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Challenge: Sports (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-5050Z
Location: Berkeley
Date: Sep 13, 2003
Aperture: f2.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/15
Date Uploaded: Sep 13, 2003


Place: 70 out of 79
Avg (all users): 4.4305
Avg (commenters): 5.6842
Avg (participants): 4.3214
Avg (non-participants): 4.4947
Views since voting: 953
Votes: 151
Comments: 20
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/21/2003 08:13:57 PM
This expression is so familiar - both my sons played chess for the H.S. Team (although the cup was not displayed with other championship trophies...) and I recognize the win. I like the props, too. 8
09/21/2003 03:30:13 PM
Chess really does seem to be a sport in this shot--complete with gatorade and a towel! There seems to be a bit of a colour cast in the photo and it would be nice if the image were a bit sharper, but I love the concept of this shot and the pose and expression of the "chess athlete"! Small point: there's a bit too much negative space over the player's head for my tast, but that's just me.
09/19/2003 02:33:53 PM
Fun image. The gatorade and towel are nice touches. A cheerleader with a low cut top and nice pom poms would work well in this situation. :)

However, if the king is on the black square it could move to N6 or aggressively to N4 to attack the knight, rook and pawn. With queen support and the black rook eventually taking whites rook black could easily get a draw and possibly win the game before white can advance its pawns.

If the king is on the white square then it could still move to K6 to try and escape... but then it would only be a matter of time.

Might still be early to pour gatorade over the coachs head.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/18/2003 10:20:05 PM
I can remember the exact moment when I jumped up and yelled-CHECKMATE!!!
09/18/2003 10:09:19 PM
09/17/2003 10:24:21 PM
this one's great, especially after all the sport v. game talk. its really funny.
09/17/2003 05:53:11 PM
Good, now go and get a shower and some oranges.
09/17/2003 02:11:29 PM
Hehehehe good job turning chess into a "real sport " ;-) Really funny idea with the sports towel and the gatorade. I would have cropped off a lot of the extraneous space at the top and maybe some of the left side? Fun though.
09/16/2003 01:54:18 PM
do people take chess that seriously lol great shot caught the action well
09/16/2003 10:54:23 AM
Crack me up! I gave this a 10 for making me laugh out loud. Who's up for a little Full Contact Chess? This reminds me of the time I spent in Kansas with my cousins. They do everything full contact, basket ball, tennis, video games, dinner... You name it, it was fair game. I don't think I ever got a fat lip at dinner, except there with my cousins and uncle! The towel and Gatorade bottle, not to mention the "in your face" pose/expression are great! Nice work!
JD Anderson
09/16/2003 01:27:16 AM
LOL. You've tried to address the challenge of action by putting a sports drink and a guy dressed in sports gear into your shot. Too much space at the top. Colours a bit bland. Oh, the fact that the king is down means that the opponent has resigned, not checkmate.
09/15/2003 11:00:23 PM
LOL, what's really funny about this is the Gatorade, towel, and how the player looks like he's sweating! Hahahaaa, great. But the pic itself needs better lighting, etc. Creative shot. 6.
09/15/2003 08:21:57 PM
Persiflage. I commend the author of this image for submitting it, not because it's a technical powerhouse of a photo, but because it demonstrates a sharp sense of humour and a keen eye for that which makes it work.

The somewhat hapless composition and an, apparently, incidental -technique- give the impression of a snapshot taken for no other purpose as to make us laugh., at which task this capture exceeds. The range of the banter, however, is probably limited to the context of DPC.

I cannot help but laugh with it. > 6
09/15/2003 10:43:59 AM
lol very fun shot.
09/15/2003 10:35:59 AM
Pretty intense game there, haha. Creative.
09/15/2003 09:50:19 AM
Love it! How long did he warm up before the action/!
09/15/2003 09:48:16 AM
Ha! Very cute. Were there cheerleaders, too...? :) I might have cropped this a little differently -- there seems to be a bit too much headroom.
09/15/2003 09:24:13 AM
A bit dark and not sure about the chess set being a sport; the gatorade & man are within the challenge, but...
09/15/2003 12:20:18 AM
Love that "in your face" expression on his face!
09/15/2003 12:18:15 AM
funny. good creative interpretation

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