Someone in the comments recently asked for an update on the littlest (outside-the-womb) member of the family. (Her brother arrives next month.) She's getting big, as this picture from last Saturday attests. At 20 months she needed help getting up into the chair, but after that she had no trouble exploiting her opponent's kingside weaknesses to sac a bishop and rook for mate. Her opponent is a member of a local Brooklyn K-5 school club that was having a fundraiser at our local Barnes & Noble. They leafleted us outside and of course I couldn't resist stopping by. Especially when I saw the name of their club, the Chess Ninjas!
Since we're off topic, one for the "told you so" files. Kasparov went to Georgia for the big 50th birthday bash of his old friend and former second Zurab Azmaiparashvili yesterday. Azmai has plenty of Georgian political contacts, and, when they heard Kasparov was coming, there were rumors that President Saakashvili might even show up. (If there's anyone Putin hates more than Kasparov, it's Saakashvili, and of course the feeling is mutual.) A few days ago Garry joked about the rumors, saying that if this happened the news reports would say "President Saakashvili meets with Kasparov" and poor Azmaiparashvili's birthday wouldn't even be mentioned. Truth. (Well, okay, he was also invited to the presidential palace and residence...)