the turner prize 
The difference between Europe and America is rather large, I know that much, and that some artist that they "over there" find essential might in my view be provinsial or boring. But without being arrrogant, I thought that Simon Starling, the winne of this years Turner Prize, was at least a known name by art geeks in the States. After all, Daniel Birnbaum wrote a text on him in Artforum just one year ago (might need a )bugmenot to enter site). And after all, he was nominated for the last Hugo Boss Prize (won by Rirkrit Tirivanija, 2004).

I might be overreacting on a innocent "Simon Starling (who?)" "Simon Starling (who?)", but it did sound sort of strange that Starling in not known by Gibson. I might be mistaken.

read: Charlotte Higgins account on the winner in the Guradian.

paperholic has a few other links, among them to a streaming interview with Starling

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more chess pieces 
As suprise player of the Word Chess Cup 2005 played 0,5-0,5 against Bareev I found some more pieces of art-chess here in germany (surrealist related of course):
Takako Saito did several works, here is pictures of two of them:

- Liqour Chess from 1975
- Spice Chess from 1966

he also got a perfume chess, and I do know it is in the collection of Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, but I cannot find a picture of it. The same goes for his Sound Chess from 1977/78.

In my search trough the net I also found this exhibition in London in 2003.

read the the slightly boring critic of the show written by Ian Douglas in TheTelegraph, or the preferable
Steven Poole piece in The Guardian .

I think I will stop with the chess search for now, it is 01:33 am GMT+1and I should be finishing a text on that norwegian gallery that is not going to close down after all.

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The art of chess 
As a spin off the Luhring Augustin Gallery are having a show titled The Art of Chess.

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Gran Masters of art 
I came over the excellent blog Grammar.police as I was doing my blog-blog for the Norwegian art critic journal It is run by Kriston Capp, who is now writing a blog for Smithsonian American Art Museum named Eye Level.

One of the first entries is about Ben Davies great review about the chess exhibition at the Noguchi Museum.

Since Capp made an extended list and asked readers to extend it, so I would like to add:

- Arnold Schönberg

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after a hectic weekend the young Norwegian Grand Master Magnus Carlsen (turned 15 a few days ago) beat his opponent, nineteen year old grand master Ivan Cheparinov after a two rapid rounds of chess. This means that Carlsen have reached not only the fourth round in the tournament and then one of the 16 best participating, but that he also have reached the World Chess Federation's top 100 list with his 2016 points.

Carlsen also beat the European Chess Champion Zurab Azmaiparashvili (FIDE rating 2658 makes him nr. 46 in the world before the championship in Russia).

THe most interesting thing is the opening of Ivan Cheparinov in the first game (view the game here or with aplet here )

Cheparinov started with a opening I haven't seen before (not that I have seen that many, but still). He opened with d2-d4 and c2-c4 before going g1-f3, g2-g3 and finally securing his c4 with b3.
This is an interesting variation and it would generate, I guess, stress for your opponent since it is brand new. This means that no one else than Cheparinov would know by hearth which moves would be the best. But still, he made his first wrong move quite early as he protected his c4 with doing Nbd2 and thus letting Carlsens bishop go to b4 (Bb4). Carlsen won this game even though playing black and seeing a new opening. Carlsens teacher, Simen Agdestein, I know as a football player from the early nineties

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