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Pun and games at World Chess Championship »

Reigning king of chess, Magnus Carlsen, defends his title in the third round of the world championship in New York this afternoon.

Photo Agon, World Chess 2016

Photo Agon, World Chess 2016

The 12-game match is tied at two draws after games held Friday and Saturday.

The Norwegian grandmaster opened the match amusingly with an homage “a little bit,” he said, to the president-elect of the United States with a series of moves known as the Trompowsky Attack.

“If I had known how many questions I would have about it, I would have played something else,” the charismatic 26-year-old said in a post-game press conference.

This meme started making the internet rounds shortly after the start of the championship match.

This meme started making the internet rounds shortly after the start of the championship match.

The Trumpowsky is a solid opening but rarely seen at the highest level and was intended to surprise the Russian challenger.

Karjakin, also 26 but introverted and known for a very good repertoire of opening moves, responded quickly and well up to the sixth move.

After a ‘big think’, the Crimean-born challenger parried Carlsen’s attack with the white pieces well, and the two settled on a draw at move 42.

Switching sides of the board for round two, it was Karjakin’s turn to start, choosing the oldest, most thoroughly-analyzed opening called the Ruy Lopez.

Carlsen responded, not with an expected Berlin Defence (also known as the Berlin Wall), but with the Spanish Game. continued . . .

Students help food bank on Halloween »

Residents of Ridgeway will be asked for canned food for the Salvation Army on Halloween.

Students of Niagara Christian Collegiate will be scaring up food as part of the Salvation Army’s Trick-or-Can initiative.

Although they will be dressed in costume, they will not be trick-or-treating but earning community service hours and hope to collect more than 500 pounds of goods.

The students will be collecting between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday.

Motorcyclist killed, two injured »

A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car in Crystal Beach Wednesday afternoon. Two others were seriously injured.

Niagara Regional Police say a 66-year-old male driver of a Honda Civic traveling westbound on Farr turned left at Elmwood in front of two motorcycles around 5:30 p.m.

The lead motorcycle struck the car and the 52-year-old male driver and a 33-year-old female passenger were thrown to the ground. The second motorcycle avoided the car but the male driver lost control and was also injured,

The driver of the lead motorcycle was pronounced dead at the hospital. The passenger and the second motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and are in stable condition. The driver of the car was uninjured.

Home invasion robbery in Ridgeway »

Police have arrested and charged one of four suspects in a home invasion robbery of an apartment near Gorham Road and Hibbard Street early this morning.

A 21—year-old Niagara Falls man, Anthony Caliguri-Adams, was charged after a search of the area with a dog. The others remain at large.

At least one of the culprits was armed with a weapon when the forced their way into the apartment. Police gave no description of the weapon.

The culprits and victims are known to each other, police said.

Fire destroys two cottages, damages two more »

A large fire destroyed two lakeside cottages and badly damaged two others in Crystal Beach on Erie Road between Schooley and Cherrywood this morning.

The fire was reported at approximately 3 a.m. and eventually required equipment and personnel from all six Fort Erie Fire Department stations.

It is not known if the buildings were occupied or if there are any injuries.

Smoke could be seen in Ridgeway.

Video by Jason Maracle.

Racetrack to try Saturday racing »

Fort Erie Race Track officials hope the success of Tuesday twilight racing can be repeated on Saturdays next August.

The Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium will apply for 40 days of racing in 2017 with Sunday afternoon cards replaced by Saturday twilight cards for one month and Saturday afternoon racing in September and October. continued . . .

Local woman assists with Haiti relief efforts »

Still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2010 and an outbreak of cholera, the people of Haiti were struck by another disaster, prompting a local woman to help.

Hurricane Matthew killed many hundreds and left thousands injured and homeless, and Doris Emerson of Black Creek is organizing relief efforts for the beleaguered nation, the poorest in the western hemisphere. continued . . .

Transit Alert: Watch for bus going wrong way »

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The Town of Fort Erie drew up a temporary detour around the Crystal Beach 5K run that includes a trip the wrong way up Elmwood Avenue from Glenspring to Victoria this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Town council Monday accepted “in principle” a $38,000 consultant’s study on routes and facilities that is approximately equal to this detour plan.

The detour map the Town published on its website and announced on Facebook yesterday is below.

[Update-Oct. 5] The detour is revised this morning to have the 30-foot bus turn left 120 degrees from narrow Glenspring to Oxford — instead of wrong way on one-way Elmwood, then go uphill to turn right on narrow Victoria.

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Robbery at McDonald’s Sunday morning »

Police are searching for a man who robbed the McDonald’s restaurant on Garrison Road at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The culprit is white, approximately 30 years old, five-foot-10, slim, clean shaven with brown hair. He was wearing a navy blue hoodie and running shoes.

He brandished a weapon, but NRP did not specify if it was a gun, nor did police specify if the store was robbed or a person was robbed. The culprit made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Schlange axes 25 top brass in Brampton »

Former Fort Erie and Niagara Regional chief administrative officer Harry Schlange fired 25 top managers at his new job in the City of Brampton. “The whole sixth floor is gone,” said one councillor. Only five will be replaced.

The Toronto Star