Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Breaking News:Stern goes to Saint Louis/Other Tidbits

Top Headline of the Day:"The first wildcard selection is also determined: Howard Stern, controversial New York City talk show host and rising chess star. Executive Director of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Tony Rich explained the unexpected choice, "Howard's participation will bring the exposure of this year's Championships to new heights." Indeed, with millions of listeners, it's hard to think of anyone who could attract more attention to the upcoming Championship than Howard. "

Yes, USCF is right. There will be a whole lot of attention, a whole lot of joking attention. No offense to Howard: He has a great show. I even got in trouble in fourth grade for attempting to be Howard Stern with a long black wig for Halloween in school ( true story believe it or not). On the other hand, It doesn't seem to be great publicity to see a roughly 16-1800 strength player go 0-9 in the US Championship when there are many up and coming juniors and other players who could use the experience...

Other News:

I played the New York March Open and scored 2-2.. Tomorrow night I am playing in the Bankers League ( go Delfies!), then possibly at the Marshall.

Ups and downs at the NY March Open, some other non-chess related stuff

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Superb The Who video/ Stupid but somewhat Funny Beatles/Jewish Spoof

In Hebrew class today, we were learning about direct object pronouns and we kept using sentences that referred to "it". All of a sudden I couldn't help thinking about the Who song "You didn't hear it". Not sure from when this video is but it was one of the few I could find online:

THE WHO'S You Didn't Hear It 1921

The Who Show | MySpace Music Videos

I also came across this silly video of "the Beatles" playing Hava Nagila.... Not such great comedy but I did appreciate it:)

Expect a post after this weekend about the NY March open:)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Events in Israel/ Good Stuff

So, its been over a week since I did my last post. Academic life of midterms have been more or less taking over my life, thus this post will also be short but I wanted to show the world my blog is still alive:)

1) Current Events in israel: Theres been a lot of controversy over the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's insistance on building 1600 apartments on Arab disputed land in East Jerusalem. He is traveling to the US next week.. Lets we what will happen. Does anyone have have any opinions? Check out an article at

2) Shmullys New awsome website: My friend Shmuelly(Sam)'s music career is taking off. Check out some awesome footage on his new website: In case your too lazy/dont have time to do that, here's one of his videos:

3) Spring Break Next week: My three week chess hiatus is coming to a close... I will be playing in the NY March Open net week at the Marshall.. Then after the beginning of Passover, I am most likely going to Montreal. If anyone has advice regarding places to go or anything else please share. Thats it for now..

Friday, March 12, 2010

Chess Struggles in the Amish Land

Ups and Downs in Sturbridge:

I have played in Sturbridge a number of times now with mixed results. In general, I usually play ok there but have one or two crucial games where I blunder badly. I was hoping this would not be the case, and I would win the u2200 section and make master; however, such a task was not to be...

Round 1: Although we played in many u2200 sections with one another in the past, this was the first time I was paired with Elmore.

Overall, it was disappointing, as I was certainly winning at one point, but I was happy I kept my cool and was he equalized, I didn't get discouraged and let him win.

My next interesting game of the event was my win against Phillip Nutzman in round 3.

The last day of the event was a disaster. Coming into it, I had 2.5/3 and knew I was going to pay Alex Fikiet, the only 3-0 in the tournament, who I drew the two times we played before. I had a considerable advantage in the opening but ending up allowing too much counter-play and lost rather miserably, I was annoyed not only because I lost the game among its consequences but because I felt he was somewhat obnoxious during the game. Whether it was my turn or his, he would stand right directly behind his seat, starting right at hte board. I told him multiple times ( and have told plenty others in the past and have seen other say this), to either stand someplace elsewhere or sitdown. Sure, It is hard for me to sit at the board so I don't expect anyone to sit at the board time the whole time as I don't myself; however, it is rather distracting to see your opponent standing up looking over you. After he insisted on standing there, I went to the TD and he said he was ok with people standing there. OTher TDS in the past have told opponents to not stand at the board. What do you all think? I'm not trying to make an excuse for the loss; he did beat me legitimately but It was rather annoying; that is all.

In the last round, when I saw I was paired against Mikhail Sher, I was shocked;, I was almost certain I was going to be paired down. To make a longer story short, it was another outright disaster.. I was up the exchange for nothing, blundered it back, still had a pretty good position, and blundered again to be losing... Here's the game:

Stay tuned for a review of a controversial lecture Nonnie Darwish gave at Tufts last night coming to a blog near you shortly.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Israel/ Short Preview of Sturbridge Post

!!לשנה הבא בתל אביב
: Next year I will be in Tel Aviv! As of today, I am officially approved by Brandeis to study in Tel Aviv! Now I just need to apply to Tel Aviv U.

I have my anthropology midterm on Thursday so I don't have much time to write on a long post with analysis from my games from last weekend. However, I ultimately did not achieve my main goal of becoming master.. Some physcological weaknesses likely affected me. Notice, I used the word weakeness, rather than excuse. I started out well with 2.5/3 and collapsed the last day losing the last two games... not the best of end of the weekend. However, looking back I did learn a few things. Stay posted for a thorough analysis of some of the key games.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Dylan/ Animals and more!: Great Music!

This has been quite a busy week: an anthropology paper and a hebrew project among other things. I have studied a little bit of chess and I am playing in Sturbridge this weekend. Look for a post on that next week. For now however, I have some awesome music to share:

I was influenced by Jeremy Graham's new facebook photo the other day to look into the Animals song "The House of the RIsing Sun" .

Jerry is supposably playing that song on his telecaster. In a few comments back and forth form each other, we discussed some cover versions of the song. Before, I only could really think of the Zeppelin one:

However. he told me about the Bob Dylan one which is quite impressive. Heres a cover he did with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: