More exciting concerts coming to locations near your this summer!

First of all, I wanted to share some incredible concerts coming up this summer that I hope I get to see:

1)
Beatles are back! There going to open Shea Stadium this summer with a new great show!… No- but I did find a surprisingly somewhat accurate list of the top 50 classic rock bands not surprisingly with the Beatles on top: http://classicrock.about.com/od/recommendationsandreviews/a/top100_bands.htm

I do certainly have some personal criticisms of the list however: please share your opinions.
For example:
– Led Zeppelin should replace Pink Floyd as #2
-The Allman Brothers should replace The Eagles as #6
-Cream should be higher, possibly ranked #9 instead of the Moody Blues although I don’t know nearly as mouch about them

Unfortunately, I cant quite buy tickets yet as I don’t know where I will be throughout the summer; however, these are some more concerts I want to see:

1) Crosby Stills and Nash and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I cant stress enough how much I want to see this show that I just found out about today. About a month ago I mentioned on here that I wanted to see Tom Petty but him going on tour with CSN sounds just priceless.. 4 of the best guitarists/songwriters of all time
2) “A modern-day warrior
Mean mean stride
Today’s Tom Sawyer
Mean mean pride”!!!!!!!!!!!!
…… Rush!!!! Never saw them live yet and there going on tour for the first time in a few years..
3) “Welcome to the Hotel Califfornia… Such a lovely place, such a lovely place…”
another great band Ive yet to see going on tour… The Eagles!!!

Its hard for me not liking my generation of music. The guys whose music I love aren’t going to be around touring for much longer; I have to see them while I can!

Beginning of Anand-Topalov Match/Predictions

For a change, I will discuss high-level chess instead of my own foul-play. I will by no means attempt to analyze the games as much stronger annotators such as Yermolinski on Chessfm and Giri on Chessbase.com gave gave their input;however, I do want to my put some my insights.

Personally, I think Anand is a clear favorite to win the match. I predict he will win the match 7-5 as Topalov will try to hard to win some key games toward the end of the match. Before the start of the ridiculous bathroom scandal in his 2006 match against Kramnik, which I am sure you are all aware of, I rooted for Topalov to become World Champion because of his entertaining tactical and interesting style.

Oh No!! Kramnik is not at the board! He must be cheating in the bathroom!

I remember I went to a lecture Joel Benjamin gave at the Marshall about half way through the match. In his introduction, he asked how many people were rooting for Topalov before and after the bathroom controversy. Beforehand, about 3/4 of the 20 or so people there said they were rooting for him and few if any were afterwords.

Perhaps my prediction that Anand will win is biased but the two factors of their overall lifetime score and the fact that Anand beat Kramnik are in Anand’s favor. Feel free to share your predictions.

As to the first two games: Somewhat amusing, somewhat not so amazing

To a certain degree, it was an incredible start to the match in terms of excitement:two consecutive decisive games. On the other hand I don’t find two players rattling off 22 moves in the 1st game and Anand blundering on move 23, at least according to chessbase.com,so interesting. Obviously, preparation is a large factor in such a prestigious match I don’t find a game so heavily based on it to be so interesting. I would even prefer a long-fought draw with a lot of positional nuances. Of course, I could be criticized for bias for Anand again by saying this, but I truly did appreciate his victory more as although the game wasn’t perfect, he did play some high-level nuances such as 27.bf3 that a weak player like myself would likely ignore.

According to IM Malcom’ Pein’s article on Chessbase.com, Anand played some questionable moves such as his “not so great” novelty 15.Qa3. Yermolinski does agree with Pein on this annotation as he expressed on his ChessFM video. On the other hand, I think this was a great physcological blow to to Topalov going back to the principles of Lasker, which I learned about in the 1st chapter of “Counter Attack” an excellent new book by Gm Zenon Franco. Lasker would often purposely play “inferior” moves if he thought his opponents would not react in the best way. Whether this is what Anand was thinking or not, its a good explanation that I would like to believe!

Thats all for now.. Check back for more reactions to the Championship in a few days.

Blues Great meets Opera Great and Question for Readers


Clapton and Pavarotti: Two of the best musicians in their perspective genres.. I never thought they would have played on one stage though.. In this video, Pavorotti’s opera voice gives Clapton’s underrated song “Holy Mother” an interesting twist.

Question: I had this blog for a few months now and seems to me most of the comments I get are from chess articles and not ones that discuss music. Please share with me what you expect on a blog, and what types of posts would interest you. I am relatively new blogger and am open for new ideas.

Hartford Open: Youth vs the Aged

When I boarded the bus at South Station to Hartford, I ran into Libardo Rueda, who unsurprisingly also going to play in the tournament. See my old post regarding the USATE for psychological warfare against his team! On the bus, we had a conversation regarding young and older chess players. When we both said we were playing in the u2205 section, and he said we may play, I automatically said it would most likely be in the 4th or 5th round and he said that showed overconfidence as we both would have to score high in the early rounds to do so.

With that said, I did keep some degree of self-confidence as necessary. In round 2, I played Barsky, who I lost two twice previously and many more times years ago in the Marshall Friday Night Rapids; however I did not let these losses get to me and managed to keep strong self-confidence. Here was one of the game’s most critical positions:

After this game, I drew Meredith as seen as in my last Hartford post. Now, myself, Meredith, Plotkin and Patrick Chi had 2.5/3. I find my game against Chi heavily influenced by his high level of self confidence. Patrick Chi is a great talent, who recently won the NYS Elementary championships and broke expert. Assuming he goes, he will have a great shot of winning the Elementary nationals too- best of luck to him. Without question he is by far stronger (1000 rating pts!) stronger than I was at his age so I give him my utmost respect but perhaps he could use advice when it comes to his super high confidence that may lead to his downfall sometimes as shown through my game against him:

Thats all for now…For all your non-chess readers though, heres a rather hilarious video I saw recently of Ringo saying to his fans to stop sending fan mail…. If you don’t remember from a few posts back, yes, I am currently possessed by a craze for Ringo’s music.