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|Jan-06-16|| ||perfidious: In the mid 1970s, there was a top player who won the World Series of Poker who wrote that women were meant to be loved, not to play poker.|
While I never met Amarillo Slim--and he was ten times the player this journeyman pro is-I rather suspect he changed his views a while later.
There is always room for one to learn and grow, if one's ego does not get in the way.
|Jan-07-16|| ||Richard Taylor: I don't know Short, and even though I'm in the same tournament I cant really see his games, some I can. He is obviously a great player. He writes those stories in New In Chess. I bought one and he was writing about collecting chess mags. I think he is relatively reserved. I think it is good he went to Iran and coached the women's team there. |
I think it's also a pity he didn't beat Kasparov, I played over that match and Anand's. My feeling is that Anand was a little intimidated by Kasparov. Not only by his 'stare' and his ability but I suppose his huge energy and great theoretical knowledge as well as his great chess abilities. Anand had that but not that aggressivity as much as Kasparov....something like that. With Short it is hard to say. I suspect there were psychological reasons, not reasons of ability that led to his loss as he (and Anand) lost from potentially winning attack positions...
But the question of women etc is, well it is like debating if there is a god or whatever or who killed J R Kennedy. It goes on forever until the mere fact that the poor bastard was killed is forgotten! Men and women are different, but whether they will "equal" men at chess etc is one of those really silly questions. It leads into what Dr. Wayne Dyer calls 'the comparison trap'. It is as if the white dog wanted to say it could bark better than the black dog. It is irrelevant...
But that said, I think there are many more strong women players (young and old) than there were when I started chess, in the mid 50s. And through until maybe the 80s. In the 90s and after the numbers of very good players including women has increased.
I'm playing a Chinese woman tomorrow in the open. She is called Shenyue Li. She has done well. I mean considering who she beat and drew with...I am no more confidant against a woman or girl than anyone else. Tomorrow I will just try to play an interesting game. If she wins, good on her, if not, and I win, good. If we draw, good also.
Yes, there is room to learn and grow. We tend to block out some areas, and i do myself, that is not a good thing. We are fallible beings!
|Jan-07-16|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Your opponent tomorrow Shenyue Li has already beaten Bob Smith earlier in the tournament.|
|Jan-08-16|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Yes, she drew with Ben Hague also. She played 1. f4 so I played a From's Gambit. My position was quite good in the early stages. Then it went wrong. Then I overlooked a check that spelled the end. |
But she didn't play the best line against my opening and I am sure I had her worried for a while. Although unlike some of the players she is relatively calm while playing.
But at least I didn't sit back, I took the attack to her. I also once tried the From against Ben Hague but didn't follow up with g5.... If you do see the game her error is d5 then I can play h6 she is more or less forced to play Ne6 and a complex position arises after I then check her on h4. I haven't run it through Komodo yet.
But if Emmanuel Lasker could beat Bird with the From's, I can give it a whirl. So, Paul Spiller had better watch out! He would spend too much time.
Another thing I didn't know was her psychology, the From's would terrify a lot of otherwise sensible players, but she wasn't one of those, and I also played some inaccuracies.
I don't care who a player has played or not or what my score is, I sit down for game of chess. I told Don Eade not to think about the score or even winning. I never do. In some tournaments, at the end, I cant recall how many points I got.
|Jan-08-16|| ||Richard Taylor: But Smith's wife is seriously ill, or at least has recently had an operation. So he is under stress. He didn't do well in the George. Overall I rate Smith as one of NZ's best. If you study his games he has played a wide range of styles, including attacking, great endings and many opening ideas. I recall Sarapu saying once, about the NZ Olympiad, that he wanted Smith on the team as he often drew with GMs (this is in the 70s to 80s). |
But he is under pressure from personal events I think, and isn't playing so well so I wouldn't take too much notice of Shengue Li beating Smith or whoever. She is a good player, but I think that on a good day I could beat her.
|Jan-08-16|| ||Richard Taylor: Mind you, she will undoubtedly improve, and I wont much as I get terminally older, so, well time is on her side for now. But it wont last. She will grow old also. So it doesn't matter how good she is or any of them, cancer or something gets them all in the end...|
Let's be positive.
|Jan-31-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Ju Wenjun!!|
|Jan-31-16|| ||waustad: She's white against Anne Haast for her birthday.|
|May-23-16|| ||cro777: Ju Wenjun won the 2nd China Women GM Basque Chess Tournament. |
In Basque system chess tournaments the players face each other twice simultaneously, once with black and once with white.
|May-24-16|| ||cro777: "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." (George Bernard Shaw)|
After the tournament Ju Wenjun specially mentioned that she liked the Huaiyang cuisine, which is considered to be amongst one of the Four Great Traditions that dominate the culinary heritage of China, along with Cantonese cuisine, Shandong cuisine and Sichuan cuisine.
Her favorite meal is "Lion's head", a dish consisting of large pork meatballs (about 7–10 cm in diameter) stewed with vegetables.
|Sep-05-16|| ||notyetagm: Beautiful recent pic of Wenjun:
|Sep-10-16|| ||WannaBe: I like the one linked to by <notyetagm>, you can't see 1/4 of her face in the new picture being used!!|
|Nov-20-16|| ||notyetagm: <WannaBe: I like the one linked to by <notyetagm>, you can't see 1/4 of her face in the new picture being used!!>|
A new pic of the lovely Ju Wenjun.
|Nov-20-16|| ||WannaBe: Oh, great, we get to see 1/2 of her face. But it is an improvement over 1/4 of her face. =)))|
|Nov-22-16|| ||notyetagm: <WannaBe: Oh, great, we get to see 1/2 of her face. But it is an improvement over 1/4 of her face. =)))>|
Twice as much. :-)
|Nov-26-16|| ||notyetagm: New pic -> https://images.chesscomfiles.com/up...|
|Nov-26-16|| ||WannaBe: <notyetagm> Ohhhhh, yeah. That's the one. =))|
|Nov-26-16|| ||The Kings Domain: Attractive and sexy gal. 😊|
|Nov-27-16|| ||HeMateMe: Is she the sort of in-house pro at the Emirates or Kuwait?|
|Dec-05-16|| ||Betterthan99: More pictures please JU, we love YOU!!! - Bursley-Bates Housing at U of M adores you forever|
|Dec-06-16|| ||HeMateMe: great photo--I like the black choker
|Dec-08-16|| ||HeMateMe: Hey! Have you got a license for those legs?
|Dec-17-16|| ||notyetagm: She's so smart and beautiful.|
|Dec-18-16|| ||sonia91: No mention in the bio that she won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2016) and the Women's Grand Prix series 2015/16?! She will the challenger of the next Women's World Championship match!|
|Jan-13-17|| ||sonia91: Interview by ChessBase India: <I will go to Iran as a chess player and just play chess!> http://chessbase.in/news/interview-...|
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