I'm back from the 115th U.S. Open Chess Tournament...Submitted by pawnstorm12 on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:02
It's rare that I get out of touch with the Daily Paul, but last week I was focused on a 9-Round chess tournament in Orlando, FL (the U.S. Open), one of the largest chess events in the country each year.
From time to time I "leave the earth" for a few days and enter a fascinating world of 64 squares.
I don't watch much news but instead use my downtime to analyze games to see what went right - or wrong.
While I only walked away with 4 out of a possible 9 points (1 point for a win - 1/2 point for a draw), I'm just barely pleased enough as my rating did rise by a few points).
Playing a chess tournament is a test of your skills. Bobby Fischer called it similar to a college exam where it tests how well you've been preparing and understand what you've been studying.
Speaking of Bobby Fischer, I wrote a song (with video) on his 1972 World Title match in Iceland against Boris Spassky and the Russians. It's called "Match Of The Century"
Here it is on youtube...
I think it's important now and again to go to a completely different place (not necessarily physically) and get away from politics, world happenings, bad news etc.
For me, the world of chess allows for an occasional escape from the vagaries of this world (even though, if you're not careful, it presents a world full of its own troubles!).