# Entanglement?, Part Deux

(Beat Reporter: Mark LaRocca)

As promised… we now take a look at Einstein’s “Spooky action at a distance”… and, of course, how it applies to this week one match with the New England Nor’easters.

Einstein never believed that two quantum particles traveling (interacting) together when split and sent in different directions could somehow communicate instantaneously… that action/experiment/measurement on one of the particles (no matter how far apart) could instantaneously have an effect on the other… an effect that was most often equal… but opposite. Thanks to John Bell’s Theorem and subsequent confirmation of it by Alain Aspect, we now know that Einstein’s “Spooky” fears are true.

So what… you may say… Just tell me who’s going to win the match and go away. Not so fast, if my intuition is true… we may be on the brink of a great breakthrough in theoretical physics… and what’s more… we may be able to prove it.

You see, many of the players on the Nor’easters once played for the Blitz… IM Vigorito, FM Riordon, and NM Liu… for example. These players are forever linked to the Blitz players. Any action/measurement on one of the Blitz players may cause an equal and possibly opposite result on these NE players. Ahhh! Now you see… don’t you. Well?... don’t you.

Here are the matchups for this week.

SOCH Hall, Harvard, 7:30 pm, Wednesday,

**GM Alexander Ivanov (NE) vs IM Steven Zierk (BOS) – board 1**

No entanglement here… this one is up for grabs. Let’s give an edge to the GM here… but, not by much. I expect non-book stuff here with a draw.

**SM Denys Shmelov (BOS) vs SM Steven Winer – board 2**

Steve did play for the Blitz way back in 2005 and 2006. He was a tough nut to crack back then and I expect a tough close battle here… and as a former player, he is, of course, subject to “action at a distance” . The question is with whom is he entangled. I call it 1-0.

**NM Mika Brattain (NE) vs NM Vadim Martirosov (BOS) – board 3**

This match may not be entangled… but it is Spooky. Turns out Vadim plays black against Mika on Tuesday at the Metrowest Chess Club… then again for this match. Since we can’t really say anything about particles that haven’t separated… I’ll call this one a draw.

**NM Ilya Krasik (BOS) vs NM Andrew Liu (NE) – Board 4**

It figures to come down to this match… and an entangled one at that. Andrew was the pride and joy of Blitz fans just last year. Boy, this Quantum stuff is strange. Now, he is on a roll… his play at the MCC has been impressive… and his rating is probably in the mid 2300’s. But, his fate is tied to the quantum in this match… but, who's his polar opposite?... I say draw… no poles involved.

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There you have it… the final outcome… Blitz pull it out 2.5 – 1.5… thanks to the magic of the Planck constant. You see… Vadim is actually entangled with Liu… and Ilya affects Winer… with Denys mixing with the combo of VL… and we get (VL * IW) / DVL = m*c*c (or MCC). Solving for Vadim shows a win… and the rest is left for the reader to prove.

Be there… 7:30 sharp… SOCH hall, take the teleportation pad to the match site.

**Go Blitz!**