Which Chess World Champion Are You?

Today on Chessimo you will find out which Chess world Champion you are most similar to. For that you only need to take a few minutes; read the questions and note the colors of the answers you choose (multiple answers allowed).

The color you choose most often will reveal the chess personality you are closest to (see below). But hey! – Don’t cheat! Look at the characters only in the very end.

Are you ready? Then let’s go!

 

When did you begin to play chess?

  • At four years old when I watched adults play
  • The basic rules I was taught at five, the enthusiasm came at an age of 8
  • With fire and flames as a five year-old

 

What description of looks suits you most?

  • I often wear patterns such as polka dots, stripes, or checks
  • I often wear my hair in side parting and am barely ever seen without a tie
  • I like being the ‘Bad Boy’ who wears messy hair and pouty lips

 

You just secured an important victory. How do you celebrate?

  • Out of joy and happiness I jump into the next pool – in full gear
  • Like I would tell you!!
  • I go out for pizza with friends and drink to my victory with a glass of red wine

 

What – besides chess – do you have a weakness for?

  • Travelling, Italian food, or beer
  • Philately, Japanese Food, or history
  • Soccer, Rammstein, or online poker

 

Which quote could have been yours?

  • “Chess is mental torture”
  • “Chess can become an obsession, there is a chance of drifting into a parallel world and getting lost in the eternal cosmos of the game”
  • “Harmony on the board beats risk”

 

You are unhappy with politics in your country. What do you do?

  • I cannot imagine becoming politically active
  • I become a member of the parliament and chairman of a peace fund
  • I write critical comments for newspapers, organize demonstrations and manifestations

 

What is your playing style?

  • Universal, no obvious weaknesses, no risks
  • Dynamic, aggressive, belligerent
  • Intuitive, no rigid opening, strong in end game

 

What is your family status?

  • I am with my second wife and have two children
  • I am a long-term single and don’t want to be distracted by anyone
  • I married three times and have (at least) three children who I admit are mine

 

Your opponent at the board puts you under severe pressure. What is there to observe in your face?

  • With my bad temper I lose my poise
  • I keep my poker face and stay friendly and calm
  • I look coldhearted and serious. Always.

 

What area could you imagine yourself becoming active in next to your job?

  • I would like to model for a cool denim brand and play myself in movies
  • I would like to found a consulting company for aviation and advocate human rights
  • I would like to help children in need and become a UNICEF ambassador

 

RED | You are Anatoli Karpov

Karpov

Who once played against you calls you “Boa Constrictor“. You are risk-averse and know how to make small mistakes fatal for your opponent, mercilessly. You could be in better health condition: You dislike sports and have a drink here and there, but hey – at least you are a non-smoker! For all the travelling we strongly recommend the Miles&More bonus program, it’s going to be worth it! Either you are already travelling the world 200 days out of the year or you’re just about to get started.

 

GREEN | You are Garri Kasparov

Kasparov

The people of your home town call you „The Beast“. Nobody is better with the Najdorf Variation of Sicilian Defense than you. Maybe you don’t

know yet, but one day you will advocate higher investments in Research and Development to increase global wealth. In case you are married to your third wife, we recommend you to not show off with your stamp collection so often.

 

BLUE | You are Magnus Carlsen

Carlsen

Congratulations! You are not only referred to as the “Mozart of Chess“ but are also incredibly sexy! To look like this you need at least ten hours of sleep a day. You hate answering questions. “I speak to the world through my moves. That explains everything” is what you state pompously. Sometimes you don’t respond at all, you just get up and leave. Even if you consider yourself the best of the best – try to not break into tears if things are not going so great at the moment. And don’t let you mother do your laundry for the rest of your life.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Legendary Artists at the Chess Board

Recently, we reported about how playing chess makes us people with ‘better’ characters. One arguments in the report focused on the fact that chess players have advanced imagination. Perfect examples for this statement are the meaningful artists of the previous centuries. Today, we will introduce you to some of these artists who committed their lives not only to art but also found time and pleasure in regular gatherings around the chess board.

Composers

Chopin

Frederic Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Until today, Frederic Chopin is considered one of the most influential and popular pianists and composers of piano music. In his spare time he found enjoyment in playing billiard and chess, for which he even produced his own chess pieces.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

The composer paved the way for Romanticism and is ubiquitous even today, as his Ninth Symphony (Joy, fair spark of the Gods) became the European anthem. One of his close friends was the inventor Johann Nepomuk Mälzel who not only invented mechanical music instruments and the Metronome but also the very first chess robot (the so-called ‘Chess Turk’) that turned out to be a fake eventually.

Lyricists

Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)

The English dramatist, lyricist, and actor managed to make his comedies and tragedies the most performed and filmed stage plays of the world’s literature (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet). Many indicators lead to the conclusion that Shakespeare had a passion for chess, though this was never proven and therefore remains one of the many myths evolving around this icon.

Berthold Brecht (1898 – 1956)

With his plays being performed on stage all around the world (Life of Galileo Galilei, Mother Courage) Brecht became one of the most meaningful dramatists of the 20th century. All his life he enjoyed playing chess; from 1911 until 1913 he even gathered with school friends at his parents’ house every Wednesday afternoon to play chess.

Johann Friedrich Schiller (1759 – 1805)

The German poet, philosopher, and historian also liked playing chess. He gained popularity with his works Wilhelm Tell, Intrigue and Love, and Maria Stuart.

Authors

Fleming

Ian Fleming (1908 – 1964)

The English author gained international recognition and appreciation through his novel and movie character James Bond. Fleming created thrilling scenes for his Agent 007 and was never able to resist a stimulating duel of checkmate.

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)

This author is also of English origin and published works like Oliver Twist and A Christmas Tale. In his spare time, Dickens found pleasure in playing chess.

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

This Irish writer (The Canterville Ghost) and eloquent philosopher once stated “Talent borrows, genius steals”. Might this also have been his motto whilst playing chess?!

Musicians

Madonna

Madonna (born 1958)

The American singer (Like A Virgin, Vogue, Frozen, Music) is multi-talented. Being a song writer, actress, author, stage director, and designer she is as successful as being a singer. We wonder whether or not she plans her chess moves just as cleverly as her steps on the career ladder.

Bob Dylan (born 1941)

The rock musician is not only a talented singer, he also plays the guitar, the harmonica, organ, and piano. How the influential musician (Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door) managed to find time for regular duels of checkmate remains a mystery to us..

John Lennon (1940 – 1980)

The British musician, composer, author, and peace activist is popular all over the globe for being the co-founder, singer, and guitarist of the British bank The Beatles. He was also a huge chess fan, just like his second wife Yoko Ono, who, by the way, created the famous White Chess Set.

Ringo Starr (born 1940)

The British musician, composer, and actor was band colleague of John Lennon and drummer of the band The Beatles. Both were known to fight thrilling chess matches.

Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998)

The singer and entertainer (Strangers in the Night, Moon River, My Way) was also fond of chess. In 1979 he even placed a 100,000 USD award on a single duel between World Champion Karpov and former Junior Champion Walter Browne.

Other Legends

Gates

Bill Gates (born 1955)

The company owner and programmer has been the richest man in the world with an estimated assets of 72.7 billion US Dollars. Although being known for his outstanding intelligence, Magnus Carlsen checkmated the founder of Microsoft in nine moves in January 2014.

Harry Houdini (1874 – 1926)

The American illusionist has his roots in the Austrian-Hungarian region and impresses the world’s public with his magical escape tricks until today. We don’t know whether this skill might have helped him develop creative solutions at the chessboard.

Joseph Pulitzer (1847 – 1911)

This journalist, editor, and publisher is founder of a major literature award which he also lent his name to – the Pulitzer Prize. In his leisure time he enjoyed playing chess and reading political memoirs.

Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980)

Sir Alfred Hitchcock was a British film director and producer (Psycho, The Birds). His hobbies: Polo and chess!

Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519)

The Italian multi-talented painter (Mona Lisa), sculptor, architect, mechanic, engineer, and nature philosopher wrote a book about checkmate in 1500 with the help of Pacioli that is still quoted in specialists’ literature – Ludo Scacchorum.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

How Do I Improve My Ability To Concentrate?

Part 2: Creating optimal mental conditions

According to Wikipedia, concentration is defined as focusing all attention on one particular activity, reaching a short-term goal, or solving an assigned problem. It is no surprise then, that concentration in chess tournaments is one of the essential keys to success.

KonzentrationIt’s all about not getting distracted, about concentrating on the given positioning for up to six hours, about calculating, estimating, and maneuvering without straying from the subject. As this requires high intellectual effort, many players (even professionals) face problems in the persistence and continuity of keeping up concentration during such long periods of time. Even players like the grandmaster Jan Gustafsson report headaches and difficulties in concentrating after five hours.

The capability to concentrate depends on several influential factors which we will be discussing in the three parts of this month’s column: The body, the mind, and the practice.

Today, in Part 2 of the trilogy, Chessimo will in introduce you to the mental conditions that will raise concentration abilities to optimum. Who sticks to the following recommendations will be able to significantly improve their concentration in practice and at tournaments.

Tension

It has been scientifically proven that one can the maximum of concentration capacity at medium tension level. In plain language: too much tenseness and anxiety block the player’s capabilities, while too little of it can be discouraging and does not stimulate the brain in order to achieve maximum performance. The difficult task is to find the right balance. As the majority of chess players is more than likely not dealing with casualness during tournaments, we have put together a few tips for you to reduce your stress and anxiety levels before duels:

  • Place your hand flat on your stomach and feel the flow of your breath. Feel how your hand slowly lifts when you breathe in and then slowly breathe out. Try to focus on nothing but your breath and do this exercise several minutes until you feel better.
  • Close your eyes and tighten all muscles of your body for a few seconds until you feel a slight ache. Then relax the musculature and for a few minutes consciously sense this feeling. Who is familiar with Jacobson’s Progressive Muscle Relaxation is well advised to practice according to his instructions
  • Laugh! Laughing automatically helps the body reduce tenseness and leaves behind a feeling of relaxation and comfort. Who profits from this before tournaments can set up a playlist of funny videos to watch before the duels start.
  • Listen to music! Who is fond of classical music is in advantage. This type of music has been proven to relax unborn in their mothers’ wombs. Add Giovanni Allevi to the favorite playlist on your iPod and dive deep into the calming sounds 15 minutes before the tournament begins.

Surrounding

The more familiar one is with their surroundings, the higher the level of concentration. This is what they say in science. Supposedly, the falling level of concentration can be compensated by taking along a familiar item. A talisman next to the board can’t hurt.

Losing track of thoughts

The arch enemy of concentration is intellectual straying. One thought leads to another and one has already lost the common threat. Here is a selection of tips for those who are confronted with challenges in their lives that consume all thoughts and cannot rest for a few hours:

  • When going to bed the night before a tournament, take pen and paper and write down in bullet points all thoughts, worries, or even solutions that come to your mind spontaneously. This helps slowing down the merry go round of private and professional life. ‘Paused’ thoughts can later on be picked up again with the help of this paper.
  • Who is fighting the need to think far ahead and around many corners, needs to try to focus on the essentials of the moment during the game. Mantras like ‘Solve the problem!’ or ‘Find the best move!’ can be extraordinarily helpful to keep the head in the game and to focus on the current positioning.

Tolerance for frustration

Who has little tolerance for frustration is definitely in disadvantage. This causes concentration to break down, while all efforts to success are cut out after a moment of disappointment. Such disappointment may be defeat in practice or tournament, and even a single move that doesn’t satisfy to the fullest or triggers a countermove that hasn’t been accounted for. As long as the game isn’t lost just yet, it is not the time to bury our heads in the sand. On the contrary, one should fight the disappointment and continue the battle. To work on the tolerance for frustration and personal expectations it is important to closely watch the own attitude during each and every practice. ‘It is okay to make mistakes. I will reach my goal all the same. Now I will concentrate on solving the problem.’ Praise yourself and pat yourself on the back. Not only for victories but also for small successful steps and achievements, because every single step is a step towards your goal.

Read more about how to improve your ability to concentrate! In Part 3 we will focus on effective exercises for your daily routine ..

 

 written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

 

 

 

16 year-old wins World Amateur Chess Championship 2014

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This cialis online year’s edition of the World Amateur Chess Championship was scheduled from April 25th until May 4th and carried out in Singapore. The event was hosted by the alcohol while on accutane Singapore Chess Federation and the FIDE, which also provided the rule set for the generic viagra tournament. Two hours were available for the first forty moves of each match, the rest of the duel was to be played within thirty minutes. The tournament had a total of nine rounds.

Each and every chess player with an ELO LESS than 2000 points (within the last two years) and a title NO HIGHER than CM was allowed to participate.

There was no international balance amongst the 172 participants – Singapore alone sent 54 of its players to compete. The Philippines was represented by 14 players, while Arabia and Mongolia each accounted for 12 players. India sent another 11 participants, and the remaining spots were taken by other nations. Paul Beuttenmüller (Rank 44), Wolfgang Stang (Rank 54), and Andreas Kirmeir (Rank 76) represented viagra cvs Germany and at least made it to the upper half of the overall standings. The two American contestants Frank Arthur Johnson Jr. (Rank 85) and http://plavixgeneric-uses.com/ Leon Wilson (Rank 140) were not so lucky.

Victor of the World Amateur Chess Championship 2014 is the 16 year-old Mongolian player Gijir Munkbajar who is only shortly ahead of runner-up and fellow countryman Uurtsaikh Agibileg. Third place is taken by Ashvin Sivakumar from Singapore. They were rewarded with prize money amounting to 5,000€, 1,500€, and 1,000€ and the official titles ‘FIDE Master/WFM’ and ‘CM/WCM’.

Chessimo congratulates all participants to their successes!

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe