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- - By Highendman (****) Date 2010-05-18 03:15
I just had a really memorable evening.
The Karpov/Kasparov/Magnus event was very nice.
But the personal highlight was that I got to play a 5 minute blitz vs. Kasparov! I won the chance through an auction they've had towards Karpov's FIDE campaign.
What a feeling it was to sit in front of him with a board between us! I gave him a good fight too.
Extra remarkable was that Karpov was commenting on the live game to the audience and several times he said I found 'only moves'. And Magnus gave the game a few glances and made some comments as well as it was going. God - I played the previous world-champion (the greatest ever), had the world-champion before him comment, and had the next world champion comment too. It doesn't get any better for a non-rated patzer like me! When I told Kasparov and the audience I'm an unrated player the crowd was somewhat surprised and expected a very short game ;)
The result was obvious, but Kasparov had to take me all the way to the endgame. I sacked an exchange and closed down the position to different colour bishops.
I hope to be able to reconstruct the game. It was broadcasted live on webcam (and I have a recording of the video stream) and there's quite a lot of photos so I should be able to upload a few.
Kasparov was a great gentlemen before and after the game. I read previously that it's hard playing him.
But I just had such a great time, and the fact I managed to get us both to 1 minute left on the clock and a position I'm sure was drawn felt super. Even if in time pressure with 20 seconds left I spoiled it and had to resign. It still felt super great. He was very kind and I have few photos of us together now.
I also had the chance to meet Mig (chessninja) and he is as great a guy in person as he is over his blog. I was hoping to get a chance to show Kasparov some of the Cluster games and maybe the Rybka-forum Wing game, but didn't get to do that. Maybe with Mig's kind help I'll get a chance to do that and if Kasparov has patience he'll probably be able to repeat the game we just played.
Overall one of the best nights of my life, nothing short of it.
Tomorrow starting the journey back to London.
I posted this here as none of my friends will really be able to appreciate what a once in a lifetime opportunity that was, nor how great is Kasparov and what it means to get to play him. But over here people have the same reality distortion I have so I guess you will ;)
Parent - By Leto (***) [us] Date 2010-05-18 03:37
Wow you're really lucky.  I hope to see the recording soon.
Parent - By RFK (Gold) Date 2010-05-18 03:39
This will be one to tell your great grand children and every one in between! Very nice indeed!!!
Parent - By Loboestepario (****) [us] Date 2010-05-18 03:49
Congratulations!. I am very happy for you. Have a safe trip back home.
Parent - By Not the real Kasparov (***) [au] Date 2010-05-18 03:59
Wow!! You are so lucky! Well done!
Parent - By plicocf (***) [br] Date 2010-05-18 04:19
Congratulations! Were you nervous during the game?
There are 30 years ago Korchnoi made a simultaneous in Brazil.
Some years later I met one of those who played against him. He told me that after about 30 moves, Korchoi looked at the board, made a few movements with the arms, which he interpreted as if the white had been won, and abandoned the game. After analyzing the game with other chess players, he saw that he had a winning move. =)
Parent - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2010-05-18 05:29 Edited 2010-05-18 05:31
This is so great HEM What an experience that must have been. You need to get the moves engraved in bronze with a picture of you both at the board. Maybe he will autograph it. I want to see the game!
Parent - - By Uri Blass (*****) [il] Date 2010-05-18 05:48
The fact that you are not rated is simply because you did not play in tournaments so it is misleading
I have a fide rating of 2032 and I guess that I could not do as well as you did in blitz against kasparov.

Non rated does not mean that you are a pazter and based on your post I will not be surprised if today you are at IM level and can get a fide rating of 2400-2500 if you decide to compete.

Uri
Parent - - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2010-05-18 06:07
my fide equivalent is 1900+ according to surveybot on fics(1700+) standard and i can only get around 1550 on CTS. Arent you around 1800 on CTS uri? I would think your fide would be 2100-2200
Parent - By Uri Blass (*****) [il] Date 2010-05-18 08:21
CTS is not about fide rating but about memorizing problems because the same problems repeat.
When I started I had rating near 1600 in CTS and I improved.

I can predict rating of people based on games better than based on solving problems.

Uri
Parent - - By Bobby C (****) Date 2010-05-18 08:04 Edited 2010-05-18 08:07

> I will not be surprised if today you are at IM level and can get a fide rating of 2400-2500 if you decide to compete.


That would surprise me very much. I seriously doubt that someone who has never competed in rated tournaments or had formal lessons from an experienced teacher would just be naturally talented enough to be 2400-2500 FIDE. I guess it would be possible for him to practice and through enough experience become that level.
Parent - - By Uri Blass (*****) [il] Date 2010-05-18 08:25
I believe that today people can learn from computers
I do not know about people who started with rating 2400-2500 but I certainly know about an adult player who started with performance above 2000 in his first rated tournament(and it was not a tournament for fide rating because usually people who play for fide rating have experience in tournaments with clocks).

I expect kasparov to win easily at blitz against one player with rating of 2000 or 2100 so I believe HEM is significantly stronger.

Uri
Parent - - By Bobby C (****) Date 2010-05-18 08:27

> I expect kasparov to win easily at blitz against one player with rating of 2000 or 2100 so I believe HEM is significantly stronger.


This was a charity simul from my understanding. Kasparov might not have been completely sober or playing at his best ability. Still an amazing feat for HEM to play the former champ a strong game like he did. I am not meaning to take anything away from HEM's performance but I just doubt he is at the IM level as a player.
Parent - By Uri Blass (*****) [il] Date 2010-05-18 08:32
kasparov is probably not at the level 2800 today but he is certainly at least at the level of 2600 and I expect 2600 usually to win more easily against 2100 at blitz.

Uri
Parent - - By Highendman (****) Date 2010-05-19 06:19
Not a simul - he played me and another guy. That other guy was kind enough to get mated *very* fast, likely in the first minute. So I had Kasparov fully vs. me for the entire game.

I don't believe I can be, today, even an IM no matter how hard I work at it. It would take years of hard work. As a 12 year old I won several events (with all modesty - I was good!) - but quit and did not touch chess for 20+ years until 2 years ago - through finding this chess forum and the playchess engine room - combining my love of software/hardware, strategy and beating others ;)

I lasted a full 4.30 minutes thanks to a very specific strategy - a semi slav, Kasparov didn't play the opening that great, I survived a strong king side attack he launched and made it to an end-game. I am trying to reconstruct the game, and maybe then with Rybka I'll see more clearly how poorly I played it ;)

Magnus commented on the position after about move 20 that I have a strong defense but Black's position is cramped and Kasparov would enjoy this one :)
Most amazing was getting Karpov to comment a few times that I am playing well and found a couple of 'only move'. I almost fell off my chair when he said that.
Overall this experience of playing Kasparov and having Magnus Carlsen and Karpov look at the board - it's more than a dream come true.
Parent - By Bobby C (****) Date 2010-05-19 06:24

> As a 12 year old I won several events (with all modesty - I was good!) - but quit and did not touch chess for 20+ years until 2 years ago


In the US if you play a rated tournament the USCF will keep your rating information for at least 20 years. I had a friend that gave up chess in the early 70's and did not play again until the late 90's and the USCF had kept his rating established for that period of time. I also personally quit playing for almost 10 years and the USCF kept my rating as well.
Parent - By Uri Blass (*****) [il] Date 2010-05-19 08:35
I suggest that you compete and see what you can do.

You certainly have special talent for chess considering the fact that you won several events when you were 12 years old  so I do not understand why do you think that you cannot get the IM title even if you work hard.
Parent - By buffos (Silver) [gr] Date 2010-05-20 10:26
Chess is the ultimate memory game. It requires utilization of both types of longterm memory (Explicit and Procedural).

In calculating variations also, memory plays a very big part. For example take 5 chess diagrams. Look at them. Close the page and try to set them up in board. Now (its also nice to have someone help here) someone will should randomly tell you to setup bord #4 for example. If you can make it easily, increase boards. Make them 10... and so on. Calculation is not just about moving pieces in your mind. Its also remembering the positions you passed. If you have them very clearly you will probably calculate great. (explicit memory)

Now ofcourse this is not all. Evaluating a position has to do with procedural memory. Someone teaches you for example how good rooks are a t open files. Procedural memory is all about remembering patterns of exploiting such a feature. For example how to handle an isolani, or the classical bishop sacrifice and so on. The capacity and the speed of recalling information is very important.

You cannot be a very good player (2500+) without both types of memory working satisfactorily.
Parent - By yanquis1972 (****) [us] Date 2010-05-18 06:05
unbelievable. i want to be you when i grow up!
Parent - By oudheusa (*****) [nl] Date 2010-05-18 06:28
Great story! Your real friends are here! ;)
Parent - By irulats (****) [ie] Date 2010-05-18 06:57
A great story. Congrats!
Parent - By InspectorGadget (*****) [za] Date 2010-05-18 07:42
A patzer? HEM, what is with modesty, you said a similar thing when you beat the cluster. You also said that you were not a centaur. When you are good you are good, rated player or not. Oh!! You are going to cherish that moment for the rest of your life. It must have been such a great feeling.
Parent - By InspectorGadget (*****) [za] Date 2010-05-18 07:46
A patzer? HEM, what is with modesty :)? You said a similar thing when you beat the cluster. You also said that you were not a centaur. When you are good you are good, rated player or not. Oh!! You are going to cherish that moment for the rest of your life. It must have been such a great feeling.
Parent - By Dadi Jonsson (Silver) [is] Date 2010-05-18 08:19
Nice story! Thanks for sharing it here on the forum.
Parent - - By retep1 (***) [de] Date 2010-05-18 11:37
Parent - - By Bouddha (****) [ch] Date 2010-05-18 11:51
By the HDM didn't seem very concentrated.

I would like to see the moves played :-)

What was the time control ?
Parent - - By Highendman (****) Date 2010-05-19 06:21
5 minute blitz. The clocks stopped working after the first 10 moves or so, so we have a 10 minutes 'pause' (not seen on the video recording) while they tried to fix them.
I told Kasparov I'm lasting more than I expected thanks to this :)

Another funny thing was that he asked if he should play standing (like Magnus did vs. the other board because there was no room on the stage for another chair).
I told him - Mr. Kasparov, you are intimidating enough sitting down. Please don't play standing. To which he laughed.
Parent - By Milton (***) [us] Date 2010-05-19 14:30

>I told him - Mr. Kasparov, you are intimidating enough sitting down. Please don't play standing. To which he laughed.


:-)  Perfect response!  Congratulations.
Parent - By FWCC (***) [us] Date 2010-05-18 13:58
Thanks for the link.HEM you had Kasparov scratching his head,you lucky devil!! Hahaa
Parent - - By FWCC (***) [us] Date 2010-05-18 12:02
Congratulations,I was watching the webcam with Maurice commenting.Was it your turn when there was a problem with the clocks?They eventually got it corrected.I remember they asked the players questions and I do remember one saying he was not rated but I forgot how you looked on stage.It looked like a great event.What was wrong with the clocks?Wish I could have been there!
Parent - By Highendman (****) Date 2010-05-19 06:24
Yes, it was me saying I wans't a rated played.
The clocks reset after every move back to 5 minutes. I noticed it first and told Kasparov.
He was a gentleman and when they reset the clocks gave me an extra 20 seconds acknowledging he was taking more time up to that point :)
Parent - By Nelson Hernandez (Gold) [us] Date 2010-05-18 12:09
Terrific story, great video!  We all wish we could carry you on our shoulders in triumph!
Parent - By POSITRON (**) [do] Date 2010-05-18 13:36
GREAT!!

do you have link for video or photos?
thanks
Manuel
Parent - By Fulcrum2000 (****) [nl] Date 2010-05-18 13:57
Nice one HEM!. Indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity.

First we have Jiri draw Topalov, and now HEM almost drawing Kasparov. This forum rocks, it's time for a Rybka Forum against the world match ;-)
Parent - By InspectorGadget (*****) [za] Date 2010-05-18 17:54
When I grow up, I want to be the Highendman :)
Parent - By JohnL (***) Date 2010-05-18 22:01
Congratulations to the great experience. But the match we really want to see is you + Rybka playing Kasparov + Rybka. I'm not sure who would be the favourite.. :-)
- - By Uly (Gold) [mx] Date 2010-05-18 07:37
The news would have been if you beat Kasparov...

Just kidding! I'm mostly impressed by your luck, congratulations! :)
Parent - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2010-05-18 10:48
Kasparov would have never allowed such a thing Vytron!
- - By turbojuice1122 (Gold) [us] Date 2010-05-18 16:03 Edited 2010-05-18 16:06
Congratulations, Shahar!  That does sound like a really awesome night--I'm very glad that you had this opportunity and that you used it so well.  I guess this was an even better night than when we resigned the Wing Gambit game against you? ;-) :-D

I see the story covered now in Chessbase (posted above), with a copy of what you wrote here (or maybe vice versa?).
Parent - - By oudheusa (*****) [nl] Date 2010-05-18 17:56
No, Chessbase quoted from the Rybka forum it seems without providing a link, which is bad online etiquette :(
Parent - - By InspectorGadget (*****) [za] Date 2010-05-18 18:11

> No, Chessbase quoted from the Rybka forum it seems without providing a link


Yes. :(
Parent - By Mark Eldridge (****) [gb] Date 2010-05-18 19:58
WOW that must have been somthing special HEM.
Parent - - By turbojuice1122 (Gold) [us] Date 2010-05-18 20:27
Well, Shahar might have a different statement on this.  He might have provided the same statement to both places.
Parent - - By InspectorGadget (*****) [za] Date 2010-05-18 20:34

> Well, Shahar might have a different statement on this.  He might have provided the same statement to both places.


No, they copied from this forum, it goes without saying. Copy and Paste
Parent - - By turbojuice1122 (Gold) [us] Date 2010-05-18 20:36
Why does it "go without saying"?  Do you know something that we don't?
Parent - - By InspectorGadget (*****) [za] Date 2010-05-18 21:29
I just know that they made copy and paste, don't ask me how I know that. :)
Parent - - By Not the real Kasparov (***) [au] Date 2010-05-19 00:00
There is a video out at chessbase that has I think highendman on it, http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6343.
Parent - - By Not the real Kasparov (***) [au] Date 2010-05-19 01:05
Shahar..how did you get the opportunity to play Kasparov? I'm envious...:)
Parent - By Highendman (****) Date 2010-05-19 06:26
They auctioned the chance across everyone attending. I decided I didn't make it all the way from London to just watch as a spectator :)
Parent - By InspectorGadget (*****) [za] Date 2010-05-19 06:34

> There is a video out at chessbase that has I think highendman on it


Yes, I saw it
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