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Poker legend claims he can get to 2100 in chess in a year

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Monday, 09 August 2010
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While many chess players (including grandmasters) love playing poker part-time or even quit chess to try their luck in the card game, there are opposite examples. Allen Cunningham needs no introduction for poker-playing people. He owns 5 WSOP bracelets, has been named player of the year in 2005 and has over $10, 400, 000 in official tournament winnnings (10th largest in history). This year he decided to take a prop bet from another famous poker player - Howard Lederer. The first news was the Allen will try to get from novice to 2100 in a year. Later on the details have been clarified: he will be playing vs Howard in a high stakes chess match. Given that Howard hasn't been competing for over 20 years, and his rating of USCF 1951, his playing strength should be closer to 1700-1800 than 2100. Of course, Howard is not allowed to study or practice chess before the event. 

Allen seems to take the challenge seriously (studying up to 6 hours a day) and be more interested in becoming a better player than just beating his opponent. His recent success at US Open says everything: the poker champ won 3 games against Experts and drew an NM along the way! That's incredible, isn't it?

Allen says:

A chess game is 4 hours of intense concentration over the course of 4 hours. Then you do it again after trying to choke down some food. Poker is 1/2 hour of concentration over a span of 10 hours. Of course, I'm much more experienced at poker so most plays are natural as can be and I can find them without breaking a sweat. Even so, I don't find a slow chess game online or live with a friend stressful at all so there is just something about the tournament setting that ups the pressure. I need to convince myself to just have

You can follow Cunningham's progress, offer advice or view some of Cunningham's games at a special forum thread. Good luck, Allen!

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Comments (3)
1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 00:29 10 2010 .
What a great challenge. These two will certainly see some significant press over this match. I am happy to see this and with practicing 6 hours per day, a great chess player can be made in no time. This should be good. I wonder what high stakes is. How much is this for?
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 10:17 30 2010 .
No Chances
No chances guy! Rating 2100 in one year?! Grandmaster chessplayer can to win a bracelet poker in one year. 
3. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 07:41 11 2013 .
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With that amount of Money & Kapital, this Allen Cunningham has Practically no Blockades Hiring an Igor Smirnov, a Roman Yakovlevich Dzindzichashvili, Jeremy Silman, Dan Heisman, the Female *Site-Host [ Natalia Pogonina if *it was incorrect ], und zu Fort.

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