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I'm back from the 115th U.S. Open Chess Tournament...

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...

http://youtu.be/dsUlxbwO5Ms

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!).



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Great post Greg Roberts..."Searching for Bobby Fischer" is...

...one of my favorite movies (chess or otherwise) starring Laurence Fishbone, Ben Kingsley, Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna and Joan Allen.

Even non-chess players appreciate the story line, acting, emotion and beautiful film production of this movie.

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A very long time ago ...

when I was still just a young Fritz, I played low-level tournament chess while I was in high school and later again early on in the Army. For those DP'ers who are unfamiliar with and wondering about competitive chess, I can attest that the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat is truly profound in this game. The tension is exhiliarating. I've played many other sports but I don't think that there is an emotional roller-coaster quite like tournament chess. A good game will leave one mentally and physically exhausted.

Congrats on making it to the US Open Pawnstorm. Thanks for bringing back memories too. Your post made me dig out my little notebook from over 40 years ago. Very few Americans used algebraic notation back then. I see that I won more than I lost, a D working up to C rating as I recall. Nowadays, I think they have a couple of rating systems but I'm not sure. My favorite openings as White were the King's Gambit and Ruy Lopez. As Black, usually stuck to the Sicilian against e4 and preferred Czech Defense against Queen's Gambit. Oops! Just gave away my fifty year old strategy but oh well, I don't expect to be mixing it up again anytime again soon. It would probably give me a heart attack. Good luck in the future. Your song is cool too.

Thanks Fritz for the kind words. Did you know that one of the...

...top rated computer chess programs is named Fritz?

Made in Germany it is a very well thought-of program for analyzing games and game databases. Just a point of interest.

And it's never too late to get back into tournament chess.

I have a couple of retired friends who spend much of their time studying, playing and traveling to chess tournaments - or playing weekly at their local chess clubs.

It's a great hobby which gives you purpose, keeps your mind active and allows you to easily measure your progress.

You can combine traveling to tournaments with vacations or just to see new places (both country and world-wide).

It dosn't have to be too expensive for those on fixed incomes unless you travel a lot. There are tons of cheap or even free local tournaments and events if you live anywhere a larger city.

Not to try to twist your arm - just saying it's never too late to play because the rating system makes tournament chess very fair, equitable and accessible for everyone.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
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I found these interesting.


http://youtu.be/8XnDiFNjSaw


http://youtu.be/QryuMf8qZ0g

On a side note these are interesting too!


http://youtu.be/z5imiHYoBx4


http://youtu.be/1qxORq6eFA0

Im not saying MJ is not weird or nothing but maybe the media and other forces had a part in him being the way he was.

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Thanks for the post. What's

Thanks for the post.

What's the story behind Bobby sitting out the second game? I have to know.....

Dear Constitutional...Fischer boycotted the 2nd game because...

...he was not happy with some of the playing conditions such as the lighting, TV cameras (which he claimed made noise), and that the audience was too close and he asked to have the first few rows of seats removed.

The organizers refused to meet Bobby's requests so he didn't show for game 2 which meant a 1 point forfeit.

Fisher was threatening to fly home so they allowed game 3 to be played in a little back room away from any audience or media.

After Fischer won that 3rd game, the organizers agreed to move the TV cameras and the 1st 7 rows and the match continued back in the main hall.

The Russians had asked Spassky not to agree to play game 3 in that back room in which case Fischer would have forfeited and Spassky would have remained world champion.

But Boris Spassky was a true gentleman and sportsman and he didn't want to win that way.

After Spassky lost the match, the Russians treated him like a pariah and he ended up moving to France to escape the criticism for losing the World Chess Title and ending decades of Russian domination of the game.

Losing to an American in the middle of the cold war also added plenty of fuel to that fire.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Thanks for the history

Thanks for the history lesson. I had never heard about any of this.

You're welcome. By the way, there's a movie coming soon...

...called "Pawn Sacrifice" about this Chess Match in 1972. It stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer.

I tried to get my song to them thinking it might make a good soundtrack for the movie.

But getting in touch with a big company like Lionsgate is about impossible unless you're a big name yourself or you know someone in the biz.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

I don't really like to play chess.

we should talk about that.

p. S. My brother is an Ace though and I respect that.

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Chris - Sorry you don't like chess. Does your brother play at..

...the tournament level?

If so what is he rated?

It's too bad you're not into the game. I've played lots of games both board and computer and chess is still the greatest game ever invented by man.

It took hundreds of years to evolve into what it is today.

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-Ron Paul

He's just really good at it - took 2nd in high school...

I like faster-paced psychological games - 3-player cribbage, anyone?

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Congrats!

Improving even a half step at the Open is no small feat. I remember that for some people, just getting there and paying for stuff was a hurdle, and that was years ago. Count yourself lucky.

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This is amazeballs! People doing amazingly talented things with their time - Of course it belongs on the front page! Your ballad is sick! One of my top ten DP favorites. Thanks for sharing your talent and life adventures with us. Who knows? -- you may yet play in your own $5 million dollar match someday. so cool. love it.

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Thanks for the kind remarks Eslynn - very nice.

I always dreamed of being a professional chess player but growing up in a small town I never had the opportunity to get involved in chess until high school.

And as with most pursuits, most people must begin at an early age to have a realistic shot at a career.

But what is great is that people of all ages compete at these tournaments. Sometimes you'll see a 10 year-old playing 70 year-old.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Sounds like fun. Is there a

Sounds like fun. Is there a qualifier like in golf? Bobby Fischer was one of the first people to wake me up. Here was this American hero who defeated the commies and was vilifying Israel and US. Mind blowing and so relevant today.

Papfu - There is no qualifier but you must be a member of the...

...United States Chess Federation (which is not expensive) in order to compete.

It takes you 20 games to become officially rated. You are considered provisional until then and aren't elegible for the larger prizes until you're rating is official.

You're correct about Bobby Fischer. Many people thought he lost his mind and was insane in the end.

But he was far from insane. He was simply too honest for those who didn't like what he would say.

Fischer was very knowledgeable on politics and world affairs and would unapologetically speak his mind on many issues.

He had valid reasons to be angry with the U.S. government which condemned him for playing chess in Yugoslavia in 1992, issued a warrent for his arrest, chased him around the world and had his belongings stateside confiscated.

As Ron Paul says, sanctions are an act of war and Fischer had no interest in being bound by U.S. sanctions on a country in which he was practicing his livelihood.

Especially considering that at the time he was nearly broke.

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Thanks Michael - That means a lot to me.

Thanks for the front page too - sure didn't ecpect that!

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-Ron Paul

I love ballads...

Really enjoyed this one.

Chessic lore :D -the song is epic!

Four games, that's fabulous. Five or more next year for sure!

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pawnstorm, this is so freaking awesome

!

He's the man.