The warm sun of November made up for the late begin of summer in Greece this year. But winter has finally caught up with us. This month will remain in my memory as one containing many new experiences, knowledge and friendships but also one that was laden with disturbing world news.
The highlight of the month was definitely the WYCC (World Youth Chess Championship) that took place in Chalkidiki. In a troop of 60 arbiters, facing 1600 players and more than 3000 people in total, we managed to keep the championship a pleasant and fair place to play chess.
This was a humongous task and without a doubt, the most well organized and directed championship I have ever participated in, as an arbiter. I also managed to ask many questions at the FA seminar and cleared up many doubts that I didn’t even know I had. We had some new cases and discussions that I ll analyze in due course. There were more interesting seminars taking place but one has only so much time and stamina during such an event. I hope next time to attend the International Organizers seminar.
And then I stumbled upon these on the internet:
Hilarious Chess Moments
It’s what it says: hilarious!!
Nureyev: Dancing Through Darkness (2004)
A dark but still beautiful documentary on the life of Nureyev, the greatest ballet dancer of all times, after he stopped dancing. It talks about his work with the Opera of Paris and how his life unfolded after the diagnosis of his disease.
Secrets Of Her Majesty’s Secret Service
At first I thought this was an interesting documentary, it featured some of the James Bond secrets and showed the headquarters of the British secret services. But to my astonishment there was a lot on the Bletchley Park and interviews from living heroes talking on the Enigma and other things. It completely blew me away.
Quote of the month:
“A darkness lies behind us, and we have turned our backs upon it, and we do not desire to return thither even in thought. Westwards our hearts have been turned, and we believe that there we shall find Light”.