25 Dec 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

In this article I’d like to share my Holiday spirits with you. Have fun! πŸ™‚ In this Christmas season, I’ve visited the country that originated the tradition of Christmas trees – Germany.

The custom was brought to North America by German-speaking immigrants to Pennsylvania and Ohio in the 18th century.
GM Igor Smirnov celebrates ChristmasChristmas market in Munich, Germany

Germans are also the ones who established a tradition to illuminate streets during the Christmas time.
 alt=“Cheers!”

It’s great to see the rise of interest in chess in Germany lately. In 2016, Germans were the second largest group (after US) of those who studied RCA courses.
 alt=Albrecht (on the right) is an amateur chess player and a great guy! Here, I’d like to thank Albrecht and all the German students who invited me. Sadly, I could not visit many cities and had to miss some of the invitations. Thanks a lot for your hospitality! πŸ™‚

In the residence of Bavarian kings (who ruled this German region in 1508-1918), I’ve found marvelous chess board.
 alt=It’s made of gold and precious stones, and should be worth a whole lot of money.

In ‘Deutsches museum’ there was one of the old models of electronic chess boards.
 alt=You can play your move on the board, while the computer shows you its reply on the screen. Large machinery was required to make this computer work.
 alt=Ok, here I’m kidding. πŸ™‚ It’s irrelevant to the chess comp from the previous photo.

Nevertheless, in this photo, my wife stands near to the old version of the computer (back in those days where a comp could hardly fit into your pocket!).

<<To be continued>>

P.S. What do you like about Christmas? How do you usually spend the Holidays? πŸ™‚ Feel free to share your Christmas Vibes with us in the comments below.

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