Life or something like it
March 07, 2008 • General
Hello everyone! So since I haven’t done a really detailed blog in sometime, I will write one now.
First of all, I would like to address the specific issue of playing Transwarp(C) on ICC. Many people have now asked me why I play it and, more importantly, what purpose it serves. Of course attempting to lock up a position against a computer and then premove for 150 moves is rather pointless after awhile. Some have said that they thought I was doing it simply to gain rating points. However, they were wrong. The main purpose I find that playing transwarp or any computer on ICC for that matter provides a certain mental toughness. After all, playing against a computer and losing 10-15 in a row is much more painful than losing to any super GM 1 or 2 games. Therefore, I find that it is a very good way of becoming mentally stronger.
Secondly, I cannot mention what a bad week it has been for me! So far two of my records have been broken…oh no! The first one I’d like to get to is my blitz record which was broken by Alexander Grischuk (Depressnyak) although I wish I could applaud him on this record, it seems rather unfair for players to make deals amongst themselves and toss games as is what happened yesterday. Sadly, this is not the first time Rauf Mamedov (MLRaka, Generalisimus, etc) has tossed games to Grischuk. Back in 2004, when Grischuk became the first person to break 3600, it was none other than Rauf who lost to him 5 games in a row! Although this record does not mean that much to me now since I am more serious about over the board chess, do not think I will not attempt to retake my title. The other record, which I lost this week was the record of youngest American Master. This record was broken by Nicolas Nip, a Chinese kid out in San Francisco. Generally, I do not mind positive reports about junior chess in America; however, I did notice that when looking up Nips tournaments, he gained a lot of points via matches. Whether this is legit or not does not really matter to me as holding a record for 10 year (half my life) is more than long enough. Nevertheless, I think the USCF should attempt to modify the rules so that matches such as the ones Nip are not an easy for people to just gain rating points and manipulate the system.
As far as upcoming events, I will be playing a Fischer Random game this Sunday at the Marshall for the Fischer Memorial. The festivities start at 12:30 so if anyone reading this is in New York and wants to see me, this is a perfect opportunity. Lately, I’ve been playing a lot of ICC, but due to the fact that my hiatus is over, I am now starting to study chess rather hard again as well as the lovely language of French.
I have not really made any remarks about Linares, so I will simply say that Anand is clearly so much better than everyone else when Kramnik is not in a tournament. Overall, the only two noteworthy performances I noticed were those of Anand and Carlsen, although unlike Corus where Carlsen played extremely well, I felt he got quite lucky in several games this tournament against Aronian,Topalov,Shirov. I find that watching some of these games is not very enjoyable as I wish I was there playing instead. Alas, as I have said many times before, I am just “going my own way.” (Fleetwood Mac) Currently my rating stands at 2686 which is rather disappointing as I thought it would be higher. However, I am still gaining points, so hopefully it will all work out.
If anyone has any further queries just let me know.