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|Dec-31-10|| ||Penguincw: Sure.This puzzle I thought up myself.The previous ones I got off the internet.|
|Jan-01-11|| ||pinoymaster77: Just found out via FB kay FM Caste na naka IM norm si Elo Mariano. Dramatic pala final round game nila ni FM Olay.
Kung si Olay nanalo, IM na siya. Turns out Olay went a piece up and somehow relaxed and lost the game. 1st IM norm for Elo...|
|Jan-01-11|| ||wordfunph: <PM77> IM norm din si Sheider..|
|Jan-01-11|| ||veigaman: Happy new year, all the best for 2011|
|Jan-01-11|| ||pinoymaster77: Hi wordfunph,
Thanks for that link, 2 pala sila earned IM norms, mga young turks of Philippine chess!
|Jan-01-11|| ||Penguincw: Ok.All the black moves are forced.The solution is 1.♕xc7+ ♔a8 2.♕xa5+ ♗a6 3.♕xa6# |
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However you still did a good job by solving 2 out of 3 of my puzzles.
|Jan-01-11|| ||Penguincw: Oh.I did overlook ♔a7. Maybe I should try tactical puzzles instead. Try this one .White to move and win.Just show the winning move. |
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|Jan-01-11|| ||hms123: <wordfunph> Best of everything in 2011.|
|Jan-02-11|| ||Penguincw: I think these puzzles are too easy for you.|
|Jan-03-11|| ||Iskubadayb: Worditsch! Meron ka palang pakana na iboto ako sa Best Analyst. Dyahe ata at pabandying-bandying lang analysis ko sa mga laro ni bata. Ok na rin lang dahil katuwaan lang yan. TY for the thought, though. :)|
|Jan-04-11|| ||obientag: brod,pasensya na...ngayon lang nag karoon ng internet connection.|
|Jan-04-11|| ||WannaBe: Congratulations, you have won the Caissar Award in the Best Informed Category, for 2010!|
|Jan-05-11|| ||ChessBookForum: We are particularly pleased that you are honored as "Best Informed" member of the website.|
Your contribution to the <ChessBookForum> has been beyond compare.
|Jan-05-11|| ||pinoymaster77: Bro wordfunph,
Congratulations! Your international friends are also glad you got this much deserved award!
|Jan-05-11|| ||pinoymaster77: Some insights on a write-up in S. Polgar's column. Seems that's why they also need to resort to intl recruitments :|
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
It is important to conclude this report with an invitation for brain-storming. After the Olympiad, IM Donaldson published a report in which he expressed legitimate worries about the future of our National team. In particular, he pointed out that most talented young players quit chess at some point and never become strong Grandmasters. Perhaps the contrast between junior chess (immensely successful) and the low numbers of strong professionals is connected to difficulties at college level. All universities that offer scholarships to chess players are most definitely to be applauded and other schools should be encouraged to follow in their footsteps.
One of the ways to make a case for chess scholarships is by creating publicity for this annual event. Here we have a major difficulty, however. On the one hand, it is wonderful to have 28 teams participating, but on the other hand we have to wonder if this number should be much higher. One team could not make it because some airports on the East coast were closed. Another team fell apart because some players from the UW-Madison chose to accompany their football team to the Rose Bowl instead of playing chess.
Overall, only about 20 distinct schools were represented this year (some schools brought more than one team, resulting in 28 total) and this is how it has been for the past decade. Clearly, the number is not one to be proud of and, more importantly, is not much of a promotion point. Given the number of colleges in the United States alone, merely twenty schools playing chess is alarming.
There are several possible reasons for such low attendance and most are valid. Perhaps schools do not have enough money to send their players. Maybe the timing of the event is truly inconvenient. As an independent organizer, I am merely puzzled by the situation, but as a professional player and instructor I am truly astonished.
There needs to be a group people whose mission is to address the needs of college chess. The group should have some professionals on board as otherwise it would be equivalent to B-class players running an International Chess Academy. Until such group exists and functions effectively, it is rather doubtful that the state of college chess will change. As long as we have such a situation, IM Donaldson’s sentiments are destined to become a prophecy.
|Jan-05-11|| ||moronovich: Congratulations on the Caissar Award !|
|Jan-05-11|| ||kidlat1994: congratz prez <wordisch>|
|Jan-05-11|| ||pinoymaster77: Just some clarification on these GM norm requirements, dun ba sa minimum na playing 3 GMs from 3 different Federations, is there a minimum requirment for the points vs these GMs, like 1/3 or 1.5/3?|
Or does it follow in order to meet that 2600 TPR, have to score a win and some draws vs these GMs?
|Jan-05-11|| ||wordfunph: <pinoymaster77: is there a minimum requirment for the points vs these GMs, like 1/3 or 1.5/3?> dre, alam ko wala.. |
<Or does it follow in order to meet that 2600 TPR, have to score a win and some draws vs these GMs?> yes..
thanks <kidlat> <moro>..
|Jan-05-11|| ||pinoymaster77: Thanks for sharing, wordfunph.
Chanced upon this article in chessdom. Pag naka-access ng photos, ayos sa wallpaper he he, take your pick...
|Jan-07-11|| ||Nf3em: sir <word> thx for ur understanding. Happy New Year!|
|Jan-08-11|| ||technical draw: Thank you <wordfunph> for your vote and, uh, assistance, lol! Also congratulations for your own caissar. Now we'll start the year by winning something in the chessbookie finals, good luck!|
|Jan-12-11|| ||Fusilli: Hi there, you were just talking about Soltis and I posted a review of one of his books on the ChessBookForum chessforum :-)|
|Jan-12-11|| ||Fusilli: lol, it seems we disagree on the helpfulness of the quotes and the caricatures, but we agree that Soltis has produced good books.|
|Jan-13-11|| ||chesssantosh: hey <wordfunph> hi from nepal|
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