Playing like they mean it

first_img Related Art of chess They sat across from each other, quiet except for the occasional word or glance across as they placed pieces on the chessboard between them.Their attention was on the board — perhaps already on the war they planned to wage — and their focus such that each pair might have been alone in the large, glassed-in atrium at Harvard’s Smith Campus Center on Sunday.But they were in a crowd. Every two made up a pair in a row of pairs, sitting at a chessboard in a row of chessboards, and they all had something in common: Each was about to battle someone who just might understand their life’s passion better than anyone else.In addition to the rows of players, observers sat a few feet away, cordoned off from the tables but peering anxiously. Beyond them was the bustle of the campus center’s busy foot traffic as another semester careened to a close.The quiet broke when the blitz began, adding a new, peculiar rhythm to the space. Move, slap. Move, slap.In blitz chess games are timed, and on Sunday, each player had five minutes to complete all the game’s moves. So after shifting a piece, players immediately slapped the two-faced clock next to the board, stopping their own timer and starting their opponent’s.Move, slap, move, slap.Of necessity, the games went quickly. After each, the players shuffled opponents according to how well they did, winners playing winners and losers losers. A loss in the first round didn’t spell doom, however, as a victory in the second would boost the player into a match with another winner. As the rounds progressed, winners and losers shuffled and shuffled again.,“I can’t imagine Harvard without Harvard Square and the chess tradition here.” — Harvard statistics Professor Natesh Pillai, pictured below,“I played a lot in high school. I don’t have as much time here because of classes,” said Harvard first-year Michael Isakov. Isakov, Massachusetts’ reigning chess co-champion, by midafternoon had scored 2.5 out of 4, with three draws and a win, and would come in fifth overall. “It’s a very creative game, in a way you don’t get [from] academics. It’s like every game I play is different, and that’s very exciting.”The players were part of the Boylston Blitz, a blitz tournament under the auspices of the Boylston Chess Club. That blitz itself was as part of the Community Chess Weekend. Currier House Faculty Dean Latanya Sweeney, professor of government and technology in residence, said approximately 150 players came to the event from around the region.At afternoon’s end, Chinese grandmaster Jianchao Zhou came out on top, with 12 wins in 12 rounds. Among other top finishers were former Massachusetts state chess champ Lawyer Times and Ridvan Sakir, a visitor from Turkey now studying in a Harvard Square language program, who is a candidate master in the international chess rankings.Chess has long been a fixture at the Smith Center and its outdoor plaza. For decades, during the building’s previous incarnation, players tested their skills — and offered games to passing tourists for money — at tables outside. The square became known as a location where skilled players could find worthy opponents.Sunday’s blitz was the closing event of Harvard’s Common Spaces weekend. The event kicked off on Friday afternoon with an open tournament that welcomed players of all abilities. On Saturday, the qualifier for this fall’s Collins Cup chess tournament was held, and on Sunday morning, three-time U.S. champion and grandmaster Larry Christiansen played 30 challengers in simultaneous games.“It’s amazing,” said statistics Professor Natesh Pillai, who also played on Sunday. “I can’t imagine Harvard without Harvard Square and the chess tradition here.” The center in the crossroads New Smith Campus Center is a welcome to all Go wide, go long Players bring their best moves to Smith Center tournament last_img read more

Huang chosen as dean

first_imgRoger Huang shed the title of interim and now serves as the Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business, according to a University press release Friday. “I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to assume the deanship of the Mendoza College of Business,” Huang said in the release. “I am inspired by the vision of the founder of the business school, Cardinal John O’Hara, who said that the primary function of commerce is service to mankind. “This vision sets the Mendoza College apart form other business schools, and I look forward to furthering our vision of business as a powerful force for good.” Huang earned the appointment as interim dean of the College when former dean Carolyn Woo left last year to serve as president of Catholic Relief Services. As interim dean, Huang finalized a partnership between Notre Dame and Renmin University in Beijing to offer a graduate business program for Chinese students pursuing careers with nonprofit organizations. He has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000 and currently serves as the Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment Management. “Roger is an internationally respected scholar who during his time at Notre Dame has proved to be an equally accomplished leader,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the press release. “His reputation in his field, administrative experience, strategic perspective and commitment to Notre Dame’s mission as a Catholic research university are extraordinary. “I look forward to working closely with him as we continue to build a superb business school that serves the greater good.”last_img read more

Are credit union hot sites dead!?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: Details When Ongoing Operations got started, we were a collaborative project by 7 Washington DC area credit unions to establish a better hot site location with guaranteed recovery options.  Very quickly that evolved to needing to provide early Data Vaulting options, quick connectivity failover options and Business Continuity Plans.   However, fast forward 8 years and hundreds of recoveries later and I would argue the traditional credit union hot site is dead!Ultimately, it has been a slow death.  Each year, the technology has improved and the options for virtual recoveries increased. Today, it seems silly that anyone would purchase an entire second set of infrastructure.   There are three main technologies that have created this transition.  The first is virtualization, the second is BGP routing, and the third is software based replication tools.  Collectively they are enabling credit unions large and small to achieve super-fast recovery times without the traditional headaches.VMWare was created in 1998 and quickly has come to dominate the virtualization world. In the old days, you had to have two of each system so that when you restored your systems they would boot up correctly.  Virtualization changed all of this and is now so ubiquitous that other than one or two credit unions (and they aren’t OGO Clients), every credit union is using VMWare or Microsoft’s Virtualization software.  This software allows you to A) decouple of the physical hardware dependency, B) run multiple servers on the same piece of hardware, C) enabled cloud computing – eventually leading to not needing to have a dedicated hot site.The second technology is the creation of BGP routing protocol – the most current version came about in 2006 but earlier versions date back to the early internet days in 1994.   BGP routing enables your network to be setup to auto failover between several options. BGP is key element as over the past 10 years credit unions have moved from legacy T1 lines and Frame Relay circuits to VPN connections for Credit Card, Debit Card, ATM and Online Banking processing.  The ability to leverage the internet, BGP, and VPNs mean it is now possible to reroute all of your third party connections in seconds and without manual intervention.  This creates high-uptime at your production site and enables you to failover to your cloud backup site quickly.Lastly, there are three main tools out that leverage Virtualization for recovery purposes.  These include: 1) VM Wares SRM, or site recovery manager 2) A software product called Veeam, and 3) A company called Zerto which is the main technology behind Ongoing Operations Replicator.   There are probably another hundred but in our experience those are the best day in day out.   Our preference is for Zerto as it provides a security framework that enables the service provider (OGO in this case) to not add to the credit union’s IT Security Risk.Put all of these together and mix in some virtual desktop and VoIP based phones and not only can you recover your data quickly, efficiently, securely and offsite but you can also provide work from home tools that support your credit union employees.  Ultimately, we think Hot Sites still have a little life yet, especially for bigger, more complex environments and most importantly the folks that want to control every aspect themselves and not rely on anyone.  For those guys – credit union hot sites aren’t going anywhere!last_img read more

Tyson Fury wants Joshua fight in December

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Tyson Fury has told Anthony Joshua to “grow a pair” and fight him in December.The Gypsy King is currently closing in on a trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder on December 19, though the fight is far from certain given the ever-changing global situation. Therefore, Fury declared on BT Sport after Daniel Dubois’ win: “Here we go. If Wilder don’t happen, let’s do Joshua in December.“Why not? It’s a boxing match, let’s get it on.“I’m ready to go now. I could fight him in that ring tonight, it don’t really matter, I’d still kick his ass.“If I was in their position, had a chance at glory to go to America and beat Wilder, but they didn’t take it.“So I had to come out of retirement, set about him a couple of times, take the number one spot, take all the glory, and now they’re all looking up to me. “He must be looking up thinking: ‘Do you know what? That could’ve been me.’“But it wasn’t, so it is what it is.“It’s their own fault.“It’s played a massive part in how it’s all panned out now.“They’ve gotta come though me, so I’m saying: ‘Grow a pair, come see the champ.’” As things stand, AJ remains contracted to defend against his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev next, meaning the Fury bout is more likely for 2021.Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderTrilogy boutTyson Furylast_img read more

Ulster claim vital win

first_imgUlster survived a strong rally from Benetton Treviso to record a vital 24-20 victory in the Guinness PRO12 at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo. Neil Doak’s side were low on confidence having won only one of their last four games but Ulster dominated the first half as they crossed the Treviso try-line three times. Paddy Jackson converted his own sixth-minute try and Ulster continued to pile up the points despite wing Craig Gilroy being shown a yellow card after 10 minutes. Press Associationcenter_img Jackson landed a penalty and Ruan Pienaar soon crossed for his first try of the season which was also converted by the accurate Ulster outside-half. When Tommy Bowe went in for another converted try Ulster had scored 24 points in as many minutes and were seemingly on their way to a convincing bonus point victory. But Treviso soon discovered the spirit which had brought them back-to-back wins over Zebre and had them chasing a third successive victory for the first time since December 2012. Outside-half Sam Christie’s try two minutes before the break gave Treviso hope before replacement Francesco Minto crossed and Jayden Hayward added his second conversion to reduce the deficit to 10 points. Hayward kicked two penalties in the final quarter but Treviso were unable to get the try which would have capped a remarkable comeback. last_img read more

UPMC Sports Medicine to provide pre-season physicals for local High School athletes

first_imgPITTSBURGH– UPMC Sports Medicine will host a single session of pre-season physical examinations for high school athletes participating in the 2010-11 fall, winter and spring sports seasons. The exams will be conducted by UPMC primary care sports medicine physicians with the assistance of certified athletic trainers. Physicals will begin at 8 a.m., Sat, July 31, at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, 3200 S. Water St., South Side.The cost is $30 for UPMC-contracted schools or $35 for non-contracted schools. Payment is by cash or check only.Physical examinations, required by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association for high school sports participation, can help to identify any pre-existing medical conditions for musculoskeletal problems in young, growing athletes.To participate, individuals must pre-register by calling (412) 432-3770. Students must attend with a parent or guardian and bring any paperwork required by their respective schools.last_img read more

Camo, neon aren’t college basketball fan favorites

first_imgFASHION STATEMENT?–This photo illustration released by Adidas shows the uniforms for NCAA basketball teams, from left, University of Cincinnati, University of Kansas, University of Notre Dame, Baylor University, UCLA and the University of Louisville. (AP Photo/Adidas) by Samantha CritchellAP Fashion WriterNEW YORK (AP) — It seems an unpopular position in college basketball is fashion forward.The neon-colored jerseys and camouflage-covered shorts debuted by six teams in their postseason conference championships ahead of the NCAA men’s basketball tournaments weren’t well received in the press or social media, with critics particularly targeting UCLA, Kansas and Notre Dame because of the schools’ tradition-rich athletic histories. Louisville, Cincinnati and Baylor also got uniform makeovers from Adidas, and they didn’t go over so well, either.They were called Underoos, Fruit Stripes and LMFAO costumes. Some people just called them ugly — and you can search for them online that way.The changes happened to be in line with fashion runways and recreational athleticwear, where highlighter brights and creative camo have been bona fide trends. And alternate uniforms have become part of the college football and basketball landscape — but these uniforms still made some fans cringe.“What is distracting is all the patterns,” said Sam Gordon, a Johns Hopkins student and big NCAA basketball fan. “It could take the crowd’s focus away from a player’s jump shot to what they are wearing.”Even President Barack Obama felt compelled to weigh in. In going through his bracket with ESPN, he cited the uniforms as a reason Notre Dame shouldn’t go any further than the second round, saying “that neon glow wasn’t working for me.”Jeff Halmos, half of the menswear designer duo Shipley & Halmos, called the uniforms “ultra-forward” — but that may not be a compliment.“I was so shocked at UCLA. If I was part of a storied franchise like that, I’d say, ‘Absolutely not.’ I would tell my team that it’s an honor to wear this traditional jersey, and I wouldn’t cheapen it,” he said. “There’s a threshold to which innovation crosses a boundary. The ‘throwback era’ — when classic uniforms had a mainstream moment a few years ago — that was so much better. To me, there’s so much in menswear that’s about heritage.”If the goal was buzz, though, that’s certainly been accomplished. And maybe these limited-edition uniforms weren’t created for most of the armchair — or barstool — fans. They could be a recruiting tool for next-gen talent, said Will Welch, senior editor of GQ magazine.“There’s something gimmicky about them, but outlandish choices like this can end up defining an era,” said Welch. “They’re pretty shocking now, but I’m an adult fan, and that’s different than being a 12-year-old kid dying to grow up and play at Kansas or Louisville. … There’s a good chance that these kids love the idea of debuting something that’s exciting.”Sports fans are quick to get behind fashion trends that help show support of their favorite teams and players, he said. How many people wore dorky glasses with no lenses to games — and even their offices — after the NBA’s Russell Westbrook did?Among the less popular innovations in the new uniforms were short sleeves on jerseys for UCLA, Baylor and Louisville — something Adidas also introduced this year for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.But guess who likes the sleeves? Louisville guard Peyton Siva, the Big East tournament’s MVP two years in a row.Last week, after Louisville’s win over Notre Dame, he said, “I think everybody shot a lot better today with the sleeves.”He also wanted to take home the shorts, and gave a compliment to Notre Dame’s uniforms, too. “I thought they were pretty awesome. Other people might not like them because they’re different, but I love them.”Several players interviewed by The Associated Press cheered the uniforms — and sports being sports, those who won while wearing the uniforms seemed to like them more.“I could see the uniforms becoming a good-luck charm,” said Gordon.last_img read more