(See the ^zhurnal entry of 14 December 2000, Chess1990To1991)

On the day before ^z's 39th birthday, his over-the-board chess career took a new turn. The Saint James School (a pre-college religious institution for boys) sits on a pleasant rural campus near the Antietam (US Civil War) Battlefield south of Hagerstown, Maryland, an hour's drive from ^z's customary turf. Michael Anders taught Spanish at St. James, and in the early 1990's he organized and ran a series of tournaments. ^z ventured to St. James a total of five times, and also took part in three other tourneys closer to home before hanging up his caissic spurs for the rest of the 20th Century. Let the record show:

The main chess changes that ^z observed after two decades of siesta? Instead of tournaments that lasted two or three days with games played at a slow pace of 2 hours (or more) per 40 moves, by the early 1990's single-day tournaments at sudden-death time controls of G/30 or G/60 had become the bill of fare. Players seemed stronger, probably because they had good computers to train against. Tournament directors were better-organized, and frequently had computer assistants to optimize pairings and scorekeeping. And there were far more players who were young and/or female and/or non-European --- many of whom were deadly opponents across the board. Overall, healthy progress for one of the world's foremost intellectual pursuits.

(See also the ^zhurnal entry of 10 December 2000, TexasChess, for a summary of ^z's teenage chess experiences in 1969-1971. Please send me a note if you spot your name, or the name of someone you know, in these listings --- and let me know how you're doing nowadays! I still have the record of the moves for all of these games, with the exception of those played at fast time controls.)

Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 20:54:34 (EST) = 2000-12-21

(see PostaLite, TexasChess, and Chess1990To1991)

TopicPersonalHistory - TopicRecreation

(correlates: Chess1990To1991, LongThink, FocusAndFanout, ...)