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Thibault de Vassal (2007-02-07)
Younger and younger...
The new chess phenomenon seems to be this young boy, Illya Nyzhnyk (birthdate 27.09.1996). He just won Moscow open B (8,5/9 - perf 2633 !)
Impresssive, what do you think ?
Article from Scacchierando
Dinesh De Silva (2007-02-09 11:58:30)
Does Illya Nyzhnyk carry the teddy bear at all times while he plays?! Do you think it's a lucky mascot or something?!
Thibault de Vassal (2007-02-09 12:33:11)
For sure... It's said the teddy bear is called "Deep Rybka on Dual Xeon" or something :)
Teddy bears should be forbidden during chess tournaments, particularly world championships !
This is a message of the committee against teddy bears.
Marc Lacrosse (2007-02-09 18:29:27)
and next ...
and next ...
....Teddy bears tournaments !
(some allowed to take a human advisor on their knees)
Dinesh De Silva (2007-02-10 08:36:07)
Do you think Illya Nyzhnyk's feelings would be hurt if chess officials ban him from carrying a teddy bear in future tournaments?! Or will they scan/ monitor or even interrogate the teddy bear?! Will Illya lodge a complaint citing cruelty to kids & teddies?! Will this divide the chess world in two?! Lastly, will there be a sizeable increase in sales for similar teddy bears by chess players who might think that these teddies might make them very strong players?!?
Elmer Valderrama (2007-02-10 13:55:59)
That teddy bear is worth 350 ELO, my guess.
Actually everyone has his 'teddy bear': it might be a blue shirt, the black shoes, or taking even his own mother/wife to the games (no punk intended to concerned players ;) ..All of these get scanned so I do not see any good reason why the teddy bear should not be scanned both before and after the game. If game is lost by the child there is no need to scan it of course. If game is won, then the teddy bear must be confiscated temporarily for further examination. Measures should be taken to shift the child's preference to any other object or person, as this teddy bear is starting to look rather suspicious to me/many, and annoying to his opponents who would then bring on dummies, milk bottles even nappies making this scenario rather...childish, unacceptable for a intellectual game as chess. Moreover, there would appear chess variants named after this toy, as 'the Teddy Bear Attack', or 'the deadly Teddy Bear Gambit' which could be played while singing 'teddy bear, teddy bear touch your nose, teddy bear, teddy bear touch your toes, teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground, teddy bear teddy bear turn around', any of which would kill the game. In fact if nothing is done against this teddy bear, hereby I announce that I would quit chess, rapid chess, blitz chess, postal chess, email chess, server chess and correspondence chess (where admittedly is difficult to guess if there is any teddy bear around) I will then switch to a table game where teddy bears aren't going to be seen for a while, like Poker, or Roulette, all 18+ games
Yours in Teddy-bear-free Chess,
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