13th Aug 2019

CIPC #132: The prisoner, Checkmate

I have written about The prisoner before; if you don’t know what it is, you should probably read the first few sentences of that post. But there is more to...

31st Jul 2019

CIPC #130: Breaking bad S3 E6, Sunset

About a decade ago, Breaking bad was the hottest thing on television. It was a television series about a chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer who decides to make some crystal...

02nd Jul 2019

CIPC #126: The prisoner, Arrival

The prisoner is a delightful cocktail of sixties futurism and mystery fiction with a liberal dash of the Kafkaesque. It is about a former secret agent who one day wakes...

28th May 2019

CIPC #121: Zorro S1 E1, Welcome to Monterey

Here we are again. Like a murderer returning to the scene of the crime, I always seem to circle back to Zorro.1 This time, we follow our hero as he...

30th Apr 2019

CIPC #117: House S3 E23, The Jerk

I have remarked before that, as the number of episodes in a given television series tends to infinity, the probability of chess appearing at least once, perhaps even in an...

19th Feb 2019

CIPC #107: The big bang theory, S5 E18: The werewolf transformation

If you’ve been living under a rock for half your life, you are probably an invertebrate. Also, you might not know about The big bang theory.1 It is a TV-series...

18th Dec 2018

CIPC #99: The supersizers eat… the fifties

I have a rare psychological condition were I have an immediate antipathy against almost anything with punctuation in the title.1 Some things – like periods, colons, and apostrophes – usually...

27th Nov 2018

CIPC #96: Masha and the bear S2 E2, Time to ride my pony

Usually, I am somehow familiar with the things I talk about. Most of the movies I talk about I have seen. Most of the comics I have read. Even La...

13th Nov 2018

CIPC #94: Toen was geluk heel gewoon S5 E67, Schaken

Toen was geluk heel gewoon (back then, happiness was normal) was a Dutch sitcom that ran for sixteen seasons between 1994 and 2009. It was loosely based on The honeymooners,...

16th Oct 2018

CIPC #90: Zorro S2 E8, The flag of truce

What, oh what, did people do before the internet? Or, generally, before the rise of the computer? Hell, before cheap pocket editions of all the classical books where available in...


8th IBCA olimpiad, Zalaegerszeg


4th FIDÉ open, Forlì


6th IBCA olimpiad, Noordwijkerhout


1st World championship for -16-years-old girls, Westergate


4de world cadets’ championship, Champigny-sur-Marne


9th IBCA six-countries tournament, Paris


13th European club championship, preliminary 2, Eupen


2nd European girls cup, Kikinda