|Sep-09-04|| ||Chessical: A wild card spot in the US Championships (November 25th - December 5th 2004) has been offered to 14 year old Salvijus Bercys, the #1 US rated player under the age of 16. Does anyone have any of his games to contribute to the database? |
|Sep-09-04|| ||Honza Cervenka: I have found some and sent them to chessgames.com. |
|Jan-25-07|| ||Dr.Lecter: Why so little comments on Salvijus when so many on Carlsen. Sure, I understand that carlsen is a grandmaster and is a great player and is a wunderkind and all those things, but how about Bercys? He played some good chess, he has a chance at grandmaster title, why doesn't anyone acknowledge him?! And since I already started whining, why won't my rating boost to 1900 and why is it that nobody ever plays e5 against me when I'm using alekhines?! This is a messed up world!!!|
|Feb-12-07|| ||pazzed paun: <DR LECTER> good question read about
S.Bercys in the book "kings of New YorK"|
|Mar-17-07|| ||Dr.Lecter: I'm sorry. I believe I got a bit carried away in my previous comment. I am usually very civilized and well-mannered. Even intelligent you may say. I must apologize for my behavior for it was very unlike me... HEY! WHAT HAPPENED! WHAT THE *@#^! WHY IN HELL'S NAME WON'T IT GO BACK! oH #^@* IT. Ah, there we go. I accidentally pressed the caps lock key. I am truly sorry for my primitive behavior.|
|Aug-08-07|| ||BishopofBlunder: <pazzed paun: <DR LECTER> good question read about S.Bercys in the book "kings of New YorK">|
I just finished that book. I highly recommend it. Our own chessgames.com gets a mention as well in a short list of chess web sites in the back of the book.
|Aug-08-07|| ||dx9293: I haven't asked Sal himself about the book, but I've spoken to the rest of the Murrow team and they all hate how they are characterized.|
I read the book and it is a good story, but coming from someone who knows all the characters personally (and most of the "fringe" ones), it is not the most accurate account of them.
|Aug-08-07|| ||dx9293: I don't think Sal is particularly motivated to get the GM title, and Lenderman isn't either. One thing about the book that IS true is that they really are mortal enemies.|
|Aug-09-07|| ||BishopofBlunder: I didn't think the book painted a bad picture of any of the players really. Except that it made Sal look a bit like a prima donna.|
|Aug-20-07|| ||pazzed paun: <dx9293> you know both Sal and Alex?
the book "kings of new york " is good but seems incomplete---it never has them playing at clubs or competing against s. do they study together? how did they get to be 2400 rated if they only play in scholastic tournaments?|
|Aug-20-07|| ||dx9293: <pazzed paun> Yeah, I know them both, and they are both good guys in different ways. Sal is jovial and outgoing, and Alex is quiet and reserved. Some think Sal is brash, but I don't think this assessment is quite right; some think Alex is antisocial, and this is also not true.|
They compete in events in New York City regularly (most often events organized by the Chess Center of New York <www.chesscenter.cc> and held at the Marshall Chess Club or New Yorker Hotel. I direct some of them (dead giveaway as to who I am for those locals posting here). They don't don't study together as they dislike each other, to say the least. Most often they draw quickly when they play, for prize purposes.
Sal came from Lithuania in mid-2003 rated 2255 Elo, and improved since then. I remember the exact rating because the TD gave him a 2355 USCF rating for pairing/prize purposes at one of his first events at the Marshall. I don't know about his earlier development.
Alex was rated in the 1000s when he was 11 years old or so! At some point he began getting coaching (from Mikhail Trosman he told me) and started to really improve. According to Alex, although Trosman was like 1900 he was able to help him still until he was "stable" (as he put it) master level. In a few years, Alex became a USCF master (2200), and in the year 2004 went up from about 2200 to about 2450 (USCF). His rating also took huge Elo jumps.
In 2005 Alex went off and surprised us all by becoming World Champion (U-16). He was a strong player, but we didn't think THAT strong! But Alex is a tough fighter at the board, that's for sure. That's how he beat Nepomniatchi in the decisive game of that championship, surely the game of his life: Alex says he has no desire to do any more in chess, while Nepomniatchi just became GM and will become at least a 2650 Elo. He plays in Action (think Rapid, for our European friends) tournaments, and teaches on ICC to help support his family.
They will both start college this fall.
Ask most players in New York who is the more talented of the two, and the answer will be: Sal. When you watch Alex play in person, his chess doesn't look very impressive. He seems to exert himself more than Sal or Robert Hess, but he can score--on the wallchart and in the wallet. The thing is, Alex continually finishes with and ahead of players "better" than himself.
Stylistically, Sal is more of a strategist while Alex places his faith in the dynamic side of things: he always plays the Smith-Morra against the Sicilian, even against GMs.
|Aug-22-07|| ||pazzed paun: <dx9293> thanks for your lengthy post!!
I spoke to Sal several times when he visited San Diego for the U.S. championships. Alix was so short and quite I did not really notice him. Sal brash? well more like an awkward teenager with that "Russian" self-deprciating style of talking. Sal said he wanted to go to college at Cooper (Union) but was not sure if he could get in. I told him that the school did not have very many IM's among it's undergraduates.|
I hope both Sal and Alix got scholarships to the schools of their choice.
A 2400 rated teeenager happens once every 10 years but two!! going to the same high school at the same time? amazing!! (Nakamura) is the type of player that happens once evey 40 years
It is like when Bhat and Mount-Renard became the two youngest masters in the country at the same time they only lived 30 miles apart.
good luck to both alix and sal!!
|Aug-26-07|| ||dx9293: Edward R. Murrow High School recruits "superstar" chessplayers. That's how both Bercys and Lenderman were on the same team. A couple of years ago, the coach also tried to recruit a player (by skipping him one or two grades) who very recently became a GM and used to live in New York...|
Anyway, the most promising teen in New York was not Bercys, or Lenderman, but Dmytro Kedyk! Never heard of him? I know. Well, like Lenderman, he played in "money" (i.e., not "serious") tournaments to earn income. He reached a USCF rating of 2516 and crushed everyone in sight at the Marshall Chess Club for a few years after coming off the boat from Ukraine at the end of 2002. He stopped playing in 2005 when preparing for college.
His favorite player was Tal, and it showed: devastating sacs in nearly every game; tremendous endgame technique. Brilliant chess seemed to flow naturally from his fingers. And he never admitted to being coached (as much as I asked!) but said that Russian chess books are so much better than American ones!
Have a look at this: <http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain...;. Kedyk beat GMs Ibragimov, Blatny, and Ehlvest consecutively!! His kill of Ehlvest to cap off the event was particularly impressive. His performance rating was 2812--easily the most dominating non-GM performance I have ever watched.
Kedyk had an even score against GMs, and so dominated Stripunsky at one point that the future US Co-Champion once asked me to repair him against IM Jay Bonin! Kedyk is also 1-0 against GM Hikaru Nakamura.
These games were mostly played at a time control of Game/30 to Game/60. But still, very scary, and believe me, most everyone was terrified of this guy.
HE most assuredly could have become a GM with financial support. He became FM and scored an IM norm at the 2004 World Open. His Elo rating does not accurately convey his true strength.
I bring this up because Kedyk was also apparently recruited for Murrow but decided to go to my former school, the High School of Economics and Finance!
|Aug-26-07|| ||Shams: <dx9293> hmm, interesting. if that's the case his page deserves better than two losses and a draw:
|Sep-21-07|| ||geraldo8187: <pazzed paun>, I go to UTD with Sal and he said that he has no idea what Cooper Union is. Don't go making up stories.|
|Jul-04-08|| ||youknowwho: Kings of New York was obviously written by someone who did not know the players. dx9293 is right about the book's incorrect portrayal of the players. Furthermore, they started to dislike each other only after they realized that they were competing against each other.|
I happen to know Sal, Alex, and Dmitry quite well. I believe that Eliot Weiss did Sal and Alex a huge disfavor by letting their chess dominate their academics. When I met him, Weiss gave me an impression of a person who collected chess players like trophies. The book quotes Weiss saying "I think [Kedyk] realizes he made a mistake." I know for a fact that this is not true. Dmitry became a valedictorian and was admitted to the CUNY Honors program.
Sal and Alex were less lucky. UTD is hardly a good place for a brilliant person like Sal, even with full scholarship. I have actually told him that he should not to go there. I am sure he could have gone to a much more prestigious and respectable institution had he known more about college admissions. I cannot be sure, but think it is Weiss's fault that Sal did not receive proper advising.
I strongly believe that for young people academic and professional development are much more important than chess. Pity that only Kedyk understood that.
|Jul-05-08|| ||Strongest Force: It's sad that it has to be either chess or academics... why not both... like Robert Hess? Can anybody tell me anything about Hess? I dont play anymore and know very little about the chess-scene where i live.|