|Chess in the News|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|October 5, 2007|
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The U.S. sent a delegation of three to the World Juniors in Armenia. Our two representatives in the overall section, Mackenzie Molner and Robert Hungaski (look out for his post tourney blog!) both began with one out of two. Our representative in the Girls section is Tatev Abrahamyan. Tatev must feel some sort of homecourt advantage, as she was born in Armenia. She began with 2/2. Here is her hard fought second round victory.
Meanwhile, Gata Kamsky is playing in the European Club Cup (October 2-10) on board one for Linex Magic, ahead of Mickey Adams. If you think Adams on board two signifies a strong team, check out the impressive full list of players. Alexander Grischuk and Magnus Carlsen are third board on the top two teams!
Kamsky did not start so well. He drew his first game with White against Leif Johannessen and lost to Pavel Elijanov in round two.
Chess in the News
New Yorker article
Following up on reviews in People magazine and Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times had a mostly favorable review of Paul Hoffman's King's Gambit by Michael Weinreb. Weinreb wrote the enjoyable account of the Edward R.Murrow chess team in Kings of New York . I went to Paul's book reading in New York, and the Q+A, hosted by Frank Brady, president of the Marshall Chess Club and author of Profile of a Prodigy. The event was well done and well attended.
Because much has been written already about Paul Hoffman's book, I asked the biggest star of the book, Pascal Charbonneau, how he felt about his newfound fame (and dash of notoriety.)
Being written about in depth in a mainstream book is both flattering and a little bit scary. The best thing about it is twofold: 1) it just feels good to know Paul thought my story worthy of an important place in his book and 2) it's probably quite good on a resume although there is a But, and that would be the worst thing about it: given that it goes in depth about my life, it goes into some personal details, and there is something strange about that. As an example, if I had a date next week, I'd be strangely concerned that she may have read Paul's book or Mr. Weinreb's review in the NY Times (both mention that Pascal used to throw up when speaking to girls he liked.) Actually, the weird thing about being written about is that it is to some extent random. A lot of absolutely fantastic and interesting people receive no attention, while others (unnamed stars with custody issues, for example) just can't get away from it even if they'd like to. Overall, I feel lucky to have been at the right place, at the right time.
Coming upNext week will feature an interview with RZA, Ask GM Joel entries, updates on the U.S. Chess League and Americans abroad. There will also be tournament reports from and stories on the Armed Forces Championships. So have a great weekend and be sure to check CLO often.