Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Magnus Carlsen speaks ...... the videos.

Here you have it ...... Magnus at his most talkative (!?) in an exclusive interview with the well-known US TV programme CBS 60 minutes.



60 Minutes also produced extra video clips.



Life as a celebrity (or not!):



Here is Chessbase founder, Frederic Friedel:



Lastly there is GM Daniel King on the chess game.



Here is FM Dennis Monokroussos take on it:
[DM: I don't think it does any harm to the prestige of chess, and in that sense it's good. However, it strikes me as pretty ill-informed. Carlsen has tremendous talent, but it's not as if he's inexplicable but players like Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik, Aronian and Topalov (to give just the other members of the 2800 club) are somehow ordinary and their abilities perfectly understood. And it's not so much that it's insulting to them as it reflects an utter lack of understanding about learning and excellence.

The interviewer was also in raptures about Carlsen's 10-board blindfold simul. That's impressive, and I doubt that I could do it even if I started working on blindfold chess in a serious way. But a German FM recently played something like 46 blindfold games simultaneously! That's an incredible achievement, but it still doesn't put him in Carlsen's league as a chess player.

So I'd call it the television equivalent of empty calories.]


AND Lastly, here is the 1972 60 Minutes interview with Bobby Fischer:

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Monday, 20 February 2012

2012 Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club — Rapid Championship_Final Standings

Final Placings

1st Arthur Huynh
=2nd Donatao Mallari, Steven Liu, Shane Burgess, Chee Tan, Frank Pacey

U1600
=1st Shane Dibley, Les Mikolajczyk, Vince Chiara

2012 Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club — Rapid Championship_Rounds 7-9

Round 7

Huynh - Christensen 1-0
Liu - Cardenas -.5-0.5
Mallari - Khoo 1-0
Tan - Pacey 1-0
Gletsos - Kuru 1-0
Marton - Burgess 0-1
Watson - Zekic 0-1
Gluvchinsky - Mitrovic 0-1
Mikolajczyk - Dibley 0-1
Grbin - Edwards 1-0
Kirillov - Irmler 0-1
Valenzuela - Chiara 0-1
Bredin - Margan 0-1
Mere - Mlinaric 0-1

Round 8

Tan - Huynh 0.5-0.5
Mallari - Gletsos 1-0
Zekic - Liu 0-1
Mitrovic - Cardenas 1-0
Christensen - Burgess 0-1
Pacey - Khoo 1-0
Kuru - Dibley 0-1
Watson - Marton 1-0
Irmler - Grbin 0-1
Mlinaric - Gluvchinsky 0-1
Margan - Chiara 0-1
Edwards - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Valenzuela - Kirillov 0-1
Mere - Bredin 0-1

Round 9

Huynh - Mitrovic 1-0
Burgess - Mallari 1-0
Liu - Pacey 0-1
Gletsos - Tan 0.5-0.5
Cardenas - Christensen 0-1
Dibley - Zekic 0-1
Khoo - Watson 0-1
Grbin - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Chiara - Kuru 1-0
Gluvchinsky - Marton 1-0
Bredin - Irmler 1-0
Kirillov - Mere 1-0
Mlinaric - Edwards 0-1
Margan - Valenzuela 0-1

2012 Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club — Rapid Championship_Rounds 4-6

Round 4

Mallari - Huynh 0-1
Liu - Watson 1-0
Pacey - Gletsos 1-0
Escalante - Tan 0-1
Burgess - Cardenas 0-1
Kuru - Marton 0.5-0.5
Christensen - Chiara 1-0
Dibley - Gluvchinsky 1-0
Zekic - Margan 1-0
Mitrovic - Mikolajczyk 1-0
Edwards - Khoo 0-1
Kirillov - Grbin 1-0
Mere - Valenzuela 1-0
Irmler - Mlinaric 1-0

Round 5

Huynh -Liu 1-0
Tan - Mallari 0-1
Cardenas - Pacey 0-1
Marton - Christensen 0-1
Gletsos -Dibley 1-0
Escalante - Kuru 1-0
Watson - Mitrovic 1-0
Khoo - Zekic 1-0
Kirillov - Burgess 0-1
Gluvchinsky - Chiara 1-0
Grbin - Mere 1-0
Margan - Edwards 0.5-0.5
Valanzuela - Irmler 1-0
Mlinaric - Mikolajczyk 0.5-0.5

Round 6

Pacey - Huynh 0-1
Liu Mallari 1-0
Christensen - Gletsos 0.5-0.5
Khoo - Escalante 1-0
Cardenas - Watson 1-0
Burgess - Chee 0-1
Kuru - Gluvchinsky 1-0
Dibley - Marton 0-1
Zekic - Grbin 1-0
Mitrovic - Valenzuela 1-0
Edwards - Kirillov 1-0
Mikolajczyk - Margan 1-0
Chiara - Mlinaric 0-1
Irmler - Mere 1-0

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

2012 Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club — Rapid Championship_Rounds 1-3

It is February and the first comp has begun in Ryde-Eastwood Chess Club. I am kicking myself for missing it this year but things did not happen last Wednesday and I could not get away.

If, like me, you wish to play chess, please remember that Rapid will go on for another two weeks and then it is the Club Championships Preliminaries.

Round 1

Huynh - Dibley 1-0
Margan - Christensen 0-1`
Mallari - Edwards 1-0
Mlinaric Liu 0-1
Gletsos - Mikolajczyk 1-0
Marton - Escalante 0-1
Watson - Irmler 1-0
Chiara - Burgess 0-1
Tan - Kirillov 1-0
Valenzulea - Kuru 0-1
Cardenas - Mere 1-0
Bredin - Mitrovic 0-1
Gluvchinsky - Pacey 0-1

Round 2

Burgess - Huynh 0-1
Christensen - Watson 0-1
Kuru - Mallari 0-1
Liu - Tan 1-0
Mitrovic - Gletsos 0-1
Escalante - Cardenas 1-0
Pacey - Margan 1-0
Irmler - Gluvchinsky 0-1
Dibley - Chiara 0.5-0.5
Edwards - Valenzuela 1-0
Kirillov - Mlinaric 1-0
Mikolajczyk - Bredin 1-0
Mere - Marton 0-1

Round 3

Huynh - Escalante 1-0
Mallari - Pacey 1-0
Gletsos - Liu 0.5-0.5
Watson - Burgess 0-1
Gluvchinsky - Christensen 0.5-0.5
Tan - Edwards 1-0
Mikolajczyk - Kuru 0-1
Cardenas - Kirillov 1-0
Marton - Mitrovic 1-0
Mlinaric - Dibley 0-1
Chiara - Irmler 1-0
Margn - Mere 1-0
Valenzuela - Bredin 1-0