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Friday, November 29, 2013

Pak TV Star Fawad Khan plays Chess on Numm! (Wish him Happy Birthday)

For all chess lovers who are also part of the huge fan following of Fawad Khan - the Pakistani TV heart-throb, episode 14 of Numm was a delight. Wali Bakht Khan (played by Fawad Khan) plays chess with Badey Sahab (Usman Peerzada). And, it was not one of those five-second fleeting scenes, but one for several minutes with the chess motif used creatively and so aptly. (All alert readers must note, this was real chess with the board set up correctly.) 

In the scene, Wali beats Badey Sahab in the game, quite a signal that he is going to beat the feudal lord and the restrictive traditions of the region. In fact, Wali has already shown that by resolving the sugar mill dispute he is "playing things" his way... playing to win. 

Fawad Khan excels in his portrayals of a range of characters. He has brought special charisma and glamour to the Pakistan television industry. As Fawad Khan has developed as an actor, his hard work and dedication has become obvious for all to see. It is both inspiring and infectious. 

By the way don't forget to wish Fawad Khan a very happy birthday today, November 29 on the official Facebook Page of Numm. You can also watch the previous episode there.

Fawad Afzal Khan rose to prominence playing the role of Hassan in 2010 serial Dastaan for which he won Pakistan Media Award for Best Actor. Since then he has starred in a number of Pakistani serials, notably Akbari Asghari, Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan, Humsafar for which he won Lux Style Awards for Best Actor in 2013, Ashk, Zindagi Gulzar Hai and Numm. 

Khan made his film debut in 2007 with Shoaib Mansoor's Khuda Kay Liye which was the highest-grossing Pakistani film of 2007. Khan went on to win the Lux Style Award for Best Actor. In 2013 Khan appeared in Abdullah Kadwani's Armaan, which earned him Tarang Housefull Award for Best On screen Couple with Aamina Sheikh.

Khan was first known for being the lead singer of Pakistani rock band Entity Paradigm, but the band split up due to life commitments. His songs "Shor Macha" and "Rahguzar" did well in the charts, and was considered a critical and commercial success.
Numm (Urdu: نم‎) is 2013 Pakistani drama serial that portrays social issues. It is Directed by Ahson Talish, produced by Amjad Hashmi and written by Myra Sajid.

The show tells the story of strict customs and rituals of feudal and its impact. The plot revolves around three people Fawad, Sania and Kanza, which shows the effect of unwise traditions and old customs on this triangle relationship. Numm was on-aired on August 24, 2013 worldwide by Geo TV. Before releasing Numm teaser trailers were leaving very deep impact on people, the serial become the most watched serial due to his highly and acclaimed TV starlets cast. Ahson Talish also acted in small scenes as a male protagonist (Fawad Khan) father. The theme song of the drama is also gaining huge popularity among fans and viewers. Currently it is one of the highly rated and most watched serials on Pak television. 

Fawad Khan will be seen in a lead role opposite Sonam Kapoor in the Hindi re-make of 1980s Hrishikesh Mukherjee film Khubsoorat. The film tells the breezy tale of an extrovert – a feisty girl (played by Sonam) who brings about changes in the regimented atmosphere of a household controlled firmly by its overbearing matriarch, according to

While Sonam plays the motor-mouth, Fawad will expectedly play the bachelor who falls for her. We cannot wait to see the on-screen chemistry between these absolutely gorgeous people! Rumour has it that Alia Bhatt was chosen to play the female lead but has now been replaced by Sonam, according to Oye! Times.

The shooting of Khubsoorat has already begun in Rajasthan. The film is being directed by Shashanka Ghosh and produced by Sonam’s father Anil Kapoor. 
-- Zainab Raza Undulusi

Kosteniuk Telethon Geneva Chess Goodwill Simul December 8

If you happen to be in Geneva, Switzerland on December 8 at 2 PM, come and meet me or even play with me in a 30-player simul at the yearly Geneva Telethon, which collects money to support research to cure people from genetic diseases. You can read the announcement on the 12th Women's World Chess Champion personal blog at

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Join Free Online Blitz Nov 23

Read the details about the tournament and sign up here.

* The tournament will start on November 23

* This is a blitz chess tournament in honour of the Anand - Carlsen World Chess Championship Match. 

* It's FREE to join

RCA-Open 2013
3,500 USD in prizes
30 prizes &
18 “lucky winners”
FREE entry

The basis for success in chess is to keep the right balance between learning, practice and fun. During the World Chess Championship Match, which started on November 9, you have the opportunity to learn much. 

But you need not just be a viewer!

RCA Chess Open2013This will be a 13-round Swiss tournament, played with 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move. It is open to anyone – no serial number for playchess is required (free entry).

All you have to do is download the client on to your machine, create an account and play in the event. For details, see Here you will find instructions on how to download the software and create an account.

The event is a human-only tournament. It is forbidden to use a computer, especially an engine, as help for finding your moves. All games will be controlled and strictly monitored for engine use.

In order to improve your competitive mood, we are offering some attractive prizes, worth approximately 3,500 USD.

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