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|Dec-05-11|| ||Deathstroke: I prefer to see this in a different light. Did anyone notice the "Chess in Schools and Communities" poster attached to the table in the photo? I see this as a famous tennis star lending his name in an attempt to bring more awareness and popularity to a game that is (let's face it) floundering in the international community. |
I personally believe that every child should be taught chess as part of their early school curriculum (although I wouldn't require a "passing grade" or any such in it).
The fact that Becker went into a game that he <knew> he was going to be trounced in just shows how much he wants to get people more involved with it.
As for Mr. Short, he may have given Becker a sound thrashing, but he didn't have to play at all. He also <knew> that nothing would come of this game... and I've met too many players who won't even <talk> to one more than 200 points below them in rating.
|Dec-05-11|| ||kevin86: 14 d4 was a real double-fault|
|Dec-05-11|| ||gun0m: this damn game wasted my time....|
|Dec-05-11|| ||xthred: Very fun GOTD.|
|Dec-05-11|| ||Phony Benoni: Alekhine vs Russian Tennis Club, 1932|
|Dec-05-11|| ||SteinitzLives: Let's have Becker play Sting, maybe a celebrity chess tournament.|
|Dec-05-11|| ||HeMateMe: Madonna and Tom Scholz, from the 70s band Boston, play. Scholz has an engineering degree from MIT!|
|Dec-05-11|| ||knighterrant999: Is Short wearing lipstick?|
|Dec-05-11|| ||mrbasso: The first and only win for Short in London?|
|Dec-05-11|| ||shakespeare: Bum bum Boris|
|Dec-05-11|| ||haydn20: I'm a big tennis fan, and one of the most fun days I ever had was watching a friend play in a charity celebrity pro-am. It wasn't great tennis, but so what? [The friend was a retired pro.]|
|Dec-05-11|| ||kingscrusher: Video footage :
Available in HD - Choose 720!
|Dec-05-11|| ||KKDEREK: Could you analyse this game <kingscrusher>? Would be fun eh?|
|Dec-05-11|| ||screwdriver: Where is the analysis? Let's get some analysis please. I'm big fan of Boris Becker, and it looks like this other guy barely squeaked by him in this game.|
|Dec-05-11|| ||swordfish: Former tennis great Becker seems like a real sportsman. I can't quote a source but recall that years ago he played an exhibition against no other than Garry Kasparov. Becker reportedly requested GK "Don't embarrass me too badly," to which the chess champ replied, "I am sure that if we played tennis, the ball would find me, no matter where I was on the court."|
|Dec-05-11|| ||Shams: <swordfish> I'm being obtuse I guess, but wouldn't it be the opposite, Becker's ball consistently "finding" the spot on the court where Garry wasn't?|
|Dec-06-11|| ||PaulLovric: Seeing that this is a game between a chess player and a sportsman, i thought i'd ask about chess boxing; it has always excited me. Anyone got some info. or links?|
|Dec-06-11|| ||Chickenbrad: For those of you who think these matches are silly. This is exactly what made poker so popular recently. Media coverage of 'average joes' being able to sit and play against a champion.(Even if the average joe is a tennis champion)|
No, it won't make interesting chess, but it's great for the game.
|Dec-06-11|| ||HeMateMe: This was sort of intriguing but Caroline Wozniaki playing Jennifer Shahade's Naked Chess might draw even more interest. Jus sayin...|
|Dec-06-11|| ||Stonehenge: <HeMateMe> Heh, more interesting than Navratilova - Korchnoi, for sure :)|
|Dec-06-11|| ||HeMateMe: I think I'd resign. Quickly.|
|Dec-10-11|| ||whithaw: Games like this are intersting, in that they illustrate how much stronger a GM is vs. the average chess player. |
You must remember that the average player is not a rated player, and probably plays at around 1200 strength. To the average player, a rating of 1800 is monsterous. A rating of 2100 places you in the upper 2% of all RATED players. A rating of 2500 is a monster to the 2100 player, and will almost always win. A rating of 2500 puts you near the top 1000 players in the world. A player with a rating of 2700 walks on water, makes pieces levitate with his head, and creates masterpieces. A player with a 2800 rating is WC material. Amazingly, each of these players has the same pieces and board with which to play a game.
|Dec-10-11|| ||OhioChessFan: <Shams: <swordfish> I'm being obtuse I guess, but wouldn't it be the opposite, Becker's ball consistently "finding" the spot on the court where Garry wasn't?>|
Kaspy meant he knew Becker was good enough to not totally embarrass Kasparov, by hitting balls within reach. And that was analgous to Kasparov not embarrassing Becker.
|Jan-12-12|| ||Xeroxx: Is this a joke game?|
|Apr-11-13|| ||Overgod: Based on the two games played by Becker against Kasparov and Short, I estimate his strength to be around 1100. |
I am being serious. 1200s give you a bigger challenge than what Becker displayed here.
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