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    Quote Originally Posted by eclectic
    does his surname not quite begin with j?
    I think JAK's love for drama and a recent event might have led you (and Kevin?) down the garden path. Personally, I think there's no need for this sort of suspenseful build up when the interviewee is known to many. So I'm breaking the news that the interviewee is Guy West - it's a wonderful interview, congrats JAK.

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    good morning!

    Good moring Jean, what are you doing up this early? Actually I am waiting for an important phone call from my cousin in Brussels! Have a nice day and say hi to Guy as well, don't wake him up though!
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    The Guy West Interview Part I

    Guy West is one of the best chess players Australia has
    ever produced! He has represented our national colours in many Olympiads and numerous
    other team and individual occasions.
    In the local scene he has won many titles as well as the respect and
    appreciation of his fellow chess players and the chess loving public.
    An extremely popular personality, Guy has made many friends throughout his
    career; people admire his talent as well as his friendly approach. He is
    always there to give advice whenever he is asked for it and he gladly
    provides his services for many functions.

    In a musical sense, Guy conducts his chess pieces more in the style of a
    Caissaic Modest Mussorsgy: Abundant in harmonious mysteries fascinating
    colours and wonderful surprises, rather than the explosive and violently
    revolutionary approach of Leonard Bernstein!

    Here is a typical example of Guy West's style and execution. This
    aesthetically pleasing masterpiece, so much similar in its chessic
    inventiveness and charm to any of the famous Pictures at an Exhibition
    wonderful themes:


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    This charming and delightfully creative effort was recorded by Guy
    about a quarter of a century ago, playing against a (then and now) very strong Australian player.


    But without any further ado, let's start the clock for the interview!


    Guy, first of all thanks for your time and congratulations for your recent
    success in again becoming MCC Champion!


    Thanks, Elliot. You've been very supportive of my chess and I appreciate
    that. Actually a number of Melbourne Chess Club members, whom I won't
    embarrass by naming, have been very supportive of me over the years and I'm
    glad to have a chance to acknowledge that.

    Ten times Champion of the Melbourne Chess Club, that must be an all time record!
    What does this title represent to you?


    It does mean something, for a few reasons I guess. Firstly, all records
    that require longevity are to be treasured because they involve a dedication
    that can't be duplicated by a single good performance. You have to maintain
    your efforts over the decades. Secondly, as you get older and realise that
    your powers may soon begin to wane, even smaller successes can start to mean a great deal
    as you look back and reflect on how much of yourself you have devoted to your particular art.

    In this case I was especially motivated to do well because of my
    disappointment in not winning last year, when Malcolm Pyke had an
    unbelievable performance. You'll recall he won a long series of games in
    succession at the end to score 8/9 and pip me by half a point. Perhaps there
    was unfair intervention from above?


    You won the title some days ago, then Darryl followed your example and won the SIO!
    What's up with you guys, are you up to prove a point or two to the youngsters?


    Darryl and I still want to win tournaments just for the satisfaction of
    playing good chess. Proving any point is a bonus! Darryl should have nothing
    to prove to the younger generation. In his late 40s he still made
    Khasimdjanov grovel for a draw! I feel that on my day I can still play my
    best chess, and I'm sure Darryl does too. We are not as good at calculating
    as we once were, we make more blunders, and perhaps our level of motivation has dropped
    a bit, but in terms of understanding I feel I have never been stronger and I suspect Darryl is the same.

    By the way what was your reaction to the news that your old comrade in arms IM Greg Hjorth is back,
    joining Melbourne Chess Club and participating in the current tournament?


    It's very exciting, though maybe tinged with a slight wistfulness when I
    look back and think of the chess potential we had back in the eighties! Greg
    and I obviously made the decision that professional chess was not for us and
    pursued other interests. It was a nice feeling though to look across and see
    Greg playing next to me after, what, 30 years?

    It spun my mind back down the decades to an A Grade interclub match where a teenaged Greg
    didn't know he was meant to be playing that night (against Australian Master John Hanks.)
    Our captain finally managed to put through a frantic phone call to Greg, who I think was in his
    pyjamas at the time, with 15 minutes left to forfeit time. Greg sprang into action and somehow
    made it to the club with about 20 seconds to spare before forfeiting, but only half an hour on his
    clock against Hanks' 90 minutes. He whipped out the Belgrade Gambit and smashed
    Hanks to a quivering pulp, using about 10 minutes on the clock.

    One thing I would caution is that we should respect Greg's desire to play if
    and when he wants to, and not characterise this as a 'comeback' just yet.
    It's his call. It also wouldn't be sensible to place huge expectations on
    Greg, as he won't be tournament conditioned and prepared in the way he was
    at his most active. He is a good chance to win this tournament, but we
    shouldn't expect him to start knocking off the Zhaos and Smerdons and
    playing in Olympiads. It would be like expecting Fischer to come back when
    he hadn't played for a long time and still be at his best level. Oh, hang
    on, he pretty much did! By the way, credit to Jean, Elie and any others
    concerned for encouraging Greg and Erik to play in the City or Melbourne
    instead of just playing blitz as they'd planned!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
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    The Guy West Interview - Part II

    Australian Chess is lucky to have so many and so strong representatives
    of all generations still playing. This must be working miracles for the younger players.
    Actually thinking about it, with IM Greg Hjorth's comeback, only GM Ian Rogers and IM Robert Jamieson
    are not competing anymore! The other members of your golden generation and many older ones are still there
    producing the goods, what are your thoughts about that?
    [/B]

    Wrong! You've forgotten such good and even great players as Dimitri
    Gedevani, Mikhail Gluzman, Naum Levin, Naum Kagan, Nick Speck, Alex
    Davidovic, Daniella Nutu Gajic, Mikhail Kontorovich, Alex Kanikevich, John
    Curtis, Trevor Hay, John Purdy, Nick Vass, Colin Morris, Phil Brown and
    others I can't remember off the top of my head.

    Let's go back to where it all started. When pieces, boards and the whole
    Chess thing were what they really meant to be: A mysterious, magical world, dominated
    by mythical monarchs, queens, and various other mighty and fascinating elements as well as
    extraordinarily tricky, fiendish yet interesting and profoundly scheming creatures!
    What was young Guy West's attitude toward all these exciting phenomena?
    How did he get involved in this journey that still continues and apparently will continue successfully
    for many years to come?


    Haha! What a lovely description of chess as it first strikes us!

    Did you grow up in Chess playing surroundings?

    Not really. My father died when I was six, long before I discovered chess.
    My Mum, who has no interest in competitive games at all, taught me the rules
    (after a fashion) as a 12 year old. My father did, however, leave behind a
    horribly unstable set he'd carved himself, where the King and Queen were
    always falling over and the paint was flaking off. Mum told me later that he
    was good at all games and really liked chess. He was Fijian Snooker Champion
    and a published author of several novels with good chess playing titles like,
    "The Cruel Field" and "That Men Should Fear". Nothing to do with
    chess, though!

    I really only got into chess when I went to secondary school and my friends
    Jon Cook (who later won Sale of the Century) and Daniel Reiss (now a
    magistrate in NSW) were relatively strong players. At age 13 I was below
    1000 strength, but I was an obsessive perfectionist and improved rapidly. We
    played all the time and Jon and I used to infuriate our parents by
    monopolising the telephone for hours on end playing long-distance games. By
    great good fortune I lived in Bundoora at the time and the closest chess
    club proved to be Heidelberg, where Ian Rogers was already recognised as a
    potential prodigy and there was a very supportive infrastructure.

    How much support did you have from your family?

    Mum has always been extremely supportive, even though it's as remote from
    her type of interests as you could possibly get. She still takes a lively
    interest in my tournament results and was logging in during the Doeberl Cup
    and chiding me for having a bad one Mum is one of that admirable group of
    oldies (she's almost 80 now) who have taken to the internet like ducks to water.
    Jean's mother is the same. She follows our results on the web and is always
    happy when we do well and passes the news on to Jean's father.

    My brother Lee Naish could have been a top chessplayer, he used to play on
    almost level terms with me when we were young and he has a very high IQ. I'm afraid
    that I wasn't as encouraging as I could have been as an older sibling. But at least he has
    done extremely well in his chosen field so I can live with the guilt! He wrote a
    computer program that plays perfect Reversi. It cannot be beaten.

    When did you first realise that Chess was going to play a major part in your life?

    That question reminds me of a wonderful chess quote (of which I have quite a
    few!)

    "To some of us it comes as a blinding flash, to others it comes as a
    creeping doubt that changes slowly to certainty, but to most of us at some
    time or another comes the revelation that we will never be World Champion
    at chess!"


    To answer your question, probably when I got selected for the World Student
    Olympiad in Mexico and the World Junior in Austria at age 18, my first
    overseas trip purely to play chess. I was a shocking patzer then, but very
    keen. After being destroyed in the World Junior, which featured Seirawan,
    Jusupov and the winner Dolmatov amongst others, I stayed on in Europe for a
    couple of months, playing chess until my meagre financial resources ran out
    and I had to start living exclusively on bags of roast chestnuts at a cost
    equal to 3 Australian cents per bag. (Luckily the Australian embassy in
    Belgrade lent me $50 to survive the last few days to my flight.)

    But you don't couch it in those terms at that age. you have no real
    conception of 'the rest of your life', or even the next 10 years. (Why else
    would kids take up smoking?) I just knew I loved playing chess and wanted
    to do it as much as possible, I never really thought about its place in
    the context of my ongoing life.


    How did you manage school studies and Chess playing and training?


    Hahaha! You obviously haven't heard about the school I went to. It was
    called ERA and it had practically no rules. A "hippy school" some people
    call it nowadays. The radical Maoist, Albert Langer, was supposedly my maths teacher,
    though I didn't attend. You could do what you liked and you didn't have to go to classes.
    I didn't. My brother did. That's why he's a PhD and I'm not! But I'm happy with how
    my life has panned out. You have to follow your own star.

    Who were your Chess idols when you started playing serious Chess? who are your favourite players now?

    I wasn't a very studied player, and I'm still not, relative to my peers. So
    I didn't know as much about the top players' styles. But Fischer's charisma
    made an impact on me. I also liked hearing about the great Romantic players
    from my friend Jonathon Cook, how the fans would shower gold coins on the
    board after a brilliant Morphy or Anderssen victory, the great feats of
    memory by Harry Nelson Pillsbury, the lazyness of the fat, brilliant,
    Teichmann, the unluckyness of Carl Schlecter not to become World Champion, etc.
    I was impressed by Jon's knowledge of all the great masters and how he could pronounce
    their names the proper way, like Hozay Rouool Capablanca eee Growpiyera. (Jose Raoul Capablanca y Graupera)
    I still like the way exotic chessplayer names sound and enjoy it when people
    get them wrong, like David Hacche's hero Nizmowitsch.

    My favourite player of all time is probably Fischer. surely there will never
    be another match like Reykjavik 1972? Kids playing chess now couldn't
    imagine chess being front page news every day in the major newspapers. Heady times!
    I also appreciate, but on a less emotional level, the dominant reign of Kasparov and how he
    reinvigorated and changed the game. My favourite player now is Topalov, for his refusal to play
    boring 'correct' openings all the time, his attacking genius and because I have a natural stubbornness
    and tend to support players who attract lynch mobs. To me it is possible to separate
    a person from their art. I also like Carlsen because his stylistic clarity reminds me of Fischer,
    and Anand for being a such a personable World Champion, which is not easy given the competitive pressures.

    Who was your first Chess mentor?

    Grant Crocker. He was the person from Heidelberg Chess Club who carted us
    around everywhere to tournaments. As an aside, these days he is a genius at
    restoration and turning ordinary objects into beautiful works of art. Also
    Frank Meerback was very good to me. There is a myth that Ian Rogers and
    myself were products of Robert Jamieson's mentoring. Robert was a great
    influence on me later on, but more in non chess ways because of the force of
    his personality and charisma. This can be gleaned from the pen portrait I
    wrote about him in "Australian Chess Into the 80's". Robert had very strong
    ideas about behaviour and the professional conduct of chess as a sport and I
    think we sometimes miss his guidance in that area now that he is less
    involved. I did improve my chess a lot though whilst at Robert's Waverley
    Chess Club. By the way, you may not be aware, but Robert and I played a lot
    of competitive doubles tennis together in later years before my shoulders
    packed up. He was a very good tennis player.
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    The Guy West Interview Part III

    Who do you think is the most influential Chess player of modern times?

    How modern? I hate to be predictable, but Fischer or Kasparov, depending on
    your definition of modern. (Here, I did not elaborate further because
    I consider as “modern” the era spanning from Fischer’s dominance in the early ‘70s
    until the present time, and not as in the use of “modern” and “hypermodern” schools
    as applied mainly in openings and strategic approaches by Reti, Nimzowitsch,etc
    so I let Guy’s flow of responses, uninterrupted. Ed. )


    The strongest?

    Again, Fischer or Kasparov. Objectively Kasparov, but one should compare
    apples with apples. Fischer's dominance over his peers was unparalleled.
    Chess gets noticeably stronger with each passing generation and has been
    revolutionised in recent decades by computer programs.

    The one whose playing style you have been inspired by and have tried to
    adopt?


    No-one. I try to be an eclectic player. Perhaps that is Fischer's influence?
    I should probably be more accurate and say that many have inspired me,
    including some Australian players, but I have my own style.

    The one that you always wanted to meet?

    I've never really thought about that. In chess, the art seems a bit removed
    from the person. I guess it would be fascinating to have dinner with Paul
    Morphy, and yet such an occasion might prove to be strangely uncomfortable
    as he'd probably want to talk about law, rather than tell me whether The
    Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard were one person or two and other such
    nuggets of gold. I love physics, and Einstein is one of my intellectual
    heroes, so perhaps Emmanual Lasker, so that I could quiz him about his
    friendship with Einstein. I might also complain about the poor positions
    gained from his defence to the Queen's Gambit on the rare occasions I've
    tried it!

    Of the Chess personalities you have met, and they are many, who impressed you most?

    Well. I could write a book on a question like that! It's complicated by the
    fact that people can impress you in one way or another even if you have
    reservations about them overall. I've met charismatic figures like Kirsan
    Illjumzhinov and Florencio Campomanes, (beat Campo at tennis, even!) and
    they are impressive individuals in certain ways, but I wouldn't vote for
    them (like the ACF routinely did!)

    It's easier to invent categories, like at the Oscars.
    Most impressive at doing mental arithmetic. Eddy levi. (Also rather
    impressive in other areas, such as his generosity.)
    Most impressive public speaker. Gary Wastell or Robert Jamieson.
    Most impressive chessplaying disco dancer. Yasser Seirawan or Arianne
    Caoili.
    Most impressive at kicking the backsides of corporate crooks. Robert
    Brooking.
    Most impressive disregard for chess material and results. Alan Goldsmith.
    Most impressive genealogical lineage. David Hacche. (Admits to being
    the last descendant of the Royal House of Plantagenet. Also an impressively
    amusing and interesting person.)
    Most impressive conman. Paul Dosza.
    Most impressive ability to be underestimated. Nathan Stirling.
    (Nathan is remarkable for the amount of influence he is able to generate without ever
    speaking much above a whisper. Once I came back to the room I was sharing
    with him at an Olympiad and he was priming Garry Kasparov and some other
    heavy hitters on a strategy for taking control of FIDE. He later became CEO
    of Open Family Australia.)
    Most impressive general knowledge. Jon Cook, who bankrupted the
    "Double Your Dollars" telephone quiz over a single weekend, then Suri Rodericks,
    the British chessplayer who made his fortune beating the quiz machines in pubs.
    Most impressive fightback from serious injury. Alex Wohl,
    who has already outlived his doctor's prediction by many years and stayed at
    the top of Australian chess whilst doing it.
    Most impressive ability to make over $100 million very quickly. Richard
    Farleigh.
    Actually, I must stop. There are just too many impressive and talented
    individuals in chess, more than I have met in business or any other area I
    am involved in, by far. I'd be doing too many an injustice by not including
    them. I'm very impressed that my girlfriend, Jean Watson, who only learnt
    how to play chess from me as an adult a few years ago, is now a respectable
    tournament player.That takes courage in my opinion.

    Member of the Aus Olympic team in a series of Olympiads, Australian
    Champion, in 95-96, Open Aus Champion, numerous times Victorian Champion,
    Ten times MCC Champion, Steiner Medal winner, Aus Masters Winner just to name
    a few of your triumphs! Which one of those remarkable achievements
    do you consider as the greatest of your Chess career so far?




    Probably the most satisfying for me was winning the Australian Championship in '95/96.
    I had to beat players like Johansen and Gedevanishvili at the height of their powers along the way.
    Having my friend Jon Cook win the u/1600 tournament was a wonderful bonus, and having him
    and my other old sparring partner from school Daniel Reiss there at the closing ceremony
    inspired me to make quite an emotional acceptance speech.



    Who, according to your opinion is Australia's most promising young player?

    I would not presume to make such a pronouncement. Have you noticed my
    nickname Gattaca on Chesschat? That is a reference to the film Gattaca,
    which explores the idea that it's not the person with the best pedigree or
    all the natural advantages that necessarily succeeds, but the one with the
    fire in their belly and the never say die determination. People jump on the
    bandwagon of certain young players, whilst others are unfashionable at any
    given time. I watch with some bemusement the excessive promotion (no fault
    of their own) of particular juniors at any given time, knowing that in many
    cases it will ultimately backfire. I could name 20 hugely hyped Australian
    juniors from the past who were supposed to be the next big thing and a
    certainty to be Grandmasters by now, none of whom achieved such status.

    Of course it seems inevitable that very talented young players like Anton
    Smirnov, Bobby Cheng, James Morris, and others will make a big impact in
    Australian chess in years to come. But you can never tell. Reaching the top
    of your environment in chess requires more than just talent and a coterie of
    vocal supporters. A lot of the personality requirements to excel only become
    evident over time and people forget that dealing with the distractions of
    the teen years and the disappointments, frustrations and pressures of high
    level competition and the expectations of others is part of the deal. People
    talented at chess are often talented in other areas too, so a deep love of
    the game can be as important as talent.

    Whilst players like Rogers, Hjorth and Smerdon learned chess young and made every
    post a winner, other players like Johansen, Wohl and myself came late to the game
    and for a long time played second fiddle to other more
    'credentialled' juniors being pushed at the time. This probably didn't hurt
    us though, as we had to be self motivators and create our own self belief.
    Players like Andrew Brown who fly under the radar can turn out to be just as
    formidable as the more fashionable juniors who get most of the limelight.

    Having said that, the quality of play of some of the micro juniors like
    Anton Smirnov, Sean Gu, Bobby Cheng and Justin Tan is amazing compared to back in my day.
    Tan's rate of improvement has been meteoric and all these
    kids have extraordinary levels of concentration and gravitas for their age.
    But always remember the quote from the leader of the street gang "The
    Wongs",
    from the B grade movie "The Warriors". It used to be my favourite!
    "The Wongs ... wait and see."


    Who is your favourite Australian Chess player ever?

    Sorry, there are just too many great and interesting players to single one
    out.

    What's the future of chess in Victoria in terms of participation and
    strength? How do you compare it with the rest of the country?


    Victoria is benefitting from all the coaching in schools nowadays, but we
    are not alone in that. Strength won't be an issue, but participation might
    because of the poor conversion from the now brimming catchment of junior
    chess into senior ranks. Chess administration and organisation in Victoria
    hasn't been anything special over the years, but that's typical of chess and
    many other minority sports almost everywhere. Every now and then you get a
    new and enthusiastic organiser who makes a difference for a while, but until
    the whole culture of chess changes it will never attract mainstream numbers.
    The question is whether that is a good or a bad thing. Maybe it is good.

    Suppose you had the absolute power of control in the Australian Chess
    scene for one year. Name two of the most important things that you would change!


    Well, I did once, when I was ACF President for a short stint. The main thing
    I wanted to do back then was fix, upgrade and get more leverage out of the
    main asset that chess had of value, the rating system. I wanted a whizz-bang
    booklet with all sorts of colourful commentary and lists in it, one that
    could attract advertising and be used for all sorts of purposes.
    Unfortunately the ratings officer at the time was a law unto himself and
    made it impossible to fully achieve my goal. Still, some of my ideas like
    the top 20 lists, with categories like biggest improver, still exist. The
    internet has changed a lot of things though. Booklets are almost redundant
    now.

    These days, one of the things I would like to do is get a regular chess
    program on TV. Chess is very exciting when packaged properly and programs
    like Master Game and Speed Chess Challenge did very well on UK television.
    Many countries have chess programs on TV that rate well. Chess is the best
    indoor game in the world and only needs the right packaging. It's not
    difficult. Just like the hole-card cam suddenly transformed poker into a
    huge TV hit, getting into the minds of the players makes chess riveting
    viewing. The personalities have to be brought out, as people can understand
    rivalries and emotions even if they can't understand all the strategies.
    Commentary can be pitched at the appropriate level to make chess accessible
    to everyone. Remember that chess is a relatively lucrative sport at the top
    level, with a World Championship match winner routinely making well over $1 million US.
    Okay, it's not Golf or Formula 1 yet, but it's not Penuncle
    either. Chess remains one of the most widely played sports in the world too,
    even though it's easy to forget that, living here in Australia.

    My main gripe with Australian chess at the moment apart from preferring the
    old rating system to the Glicko, is that we slavishly follow some bad ideas
    from FIDE, such as drastically cutting time limits in a vain attempt to make
    chess more interesting for spectators. Chess is not primarily a spectator
    sport, it's a readership or replay sport. You wouldn't make artists paint
    faster to try and make art more popular. We should ignore some FIDE
    pronouncements, like the absurd requirement to be there at the start of the
    game or forfeit. That should only apply to televised games. Losing time on
    the clock, with forfeit after an hour, is an appropriate penalty for being
    late in a normal game. Often lateness is unavoidable. If FIDE won't rate
    tournaments not held under their rules then simply don't enforce stupid
    rules and let the players know that you won't be enforcing them. FIDE don't
    have to know.


    And two of those you would leave as they are!

    It's mostly pretty good.
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    The radical Maoist, Albert Langer, was supposedly my maths teacher,
    though I didn't attend.
    Guy missed out on learning to count Langer style: 1,2,3,3,3 ...

    Nice interview; lots of colourful experiences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Guy missed out on learning to count Langer style: 1,2,3,3,3 ...

    Nice interview; lots of colourful experiences.
    More to come!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Guy missed out on learning to count Langer style: 1,2,3,3,3 ...
    is that known as the Informacci Sequence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by justaknight
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    Quote Originally Posted by eclectic
    is that known as the Informacci Sequence?
    It is since it was banned in the year 3.

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    The Guy West Interview Part IV

    [B]Share with us one of your favourite chess games, one that you really enjoyed
    from the beginning to the end;

    Anderssen - Lange is my favorite game by the old Masters. Andersson was a
    brilliant player, perpetrator of the "Evergreen Partie" and the "Immortal
    Game",
    but after a few seemingly innocuous opening errors by White, Lange
    unleashes a completely forcing sacrificial attack that still ranks as one of
    the prettiest ever concieved.
    Favourite sport (apart from Chess of course)
    Well. Australian Rules football would be one. I used to play for Melbourne
    Uni once. I played competitive tennis and table tennis at various times and
    did 6 years of full time Chinese Kung Fu if you count that as a sport. I
    actually had an article published in "Black Belt", an international Martial
    Arts magazine, on the similar strategic theories informing Chess and Wing
    Chun.
    Favourite team (s)

    In AFL footy, Hawthorn.

    Sports personality

    Takeru Kobayashi, former World Eating Champion. He'll be back! He once
    challenged a giant Kodiak Bear to a sausage eating contest, but lost
    convincingly. It's on You Tube I think.

    Favourite writer (s)

    Oh, that's impossible. Okay, John Wyndham (Sci Fi), John Buchan (Thrillers),
    Paul Davies (Cosmology).

    Favourite music

    Classic Rock would be the genre.

    Favourite film

    Impossible. I could name 50 I've watched at least 4 times!

    Favourite tv show

    Again, that's too hard. You'd need to add, "currently". Even then there are
    too many!
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