Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pestaño: Chess horoscope

Thursday, January 23, 2014

ALMOST all major newspaper in the world has a horoscope section, attesting to its popularity .
No scientific studies have shown support for the accuracy of horoscopes and Sun.Star Cebu also cautions their readers not to take them seriously as it is just for fun.
I examined the zodiac signs of the top chess players in the world, past and present, including selected Cepca members. Here are their horoscopes.
ARIES. March 21-April 19 (Korchnoi, Smyslov, Portisch, Kasparov, Najdorf, Mamedyarov, Susan Polgar, Humpy, Maggi Dionson, Gino Tequillo, Jun Olis) Aries players are not afraid to experiment with new moves. However , they are sometimes entangled with petty quarrels over the chess board.
TAURUS. April 20 - May 20 (Spielmann, Steinitz, Euwe,Miles ,Nunn, kosteniuk, Cramling, Joe Atillo). Those born under the Taurus sign are ideal opponents as they are good losers .They are also reliable, forbearing and pragmatic.
GEMINI. -May 21 - June 20 (Karpov, Reti, Short, Kamsky, Petrosian, Euwe, Svidler,
Marvynne Guardiana, Chessmoso, Jerry Maratas)- Those bearing the Gemini zodiac can play any kind of opening. They are Inquisitive but are also easily distracted.
CANCER. -June 21 - July 22 (Bird, Benko, Gelfand, Anderssen, Morphy ,Kramnik, Morozevich)- People bearing the Cancer sign care for other players and make them ideal club members . They are compassionate but are unable to let go of past mistakes.
LEO. July 23 - Aug. 22 (Judit Polgar, Marshall, Botvinnik, Caruana, Gabi Misterio, Jun Kidlat, Edmund Suralta)- The Leo is willing to teach and help you improve your game. Creative, although biased.
VIRGO. Aug. 23 - Sept. 22 (Philidor, Zukertort, Koltanowski, Leko) Those born under the Virgo zodiac are so reserved that it is hard even to play some practice games in their spare time .They are also kindhearted and faithful but too critical and very shy.
LIBRA. Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 (Fine, Rubinstein, Ehlvest, Aronian, Wesley So, Ben Dimaano)- Libras are active people who like to play everyday . They are Gregarious, impartial and tactful but are prone to a wishy-washy attitude.
SCORPIO -Oct 23 - Nov 21 (Alekhine, Nimzovich, Tal, Tchigorin, Capablanca, Grischuk, Adams, Eugene Torre, Ruel Hortelano, Serge Borres,Jojo Muralla)- Self-motivated, they are ideal officers of any chess club. They are ingenious, sincere but also envious and sarcastic.
SAGITTARIUS. Nov. 22 - Dec. 21 (Reshevsky, Pillsbury, Blackburne, Timman, Anand,Carlsen,Nakamura)- The optimistic Sagittarius is always in good spirits even if they lose most of their games. They are blunt to the point of being crass.
CAPRICORN. Dec. 23 - Jan. 19 (Keres, Browne, Em Lasker, Teichmann, chiburddanidze, Karjakin, Lahno, Ronald Galindo, Jimmy Ty, Percival Fiel, Marvin Ruelan, Caesar Fernandez, Rey Flores ). The pragmatic Capricorn can sense at once whether a new move will work. They are dependable and good leaders. They also have a tendency to be snobby smart-alecks and pessimistic.
AQUARIUS. Jan. 20 - Feb. 18 (Spassky, Mecking, Reinfeld, Chernev, Loyd, Gligoric, Taimanov, Bronstein, Felix Balbona)- Those born under the Aquarius sign are so unpredictable that it is impossible to know what chess opening they will play.. They are broad-minded, self-reliant and philanthropic . They are also uncomfortable with tense positions.
PISCES. Feb. 19 to March 20 (Bronstein, Tartakower, Mieses, Schlechter, Geller, Maroczy, Tarrasch, Fischer, Larsen, Topalov, Ivanchuk, Hou Yifan, Muzychuk). Pisceses have an unrivalled talent in making tactical moves and are perceptive and sensible.
They are also easily depressed.
Cepca. Our tournament for January is this Sunday at Handuraw at 1 p.m.

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