Archive for the ‘chess’ category

Ending the first week; Cheating in Chess

Thursday, 28 December 2006

I’ve run my maintence runs for the WEEK 1 of my training schedule and actually I haven’t had so much the “legs tired” or “lungs tight” as much as “why am I doing this?” I ran 3miles Monday, Wed, Thurs…mostly using the Millrace route for now and I’m planning to run the same routes next week until I get used to the whole running business.

Some updates: my mom called the day before she was to fly out and said that she was sick with the crud and now as we all look back at it, it might have been for the better (with all of the people lines at airports as a result of Denver being shut down for a spell). So, it was a Xmas of the boys and Ken and Doris and here are the pictures to prove it.

And now, as the Chess world is trying to find out why drug testing would help the sport, players are now being scanned for the Cheating Potential of Hats. Even the recent World Chess Championship yielded some accusations and it seems that if you are doing well, then you must be cheating.

I’m finishing the planning of a new blog entitled bashing education and I should be writing regularly there next week. I’m exploring the world of technology and education and how the two mix together as well as oil and water. What I mean is that in almost every state, a technology standard has been set in education, yet most of the policy makers and policy enforcers have not a clue on how one can use technology for learning. Most software and hardware makers have an educational angle, but rarely will you find that there’s much to back up their claims (a lot of generalizations and spin talk…much like listening to classical music makes your baby smarter). So, in this blog, I hope to reflect on where we are at in the technology-education dialogue and then possibly give some ideas for where we could head with the conversation.

Now, time to finish my second cup of Senseo coffee.

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Last day of the School Week

Thursday, 23 March 2006

Temp: 32 f (and that's what it feels like)
Route: 3 miles (8th to Wilson)
Listened to: Slacker Astronomy, iTunes New Music Tuesday, a few Onion newsbriefs.
Afterward: fine.

I can't complain about the weather: it was a nice morning…in fact, I'm not sure the last time it was this nice out (or warm). Run was fine (I took my asthma med before I ran along with a cough drop).

Today's Thursday and lots of papers are coming in: 3 of my 4 classes to be exact. But, tomorrow we're off to Terre Haute for a chess tournament for Evan: good times on the horizon.

Evan playing 1st Board

Tuesday, 21 February 2006


Evan playing 1st Board
Originally uploaded by vergil66.

At the regional practice tourney this weekend, Evan played 2.5/5 at first chair. The team just missed third place.

Chess Tourney Buddies

Thursday, 8 December 2005


Chess Tourney Buddies
Originally uploaded by vergil66.

Evan enjoys a moment with Nathan at the Goshen Scholastic Chess Tourney Dec. 3. Evan went 3/3 in his very first tournament.

This was also a first for me: the first chess parent experience. Advise to new chess parents: bring lots of change for the concession stand (candy is good) and bring comic books (Calvin and Hobbes was a hit) and don't try to grade papers during the wait.

Football vs. Chess

Monday, 27 January 2003

Sunday was a big day for sports: Super Bowl XXXVII and Kasparov vs. Deep Junior. Both were played in the United States and both brought a lot of media attention. The Superbowl was a romp and so was the chess game.

At least Garry came through for me.

The Oakland Raiders’ training camp was in my hometown in Santa Rosa, CA. We heard of how tough and mean those guys were (mid to late 1970s if you remember). And now that they’ve come back to Oakland, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Silver and Black…I was a little sad for the game and the commericals.

Garry Kasparov taking on another computer (last time he publically lost and everyone went into a tizzy). Kasparov did what he was supposed to do and won overwhelmly.
Humans rejoice! (thought the folks that put the program together did a nice job, too!)

Wouldn’t it be cool to hear in the classroom: I want to be a GrandMaster Chess player after college. It sure beats the aspirations of going into professional sports…delusional as it sounds.

No wonder the USA isn’t listed in the top 10, 20 of Chess players. In fact the highest ranking USA chess player is �Alexander Onischuk (#35) and he wasn’t born here (please, I know he’s a US citizen and has all the rights of a citizen). But who amoung us, who went through the US public school system (or any US school system) is smart enough to play the game well?

I wonder if we should shift our priorities around in school.

Friday Questions

Friday, 10 January 2003

Forget the VCR; Friday’s a good day for questions:

If chess is so good for the mind, why don’t more schools incorporate the mental challenge into their day?

Why do I get the feeling that Apple is rolling out more system products…with a price tag?

What would it be like to live on the Island of Sodor?