December 17, 2010

The London Chess Classic

I went to the last day of the London Chess Classic on Wednesday...... 4 English players +

  • Magnus Carlsen (20yo Norwegian prodigy, world nr 1 by Elo rating),


  • Vishy Anand (current world champion),


  • Vladimir Kramnik (previous world champion, beat Kasparov for title, world nr 4 by Elo rating),


  • Hikaru Nakamura (American, former world blitz champion).





  • These men are like demi-gods to a patzer like me. Entering the antechamber I almost bumped into Kramnik and then stood close to Anand, the world champion, as he gave an interview having drawn with Kramnik. I was slackjawed as I clicked away.


    Carlsen won despite a poor start. Garry Kasparov was there, the strongest player of all time (tho Fischer was sui generis).

    But best of all Kasparov signed his book on Fischer for me with a dedication to 2 of

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    "Whatever" is the most irritating word of the year, tho a friend had the effrontery to write "whatev" at me the other day.

    But note "for younger Americans, aged 18 to 29, "like" was the word that annoyed them most."

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