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(CNN)   Seventeen-year-old inner city girl a few wins away from becoming the first female African-American chess master. Suck it, Kasparov   (cnnradio.cnn.com) divider line 13
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2012-10-26 11:53:34 PM  
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Fark Me To Tears: TheDumbBlonde: So is she special because she's black, female or just freaking awesome at chess?

If she ever becomes a chess master, she would be considered a "role model for African-American women" and would then have every African-American "community leader" want to include her in their entourage whenever they made public appearances anywhere. (*sigh*)

Personally, I wish her the best of luck, and I hope she kicks some chess ass. On the other hand, if she does it, it will be an individual achievement. I don't like how the press is playing this up as some kind of freak of nature on the one hand, but then talks about her like she's fighting through all this chess-related oppression that's out there. Like the evil white male chess masters were holding her and "her people" back. No they weren't. They never were.


Whitey gets to go first.

/advantage
2012-10-27 12:59:53 AM  
2 votes:
I don't see you guys rating the kind of mating I'm contemplating.

/It's a drag, it's a bore, it's really such a pity to be looking at the board not looking at the city.
2012-10-27 05:34:07 PM  
1 votes:

DrPainMD: How was that post racist?


Don't worry, nobody's accusing you of post-racism.
2012-10-27 10:17:18 AM  
1 votes:

dramboxf: I thought Bobby Fischer was the whackjob racist?


He was sexist too. He talked a lot of shiat about female chess players, and his chess skills couldn't cash the check his mouth wrote.
2012-10-27 07:15:51 AM  
1 votes:
I blame Gza
2012-10-27 06:49:38 AM  
1 votes:
Some of my best friends are black pawns.
2012-10-27 05:06:55 AM  
1 votes:

SevenizGud: master category here - it isn't that hard

all I did was memorize MCO-11 and 101 opening traps

I used to do exhibitions where I would play simultaneous blind (I never saw the board, the opponents had shrouded boards and they would call out the position of the move on their turn when I got to them), and at one point I played 20 simultaneous semi-blind games this way. I was 18-1-1 that day, with the only loss coming on an illegal move where I jumped a bishop over my own pawn on move 38 (one bad move in a total of nearly 800 moves). The tie came against a decent player who went french defense exchange as white and was clearly playing for the draw the whole way, so we drew by agreement at move 50 because I had a plane to catch. I had space advantage and positional advantage with material equality, so I don't think he would get the draw, but with the DQ earlier, what did I care?


Cool story, bro.
2012-10-27 04:43:22 AM  
1 votes:
I'm surprised that none of the other players have objected to those earbuds she's wearing. Or am I the only one who saw that episode of Cheers where the guys used a chess program and a radio to help Sam beat Robin Colcord?
2012-10-27 03:37:55 AM  
1 votes:
Only time someones skin color should be used in the media is when describing a criminal. That is about the only time it is uesful
2012-10-27 01:25:04 AM  
1 votes:
White moves first? That's racist

I always wanted to learn go.

/ yeah she's pretty cute
2012-10-26 08:54:35 PM  
1 votes:

RodneyToady: The 17 year old from Brooklyn is just a few wins away from becoming the first female African-American to attain the ranking of chess master.

She plays chess. I mean, it's a pretty obscure game, you probably haven't heard of it.


East Flatbush is not hipster, more like a slice of the Caribbean without the sunshine, clear water, or umbrella filled drinks.

TheDumbBlonde: So is she special because she's black, female or just freaking awesome at chess?


what were you doing in middle school?
2012-10-26 08:00:14 PM  
1 votes:
I thought Bobby Fischer was the whackjob racist?
2012-10-26 07:54:47 PM  
1 votes:
The 17 year old from Brooklyn is just a few wins away from becoming the first female African-American to attain the ranking of chess master.

She plays chess. I mean, it's a pretty obscure game, you probably haven't heard of it.
 
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