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  1. 29 Nov '15 20:30
    After Malta Open, I went for one day to Amsterdam and than to The Hague to visit Dutch family (they're not in that international prison, note that).

    My cousin prepared a surprise for me, before we went to visit my old auntie.

    He organized a one game chess match between me and his friend Frits Varenkamp. We played on antique Indonesian chess set, which made a game sort of a blindfold game, since it was very difficult to tell Knights from Bishops and Pawns from Rooks...

    So I won and my cousin gave me this chess set to take it with me to Belgrade next day.

    I managed to reconstruct the game, but, allas, I didn't write it down and after a week I forgot it. You can see endgame position on a picture here: I had an extra Pawn as White:

    http://s21.postimg.org/oqmmkptxj/IMG_4020.jpg

    My cousin is driving legendary Citroen 2 CV ("Spaček" and this car
    is always attracting attention on the streets of The Hague. it is impossible to lock, it doesn't have seat belts, but it does have 2 ashtrays. He was driving without hands, which he used to roll a cigarette. This time we were not fined.

    The car:
    http://s21.postimg.org/sruiyw7gn/IMG_4009.jpg

    Chess set:
    http://s21.postimg.org/4f66koc7b/IMG_4013.jpg
    Assembled:
    http://s21.postimg.org/mykgybvt3/IMG_4015.jpg

    Very difficult to tell pieces from one another:::
    http://s21.postimg.org/jk6vvxps7/IMG_4018.jpg

    On the left - my cousin, on the right - my opponent Frits but not the computer!
    http://s21.postimg.org/yoyefpolj/IMG_4016.jpg

    Frits and I:::
    http://s11.postimg.org/6lmcn6p9v/skak_i_haag.jpg

    It was nice ending of Malta open for me, really cute chess trip in November.

    ...
    Next morning, when I should leave my boat hotel in Amsterdam:::
    http://s14.postimg.org/yyrrrt3s1/IMG_4028.jpg
    I discovered it was impossible to walk on frozen wooden bridge.
    I had to get back on the boat and I asked the host of hotel to give me a pair of dispensable dishcloths to put them around my Nike shoes. Only that way could I walk those 120 feet on wooden bridge to the cobblestoned street Osterdock...
    http://s14.postimg.org/474egx1sx/IMG_4030.jpg
  2. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    30 Nov '15 13:44
    Originally posted by vandervelde
    After Malta Open, I went for one day to Amsterdam and than to The Hague to visit Dutch family (they're not in that international prison, note that).

    My cousin prepared a surprise for me, before we went to visit my old auntie.

    He organized a one game chess match between me and his friend Frits Varenkamp. We played on antique Indonesian chess set, w ...[text shortened]... n bridge to the cobblestoned street Osterdock...
    http://s14.postimg.org/474egx1sx/IMG_4030.jpg
    You don't have your own houseboat? I met a nice couple there with their own boat and growing some outstanding weed......
  3. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    30 Nov '15 16:49
    no seat belts. tsk tsk tsk
  4. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    21 Dec '15 12:18
    Originally posted by vandervelde
    After Malta Open, I went for one day to Amsterdam and than to The Hague to visit Dutch family (they're not in that international prison, note that).

    My cousin prepared a surprise for me, before we went to visit my old auntie.

    He organized a one game chess match between me and his friend Frits Varenkamp. We played on antique Indonesian chess set, w ...[text shortened]... n bridge to the cobblestoned street Osterdock...
    http://s14.postimg.org/474egx1sx/IMG_4030.jpg
    Did you win? Was your opponent a strong player also?