Alive and Talking

San Pedro Market, Cusco.

World Stage

Boys dance group getting ready to perform at the Inca rites of passage ceremony called Warachkuy held at the Saqsayhuman ruins above Cusco last Sunday. See my video clips (1) (2) (3) (4)

Puzzling Times

Before the guy from across the Pacific posts Google links.....Yes, yes, Clinton got a blow job in the oval office and perhaps some poon....and he got punished for it.

Instead, the Orange Dragon was rewarded by the Electoral College the presidency of the United States and we think this will influence Kavanagh's bid for the Supreme Court?

I doubt it!

Maghsoodloo Wins World Junior Chess Title With Stunning the chess world with a 9.5/10 score before losing in the last round, Iranian GM Parham Maghsoodloo won the World Junior Championship in Gebze, Turkey. Aleksandra Maltsevskaya of Russia won gold in the girls section.

The World Junior Championships (open and girls) were held September 5-15 in the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Gebze, Turkey. The Open section had players from 59 different federations, including 25 GMs and 40 IMs and no less than 30 players rated above 2500.

The top four junior players in the world did not participate: Wei Yi (China, 2742), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland, 2739), Vladislav Artemiev (Russia, 2703) and Jeffery Xiong (USA, 2651). That made Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran, 2649) the top seed in Turkey, and he fulfilled the promise splendidly.

He was the only player on a perfect score after five rounds. After a friendly draw with his compatriot GM Alireza Firouzja, Maghsoodloo scored another four straight wins! This way he secured tournament victory with a round to spare, when he was already two points ahead of the pack.

In round five his opponent was close to a draw, but in time trouble he avoided a perpetual when Maghsoodloo suddenly played a devastating bishop check >>>

Papa Alpaca

Posing on Questa San Blas.

Valentino Approves

My latest purchase from the Arte Antropologia store. Tapestry woven in Puno, southern Peru, with wool, alpaca and acrylic yarns. 

Smiling in the dark

Last night. 

Shahrzad in Kuwait

Shahrzad Mozafar, the ex-Iran’s women’s futsal team head coach has been named new head coach of Kuwait women’s futsal team.

Gift basket

I got some farm potatoes from a friend in Chinchero tonight.

Wet Prince

Crown Prince Reza and American instructor John F. Thompson Jr. during cold water resistence training. Paris Match 1970's