International chess master Jean Hébert of Quebec won the Canadian Chess Championships on Aug. 16 in Guelph, Ontario, after 9 days of competition. It's the second time Hebert, 51, has won. The first time was 31 years ago, when he was 20 years old. Photo taken Wednesday, August 19, 2009 in Montreal. Photograph by: Natasha Fillion, THE GAZETTE
From The Montreal Gazette:
A Chess player from Longueuil is the Canadian champion, and now he wants to take on the world.
High-level chess is a young person's game. Despite its appearance of immobility, a confrontation between brooding statues punctuated by brief, ponderous movements of arm and wrist, top-flight players finish the three- to four-hour matches physically and mentally spent. Pulse rates rise, and professionals exercise both mind and body to be able to maintain concentration levels.
Plus, at a certain age, the synapses don't fire like they used to.
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Update: Government support has helped Quebecers dominate -- Montreal Gazette