What I do for fun
- I play chess competitively. Recently I played in some
tournaments at the Mechanics Institute
Chess Club in San Francisco, the oldest chess club in the US (founded
in 1854!). My current
USCF rating, and to provide some perspective, the distribution
of USCF ratings.
- Garry Kasparov is clearly the strongest player in history.
cartoons illustrating his phenomenal performance at the Hoogovens, Wijk
aan Zee tournament in 1999. However, as evidenced at the recent Linares
2004 tournament, he seems to have started declining. He's still the player
to beat, but managed to ruin several winning positions by making simple (for
him) errors that never would have happened at his peak.
- I like playing go (weiqi in Chinese) although
I'm not very good. The nature of the game is very different from chess: the
pace is slower and it's a more 'static' game. As a result, there's a much
heavier emphasis on long term strategy.
- The UC
Berkeley campus go club is very well hidden. They don't do much publicity
and seem to almost not want to be found. The atmosphere is pretty friendly
- I enjoy playing tennis.
I grew up a few minutes away from Kooyong,
where they used to hold the Australian Open
until they switched from grass to Rebound Ace.
- At her peak, Martina Hingis was by far the most fascinating
player to watch. Unlike all her rivals, her major weapon was not any spectacular
shot, but her omniscient tactical sense on the court. At
her best, it was like watching a combination of chess and tennis, she anticipated
everything and was always at right place at the right time.
March 14, 2004