“Dancing Aloud,” a sign said. On stage, guitarist Corey Dennison, 43, white and well tattooed, had just opened an instrumental conversation with a grandfatherly figure in a White Sox cap. “This is my old man, Mr. Carl Weathersby,” Dennison told the crowd. “He taught me everything I know about the blues.” Weathersby, 65, and African-American, nodded. The notes rose, fell and tangled like family voices around a dinner table. The players, related only by a passion for music, grinned and winced the way soloists do. In the audience 100 blues lovers roared, clapped, drank and chattered in three or four languages. This was Kingston Mines, the oldest, biggest club of its kind in Chicago, on a recent Monday night. Like the rest of the international audience, I was here to listen to an embattled American sound — Chicago-style electric blues, born in the mid-20th century as African-American families moved north from the Mississippi Delta. In that … [Read more...] about Where to find the best blues clubs in Chicago
Best chess player in the world
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — The No 1 seed, Grandmaster (GM) Wang Hao of China, won the 9th HDBank International Chess Open Tournament 2019, which closed on Wednesday (March 13) in HCM City after a week of exciting world-class competition among 304 players. He received the top prize ($16,000) from Arkady Dvorkovich, the new president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Wang Hao, who was born in 1989, was also the winner of the 6th HDBank International Chess Open Tournament in 2016, and the third-prize winner in the Under-10 division of the World Youth Chess Championships in Spain in 1999. This year, Wang Hao, who has participated in the HDBank international chess tournaments for the last four years, won the top prize after nine games. In his first game, he played with International Master (IM) Miciano John Marvin (Elo 2,317) of the Philippines. The game ended in a draw with Hai sharing points with Miciano, a lower-ranked player. The start was not smooth for the … [Read more...] about 9th HDBank International Chess Open Tournament closes after exciting week of world-class competition
The 9th HD Bank International Chess Tournament 2019 features a record number of participants and bonus awards. — VNS Photo Văn ChâuViet Nam News HCM CITY — The 9th HD Bank International Chess Tournament 2019 featuring a record number of participants and bonus awards will be held from March 6-13 in HCM City. A total of more than 300 master chess players from 27 countries and territories have registered to take part in the competition, which offers total prizes of US$60,000, an increase of about US$5,000 compared to last year. As many as 148 participants will compete in the Master’s category for athletes who have Elo ratings (a standard measure for evaluating a player’s strength) of 2,100 for men and 2,000 for women, reflecting their world-class abilities. The rest will take part in the Challenger’s discipline. Việt Nam, as the host, has sent its best roster, including 161 players, to the tournament which will be held at the Rex … [Read more...] about Biggest chess tournament in VN opens
The 2018 World Chess Championship between three-time defending champion Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, the first American to compete since the legendary Bobby Fischer in 1972, kicks off in London on Friday. Norwegian master Carlsen, 27, is seeking to cement his reputation as history's greatest chess player, while 26-year-old Caruana is a prodigy helping to return mass appeal to the highbrow game. The pair will face off a maximum of 12 times from Friday until November 26 -- with games scheduled to start at 1500 GMT -- in the bi-annual contest held in a former London art and design school building. Chess has its own unique scoring system that awards the winner of each game one point, while a draw sees the contenders get half a point each. The title goes to the first person to reach 6.5 points, with a rapid series of tiebreakers played in case the two are level after the first 12 games. Carlsen -- a superstar at home in Norway who is also a … [Read more...] about Can Magnus Carlsen remain world chess champion in face-off with American Fabiano Caruana?
The upside of Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski’s wheeling and dealing was impossible to ignore during the 2018 World Series. Since taking over for former general manager Ben Cherington in 2015, Dombrowski has been active in his pursuits of several high-profile players — pitchers Craig Kimbrel, David Price, and Chris Sale, and, most recently, designated hitter J.D. Martinez — all of whom helped fuel Boston’s incredible championship season. But Dombrowski has been just as busy making some lesser-known acquisitions, including two at the July trade deadline this season: Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi. A veteran utility man and a soft-spoken starter. Few could have anticipated the remarkable impact the modest pair would have during the playoffs, as Dombrowski, at the time, drew flak for not bolstering the Red Sox’ struggling crop of relievers. Little did fans know, however, Pearce and Eovaldi would prove to be indelible … [Read more...] about The unsung-turned-sung heroes of the Red Sox’ World Series run were recent acquisitions