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|Apr-12-07|| ||Plato: I'm glad to see all the positive comments about Jesse Kraai, and I would like to add my hearty congratulations for his phenomenal achievement. For many years now it has been clear that it was only a matter of time before Jesse would earn the prestigious GM title.|
He is not only a Grandmaster, he also holds a Ph.D in Philosophy! It appears that he decided to pursue the more practical career of a chess coach and player ;-)
I had the privilege of playing against Jesse in a tournament a couple of years ago. He beat me with Black in a very interesting French game (we are both French devotees), and afterwards he agreed to analyze the game and there ensued a fascinating post-mortem session. He is a naturally gifted teacher, and if he offers private lessons on the ICC (which he probably does) I can hardly think of a better instructor for an aspiring player to choose. His alias on the ICC used to be and perhaps still is <Heliopolitanus>.
I played him at least a dozen times in 5-min blitz on ICC before I stopped playing there. I noticed that he <only> played 5 0 or slower, a wise decision and one that I would have done well to emulate. Instead, I got badly addicted to 3 0 or faster (including 1 0, 0 1, etc) and it was only hurting my "real" chess, so I finally decided to quit cold turkey. On the ICC Jesse is just as friendly as he is in real life -- unlike certain GMs who can be real jerks when they lose on the ICC... I'll just say I was happy that Jesse beat one of them at Foxwoods :P
|Apr-18-07|| ||Peligroso Patzer: <Seeing this picture, though, he's a hell of a lot older than I thought.>|
According to the chess column in last Sunday's New York Times (featuring Kraai vs. Nakamura, Foxwoods 2007), Kraai is 34 years old.
|Apr-21-07|| ||chancho: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/15/c...|
|May-03-07|| ||pazzed paun: Does anyone know about J.K. early chess development? New mexico does not seem to be a hotbed of chess activity.|
|May-03-07|| ||WannaBe: <pazzed paun> ask WBP chessforum he currently resides in New Mexico, may even possibly have contact(ed) Jesse. =)|
|Sep-25-07|| ||dx9293: It's official! Jesse Kraai is now an International Grandmaster! Congratulations!!|
|May-16-08|| ||Marmot PFL: <pazzed paun> Evidently he lived in Germany for quite a while. When I was there people would play in the parks every day but didn't like to play Americans. But since he spoke German he could fit in and there are quite a few strong tournaments.|
|May-16-08|| ||square dance: why didnt people like to play americans? were they still suffering from fischer fear or something?|
|May-23-08|| ||Marmot PFL: <square dance> I hadn't learned German at that time so maybe it was too much trouble for them.|
|Oct-17-08|| ||sneaky pete: Wilhelm Müller: Die Krähe
Eine Krähe war mit mir
Aus der Stadt gezogen,
Ist bis heute für und für
Um mein Haupt geflogen.
Krähe, wunderliches Tier,
Willst mich nicht verlassen?
Meinst wohl, bald als Beute hier
Meinen Leib zu fassen?
Nun, es wird nicht weit mehr geh'n
An dem Wanderstabe.
Krähe, laß mich endlich seh'n
Treue bis zum Grabe!
|Dec-28-08|| ||Phony Benoni: At the 1990 U.S. Open in Jacksonville, Florida, Jesse Kraai got into a rut. Rated 2300 (at age 17), Kraai suddenly started drawing Experts (USCF 2000-2199) round after round.|
The morning after draw #5, I noticed him in the lobby, busily scribbling away on some paper. A few minutes later he was gone, but the paper had been left behind. I was nosy enough to take a look at it.
He had written the following sentence no fewer than 87 times:
<I, Jesse Kraai, hereby swear that I will never draw a low-life Expert.>
It didn't work. He drew #6 that night.
|Jul-09-09|| ||myschkin: . . .
"His dissertation examined the influence of Georg Joachim Rheticus on the development of Copernican theory."
Rheticus' engagement with Copernicus is discussed in the light of new documents. In particular it is shown that there were strong astrological motivations behind Rheticus' acceptance of the heliocentric theory.
Daaim Shabazz remembers reading a story on Kraai who was reputed to be a neighborhood troublemaker in his youth. When asked why he chose chess, he said it was the most violent game he could find.
Fide Card: http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?...
On the roof: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_dMCVCOEiZ...
|Oct-17-09|| ||wanabe2000: Jesse just won his 2nd round game against Adrian Clemens in the open tournament at Hoogeveen.|
|May-14-10|| ||BIDMONFA: Jesse Kraai|
|May-18-10|| ||FHBradley: A nice bio.|
|Aug-11-10|| ||Fusilli: <Peligroso Patzer: <Seeing this picture, though, he's a hell of a lot older than I thought.>
According to the chess column in last Sunday's New York Times (featuring Kraai vs. Nakamura, Foxwoods 2007), Kraai is 34 years old.>|
The picture does not do him justice at all. It's an awful shot. In person he looks about his actual age. It's like the picture shows how he will look in 10 or 15 years.
He has a PhD, by the way. Is there any other active GM with a doctoral degree?
|Aug-11-10|| ||Fusilli: Answering my own question: Robert Huebner.|
|Dec-12-10|| ||Eastfrisian: .. and: Helmut Pfleger|
|May-06-11|| ||Willem Wallekers: and John Nunn|
|Sep-10-12|| ||Poisonpawns: I felt Jesse Kraai was being somewhat disingenuous and dismissive when he said that the Tarrach (Nd2) against the French wasn`t "A good move at all." In one of his Instructional videos on the French Defense. My first thought was; "Do you know how many strong GM`s above 2700 play it regularly? Michael Adams comes immediately to mind.Now I check his games regularly to see if was smashed in a French Tarrach yet.|
|Sep-10-12|| ||zoren: <Poisonpawns> Where did you read/hear that? He has a full lecture series on the French and the venom associated even with obscure sidelines. IIRC he has expressed a small dissatisfaction playing against Nd2 because Black can often be playing against someone whose happy with a small but nagging advantage - perhaps you heard him out of context!|
|Sep-11-12|| ||Poisonpawns: It is a video presentation of his from chesslecture.com from a few years ago that he did. A "contributor" asked him to do a video specifically on the Tarrach variation because he "did not know how to play against it" as Black in the French. Kraai then responded by saying that Nd2 "wasn`t really a good move" without too much explanation, except to say that black can play the Guimard??(really) against it and then taught about Nc3 and thus avoided the request.|
|Oct-03-12|| ||tarek1: <Poisonpawns> I am also a chesslecture.com subscriber. It looks like he changed his mind on the matter because in some later videos he announced that the Tarrasch made him abandon the French...
Actually now it seems that he abandoned chess because he didn't play a rated game since around may 2011 and didn't record a single new video, so...|
|Oct-03-12|| ||perfidious: < zoren: ....IIRC (Kraai) has expressed a small dissatisfaction playing against Nd2 because Black can often be playing against someone whose happy with a small but nagging advantage....>|
An approach which suited Karpov down to the ground, though in the first and second of their top-level matches, Korchnoi held the draw in all nine games, despite playing a somewhat shaky line in both 1978 encounters (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...). In their final match (1981), Korchnoi did not play the French at all, responding to 1.e4 with 1....e5 (Karpov-Korchnoi World Championship Rematch (1981)).
|Jul-11-13|| ||The Last Straw: <Fusili: Is there any other active grandmaster with a doctoral degree?>|
I think Yona Kosashvili has one
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