12th Jun 2018

CIPC #72: Maigret S35, Mon ami Maigret

I have a conjecture: every sufficiently well-known fictional detective will sooner or later be confronted with chess. A slightly – but only very slightly – stronger variation of this conjecture...

10th Apr 2018

CIPC #63: The X-files S5 E20, The end

As far as I can ascertain, the X-files is more or less an adaptation of the Fortean times in which every uncanny or weirdly creepy story from the magazine happens...

13th Feb 2018

CIPC #55: Gargoyles S2 E9 City of stone

Gargoyles is an animated tv series from the nineties and I have a serious problem with it. The writing is quite interesting. It blends Shakespearean themes with medieval legends and...

31st Oct 2017

CIPC #41: House of Cards, S1 E10

Netflix original is one of those phrases which a mere twenty years ago would have been nonsensical, but which is now as common as the cold. The first such series,...

24th Oct 2017

CIPC #40: MST3K S4 E11, The magic sword

The faithful readers of this blog might remember how enthusiastic I was about Mystery science theater 3000. Aforesaid readers will, then, not be surprised to see MST3K make a second...

17th Oct 2017

CIPC #39: Alfred J. Kwak S1 E12, Alfred’s chess adventure

Alfred J. Kwak is an invention of multitalented Dutchman Herman van Veen.1 It is a show about an orphaned duck who was brought up by a mole and who, inevitably,...

12th Sep 2017

CIPC #34: The Simpsons S28 E14 The cad and the hat

Thirty-three episode long have I managed to avoid it, eight months have I put it off, but today I finally give in. Today I accept the inevitable. Today I talk...

29th Aug 2017

CIPC #32: Mystery science theater 3000 S5 E5 The magical voyage of Sinbad

Mystery science theater 30001 might just be my favourite television show ever. As far as I’m aware, it only ever aired in the United States, so I’m guessing most readers...

15th Aug 2017

CIPC #30: Friends S6 E20 The one with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.

Humour occurs when a surprise is recognised as harmless. This is why a predictable punchline kills a joke. This is why a joke you’ve heard before is no longer funny.1...

01st Aug 2017

CIPC #28: Friends S7 E20 The one with Rachel’s big kiss

I am not very knowledgeable about Friends.1 It’s a hugely popular television show which ran for approximately fifty bazillion seasons, that much I know, and I guess it’s about a...

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