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|I have so many important things to say||
If you are still following this blog you have unbelievable faith, since I haven’t updated it since 2011. Nothing really happened in 2012 though. Also slightly embarrassed because somehow when I see that photo of myself in that suit in the top right corner of the page, I feel like I look some kind of insurance salesman that’s trying to scam you out of all of your money. I should change that sometime soon. In fact do I really need a giant picture of my face at the top of my blog? If I was a beautiful girl or something then maybe it’d make sense. In any case I obviously have no idea how to change it, and due to laziness about stuff like this, I imagine the photo will be staying for a while.
So what have I been up to in a few words? Traveling a bit, focusing a lot on chess but less playing and more studying and slowly building the U.S. Chess School into a behemoth. For those who don’t follow my every move, the U.S. Chess School is a program that currently happens about 3 times per year (hopefully this will become 6-10+ times per year in the future), in which we invite lots of the top chess playing kids in the country to a changing location (somewhere like NY, SF, LA etc), invite a top coach or two, and then the kids receive a week of free chess studying. For the first time ever the United States Junior Closed Championship, the most prestigious tournament for young players in the U.S., is comprised solely of players who have attended the U.S. Chess School before. I think that’s pretty exciting!
I have started excersizing regularly for the first time in my life. Despite being a relatively decent speller, I misspell the word excersize 100% of the time. I am going to leave it misspelled every single time for emphasis and now I am going to try to spell it over and over until I get it right for your amusement:
Holy crap only took me two tries! Scripps spelling bee here I come!
Anyway I have joined Crossfit and have been going regularly since last August. It’s pretty awesome and while I still feel like a bit of a newbie there (although I’m not really), I’ll definitely talk more about that in future blogs. If you are someone who has trouble working out and sticking with any kind of program, I’d highly recommend it. Pretty sure I won’t be stopping anytime soon given that whenever I can’t go for a day I suffer symptoms of withdrawal.
Being the huge entrepeaneaur that I am (nice spelling there Greg), I created a gigantic Scramble with Friends league (a Zynga video game), that houses most of the top players in the world. You can check it out here: swfleague.com
I am definitely pretty good at the game, but not one of the world’s best. If you like boggle-like word games, you should definitely join, although I warn you that probably the top 50% of players in this league (and there are a bout 260-270 players), are almost certainly in the top 1% of all players in the world, so unless you are super good prepare to be humbled (although you will be put into a group with players around your own level). This league has been in existence since June 2012 and started with just 24 players or so. And here is our super cool facebook page!
I have recently created a set of videos for LeggoPoker where I basically give out 100% of my shortstacking secrets (When I played poker professionally before the government made it nearly impossible to play in the U.S., my most recent specialty was shortstacking). Also I make weekly chess videos for LeggoPoker as well.
The United States Chess League is set to begin again in two months. Last season we hosted our games on two sites (both chessclub.com and chess.com) and I think it was a success! The Seattle Sluggers won their first ever Championship after an exciting season of play. Thanks to Pokerstars for their continuing super generous support.
I have not played chess for quite a while….mainly because we all know deep in our hearts that playing in a modern American chess tournament is maybe the most unhealthy way you can possibly spend 4-5 days of your time. I suspect my lifespan is reduced by about 2 weeks for every tournament I play in. You can’t really eat well, you can’t really expect to work out and sleeping is touch and go. And you have to go through this for three to five days in a row. Sounds like fun to me! It’s a sick world in which I love doing something so much but we have set it up so that actually doing that thing is so unpleasant that I almost never want to do it. I wrote a giant article about this for USChess.org, but then realized it was too insane and whiny and never submitted it. Maybe I will post it here. Also hopefully I will just suck it up and play again soon anyway. Faster time controls would be a blessing, but I don’t see that happening any time soon because for some sick reason you chess masochists want to play potentially 10-12 hours of chess in a day and will start crying like psychopaths if that right is taken away from you. Newsflash: That is not normal, not healthy and it’s not an accident that so many talented young players disappear from chess completely once they get a real job and have some money. It’s because playing in a chess tournament if you are a very strong adult player is not a pleasant experience. And if you live a pleasant and normal healthy life, it makes a lot of sense to never want to be subjected to that atmosphere. Ok /endrant, will discuss more in some future post.
My mother also passed away in January but I don’t really want to talk about that. My sister took care of that here.
My middle school school chess team (Masterman) won the National middle scohol championship. Happy times.
Also I have a beautiful girlfriend who gives me lots of joy. She lives with me now too which is very exciting and has helped put me on a “regular person” sleep schedule. I now actually go to sleep around 11-1230 and get up around 830-845. For those that know me well, my normal schedule for the past 10-15 years was to go to bed around 2-5 AM and wake up anywhere from 10 AM-1 PM. I’ve been on this new schedule for a bit over two months and I think it’s here to stay, because I always really want to go to bed at the same time as Ronna (my girlfriend). I hope she never becomes a night owl….
Anyway that’s all for now. I hope we are all caught up, hopefully I will make another post sometime soon. I have so much to say!