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|Oct-28-12|| ||hellopolgar: why do people keep saying that McShane is amateur?
read up the actual definition of amateur please.
i think what people actually mean is "not completely focused on chess". well, this holds true for many GM's. I wouldn't be surprised if Nakamura spent more time on poker than McShane on his trading job.
|Oct-28-12|| ||L13: Alternatively, we can look it up in an actual dictionary...|
<am·a·teur (m-tūr, -tr, -chr, -chr, -tyr)
<1. A person who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.>
2. Sports: An athlete who has never accepted money, or who accepts money under restrictions specified by a regulatory body, for participating in a competition.
3. One lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art.>
It does grate a little when people keep referring to McShane as an amateur because it feels patronising, especially when used by Russian fans (on the chesspro.ru forum, for example), but given that he has a day job, it's not technically wrong.
Also, I don't think you understand what traders actually do. High-pressure jobs in finance are among the most time-consuming in the world. Frankly, I'm surprised he gets to participate in chess tournaments at all.
|Oct-28-12|| ||perfidious: Pity that references to McShane as an amateur frequently imply distaste for the concept, as though amateur were in some way less than a full-time professional.|
For those who wish to denigrate someone in this way, I would be most happy to introduce them to an amateur poker player I have faced a number of times, Jay Heimowitz. Jay is a gentleman and one of the nicest people I have met in my poker career, but he is a hell of a tough customer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_He...
|Oct-29-12|| ||Dionysius1: Maybe McShane's success will revive the term "amateur" as a compliment. As in "he doesn't do it for a living, and he can still beat most of the world's best players. Extra power to his elbow"|
|Nov-01-12|| ||jahhaj: McShane now the British #1. http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail... . It's been on the cards for a while.|
|Jan-07-13|| ||waustad: Happy birthday on what may be considered your first annual 29th!|
|Mar-14-13|| ||L13: I noticed that McShane was back on 2700chess's list of 2700-rated players prior to the release of FIDE's March ranking, but his official rating of 269x didn't change on March 1. Anyone know why that might be?|
Do rating changes/rated games sometimes take longer than a month to process? Or is the switch to monthly rating updates too recent for us to draw any conclusions yet?
|Mar-27-13|| ||Osbourne Cox: I read here that McShane is a trader. Does anybody know what kind of goods he trades ? Is he one of the persons that trade food for speculative reasons, without thinking about the consequences ???|
|Mar-27-13|| ||pawn to QB4: <Does anybody know what kind of goods he trades ?> I gather he's one of a gang calling themselves Goldman Sachs. Did well betting on the collapse in subprime mortgage bonds.|
|Mar-27-13|| ||Jim Bartle: Goldman Sachs was big on subprime mortgage bonds but reversed itself shortly before the collapse, avoiding a total disaster.|
They also insured their mortgage investments with AIG, so AIG owed GS $13 billion to cover losses. The US govt. ended up paying this money to GS via AiG.
|May-18-13|| ||Intrepid Spiff: Luke, I am your father.|
|Jul-08-13|| ||Everett: <Jim Bartle: Goldman Sachs was big on subprime mortgage bonds but reversed itself shortly before the collapse, avoiding a total disaster.
They also insured their mortgage investments with AIG, so AIG owed GS $13 billion to cover losses. The US govt. ended up paying this money to GS via AiG.>|
Convenient timing for GS.
|Dec-11-13|| ||cbpatzer: Luke McShane dropped a winning positions vs Vishy Anand in round 1 of London Classic and lost in the end http://bit.ly/1cAWEKz|
|Jan-07-14|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Luke!|
|Jan-07-14|| ||Penguincw: Happy 30th birthday to one of my favourite players, Luke McShane. :)|
|Dec-18-14|| ||TheFocus: Luke, come to the Dark Side.
We have cookies.
|Jan-07-15|| ||Penguincw: Happy 31st birthday to GM Luke McShane. I hope he's able to play in the next LCC.|
|May-03-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is a game sufficiently rich in meaning that is easily capable of containing elements of both tragedy and comedy> - Luke McShane.|
So, basically, chess played are actors.
Hence... The Chess Oscars.
Although, I consider Oscar the Grouch to be a better actor than most of these GM chumps.
|May-09-15|| ||TheFocus: <In my own experience, the main benefits are often realized when the endgames you have studied never make it onto the board. Endgames often arise in variations, and it's important to develop a good 'feel' for which ones are likely to pose practical problems for the opponent. Likewise, the confidence to simplify into an inferior but tenable endgame safe in the knowledge that you know how to handle it is invaluable> - Luke McShane.|
|Jul-03-15|| ||Penguincw: Luke McShane recently competed at the DC International Open, scoring a decent 7/9 (+5,-0,=4) against 2421 opposition. Then, one <day> after the June 30th end of that tournament, on July 1st, he competed at the World Open, starting with 2.5/3.|
|Oct-10-15|| ||Jambow: Probably a top ten player if it was his profession instead of a part time passion. Capable of beating anyone alive on a good day. Glad to see him at the board again.|
|Oct-11-15|| ||King Radio: Easy to be a fan of Luke. Such a strong player, and always so gracious. It would be a great world if everyone could be as classy as he is.|
|Jan-07-16|| ||Penguincw: Happy birthday to Luke McShane!|
|Jan-16-17|| ||diagonal: time is flying :)
<LAUSANNE Young Masters (LYM), held from 1999 to 2006,
list of winners:
2002 no tournaments
2003 McShane (5. Karjakin)
2004 McShane (5. Carlsen)
2005 Volokitin (5. Carlsen)
plus Open Festivals 1999 - 2013>
http://www.chessdiagonals.ch/431660... with some rare pics from when they were young (in the attached pdf)
|Feb-24-18|| ||tpstar: A nice win by Luke McShane over Graham Lee from 1997, not in the database yet:|
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. Bd3 b6 8. 0-0 Bb7 9. b3 Be7 10. c4 0-0 11. Bb2 c5 12. dxc5 bxc5 13. Qe2 Qc7 14. Rad1 Qc6 15. Qe5 Rfd8 16. Qg3 h6 17. Rfe1 a5 18. Ne5 Qc7 19. Bc1 Nh5 20. Qh3 Nf6?
click for larger view
21. Bxh6! gxh6 22. Qg3+ Ng4 23. Qxg4+ Kf8 24. Qf4 1-0.
click for larger view
"Black, a strong player, lost this game without making any obvious mistakes. White, having gradually built up an attacking position, had to crash through Black's defense with a sacrifice. If this ploy had been miscalculated, then Black may have ended up the winner."
Gareth Williams, "Chess" - Paragon Publishing, Bath, 2002.
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