Chess Update Final

Boris lost. He drew the regular matches 6-6, but lost the tiebreak (sort of like losing on penalties in soccer) 1.5/2.5. Vishy lived up to his reputation as a master of the fast format game, although Boris came close to causing an upset. But it was not to be.

There’s a decent report here and here.

“It’s always nice when people support you in your country and I heard it was really big support. It’s important that this moment will be kept and chess will get [a] better position in society. Chess is on the very low stage today. We had many talented players but people were telling them ‘it is not a profession, it is just [a] waste of time, you should get another job.’ As a result we lost few generations of players. We have a few professional chess players left in the country. I do hope hundreds of thousands [of] children will learn how to play chess and we will see top tournaments in our country and such [a] profession will be able to exist in Israel.”

Chess Update III

Inevitably, after celebrating Boris’ win, he came back to earth with a thump (and a crushing loss). But he did show his iron resolve with his own fightback, and a series of draws that leaves the match tied at 6-6. Tomorrow is the tiebreak:

According to the rules, the players must now play a tie-break: four games of rapid chess (25 minutes until the end plus 10 seconds per move). If they finish with a score of 2-2, a match of two blitz games will be played (5 minutes plus 3 seconds per move). If the score is still even, another match of two blitz games will be played (in total no more than 5 such matches). If the winner is not determined from these 10 games, the decisive Armageddon will be played.

Wish I were there.

Good luck, Boris!

Shavuah Tov!

I’ve got plenty to say, but not enough time to blog at length just now! (Lucky you…)

I do have just enough time to say that Susan and I had a very nice two day break for Shabbat and Shavuoth. We went to some of the shiurim at our local shul, the highlights of which were performed – and the emphasis is on performed – by Rabbi Gavriel Friedman. We went to two of his sessions, and they were excellent. (For those with a knowledge of the UK scene, think Y Y Rubinstein, but with an NY accent, and a musical bias. I will never be able to hear the Bee Gees ‘Stayin’ Alive’ now, without thinking of the Rav’s shiur.) Superb. If you get a chance, go and see him.

Have a good week one and all.