My best wishes to Daniel Freeman on his continuing journey; Chessgames.com is an excellent legacy. My best to Susan Freeman and Sargon with their efforts to improve this site.
RIP, <User: Sneaky>, you were always one of my favorites, though I never knew...
"The worship of Caissa is, however, so alluring, so fascinating, that the mind, after an interval of repose, returns to it with renewed vigour, greater hope, and redoubled energy, intent on wresting the palm of victory from the majority of opponents. "
*** The Gentleman's Magazine, 1881
I played competitive chess as a kid inspired by the 1978 match Korchnoi vs. Karpov, and chessgames.com has renewed my enthusiasm for the game. I play occasionally at lichess.com, with more or less accuracy.
I think the greatest players are/were Kasparov, Fischer, Karpov, Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker, Morphy, and Anand,, but my favorite players are Tal, Nezhmetdinov and Bronstein.
Right now, though, Magnus Carlsen is the king of Caissa. Both his chess and his enigmatic persona wear the crown to perfection. Only 26, he tops the FIDE ratings chart with an historical all-time high rating. He has dominated the intensely competitive chess tournament scene for the past 6 years, and has defeated Vishy Anand (twice) and Karjakin to become the reigning, undisputed, World Chess Champion for the past 5 years. I admire his incredible positional judgement and ability to get wins from seemingly dry situations. His mastery of the middle-to-end game transition is second to none. He has also been, at the same time, the undisputed World Champion of classical, rapid, and blitz time controls. Okay, this guy is the real deal.
I love Anand's dynamic chess career and sterling personality; he’s been a noble chess king.
I always thought Caruana outshined Anish Giri, and here he is, the next World Championship challenger to Carlsen in Nov 2018. Oh, good chess times ahead!
Hikaru Nakamura plays the American maverick to perfection, though never quite able to reach the crest. He’s like a modern day Frank Marshall.
Morozevich reminds me of a less stable version of my artistic chess heroes.
Ivanchuk epitomises that category of player who gets lost in the labrynthian depths of Caissa, reflecting back all the beauty and suffering that goes with her, both on and off the board.
I played a simul against Nigel Short at the 2012 London Chess Classic, and after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 he played 5.d4, looked at me, and said, "You didn't pay attention to my lecture, did you?" Hours prior at a live-broadcast analysis session I attended, Short had detailed the problems associated with playing the ...e6 ...g6 Sicilian setup against a KIA setup prior to white's d3, allowing white to play d4 without losing tempo, creating long-term dark square weaknesses for black. Being schooled* by a super-GM is the highlight of my chess "career".
*The game was abandoned at move 33 because I had tickets to Red Fang, a local Pacific North West heavy rock group I know, who happened to be on tour in London that evening - I could not miss them, their manager got me on the door list. I fought a reasonable game and had a potentially salvageable endgame, though I surely would have lost under the pressure of a quickening pace. Red Fang rocked.
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