|Fri Sep 30 2011 4:11PM | MsgID: 14770420|
The Pterodactyl is apparently associated with the moves g6, Bg7, c5 and Qa5. You can of course, google it - I do not wish to break protocol and start referring to other sites. But I can give you two references to YouTube vids, thus:
From what I can gather, the Pteradactyl is characterised by a sudden queen foray in an, otherwise standard, opening sequence. So - a useful weapon to throw opponents off course in blitz games, for example!
The Vulture is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 Ne4 and apparently there are no immediate refutations. I think that one, Stefan Buecker, has written a whole book about it.
|Tue Oct 19 2010 5:05PM | MsgID: 13653494|
Answering both postings on the FIDE Presidency, I have to agree with both of you as Max Euwe was both respected and fair with all.
Dan mentioned that FIDE was more Political than chess minded Yes!
I see Kirsan Ilyumzhinov won again which proves your point. So we expect things will go on the same.
Sarah Hurst wrote a book called “Curse of Kirsan” sums up how he works.
Also White King and Red Queen (About the cold war) By Daniel Johnson, a book that’s informative.
Full of politics and the history of Russia, and discuses the different nationalities that make up the minority of people in Russia but are vital to the cause as foreigners played better chess.
The cold war was not fought on the battle field but a chess board, this is where America brought there secret weapon out “Bobby Fischer” Mission accomplished the machine was hurt very badly and changes made; but Kasparov finished the job in the changing the system. Turning the state to a more democratic organization. Kasparovs book on “How life imitates chess” is good reading.
I hope Russia keeps it up because they need the West to trade with and also as Allies.
|Thu Oct 14 2010 2:17PM | edited: 2:18:41 | MsgID: 13635445|
Originally posted by: "BodensMate"
I wonder how much support Karpov has among Chess-Players around the World.
Karpov's support among chess-players around the world is, sad to say, irrelevant. What does matter is his support among the chess federations. These are all headed by chess politicians, a truly pathetic class of human beings, and past experience has shown that these losers consistently support their fellow chess politicians. The last time a great chess player was actually president of FIDE was the early 1980s when Max Euwe held the position at the time of his death. Euwe was well-respected and loved as FIDE president by players, not so much by the national federations.
There is no reason why Karpov would not be a great president and ambassador for chess to the world, except for the chess politicians in our national federations who won't support him. They don't have to because chess politicians do not have to vote in ways that reflect the will of their constituency. They are "elected" in a formal process in much the way the USSR held "elections". Once they are in power they sell their votes. All of them. The only reason to be a chess politician is for personal enrichment. Otherwise, there is no point in running for the office.
Chess players in chess federations who vote for people running for chess federation offices, and less than 10 percent of players who receive ballots do, typically rubber stamp incumbents into the position year after year because they don't know anything about the people running. My own country, the United States, is no exception to the chess politician as vermin being constantly elected rule, unfortunately.
|Mon Oct 4 2010 4:49PM | MsgID: 13601478|
Hi "notmtwain" Thank you for the information.
Nice to see the two K's on the same side. I hope Karpov gets in because he could get FIDE a respectable name and tournaments between Grandmasters instead of Knockouts that are lotteries I wonder how much support Karpov has among Chess-Players around the World.