The Sarcastic Cynic™

Sarcastic and cynical view of the world.

…Chess in the Parks — February 25, 2015

…Chess in the Parks




Anyone can enter for this tournament usually held in September near the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. The majority of participants are from the Chess-in-the-Schools program, which brings the game to schools across the city.  I can attest that these children have been taught to play chess very well.  Hope to see them again in 2015.

Classy Former World Chess Champion Congratulates Magnus Carlsen for His Superior Play — November 26, 2013

Classy Former World Chess Champion Congratulates Magnus Carlsen for His Superior Play

English: Magnus Carlsen
English: Magnus Carlsen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It’s clear that he dominated.


At the start of the match I thought my chances depended on my ability to last long games without making a lot of mistakes. This year I had a lot of problems with mistakes creeping into my play. I kind of tried to pay some attention to that. In the end it was in vain because the way I lost the fifth game is exactly the way I thought I could not afford to lose. I mean, just a fine position in the opening, then slowly slip and so on. The fifth game was a heavy blow because I really hoped to not be afraid of him in long games but simply to try and match him, but this was not to be. After that it just got kind of worse and worse. Yesterday at least was nice game, today again… I guess when it rains, it pours.”

“Anyway, I think it’s fair enough to just congratulate him. My mistakes didn’t happen by themselves, clearly he managed to provoke them, and full credit to him.”

“At the end of the day my play in the match was a big disappointment. I didn’t manage to achieve any of the things I tried to aim for.”



Do you see the mate? I challenge my readers to a match. — November 25, 2013
Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen, the 16th Undisputed World Champion of Chess — November 23, 2013

Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen, the 16th Undisputed World Champion of Chess

Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen (Photo credit: Luke McKernan)


Magnus Carlsen won the 2013 World Chess Championship in Chennai, India to become the 16th Undisputed World Champion of Chess. The 10th and last game of the match ended in a draw, and so the final score is 6.5-3.5 in favour of the Norwegian, who will celebrate his 23rd birthday in eight days from now.
By PeterDoggers on 11/22/13, 6:16 AM.


It’s time to ask IBM and Joel Benjamin to start warming up Deep Blue. Carlsen needs a worthy challenger.




“I Wasn’t in Any Mood to Think” Magnus Carlsen — November 20, 2013

“I Wasn’t in Any Mood to Think” Magnus Carlsen

The eight game of the FIDE World Chennai 2013 Championship Match, being held in Chennai, India ended in a draw.  The game today was similar to that played by two children who just exchange pieces until all they have left is a Queen and a Knight.

A boring game was played by both players.  Obviously Carlsen doesn’t have to risk anything anymore.  With 4 games left in the match, the current champion from India will have only two more chances to play with the white pieces.  That will be the only advantage Viswanathan Anand will have, and if he doesn’t play aggressively after a day of rest tomorrow, the match will be in Magnus Carlsen’s hands. 

Magnus Carlsen retains two points lead against Anand – The Times of India, 14 hours ago

Viswanathan Anand fails to break through as Game 8 ends in a draw – Livemint #fwcm2013, 14 hours ago


World Chess Championship Being Held in India — November 9, 2013
Only in America? — December 29, 2010

Only in America?

On October 20, 2010, a group of men were given citations for playing matches in Inwood Hill Park at the built-in chess tables in the park’s playground area. The bulletproof-vest wearing cops descended on this dangerous group of men who were plotting to check mate their opponents in Manhattan.

Even though the men were given permission from a park ranger, these zealous policemen enforced a restriction that has been in place for quite some time that does not allow an adult to be in the playground if he or she is not accompanied by a child under the age of 12.

Refusing to accept a plea deal are two men who still face the risk of 90 days in prison and a $1,000 fine.   The others were given adjournments in contemplation of dismissal.  If these three men stay out parks when they’re not in the company of a child and if they don’t commit any other offense, then their charges will be dropped.  I applaud the two men who are willing to play this farce into the endgame, and I feel sorry for the only man who refused to appear in summons court.  I wonder what additional charges will be created for this dangerous individual.

The mayor of New York City and his police commissioner should have interceded and forced all the charges dropped.

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