Archive for March, 2020

As some of you may know the incredibly beautiful Arriane Caoili has passed away at a young age. I met her once in London and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. So much so I walked over to her game to see if she was, in fact, a chess player -and yes of course she was.

Condolences go to her family, Lev and all her friends;

Farewell and may you rest in peace.

Mark.J.McCready

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To have matches cancelled, leagues, tournaments, and much more…what to do? Risk death just for a hobby? I hardly play so no effect here but I do pity those actively engaged in what must be trying times.

All the best. Pandemic aside, I hope it makes you stronger.

I have my writing projects to give me some, but not much joy.

MJM

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Everytime you play chess you risk being killed. Not instantly, it would be a slow death, what with a pandemic lurking about, looking for anti-social chess players. You could catch Covid-19 from a team mate, your opponent, the club secretary or even the chess set you play with. Someone may have sneezed on it prior to you using it, or a sneeze from a passer-by may blow in the breeze to settle on your set. Pawns are more likely to be susceptible than minor or major pieces but which pawn the most I am unsure of. Probably the c-pawn because contagion begins with the letter C. In sum, by going to your chess club or a tournament you are killing yourself to live in a roundabout sort of way. That’s not good. It’s not good because it’s better to live than to die. Mark’s modest advice is act out a mass-media driven lifestyle and avoid contact with fellow chess players OR get up out of your armchair, boot in the tv whilst repeating the phrase ‘THIS IS ALL BOLLOCKS’.

Stick to Youtube but beware. It’s no killer but pernicious is the impact upon your soul, I kid you not. Ask yourself what happens when I view chess online? What is it I am actually learning or am I learning anything at all? Ask yourself what the difference between playing through a game with a set and just watching it and following the narration is. How large is the gulf in difference between yourself and the elite? Large is it? If so, and you want to understand their games, does descending into on-line viewing really help despite its entertainment value?

Take the game below. Highly fascinating, well-delivered. But in viewing the sheer multitude of variations abound are by-passed. As I followed I kept thinking ‘this is so far above my head it’s ridiculous’. Even Danny King admitted the theory was about him. Great video, great reminder of how deeply complex chess is.

To end, let’s ask ourselves, how do I want to die? Clubbed to death by endless hours of on-line viewing and thin, malnourishing Youtube dinners peppered with GM food? How about a virus which targets the young & old and anti-social chess players, especially those who are untitled, since they carry more germs than titled players.

How would I like to die? Oh that’s easy, it’s already set up in place and has been for some time now. A large amount of alcohol followed by approximately three times the level of an average fix of heroin. That is better described as a nice, painless, long-overdue sleep from which I will never have to wake from.

Enjoy the video, and remember what Aristotle told us so long ago, because you cannot know how or when your life will end, you are not able to judge it. A great life can be cut short tragically at anytime, then all is forever lost.

So those who dwell within mass-media driven society rest assured you always listen to someone announcing death has come in some shape or form, and there’s nothing you can do about it…good luck in your next game.

Right that’s me done, I’m off to have a massive piss.

Mark

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I could say I can’t keep my hands out of the cookie jar or I could say tidying up the writing project with pics, a video or two and a realization that a well-chosen quote at the end each part helps strengthen it further.

Is there really nothing left now,

Left to sit so I can forget about it temporarily,

So that I no longer sigh when I look through it,

I won’t do that more than the once,

For if you do not stop something, something will stop you,

I do not see a stop sign nor beyond the stop sign lies a sign saying ‘an on-line community is coupled to the general public’

That’s a sign I may initially turn away from when I see it…

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Writing has been completed. All three editorial/rewriting phases finished. Word count noted. Pics add. Quotes decided upon yet undecided over. Awaiting proofreading, pondering whether to aim for publishing.

I did remove a 9000 Introduction a while back as it felt rather out of place. All of two days ago I made a video which I thought of using instead, believing it to be a more pragmatic approach. I was going to insert it into the writing project per se but this, I feel, is superfluous. So, I will post it here instead then when the writing project does appear, your decision, to read or not to read it, will be more rationally informed than whimsical.

Lastly, the writing project referred has meant a tremendous amount to me from start to finish. I am proud of my achievement but marketing it is of little importance, so what comes of it is what will come of it. No matter what, I will remain proud of myself and it will always be there for myself and anyone else who finds the narrative engaging. And if you ever wondered about the face behind this website, you will now see it and listen to me speak. The content is dense in places, you may need to play it again. Because I initially thought to insert in into the text you will here a reference to ‘the text below’, pay no attention to that. I shall end by stating the current working title is ‘No not as agreeable draw’.

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Word count is 33545.

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It’s 0446 March 13th. Finally I’ve finished. The project I have been working on for 19 months was completed in November but much re-writing had to take place and the editorial procedure was drawn out and repeated twice, so that’s three times in total. Finally its all done now and I don’t have to write anymore.

Just need to add about ten quotes and selected pics. I doubt whether I shall bother with an Appendix, so a proofread and off to the publishers it is.

Phew!

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