Blogs to read here - Gregori Serper
This time I start to recommend blogs and add my personal views of them.
The first blog you should read always and go back to it's first post till you have read them all is Gregori Serper's blog or article series. My reasons for this:
- Great chess content from a great player.
- G. Serper seems to be a very honest person with a healthy sense of humor.
- My trainer knows him and was happy when talking about him.
- With his latest post he remembered me of something wrong I did and I feel ashamed till today. Mr. Serper is able to induce something like this with his honesty.
https://www.chess.com/members/view/Gserper his page here.
His article provoking me to write more here.
(Maybe the rest here sounds pathetic to you. Then pardon me and forget about it or better stop reading, if something like a confession disturbs you.)
When I was about 26yo one of us could not play at the regular time of a team match and my opponent agreed to play at another time in his habitation. As he was about my otb strength but fifth in an european correspondence chess mastership the game was something special for me. Those were the days were computers didn't play chess! So his performance was something really remarkable.
The game started and around move ten my opponent asked me if I'd like to get something to drink and then went out to prepare a tea. I moved while he was out and remarked the move was bad, not a direct blunder, but anti-positional. And I took the move back, thought again and found a better move.
The game continued and I won. My opponent showed me, how he would have won after my real move. We talked about his profession, my plans and that I loved the books and games of Capablanca. Hearing this he rose, went to his bookshelf and presented me a famous collection of Capablanca's complete losses. He said, being now over 60 he'd like to give it someone younger. You can imagine that I was really ashamed. But you cannot imagine how much I was ashamed and I am still today.
My feelings were paralyzed and I could not tell the truth about our game to him. Iirc our team won clearly so this game was not important except for me showing how heavy I had misbehaved.
Since then I never abused the J'adube rule or did anything else intentionally against the chess rules. This was the first lesson I learned. The second was that in some situations friendliness is a stronger pain for a sinner than getting caught and condemned. I try to follow this rule when teaching the youth groups. I don't want to punish misbehavior, I want to reduce it.
Never being able to report this before I could not thank this great man. This happened 35 years ago. And I feel really bad writing this down.