ADDENDUM TO THE ANECDOTE
“The Child Grandmaster”
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NOTE FROM eastwind,
author of the anecdote
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this is beautiful
i never read such detailed knowledge
of tournaments in my life
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i never realized my fiction story
is very close to reality
in terms of this egoism
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francis knew he already lost
so even if they threw him out
it had no more effect on him
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but your story about ivanchuk
screaming in the toilet
is very similar to francis
storming out in tears
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einstein padua is a chess arbitrer
whatever the term is for that
during international tournaments
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eastwind
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THE REAL WORLD OF CHESS
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By Einstein Padua
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FIDE would have surely banned Francis from playing in future tournaments because of his unsportsmanlike and unacceptable behaviour of banging the table and scattering the chess pieces on the floor. Chess is a gentleman’s game and all forms of distracting one’s opponent while he / she is thinking out his / her move is strictly prohibited including the ringing of one’s cellphone, which will result in an immediate forfeiture of his / her game.  Players are not even allowed to communicate with each other while their game is going on, except when one of them would like to offer a draw.
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Francis’ behavior reminds me of another player, the much-feared-GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine who exhibited a similar behavior on two occasions.  The first one happened at the 1990 Interzonals held at the Ninoy Aquino Memorial Stadium. Vassily lost to a player whom he was supremely confident of beating. Not being able to vent out his extreme frustration right inside the tournament hall, he immediately went to the men’s room, and yelled out his disgust at the top of his voice.  Everybody was stunned and wondered what happened to him. Little did they know that he was on the verge of tears.
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The second one happened last November 2009 in Khanty Mansyk in Russia where he played a four-game match against a 16-year old GM who was practically unheard of in Russia and Europe, but already was the brightest shining star in Philippine chess history, the quiet and unassuming Wesley So from Bacoor, Cavite.  After Wesley So became an instant world chess celebrity by eliminating him, Ivanchuk seriously considered retiring from tournament play. He was so shocked that he couldn’t get over his loss to an unknown, lower-rated Pinoy teenager. Ivanchuk has always been in the list of the world’s top ten highly-rated players in the world. He’s currently No. 7 in the world with an Elo rating of 2764.
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Humbled by his loss to Wesley So, he eventually regained his confidence and bearing and came back in 2010 with a vengeance and sat last October as Board 1player in his Ukraine Team to win the World Chess Olympiad championship trophy for his team and the individual gold medal for Board 1 player. The Ukraine Team edged out the top-seeded Russia 1 Team and dethroned the Armenian defending champion team.  The Philippine Team led by GM Wesley So landed in the 53rd spot, a far cry from its 46th standing in the 2008 World Chess Olympiad.  This is the Philippines worst performance since it started playing in the biennial Word Chess Olympiad,
gold medal award for Board 1 player.
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After the media has turned Wesley into an instant international chess star over his victories over Ivanchuk and Gata Kamsky, a former child prodigy himself, and currently the No. 2 player in the US with a rating of 2722, and other well-known grandmasters, and drawing in the 2010 World Chess Olympiad with the Bulgarian Veselin Topalov, a former world champion and currently the No. 3 player in the world, he received invitations to play in some of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. In most of them, he gave credible performances, but somehow he fell short in his goal of hitting the 2700 rating, the rating of the top 30 grandmasters of the world.
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His failure to breach the 2700 rating mark may be partly due to his growing ego. Since chess is an individual game, the better players are usually and normally the egoists.  They are reticent, introverts, and serious people. But the biggest chess egoists of them all is none other than Bobby Fischer.  He was nicknamed “The Great Ego Crusher” because of his famous statement, “I want to see my opponent squirmed.”  All the great players of his time, Boris Spassky, Tigran Petrosian, Bent Larsen, and Mark Taimanov were never the same players after they were crushed by Fischer’s ego. Only Viktor Korchnoi survived the crushing of ego by Fischer as he did not play a match against him.
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Bernie,

If you want to know more about the ego of chessplayers, I believe Dr. Reuben Fine wrote in the 1950′s just before he died a book entitled “The Chess Mind” or “The Psychology of Chess” (I’m not so sure which is which.). Google it up in the Internet.

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American Reuben Fine was one of the most brilliant chess players and world championship contenders in the 1940-1950. But he eventually stopped playing in tournaments after 1950 and concentrated instead in his practice as licensed psychiatrist and an author of chess books.  Maybe he felt there was more money in practicing his craft and in getting book royalties than in playing in tournaments where he was not 100% sure of always getting the top prize, what with the advent of Russian hegemony  led by top grandmasters Paul Keres, Efim Geller, and Mark Taimanov, world crown challenger David Bronstein, and future world champions Vassily Smyslov, \Mikhail Botvinnik, Mikhail Tal, Tigran Petrosian, and Boris Spassky.  It was only Bobby Fischer who broke the 24-year monopoly of Russian world chess champions.
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Einsty
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