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.

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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