Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
What caught my eye was the ratings of some of the players with ICCF and FIDE ratings.
For the ICCF players here’s the breakdown:
17 FIDE Masters rated from 1664 to 2160 with the average rating being 1989
Looking at the site’s top rated players I see a lot of names of top level CC players, but only one otb titled player. That of Brazilain GM Alex Fier. The 24 year old Feir got his FM title in 1996, IM title in 2004 and was awarded the GM title in 2007 and currently sports a pretty good 2603 rating with the FIDE. Fier’s record on LSS so far is +1 -10 =5 which includes one forfeit win and 8 (!) forfeit losses. It looks like he got off to a bad start but he’s still playing and is ranked #2 with a 2644 rating.
Anyway, I just thought it was interesting to notice that even using an engine is no guarantee of success in correspondence play…just look at some of those ratings. Some of them are actually worse than mine!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
|Regina Fischer protesting the Vietnam war in Paris in 1973|
According to a psychiatrist report in 1943 Regina Fischer spoke at least six languages (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese) fluently and was brilliant but paranoid. Actually, she had good reason to be paranoid. The FBI read her mail and studied her canceled checks for years before finally concluding she was not a spy. No doubt much of the FBI’s interest was due to the fact that she studied medicine in Moscow during the Stalin era. Her outspokenness on political/social issues and her relationship with Hungarian scientist Paul F. Nemenyi, Fischer's father who was not listed on the birth certificate, probably did not help her situation either.
1942 found Regina Fischer in Denver, Colorado which was only just a stopping place for a restless woman who couldn't settle on a permanent home. She was taking classes at the University of Denver and working at a company that made chicken incubators. At 29, Regina had already lived in eight other cities and four other countries. This was her ninth job and her sixth university. She was the mother of 5-year-old girl Joan and she alone.
Her husband, Hans-Gerhardt Fischer, was away in Santiago, Chile and barred by immigration authorities from entering the U.S. This is when Paul Nemenyi appeared. Nemenyi was 47, a Hungarian refugee and a theoretical engineer teaching at a nearby college. He made $165 a month, was an animal-rights supporter and refused to wear wool. He walked around in winter with his pajamas sticking out from underneath his clothes.
Still, he had a compelling mind. "He was smart, very, very smart," recalls Charlotte Truesdell, who worked at a research laboratory with Nemenyi in the '40s. "He had a strange kind of memory. He remembered things by their shapes." A memory of Nemenyi can be read HERE
Regina was the daughter of a Polish dress cutter who had moved to the United States with his family while she was a baby and she returned to Europe as a young adult and studied medicine. She lived in Berlin in the early '30s when Hitler was coming to power. It was there that she met Fischer, with whom she moved to Moscow, where they lived for several years under Stalin.
In Colorado in 1942, Regina and Nemenyi were drawn together by their political beliefs. Nemenyi had told colleagues he preferred communism to capitalism and the FBI suspected Regina of communist sympathies. Regina never revealed what happened between them but it seems clear that in the summer of '42 a romance took place because the next year, Bobby was born.
There is an account of the affair in the FBI file. Their investigation began in 1942 when a baby-sitter found what she believed to be pro-communist letters belonging to Regina and turned them over to the FBI. Nemenyi told one FBI informant, a social worker, that he met Regina at the University of Denver. But whatever follows his account in the FBI file is censored by the FBI. In the narrative after that point Bobby is in the picture. The file says, "He (Nemenyi) advised he helped support the boy."
By the time of Bobby's birth Regina had moved to Chicago and Nemenyi was teaching in Rhode Island. She gave birth to Bobby in a clinic for poor single mothers. And on the birth certificate she listed Fischer as the father. She briefly considered putting Bobby up for adoption but after talking to a social worker (who later described the conversation to the FBI) she broke down and cried and was unable to go through with it.
She then moved into a Chicago home for fatherless families where she ended up leading a rebellion among the other mothers, encouraging them to question the institution's rules. The home called the police who arrested Regina and charged her with disturbing the peace. She was acquitted. Regina divorced Fischer in 1948 and moved to Brooklyn, New York where she worked as an elementary school teacher and nurse at Prospect Heights Hospital in Brooklyn.
Bobby’s only public statement about his father appeared in Start, a Zagreb newspaper where he said, “My father left my mother when I was two. I have never seen him. My mother has only told me that his name is Gerhardt and that he was of German descent.” However, later Bobby told a friend that he and his sister, Joan, did not have the same father. Joan Fischer Targ always insisted that her father’s name was Hans-Gerhardt Fischer. He died on February 25, 1993 in Berlin.
Regina (Wender) was born on march 31, 1913 in Zurich, Switzerland and died of cancer on July 27, 1997 at the age of 84 in the Stanford University Hospital.
A 750 page FBI report on Regina Fischer can be viewed HERE
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Experts are not sure what causes SAD, but they think it may be caused by a lack of sunlight. Lack of light may upset your sleep-wake cycle and other circadian rhythms. My sleep has been whacked out...to bed at 11 o’clock or mid-night and up early and mid-afternoon naps. SAD may cause problems with a brain chemical called serotonin that affects mood.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
His settings for the parameters are:
Bishop Pair Value=70
Also now available is the new Firebird 1.2 which is commented by many computer chess specialists as the new strongest chess engine in the world, even stronger than Rybka 3 & RobboLito. Firebird is a UCI windows 'console' application, without any GUI (graphical user interface) that you may use with free programs like Winboard, Arena, Chess-gui or with Chessbase 9 & 10. DOWNLOAD
I have not had time to test any of these engines against Houdini yet, but plan to do so in the near future.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
We stayed in the same hotel and talked every day, often preparing together for our games. That was unusual, since Bobby refused to analyze with the other players. He was suspicious of them all, fearing they would steal his ideas. But for some reason he considered me an exception. We had a kind of father-son relationship. I understood him and wished him a great future, hoping that he would mature as a human being in the process. But he remained exactly the same. He was completely apolitical. He hated the Russians, but not for political reasons. The last time I met him was at the chess Olympiad 1968 in Lugano. This was just a few weeks after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslavia. I was trying to get FIDE to expel the Soviet Union from the tournament and from the world chess organization. After a press conference Fischer came to me and thanked me for attacking the Soviets. 'Keep it up, attack the Russians,' he said."