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The Big DayMarch 1st, 2012
The big day is here.

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Pure mind game, a game of those with the ability to withstand pressure, and perform under mental strain. Sixty four squares, evenly split between black and white, ranks and files, gambits …The stage is set, the players assembled, ready to rumble and the world gallery is waiting with abated breath and apprehension. Finally, the day has come. It is not the epic 1972’s March of the Century mental duel when Bobby Fischer of the United States took on Russia’s Boris Spassky in the Laugardalshöll Arena in Reykjavík, Iceland at the height of the cold war, but focus, nerves of steel and utmost concentration will be in use in Russia at Moscow State Tretyakov Gallery between May, 9th and 31st.
Unlike 1972 when the Soviet had held the world title uninterrupted since 1948 and pulled all stops to see that it retained the title, this year’s championship is a mutual contest, between Anand and Gelfand not between India and Israel. Chess has always fascinated me since I first saw a chess board with its accompanying pieces. It is the highest expression of justice and equality in motion and action. I learnt to play chess on my own when chess resources were quiet limited, as opposed to the current situation where Susan Polgar has all the chess news, events, and statistics, everything chesslike. The lessons, the proper placing of the pieces, the queen’s dress matching her shoes, the monarchy having advisors on each side, the valiant knights standing guard and the castles providing a fortress.
I must admit that my theory of classic chess is wanting; I have read writings by Robert Fine, José Raúl Capablanca, on opening, the middle game and endgame, but I still tend to play recklessly, my initiative is daring, making exchanges, pursuing and attacking the opponent’s pieces at all costs, sometimes locking my king into a cul-de-sac after castling kingside, to my own detriment. Chess rubric is an entire problem on its own. Words like The Queen’s Gambit, Sicilian Defense, the Ruy Lopez, Giuoco Piano, French Defense, Caro-Kann, Center Counter, King’s Indian Defense, Nimzo-Indian, Bogo-Indian, Queen’s Indian Defense, Dutch Defense, Alekhine’s Defense and Pirc/Modern still boggle, puzzle and astound me. But I have the will and resolve to grasp the game.
I am yet to enter any tournament due to the fact that my grasp of the chess notation is rudimentary at its best making my dream of entering a tournament just that, a dream. I have however endeavoured to know the types of tournaments albeit belatedly. I now know that I stand to be pulverized playing Swiss system as the opponents are paired by their level of expertise, as expressed by their rating points, having regard to the fact that I am not even rated. I would however enjoy the joy that comes with playing throughout the whole tournament as opposed to Knockout chess tournament where I am likely to be eliminated and shunted to the sidelines as a spectator in the first round. The type I find most fascinating is the round-robin tournament format which has the advantage in that it gives every participant the opportunity to compete against every other participant the same number of times. Who knows, I may even force a draw if my opponent, makes blunders.
I expect the Anand Gelfand to be an exciting and intense challenge. My bet is on Vishy.


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