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|Sep-23-16|| ||epistle: During such dinner only one question will be on your mind the whole time: What serendipitous alignment of the heavenly bodies is this, that in this one magical moment of an evening, all the great stars of Philippine chess are gathered here to partake of God's bountiful blessings?|
|Sep-23-16|| ||dunkenchess: Torre and I were together in tournaments during our time. Now I am up to regionals and locals.|
|Sep-23-16|| ||dunkenchess: The fighting lolo, they say.|
|Sep-24-16|| ||epistle: <cro777: Attention deficit syndrome – how to treat it?
"The gold medal team got little attention in the national media and chess continues to struggle for attention. All we got was a debate on whether the U.S. team imported their talent or not. No welcoming party at the airport, no celebration by the chess community and of course, the excitement has subsided already." (Daaim Shabazz)>|
You cannot make exciting what, in the first place, is devoid of anything to be excited about (like, for example, an against-all-odds unbelievable feat). Here are what made the US victory a ho-hum event:
1. it was among the few teams already expected to win;
2. two of its players do not really have any emotional attachment to the country they represent but were only there for the money they got and will still get (as USA is a rich country); and
3. the previous talks in US media(started by Carlsen himself) that the US is importing/buying nerds for its chess teams.
Contrast this with AFGM's miraculous run in the recent Olympiad with his team's meager budget and which he accomplished only for the love of the game and country and a dinner at his favourite restaurant you'll get what a genuine Mr. Excitement is all about.
|Sep-24-16|| ||talunanIM: Ipis teh^^ mey regla kb lolo. Kung ano ano snasabi mo dian. Gurang kna kulang kpa din sa pansin bakla ka no?|
|Sep-24-16|| ||Virgil A: spawn2. salamat! be there April :)|
|Sep-24-16|| ||dunkenchess: A good chess player is dissent and disciplined as shown by GM Torre. Unles, he is incapable, always grumble and a poor loser. Hehehe...|
|Sep-24-16|| ||pinoymaster77: Pag may lull talaga in between chess tournaments eh some ribbing / banter going on.|
How about this, yung famed pic sa USA vs Norway where napapangiwi si Naka eh WC Carlsen played the Scandinavian vs Caruana! Could we get the annotation from epistle please ?!
|Sep-25-16|| ||epistle: You just saw the reason why Carlsen is the world champ and not Naka--anyone who disrespects the Scandinavian does not really understand chess at all.|
|Sep-25-16|| ||talunanIM: ^^ ipisteh ^^ ano sabi mo lolo? Itulog mo na yan di namin kelangan mga kabaklaan mong iniisip. Gamutin mo regla mo gurang kna dna bagay syo.|
|Sep-25-16|| ||epistle: It is better to light up a scented mosquito coil than to curse the insects.|
|Sep-26-16|| ||dunkenchess: You are using my language. Matagal ko nang gamit yan. Inuulit mo lang. Ang mabuting manlalaro ay desenteng magsalita, gamit ang mga dissenting legal opinions (hindi anti) and maganda ang asal (disciplined, at walang behavioral attitude. Kung baligtad ay isa lang ang ibig sabihin = hindi marunong sa chess, bobo.|
|Sep-26-16|| ||dunkenchess: Alang pitagan sa mga lolo.|
|Sep-26-16|| ||epistle: And we see here the wisdom of AFGM's attitude towards alcoholic drinks: only white wine for him during every meal of fish and vegetables.|
|Sep-26-16|| ||pinoymaster77: Maybe the just started Tal Memorial can have our focus of interest. From the chess blogs, Nepo beat teammate Toma for the only decisive result of the opening round, for the early solo lead.|
Maybe cro777 can share analysis. Who knows maybe some of these GMs will cross paths with AFGM in future tournaments, per the last TPR in Baku na 2800+ eh may paglalagyan din sila.
|Sep-26-16|| ||Nf3em: Bro <spawn2>, thanks for that consideration. I will be there on last week of December 2016 until 1st week of January 2017. And that's pretty busy period for everyone. So, I probably next time around. |
BTW, enjoy it and give my regards to AFGM and please shake his hands for me. ;-)
|Sep-26-16|| ||cro777: One of the strongest tournaments of the year — in honor of the eighth World Champion — began Monday.|
Round 1 report on the Tal Memorial by Sam Shankland:
|Sep-27-16|| ||Nf3em: All games were drawn in the 1st Round of Tal Memorial except Ian's game which he won against the prof.|
|Sep-27-16|| ||pinoymaster77: Speaking about the atakador legend Tal, there were a lot of chess story sharings in the last dinner.|
Nice analysis by GM Shankland, brings back memories of GM Svidler's article on the Baku Olympiad, where he projects that current World Jr champ GM Xiong might pose an even better board 4 option in the next USA Olympiad squads? We will keep track in the next 2 years
|Sep-27-16|| ||Nf3em: Ah tapos na pala. So Tal was one of the topic. Sayanz.|
|Sep-27-16|| ||Nf3em: 2 early draws and another 2 boring game. Only Vishy vs Shak game is interesting. Shak sac a-pawn and probably have some combo in mind on the KS. Btw, am just speculating.|
|Sep-27-16|| ||Nf3em: Hahaha I was right but Vishy saw it.|
|Sep-28-16|| ||epistle: Ten days na lang before The Dinner. Hope someone posts a diagram of the seating arrangements and food/drinks placements so we can analyze the best angles for the selfies.|
|Sep-28-16|| ||pinoymaster77: Chess.com write-up on decisions made during the FIDE Congress in Iran, notables are :|
- Womens World Championship in Iran by Feb 2017, read on for the women concerns. May be a bit too soon for WGM-Elect Frayna but can start to get feet wet by going thru the experience?
- Kirsan can stay on as a (ceremonial) President, but if situation stays the same, he may not be able to run in 2018
- Russia / RCF thru Filatov proposal for changes in the World Championship rules whereby a challenger with enough money can challenge, was rejected.
- 2020 Olympiad would be in Siberia again in Khanty, as there were no other bidders. I've re-checked, the 2018 Olympiad would be in Batumi,Georgia as wordfun shared earlier
|Sep-28-16|| ||pinoymaster77: Good write-up from Peter. May time pa for those who would like to volunteer to represent the country in the Asian Seniors (starts Oct 26)...|
"I have known Torre since 1980 when I met him and his wife while I was a junior representing Malaysia in the Asian Junior Chess Championships held in Baguio, Philippines. He had become Asia's first Grandmaster in 1974 and was halfway through his journey to become a challenger for the World Chess Championship but his humility, generosity and kindness to a young player travelling abroad alone in a time when being able to take a flight and go overseas was a privilege, has stayed with me as an example of greatness till today"
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