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|Jul-11-12|| ||HSOL: Paint My Dragon: While I agree with the 24-game format, surely one drawback which often has been quoted in the past, is that the winner can draw out the opponent and not needing to win the last game to secure the title.|
Another is the time frame, it will cost more to host (and I doubt the players are interested to lower the purse to make up for that)
|Jul-11-12|| ||Paint My Dragon: <HSOL>Maybe, but can't that happen in any format? One player getting a lead (of any sort) and protecting it by playing drawish or 'stodgy' chess is a common enough occurance; the other guy must have a plan to combat/disrupt such a forseeable eventuality.|
Regarding the duration of the match, there will be some extra cost, but it's the world championship and so a few more nights in a hotel shouldn't test the budget too much. It worked okay from 1951 until 1972. Nowadays, commercial ad breaks like those during the Tal Memorial on-line transmission, might offset some of the overheads. I certainly can't see the purse suffering.
|Jul-14-12|| ||HeMateMe: Ray, it just occurs to me that chess was once (briefly) an Olympic sport. Anand won the first and only gold medal in chess, at the summer games.|
London has the 2012 summer olympics--any chance you can lead a last minute push to get chess on the board as a medal sport? Surely Nigel, Mick Adams and other worthies would gladly represent the host country, and get a hold of that gold medal.
|Jul-25-12|| ||ray keene: chess was post olympic when anand won-not part of the official games-there is no chance of getting chess in for decades if at all in my opinion|
|Jul-25-12|| ||HeMateMe: Oh, thats right--It was something called a "demonstration sport", when Anand won. I guess there wasn't enough interest to make chess a bona fide medal event. Probably a good decision, as chess is a mental competition, not a physical one, as befits the games.|
Hey, at least Vishy has SOMETHING that Kasparov wasn't able to get...
|Jul-28-12|| ||perfidious: <ray> A question for you: was your opponent in this game (Keene vs Sanz, 1975) Francisco Javier Sanz Alonso, by any chance? This is the only remaining game on the Sanz page which I've been unable to track down and I'm hoping to close that little chapter. Thanks in advance.|
|Jul-29-12|| ||ray keene: <perfidious> yes-long game wasnt it?|
|Jul-29-12|| ||perfidious: <ray> In poker, we call that a grind; small wonder.|
|Aug-16-12|| ||Dionysius1: To Ray Keene: I hear GM Gligoric sadly died of a stroke yesterday. Will you be covering his career in your Times column? Do you think there'll be a memorial tournament for him?|
|Aug-18-12|| ||Dionysius1: It's 3 weeks since Ray Keene posted here. I hope he hasn't fallen out with us! Probably on holiday, or something nice like that. That's the longest he hasn't posted for a very long time though.|
|Aug-19-12|| ||Paint My Dragon: I wonder if Ray has been whisked off by AGON/Pentagram to help them sort the forthcoming WC events? They'd have to be pretty daft not to notice he's organised some of the most successful and important events in chess history. The first of the new series is in London in March 2013 I believe.|
Could the interview with Paulson have been a dual-purpose meeting?
All idle speculation on my part, but maybe Ray can tell us if he is acting as a consultant or otherwise?
|Aug-23-12|| ||ray keene: just back from hol in gibraltar-the obit of gligoric appeared in todays times-thursday that is-am helping andy paulson as much as i can-love to everyone!!|
|Aug-23-12|| ||The Last Straw: Come Back Ray!!! :-)|
|Aug-27-12|| ||ray keene: i am back and ready to answer any questions i can-however i am off to athens next week for 7 days|
|Aug-27-12|| ||HeMateMe: Hi Ray, world traveler! Have you ever played a national correspondence game, e.g., a game v. newspaper readers, or an internet group? Any chance you could someday play one against ChessGames people?|
|Aug-27-12|| ||ray keene: perhaps if the organisers and webmasters ask me.|
|Sep-07-12|| ||HeMateMe: Hi Ray, there is a story on CB about Paulsen, and the upcoming Grand Prix event in London. Just wondering if you will be covering this for your newspaper column, or if you will be at the event, in some capacity. |
Certainly Paulsen breathes air into the chess scene.
The Olympiad is on, some great fighting chess. I guess you've seen a lot of these. What is the strangest thing you've ever seen or heard about, at a chess olympiad?
|Sep-10-12|| ||ray keene: yes i shall certainly be closely involved with the grand prix at simpsons-strangest thing at an olympiad? probably the game between gereben and ardijansah at siegen 1970-the indonesian gm was losing in the endgame but sacked his queen, made gerebens move for him , screamed stalemate signed the scoresheet-as did gereben and then left. a few minutes later gereben realised it wasnt stalemate at all but he had signed and it was too late!!|
|Sep-10-12|| ||HeMateMe: Here's the game you are referencing:
<E Gereben vs H Ardiansyah, 1970>
Strange what can happen at the chessboard, even at the pro level. Maybe Gereben had been sampling some of the fine local beer the night before?
|Sep-10-12|| ||Paint My Dragon: More a case of being duped by a devious and unscrupulous opponent.|
Ray recounts this episode in his Siegen 1970 book, one of the finest tournament books I've ever seen. It is sumptuously produced on good quality paper - with sharp photos, interviews with all the major personalities, commentary on all the major incidents, an Olympiad results history, the FIDE Congress resolutions ... and of course some nicely annotated games, including Spassky-Fischer.
I was so impressed, it became the first chess book I ever purchased!
|Sep-10-12|| ||HeMateMe: We had a shortage of chessbooks where I grew up, pre internet, pre Amazon. I did find <Fischer v. Spassky 1972> I think that was the title, by the british author and player C.H.O.D 'Alexander, which I liked. |
That was the second chess book I bought, after someone gave me some fred Reinfield books, which I'm not sure really count.
|Sep-11-12|| ||ray keene: thanks for the compliments-reinfeld cd write well eg his book on tarrasch-his book on nimzowitsch is amusing but shallow-later he concentrated on beginners books which made more money but by the accounts of those who knew him he was a cultured and well informed author, driven by circumstances to write beneath his level|
|Sep-12-12|| ||OhioChessFan: Some random questions:
1. Is there any one thing that could have made you a better player?
2. What player would you liked to have been friends with if neither one of you had played chess?
3. Did any players you know have strange eating habits during tournaments?
4. What match in history do you wish you could have been part of?
|Sep-13-12|| ||ray keene: more ambition
alekhine v capa 1927
|Sep-18-12|| ||HeMateMe: Ray, you've been involved in past Mind Games events. Here's a notice for a future competition:|
As a teenager someone gave me <The Memory Book> by memory expert Jerry Lucas and magician Harry Lorraine. I still make use of some of their ideas, in particular developing a pictoral image of all numbers from 1-100. By creating 100 frames of reference (which is quick, and fairly easy to do) one can remember strings of numbers by linking your images together.
I realize you've already heard of this, but a lot of people probably think its nonsense, and never really give it a chance.
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