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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 He also developed a chess-playing algorithm that tried to “think” like a top human player, but this approach has been superseded by a brute-force search strategy that exploits the rapid increase in the calculation speed of modern computers.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!

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