In Hebrew class today, we were learning about direct object pronouns and we kept using sentences that referred to “it”. All of a sudden I couldn’t help thinking about the Who song “You didn’t hear it”. Not sure from when this video is but it was one of the few I could find online:
I also came across this silly video of “the Beatles” playing Hava Nagila…. Not such great comedy but I did appreciate it:)
Expect a post after this weekend about the NY March open:)
So, its been over a week since I did my last post. Academic life of midterms have been more or less taking over my life, thus this post will also be short but I wanted to show the world my blog is still alive:)
1) Current Events in israel: Theres been a lot of controversy over the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s insistance on building 1600 apartments on Arab disputed land in East Jerusalem. He is traveling to the US next week.. Lets we what will happen. Does anyone have have any opinions? Check out an article at http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/03/21/israel.us.relations/index.html?hpt=T2
2) Shmullys New awsome website: My friend Shmuelly(Sam)’s music career is taking off. Check out some awesome footage on his new website: http://www.undergroundchazzan.com/. In case your too lazy/dont have time to do that, here’s one of his videos:
3) Spring Break Next week: My three week chess hiatus is coming to a close… I will be playing in the NY March Open net week at the Marshall.. Then after the beginning of Passover, I am most likely going to Montreal. If anyone has advice regarding places to go or anything else please share. Thats it for now..
Ups and Downs in Sturbridge:
I have played in Sturbridge a number of times now with mixed results. In general, I usually play ok there but have one or two crucial games where I blunder badly. I was hoping this would not be the case, and I would win the u2200 section and make master; however, such a task was not to be…
Round 1: Although we played in many u2200 sections with one another in the past, this was the first time I was paired with Elmore.
Overall, it was disappointing, as I was certainly winning at one point, but I was happy I kept my cool and was he equalized, I didn’t get discouraged and let him win.
My next interesting game of the event was my win against Phillip Nutzman in round 3.
The last day of the event was a disaster. Coming into it, I had 2.5/3 and knew I was going to pay Alex Fikiet, the only 3-0 in the tournament, who I drew the two times we played before. I had a considerable advantage in the opening but ending up allowing too much counter-play and lost rather miserably, I was annoyed not only because I lost the game among its consequences but because I felt he was somewhat obnoxious during the game. Whether it was my turn or his, he would stand right directly behind his seat, starting right at hte board. I told him multiple times ( and have told plenty others in the past and have seen other say this), to either stand someplace elsewhere or sitdown. Sure, It is hard for me to sit at the board so I don’t expect anyone to sit at the board time the whole time as I don’t myself; however, it is rather distracting to see your opponent standing up looking over you. After he insisted on standing there, I went to the TD and he said he was ok with people standing there. OTher TDS in the past have told opponents to not stand at the board. What do you all think? I’m not trying to make an excuse for the loss; he did beat me legitimately but It was rather annoying; that is all.
In the last round, when I saw I was paired against Mikhail Sher, I was shocked;, I was almost certain I was going to be paired down. To make a longer story short, it was another outright disaster.. I was up the exchange for nothing, blundered it back, still had a pretty good position, and blundered again to be losing… Here’s the game:
Stay tuned for a review of a controversial lecture Nonnie Darwish gave at Tufts last night coming to a blog near you shortly.
I have my anthropology midterm on Thursday so I don’t have much time to write on a long post with analysis from my games from last weekend. However, I ultimately did not achieve my main goal of becoming master.. Some physcological weaknesses likely affected me. Notice, I used the word weakeness, rather than excuse. I started out well with 2.5/3 and collapsed the last day losing the last two games… not the best of end of the weekend. However, looking back I did learn a few things. Stay posted for a thorough analysis of some of the key games.