CHESS, LIKE LOVE, LIKE MUSIC, HAS THE POWER TO MAKE MEN HAPPYWe all know, we could feel it...that the relationship between chess players and chess are truly like a relationship between two lovers who are madly in love.
We think about chess day and night…we caress the pieces also day and night…we wonder about the future of the relationship, is there hope? Will there be happiness?…so it come as a great news, happy news, when Jimmy united again with his old flame, Ms Caissa, in year 2003 (no offence, Mrs Liew)
GM Larsen once said that chess is like beautiful mistress to whom we keep coming back… I guess we all can relate to this quote…we played chess like crazy, we retired from chess and here we are, playing chess again!
So of no surprise that at beautiful and majestic Hanoi (SEA Games 2003), Jimmy reunited again with the beautiful and majestic and sexier Caissa of 21st century (faster, no adjournment, all type of new rules etc), and hopefully this is for good, and may this renewed partnership keeps on producing successes and pretty, cute and adorable chess games for years to come.
OK, since I don’t intent to come up with IM Jimmy Liew: Part 4 or Part 3A…which I have been told not good, Feng Shui wise…I shall stop the chronology of Jimmy Liew on this posting and and conclude this series with part of Jimmy that not many knows.
THE OTHER SIDE OF JIMMY
Jimmy’s other interest than indefinite universe of chess is indefinite universe of Quantum Physict…makes me wonder, should Jimmy knows Bohr first before Botvinnik…or loves Feynman before Fischer… will Jimmy Liew Chee Meng…with his usual unusual devotion and passion, be Malaysian first Nobel Science winner instead of first International Master?
Still on his science interest, Jimmy is a bit disappointed when Large Hadron Collider failed to produce black hole (and swallow the whole universe in process…)...
So next time if you saw Jimmy, instead of discussing chess opening theory with him, maybe you can engage him in discussing physic’s Theory of Everything…Don’t worry if you don’t understand it and it all sounds crazy…among physicist they have this saying “We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct”
So is chess or science is the last book that Jimmy’s read?…no, last book that Jimmy’s read is a book about Hulk Hogan! So looks like Jimmy has interest from tiniest of particle to the ‘largest of particle’.
Jimmy likes classical music...so now we know Jimmy not only likes classical French!...actually no surprise here, Jimmy is very much ‘classical music’ type...even during hectic post game analysis, Jimmy did not zap! Zap! Zap! his move at blinding speed as ‘proof’ that he is winning etc,like many players i know who used this trick to show their chess superiority..for Jimmy, it is just one move, think, one move, think...but don’t get trick, his chess playing style is no classical music at all, Rock and Roll is best description of his chess style!
Jimmy is also a published composer...no, not music composer but chess problem composer...sorry Jimmy, but composing chess problems?...yawn!...to requote Tal “I chase girls, i smoke but composing chess problem is sin i don’t do” :)
LAST BUT NOT LEASTJimmy was once our pathfinder in quest for chess stardom, after seeing many failed attempts to conquer the Everest of chess title (GM)…who are we to deny his chance…should now Jimmy decided…to have a go at Chomolungma?
Would like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best in chess...and all the best in life too.