SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
I want to thank all of my readers for visiting this blog , and especially to those who take the time to write and chat or give me ideas and feedback. Most of the humour and photos comes from my readers! Today I give a short selection of what I received in the past week.
From Tuomo Niemelä, Lappeenranta, Finland several days ago:
Thanks for your blog. It has at least slightly different, should I say mature point of view. Very nice pieces of history – and some humour, too (smiles) It was my friend who recently guided me into it, so I’ve only “scratched the surface ” , this far. Following your opinions on FIDE elections…
Pleasurable summer & good chess
From Alexei Kovalczuk today:Dear Mr. Spraggett,
I just read the text about internet making people more shallow and couldn’t help on noticing 2 interesting facts about the content:
First, the article itself is full of distractions. I took a glance at the original webpage and it presents only 2 pictures, while yours presentation showed no less than 4. I understand that elements such photos and videos are nice to enrich the layout of any publication, but it can also be very distracting and annoying.
Second, the text (more specifically the blog itself) doesn’t have space for commentaries. Here too, we have a problem concerning media channels; uncensored commentaries from annonymous sources can be very disturbing on internet. Or maybe your blog wasn’t created for this purpose itself, it wouldn’t be a place for discussion, simply a space for presenting ideas. Even then, I think that disable comments is not a great deal. If we only pick this article concerning the deepness of our thoghts, I guess it’s clear that the absense of feedback only makes our vision more restrict.
In time, I want to say that I started reading your blog just recently, but I liked very much what I saw. Keep up the great work. I also apologize in advance if my english seems somewhat shaky.
Good points! I try to make the videos and photos (and icons) fit into each article in such a way as to encourage the reader to explore the text/prose without taking away from its message. There is nothing less appealing than a full page of prose or text, no matter how insightful it may be. I realize that this might be distracting at times to some ( you have a valid point), and that is why I always try to include the link to the original article. I feel that blogs need an extra visual element to attract the initial interest of the reader.
As for opening up the blog for commentary, this is a double edged sword. I am thinking about it and might try it on an experimental basis. The chess world is a very colourful ghetto, and the lesson learned from message boards is that some readers tend to over react or become easily obsessed. As a result, many blogs in the chessworld are cautious.
In any case, for the moment the reader can find my email address on the first page of the blog.
Thankyou for the input!
From Ole (Winnipeg)
Paddy and Murphy, two friends from Leading Tickles, Newfoundland, were talking one afternoon when Paddy tells Murphy,
“Ya know, I reckon I’m ’bout ready for a vacation. Only this year I’m gonna do it a little different. The last few years, I took your advice about where to go. Three years ago you said to go to Hawaii .. I went to Hawaii and Molly got pregnant.
Then two years ago, you told me to go to the Bahamas and Molly got pregnant again.
Last year you suggested Tahiti and darn me, if Molly didn’t get pregnant again.”
Murphy asks Paddy, “So, what you gonna do this year that’s different?”
Paddy says, “This year I’m taking Molly with me.”
Today from ‘Jock’:
Q. What’s the criteria for the Olympic Selection Committee?
A. Larry, Moe and Curly Joe.
Q. What do they do when criticism starts?
A. Go on ChessTalk and say “Not Me”.
Q. How do you ensure you play board 1?
A. Mama, Pappa and Babba are on the committee.
Q. What comes with the Quebec selection?
A. A pledge for $2,000.00.
Q. What does a selection committee map of Canada look like?
A. It’s marked Ontario, Quebec and ”when hell freezes over”.
Q. Why are the players so young?
A. Anyone older won’t put up with the shit.
Q. How do you pick a winning team?
A. Nepotism, cronyism and favortism.
Q. What makes a player uniquely qualified?
A. A 2400 rating and a 2700 ego.
Q. What are the plans for a high finish?
A. A crafty Swiss Gambit and prayers for favourable pairings
.Q. How will you play against the Russian powerhouse teams?
A. We’ll ask for their autographs.
From Mike this past week:
I’ve talked to a few people..Stijin, and a few others…its like banging your head against a wall. …I really give up.
I think I could contribute a lot to the CFC and Chess in General…it just seems they just throw obstacles in front of you…rules..etc…
You know…I wish I could help jazz it up..but they seem quite happy with this pile of shit. \sometimes its better to let a horse die..and buy another one…I can only imagine the BS You went through with these clowns. God! What a bunch of idiots!! Its like talking to retards….They just don’t get it.
I know exactly how you feel, Mike!