Monday Solution: More Caffeine & Enthusiasm!
I trust everyone had a very satisfying and relaxing weekend! Monday has reared its ugly head once again, and now your task is to get thru to Tuesday without any negative consequences…that will have to be paid for all week long.
My recommendation: be more enthusiastic, upbeat and treat yourself to a double ration of coffee! You deserve it…and besides, it might do you a lot of good.
But be careful not to overdose…otherwise you might find yourself acting hyper like the girl above!
Ian Rogers corrects Benko fact
As reported several weeks ago, Pal Benko passed away at age 91. It was quite heart warming how much the chess world was saddened. Hundreds of articles in as many magazines and social media blogs showed their respect to one of the grand old gentlemen of the Fischer generation.
Kasparov comeback gets mixed reaction
What is in a name? Fischer-Random or Chess-9LX or Chess-960? Does anybody really care about what name is given to this variation of chess? And not to take anything away from the great Bobby Fischer’s suggestion, but why is anyone taking this serious? Spassky is certainly not impressed. Nor am I.
Fischer’s principal argument in favour of his variation of chess is that it kills the kind of extensive opening preparation that characterizes modern master chess. Fischer had been out of chess for 20 years (since winning the World Championship in 1972) when he suggested a new kind of chess. No doubt he felt a terrible lack of confidence in his ability to catch up to the top players.
But why change the entire game of chess just to please a handful of players? Does the amateur chess player really care in the slightest about keeping up with the Carlsen’s and Caruana’s of the chess world?
No, absolutely not! Opening theory is useful when getting started in chess. It helps avoid quick defeats. Even when we buy a new appliance for the home or some new app for the office computer or our cellphone, it almost always comes with a (extensive) manual that one must study carefully before becoming proficient in its use. This is the complicated, tech-driven world we live in today! We can not go backward in time…
And why now, when Classic chess is in some seemingly deepening crisis over lack of sponsors and ever decreasing media attention–in part EXACTLY because of the many controversial and unnecessary changes that FIDE has made these past 20 years or so.
Fischer is now long dead, and while he was alive nobody took his opinions very serious. Is the FIDE leadership trying to jump ship instead of putting its house into order? Something doesn’t seem legit here. FIDE is probably just trying to Dumb-Down the game even further!
I also recommend the reader to take a look at what ChessBase’s Fred Friedel wrote last year. Very insightful!
To this I might add that if FIDE thinks that this is the future of chess, then I don’t think FIDE has much of a future! We need a FIDE that defends and promotes the integrity of modern chess. Period.
Getting back to Kasparov’s decision to participate in Sinquefield’s variation of Fischer-Random (Chess-9XL), I believe that Kasparov had his own reasons to risk humiliation. First, he wanted to lend his name to Sinquefield’s efforts to promote chess in America. And second, Kasparov wanted to show the world that he was not afraid of new challenges. I respect him for both reasons.
But the result is not very flattering for the former World Champion. Many of his fans were upset and critical of his decision to play. I recommend reading Grandmaster Alex Colovic’ blog article from yesterday.
That is the problem with being a legend. Fans love you only when you win…or die young trying.