Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Another de la Maza hater surfaces

Jon Jacobs, a noob who probably thinks he is being original posts some Circles hate, and I respond here. (See Blogotype #4). Ah, the memories. Every six months or so one of these turds folks floats to the surface.

Of course I love smart discussion of chess improvement, especially criticisms of the Circles method of tactical training, but blustering simplistic bombast posing as sage instruction is annoying.

Hey, Liquid Egg Product, I bet you'll be surprised to find out you are a member of the Knights Errant.


Blogger katar said...

Hmmm, well i think you can distill a valid/useful point out of JJ's somewhat unrefined comments. I responded there.

I would single out Drunknite (sp?) as, chesswise, the best "improvement" blog and a model for others. That guy (Kevin) has no reservations about laying bare his weaknesses, his blunders, and rightly praising his good play. I always found it difficult to achieve that sort of objectivity.

5/08/2008 05:46:00 AM  
Blogger Temposchlucker said...

De la Maza? Who was that again? His name sounds familiar.

5/08/2008 05:50:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Katar: you've always had a soft spot for the haters, as have I, but the guy's just a dick. If he actually had said anything substantive or new or interesting and if he hadn't insulted everyone, I wouldn't put the torches on.

What has he said that is original and true? Perhaps you are overly impressed with his rating or something, cuz he's got nothin'. Not yet, anyway.

Tempo: it's kind of funny. Maybe three years ago his comments would have been a surprise or 'cutting edge.' I remember DG getting all in the grill of Caissa's Confabulations That was pretty funny.

Things have mellowed, become less raw.

I love the smell of napalm in the morning!

5/08/2008 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Today pissing contest in the backyard of Elizabeth Vicary.

5/08/2008 11:14:00 AM  
Blogger drunknknite said...

I think this whole thing is so funny.

That guy is a huge dick. BDK is right to stand up for the knights, somebody's got to. They're good people, damnit. I don't care if they are wasting their time or if it's worthwhile it's been fun keeping up with you guys. Jacobs comments were way over the top.

katar - is there some kind of blogger oscar i could win?? hehe. on a serious note, thanks a lot man

5/08/2008 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Tempo: lol

Drunknknight: thanks for the note, and I agree with katar about your blog. The past year has seen a lot of great new blogs, inside and outside the cult de la Maza. Phaedrus also comes to mind. Elizabeth Vicaroy's is also really fun.

5/08/2008 04:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your calling an FM a noob is funny. (Of course, you weren't talking about his chess ability, but the dissonance is humorous).

Ditto on the drunknknite love-fest. (Katar--so close on the name...)

5/08/2008 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

his rating - your rating is greater than 1000 points. him 1. you 0.

5/08/2008 08:24:00 PM  
Blogger BlunderProne said...

I'm a cult hero! I far exceeded my expectations.

5/08/2008 09:22:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

LEP: yes, that was fun.

anon: nice try, troll bait.

BP: lol, yes you are now going to be in the history books!

5/08/2008 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger BlunderProne said...

Oddly enough, I submitted an article that was published in the Massachusetts Chess horizon Magazine titled: The Cult of the Knights Errant

I point out " But to call us a cult as some have, is misleading. Rather, we are on a noble quest of chess improvement mainly through countless tactical drills. "

If you wish a copy of this send me an email and I will forward it to you.

5/09/2008 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

BP: that sounds really cool! I'd love a copy (please email me at bluedevil.knight@yahoo.com). I'll try to find your email to remind you.

5/09/2008 02:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Blue,

In the Jon Jacobs blowout/makeup session, you wrote:

"If only there were a program to find all my tactical blunders in real games (surely there are at least a thousand), turn them into puzzles."

If you have a ChessBase database of all your games and you have Fritz 8.0 or better, you CAN do this. The procedure is roughly: Save your games database in ChessBase format (not PGN). Open Fritz. Open your games database in Fritz. Highlight all your games. Choose Menu->Tools->Analysis->Blunder check. There are lots of options. I'd recommend a 15 second search and a 100 centipawn threshold. Fritz will go through and create tactical training puzzles in the middle of the game annotations iif there is a large enough blunder. I don't know how to export the puzzles into one compact testing file. It would take some experimenting for me to figure this out. This would likely work with an online database of games such as from your internet experience, too, as long as you can get your games into one PGN file to start with.

5/09/2008 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention this takes a long time depending on your parameters, about 6 hours for 30 games. I set the computer to crunching and go to sleep.

5/09/2008 03:12:00 PM  
Blogger BlunderProne said...

BDK, I hope you didn't mind, but you have a couple of cameo appearances in my latest production: Rocky Errant Picture Show

5/10/2008 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous vernonryoung said...

De La Mazas program helped me improve my game. Rating points, knowledge or however you want to measure improvement, my game is better and I thank him for a simple method to do so. Look into the program!

1/04/2010 05:19:00 PM  

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