Sunday, December 22, 2013


Its that time of the year again...time to reflect what a year 2013 was to chess of Earth , Malaysia, Terengganu and Ilham (myself)...Hmm, the acronym of these 4 doesn't sounds good (E.M.T.I), since its rhymes with empty...Caissa! are you tried to tell me something here?

Lets begin with 2013: Mother Earth!

I shall remember 2013 with 5 events. Not under particular order these events are:

1. Carlsen become a World Champion!
Finally!...I was seriously consider posted an article about this under titled "MC hammered Anand"...words play based from that 90's rapper, MC Hammer. MC here is ofcourse referring to Magnus Carlsen and hammer is a favourite weapon of Thor, superhero that is always been associate with Carlsen....and i intended to close the articls with MC Hammer's famous song ( I imagined Carlsen singing 'You can't touch this!' to his fellow chess rivals while holding World Champion trophy)

You can't touch this!...
My, my, my moves hits him so hard
Makes me say "Oh my Lord"
Thank you for blessing me
With a mind to rhyme and two hype hands...

but that posting is not meant to be...procrastination got better of me! :)

2. Cheating in chess.
  • A player who is playing amazing chess has been subjected to details search, suspect of cheating.
  • Moral of the story: Don't play chess 400 points above your actual rating and if you do, make sure you wear a nice pair of stocking.
  • However, it is generally acceptable to play chess 400 points below our strength. 
  • Chess is opposite to football and other sports where in football, suspicious is if you play way below your strength (you might fix the game) chess it is suspicious if you play way above your strength. 

3. The emerging of GM Wei Yi
  • GM at 13...youngest player to breach 2600...increase his ratings by 200 elo in slightly over a year...i foresee him as a future star and maybe the one to challenge MC in the future.
  • ...and he played aggressive chess too! i have a theory that World Chess Champion will most likely be defeated by a younger player with opposite playing style...Smyslov lost to Tal...Tal lost to Petrosian...Petrosian lost to Spassky...Spassky lost to Fischer...Karpov lost to Kasparov...Kasparov lost to Kramnik...Kramnik lost to Anand...Anand lost to MC. 
  • See my points! As such i have a feeling that player that will beat Carlsen is someone who is young and play aggressive. I predicted GM Wei Yi will be serious challenger to MC five years from now. 
  • or maybe it will be me! ... since i played aggressive chess too...but damn it!, i cannot since i am two years older than Carlsen :(

4. Kasparov is eyeing for chess Presidency
  • I supported Kasparov not so much because i believe in Kasparov will do a better job ( after all, looks at PCA and GMA) but i believed FIDE, like MCF too, need a breath of fresh air.

5. Tania Sachdev is a commentator for Anand vs Carlsen Match.
  • Exactly the reasons why i left office at 5.45 sharp, brave heavy traffics and occassional KL's evening storm just to watch Anand vs Carlsen match at the comfort of my house.
  • Still remember till today her soft voice commenting the game... :)   


1 comment:

  1. "Still remember till today her soft voice commenting the game..."

    And her looks did not hurt either :)