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Here's my favorite picture from my early summer visit to the Abbey of St. Blaise which is surrounded by Germany's Black Forrest.
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Moving back to Germany? There would be a second incalculable risk: With the opportunity to save mankind would come the responsibility to do so!
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Topalov-Nakamura, 1-0 Sinquefield Cup 2015 - Black to move after 19. b3!?

Topalov played as in his best days with some brilliant extremely sharp positional ideas. It had taken him only about 4 minutes to sacrifice a pawn a little earlier with 16. e5!

In the end, he got the diagrammed position with sharp compensation. Nakamura soon went astray, returning the pawn and damaging his pawn structure while Topalov still kept the bishop pair. Topalov converted to 2/2 to become the first leader of the tournament.

Of course, I always like to see a pawn grabber punished in such a brilliant way.
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Aronian-Caruana, 1-0, Sinquefield Cup 2015. Black to move after 20. f3!

Levon Aronian was the first to win in today's first round were all games were decisive. When the diagram position came on the board, I wondered what H. Kmoch would be saying about it. There certainly are quiet a few levers and two impressive pawn phalanxes facing each other. Caruana, apparently mistakenly, resolved the tension and later even allowed for a fantastic tactical finish.
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The commentary about this game has skipped an important fact. MVL's is following the moves of a previous world champion. Karpov had this position with black in a 1976 win against Tatai. Let's see when the novelty comes.
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"RadWonderSka" in action! I wonder if my friend Arthur Holler​'s 7-step rule could be shown with these amazing shots. Did she really make at most seven steps for each of these amazing shots? The final sequence is really stunning. 
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Love, especially romantic love, is a socially construed myth. It is mostly used for abuse.
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Ja, da ist was dran +Ralph Stoever ; allerdings in diesem Bereich der Emotionen zu verallgemeinern ist stets problematisch, weil die Empfindungen, Gefühle oder seelischen Zustände doch individuell sehr verschieden sind.
Zumal die Liebe ein ewiges Rätsel ist und bleibt. In meinem Buch ( http://www.amazon.ca/Das-Tagebuch-Joto-Ruess/dp/1502775379/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440750314&sr=8-1&keywords=Joto+Ruess+Das+Tagebuch) bin ich auch schon zu dieser Frage gekommen; ich zitiere daraus:
"Samstag, 19. Juli 2008 --- Die Liebe ist ein absurdes Theater. Manchmal, wenn ich reale Erscheinungsformen der Liebe betrachte oder sie bedenke, gelingt mir diesen oder jenen Einzelfall unter den Begriff der Notwendigkeit zu bringen, doch oft bleibt mir bloß, ihn absurdes Theater zu nennen.  ..... Liebe ist vor allem eine süße Form der Unfreiheit. ... u. a."

Ein guter Roman über die leidenschaftliche Liebe ist Stendhals "Rot und Schwarz".
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Ich hatte einen Zugfahrschein bis Wolgast Hafen Bahnhof. Angekommen bin ich nie. Es war auch nicht der Plan. Was wäre aber gewesen wenn wir es doch dorthin geschafft hätten?
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Aber Träume eines guten Lebens
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Busy Summer Day in Montreal

Check how photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed
----> http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/busy-summer-day-in-montreal/

Processing: Digital Blending with Lminosity Masks

This is the photo with probably the busiest composition I have ever taken. This is so much going on everywhere, with the Biosphere and dramatic sky in the background. I took it on extremely hot and humid weekend on Ile Sainte-Helene in Montreal few years back.

That was the weekend when my wife and her swimming team had big competition at the Aquatic Complex and my daughter had water polo practices at the same place. I tagged along after them with my camera and took this shot from the stands. Few minutes later all 3 pools were shut down due to the severe thunderstorm. 
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This afternoon's single tennis practice was really good and intense. We both hit some great shots and did some good running.
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So-Vachier Lagrave, 0-1, Sinquefield Cup 2015, White to play after 14...Be6 N

MVL innovated, to use the accepted chess terminology, with his last move over 14...Nd4 played by then world champion Karpov against Tatai in 1976. Both games demonstrate the dangers of materialistic pawn grabbing against dynamic play. The engine somewhat prefers Karpov's approach, in case anybody still needed an incentive to study the old masters. This seems to show that MVL was not following a specific preparation in this position. In practice, So soon drifted and MVL efficiently finished the game.
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Carlsen-Topalov, 0-1, Sinquefield Cup 2015. White to play after 7...g5!?

Former world champion Topalov caught a second straight win against Carlsen, though he discounted the first himself in the interview following the game. This time, as Carlsen said, Topalov "beat him fair and square".

In any case, the former world champion threw the gauntlet early with his 7...g5! a daring reply to Carlsen's own ingenious 6. Bd3 challenge.
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