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Lessons With Grandmaster - 3 !!HOT!!


This is the third book in the highly acclaimed Lessons with a Grandmaster series. It bridges the gap between great player and amateur through a series of conversations between teacher, the renowned Grandmaster Boris Gulko, and student Dr. Joel R. Sneed, a professor of psychology and amateur chess player. The lessons are based on Gulko's own battles against fellow Grandmasters.




Lessons with Grandmaster - 3



Lessons with a Grandmaster bridges this gap between grandmaster and amateur through a series of conversations between teacher, the renowned Grandmaster Boris Gulko, and student Dr. Joel R. Sneed, a professor of psychology and amateur chess player. The lessons are based on Gulko's own battles against fellow grandmasters, and there is particular focus on strategy, tactics and the role of psychology in chess competition.


This year's top import, The Grandmaster, is debuting in U.S. theaters here in August and September with a "Martin Scorsese and Samuel L. Jackson present..." tagline on its domestic advertising after being picked up by the Weinstein Company. Released in China back in January and making the festival rounds in Venice and Hong Kong,


The Grandmaster is the first martial arts film directed by visionary Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai. Called the Hong Kong's "most romantic filmmaker" years ago, Kar-Wai normally specializes in exotic and brooding domestic romances, the greatest of which is 2000's In the Mood for Love which won two awards at Cannes and made Time magazine's "10 Best" list that year. With a penchant for moody music, colorful imagery, decorated interiors, and splendidly unique cinematography, Kar-wai brings those talents to a totally new genre for him with The Grandmaster.


For an American comparison, imagine if the Coen Brothers decided to make Gladiator. That's the change of pace this is for Wong Kar-Wai and The Grandmaster. The results are something with more depth and meaning than the usual martial arts film that relies on a stopwatch to pace when the next fight is supposed to take place. Rich with historical and philosophical context, The Grandmaster offers more than just fancy movies. It aims to tells a true journey.


Tony Leung Chiu-wai, arguably China's greatest and most decorated living or non-living actor, re-teams with Wong Kar-wai for the seventh time. They are that country's Scorsese and De Niro. Together, they chronicle the life of the legendary Ip Man, a Wing Chun grandmaster of kung fu who would later go on to mentor Bruce Lee himself. This historical figure is no stranger to foreign films, with Donnie Yen's Ip Man and Ip Man 2 from 2008 and 2010 that are ranked high on martial arts aficionado's list of the best of the genre.


In The Grandmaster, we meet the Foshan native as a reflective master in his forties. Ip is a respected and peaceful man when schools of thought and philosophy clash between the north and south regions of China, sparking a turf war of skill and teaching. Considered a equal master, the retiring master Gong Yuitan (Wang Qingxiang) in the north passes over Ip and appoints the younger and brasher Ma San (Zhang Jin) as his heir apparent. Feeling himself to be the better master, Ip decides to move and side with the southern region and throw his hat in the ring as their own heir. To earn that spot, Ip must pass the tests of three southern masters before confronting the retiring and new masters of the north. During that process, he meets and befriends Gong's daughter Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi of Rush Hour 2 and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Though Ip is already married, their connection borders on romantic as well as competitive.


When China become embroiled in the Second Sino-Japanese War which merged with World War II, Ma San betrays his country to side with Japan and kills Gong Yuitan, spurring Gong Er's vow and quest of revenge. At the same time, Ip has fell into poverty in the north and loses his children to starvation. Later, he decides to move to British-occupied Hong Kong in hopes to earn a living and greater respect teaching his Wing Chun discipline in schools, only to find more competition and adversity. Sure enough, Ip and Gong Er's paths cross again as the years go by.


The Grandmaster is a drama that relies of visual storytelling. Longing looks and glances replace dialogue and chatter, matching Kar-wai's modus operandi. Every scene is given its dear sweet time and space to develop in this way and look exceedingly beautiful at every angle. Shigeru Umebayashi's collaborated musical score makes sure of that. That said, longing and deliberate pace mean all of the politics and philosophy surround the characters feels more at the center than the action. If you want your action movies to have more meat on their bones and brains in their skulls, you've come to the right place. The boost of style to go with the substance is commendable.


However, with all that heavy storytelling, the movie is not going to win cool points with the action junkies. Fight movie fans are going to yawn more than drop their jaws while watchingThe Grandmaster. Even though Yuen Woo-ping, the cinema world's foremost expert on martial arts stuntwork, has brought his creativity and choreography to the movie, the casually spaced action scenes are likely going to feel too fleeting and infrequent for that crowd.


That boost of style and a tremendous sense of atmosphere make even the most benign or rudimentary shot flow like the skirt of a polished ballroom dancer. If you've got the patience to wade through the lofty history, you'll be rewarded with a fully developed character experience to follow the renowned Ip Man's journey. Sometimes a slow journey beats a repeated string of sprints. That's the experiment here. It's not for everyone, and while I can't call it as emotionally stirring as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or Hero, it works for me over Punchfest 2013.


LESSON #1: PROVING ONE'S SELF TO BE A MASTER IN THEIR GIVEN FIELD-- If I sorted every line of wisdom spoken in this movie, I would never run out of useful quotes and lessons and we would be here a while. My goal was to make three lessons of the movie's storyline over its philosophy. The first lesson is about proving one's self in their expertise. The term of "master" is not taken lightly within the realms of the different existing martial arts disciplines of this era. However, that term is not given. It is earned. Proving your worth requires competition and victory, both of which Ip achieves with abundance throughout his career.


LESSON #3: THE IMPORTANCE OF PASSING ON ONE'S MASTERY AND KNOWLEDGE TO OTHERS-- This final lesson speaks to both of our main characters. For Gone Er, her vow of taking revenge over the work of teaching means that she has to accept that her knowledge and martial arts discipline dies with her nonexistent lineage. That realization hurts her deeply. On the other side, after experiencing loss elsewhere in his livelihood, Ip learns that teaching and passing on his knowledge is one of the most important things he can do with his life. Sharing his mastery becomes his relevance.


If we want to learn how to create stories that punch people in the feelings, stories that make people care, the best place to learn is from a story that does exactly that, repeatedly, in a gleefully abundant manner, without the least hint of restraint or embarrassment.


The prologue tells us outright about the big mid-story climax that everything else is built around: a young man has become so very evil with dark power that a whole alliance of people, led by his own brother, has to band together to kill him!


I could go on and on, all the way down the entire character list, but the point is this: when all of your characters are linked not by a single unifying goal, but instead by a tangled web of conflicting relationships and desires, you have endless opportunities to stick them in situations in which there is no easy way out. In which somebody is always going to get hurt. In which desperately trying to do the right thing can still end in tragedy. In which you get to cackle with evil glee while your readers agonizing over every new development, absorbed with all the doubts and dangers, so invested in the emotional fabric of the story that they have to see it through to the end.


When writers get mired in seeking advice and finding refuge in rules, we can all benefit from taking a breath and asking ourselves, sincerely, without any room for internal dishonesty, exactly what we are trying to achieve and why. Then look around to find things that will help us figure out how to do it. Then do it.


Grandmaster Group lessons: Flyer!.1. Advanced Grandmaster weekly group classes. FRIDAYS 5:40pm - 6:40pm , to join 1-1 assessment is needed. No class 4/14, 5/12, 11/24, 12/29. Registration to gm.emilanka@chesssport.com or gm.emilanka@gmail.com.2. Intermediate Grandmaster weekly group classes. MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS from 5:40pm - 6:40pm , to join 1-1 assessment is needed. No Mon class 2/20, 4/10, 5/15, 12/25. No Wed class 4/12, 7/5, 11/12, 12/27. Registration, questions please email to gm.emilanka@chesssport.com or gm.emilanka@gmail.com.3. Beginner Grandmaster weekly group classes. SATURDAYS from 9am - 10am and 10am - 11am. Only for July and August months the class changes to TUESDAYS from 4:15pm-5:15pm and TUESDAYS from 5:15pm-6:15pm. No class 5/13, 7/4, 11/25, 12/30. Registration to gm.emilanka@chesssport.com or gm.emilanka@gmail.com.Price: $130/month (1 class/week, 4 classes), or $45/class drop-in rate. For 2 classes/week or more (intermediate, beginner) there is a discount. Monthly payment at the beginning of the month, no refund. Payment by check to Chesssport.com, or Chase (Zelle) Quickpay to gm.emilanka@chesssport.com.4. 2023 In-person OTB (over the board) NATIONALS PREP Winter session (9 classes): Saturday G60 USCF rated games from 1:30pm - 5:00pm. Flyer! Starting date: 1/14/2023. Event description: USCF rated G60+5sec Nationals, State and general preparatory games with recorded Grand Master analysis. Learn, practice how to think better, from yours and others games! Great combination of a rated long time control tournament game with instructing analysis in a group at the spot!. Open for K-10 students.Price: 8-9 classes $75/class, 3-7 for $85/class, 1-2 for $95/class. Payment methods: Check, Chase (Zelle) Quickpay. USCF membership and pre-registration required!Registration: more information, please email to gm.emilanka@chesssport.com or gm.emilanka@gmail.comLocation: Chesssport.com: 13211 112th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034.Cancellation\rescheduling\general policies. 041b061a72


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