Contestants breathless as underwater chess plumbs new depths

admin   •   August 27, 2018   •   6426


A competitor playing chess underwater | REUTERS

The age-old game of chess has had a quirky makeover in the World Dive Chess Championships which took place in London on Saturday (August 25).

Players use a magnetic board and magnetic pieces and, while the rules remain the same, the playing environment is a little more challenging, with players only able to make moves while submerged without breathing apparatus in a swimming pool.

Once players have dived under the surface they cannot come back up for air until they have made their move.

The unusual hybrid of chess and water sports was the brainchild of American Etan Ilfeld who wanted to incorporate a physical element into chess to make it more fun and quirky.

The tournament is played over four rounds with each match lasting up to an hour but average games take around 30 – 40 minutes.

After a long day in the pool, a delighted Rajko Vujatovic emerged as the winner, ending the championship with a narrow win over his nearest rival. — Reuters

Stevie Wonder tells London concertgoers he will have a kidney transplant

Robie de Guzman   •   July 8, 2019

Stevie Wonder | Courtesy : Reuters / Amy Barrett

Stevie Wonder told thousands of fans watching him perform in London on Saturday (July 6) night he is due to have a kidney transplant in September.

The singer, songwriter and musician told the crowd at an event in Hyde Park that he had a donor lined up, and was making the announcement to avoid rumors spreading about his health.

“I’m going to have surgery, I am going to have a kidney transplant in September of this year,” he said as he finished his performance, according to footage posted on Twitter by those at the concert.

The sixty-nine-year-old, who has won more Grammy awards than any other artist and whose hits include “Superstitious”, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” and “Isn’t She Lovely”, did not reveal what was behind him needing the transplant.

“I’m all good, I’m all good, I’m all good. I have a donor it’s all good,” he added after a supportive cheer from the crowd. (REUTERS)

Body found in London garden of stowaway who fell from Kenya Airways jet

Robie de Guzman   •   July 3, 2019

The body of a man thought to have been a stowaway who fell from the landing gear of a Kenya Airways flight on its way into Heathrow Airport has been found in a garden in London, police said as they continued to determine the identity of the man on Tuesday (2 July).

London’s Metropolitan Police said they were called to a home in Clapham in south London on Sunday (June 30) after the body was found.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out and the man has not yet been identified.

In a statement, police said they believed the man ”was a stowaway and had fallen from the landing gear,” adding that some items including a bag and supplies had been found once the plane had landed. (REUTERS)

CCTV footage shows Londonderry car bomb explosion

admin   •   January 21, 2019

Screenshot from the footage released by Northern Ireland police showing car bomb explosion Photo credit: Police Service of Northern Ireland via Reuters

Police in Northern Ireland released CCTV footage on Sunday (January 20) showing the moment a car bomb exploded in Londonderry on Saturday (January 19) evening outside the city’s courthouse.

Footage showed the driver, wearing dark clothing, parking before running away from the vehicle. A crowd of people are later seen walking past the parked car.

Two men were arrested early on Sunday over the car bomb attack in Londonderry and police were looking into whether the New IRA militant group was responsible, officers said.

The men in their twenties were detained hours after the explosion, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton told a news conference.

Hamilton said the main focus of the investigation was on the New IRA – one of a small number of groups opposed to a 1998 peace deal that largely ended three decades of violence in the British-run province. They have carried out sporadic attacks in recent years.

Saturday’s blast came at a time when police in both Northern Ireland and European Union-member Ireland have been warning that a return to a hard border between the two after Brexit, complete with customs and other checks, could be a target for militant groups.

Politicians from all sides – including Sinn Fein, the former political wing of the nationalist Irish Republican Army (IRA) – condemned the explosion. — Reuters

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