"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 chess.com and gameknot.com, with more or less accuracy.
I think the greatest players are/were Kasparov, Fischer, Karpov, Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker, Morphy, Anand, and Kramnik, but my favorite players are Tal, Nezhmetdinov and Bronstein.
Right now, though, all eyes are on Magnus Carlsen. Only 23, he tops the FIDE ratings chart with an historical all-time high rating, has dominated the intensely competitive chess tournament scene for the past 3 years, and has defeated Vishy Anand to become the undisputed World Chess Champion. I admire his incredible positional judgement and his ability to get wins from seemingly dry situations. His mastery of the middle-to-end game transition is second to none.
Others: I love Anand's dynamic chess career and sterling personality. He's been a noble chess king. He's experiencing the inevitable slide in power that comes with age, but I look forward to the chess he plays when no longer the World Champ - go for it! Hikaru Nakamura plays the American maverick to perfection, and Fabiano Caruana has huge potential. Morozevich reminds me of a less stable version of my artistic chess heroes, and 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.
Other interests include:
Karate, music, reading, food, drink, people, business, hard rock, guitars, poker, exercise, performance, competition, action, breathing, lounging, being lazy, gardening, movies, sleeping, and working outside in bad weather.
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