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Cook Francis Blay Erzoah is the OS and Chief Cook onboard SMT’s barge, Cape Verga Pearl II, which is part of SMT’s transshipment system in Bel Air, Guinea. When asked about Cook Erzoah’s service, Offshore Installation Manager Jacek Kaszubski explains, “Despite the hard work on board he still finds time to cook delicious meals for us. This makes him unusual. I am very pleased with him, and I wish other captains the luck of working with such a dedicated sailor”! Cook Erzoah shared this brief biography with the Nautical News.


“My name is Francis Blay Erzoah was born at Takoradi Ghana. I am married to Mrs. Gloria Blay Erzoah with four kids. I had my basic and formal education at Takoradi and furthered it at Takoradi Poly-technic where I studied Catering, Hotel and Institutional Management. After graduating from school, I worked for five years as a caterer. I was first introduced to the marine industry by my grandfather. On his advice, I enrolled in a training course at the Regional Maritime University in Ghana. After completing my licensing requirements, I took my first sea job at Minerva Marine as chief cook and now work at SMT Shipping”.




  • 1/2 kg - Flour
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, chopped (chopped)
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 200 grams of Mushrooms, sliced
  • 200 grams beef, shredded
  • 1 tsp Soya sauce
  • 3 Green Peppers, sliced
  • 100 grams carrots, sliced
  • 1 cabbage, shredded
  • Spring roll wrappers
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

      Oil for frying:
      Coconut Milk - 2 cups
      Golden Ray Butter - 4 oz
      Chive - 6 bundles
      Chaddon Beni - 6 bundles


      • Heat the pan, fry beef to brown and set aside.
      • Suite all vegetables and mix in the beef, soy sauce and seasoning to taste.
      • Fill the vegetables into the wrapper and roll into spring.
      • Deep fry until golden brown and serve.

      The capricious career of

      Robert Fischer

      After his failure in the candidates tournament in 1962 (4th place), the American grandmaster Robert Fischer refrained for a long time from taking part in the competition to select the challenger of the world champion.
      After his win in the national championship of the US in 1964 with a spectacular 100% score (11 wins, no draws), everybody expected further succes in the ensuing international tournament of 1964 in Amsterdam. But Fischer surprised everybody with his decision – for unclear reasons - not to participate. Three years later – in 1967 - he started very succcesfuly in the interzonal tournament of Sousse. After 10 rounds, he dominated the field with 8,5 points out of 10 games. But halfway the tournament he decided to withdraw, due to quarrels with the organisation committee.

      The chess world was very disappointed by this decision in vue of his bright perspectives to become the next challenger for the world title after decades of dominaton by grandmasters from the Sovjet Union. But finally – in 1970 – Fischer became very convincely winner of the interzonal tournament in Palma de Mallorca. By that he earned the right to participate in the candidates tournament, where he crushed his opponents. Finally he became the succesful challenger of Boris Spassky. But the win of the world title was the end of his career.

      30. Tae1

      30. Tae1

      Fischer played no more tournaments or matches with the sole exception of the revenge match against Spassky, 20 years after their title match.
      Fischer impressed not only by his spectacular scores but als by the high quality of his games. In 1970, he won a beautifull game against former world champion Tigran Petrosian.

      1.   e4       c6
      2.   d4       d5
      3.   exd5   cxd5
      4.   ♗d3    ♞c6
      5.   c3       ♞f3
      6.   ♗f4     ♝g4
      7.   ♕b3    ♞a5
      8.   ♕a4+  ♝d7
      9.   ♕c2     e6
      10. ♘f3     ♛b6
      11. a4      ♜c8
      12. ♘bd2  ♞c6
      13. ♕b1   ♞h5
      14. ♗e3   h6
      15. ♘e5   ♞f6  
      16. h3     ♝d6
      17. 0-0    ♚f8
      18. f4      ♝e8
      19. ♗f2   ♛c7
      20. ♗h4   ♞g8

      21. f5       ♞xe5
      22. dxe5   ♝xe5
      23. fxe6    ♝f6
      24. exf7    ♝xf7
      25. ♘f3     ♝xh4
      26. ♘xh4   ♞f6
      27. ♘g6+  ♝xg6
      28. ♗xg6   ♚e7
      29. ♕f5     ♚d8
      30. ♖ae1   ♛c5+
      31. ♔h1    ♜f8
      32. ♕e5    ♜c7
      33. b4      ♛c6
      34. c4      dxc4
      35. ♗f5    ♜ff7
      36. ♖d1+ ♜fd7
      37. ♗xd7  ♜xd7
      38. ♕db8  ♛e7
      39. ♖de1+