Archive for January, 2021

“It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right –especially when one is right.”
― Nietzsche, Friedrich

On the morning of Saturday September 3rd 1988, I sat reading Simon Webb’s Chess for Tigers, in the spare room of my very first home, just up the road from where I am now. And although it may well be a false antitheses, his idea of playing the man/playing the board has stuck throughout the years…

My entry into the national league ended in victory, but a fortuitous one at that for I know not to play on emotions, but that I did…I won for the team but it was nothing to be proud of…

“The final reward of the dead – to die no more”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

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“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
― Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

If contempt for familiarity exists, what then of unfamiliarity? With everything put ‘on ice’, as it were, what is it that remains habitual? Habit aside home is where the heart is and home is where my heart is… .

OTB chess is prohibited but online chess isn’t. The Bedfordshire league was where a homely me began my endeavours and unsurprisingly it is where my loyalties lie. After some thought, I have agreed to participate in the 4NCL, which began as the London league but has expanded into a national league. I chose to play for the only team which plays in the Bedfordshire league, Milton Keynes. Upon the eve of play words for me. The sense of occasion is, of course, lost with play online, and so too the sense of pride is lost. All I can really say is that I have the white pieces and my opponent won’t know what’s hit him… .

“Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings — always darker, emptier and simpler.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

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Lost and Found

A favourite from yesteryear would appear to have gone awry, thankfully found once more. Hard to top indeed.

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Following elite chess is far from easy for a number reasons, some of which are more obvious than others. If I can’t work out how the mechanics involved then at its highest level chess is most likely to remain something of an enigma. If you’re an academic at heart, lamentably a philosopher, then the altered perspective involved in judging individuals by their character and not their ability makes it all the more harder. Of course there is an ethical dilemma involved which is not easily overcome; namely, to what extent should professional and private lives be kept separate? And although some of those in the elite adhere to the classical stereotype of what a chess player typically is more than others, until we invest time in understanding, and not just judging their character, the waters are left undisturbed and opaque. GM Hikaru Nakamura was not particularly well-liked for a long time, mainly because he had a distinct habit of pulling faces over the board but once you get to see him in action and follow him through his youtube channel, then you can see him very differently indeed. In the clip below we can see Hikaru playing to his strengths and succumbing to his own weaknesses. Being a man of the world I can tell you exactly why Hikaru is tutoring the young lady below but perhaps that’s best left unsaid…

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on this day…

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Rocky Doll

Going to change my profile pic on chess.com but am undecided which of the pics below to choose.

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Hmm…

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