01st Dec 2020

CIPC #199: Alice in Wonderland

If you were to ask some random schmuck from the streets to give an example of chess in popular culture, provided you do this at a point in time when...

24th Nov 2020

CIPC #198: De regels van Floor S3 E16, Fanatiek

De regels van Floor is a still-running Dutch television series. The title means ‘Floor’s rules’ and the concept is that, every episode, Floor comes up with one rule to help...

17th Nov 2020

CIPC #197: The twilight saga: Breaking dawn – part 1

Few traces of it are left, but about a decade ago, Twilight was the biggest thing in the world. Millions and millions of copies of the books were sold in...

10th Nov 2020

CIPC #196: Defenders of the Earth E5, Bits ‘n’ chips

Defenders of the Earth is an animated television series, starring three superheroes from American comics: Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake the magician. Together, the defend the Earth, as per...

03rd Nov 2020

CIPC #195: Cores advertisement

Never before have I been so quick! Our subject for today — and today is November 3rd, 2020 — is an advertisement scanned from the November 1st edition of De...

27th Oct 2020

CIPC #194: NHL commercial

The truth is harsh, but it’s the truth nonetheless: chess isn’t very popular. If we take Belgium as an admittedly particularly bad example, we find less than four thousand members...

20th Oct 2020

CIPC #193: The black room

After amusing ourselves with some light-weight television series and some comedies, we now turn to more serious matters once again. The serious matter at hand is a 1935 film Boris...

13th Oct 2020

CIPC #192: Austin Powers: The spy who shagged me

We’ve had Tintin already on this blog, we’ve had Hercule Poirot, we’ve had Lucky Luke, we’ve had Devereaux. It’s time knock another famous fictional Belgian off the list: dr. Evil!...

06th Oct 2020

CIPC #191: The odd couple S2 E9, Chess nuts

When I first watched Fawlty Towers I wasn’t precisely blown away, but the more sitcoms I watch the more I appreciate it. Take for example today’s subject: The odd couple,...

29th Sep 2020

CIPC #190: Kentucky Tavern ad

No interesting introduction this time. The New Yorker of February 2nd 1946 contains an advertisement for the Kentucky Tavern brand bourbon. It features a chess board. I’m going to talk...

2nd world youth rapid championship, Chessy

1996

World youth championships, Szeged

1994

11th international open tournament, Geraardsbergen

1995

International tournament, Vence

1961

31st world junior championship, Buenos Aires

1992

2nd NATO championship, Oslo

1990

North Brabant vs. South Brabant, Breda

1936

North Brabant vs. South Brabant, Antwerp

1935