Let me start with a personal confession: When I was really young, I wanted to quit chess.
I was supposed to write this blog long time ago. Unfortunately, two things prevented me from doing so: first, my second residency this year at the Saint Louis Chess Club, second and main reason for this postponed article, is the never ending schedule of chess events and activities that have hit me up in the past three months!
First, a simple question: does it matter how we dress? Yes, it does. Dressing appropriately is one of the many basic etiquettes not only in chess but in many other fields in life such as work, school, and religion. In top chess tournaments, players are required to observe some type of a dress code, usually business casual or smart casual. World championship contenders usually follow the business or informal dress code.
If you are among those who expect this article to have a miraculous way of teaching you how to turn the events from lost to glory, I am sorry to disappoint. I haven’t been able to find such a way just yet. However, I keep trying every single game to change the odds in my favor and I hope you are too!
There were previously many articles about the international importance of our city as the official “chess capital of the United States of America.” Today I would like to tell you about how Saint Louis chess has changed for the perspective of people who live in the city. In my five years of being in Saint Louis, chess has become unbelievably popular among the locals.
There was an incident recently that momentarily rocked the chess world. It occurred at the Paris leg of the Grand Chess Tour in an interview of World Champion Magnus Carlsen by Maurice Ashley. In case you missed it, you can easily find the video on youtube.
An interesting topic often argued about by chess players of all levels: What is the best time control for top level chess? I think it is important that both fast and slower chess are played by the world’s elite.
One of the best things about chess is that it applies to everyday life. In my humble opinion, chess is a sport for a variety of reasons , however, I too find great advantage for chess in the community. The game I love has great appeal to artists and art enthusiasts and has made its way into pop culture. For instance, World Champion Magnus Carlsen has made it to the Simpsons as a character representing him.
As usual it is wonderful to return to Saint Louis and take up the chores of GM-In-Residence for the Club. Of course my main purpose on this trip was to come for the 2017 U.S. Championships as a commentator along with Jennifer Shahade and Maurice Ashley. I really do enjoy the classes, lectures, instruction, as well as the private lessons. It is all good.