A few lectures
I only ever covered two of Steven Farmer’s lectures here on the blog, and back when I blogged them I didn’t watch all of the lectures. Recently I went through some old bookmarks and decided to have a go at that stuff again. He’s pretty good:
Completely unrelated but I figured I should mention it: Tomorrow’s the first day of the London Chess Classic tournament. This chess tournament is as good as it gets; The world’s three highest rated players are all playing, as is the World Champion and the world’s strongest female player. Last year the live commentary was provided mainly by IM Lawrence Trent and GM Daniel King. They did a splendid job, but this year the organizers have upped the ante and found some significantly stronger players to do the job; Nigel Short and David Howell. Both of those guys are former contestants in the tournament. As usual the tournament has an unequal number of contestants, and the player with the bye round will join Short and Howell in the commentator box and give his/her views on the games as they proceed. I’ve been really impressed with the way the live commentary has been handled the last few years, and you can learn a lot by watching this stuff (here’s a direct link). The tournament has implemented a 3/1/0-rule (3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss) so the number of ‘GM-draws’ is likely to be lower than it often is in these kinds of tournaments – the organizers want to incentivize the players to actually play interesting games, and in the past I think they’ve been successful. If you like chess, this is the place to be for the next one and a half weeks.
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