ROME 22/10 – Day 23: Sups and Sips

7:29 was the moment of overcast sunrise in Rome and 18:19 is alotted for its setting.  The Ave Maria Bell should be rung at 18:30.

It is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost and the Feast of St. Severinus Boethius.  He was a pivotal figure at the cusp of late Antiquity and what are called the Middle Ages. He is buried in the same church as St. Augustine of Hippo in Pavia.  More on him in another post.

Thank you, Lord, for this day.

This might not have immediate appeal, at least for most people and at this stage.  What you see here is mashed garlic, a little salt, olive oil, white wine vinegar and anchovy filets which are about to be mashed up with the rest into a sauce.

How strange is it that the olive oil can as “Nutrition Facts” in English.  Strange.  In any event, I had posted about puntarelle, for which I am particularly eager.   I’m giving them an additional chill before draining and then drying with paper towels.

Yum.   So, I didn’t completely mash the anchovies.

And, since the colors go well together, it’s black’s move.   White is up in material including a couple of passers.  Black doesn’t seem to have any effective checks or captures.  Those passed pawns are such a threat that black needs a mating net and needs it now.  Perhaps some deflecting and discovering could be involved.

Thanksgiving could include some wine from the traditional Benedictine monks of Le Barroux. Use FATHERZ10 at check out for 10% off.

Here is something for my friend Fr. John Hunwicke, whose blog Mutual Enrichment is a treasure. We share admiration for the the great Papa Lambertini, Benedict XIV of happy memory. “The Legislator”. His touches are upon St. Mary Major, the “Liberian Basilica”.

This is immediately over the door, so there was light spillage.

I wish I had had the presence of mind to make a video of this guy whizzing by.

How to work a “nasone” for a refreshing sip.  Block the spout.

Block the spout.  A metaphor for life.  How many sins could we avoid by keeping our mouths shut?

Get the picture?

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  1. Adam Piggott says:

    Rook to e2
    Bf1 checkmate

  2. Adam:

    1. … Rook to e2  [Okay, Re2 – that Rook sac deflects the enemy Queen from the h file] 
    2. Qxe2 [She doesn’t have a choice.  If she steps aside to g3 there’s mate in one with a double check when black’s light Bishop slides to g2.] Bf1 [BxR] “checkmate”  [wellll…. no, it isn’t because…]
    3. Qh2 [which threatens the Queen exchange and white still has those dangerous passed pawns.  So, now what? …]


  3. Adam Piggott says:

    I have to buy a chess board and plot these games out, otherwise I just miss little things like the Queen can move back and cover …

    Back to square one, I reckon.

  4. Visualization is something that vexes me, too. There are exercises for it, but I am not disciplined in tackling that. It is part of the the process of calculation (if/the, if,then, etc.) as opposed to evaluation (how do things stand right now?).

    BTW… in Rome I got a super cheap vinyl roll up board and pieces. They don’t have that nice heft as those I work with at home, but it’s a short term solution. I leave them here and get them when I return. At Navona there is a shop (mid-piazza across from the obelisk on the way out to the Corso) which has lots of sets, some fancy. I’ve noticed chess sets in the windows of tabaccherie, as well.

  5. Kentucky Gent says:

    I think Adam was on the right track with his rook sac, but his Bishop got in a knife fight with the white King, rarely a good idea. The old man is slow, so we need to make use of our Bishop’s long range power:

    2.Qxe2 Be6+! and it’s mate in 1: If the king runs to g2 then …Qh3# is checkmate, and if White plays 3.Qh2 then Bxd5# is checkmate.

  6. Joseph7505 says:

    After Bf1 can’t the queen just return I don’t understand how that is mate?

  7. Adam Piggott says:

    Well done, Kentucky Gent.

    And a wonderful video evaluation of the puzzle, Father Z. I found this puzzle to be particularly interesting.

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