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|May-27-12|| ||Paint My Dragon: A limited (to 600) signed hardback copy of 'Docklands Encounter' was sold on eBay for £46 yesterday. |
Alas, I was outbid some distance before the hammer went down. A great pity, but for now, I will have to content myself with a re-read of Nunn's BCM report.
Does the book contain much background story and running commentary Ray, or is it mainly centred around the games?
|May-27-12|| ||chrisowen: Thank-You Ray,
Hippo lies in weight come what may
Ointment as the fly for BS each way
Draw in Tigran croon
Yet slipper over moon
Ring double time draw in the day
LS white in be stint each in
Pin the reguard in go delight full children
Choose in meld
Ringing against feld
Good in trouble it finger on him!
|May-28-12|| ||Petrosianic: <once you start sympathising too much with the opponent its a slippery slope.>|
Absolutely agree there. In fact, that's what impresses me most about Euwe. People knock him as a weak champion, but he's about the only guy in history who put his opponent's happiness on a par with his own and still managed to beat the guy. Usually when you do that, you're dead.
<this is the reason kasparov gave why karpov wd have beaten fischer. karpov wd have taken and kept everything that came his way by reason of gratuitous defaults, rule breaking etc-as indeed he did.>
Jude Acers made that observation before Karpov. According to this page:
Karpov is quoted as saying:
"Every regulation of the world federation will be enforced when I play Fischer. He will not be allowed any choice at all. I will see to that."
Acers also quotes himself as saying:
"...[I] further said Fischer would never be able to finish the match if the rules were enforced. Right again. He lost the world title several times but thanks to Spassky's kindness it didn't matter."
In Korchnoi's case, I don't see how anyone can give a point back, and then be able to fully focus their energy on winning that same point again. Deep down you feel like you shouldn't have to fight because you already had that point.
|May-28-12|| ||Petrosianic: <ray keene> Incidentally, I don't know if you even remember making this Korchnoi-Spassky tape, but if you don't have a copy any more and would like one, I'd be glad to send you an .mp3 of it. The US Chess Federation sold it through their catalog in the late 70's for, I think $5.|
|May-28-12|| ||Call Me TC: With Keene's permission, why not load it up on YouTube? The audio alone would be interesting but if you could synchronise the commentary and analysis with a chess computer interface, it could be something special. If that's beyond your technical ability, maybe someone like kingcrusher could do it.|
|May-28-12|| ||ray keene: korchnoi v spassky tape-yes pls do the more people who hear it-plus games-the better! two times in my career i saved an opponent who in desperate time trouble forgot to press his clock so i pressed it for him-and lost
v petrosian bath 1973 and also lost
v williams brit ch 1973
the third time v basman woolacombe 1973 i just let his clock run , and i won both that game and the tournament.
valuable lesson here-start helping the opponent and you lose-also 1973 , three times ??? !!! in one year-some one was telling me something
|May-28-12|| ||ray keene: <chris owen> petrosian v B spassky wcc moscow 1966 game 12 HIPPO|
petrosian v L stein ussr teams 1961 Nf6 discovered check wins-FLOODING THE OPENGATES
|Jun-11-12|| ||parisattack: Hello <GM Keene>
Curious as to if you have seen a copy of <Schiller's> Pterodactyl tome and reviewed it as yet? I would be interested in reading your comments if-and-as they are published, how they compare to mine (on my CG Forum). I liked it very much tho I have soft spot for anything Modern/Robatsch. Caveat for me was the layout which I thought a bit odd.
|Jun-11-12|| ||drnooo: gonna post this here rather than at Kamskys site, since I suspect I would just be preaching to the preacher there.
Here, however perhaps as well.
I strongly sense that that's going on under the rotting skin of chess these days, is simple. Any top GM very likely has not one but a bunch of computers going day and night, looking for any so called bad or weak line for something very playable, then jotting it down. All he has to do then is summon it up with a halfway decent memory which most of them possess and then some.
You wouldn't even need a team for that, the comps are your so called team.
now with random chess, and spare me anyone's calling it fisherrandom since Bendo had a perfectly acceptable version long before it was even a glaam in Bobby's eye, ANY random set up with bishops on black and white square at the start will do just fine.
such a match could be played before any large match to determine the winner in event of a tie, which seems imminently lurking anymore via massive use of the comps.
at least nothing of the farrago of blitz games determining the outcome of classical games, no matter how denatured those so called classical games have become due to prep due to the proper and intelligent use of computers such as they are certainly using anymore.
as I see it, two of the non absolute strongest players just engaged in a slight carnival of chess for any number of ill conceived reasons, bad enough, but had the whole thing been set up by some form of random chess we would have seen different contestants, playing real chess, thrown instantly almost that instantly into a middlegame right out of the first moves and it also seems to me almost all gms anymore are terrified of random chess as some kind of determinant to avoid draws
|Jun-11-12|| ||ray keene: have requested review copy of pterodactyl but not yet seen it. random chess very bad idea. chess at the top level is not played out as the tal memorial shows!! anyone bored by our game and tempted by random chess shd consider the japanese version of chess-shogi-which is a wonderful game-almost impossible to draw!|
|Jun-12-12|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: @Ray
how do you judge Luke McShane's win against Lev Aronian? One of the finest games by a Brit? Hard to call though given Lukey's wins against Magnus and Hikaru at London Classics!
|Jun-12-12|| ||ray keene: it looked like a brilliant game by luke to me but i havent analysed it yet|
|Jun-20-12|| ||wossip: Ray. Amongst your CV statements is stated
'1966 Havana-youngest UK player ever to be selected for the Olympiad /World Chess Team Championship - aged 18.'
I am surprised you forgot Scotland has had 2 younger than you:
Craig Pritchett was 17, also at the Havana Olympiad, and 2 years later Roddy Mackay played at Lugano, aged 16.
|Jun-20-12|| ||drnooo: but as a gm how in hell can you even consider blitz games deciding a world championship match not that I truly am in favor of random but jeez blitz??? come on thats even more absurd|
|Jun-20-12|| ||drnooo: or put another way, not that I am much of a fan of much of Fischer but the one thing for sure in his favor is that he would NEVER had agreed to blitz deciding a w c and probably not even a tourney, thought who knows, maybe a tourney but certainly never a w c showing how corruption has entered the picture of chess now, calmly accepted|
|Jun-20-12|| ||I play the Fred: <GM Keene>, how do you like the idea of playing the tiebreaks before the start of the match?|
|Jun-21-12|| ||BishopBerkeley: I hope you are all well & in good spirits.
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|Jun-22-12|| ||HeMateMe: Ray, just wondering if 1) you feel that Magnus Carlsen will be the next world champion, and 2) do you think that, because of his independent streak he will treat the title like Kasparov did, and make his own schedule, his own prize funds, possibly cut out FIDE and take the title private the way Kasparov did?|
It's the only downside, I think, to a Carlsen reign. He likes his own schedule. If FIDE says "your title defense will be in the spring", and Carlsen says "No, I will play in early autumn, what will happen?
|Jun-22-12|| ||ray keene: thanks for educational tips and links
magnus will become world champion if he plays-which i think he will
he may well go his own way
of course the 12 game title match with blitz is idiotic-clowns have been in charge -andrew paulson will do better
|Jun-22-12|| ||ray keene: tiebreaks before the match?? insane idea!!|
|Jun-22-12|| ||ray keene: re olympiads-i am of the very firm opinion that scotland shd be a separate and independent nation-shd have written england not uk! possibly there have been younger england players since 1966-anyone know?|
|Jun-23-12|| ||Paint My Dragon: Ray - I think David Howell was 17 (assuming the Olympiad was held before his birthday in November).|
Luke was 18, so you'd have to count the months and days to judge if he was also younger than yourself.
Pretty sure the other obvious contenders were older - Short, Adams, Hodgson, Sadler, Jones, Miles, Nunn - any other possibles come to mind? Speelman? Mestel? I can't imagine it.
|Jun-23-12|| ||Shams: <GM Keene><tiebreaks before the match?? insane idea!!>|
What about dessert before dinner?
/ducks behind chair
|Jun-24-12|| ||Paint My Dragon: Well yes, someone hiding the ducks behind a chair may well cause dessert to be brought forward! :)|
In my opinion, there was nothing wrong with 'best of 24', titleholder keeps the title at 12:12. It has a long tradition. We can use rapid play-offs at every other event, including Candidates Matches, but it feels wrong as a WC decider.
|Jun-29-12|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: <Ray>
I hope you don't grow tired of compliments! (Of course not.)
I recently picked up copies of your Flank Openings and the Pirc/Modern Batsford books you co-authored with George Botterill from a specialist chess bookstore in England.
Obviously, the theory is no longer too important since a lot has happened in the decades since publication. However, the discussions of typical structures and ideas plus the collection of illustrative games/annotations are very instructive.
It is interesting to see what you and George analysed and then compare it with the later books on the Modern and Pirc by John Nunn, Nigel Davies, Tiger Hillarp Persson, James Vigus and Alburt & Chernin. It gives a nice feel as to how these openings evolved.
Do you believe the Pirc has become one of those openings that isn't quite correct for use above 2600+? Vigus discusses that in his introduction to "The Pirc in Black and White" (Everyman, 2007). And were you a tad surprised when Kramnik essayed the Pirc in a few games?
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