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Monday, April 8, 2013

Sydney International Chess Tournament

Hi, Friends, did you enjoy a weekend? 
The education picture book project is going wellʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.

Now, I enjoyed sketching "Sydney International Open Chess Tournament" held from 10-15 April in Parramatta Town Hall. The sketches were done by the courtesy of Mr Shane Burgess, vice president of NSW Chess Association. 66 players had battled everyday from morning to evening for prizes. 
Friends, shhhh, later, I'll tell you how to beat an opponent with "tricks."ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ

My first impression. A player's concentration was astonishing. Crashing an opponent is an ultimate goal in a tournament. Huge pressures are on players. In high tension, each player's body language told me very well about what was going on and who was a winner or a loser. I was quite empathic for a loser. 

But a player told me, "No! Body language does not always match a player's thinking. Chess is much like a poker." Then, the giggling female player whispered me two tricks.

Trick1 : Pretending! A player pretends perfectly ok at a bad movement and puts pressures on an opponent. Or a reverse, "smokescreen," a player pretends as if he has made a great mistake, in fact, a very clever movement. Or another player always keeps "smiling" in any context.
Oh, I see! Chess certainly is a psychological game!

Trick 2 : Maximize What You Have?!
Another trick I heard was, a woman's "sexuality show-off," = put on a very pretty and low cut shirt to show your "milk-tanks." It distracts a male player. Male players told me, "And they (=women) lean forward, while they are struggling. Once, they feel they can win, then, they will not show it any more!"  Players and I chuckled together!
Friends, if you play chess with a male friend next time, go for it. You may beat him, "Checkmate, daarrrling"?! ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ Or, gentlemen, when you play chess with women, look at a flat chess board, not at "two mountains." Otherwise, you'll be led into a death valley.  
By the way, chess players and visual artists have similarities in socio-economic aspects. Financially, chess hardly supports a player. Many chess players have day jobs or teaching others chess for income. Also, a social status is low for chess players as well as artists. It is a great shame neither chess players nor visual artists are respected well. An artist once said to me, "Think this -- society without art! Where's happiness and joy? We, visual artists have to do strike!" I'd say the same is true of chess players in society. 
Ultimately, chess is interactions between two people. After the game, both sides shook hands and smiled at each other, which touched me, too. Wonderful! Players know very well each other. The tournament is a "chess lovers community" and "socialisation." It was so lovely to make friends with chess players, who respect a visual artist.
Finally, I'd say special thanks for Mr Burgess and his staff or backstage players who organised the event. You're great!!

Friends, Happy Painting!!






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40 comments:

  1. Great sketches....you're a funny girl Sadami!

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    1. Hi, Alvin, thank you for warm cheers and your nice humour sense!!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  2. "milk tanks"! how funny...I certainly have never heard that term before! Your sketches and paintings of the chess event really capture the different moods. Brilliant!

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    1. Hi, Celeste, thank u so much! And yes, we, too, have "tanks" to conquer men...?!ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ
      Cheers, wink, wink, Sadami

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  3. Impresionantes los retratos de los jugadores!. Has sacado mucho partido del torneo de ajedrez. Un abrazo

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    1. Hola, Tina, thank you very much! Sí, capturando el ánimo y la personalidad es mi meta. Déjenos disfrutar de dibujo más.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Hi, Tina, thank you very much! Yes, capturing mood and personality is my goal. Let us enjoy drawing more.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Tina said...
      Impressive portraits of the players!. You've made much of the chess tournament. A hug

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  4. Your sketches are so expressive! One can really see the concentration, or hesitation and can definitely feel the tension. Have a great week, Sadami!

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    1. Thank u very much, Blaga! It was interesting to change an angle and to weigh on a particular side in drawing. You, too, have a great week!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. genial Sadami,
    muy bien hecho, pintas todo muy bien y eso me encanta y me fascina. enhorabuena y un saludo desde España

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    1. Muchas gracias, Jose! sí, la próxima vez, tienes que venir a Sydney y bosquejar juntos este evento.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Jose! Yeah, next time, you have to come to Sydney and sketch this event together.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Jose said...
      great Sadami
      very well done, paint everything very well and that I love and I love. congratulations and greetings from Spain

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  6. Fantásticas ilustraciones, Sadami. ¡Jaque mate!
    Como siempre es un placer visitar tu espacio.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Muchas gracias, Onera! Muy feliz de saber mi trabajo correctamente transmite "mensajes".Chracter y estado de ánimo es cricically importante para ilustradores. La próxima vez, tienes que venir a Sydney para bosquejar juntos este evento!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Onera! Very happy to know my work sucessfully conveys "messages. "Capturing both chracter and mood is cricically important for illustrators. Next time, you have to come to Sydney to sketch this event together!
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Onera said...
      Fantastic illustrations, Sadami. Checkmate!
      As always it is a pleasure to visit your space.
      A hug.

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  7. Sadami es muy interesante todo lo que cuenta sobre los jugadores de ajedrez y sus retratos son maravillosos, admiro la manera en que logra expresar las emociones de los personajes, siempre que visito su blog aprendo algo, gracias

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    1. ¡ Gracias Beatriz! Muy feliz de saber mi trabajo correctamente transmite "mensajes".Chracter y estado de ánimo es cricically importante para ilustradores. Yo, también, aprender de usted mucho. Dibujo de disfrutar y aprender juntos.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Beatriz! Very happy to know my work sucessfully conveys "messages. "Capturing both chracter and mood is cricically important for illustrators. Me, too, learn from you lot. Let us enjoy drawing and learn together.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Beatriz said...
      Sadami is very interesting all that account on the chess players and their portraits are amazing, I admire the way in which it manages to express the emotions of the characters, whenever I visit your blog I learn something, thank you

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  8. "Concentration"
    Very good work....

    Pierre

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    1. Thank u so much, Pierre!!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  9. Hi Sadami! You always make your posts such an enjoyable read! I love the chess player sketches!

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    1. Thank u, Judy! Welcomeback to your own blog. Keep up your wonderful work.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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    2. Interesting and funny tricks hear these chess players ... It's a game that I think is very good because it keeps your brain active.
      It helps you sharpen observation and calculation.
      Also I loved your sketches of the game. The expression of the faces of the players.

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    3. Hi, Mayra, thank u! Indeed, it "activates" a brain or exhausts it?! Some players say "good memory" and "memorize a pattern" could be advantage.
      Next time, come over Sydney and sketch this together!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  10. C'est peut-être toi, finalement, qui t'es le plus amusée à saisir toutes ces attitudes. Bisous !
    It may be you, finally, who have the most fun to capture these attitudes. Kisses!

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    1. Ahahaha, Lydie, thank u! Yes, it's me! I did not need to worry about games and just focused on attitudes. Cheers, Sadami

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  11. Wonderful illustrations Sadami! Love how you captured all those intense expressions.

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    1. Thanks millions, Teri! Your work is always heartwarming!! Cheers, Sadami

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  12. Dear Sadami the chess world now has no more secrets for me!
    Thanks for your words so communicative
    and brilliant illustrations!
    It 'like having a second life in Sidney, opening your blog ....
    Thanks dear friend and nice continuation of the week
    Warm regards,Rita.

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    1. Dear Rita,
      Thank u very much! Very happy to know you enjoy my blog.
      Your blog, too, has a wonderful content -- it's your personality! Keep up your lovely world with readers.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  13. Fascinating - I feel like I was there! Because of your sketches and your words.

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    1. Thnak u, Polly! Very happy to know you enjoy this post. You have to sketch together next year!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  14. These sketches of the chess players are wonderful Sadami!! I love Trick #2..LOL
    Enjoy your day!!

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    1. Hi, Thank u, Hilda! Yes, you'll enjoy the trick#2! Cheers, Sadami

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  15. I prefer pencil and watercolor to chess board.
    Your sketches are getting so powerful and bold. Please keep going.

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    1. Hi, Irina, thanks millions! You, too, enjoy drawing and painting!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  16. glad to have you back :) Your sketches are wonderful and your writing about chess players' expressions/body language is too funny :)

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    1. Hi, Meera, thank u very much! Very happy to know you enjoyed the post. You,too, enjoy drawing more and more!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  17. Lovely sketches, Sadami - and the chess players tactics made me smile, they were so funny :) x

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  18. Thanks, Pat!!! Yes, chess is a very "intellectual" game...!! ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ

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  19. So funny! Like poker, so much is in out-thinking the opponent with "tricks of the trade" rather than straight good playing :) Luck, a low-cut top, and maybe I could learn to play a little and still win! ha ha Thanks for sharing - the sketches are great!

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    1. Hi, Rhonda, indeed!! You have to come and sketch this together next year. Yes, when we maximize our charm, we may win?!
      Cheers, wink,wink, Sadami

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  20. Hi sadami. Could you post your email address so I could get in contact with you to buy a sketch from the chess tournament? Thanks. Ann

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    1. Dear Ann,
      Would you please leave your message again with your own email address so that I could contact you directly? Thank you very much and look forward to your message.
      Kind regards, Sadami

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