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|Jul-30-08|| ||messachess: <Caissanist:...how best to interest my five year-old son in chess...> I'm a bachelor, but I have some very smart friends in matters of human relations; (check out this link: http://www.openingmind.com/) One of the most interesting things that I ever heard from them is that if you want a kid to grow up well, praise everything he/she does.--no personal experince from me with that, but it sounds awfully interesting. So, I would say, if your 5 year old looks like he's gravitating towards being a rock-and-roll drummer some day, get him a drum set (and plug your ears, I guess; I don't know how people handle that.) Hopefully, in your case, it's chess.|
|Dec-20-08|| ||Caissanist: I haven't tried pushing my son toward chess for a couple of years now--he's just not enthusiastic about playing someone so obviously better, even though I'm careful not to win. His school is offering chess classes now from an outfit called "U.S. Chess Mates", based in Fremont (here in the Bay Area). If anyone who happens to see this knows anything about them, I would love to hear it, thanks.|
|Nov-08-09|| ||Karpova: No, nobody mentioned this to me before. Thank you very much! I'll have a look at it!|
|Nov-21-09|| ||Caissanist: You're very welcome!
(For anyone who happens to see this and wonder what the heck it is about: Karpova had wanted to recover the content from an earlier version of his page, and I suggested he retrieve it from the Internet wayback machine at http://www.archive.org. A very helpful and little-known resource, if not as complete as many of us would like).
|Apr-28-10|| ||SirChrislov: Hola, que tal. Good to know of another spanish-speaking fellow chessplayer here at the site. It's nice you have a son who's learning the game. adios.|
|May-03-10|| ||WendyGrace: I was just passing by & GM Yuchtman conversation got my attention. It seems there is discrepency on his deathday, January 25 is correct but even if it is not, you as administrator ought to change it like:
January 25 or 26, im amazed this is so hard!|
|May-03-10|| ||Caissanist: Hi Wendy - I don't know when you happen to see this, but did you know him personally, or do you have a particular source that you consider to be definitive? Different sources give different dates for his death--either January 25, 26, or 28. The interface only enables us to put in one date. |
By the way, as an "administrative user", I can write biographies of players, but other than that I have no more privileges than anyone else.
|May-05-10|| ||WendyGrace: yes, but read... u can certainly put word or, 1 28 i never mentioned!
coroner found him dead on 25th but idiots made if official next day, like they care, check out george burns social security death, idiots put march 8, our tax money wasted on us governemnt lazy idiots!|
|May-16-10|| ||Robotics: hey wendy thanx for ideas, im surprised nobody gives crap here, but that's chessgames sad norm, nothin wrong with 2 days if they cant do it then they are indifferent, uncaring lowlifes!|
|Oct-24-10|| ||Caissanist: From user <swissfed>, a fine excerpt of an interview with Bareev from 2003, summing up the world's top players of the time:|
<Question: What happened? Kasparov usually out-prepares his opponents, and this time he was completely helpless.
Bareev: Was he? He pressed in every game. He played c4, d4, he tried everything. He could only get a slight advantage, or a big advantage. But that was not enough - look at the 15th game. He needed a completely winning, straight position, but he didn't get that.
Q: Kasparov said he sat at the board and had no openings. What did he mean?
Bareev: It means he doesn't tell the truth. If you analyse his last tournaments you will find he wins games just because of openings. He has winning positions with both colours. But there in London he wanted to have the same, the same winning positions, where he comes and has an easy win. But in London he just had better positions, not winning positions. That's the simple difference. It's very difficult to beat Kramnik. When he had a winning position it was after 30 moves. He was tired, under time pressure, and he made mistakes.
Q: So how can he perform so spectacularly in Wijk aan Zee and Linares?
Bareev: People cannot play chess at all. Look at them, look at these players. Come on. These players, Shirov, Polgar, they can beat players like me, my level. But when they play Anand, Kramnik and Kasparov what can they do? Nothing. It is very easy to beat Bareev, Topalov and Timman. That's why Shirov won five games in Wijk against weak opponents, but when he faced really strong players he lost three games. There is a very small group of grandmasters - you want names? I told you, three strong players, Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand. Then there is a big gap. Adams is sometimes close to them, Morozevich is not bad, with white Leko is incredibly strong, and of course Ivanchuk. But the three, and Ivanchuk, understand chess at a higher level and are better prepared. But Kasparov is better prepared than the others.
Q: How does he do that, how can he be so well prepared?
Bareev: Because of ChessBase, of course.
Q: The others are using ChessBase as well...
Bareev: But I think ChessBase was created to help Garry to be number one in the world. He started first, he created the camp earlier, he worked hard for the last five or seven years. For young players it is very difficult to catch up.
Q: So it is computers which are helping him?
Bareev: No, not only. He produces a lot of ideas, and then people and computers help him a lot. He also loves chess and works a lot. Everything together. And his talent is incredible. Kramnik and Anand have a different kind of talent. Calculating, calculating, that is Kasparov. If Kramnik tries to compete in messy positions he will lose. But if he finds other positions he can survive, he can compete and beat Kasparov. But this only applies to Kramnik and Anand, because they have strong points. Kasparov's talent is calculating, calculating, calculating, working, working, working. Kramnik's talent is wider. Vishy also calculate very fast and deep, and he is a very intuitive player. He is extremely talented, the only thing he lacks is "character", fighting spirit. There he is much weaker than Kasparov, that is why Kasparov will beat him all the time. Vladimir has great talent and confidence, and he is a hard worker. Maybe he is a chess maniac, he works much more than most players.>
|Dec-04-10|| ||juan31: Caissanist:
Thanks you for the support about the language, in México we have a lot of troubles and necessities, to my was very surprising to now about the “Chess festival”, organize for the UNAM ( U university , N national, A autonomous of México) is a public university, to us is the most important cultural project in our nation, and we hope that this experience bring a new opportunities to the students for the practice of chess.
About the tribute to Robert James Fischer ( in this week of festival) don’t was a entire surprise, because I now a little about the concept that have the University about the majors contributors of the human knowledge.
|Dec-19-10|| ||Caissanist: De nada! Felicitaciones al universitario por el torneo, disfrute mucho tus comentarios.|
|Jan-15-11|| ||Bobwhoosta: <Caissanist>
Bravo with your son!!
I have a son who is almost 2, and I'm looking forward to introducing him to chess. I will have a few things I expect him to do, but a range of choices as to what he wants within that. Of course my love for chess makes it so that I must present a choice for him. I find it difficult to work through all the ramifications of "How do I best encourage him??" It is SO tough, especially since I've never liked anyone to let me win, even if I lose horribly. In fact, my first chess experience was with a player who beat me EVERY time. Save one. And that is one of my fondest chess memories.
I will keep updated as to your progress with your son!! How old it he? I look forward to more news!!!
|Jan-18-11|| ||Caissanist: My son's 10 now, he still likes to play chess occasionally, but no more than that. I'm trying to figure out the best way to make our games real games but not have them be discouraging to him, since he doesn't want to play at odds.|
|Jan-18-11|| ||moronovich: <Caissanist> One way could be, if you play more dull openings.
Another(and can be combined off course) way is to hold back,just a little.And/or deliberattely making a wild sac,where you can,more or less figure out that he gets fine/better counterplay.|
I have a son who is 35 and got a braindamage 4½ years ago and went from
about 2000 to 14-1500.
So when I see him once every week I let him win around one third of the games to encourage him.And that works well for us.
I wish you good luck and all the best with your project !
And one last thing : Nimzowitsch had great succes in giving kids small exercises he made up himself.
|Jan-27-11|| ||laskereshevsky: Hello Cais. Just see your "answer" to my kibitz on Fischer's page...|
<Jan-12-11 Caissanist: <laskereshevsky: Cause Bobby was always a straight man>.....
I understand your point, all in all the opinion U expressed about him in that kibitz its enough agreable.....
But i didnt want to say that he was ALWAYS a "straight man"...
Probably, U didnt got the "humor" in MY kibitz...
( cause my poor English?! ) :-D
|Feb-12-11|| ||Caissanist: <laskereshevsky> Oops, sorry, no I didn't get that it was a joke! Bobby was so weird that it's hard to really tell when anybody's joking about him.|
|Apr-09-11|| ||Caissanist: The Evans Gambit is a great way to learn tactics for a patzer wannabe like myself, here's the kind of fun you can have:|
[Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. O-O Nf6 7. d4 exd4 8.
cxd4 Bb6 9. e5 Ng4 10. Bg5 f6 11. exf6 Nxf6 12. Re1+ Ne7 13. Ne5 d6 14. Bxf6
gxf6 15. Qh5+ Ng6 16. Nxg6+ Kd7 17. Re7+ Qxe7 18. Nxe7 Kxe7 19. Qf7+ Kd8 20.
Qxf6+ Kd7 21. Be6+ Kc6 22. Qxh8 Bxe6 23. Qxa8 Bxd4 24. Qe8+ Bd7 25. Qe4+ Kc5
26. Nc3 Bxc3 27. Rc1 Bc6 28. Rxc3+ Kb6 29. Rxc6+ bxc6 30. Qxh7 c5 31. Qb1+
Kc6 32. h4 d5 33. h5 d4 34. h6 c4 35. h7 d3 36. h8=Q c3 37. Qh6+ Kd5 38.
Qxd3+ Kc5 39. Qxc3+ Kd5 40. Qh4 c5 41. Qd3+ Kc6 42. Qdc4 a5 43. Qh5 Kd7 44.
Qcxc5 Ke6 45. Qb6+ Kd7 46. Qh7+ Ke8 47. Qb8# *
|Apr-22-11|| ||Caissanist: My son is ten now. Last night we were talking about his Little League baseball practice (he's not doing so well there), and what's been going on in his life in general. Or, to be honest, I was asking him about these things and he was squirming. He seems to be unhappy a lot of the time, but won't or can't talk about what's happening. I try to let him know that I understand and won't judge him; sometimes I can get him to say something, not so often lately. |
Then, out of the blue, he said "Dad, do you want to play chess?", which surprised me. I of course taught him to play five years ago, but we haven't played often since then. From time to time I ask him if he would like to play a board game and sometimes he chooses chess, but I haven't had as much time for him since his little sister arrived three years ago, especially during the school year when so much revolves around homework. He's still very much a beginner, he seems to like chess a lot but is a slow learner, very much like me at that age. I encourage him to take back moves and give him hints. Most of the time I have him win.
Somehow it was more fun last night than I remember before. I didn't really know how to play against him before, but now I've got the hang of it more, which helps. Basically I treat the game as a series of problems to solve, but I try to get him light with joking banter ("Aha, now I'm going to take your pawn, what are you going to do about that?" or "Oh, you saw that, that's cheating, you weren't supposed to see that!") When he makes a mistake I like to try to frame it as a lesson that applies to broader life without being too obvious ("What was I trying to do with that last move? You know you can't just think about what you're doing, the other guy is trying to do stuff too.") He was able to solve most of the problems I gave him over the chessboard, so he won. He was a better player at the end of the game than the beginning.
We didn't directly talk about whatever it was that was keeping him quiet before the game, but I felt a strong conviction that this was helping him--he came out of the game knowing that he could solve these problems, and if he could solve them, he could solve bigger problems too.
Reuben Fine said that most boys don't really take to chess until they are about ten, and I can sort of see why. He's at a preadolescent stage in his life, where he wants help in doing things better and solving the problems he has to deal with, but he doesn't want people telling him what to do, and he doesn't even want to talk directly about what's happening. Playing chess doesn't teach you about the world, but it teaches you about yourself, which at that age is probably more important. There was something like male bonding going on during the game that made me feel very good.
|Apr-22-11|| ||therealbenjinathan: very nice! I have 2 12 year old boys who have been playing fairly seriously for 3 or 4 yrs and a 10 year old daughter who seems to where your son is now.|
With my daughter I try not to win too much. I give her things to spot and allow lots of take backs where I say either "that is not the best move, try another look" or "that is not a good move, can you see why?". She really is improving. In addition she has been taught how to mate with two rooks, a Queen etc.
If you ever want to chat about it I am normally here:
|May-01-11|| ||Caissanist: In a somewhat related vein, here is a story in Wired UK about a man who taught his 8 year-old daughter chess, and was surprised shortly afterward to have his daughter present him with the rules for "plastic animal chess": http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive....|
|Jul-15-11|| ||Albertan: <Hi Wayne - I went to your blog to> see your analysis of an old Georg Meier game, but when I went to http://albertan1956.blogspot.com/ and clicked on the 2010 archive link, Internet Explorer closed the tab with the following error message: " A malfunctioning or malicious add-on has caused Internet Explorer to close this webpage." It would appear that IE thinks you've got a virus/Trojan on your site. Just thought you'd like to know.
Thanks for this message! Yes I know something is wrong with my blog however I do not know what. I do not think it is a virus or spyware, but rather like you say it is something wrong with an add-on that you and I both seem to have using Internet Explorer. I have not had this problem when I use web-browsers such as Opera or Google chrome so this could not be a virus. If you have one of those browsers please use them instead.
|Jul-15-11|| ||Albertan: <Hi Wayne>
Hi thanks so much for telling me exactly what was happening when you tried to use Internet Explorer at my blog! I believe I found out what was wrong and corrected it using a solution I found at the Microsoft.com website.
<- I went to your blog to> see your> <analysis of an old Georg Meier >
<game, but when I went to > <http://albertan1956.blogspot.com/>
< and clicked on the 2010 archive> <link, Internet Explorer closed the> <tab with the following error> <message: " A malfunctioning or> <malicious add-on has caused Internet> <Explorer to close this webpage." >
<It would appear that IE thinks >
<you've got a virus/Trojan on your> <site. Just thought you'd like to> <know. --- >
My friend, Thanks again! When you get time could you go to my blog at http://albertan1956.blogspot.com/ one more time and see if this time it loads for you and you can access Chessviewer Deluxe on my first page? I believe the problem was with a Java script add-on I had engaged. Could you them post a message on my forum if you now can access Chessviewer Deluxe? Thanks and have a great weekend! :)
|Jul-15-11|| ||Albertan: Hi I think you need to disregard the last messages I have posted. I believe the problem is that you have the following add-on activated in Internet explorer Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper
Publisher Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Load time (0.04 s)
For some reason there is a bug with th is add-on in relation to Chessviewer Deluxe. To use Chessviewer Deluxe on my blog you have to temporarily de-activate the plug in above using these commands: (1)Click on the Internet Options tab in the "Tools" menu. Then (2)click on the "programs" tab then click on the "Manage add-ons" tab, and disable: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper
(3)Then after you have viewed the games you will have to activate this add-on. I am sorry for this inconvenience I am going to email the designer of Chessviewer Deluxe and see if he can provide a solution to this problem. I understand if you do not want to engage in all of this behavior to see the games. Maybe if you have another internet browser you can try it.
|Jul-17-11|| ||Caissanist: Thanks for the response! I decided to just use Firefox, which I use for most sites anyway.|
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