I tried to organize freedom. How Scandinavian of me. (Bjork)
Not much poker in my life at the moment and foreseeable future. I am in Reykjavik playing the Reykjavik Open - a huge chess tournament which is also the Nordic (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland) championship. Even though I am playing chess and looking at chess I still think a lot about poker and especially how to make the optimal poker training program. The reason for these thoughts is a book I am reading: 'Goldmines - the secret behind the world's best athletes' by Rasmus Ankersen. It is a lot like 'Talent is overrated' by Geoff Colvin just with new examples and a slightly different view.
This guy, Ankersen, went on a trip to study six special places: 1) Kingston, Jamaica, to find the secret behind the Jamaican spring explosion. 2) Korea to discover why Korea now - out of the blue - has 35 percent of the top 100 in women's golf 3) Moscow to discover the secret behind the Russian tennisexplosion 4) Iten, Kenya, to train with and learn from the best mid and long distance runners 5) An Ethiopian village that has produced some of the world's best runners 6) Brazil to uncover the football magic - why do they produce the best players in the world?
After having dismissed genes, food and doping as explanations! (I believe him) he goes on to discuss the correct training and the necessary internal hunger and how it all should be done if you wan to reach the absolute top. At the moment I am doing a sort of 'translation' to poker in my head. When I am done I will present the 'ultimate poker training model' here - so check in again later, guys.
But first I have a chess game to win. The future also holds a lot of chess: After Reykjavik I am going straight to the German League (Bundesliga) to play two games for Hamburg. In April I am playing the Thailand Open in Pattaya and thereafter two tournaments in Australia! I have never been to Australia so I am quite excited! My goal in chess is to reach the world's top 100. For that I need a rating of around 2650 - at the moment it is around 2610 (around number 190 in the world). I don't really belong up there (I haven't done enough to deserve it) but I will give it a go. Btw if you guys are interested in a little blog about Iceland, just let me know. I have been to this special and very interesting country 4 times. Cya and have a good weekend.