Cassia Apoidea

August 25, 2006 at 12:01 am | Posted in Chess | 1 Comment

. . . there were only around 5,000 present (despite the announced crowd of over 11,000) to watch New York draw 0-0 with DC in a game that was about as thrilling as a chess bee in a retirement home.

Really? A chess bee?

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K-Fed Loves The Chess

August 24, 2006 at 8:59 am | Posted in Chess | Leave a comment

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Mr. Britney Spears

It’s a one-of-a-kind piece [watch]. It’s not like I just look for the watch that has the most diamonds or gold. There’s watches that they have in there that are worth $150,000 that have no diamonds on them. None at all. There’s one, it’s got three Roman dudes in it that hit a bell. The first one is for the hour – if it hits twice, it’s two o’clock. This whole thing runs with no battery, no nothing. Certain things like that amaze me. Like chess. I love playing chess. I don’t know why.

Papa Zow!

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Two Excerpts from Chess Fiction

August 24, 2006 at 12:01 am | Posted in Chess | Leave a comment

Surreal Chess

Tarashan astounds the spectators with an aggressive hypermodern opening of her own invention. She releases three companies of foot soldiers across the glacial moraine. Horovitz’s response is no less unconventional. He advances his panther to the king wolf’s forest and fianchettos his hetaera.

An Intimate Game of Chess

The soft caress of an exploratory glance holds my mind captive; wandering through their desires. A subtle finger tip gentles rubs over the glass tumbler with a touch of intrigue and interest; the pawn slowly advances… careful to maintain attention. A suggestory nod, a slow suggestive stretch my way whispers an intimate foreshadow of a story yet to be written; a gentle puff in my ear. The opposing pawn draws a step closer; the two players exchange opposition for intrigue and interest.

Their eyes become bright with anticipation of what is to come; thoughts race wild through their imagination. The game of chess has begun and the players become entwined in a mysterious act of eroticism.

Bathroom Chess

August 23, 2006 at 2:59 pm | Posted in Chess | 1 Comment

A bathroom chess set that somehow attaches to your wall so you can play during a bath or work on a chess puzzle during your special reading time.

Only The Good Play Chess

August 23, 2006 at 9:01 am | Posted in Chess | Leave a comment

More needs to be done to popularise chess, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak said yesterday.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the game was not given the attention it deserved.

“Chess is a wonderful game. If you are a good chess player, it enriches your mind,” he said at the launch of the Malaysian Chess Festival.

Apparently if you suck, it damages your mind.

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Module 01 – Units 20,21

August 22, 2006 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Chess | Leave a comment

I’m currently averaging 2.1 units per day. During these time areound this time around, if I get an exercise wrong, I repeat it 4 or 5 times before I move on to the next as to build the corrected exercise in my memory.

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Known Procrastinator Builds Origami Chess Set

August 22, 2006 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Chess | Leave a comment

A known procrastinator, Pierce left herself a few days to create her chess set before the county fair.

“That’s just the way she is,” said Jim Pierce. “She’s a full-throttle kid. When she gets into something, she does it.”

Kelly Pierce said she works best with a deadline. “I don’t settle for halfway, even if I have half the time.”

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State of My Game

August 20, 2006 at 4:22 pm | Posted in Chess | 1 Comment

A month or so ago, I stopped the Seven Circles of Hell; I told myself it was because of work, but more likely it was due to a certain lack of ambition. At the same time as I ceased the Seven Circles of Hell, I moved from itsyourturn.com to redhotpawn.com, because I was unable to track my progress (or lack of progress) as a chess player at itsyourturn. At redhot, I am hovering just above 1300.

You might ask , “Why don’t you play at FICS or ICC, so that you can play real time games?” I guess my answer is one of laziness or that I might not have the 40 to 90 minutes per night. Though as I write this I realize the absurdity of such a statement, since I spend upwards an hour a night on redhot. Though I would stay away from blitz games, I see no reason not to play a 30-30 or 45-45 match.

But back to my game, or lack thereof. The most glaring aspect of my game is the consistency of my inconsistency. Andrew Soltis in How To Chose A Chess Move divides the stages a player goes through as Post Beginner, Novice, Improving Amateur and Experience Tournament Player. Soltis says that a player’s journey through these stages is a halting one — I would even say it is erratic, especially for me.

The Post Beginner, obviously, knows how to move the pieces and the player is “beginning to develop a rudimentary preference for some kind of moves.” Soltis even states that the move from beginner to post-beginner is perhaps the biggest stride a player makes in their career. Though Soltis warns that the Post Beginner trust their selection criteria too much and rely on unrealistic expectations — can anyone identify with that? Also most of the victories experienced by a Post Beginner occur because of an opponent’s blunder or pieces lying en prise. See defchino23-hk for an example of me being able to crush a much weaker opponent.

Soltis writes that the Novice differs from the Post Beginner in that the player needs to play threats in order to beat players who do not blunder. The Novice player is more open-minded regarding candidate moves which are the player’s favorite pieces or squares; but the Novice player is still focused on their own pieces and not those of their opponent. See these two games hk-HealthEconomist and HealthEconomist-hk — both games are unfinished but my blunders are a thing of art. But on the positive side, take a look at hk-Purplenico. All of these matches display my consistent inconsistency.

The Improving Amateur player is able to analyze and evaluate the consequences of a candidate as well as recognize the “obvious” candadate moves, but the Improving Amateur will still look for a second move. Even though the Improving Amateur is able to evaluate simple forcing sequences, the player’s analyis is badley flawed in non-forcing positions (guesses at an opponent’s move). The Improving Amateur also plays candidate moves that are based on “sloppy optimism”.

Do I even need to go into what makes up an Experienced Tournament Player (ETP)? The main idea that differs Experience Tournament Player from those still clawing their way upwards is that the ETP is able “to conclude that a posisiton is equal rather than plus-over-minus as weaker players do.”

Right now I seem to be fluctuating between the Post Beginner and the Novice stages. And, the hope is that the Seven Circles of Hell will move me to the Improving Amateur stage, but I would have to be studying several hours per week.

On that note, for the last several weeks, I have been spending the weekends on my deck reading chess books and trying to learn, but what I wasn’t doing were my tactical exerices. Hopefully, I’ve found a way around this.

Last year I came across an ultra-cheap latop which I have made my chess machine. It now houses Personal Chess Trainer (PCT), Fritz 8, Jin and Winboard. I’m also looking at Jose. That’s it, nothing else, it is soley my chess machine. So for the rest of the summer and most of the autumn, I will be able to spend several hours outside enjoying the weather and working my tactical exercises.

In my move to this new machine, I screwed up my PCT backup and had to start again. I believe that this is not a big deal since I suck so bad and going through the exercises again can only help.

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The other reason why I am going to push through these tactics is the the Dealware State Championship is November 18-19 and the National Chess Congress takes place November 24-26 in the Philadelphia region. Now that summer’s over I will begin to attend a few Saturday tournaments as well as some weekend tournaments to get some OTB practice. With my current USCF rating a 6-game provisional of mid-800s, I think I need the exposure.

So for the last week I have been shunning the boob tube — in the States this is the television and not a woman’s top — and studying quite a bit of tactics. In the last 8 days, I have covered 19 lessons. During the weekends, I try to dedicate several consecutive hours to studying tactics as well. I am taking this one day at a time, but I am shooting to complete as much as possible with the PCT tactics package prior to the November dates mentioned above. But with some 300 units, it will take some time.

An aside in using PCT, I now slide the application to the right, so that I cannot see the number of problems or the clock. I’ve noticed an increase in time, but my accuracy is going up. Also, even though there are several tactical problems where the computer opponent makes a bad move, I try to remember that the purpose of tactical exercises is to practice, practice, practice. Perfection should be left to the gods.

White Resigns

August 16, 2006 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Chess | Leave a comment

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Schaap-Fischer Exchange

August 14, 2006 at 10:17 pm | Posted in Chess | 1 Comment

I watched the Anything To Win episode about Bobby Fischer and it was nothing but disturbing. The exchange between Jeremy Schaap and Bobby Fischer in Iceland typifies the rampant anti-semitism that Fischer holds. On the plus side, Schaap showed himself to be a classy guy. Though this exchange brings up a lot of hits on the webernet, I thought I add it in for those who have yet to see it on tape. The exchange below is stolen from courtesy of The Daily Scorecard.

Fischer says – Who are you? (Jeremy) Jeremy who?
Schaap – Jeremy Schaap

Fischer – Dick’s son?
Schaap Yes

Fischer He was Jewish?
Schaap Yes………. pause…………. as are you.

Fischer (angrily) No I am not. I wrote a letter to the Judaica library in Jerusalem 20 years ago and told them that I am not nor have I ever been a Jew. And they gave me a ‘clean bill of health’ Did you read that letter? Did you read that?
Schaap What does that mean Bobby?

Fischer It means that they will no
longer list my name in the library as being a Jew.
………………………………

Fischer You know the US is controlled by the Jews.. They say there’s only 6 million Jews in the US but I know its more like 25-30 million.
Schaap How do you know this?
Fischer Well, I’ve researched and studied it.
Schaap How would you study this?
Fischer Well you know from all of the reading I’ve done. I’ve read a lot of books.

Fischer later You know your father banged me pretty hard saying I didn’t have a sane bone in my body.. I didn’t forget that.
Schaap He said a lot of things about you (Fischer interrupts) I didn’t read the statement but I am aware he said it and I don’t think he meant it literally.

LATER FISCHER GOES BACK TO SCHAAP SEVERAL MORE TIMES

Fischer I hate to keep ‘banging on a guy’ but I’d like to go back to this………… what’s your name again? (Jeremy) Yeah, his (Schaap’s) father took me in at one time and was nice to me…. (Jeremy – he took you to Knick games, you were 12) and became a father figure to me and then like a typical Jewish snake he wrote vicious things about me.
Schaap
I have to object to that…
Fischer Well he said it.
Schaap “yes Bobby and you’ve done nothing today to disprove anything my father ever said about you.”

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