#526 Opponents
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Strad
Registered: Aug 20, 2004
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The topic "Opposites" came a long time ago - back in the days when Fred personally oversaw this forum and in those days one could safely assume that the end time for entering would go as much as a day or two longer than the stated deadline. I shot a similar photo for that topic and posted it right after the due time but (wouldn't you know it) that was the one time Fred actually shut the door on time. I have always wondered how it would fare in in the contest so, here is a new version of the same idea: My 11 1/2 year old daughter Eva likes to play chess with my 99 1/2 year old Dad. How many opposites can you find? I hope you like it.



Travis Rhoads
Registered: Apr 28, 2009
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Great image, with plenty of opposites, but above all, and regardless of how it does in the WA, it is a great image to capture the interaction between them, one she will cherish later in life. IMy grandfather used to try to teach me the game of chess, I was just never very good at it, but still loved to play with him...Well done.



oldrattler
Registered: Aug 04, 2009
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IMO this a contender for #1... Nice work..



Strad
Registered: Aug 20, 2004
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Thanks, Travis! I'm so glad you like it and that it brought back some cherished memories for you!

All the best,

Endre

Travis Rhoads wrote:
Great image, with plenty of opposites, but above all, and regardless of how it does in the WA, it is a great image to capture the interaction between them, one she will cherish later in life. IMy grandfather used to try to teach me the game of chess, I was just never very good at it, but still loved to play with him...Well done.



Strad
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Thanks! I appreciate the vote of confidence! I'm so glad you like it!

All best wishes,

Endre

oldrattler wrote:
IMO this a contender for #1... Nice work..



Jred
Registered: Dec 14, 2009
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Well done. Wonderful image.

John



Hightraxx
Registered: Feb 24, 2007
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Very nice, a special photo worth framing

Norm



44lefty
Registered: May 18, 2005
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Fine potrait..

Larry



Strad
Registered: Aug 20, 2004
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Thanks, John! I appreciate your kind comment!

All the best,

Endre

Jred wrote:
Well done. Wonderful image.

John



Strad
Registered: Aug 20, 2004
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Thanks, Norm! I'm so glad you like it. Having the one from a few years ago and this one will be particularly interesting to compare.

All best wishes,

Endre

Hightraxx wrote:
Very nice, a special photo worth framing

Norm



Strad
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Thanks, Larry! I'm happy that you like it!

All the best,

Endre

44lefty wrote:
Fine potrait..

Larry



DemonAstroth
Registered: Sep 09, 2010
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As a chess player I'm delighted that your photo won the assignment.

As a chess player I'm annoyed at the all too common oversight of having the chessboard sideways!

As you can see you're not the only one:

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=8610


As for the photo I like the setup and the black background contrasting with their faces and the board. Good job for sure. Did you use a layer on her face down to the pieces she's captured? I see a contrasting area around her.



Strad
Registered: Aug 20, 2004
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Thanks for all the comments. I'm so glad you like it.

You are certainly right about the board being sideways. It's a board that folds in half so I wanted to keep the seam out of the photo. I should have just cloned it out to avoid the embarrassment of being caught by an expert.

Regarding a layer, I wonder what you are seeing since I can't see anything like that that on my version here at home.

Happy Thanksgiving!

All the best,

Endre



DemonAstroth wrote:
As a chess player I'm delighted that your photo won the assignment.

As a chess player I'm annoyed at the all too common oversight of having the chessboard sideways!

As you can see you're not the only one:

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=8610


As for the photo I like the setup and the black background contrasting with their faces and the board. Good job for sure. Did you use a layer on her face down to the pieces she's captured? I see a contrasting area around her.



drofnad
Registered: Nov 18, 2008
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As a chess player, I'm annoyed at the all too common oversight of having the chessboard sideways!

(By which is meant violating the rule "light (square) on the right".)

Or one could regard this as one of the *opposites* ?! --and surmise that
in this game it was the dark pieces moving first (and, so, having the same
orientation to the standard "white" of chess --queen on left, e.g.).

I cannot fathom the game, though, and am seeing two fewer *opposites* than,
as a chess player, I expect --to wit : the dark queen and one light pawn. Maybe the
pawn's by the king on the rook's file; the queen, if on the board, must be in the far
right corner beside and so hidden by her king.

As for the game, the man is moving a pawn in a position in which
his opponent has him on the ropes, and I cannot make out a decent
move with the pawn to avoid getting clobbered (queen backs diagonally
one for check : if king moves either way, mate follows; if the (dark) queen
blocks, the rook can pin her).

Lovely shot otherwise, congratulations!

-drofnad