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Two huge accomplishments are the content for this article.
First the BIG one!
We had a three-way tie for the Club Championship!
Don Mason, Ken Tack and Vince Valente all tied for 1st
place with 3 points out of 4.
In the K-12 Division, the top 3 finishers were:
1st – Justin D. (trophy)
2nd – Ethan J. (medal)
3rd – Brandon D. (medal)
Congratulations to all the winners!
The other big accomplishment is that GM Timur Gareyev, an
Uzbekistan born GM, set a new chess world record by playing 48 people at the
same time – Blindfolded! Timur scored an 80 percent winning percentage. The
match took 19 hours to complete!
The event was held at the University of Las Vegas Nevada
(UNLV) and was sponsored by OFF da Rook, a chess organization that runs
scholastic chess events and has a chess site – offdarook dot com.
Most of the players came from locals at the Las Vegas Chess
Center, but featured players that came from as far away at Tennessee and there
were even 4 out of the country players that played via internet.
Over half of the players in the event were rated 1700 or
higher. For those who don’t know what that means, it means over half the
players were in the top 5% in the world. That is what that means! Congratulations
to GM Gareyev on his amazing achievement!
Your humble scribe went back and forth as whether or not to
mention this world record. Chess already has the reputation that it is a game
for geeks and the super intelligent. I did not want to highlight that
The way to look at chess is the same way you look at any
other endeavor. Let’s say you don’t try chess because you think you are not
smart enough. Let me let you in on a little secret:
I played high school and league baseball when I was never
going to be good enough to be in the Major Leagues.
I played very competitive softball, but was not good enough
to make the Michigan Softball Hall of Fame like many of my teammates have.
I played high school and league football when I was never
going to even get big enough (let alone fast or strong enough) to play in the
I played league hockey when I was never going to be a good
enough skater to be in the NHL.
I played league and tournament golf, and I have no shot of
making any Tour of any kind.
I have played poker for serious stakes in casinos and casual
stakes at home games, and I have no shot of ever being a professional poker
I have been in a target and self-defense shooting league and finished no where near the scores that the sharpshooters there could achieve.
Other people run in races, bowl, fish, play soccer, tennis,
basketball etc., all against others that enjoy that activity also. Others run marathons, even though they will never compete in the Olympics.
I also play chess. Casual and Tournament Chess. But I am
never going to be a Grandmaster. Nor will I ever even try to play ONE chess
Chess is like all the other activities I mentioned. You can
learn chess. You may never be the best at it. You may never even be good at it
(where ever that “GOOD” line actually is), but you will never be the worst at it and you
will still have fun playing it!
Learn to play chess. You will not regret it and your mind will thank you for the exercise. Your eyes will thank you for the beauty you will create with your games. Trust me. You will have some stunners - both winning and losing! No two chess games are ever the same.
As your humble scribe blogs from the Club this hot casual
chess Monday night, we were glad to see Zade K. back from West Pointe to play
tonight and also Sam T.- who also returns after a stay at college.
Welcome back guys!
Zade promises to supply us with an article about his
participation in various Armed Forces tournaments!
Casual chess continues next Monday. See you there.