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|Nov-20-13|| ||HeMateMe: If an early stage diabetic (who wasn't poor enough or old enough for welfare) finds out how to manage their illness and get affordable insulin,instead of it progressing to the point where they show up at the ER for amputation, then the Affordable Healthcare Act is a success.|
|Nov-22-13|| ||WannaBe: <tpstar: ... Oh wait, that's what I do now.>|
Grasshopper need to learn origami, turn one dollar bills to pawns, five dollar bills to knights and bishops, ten dollar bills to rooks, and fifties to queens and Franklins to kings.
|Nov-23-13|| ||Caissanist: I don't know about Michigan, but here in California the price/performance seems to work out about the same as what I am already paying for COBRA. I could pay a little less than my existing policy (which has a $350 deductible) and get the $2,000 deductible you refer to. Or, I could pay a little more and get a zero deductible. As best as I can tell, the main difference is that I'll still have the option of buying insurance on the open market when my COBRA expires.|
|Nov-20-14|| ||wordfunph: <tpstar> maligayang kaarawan!|
|Nov-20-14|| ||whiteshark: Belated happy birthday, <Tony>!|
|Nov-20-14|| ||chancho: <Tony> I had no idea your birthday on the 19th is the same as Capablanca's. |
Belated Happy Birthday!
|Nov-19-15|| ||wordfunph: <tpstar> happy birthday!|
|Nov-19-15|| ||Annie K.: Happy Birthday, Tony! :)|
|Nov-19-15|| ||keypusher: Happy birthday!|
|Nov-19-15|| ||WannaBe: D@ng, another year, so quick(ly), too.
Happy Boithday, Doc!
|Nov-19-15|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday <tpstar>.|
|Nov-20-15|| ||Karposian: Happy Birthday.|
|Nov-20-15|| ||tpstar: Thanks everyone!
I got a great birthday present when our K-3 team won First Place at the state championship last weekend. All from excellent coaching, of course. =)
|Nov-20-15|| ||chancho: A belated Happy Birthday Mr. Palmer!
(I just noticed I was late last year as well)
|Nov-20-15|| ||Benzol: Belated birthday wishes from me as well.
|Nov-20-15|| ||tpstar: Ha! The link showed up on the home page:
<chancho> <Benzol> Thanks fellas. =)
|Nov-20-15|| ||WannaBe: Congrats <tpstar>. Since you're a doc, will the kids be tested for steroids?|
And this Wildfong guy, is he really 'wild'?!
|Dec-14-15|| ||Domdaniel: Hi, TP ... you didn't really direct that movie documentary about Leonard Cohen, did you?|
It's a good film, but you were less than ten years old when it was made...
Reason's Secretings, as my friend <mack> would say...
|Dec-14-15|| ||tpstar: <Domdaniel> Correct, *that* TPstar is not *the* tpstar. I heartily avoid dabbling in British cinema due to the language barrier.|
Please tell <mack> to stop beening an alcoholic.
|Dec-14-15|| ||Domdaniel: <tpstar> Heh, thanks. I expect to see Morgan soon, so I'll talk to him then...|
|Dec-14-15|| ||Domdaniel: Hey, TP, you're on a roll...|
|Apr-12-17|| ||tpstar: I warned you about this person, and I was right.|
Two detectives came to my office this morning about a cyberstalking complaint where I was the alleged perpetrator. I recounted the four month episode from April 2016 to August 2016 where he used the site forum for attacking, bullying, cyberstalking and threatening, repeatedly calling the Webmaster "liar" and "coward" except I left out the death threat against someone else. I explained that my last post addressed to him was in July 2016 in my chessforum and gave them the hard copy. I also had the two messages on my own player page from 4/10/17, along with the second one reposted on his chessforum, and then the detective recognized his own e-mail also reposted on that person's chessforum. I showed them hard copies of <Keyser Soze> and <Travis Bickle> being similarly harassed by this person on this site. They plan to close the complaint without charges or intervention.
Fortunately I never Blew the Whistle against this individual, so I can pursue them on my own without any liability for the site. I can also involve his friends as needed.
The time is right.
|Jul-24-17|| ||Bobby Fiske: Hi Tony! Hope you are reading this. I'm coaching my 11 yr old son. I teached him the moves at age 8 and he played a few tournaments till age 9. He was quite keen, but still relatively weak. Then, surprisingly, he dropped chess for almost 2 years. I didn't push him though. Then suddenly, last Xmas he picked it up again, and with a strong will. He plays monthly local kids tournaments (Rapid). First he lost quite a lot, but soon picked up speed and even won a couple of tournaments. |
Now he's on fire, He has a membership at chess.com with daily puzzles. Also he studies various instruction videos on YouTube.
He's spending 3 hours a day in chess. In 7 months he went from 800 to 1500 in online rating (various TC). OK, he is not going to be a new Magnus, but I feel he can easily cross at least Elo 2000, which is far better than his father. -He has the rare ability to visualize the board and he can play blind well into the midgame (which I can't).
The question is: How long can we continue with "home studies"? When to bring in some pro trainer?
I recall you are tutoring kids, and any advise is appreciated!
|Jul-24-17|| ||tpstar: <Bobby Fiske> That's terrific how your son is playing chess and improving rapidly, so you may both enjoy chess for a lifetime as a pleasant family pastime, even without ever becoming a Magnus Carlsen or a chess professional. For juniors and students, I said this before:|
<Chess is the greatest game ever and an ideal pursuit for children, teaching them about rules, principles, logic, strategy, foresight, planning, stamina, discipline, dedication, preparation, competition, sportsmanship, and making the best of any bad situation. Team play is even better for reinforcing all of the valuable lessons we are supposed to teach our children (fair play and such) while making friends and influencing people.>
The Soviet School always began with the endgame, and I would strongly encourage this approach for all juniors: Basic Mates, K&P endings, Pawn promotion, avoiding stalemate tricks, even trading down to a materially superior endgame is important. Yes we all spend too much time on the opening, but any effort on the endgame will really pay off, especially against other juniors (winning draws and drawing losses). The Tactics Trainer on Chess.com is great, and I also like Chess Tempo with the instant feedback. My students frequently play on ChessKid which is perfectly safe for children, then we review those games at practice sessions.
Juniors really need a mentor more than a coach: someone to help them improve and keep them on the right track. Going to a chess club and meeting strong players in your area is important, yet I would hold off on chess lessons (typically $20-$50 U.S. per hour) until they go through the wealth of information available online and on Chess.com (videos, lessons, drills). When they reach 2000, then seriously consider a formal coaching arrangement. In the meantime, your son should start a chessforum at chessgames.com or a blog at Chess.com to track his own progress. I use mine over there for puzzle sets and annotated games, yet I prefer the Opening Explorer here as this database is more reliable.
|Jul-26-17|| ||Bobby Fiske: Great advices, Tony! Ok, trainer can wait. The kid is so much dedicated, he is absorbing new things every day, and the web is an infinite source. |
I feel Chessgames, unfortunately, with its foul language and lack of moderation, is not a place for kids. (A pitty for this site, when you see the metoric rise in members and booming economy at chess.com and other newer chess sites).
Funny you recommend endgame studies, because I noticed early on that the kids games often ended up with "3 queens and a stale mate". So I teached him K+R vs K. Learning the waiting move, when forcing opponent's King backwards, was an eye opener for him. Then we did some pawn endings. Then he came back one day and teached me how to mate with B+B and B+N, hehe, which I had forgotten. Now he is on to Philidors Position and all those.
Teaching chess to kids is fascinating. They excel in what they can memorize, but still lacking in calculations. And they are quite nervous and shaky in tournaments, lacking in mental strength. And, of course, I recall myself struggling on the same path in the 70s.
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