed by other countries, including Sweden’s JAS-39E/F Gripen and Lockheed Martin F-35, by offering a cheaper Russian-made alternative.

In terms of performance, the aircraft would carry 7.4 tons of payload at a maximum speed of Mach 1.8 and a combat range of 1,700 kilometers without using additional fuel tanks. It was also reported that the new aircraft could maneuver at 8g.

The fifth-generation Su-75 aircraft has an internal weapons bay that stores missiles, like other stealth jets. The aircraft will be equipped with the same air-launched weapons used by the Su-35 and Su-57, according to MAKS 2021 information plates.

Additionally, the design team claimed that the aircraft had high lift efficiency. The V-shaped vertical tail, which contributes to the aircraft’s reduced RCS, also received special mention.

Impact of Western sanctions

The invasion of Ukraine prompted the United States and its allies to impose heavy sanctions on Russia. For this reason, it became conceivable that Moscow could not produce or obtain the essential components of the program.

Maya Carlin, a defense analyst, said in her article that Russia’s ability to obtain essential items, such as precision machining machinery and semiconductors, has been hampered. These elements are necessary for the proper functioning of the advanced avionics system.

According to Carlin, this will impact future sales and manufacturing of an airworthy Su-75, which is currently expected to fly in 2024. If Russia struggles to provide parts and maintenance, it could deter potential buyers.

Examination of the wreckage of Russian missiles, drones and even tanks that were shot down in Ukraine has shown that they contain Western subsystems that are no longer allowed to be supplied to Russia.

Even in the past, US sanctions had a significant influence on the Russian defense industry. CAATSA (Counter America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act), passed before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, significantly discouraged different countries from procuring Russian weapons.

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File Image: Su-57-& Su-75 (Checkmate)

Many countries have already ended their plans to buy Russian weapons to avoid US sanctions. Egypt, Algeria and Indonesia are notable cases of canceled purchases of the Su-35 fighter jet.

Checkmate’s development schedule has already been impacted by the sanctions Russia is currently facing. Sergey Chemezov, the head of Rostec, had informed Russian President Vladimir Putin during a May 18 meeting that the advanced Su-75 Checkmate fighter would begin production in 2027 rather than 2025, as had been planned.

In addition to concerns about the potential for manufacturing and exporting Russian weapons, there is also a major question about the performance of Russian aircraft in Ukraine. Despite having a clear advantage over the Ukrainian Air Force, Moscow was unable to achieve any air dominance in Ukraine.

The loss of advanced aircraft like the Su-35 in Ukraine could make governments hesitant to invest in brand new planes like Checkmate.

Prospects for collaboration with other countries?

Russia’s most advanced fighter, the Su-57, has only one customer, the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS), and was produced only in small numbers and at a significantly higher price. higher than expected.

Additionally, India’s decision to suspend funding for the program has also hampered the development process of the Su-57 aircraft. To prevent such a situation from happening again, Russia approached the United Arab Emirates in 2017 with a proposal to collaborate on the development of the Su-75.

During the Dubai Airshow in November 2017, a contract outlining the cost sharing of the program between the two countries was to be signed. However, the UAE’s plans to fund the program were reportedly scrapped due to US pressure.

However, a promotional video shows that Russia is still confident about exporting the jet to the Gulf state. The video begins with a pilot in the United Arab Emirates gathering his flight gear after receiving a jamming notice on his smartphone.

Pilots from three countries that the Russians see as their most immediate customers – India, Vietnam and Argentina – would also be shown in the video. Some experts believe these countries would consider buying the Checkmate, which costs around $25-30 million each.

Experts say governments within Russia’s sphere of influence could still buy Russian weapons, regardless of sanctions. But if development of the Su-75 is delayed, foreign customers could go elsewhere for their needs, dealing a major financial blow to Moscow.

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The chess club celebrates the art, sport of the game https://tromsosjakklubb.com/the-chess-club-celebrates-the-art-sport-of-the-game/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 05:31:15 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/the-chess-club-celebrates-the-art-sport-of-the-game/ Journal Staff Tanya Manus Neighborhood kids and teens who gather to play chess on Monday afternoons know they’re having fun. They’re learning a hobby they can play for a lifetime, and they’re learning vital real-world skills they’ll use away from their chessboards. The Rapid City Area Scholastic Chess Club celebrates its first anniversary this month. […]]]>

Journal Staff Tanya Manus

Neighborhood kids and teens who gather to play chess on Monday afternoons know they’re having fun. They’re learning a hobby they can play for a lifetime, and they’re learning vital real-world skills they’ll use away from their chessboards.

The Rapid City Area Scholastic Chess Club celebrates its first anniversary this month. The nonprofit club is open to children and teens in kindergarten through 12th grade in Rapid City and the surrounding area. The club meets from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays in science rooms 120 and 121 at West Middle School, and meetings are free.

Beginners are welcome, as are students who wish to participate in chess tournaments. The club hopes to promote a better knowledge and understanding of chess as an art and an intellectual sport.

Every week a number of veteran adult chess players volunteer to coach young players at chess club meetings. Coaches include Nate Walstrom, who helped start the club and is its president. Volunteer coaches teach chess tactics, defensive moves and strategies.

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One of the coaches is Mark Falk, who has played chess for much of his life. He is a regular at chess club meetings and enjoys teaching beginning players and coaching champions such as Brogan McGrath.

In October, 16-year-old Brogan won the 2022 Junior State Chess Championship title. He and other players competed in five rounds of chess, each lasting two to three hours.

Becoming a champion chess player takes dedication, practice and hard work, Falk said. Brogan has been playing chess since he was 10 years old.

Brogan’s mother, Jan McGrath, said Brogan learned to play chess by reading the book “Chess from First Moves to Checkmate” by Daniel King. Brogan then taught his younger brother, John, to play. In addition to Brogan’s recent victory at the South Dakota competition, he won the South Dakota School Chess Tournament in April and represented South Dakota this year in the GM Arnold Denker National Tournament of High School State. Champions in Rancho Mirage, California.

“He’s very caring and he works very hard at the game. I think he spends time trying to learn from his mistakes. He spends time studying the game. That’s really the most remarkable thing. Most successful players work hard and their hard work pays off,” Falk said. “I think it’s rare to have a really strong player who hasn’t spent time working on it.”

“Brogan has the potential to be a very, very strong player in the future,” he said. “We have good players who are not beginners (in a chess club) and everyone who plays with these children has learned by playing with them.”

Falk is a retired attorney who has practiced civil and criminal law and taught business law and political philosophy. He finds satisfaction in teaching a new generation of chess players.

“I decided that working with children would be a lot of fun. I really like working with young people. I help them with their games and answer questions and give them competition – or they give me competition,” Falk said.

Younger players, who are in kindergarten and first grade, often don’t know the names of chess pieces or the basics of the game when their parents take them to the chess club.

“Meeting these kids who are so interested and excited about playing chess is what I love,” Falk said.

Chess instills life lessons as children learn to play.

“It helps build focus and I think it helps them to think beyond instant gratification. They start to think about the repercussions of things they do and things they encounter, and what that may mean. It gets them anticipating,” Falk said.

“It’s a fun game, so it’s entertaining. They derive satisfaction from competing with other players. If they lose, they almost always learn,” he said. “The biggest problem is following the rules. … It’s a friendly game, not a hostile relationship.”

Now 70, Falk said he learned the game growing up and became a more serious player when he was in college. He joined the Minnesota and USA Chess Associations, then joined the South Dakota Chess Association and competed in tournaments.

“When I was a teenager, I got a job. My boss liked to play tournament chess and he made me play chess every night. I don’t know now if I’ve ever won a match against him,” Falk said with a laugh. “It was the first time I spent a lot of time playing.”

“You learn more by losing than by winning,” he said. “For 99.9% of players, there is always the possibility of trying to improve and improve.”

Falk remembers coming into open world chess competition in the 1980s where “I got real rewarded by really strong players. It can be humiliating.

“It’s harder to stand out in chess than in some things. In chess you can get really good, but there’s almost always someone who’s a bit better who can challenge you,” he said.

The Rapid City Area Scholastic Chess Club is hosting a United States Chess Federation Unrated Chess Tournament for Veterans Day. The tournament will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 12 at the Bible Fellowship Church in Rapid City. Falk will be the tournament director.

Club members are also looking forward to the 2023 South Dakota School Chess Tournament, which will be held in Rapid City for children and teens in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information on the Rapid City Area Scholastic Chess Club, visit rcscholasticchess.weebly.com.

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“Checkmate” for Louis Vuitton – Law firm https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-for-louis-vuitton-law-firm/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 14:42:39 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-for-louis-vuitton-law-firm/ Last week, the European Court handed down a decision that Louis Vuitton had fought to avoid since 2015. The Court ruled that Louis Vuitton’s ‘Damier Azur’ chessboard design did not have the distinctive character required to be a registered trademark in the EU. Unless Louis Vuitton appeals, it will no longer enjoy trademark protection for […]]]>

Last week, the European Court handed down a decision that Louis Vuitton had fought to avoid since 2015.

The Court ruled that Louis Vuitton’s ‘Damier Azur’ chessboard design did not have the distinctive character required to be a registered trademark in the EU.

Unless Louis Vuitton appeals, it will no longer enjoy trademark protection for the design used on accessories such as handbags and purses as well as other products.

The ground not having the required distinctive character

Acquired distinctive character requires that a significant part of the relevant public seeing the mark identify the accessories as coming from Louis Vuitton.

To this end, a series of factors are taken into account, including market share, the amount invested in promoting the brand and “how intense, geographically widespread and long standing” use has been.

An important factor for Louis Vuitton was to prove acquired distinctiveness through the EU.

It was recognized that it would be “unreasonable” provide evidence for each EU Member State and this evidence could apply to multiple EU Member States. For example, Louis Vuitton could have grouped together some EU member states and acted as if it were a single distribution network.

Alternatively a “geographical, cultural or linguistic proximity” could mean that the public in one EU Member State is sufficiently informed about the goods in another EU Member State. In contrast, presenting evidence for a substantial part or majority of the EU or covering all but one EU Member State would be not be sufficient.

The General Court considered that the evidence provided was insufficient, in particular as regards Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

Louis Vuitton argued that “Consumers adopt consistent behavior towards luxury brands” throughout the EU due to travel and the internet. However, this was rejected as “too general”.

The Court also decided that Louis Vuitton had not sufficiently substantiated its argument that geographical and cultural proximity meant that the evidence for Poland and Sweden could apply to Lithuania and Latvia and the evidence for Romania could apply to Slovakia, Slovenia and Bulgaria. Accordingly, the acquired distinctiveness had not shown throughout the EU.

Distinction gained in the United Kingdom

The EU covers 27 Member States and it seems difficult to sufficiently show acquired distinctiveness across the EU (for example, as shown by Nestlé in relation to a four-finger Kit Kat chocolate bar without Mark).

On the other hand, for the United Kingdom (which has the same legal requirement as a mark which is “devoid of distinctiveness” cannot be registered unless it has acquired distinctiveness through use), it may be slightly easier to register marks as evidence of acquired distinctiveness must be shown throughout the UK United only.

Evidence for a certain region only (like Scotland) would usually not suffice. But that doesn’t mean evidence is needed for every UK city.

Additionally, the guide published by the UK Intellectual Property Office provides an example of a trademark for a Welsh word. This may only require evidence of acquired distinctiveness for a substantial proportion of those who speak Welsh in Wales. Therefore, in theory, it may be easier to reach the territorial threshold of acquired distinctiveness in the UK.

Why file a trademark application?

More and more companies are applying for the registration of non-traditional marks such as shape, color or sound marks. Since October 2017 (in the EU) and January 2019 (in the UK), there is no longer a requirement that marks can be represented graphically (eg as a word or logo).

By way of example, relevant UK and EU laws state that a mark may include designs, colors, sounds, etc. As a result, the requirement now is that the brand be able to:

  • distinguish the goods/services of one company from another; and
  • be represented in a way which means that the object of protection is clear and precise.

As a result, companies apply to register designs as trademarks. Indeed, a model record:

  • lasts a maximum of 25 years (if renewed every five years); a trademark can be renewed indefinitely every 10 years;
  • must be new and produce a different overall impression from any prior designs available to the public; and
  • must be made within one year of the entry of the design or model into the public domain, which is not the case for a trademark.

Starting point

Businesses holding non-traditional marks (which can be presented in a clear and precise manner and are able to sufficiently distinguish the goods/services of the business as originating from its activity) should consider applying for registration while remembering that the Design registration (if relevant) may provide an easier way to obtain IP registration.

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“Checkmate” for Louis Vuitton – Lexology https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-for-louis-vuitton-lexology/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 14:37:30 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-for-louis-vuitton-lexology/ Last week, the European Court handed down a decision that Louis Vuitton had fought to avoid since 2015. The Court ruled that Louis Vuitton’s ‘Damier Azur’ chessboard design did not have the distinctive character required to be a registered trademark in the EU. Unless Louis Vuitton appeals, it will no longer enjoy trademark protection for […]]]>

Last week, the European Court handed down a decision that Louis Vuitton had fought to avoid since 2015.

The Court ruled that Louis Vuitton’s ‘Damier Azur’ chessboard design did not have the distinctive character required to be a registered trademark in the EU.

Unless Louis Vuitton appeals, it will no longer enjoy trademark protection for the design used on accessories such as handbags and purses as well as other products.

The ground not having the required distinctive character

Acquired distinctive character requires that a significant part of the relevant public seeing the mark identify the accessories as coming from Louis Vuitton.

To this end, a series of factors are taken into account, including market share, the amount invested in promoting the brand and “how intense, geographically widespread and longstanding” use has been.

An important factor for Louis Vuitton was to prove acquired distinctiveness through the EU.

It was recognized that it would be “unreasonable” provide evidence for each EU Member State and this evidence could apply to multiple EU Member States. For example, Louis Vuitton could have grouped together some EU member states and acted as if it were a single distribution network.

Alternatively a “geographical, cultural or linguistic proximity” could mean that the public in one EU Member State is sufficiently informed about the goods in another EU Member State. In contrast, presenting evidence for a substantial part or majority of the EU or covering all but one EU Member State would be not be sufficient.

The General Court considered that the evidence provided was insufficient, in particular as regards Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

Louis Vuitton argued that “Consumers adopt consistent behavior towards luxury brands” throughout the EU due to travel and the internet. However, this was rejected as “too general”.

The Court also decided that Louis Vuitton had not sufficiently substantiated its argument that geographical and cultural proximity meant that the evidence for Poland and Sweden could apply to Lithuania and Latvia and the evidence for Romania could apply to Slovakia, Slovenia and Bulgaria. Accordingly, the acquired distinctiveness had not shown throughout the EU.

Distinction gained in the United Kingdom

The EU covers 27 Member States and it seems difficult to sufficiently show acquired distinctiveness across the EU (for example, as shown by Nestlé in relation to a four-finger Kit Kat chocolate bar without Mark).

On the other hand, for the United Kingdom (which has the same legal requirement as a mark which is “devoid of distinctive character” cannot be registered unless it has acquired distinctiveness through use), it may be slightly easier to register marks as evidence of acquired distinctiveness must be shown throughout the UK United only.

Evidence for a certain region only (like Scotland) would usually not suffice. But that doesn’t mean evidence is needed for every UK city.

Additionally, the guide published by the UK Intellectual Property Office provides an example of a trademark for a Welsh word. This may only require evidence of acquired distinctiveness for a substantial proportion of those who speak Welsh in Wales. Therefore, in theory, it may be easier to reach the territorial threshold of acquired distinctiveness in the UK.

Why file a trademark application?

More and more companies are applying for the registration of non-traditional marks such as shape, color or sound marks. Since October 2017 (in the EU) and January 2019 (in the UK), there is no longer a requirement that marks can be represented graphically (eg as a word or logo).

By way of example, relevant UK and EU laws state that a mark may include designs, colors, sounds, etc. As a result, the requirement now is that the brand be able to:

  • distinguish the goods/services of one company from another; and
  • be represented in a way which means that the object of protection is clear and precise.

As a result, companies apply to register designs as trademarks. Indeed, a model record:

  • lasts a maximum of 25 years (if renewed every five years); a trademark can be renewed indefinitely every 10 years;
  • must be new and produce a different overall impression from any prior designs available to the public; and
  • must be made within one year of the entry of the design or model into the public domain, which is not the case for a trademark.

Starting point

Businesses holding non-traditional marks (which can be presented in a clear and precise manner and are able to sufficiently distinguish the goods/services of the business as originating from its activity) should consider applying for registration while remembering that the Design registration (if relevant) may provide an easier way to obtain IP registration.

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Philippine Inmates checkmate players from 46 countries – conviction and brilliance at their best https://tromsosjakklubb.com/philippine-inmates-checkmate-players-from-46-countries-conviction-and-brilliance-at-their-best/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 15:02:36 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/philippine-inmates-checkmate-players-from-46-countries-conviction-and-brilliance-at-their-best/ Philippine Inmates checkmate players from 46 countries – conviction and brilliance at their best By Marlon BernardinPhilBoxing.comWed 26 Oct 2022 MANILA—Congratulations and congratulations to the General Santos City Jail—Philippines for winning the second Intercontinental Online Prisoner Chess Championship (Men’s Section) on Monday, October 17, 2022. Over 85 teams from 46 countries representing all continents joined […]]]>

Philippine Inmates checkmate players from 46 countries – conviction and brilliance at their best

By Marlon Bernardin
PhilBoxing.com
Wed 26 Oct 2022

MANILA—Congratulations and congratulations to the General Santos City Jail—Philippines for winning the second Intercontinental Online Prisoner Chess Championship (Men’s Section) on Monday, October 17, 2022. Over 85 teams from 46 countries representing all continents joined the tournament, which aims to popularize chess as an effective tool for the reintegration of incarcerated people. The second Intercontinental Online Chess Championship for Prisoners is the largest chess event ever held in correctional facilities and was launched on October 13, International Prison Education Day.

*** Chess for Freedom Defenders in Philippines Prisons

The conviction of the prisoners, the efforts of Prison Officer 1 Cedrix Cabangal of the Bureau of Prisons Management and Penology (BJMP), the advice of the Chief Prison Director of the BJMP, Allan Iral, and the support of the Chess defenders Master Silva and AGM Srihaan Poddar score for the Philippines POW Team, the only team from ASEAN to compete in the Second Intercontinental POW Chess Competition.

According to Philippine National Master Winston Silva — “It was a triumph of the spirit for these hard working people and I am proud and honored to have helped them achieve their dreams.”

AGM Srihaan Poddar (14-year-old student from Manila International School who plays under the Philippine Chess Federation) said — “Chess instills mental agility, self-discipline, problem-solving skills and the ability to focus.It positively channels energy and emotions into critical thinking, relieves prisoners of isolation, helps them relax, teaches patience and provides a lifeline to prisoners. prison chess gives hope that people seen as pawns could be promoted to kings and queens”.

“During the pandemic, when I was confined (among many others) within the four walls of the house; I realized the predicament of life as a prisoner. I wanted to explore the use of online chess as a tool de-stressing and learning for prisons. I did some research and talked to a few chess players and learned that the Philippine prison provides this outlet where I can contribute to the growth and rehabilitation of the prisoner 39. I contacted Mr. Silva and Mr. Cabangal and they were very happy that foreigners were also involved in the rehabilitation process and it would be very encouraging for the prisoners,” Srihaan added.

*** Life beyond the Covid pandemic in prisons in the Philippines During the pandemic, when most human beings were confined within four walls, some inspiration came from the prison world (where four walls are rather a standard) to show that the pandemic is behind us and the world needs to move on and on!

The chess program began at the General Santos City Jail Male Dorm under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in April 2020. The project supervisor said that during the pandemic, de many changes in prisoners’ mental health have been noticed due to restrictions related to COVID-19 health protocols. Therefore, a chess competition inside the penal institution was organized to manage the anxieties of the inmates.

BJMP Chief Prison Warden Allan Iral praised the team for bringing pride and honor not only to the prison office but also to the country. Despite their situation, our PDL chess players and their trainer, Prison Officer 1 Cedrix Cabangal, did not disappoint us. Although they were imprisoned, they still managed to win the match and be crowned champions. Our wholehearted salute and tribute to their demonstrated talent, determination and talent which is truly world class,” Allan said in a translated statement.

Jail Officer 1 Cedrix Cabangal of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), the team’s coach, said he was confident their team would top this year’s tournament. “I saw the potential of the team. They were very competitive and determined to compete in the Intercontinental Online Chess Championship for Prisoners and become champions,” Cabangal said in a statement. Our team made up of people deprived of liberty who are competitive, and with the help of a few Filipinas and 39; chess masters, namely NM Winston Silva, AGM Srihaan Poddar and yours truly, we will present our talent to the whole world”, – says prison officer 1 Cabangal.

***Chess as a tool for education and social inclusion in prison This aims to introduce chess as a tool for education and social inclusion in prisons in different countries. The tournament is played online and streamed live on Chess TV and the FIDE Youtube channel. The championship is open to teams of four players representing any correctional facility, with no restrictions on inmate age and gender.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich gave a very inspiring message in his opening speech: “Our project ‘Chess for Freedom’ is for people who have already made mistakes in their lives but have a chance to improve. FIDE will bring chess to every corner of the world, especially to the corners where chess can transform people’s lives, give them a chance to live a better life and change people’s lives. things. People who are not free now can develop their lives to the best. I hope this event will give a boost to the development of chess in the world and have a great social impact.”

FIDE Board Vice President Dana Reizniece-Ozola spoke about the Chess for Freedom program and explained: “Prison officials find that in places where the chess program is implemented , inmates’ behavior changes, depression and stress levels decrease , they are more successful in re-socializing upon release from prison It’s not just a matter of skills and another way to spend your time free is also the feeling of belonging to a community, to the chess family. a lot to advocate for a program itself, but I think the example of other countries works even better than our invitations.”

AGM Srihaan Poddar is inspired by FIDE’s Chess for Freedom program and plans to continue working with Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Jail Officer 1 Cedrix Cabangal and National Master Winston Silva to convey this hope to prisoners of General Santos City Jail—Philippines.-Marlon Bernardino-

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    Scholar’s Companion Beginner’s Guide (Four-Move Checkmate) https://tromsosjakklubb.com/scholars-companion-beginners-guide-four-move-checkmate/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 19:45:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/scholars-companion-beginners-guide-four-move-checkmate/ Chess is currently in the midst of its third popularity boom in recent years. The ancient sport had its first boom in popularity during the COVID shutdowns when many people, including top streamers, took up the game as a hobby, and the second boom came shortly after the Netflix hit show. The Queen’s Bet. RELATED: […]]]>

    Chess is currently in the midst of its third popularity boom in recent years. The ancient sport had its first boom in popularity during the COVID shutdowns when many people, including top streamers, took up the game as a hobby, and the second boom came shortly after the Netflix hit show. The Queen’s Bet.


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    Unfortunately, the current third boom is not so flattering for the sport, as the spike in popularity and attention stems from an ongoing cheating scandal. Magnus Carlsen accused Hans Niemann of cheating, a claim Chess.com backed up with a 72-page report where it is claimed that Niemann “probably cheated more than 100 times”. Hans Niemann has admitted to cheating online in the past, but claims he never cheated on the board, despite Magnus’ very public accusation.

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    With these three booms in popularity bringing millions of new players to chess, we decided to make a guide to one of the most crucial opening traps beginners need to learn: the Scholar’s Mate.


    What is Scholar’s Companion

    The Scholar’s Mate is a chess opening that, if performed correctly, can end the game in just four moves. As such, it is imperative that beginners learn the opening to ensure they never fall victim to an embarrassingly quick defeat. As seen in the image above, the Scholar’s Companion is executed by White with their bishop and light queen working together to mate Black’s king on the f7 square.

    The image above shows a common Scholar Fellow position, which was achieved by:

    1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Qh5 Bc5

    It is now White’s turn, who can checkmate his opponent with 4. Qxf7#​​​.

    The Scholar’s Mate can also be executed with White’s queen moved to the f3 square, although this can be blocked by Black with the developing move Nf6. While it’s tempting to play Scholar’s Mate, it’s not advisable to do so, as White will be left in a dull position if his opponent knows how to effectively defend against the opening trap.

    How to Defend Against Scholar’s Companion

    Black can defend the Scholar’s Mate with his queen; however, it is generally a bad idea to bring the queen out too early in chess, as it is easy for the opponent to attack and gain tempo. Instead, as shown in the image above, black can play g6, which forces the queen to move. This is less than ideal for white, as moving the same piece twice in the opening, especially the queen, often gives the opponent the opportunity to advance in the development of his pieces.

    After playing g6, black shouldn’t think his job is done, as white can move his queen to f3, which again threatens to checkmate on the f7 square. However, Black has a great move he can play here: Nf6.

    This move blocks checkmate and develops a piece. The game is far from over, but in this position Black has successfully defended against Scholar’s Mate, while developing his pieces better than White.

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