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|Jan-03-10|| ||HeMateMe: Same old problem--Chess in the USA is a young man's occupation. Finegold probably has a real job, of some sort. The team sent is pretty young, I think except for a couple of russian emigres who are older.|
|Jan-03-10|| ||notyetagm: <HeMateMe: Same old problem--Chess in the USA is a young man's occupation. Finegold probably has a real job, of some sort. The team sent is pretty young, I think except for a couple of russian emigres who are older.>|
Finegold is now the GM-in-residence at the St. Louis Chess Club.
|Jun-12-10|| ||elohah: Just looked at your blogpost photo:
Dog, you have GOT to lose weight.
We love you, that's why we're concerned. You're going to shorten your life by ten years unless you take immediate action now. If Nakamura can do it, so can you.
Get some Acai, some green machine and blue machine (Naked Juice). CELERY. I can't say it enuf. Get the greenest veggies possible (no dip!).
Vegetables are critical for breaking down the bad cholesterol in your body.
Start WALKING. Everywhere you go.
Find the FURTHEST YMCA from you and WALK to it. Try to work up to about 6 miles a day, at least 3 times a week.
'Exercise is King, diet is Queen.' - Jack Lalane.
WALK to the Y, then swim a few laps each day.
Don't jog. Don't run. You might blow your knees out. You can eat little cheese packets. Fat isn't the problem.
Fat is a NECESSARY ingredient for the body. The problem is BAD SUGAR that turns into bad cholesterol.
If your'e hungry for sweets, snack on a banana.
|Jun-12-10|| ||MaxxLange: I wish we had a real chess club, where we had money to hire a GM in residence|
We have some strong players around here....FM to IM strength.....but everything is so spread out and decentralized
|Jun-14-10|| ||elohah: The wake-up call should be the draw with Betanelli. Remember what Defirmian said about GM's. A GM should just be BLOWING IM's out of the water tactically!
I'm not saying Betanelli is a pushover. He's even got some macho that's visible in his play. But he's been hanging around the 2300 level almost at long as you were a 2600 IM.
It must mean his tactics aren't sharp enuf. Just to take a name out of the hat here: Chuck Hertan. Written some books. Was around Betanelli's rating for the longest time, then suddenly blew thru the 2400 barrier due mainly I think to sharper tactics.
But I've got off track.
This isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle - a lifestyle change.
Going off stuff cold turkey: I don't believe in it. It's just a bunch of nonsense, and it's the type of thing that gets people to fall back. People KNOW what's bad for them: candy, salty chips, soda pop, Carl Jr's or Wendy's burgers. It's all OBVIOUS, and anybody can READ LABELS. Mayo is bad for you. Ketchup, french fries, none of this stuff is needed, and none of it helps you.
But just go off stuff GRADUALLY. Don't obsess about anything and just have fun with a new lifestyle change where you'll have a lot more energy both on and off the board.
Acai is a berry found in the Amazon rain-forest. It's just recently come out, so right now it's cheaper than Naked Juice. Walk, walk, WALK!
WALK LIKE A MAAAAAAN...!
Betanelli should be in a WIND TUNNEL of tactics the next time you play him.
I want him blown off the board in less than 30 moves! DO it!
One last thought: Don't ask: "How can this hurt me?" "It's just a little bit!" Wrong question.
Here's the right question: How is this HELPING me? Is what I'm putting into my body helping my body become stronger, more energized?
|Sep-06-10|| ||DarthStapler: Geocities was dismantled years ago, someone should remove that last link|
|Jan-22-11|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is a Finegold victory that is not in the database:|
[Site "St Paul"]
[White "Finegold, Benjamin"]
1. e4 ♘f6 2. ♘c3 d5 3. e5 ♘e4 4. ♘ce2 ♘c5 5. d4 ♘cd7 6. e6 fxe6 7. ♘f4 ♘f6 8.
♗d3 c5 9. c3 ♘c6 10. ♘f3 ♕c7 11. ♕e2 cxd4 12. cxd4 ♗d7 13. ♘xe6 ♕b6 14. O-O ♗xe6 15. ♕xe6 ♘xd4 16. ♘xd4 ♕xd4 17. ♗b5+ ♔d8 18. ♗e3 ♕e4
click for larger view
19. ♗b6+ axb6 20. ♕xb6+ ♔c8 21. ♖ac1+ ♔b8 22. ♗c6 1-0
Source: Bill Wall, “500 Alekhine Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises, Moon Township, Pennsylvania, 1994
|May-17-11|| ||SteinitzLives: He is Americas' hope for a chess-boxing title, show him proper respect, and make way for his eminence, especially at a buffet.|
|May-17-11|| ||James Bowman: I heard that the Robson Finegold match is over, did Ben really eat Ray as was reported? |
Sorry Ben know you have a good sense of humor or I wouldn't have went there ;o]
|May-18-11|| ||HeMateMe: ...you know how hard it is to get spicy dumplings, in St. Louis...|
|Jul-16-11|| ||Rook e2: An IM with a max rating of 2600+, is it very difficult to collect GM norms in the USA?|
|Jul-16-11|| ||dx9293: <Rook e2> Finegold is a GM now, but the rating of 2604 in the picture must be a US Chess Federation rating.|
For many years though, Finegold was one of the highest-rated IMs in the world, reaching a peak ELO of over 2560 I believe.
A couple of years ago, Alex Lenderman reached 2601 ELO while still an IM (his first GM title application was rejected because one of his norms was discounted due to a technicality). Soon after he got the GM title though...after going to Europe and having a total of like five norms.
You are right though: it is not so easy to get (GM) norms in the USA. It is not a hopeless task, and some have done so recently, like Molner and Shankland for example, but lots of USA players go to Europe to make norms. The biggest and most well-known problem in the USA is that it is often a crapshoot whether you will face enough foreign players in the event to have a norm counted (you need 4 foreigners in 9 rounds usually), but I think another problem is that in tournaments like, say, the World Open, there are a lot of relatively low Elo rated players, and then a lot of very strong GMs. There doesn't seem to be an abundance of 2400-2500 level players to face round after round, because of the nature of the swiss system, which I would think gives the best chance of making a norm.
IMs Bryan Smith, Daniel Naroditsky, and Marc Esserman...they're all playing in Europe right now, going for GM norms.
|Jul-19-11|| ||HeMateMe: OMG, Ben has a disco themed video on utube:
|Oct-27-11|| ||waustad: His highest FIDE rating since the year 2000, which is when the chart begins was 2563 during 2006.|
|Feb-15-12|| ||wordfunph: "Playing Black in a Najdorf Sicilian."
- GM Benjamin Finegold (when asked by NIC for his greatest fear)
|May-12-12|| ||knightsacrifice: "When I am White I win because I am White. When I am Black I lose."|
- GM Benjamin Finegold (on the famous Bogolyubov quote)
Funny guy! nice commentary.
|May-18-12|| ||Edeltalent: <on the famous Bogolyubov quote>|
Just for the record, Bogoljubov's original quote is "When I am White I win because I am White. When I am Black I win because I am Bogoljubov."
|Jun-03-12|| ||waustad: Considering how he looked during the US champs, that may be the least flattering picture I can recall seeing here.|
|Dec-28-12|| ||SteinitzLives: Finegold is a true marvel to watch at play, similar to a glacier in movement, but never in demeanor.|
|Dec-28-12|| ||Jim Bartle: "...similar to a glacier in movement, but never in demeanor."|
He's always receding and lakes are created at his feet?
|Dec-28-12|| ||perfidious: < SteinitzLives: Finegold is....similar to a glacier in movement, but never in demeanor.>|
Try playing bullet with Ben live sometime, as I have. His movements are as far from glacial as one may imagine.
|Dec-28-12|| ||Phony Benoni: I remember Ben from a blitz tournament when he was six years old. Skinny little kid, blond and full of energy. |
I suffered his only win late in the tournament when I left my king in check. He grabbed it, and solemnly showed it to the Tournament Director to prove he had actually won a game.
I don't think he's been solemn since.
|Oct-18-13|| ||PHILOCHESS: The last lecture by Ben Finegold!
Trying to Draw a Higher-Rated Opponent
|Oct-18-13|| ||OhioChessFan: Looking at his blog:
<The 2012 National Open did not go well. I drew 3 games to start, and won in round 4 before calling it a tournament and withdrawing. I was winning in rounds 1 and 2 but was unable to convert easy wins against players under 2300.
Due to my bad play of late, and the fact that I can't seem to see tactics anymore, I have decided to retire from competitve chess. I will play events at the Chess Club when requested, and if members want to play ladder games, that is also fine, but I will not travel to tournaments anymore or play competitively.>
|Feb-24-14|| ||madlydeeply: finegold made a lovely salov vid. More salov!
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