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|May-18-11|| ||HeMateMe: ...you know how hard it is to get spicy dumplings, in St. Louis...|
|Jul-16-11|| ||Rook e2: An IM with a max rating of 2600+, is it very difficult to collect GM norms in the USA?|
|Jul-16-11|| ||dx9293: <Rook e2> Finegold is a GM now, but the rating of 2604 in the picture must be a US Chess Federation rating.|
For many years though, Finegold was one of the highest-rated IMs in the world, reaching a peak ELO of over 2560 I believe.
A couple of years ago, Alex Lenderman reached 2601 ELO while still an IM (his first GM title application was rejected because one of his norms was discounted due to a technicality). Soon after he got the GM title though...after going to Europe and having a total of like five norms.
You are right though: it is not so easy to get (GM) norms in the USA. It is not a hopeless task, and some have done so recently, like Molner and Shankland for example, but lots of USA players go to Europe to make norms. The biggest and most well-known problem in the USA is that it is often a crapshoot whether you will face enough foreign players in the event to have a norm counted (you need 4 foreigners in 9 rounds usually), but I think another problem is that in tournaments like, say, the World Open, there are a lot of relatively low Elo rated players, and then a lot of very strong GMs. There doesn't seem to be an abundance of 2400-2500 level players to face round after round, because of the nature of the swiss system, which I would think gives the best chance of making a norm.
IMs Bryan Smith, Daniel Naroditsky, and Marc Esserman...they're all playing in Europe right now, going for GM norms.
|Jul-19-11|| ||HeMateMe: OMG, Ben has a disco themed video on utube:
|Oct-27-11|| ||waustad: His highest FIDE rating since the year 2000, which is when the chart begins was 2563 during 2006.|
|Feb-15-12|| ||wordfunph: "Playing Black in a Najdorf Sicilian."
- GM Benjamin Finegold (when asked by NIC for his greatest fear)
|May-12-12|| ||knightsacrifice: "When I am White I win because I am White. When I am Black I lose."|
- GM Benjamin Finegold (on the famous Bogolyubov quote)
Funny guy! nice commentary.
|May-18-12|| ||Edeltalent: <on the famous Bogolyubov quote>|
Just for the record, Bogoljubov's original quote is "When I am White I win because I am White. When I am Black I win because I am Bogoljubov."
|Jun-03-12|| ||waustad: Considering how he looked during the US champs, that may be the least flattering picture I can recall seeing here.|
|Dec-28-12|| ||SteinitzLives: Finegold is a true marvel to watch at play, similar to a glacier in movement, but never in demeanor.|
|Dec-28-12|| ||Jim Bartle: "...similar to a glacier in movement, but never in demeanor."|
He's always receding and lakes are created at his feet?
|Dec-28-12|| ||perfidious: < SteinitzLives: Finegold is....similar to a glacier in movement, but never in demeanor.>|
Try playing bullet with Ben live sometime, as I have. His movements are as far from glacial as one may imagine.
|Dec-28-12|| ||Phony Benoni: I remember Ben from a blitz tournament when he was six years old. Skinny little kid, blond and full of energy. |
I suffered his only win late in the tournament when I left my king in check. He grabbed it, and solemnly showed it to the Tournament Director to prove he had actually won a game.
I don't think he's been solemn since.
|Oct-18-13|| ||PHILOCHESS: The last lecture by Ben Finegold!
Trying to Draw a Higher-Rated Opponent
|Oct-18-13|| ||OhioChessFan: Looking at his blog:
<The 2012 National Open did not go well. I drew 3 games to start, and won in round 4 before calling it a tournament and withdrawing. I was winning in rounds 1 and 2 but was unable to convert easy wins against players under 2300.
Due to my bad play of late, and the fact that I can't seem to see tactics anymore, I have decided to retire from competitve chess. I will play events at the Chess Club when requested, and if members want to play ladder games, that is also fine, but I will not travel to tournaments anymore or play competitively.>
|Feb-24-14|| ||madlydeeply: finegold made a lovely salov vid. More salov!
|May-30-14|| ||Moszkowski012273: Anyone else find his "analysis" of Kamsky vs. Friedel kinda douchey?|
|Jul-27-14|| ||HeMateMe: <when I left my king in check. He grabbed it> |
The kid was 6, maybe he thought it was a Mars bar?
I read somewhere, on some chess site, that he is no longer the GM in residence at the St. Louie Chess Club. I think Susan Polgar mentioned that he coaches one of the college teams, in the area, but not Webster.
A paid residence at a chess club? Free coffee and twinkies? I would have kept that job.
|Aug-23-14|| ||MissScarlett: I just found out who ate all the pies. He could singlehandedly blockade Gaza.|
|Sep-06-14|| ||Penguincw: Happy 44th birthday to GM and chess24 commentator, Benjamin Finegold.|
|Sep-06-14|| ||waustad: Happy 45th!|
|Sep-06-14|| ||HeMateMe: Ben has announced his retirement from active chess play? Perhaps time to write an auto bio.|
|Sep-06-14|| ||Everyone: |
would love it,
|Sep-10-14|| ||whiteshark: <iffy>
is <the word> I learned from his lectures, thank you very much.
|Oct-06-17|| ||dehanne: Finegold obliterated Simon Williams in a grudge match.|
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