Saturday, February 20, 2010

Chess What Matters

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Chess What Matters
Saturday, February 20, 2010
John-Thomas Kobos

Two of the world's highest ranked chess players checked in to the Central Valley Saturday afternoon to battle brave locals.

Organized competitive chess started in the 16-Century.

Players claim it takes minutes to learn but years to master.

Well, Saturday afternoon in Clovis 100 players had the chance to square off one by one against International Master Sofia Polgar and her older sister Susan Polgar an International Grandmaster.

"I'm sure there's some kind of anxiety but on the otherhand it's an experience to play a former world champion and it's hopefully a lifelong experience for them," said Susan.

Sophia added: "It's a great way to interact and make new friends."

Both sisters, who are world renowned and top of their fields, acknowledged they can be a bit intimidating and so does their competition.

"They're human beings but their skill level is something I aspire to," said teacher P.R. Gaffney.

10-year old Gunho Moon said he was probably going to lose pretty fast because: "I'm not so good at chess." He added, "My dad wanted me to play."

However, 10-year old Gunho Moon said he is excited to participate.

These sisters will alternate moves on each board until the game is over and they cannot discuss strategy. This is the first time they've ever been challenged this way.

Susan said: "It's more of a challenge than if we were to play separately on 50 boards each because our styles are different."

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1 comment:

Bethany said...

Wow, Ms. Polar, that was quite a feat!
My name is Bethany Carson, and I recently defended my title as Iowa Girls Chess Champion. Are you still holding the Annual Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls? My family would love to come down to Texas. :)