Monday, July 06, 2009

Footage from 2009 World Open

Footage kindly contributed by an anonymous source. Includes bits from Kamsky v Benjamin, Nakamura eating dinner, and Ed Trice selling the controversial book 'My 61 Memorable Games' purportedly by Bobby Fischer. There was some controversy about the existence of such a printed manuscript. This proves the manuscript exists, but whether it is authentic is a different question. Also includes some video of a controversy where the TD steps in in one of the playing halls.


Blogger Grandpatzer said...

First thing I thought of:

7/06/2009 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger From the patzer said...

It must be me but i was only intrested in the footage of the action in the playing hall.

I dont know if that book is really written by fisher. I only wonder if its his old book with one game added or not?

7/07/2009 06:48:00 AM  
Anonymous The Mascot said...

Holy crap! We get to see Nakamura eating dinner???? Man, I gotta watch that video now!

7/08/2009 09:05:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Mascot: I thought you would like that, especially since he is eating a huge omelet.

7/08/2009 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with calling it an anonymous video is that your hand and wrist are seen. Your hands are also seen in the Chess Book Reviews, so is the wedding band, and so is the watch. The watch is also worn high on the Chess Book Review Part 7 at 39 seconds with your World Open video at 3:08. Doh! :-)

PS - Did you buy the Chess Visualization Course updated version or original version?

7/08/2009 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Anon: I was wondering how long before someone would notice that. :)

I think I have the original version. How did they change it?

7/08/2009 03:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no idea. I worked through some of the online exercises after seeing your review. It seems like a great book! But the website said that chapter 7 would be mailed separately if I purchase the original version. I'm not sure what that means, so that's why I asked.

It's 20 dollars for the updated and 10 dollars for the original. Do you think an updated version is worth the extra money?

7/08/2009 04:22:00 PM  
Blogger yakenblak said...

I've been looking for that book since I saw it once in Texas. Did you get a chance to look at it? Is it any good?

7/10/2009 01:05:00 AM  
Blogger yakenblak said...

I saw that book when I was in a tournament in Texas earlier this year and I thought I was seeing things! The owner had only that copy and wouldn't sell it. Did you get to see it at all? Did you think it was any good?

7/10/2009 01:14:00 AM  
Blogger yakenblak said...

I used to think that whenever I lost my opponents were underrated and whenever I won it was due to my own genius! Then I hit a plateau for about 2 years, never dropping more than 30 points and never gaining more than 30 either.

I decided the best way to get better was to get rid of the subjective thinking about my results. I would bookmark all of my opponents' ratings on the USCF site, and go back month after month and see how their ratings changed.

After doing that for a year (while still playing) I noticed a trend.

My "early round losses" in tournaments big and small had opponents whose ratings were +/- 50 points from where they were when we played a year before.

My opponents in "late round losses" when I was doing well in big tournaments (paired with stronger players) were more than 100 points higher a year later, and sometimes nearly 200 points higher. They were obviously underrated when I played them. Not one opponent that I lost to in a late round when I was 4.0/5.0 or better had a rating drop a year later. All were at least 100 points stronger.

I started spending less time going over my early round losses, and more time going over my later round losses, and this proved to be good use of my time.

7/10/2009 01:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first gasme footage was Kahn-Tate, and the second Kamsky-Benjamin

coach b

7/11/2009 10:15:00 AM  

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