A COUPLE THINGS since I haven’t written much lately.
- I watched a replay of the Ben Finegold and Simon Williams “brawl” last night from October 5th, and while it was much too long, I had a great time as I did little else but watch and listen. Go find it on YouTube. Ben started the “attacks” first but Simon didn’t really follow suit. Danny Rensch was the moderator. Before it was over, Finegold had won the match by a 13-9 (or something like that) score. Williams was quite complimentary of Finegold’s play whereas Ben was dismissive of his own play. Williams accused him of being too negative about his own play. Simon commented that he (Simon) made too many blunders, and, it was true. On the other hand you couldn’t always tell, for sure, who was sarcastic but neither seemed mean. I think they ended up liking each other and “discovering” the “other guy” was stronger than each had thought!! I suspect they will do a version of this chess show again as in their own quirky ways they had fun and Simon did not seem to be a bad sport in losing to Ben. There were some nifty ideas and Simon was quite adept about pointing out some of Ben’s “touches” such as “moving back and forth.” When Simon wasn’t blundering a piece of a batch of pawns Ben was quite complimentary about Simon’s playing abilities. Though an “expert” of the French, Ben played the Exchange against Simon and kept on WINNING! While Simon managed to win 3 or so faster games in a row against Ben (3 minute). Ben was drinking tea and Simon had a couple bottles of beer. IM Danny Rensch told both of them he could take them down! I thought it was a lot of fun but it seemed, according to Rensch, that some of the 5,000 watchers wanted more blood, more insults, and more craziness. All I know is that I thought it came off well with Ben donating his $2500 in winnings to some kind of charity. It’s not always about analysis, who is the greatest, etc. sometimes it is about fun. I had a fun time before turning in.
- The 10th issue of MORPHY’S TIMES & GAMES is done except for the advertising page on the back. 16 packed pages. And a reprise of Morphy Club memberships whereby you can get bigger than usual discounts on books. 30%, maybe more! A plain old subscription of all 12 issues is $99 in PDF form in color. A Morphy Club membership is $275 and includes other things such as the Morphy coin. Anyway, you should be getting it by this evening.
- I’ll be doing something else for collector’s and fans of the Chess Butler. I will be doing SHOWCASES several times a week where the spotlight will be on books, DVDs, specials and lots. To make sure you get this you would do best to request it and I will make up a special list that it goes to using my CONTACTS app. All you have to say is KEEP SENDING ME THE SHOWCASES. When it comes to my personal show cases I am saving the money from that for a very special cause for Peggy & Myself. The rest I am keeping a secret because I haven’t even told her yet!
Gotta go. Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
By the way, Jack is now 3 and just had his tonsils out. His mom has to put an anchor on him as he is the most energetic kid I have ever seen!
Will be nice to hear from everyone again and soon will have more data on the Chess Festival.