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|May-11-15|| ||TheFocus: <Throughout chess history, great debates have raged about the pros and cons of hanging pawns. The debates are nonsense; the answer is cut and dried. If the pawns can be attacked and forced to move forward, they are weak. If they can be defended and remain where they are, they are strong> - Yasser Seirawan.|
|May-12-15|| ||TheFocus: <I think a player constantly improves his understanding of chess with experience> - Yasser Seirawan.|
|May-14-15|| ||TheFocus: <How come the little things bother you when you are in a bad position? They don't bother you in good positions> - Yasser Seirawan.|
|May-14-15|| ||john barleycorn: <TheFocus: <How come the little things bother you when you are in a bad position? They don't bother you in good positions> - Yasser Seirawan.>|
The answer is too obvious.
|May-14-15|| ||TheFocus: <john barleycorn> <The answer is too obvious.>|
|May-14-15|| ||Check It Out: Looks like you guys will have to disagree to agree.|
|May-14-15|| ||WannaBe: <Check It Out: Looks like you guys will have to disagree to agree.>|
I disagree to what you agree to disagreed on.
|May-14-15|| ||Boomie: I'm glad to see so many of you recognize the strength of Yaz's character. Although his childhood was a bit unconventional, his Mother and her boyfriend were obviously genius parents. |
I met Yaz when he was 12 years old. The University of Washington had a program that studied prodigies. Near the University was the Seattle center for games players, The Last Exit on Brooklyn. Yaz went to the Exit to play speed chess. His talent was apparent to everyone and some of us took the time to give him lessons. Before long, he was pummeling just about everybody at 5 minute.
Beyond his talent and love of the game, Yaz showed early on a fine sense of humor and a kindness for people. Over the years, this is what impressed me the most about him. And today these are what he mentions as his most cherished characteristics.
So in addition to being by far the strongest player who ever slaughtered me, Yaz is one of the finest men I've ever met.
|May-14-15|| ||Check It Out: <WannaBe> Mate-and-Check.|
|May-15-15|| ||Jim Bartle: <I'm glad to see so many of you recognize the strength of Yaz's character.>|
Anyone who subscribed to Inside Chess knows this.
|May-15-15|| ||HeMateMe: <The Last Exit on Brooklyn>? hmm....|
Pretty cool 50s movie. Jennifer Jason Leigh rocks.
|May-16-15|| ||Check It Out: <Boomie> I've been to the Last Exit near UW many a time in my youth, watching in awe at Yaz and others playing skittles. Their espresso ice cream float was to die for. Neat connection.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <Though most people love to look at the games of the great attacking masters, some of the most successful players in history have been the quiet positional players. They slowly grind you down by taking away your space, tying up your pieces, and leaving you with virtually nothing to do> - Yasser Seirawan.|
|May-21-15|| ||TheFocus: <His behavior at the board should draw warning cards. In his defense I’ve seen him behave badly against Deep Blue where such antics have no effect. Perhaps all the energy and passion that he puts into his game bubbles to the surface and he is unaware of the effect this has on his opponents. Is he not embarrassed when he sees himself on video?> - Yasser Seirawan about Garry Kasparov, in response to the question “Who is the most irritating opponent you have faced.”|
|May-22-15|| ||TheFocus: <Yasser, control the e5-square and all good things will flow> - Robert Zuk (to youngster Yasser Seirawan)|
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <I have a method for learning an opening or a defense that I strongly recommend for everyone. I choose a “guide” as my mentor. It really is a fabulous way to learn a main line. Had I, for instance, decided to play the Grunfeld Defense, as my guide I would have chosen Peter Svidler. I would study how he handled certain variations and mimic his solutions for them. If I had chosen the King’s Indian Defense, I would have picked Garry Kasparov or Teimur Radjabov’s. We should pick the greatest practitioners as our guide for our chosen line. After all, they would have spent weeks and months agonizing over the latest refutation to their favorite line. Let them blaze the trail> - Yasser Seirawan, September 2012, Chess Life, p. 29-30.|
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <Your skills are like individual muscles and you have to work the right ones. I find that for calculation comes the need to do blindfold work. In other words, if you start to think about analysis and calculation, you can't move the pieces. You are absolutely prohibited from moving the pieces. So what I would say to you is that we're not going to analyze, we're not going to play blindfold, I'm going to read out moves to you and I want you to tell me how far you can hold the position until it becomes unclear. And the point is that if you're able to mentally picture the clarity of the game, even if it gets complicated with sacrifices, then you're going to improve> - Yasser Seirawan (Answering the question how one can improve their analytic skills. Interview with a Grandmaster by Aaron and Claire Summerscale, page 30).|
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess has a great future. It is a marvelous tool of the mind that transfers skills such as reasoning, planning, strategic thinking, responsibility and discipline to everyday life. Chess players are more aware of when their brains are working and whether they are having productive mental storms or not. Chess players understand the need to invest their time to improve their game and when they don’t put in the required work their results will suffer. This is true for all things, whether building a house or a business. Planning is key. Things don’t just happen. An idea is conceived, nurtured and brought into being. Theory and practice go hand in glove. As teachers become more aware of how chess can positively impact the lives of children, chess will become an elective class for schools> - Yasser Seirawan interviewed by Jeremy Silman.|
|May-24-15|| ||James Demery: Is Seirawan living in the US now? lve seen quite a few lectures he`s given at he St Louis chess club I believe.|
|May-25-15|| ||waustad: I believe he lives in the Netherlands with his Dutch wife. He comes back to the US fairly often.|
|May-25-15|| ||TheFocus: <One of the most common mistakes a player can make, is to play mindlessly along, repeating known ideas, used before in similar situations. The player thinks he is playing by the book, but because one or two details are askew, the position is different and should be evaluated differently> - Yasser Seirawan.|
|Jun-20-15|| ||Tomlinsky: <What was your worst defeat?
Well there are lots to choose from! Kortchnoi in the 1987 Zagreb Interzonal. A game I was winning but lost against Speelman in the 1988 Candidates in Saint John. Losing a king and pawn endgame a pawn up to Boris Gelfand in Amsterdam 1996, were all very, very painful and quickly come to mind. But the one that hurt the most was losing to Kasparov in the 1988 Thessalonika Olympiad. His behaviour at the board was so appalling that he affected not only my concentration but that of both teams. I lost an equal ending, which only seems to have justified his antics. It is a lifetime regret that I didn’t cold clock him across the jaw.
Kingpin 28 (Summer 1998)
|Sep-01-15|| ||offramp: I'm very biased because I like Seirawan, but he was a player who could beat Korchnoi, Karpov and Kasparov at their very best and who I think had the talent to asymptotalize their results. But I think he was a nice guy, who needed an extra spur to play really well.|
|Sep-01-15|| ||perfidious: <<His behavior at the board should draw warning cards. In his defense I’ve seen him behave badly against Deep Blue where such antics have no effect. Perhaps all the energy and passion that he puts into his game bubbles to the surface and he is unaware of the effect this has on his opponents. Is he not embarrassed when he sees himself on video?> - Yasser Seirawan about Garry Kasparov, in response to the question “Who is the most irritating opponent you have faced.”>|
In Nunn's Best Games, the good doctor recounts a 'force-ten lip curl' by Gazza in one of their draws as he explains some of Kasparov's habits when confronted with unexpected moves.
|Sep-01-15|| ||perfidious: <offramp> My first recollection of Seirawan was as follows: |
<Both at and away from the board, I've had my share of encounters with very strong players and I agree; the first time I laid eyes on him, at the National HS championship in Cleveland 1977, he lost a game to one of my teammates, who was a very good player, though of course nowhere near his class. Yasser was reasonable even afterwards-unlike, eg, Walter Browne, who had to win every point of every argument in my experiences with him.>
Karpov vs Seirawan, 1982
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