I. The Universe, Survival, Chess
You can close your eyes and imagine all the things that could be happening at just-this-moment-in-time. Someone, somewhere, is probably giving birth right now, smoking a cigarette, or, for those who have travelled enough to know traffic isn't the same everywhere around the world, getting run over by a car. People continents-apart might be thinking the same thoughts, completely unaware and without the slightest preoccupation this is the case. It's all part of what we don't control and yet we all love when this mystique becomes tangible: it hints at the possibility that the true underlying human destiny is out of our grasp. Reassuring really...
The potential for chess on television is quite an important topic, which makes it all the more disappointing that there hasn’t actually been any constructive discussion about it. Sometimes there are isolated articles, or rather not even articles but simply paragraphs touching on one question or other, while not commenting on what’s been said before. I’ll commit the same minor crime, but I’ve already thought up a justification. I don’t recall anything that’s recently been written on this topic and, in general, “a Chukchi man isn’t a reader, a Chukchi man’s a writer” [referring to a popular Russian joke], in the sense that this Chukchi man isn’t a journalist but a player.
Мы не были с ним даже хорошо знакомыми. Кажется пару раз он публиковал мои заметки в 64 по вопросам рейтингов. Но это было давно еще во времена "Правды". Чуть чуть ближе я познакомился с ним в 2001 году на турнире 90-летия Ботвинника. Вернее матче Каспаров - Крамник. Карпов в последний момент помнится снялся.
The way it was
“Blitz is on its way how about Rapid Chess?”
In early 1988, I received a call from an American, Fred Rash. He had met with folks from the Hoteliers Association of Mazatlán, Mexico and they were very eager to host a “chess convention.” Fred begged me to come to Mazatlán and meet with them so that I could see for myself the “truly marvelous facilities” on offer. I visited Mazatlán and met with the Hoteliers Association board, who explained that they wanted to host a chess convention, offering rooms and great spaces, as well as organizational costs and a prize fund. I smiled.
К вопросу о модернизации системы управления шахматным сообществом.
Евгений Потемкин (к.ф.-м.н.)
1. От общего к частному.
"Кто берется за частные вопросы без предварительного решения общих, тот неминуемо будет на каждом шагу бессознательно для себя "натыкаться" на эти общие вопросы... обрекать свою политику на шатания и беспринципность." В.И.Ленин
Seirawan's impressive win against Mamedyarov FIDE #9 has led WCF (www.wcfchess.com) to announce today it would sanction an interim match for WCF title if Seirawan willing to play under Fischer first to 11 wins format and regulations have Mr Seirawan contact us if interested in making a challenge for WCF title.