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|Feb-20-11|| ||Wayne Proudlove: I bet the food'll be good at that wedding.|
|Feb-20-11|| ||Wayne Proudlove: Saw "Sanctum", really good survival movie in 3D. More importantly there is a shot of chess being played near the beginning but I couldn't make out the position.|
|Feb-20-11|| ||HeMateMe: The final Women's Grand Prix tournament, in Qatar, starts Monday, first round on tuesday.|
Winner challenges Hou Yifan in a ten game match for the title. I'm glad the ladies event is turning towards serious match play to determine the champ. I'm thinking Humpy will be the challenger.
|Feb-21-11|| ||ChessBookForum: Here are a few Chess History suggestions:
1. Al Horowitz <From Morphy to Fischer - a History of the World Chess Championship>
This volume includes behind the scenes historical details about how every world championship match was arranged- and played. Quite a shocking story in many respects.
2. Gligoric and Wade <The World Chess Championship>
Covers the years from 1948 to 1969- really in depth history of the personalities of the players, and how those personalities translated over the board in unique "chess styles." This book is a must have IMO.
3. Kotov and Yudovich <The Soviet School of Chess>
This is an invaluable document, detailing the history of the "Soviet Chess School," how it worked, and what impact it had on the evolution of style in chess.
4. Mikhail Tal <Tal-Botvinnik 1960>
Fascinating first hand account by Mikhail Tal about how he and his trainer Alexander Koblents analyzed the games, style, and especially opening repertoire of Botvinnik in order to beat him.
5. Nikolai Krogius <Psychology in Chess>
The first chapter of this book provides an intriguing theory about how the personalities of various champions influenced their over the board style.
6. Max Euwe <Meet the Masters>
Invaluable insight into the personality and chess styles of Alekhine, Capablanca, Flohr, Botvinnik, Reshevsky, Fine, Keres, and Euwe.
If anyone else has some good suggestions on this kind of chess history book, please feel welcome to drop a note or a review in our forum.
|Feb-21-11|| ||kingfu: Travis Bickle,
I watched a movie tonight. You may know it.
"Are you talking to me?"
It was Taxi Driver. A great movie.
You have a very cool avatar.
|Feb-21-11|| ||HeMateMe: I have the 1960 Botvinnik/Tal book, it really is good writing, and the games are exciting. Not so exciting if your Botvinnik, of course...|
Would the Euwe book be a free google download, 50 year copyright expired?
|Feb-21-11|| ||Wayne Proudlove: Did you know Leonard Maltin gave Taxi Driver a bad review? See 20 Movies Badly Reviewed by Leonard Maltin Listmania! list on Amazon.|
|Feb-21-11|| ||Travis Bickle: <kingfu> Yes in a lot of ways that may be DeNiro's finest performance. Also my avatar won the 2010 Caissar! ; P|
|Feb-21-11|| ||GilesFarnaby: Guys, the last two nights I have gone to bed, dreamed and woke up thinking about one only thing, without much success, and I want to share it with you to get your feedback/advice:|
I keep my "chess knowledge" in .pgn files with, of course, variations and annotations of each line of the openings I play: is handy when, e.g. speaking of the Botvinnik system, you want to differentiate between the 12...Qa5 variation of the 9...Nd5 one: both different to the rest of the theory of the Botvinnik, but...
The moment we arrive to the mainline, with so many different ways to transpose between 0-0, Bg2, Rb1, Re1, ...b4, ...Bh6, ...0-0-0 etc, I find totally NO WAY of succesfully storing the variants (this, I know, could be done with a .ctg opening book, but then I wouldnīt be able to write annotations and draw diagrams) since the .pgn reader canīt recognize transpositions up to that level I end up with an unpractical labyrinth of repeated variations and, when Iīm looking for an specific position I canīt access it right away, because if it can arise after the moves x,z and y, but also after w, q and r, I really donīt have a clue (other than my memory and the embarrasingly slow "search position" function) getting to it. Is not only a "Botvinnik system" affair, in the Najdorf is probably worse...
You fellows will surely understand my problem and will find comprehensible that I commit suicide if we donīt manage to solve it somehow. Thanks in advance.
|Feb-21-11|| ||tpstar: <GilesFarnaby> Chess is hard. =)|
1) Pick three of your favorite games in that line, representing each of the main branches, and memorize those three games. Then put all of the other reference games as notes or variations to those three stem games. When you have five games in one subvariation, make that main line #4, and so on. That will help you organize your current games in some logical format.
2) Consider writing an article on each of those major variations in the Botvinnik Semi-Slav system. You will learn a ton in the process, and you could always update it later, ideally with your own games.
Good luck. =)
|Feb-21-11|| ||Wayne Proudlove: Giles, I can't help you but don't give up! Life is beautiful.|
|Feb-21-11|| ||A.G. Argent: <HeMateMe> <I've been to the Tower,> HME, when you were there, were you shown around by this guy?
I highly recommend watching all four parts. The guy is hilarious. A British Don Rickles. <TD> take note.|
|Feb-21-11|| ||Paint My Dragon: <Giles>, I can help you ... sometimes you just have to play chess ... trying to memorize ridiculous permutations of variants before you start is never going to improve your game.|
Also, you could go the rest of your life without meeting these lines in serious play, unless you are playing at IM/GM level.
Far more valuable, in my experience, is to study the themes and motifs that arise commonly from these lines and then, with a concrete plan in mind, play the move that heads towards achieving step one of your plan. That way, you'll understand what you're doing and why you're doing it, rather than aimlessly searching the memory bank for a move that you will probably have forgotten.
|Feb-21-11|| ||HeMateMe: Forum/Games for the women's Grand Prix--determiner for the women's title challenger?|
|Feb-21-11|| ||HeMateMe: <Did you know Leonard Maltin gave Taxi Driver a bad review? > That's certainly interesting. I think some reviewers "review by results", to quote Nigel Short. This meaning that they wait for a public response to a movie before making official comments, on the record.|
At first glance, it might seem just another gritty crime drama, with nyc as a backdrop. That's been done plenty of times. i'm reminded of "The Seven Ups", a good film with Rory Scheider, and "The French Connection," with Gene Hackman as good as a bad ass as DeNiro was as a crazy guy. You have to see "Taxi Driver" a couple of times to see and appreciate how warped the DeNiro character is, how it carries the movie.
Someone told me that the first "Star Wars" movie got a slew of bad ratings. Ha!
|Feb-21-11|| ||Wayne Proudlove: I never heard of The Seven Ups, thanks. I'm not in synch with Maltin's opinions; he has an idealized view of Happy Hollywood but his annual video guide is invaluable for facts. As soon as the music and city nightscape of Taxi Driver starts pass the popcorn or give me more of the comforter, I'm in.|
|Feb-21-11|| ||Wayne Proudlove: Basically I don't think the character Bickle is sympathetic, he's a damaged vet, he's just a psychopath with a warped view according to his own strange logic, a ticking time bomb. Generally when someone is compelled to act according to a strict moral code they're struggling to avoid an awful truth. But his loneliness is sympathetic, when he says "I'll work anytime, anyplace" it means "I have no life, save me from myself."|
|Feb-21-11|| ||HeMateMe: Speaking of unsympathetic characters, has anyone see the documentary "Tyson"? Its about Mike Tyson, the ex heavyweight champion boxer. Not the most popular of fellows, you get a sense of what a damaged childhood this guy had, why he made so many mistakes. As a 12 year old kid, he and his crew were already breaking into drug houses with guns, to rob drug dealers. I might have had my first BB gun at that point.|
It gets high ratings by many.
|Feb-21-11|| ||Wayne Proudlove: I saw it. Director James Toback; Fingers, which has a great French remake, Bugsy, and a couple of movies about how good Robert Downey Jr. is with women. Basically it's like, where else is a killer in the ring going to come from? Probably not from the vegetarian sun-worshipping commune. We all have our dark side, a gift with a curse.|
|Feb-21-11|| ||HeMateMe: He admits on camera that even when he was gaining notoriety as an up and coming amateur boxer, when making the occassional trip to New York City (away from upstate, where he lived and trained with Cus D'amato, he would break into drug dealer houses with pals, or just mug people on the street. Then, he would go back upstate and resume training. |
When Tyson was a young champion, Larry Holmes said that in 20 years Tyson would either be in jail or dead. Not so far from what actually happened.
|Feb-21-11|| ||Wayne Proudlove: For example, my own gift/curse is like the drunk guy on the dancefloor who makes a spectacle of himself. Then on Saturday morning he wakes up with a hangover and it takes about an hour to shake off the humiliating feeling and get on with it. Except mine is daily, an uncomfortable but entertaing way to live.|
|Feb-21-11|| ||HeMateMe: Has anyone noticed that, as 'Mo Quaddafi gets older, he is starting to look like Carlos Santanna?|
|Feb-21-11|| ||Wayne Proudlove: No, not at all.|
|Feb-21-11|| ||Wayne Proudlove: But here's my Top Ten Santana songs:
I hope you're feeling better, Samba Pa Ti, Oye Como Va, Soul Sacrifice, Maria Maria.
|Feb-22-11|| ||chancho: Wow! The Knicks got Carmelo Anthony.
Now you got three teams fighting for the best in the East:
Boston, Miami, New York.
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