The Largest Chess Tournament EVER — How High Can I Finish? | SPRING MARATHON FINALE



People, especially chess gamers themselves, state the darnedest features of chess as well as about chess players. Here are several of our preferred mistaken beliefs about the royal game. A few of these sayings are unquestionably off-target, some of them are uneducated impression, as well as several of them are debates that could or could not stand.

Chess may not be the easiest game to pick up, but it is far from the most prohibitive. There are a few rules about games where neither player wins. One side of this myth is legitimate—- it is difficult, very difficult, to learn to play chess well.

There is some link between chess talent and general intelligence. Minimum smarts are required. Cats and dogs will never make out the basics; no one has tried giving lessons to dolphins and chimpanzees. Chess does involve, after all, using numerous advanced compartments of the brain as skillfully as applicable. People from all walks of life have fun playing chess, several attaining mastery. Some very clever people delight in playing but never progress beyond novice.

This isn’t a misstatement, since chess is for everyone. People who want to call other people unpleasant names should better say,’ chess is only for nerds ‘, but this is plainly untrue. If they want to play chess, that’ s their business.

In 2006, the finest computers play chess better than 99.99% of people, but are evenly leveled in games against the top humans. If, as some experts think, computers are gaining 20– 30 rating points per year, the moment will soon arrive when humans have no chance against the best machines. It should not be overlooked that computers are always trained by teams of human specialists who program them in psychological areas like opening repertoire. Removing this benefit would eliminate their excellence.

Here we run the peril of upsetting the many meritorious chess organizers who have spent years trying to prevail upon the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that chess should be included as an Olympic sport. Lifting light pieces of wood or clicking rapidly on a computer monitor is not physically challenging work. As any quantity of photos from foregone high level chess events will demonstrate, chess players don’t always cut a lean, trim, muscular profile.

Here we try to make amends with those very same organizers who nearly convinced the IOC that chess is a sport. A game between two extraordinary chess masters is full of tension, where superior nerves can make the difference between an also-ran and a winner.

To date it is unquestionable that women have not performed as well as men in chess events. There are many possible reasons for this. One may be that male players are often expert at making female players feel uncomfortable at chess events. The Polgar sisters have gone a long way to convince the chess world that women can play very well. Perhaps one day we will discover that women can even play better than men. No one really knows.

People, particularly chess players themselves, say the darnedest things about chess and about chess players. People who want to call other people unpleasant names should better say,’ chess is only for nerds ‘, but this is plainly untrue. Here we run the peril of upsetting the many meritorious chess organizers who have spent years trying to prevail upon the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that chess should be included as an Olympic sport. As any quantity of photos from foregone high level chess events will demonstrate, chess players don’t always cut a lean, trim, muscular profile.

One may be that male players are often expert at making female players feel uncomfortable at chess events.

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In this video, I play the final hours of lichess.org’s 2021 Spring Marathon, which turned out to be the largest chess tournament in history with 31,332 chess players. Every game is time-stamped below!

0:00 Largest chess tournament ever?
0:18 Life is good with the LONDON
5:55 Attacking the English
11:00 TRICKY JOBAVA LONDON OPENING TRAP
12:57 9 MOVE LONDON WIN
14:14 First tough game of the stream
20:00 I turned down the draw
28:45 PIRC TRAP… sort of
36:24 Following a famous BUDAPEST GAMBIT game
41:56 STAFFORD GAMBIT TIME
46:11 London vs IM (DAH!)
52:15 EASY PONZIANI WIN
54:09 LONDON VS GM LEVENTE VAJDA (TRANKUILIZER)
1:03:44 Knights are tricky
1:08:15 TYPICAL GRAND PRIX ATTACK
1:10:04 BUDAPEST GAMBIT Time Scramble
1:18:16 A pleasant Jobava London
1:22:15 Ideal Grand Prix pawn structure
1:28:19 Vienna Gambit vs FM
1:31:10 “Dah! I got forked!”
1:39:26 Walrus Declined
1:43:18 Tough London game
1:49:23 I blundered a pawn
1:53:57 LONDON TIME
1:56:10 London as Black gets sharp in time trouble
2:02:52 “NEVER RESIGN WHEN YOU HAVE A KNIGHT”
2:08:19 Accepting the SMITH-MORRA
2:13:37 How to beat the Hippo
2:17:39 MOUSESLIPPED A NIMZO (meant to play Budapest)
2:25:46 BERZERKING A STRONG PLAYER WITH THE SCHMID
2:31:31 YOLOING VS SCANDINAVIAN DEFENSE
2:33:33 Sharp setup vs Catalan
2:38:12 “OH, THERE’S A FUNNY LINE!” (LONDON)
2:41:21 TRAGIC MOUSESLIP ENDING (BUDAPEST GAMBIT)
2:47:23 2. Nh3 vs Dutch
2:52:22 ROSEN TRAP (WALRUS EDITION)
2:59:14 Orthoschnapp Gambit Declined gets really weird
3:04:27 From’s Gambit and fond memories
3:13:46 SURPRISE FINISH AFTER MOVE 1 MOUSESLIP
3:18:23 SUPER FUN FOUR QUEENS GAME
3:23:10 Surprise tactic for quick win
3:25:52 QUICK WIN VS DUTCH
3:27:14 Do I use my Wiki page to get out of confrontations?
3:34:56 Official the largest tournament ever! (Also a London)
3:40:35 Do I have nightmares about my Wiki page being deleted?
3:45:30 Really tired of Wiki questions (Also a London)
3:49:42 Rough game vs London
3:53:47 Cleaning converting a pawn up
3:57:23 BUDAPEST GAMBIT IS FUN BUT TIME TROUBLE ISN’T
4:03:48 Gradually building up in the Grand Prix
4:10:06 LONDON REMATCH VS GM LEVENTE VAJDA (TRANKUILIZER)
4:14:29 “It’s tough when the opponent doesn’t berzerk back”
4:17:17 ENGLUND GAMBIT OPENING TRAP FAIL
4:19:14 Another tough London
4:24:48 The one that got away
4:30:13 “OH NO, MY THING!”
4:35:53 “Let’s finish with dignity” (Hillbilly Attack)
4:39:46 Subscribe on YouTube!

Final tournament standings: https://lichess.org/tournament/spring21

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