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    Nice article from GM David Smerdon and Graeme Gardiner: https://theconversation.com/the-quee...OUFQp3UU-73wmI

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    The best achievement of the series is that all of my non chess friends are now talking about chess!
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    There's a real opportunity to get new players into a club for the first time, even beginners with a good teaching programme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig_Hall View Post
    There's a real opportunity to get new players into a club for the first time, even beginners with a good teaching programme.
    If only it had been shown at the start of the year, instead of the end when everything is closing down

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    The Jewish Queen’s Gambit: the Story of Judit Polgár
    By Ronen Dorfan, Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, 26 Nov 2016

    Some stories are so remarkably fantastic, that all you wish is to find out whether they are real or fake. So when I interviewed Judit Polgár in a Café in Budapest a few years back, I had to ask her, was it true that she never attended school? Indeed, she confirmed that she, like her two elder sisters before her, attended school for less than one week a year, only so that they could take the exams. She did go to kindergarten – but only for a slightly longer period.

    The story of Polgár and her sisters has captured the imagination of many fans worldwide since the 1980s. Brought up from a young age to become a chess champion, in controversial educational methods invented and used by her father, this prodigy girl proved all theories about genius – though she refuses to be defined as a genius. She proved that genius is not just a genetic but has much to do with environment and education. And most and foremost, she showed that women can reach the highest level in the rational field of chess like men can, as she reached the world sixth place and defeated 11 world champions, including Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen, the legendary world champion since 2013.

    Though Judith is a proud Hungarian, she is also an affiliated proud Jew. Both her grandmothers survived the holocaust, her grandfathers were in forced labor camps where many Jews perished. She is a national hero in Hungary, who speaks a lot of her Jewish origins, participated in the Maccabia, has an Israeli citizenship and visits Israel, where her parents and sister Sofia live.

    Perhaps she is exceptional, being a girl prodigy, then a woman champion, but all in all, Jewish success in chess is not an unusual thing. As Judit says: “kind of like the violin, chess is both intellectual, and easy (and cheap) to carry, therefore it suits the constant wanderings of Jewish history”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    The Jewish Queen’s Gambit: the Story of Judit Polgár
    By Ronen Dorfan, Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, 26 Nov 2016

    Some stories are so remarkably fantastic, that all you wish is to find out whether they are real or fake. So when I interviewed Judit Polgár in a Café in Budapest a few years back, I had to ask her, was it true that she never attended school? Indeed, she confirmed that she, like her two elder sisters before her, attended school for less than one week a year, only so that they could take the exams. She did go to kindergarten – but only for a slightly longer period.

    The story of Polgár and her sisters has captured the imagination of many fans worldwide since the 1980s. Brought up from a young age to become a chess champion, in controversial educational methods invented and used by her father, this prodigy girl proved all theories about genius – though she refuses to be defined as a genius. She proved that genius is not just a genetic but has much to do with environment and education. And most and foremost, she showed that women can reach the highest level in the rational field of chess like men can, as she reached the world sixth place and defeated 11 world champions, including Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen, the legendary world champion since 2013.

    Though Judith is a proud Hungarian, she is also an affiliated proud Jew. Both her grandmothers survived the holocaust, her grandfathers were in forced labor camps where many Jews perished. She is a national hero in Hungary, who speaks a lot of her Jewish origins, participated in the Maccabia, has an Israeli citizenship and visits Israel, where her parents and sister Sofia live.

    Perhaps she is exceptional, being a girl prodigy, then a woman champion, but all in all, Jewish success in chess is not an unusual thing. As Judit says: “kind of like the violin, chess is both intellectual, and easy (and cheap) to carry, therefore it suits the constant wanderings of Jewish history”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
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    Works fine for me. There was a dropdown at one stage but clicking on "no thanks" got rid of it.
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    Later no newsletter menu at all.

    The Polgar sisters may have no school friends at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    And most and foremost, she showed that women can reach the highest level in the rational field of chess like men can, as she reached the world sixth place and defeated 11 world champions, including Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen, the legendary world champion since 2013.
    4 of them needing very heavy use of inverted commas around "world champion" though.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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