Thursday, March 11, 2010

want to be a MOVIE STAR?



I'm looking for someone rated 2100-2400 to play a rated match against Alexis Paredes (2048), star of the in-progress documentary Chess Movie.* You would definitely be shown in the movie playing Alexis, and Katie would ask you some questions about the games afterwards (I can't guarantee the interview will be included-- probably depends a bit on what you say :) )


You would also be doing something really nice for a great kid.


I'm thinking 4-8 games, g/60-g/120 at the Marshall Chess Club. He has no annoying board habits.







*working title

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

except perhaps not resigning an endgame down rook and 3 pawns w/ no counterplay...

needless to say I was not at all impressed by this younster's sportsmanship...

Greg Shahade said...

damn is there anyone who doesn't spend their whole life complaining about nonsense?

Anonymous said...

I'd like to make a formal complaint about Greg's comment.

Also, I'm rated 1900 (well, almost). Can I play the kid in a match where he has to remove his f-pawn?

Elizabeth Vicary said...

I have a 1600 you can play!

not resigning.. it makes me anxious when people don't resign as well, but I think it's because I'm afraid I'm going to screw up the easy win. Honestly, I'm surprised to hear this because Alexis usually resigns appropriately. I'm sorry if e evaluated the position differently than you did, anon 12:48 am, but I think you will agree he was otherwise perfectly polite?

Matan said...

Alexis is completely silent and polite during games. He also waited for me several minutes (when all the other games had started) without starting my clock. Unfortunately, then he beat me.

Anonymous said...

I just sneer at people without blinking when they don't resign an obviously hopeless position. And yes I will do it for half an hour or more sometimes until you get the message

Elizabeth Vicary said...

thanks Matan!
anon 3:23-- you are a huge baby and should grow up and learn some manners. everyone has a right to play until mate.

Anonymous said...

Yes and everyone has a right to look into your opponent's soul with a haunting unblinking stare. Basically when you reach a certain level, it's uncourteous to drag the game out for hours by not moving. If he was just playing the ending quickly until mate that's different but I have had numerous opponents just sit there to piss me off in loss positions at 11 pm for a few hours.

SonofPearl said...

If you have trouble finding someone then I can post a news item at Chess.com to advertise your request, if you would like to do that.

Elizabeth Vicary said...

thanks, that would be great!

SonofPearl said...

OK. Will try to fit it in before coverage of Amber starts. :-)

anjiaoshi said...

Anonymous: Good thing it's so difficult to piss you off, huh?

Anonymous said...

I'd have more respect for Anonymous's complaint if he were not anonymous. If you are going to accuse the kid have the courage to show your identity and the game.

I don't mind if my opponents force me to mate them but I hate when they think over their moves for an extended amount of time in a completely lost position. But I guess that is their right.

Anonymous said...

When people don't resign against me in lost endgames, I play more moves until checkmate happens and don't cry about it later.

Daniel said...
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Tim said...

Hi,

My son was playing the top rated player in the 2005 K-9 National Youth Action and he was down the exchange and 2 connected passed pawns. It was resignable except that his opponent's king was dangerously in the middle of the board allowing mate in one.

Sometimes it's like Yogi Berra's famous quote, "It ain't over till it's over."

Tim

Elizabeth Vicary said...

"I'd have more respect for Anonymous's complaint if he were not anonymous. If you are going to accuse the kid have the courage to show your identity and the game."

I agree, and additionally, keep in mind that you are attacking a twelve year old child anonymously.

and for what? ... not having mastered some obtruse competitive etiquette?

Gurdonark said...

I hope a master jumps at the chance to make the documentary more fun.


If ever any of your lower-rated kids want to try a postal match against someone, schemingmind.com has a free membership option (with less features). I'm rated ~1950 there, which is about like 1750 (my ICCF) elsewhere. It's a fun, no-computers, no-pressure form of
slow play.