Because almost nobody knows my blogs at the Groninger Combinatie, I will tell you all about them. In my blogs I step in the shoes of various characters, to show their specific visions. Here and now as well, as Don Juan Jamon, who puts the female beauties in the spotlight.
But let me show you first of all what other experts have to say on this theme. In 1968 GM Hein Donner wrote an article in the women’s magazine Avenue, in which he stated, that women can not play chess. And you know what?
Gary Kasparov and Nigel Short, those old rivals, agree in this completely with Hein. Let me quote Nigel: Girls just do not have the brains to play chess. Shrill feminists have turned me into the pantomine villain of chess.
Say Gary, remember that 17 year old girl in Linares 1994? Letting go of your knight on c5 and then placing it on f8! And then losing to that same girl, in a rapid match Russia versus the rest of the world?
As far as Nigel is concerned, he has a terrible score against Judith Polgar, yes that little girl, only reason for that was her cleavage of course (and I don’t mean her kingside attack splitting Short in two). Under the inspiring leadership of the new FIDE vice-president, without any doubt the dress code will be sharpened, as is already the case in the ECU (European Chess Union). At the European Championship for women secretary general Sava Stoisavlevic paid close attention to the amount of cleavage, to ensure that the women appeared according to the dress code at the chess board.
More than two buttons on a woman’s shirt could not be undone. A seamstress was standing by to sew up some buttons, if necessary (bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “a needle match”). But why all this? The dress code was a response to frequent comments made by spectators and coaches.
Some players showed up dressed like they were going to the beach, so Sava claimed in an interview with Chess Base News. Out of the question, to be dressed like that. Another sanction: Not properly dressed? No admittance to the closing ceremony! But… at the Olympiad, this year in Batumi Georgia, there was no dress code at all. On the tournament site one bit of eye candy after the other could be admired, especially by the Don. And the Don would not be the Don, if he did not offer you a slide show, so you can enjoy the lovely ladies as well. There is more! The Facebook account of Fiona Steil-Antoni! She probably can inform me about the gorgeous woman, that makes the first move at the first tie break game between Carlsen and Caruana last month.
And at the Chess Fesitival the Don will appear as paparazzo Giacomo Prosciutto, taking pictures of all the ladies. And will be shown on the site under photographs. Let me give you a preview. I hope, this lady is among the participants, if I see her in this outfit, mmhh…
Every chance, because it is unthinkable, the festival having a needle woman ready to sew up too low cut tops. Hasta mañana, muchachos.
Jacques Jambon will produce an image column on a daily basis during the Chess Festival, where text and pictures will give you a surprising vision of the chess world, in his own words and through the eyes of a person who has seen it all (and may make you feel the same). He does not sit on the fence, run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. He manages to combine a romantic style with an eye for the painful truth about that twilight world, where grandmasters and patzers meet. Jambon is not only a chessplayer but also erstwhile reporter for the Nieuwsblad van het Noorden (a northern newspaper), anarchistic enemy of the state, goal- and, barkeeper, poet,-fashion icon, (the list goes on).
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