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Datebook: August 17 – 100th birthday of three-time World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik

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Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik, Ph.D. (August 17, 1911 – May 5, 1995) was a Soviet and Russian International Grandmaster and three-time World Chess Champion. Working as an electrical engineer at the same time, he was one of the very few famous chess players who achieved distinction in another career while playing top-class competitive chess. He also developed a chess-playing algorithm that tried to “think” like a top human player, but this approach has been superseded by a brute-force search strategy that exploits the rapid increase in the calculation speed of modern computers. Playing top class chess for decades, being an eminent chess author, one of the pioneers of computer chess, and a great chess teacher in his late years, Botvinnik is widely regarded as the most influental chess contributor in the 20th century.

 

It’s Wednesday, August 17.

Madisonville Community College’s Back to School Bash is Saturday from 3:30 to 10 p.m. in front of the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. Eddie and Alonzo Pennington open from 3:30 to 5 followed by PB & J from 5 to 6; Southern Drawl from 6 to 7, Library Trio from 7 to 8, Larry Grisham of the Beat Daddys from 8 to 9, and Sexstone from 9 on. Food concessions available.

This weekend Murray’s Playhouse in the Park presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The box office opens an hour before the show.

Tomorrow the National Quilting Museum in Paducah hosts an Appraisal Day from 9 to 4:30. Each 30 minute appraisal costs $50. Make appointments at 270-442-8856 or see quiltmuseum.org for more. The museum is at 215 Jefferson Street.

Come visit at The Looking Glass Coffee and Curiosities WKMS Meet and Greet in Martin Thursday, August 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. Thanks!

the morning cram [medical merger edition]

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Two health care giants have merged. How could that affect you?

NPR reports last month’s merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Services will give someone the power to greatly affect your pocketbook.

Kentucky~ A Trigg County Amish man was killed by farm equip. The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Dept is gettin some money. Stumbo says we need to keep an eye on doctors. The First Lady is celebrating green schools. An appeals court rejects former soldier convicted of rape and murder. State ACT scores are low (insert dumb Kentuckians joke here).

Illinois~ Gov Quinn says new leg maps are fine. Bird’s Point residents are mad about new levee plans.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville man may have been murdered. Kids are in better shape in the state.

IMPORTED [local music show] WANTS YOU

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World Music from WKMS

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It’s a repeat this week (and next) but fresh is coming soon!

Here’s the playlist from this quite fun episode: 

Gogol Bordello – East Infection – Madagaskar
Katzenjammer – Le Pop – Der Kapitan
DeVotchKa – A Mad and Faithful Telling – Basso Profundo
Emilie Simon – Emilie Simon – Flowers
Ida Maria – Katla – I Eat Boys Like You for Breakfast
The Whitest Boy Alive – Dreams – Don’t Give Up
Lykke Li – Little Bit – Dance, Dance, Dance
The Pinker Tones – Wild Animals- Working Bees
Ceu – Ceu – Mais Um Lamento
MC Solaar – La Belle Et Le Bad Boy – Cinquieme As
MIA – Arular – Galang
Over the Atlantic – Junica – 35 Black and White

Written by Chris Taylor

August 17, 2011 at 8:15 am

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