26th Feb 2019

CIPC #108: Toyota Tacoma commercial

Having a contest with the grim reaper with one’s life at stake is a very old trope. Older than chess, in fact. But in medieval times, as the game became...

30th Oct 2018

CIPC #92: Barque advertisement

Pretty much every time I talk about chess in advertisement, I point out that chess is used to symbolise intelligence and sophistication, but it has never been so blatantly obvious...

09th Oct 2018

CIPC #89: Vittel commercial

Can I go on a little rant for a moment? Well, this is my blog, so I most definitely can! So here I go: modern advertisement makes no sense. Usually,...

17th Jul 2018

CIPC #77: Samsung advertisement

Samsung is known as one of the biggest and most famous electronics manufacturers in the world, but it is also an adjective used in music to describe a piece in...

19th Jun 2018

CIPC #73: Ronzoni commercial

If you have read some of my other blog posts, you will have noticed that I usually start with a short text providing context for the subject at hand. But...

30th Jan 2018

CIPC #53: Highland queen advertisement

“The good old days.” What rot! Rarely has such a huge amount of bullshit been concentrated in one sentence.  In the old days, people died of smallpox, people were famished,...

10th Jan 2018

CIPC #50: Rocky III publicity shot

From all the sports in the world, boxing is the most mystifying to me. I just cannot picture any decent person answering the question ‘what do you do for fun?’...

26th Dec 2017

CIPC #49: L’Islam – c’est aussi notre histoire

At the time of writing there is an ongoing exhibition in Brussels about the history of Islam in Europe. For the official poster, the organisers have opted for a nice...

28th Nov 2017

CIPC #45: Red Bull advertisement

While we’re on the topic of advertisement for drinks featuring chess, let’s talk about Red Bull. It is a relatively new drink, launched in Austria in 1987, but has conquered...

21st Nov 2017

CIPC #44: Smirnoff advertisement

Sometimes I have serious difficulty starting one of these posts. For example, what could I possibly tell about Smirnoff that not everybody knows already? The name alone brings back fond...

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Nebel cup, Brussels

1936

Leuven SK vs. L’Échiquier Brussels, Brussels/Leuven

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Easter tournament, Antwerp

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Ascension Day tournament, Brussels

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Antwerp vs. Latvia, Antwerp

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Ostend SK vs. North of France, Ostend

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GJÉB national championship, Brussels

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GJÉB international championship, Brussels

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