Chess - classic or dud?

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I think winning = classic & losing = dud

man, Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:11 (sixteen years ago) link

I give good game even to good players, but I rarely win. Classic occasionally.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:14 (sixteen years ago) link

It's classic but I hardly ever play it.

hstencil, Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Haven't played it in years, still great. Proud moment of callow youth -- beating my dad at chess when I was...eight, I think.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:17 (sixteen years ago) link

My brain and chess don't get along

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:20 (sixteen years ago) link

i've never seen it but i own the soundtrack.

di smith (lucylurex), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Ned, he let you win.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:22 (sixteen years ago) link

whoa Ned, weird thread connection, I used beating your dad at chess as a metaphor in a thread about your dad's overcoming the prostate thing!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:23 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't think I've ever beaten my dad at chess. He's a helluva crossword genius guy, too.

hstencil, Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:23 (sixteen years ago) link

(or is that what you meant by callow? Maybe I should reread that callow thread)

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Cruelest game ever = chess as a drinking game. Lose a piece, take a shot. Best way to lose at chess very quickly. Otherwise classic.

Bryan (Bryan), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Snap with hstencil and Ned. Played for the first time in years a few months ago and won. I immediately started another game against the same bloke and got blown out of the water. The consensus: the fact that I was as rusty as hell made me unpredictable in the first game, but by the second he had 'worked me out' and was able to spot my basic tactical errors earlier and felt freer exploiting them.

My dad was a bit more cunning than Ned's. He made sure I didn't beat him at age eight by not teaching me until age 11. I think I was 16 when I beat him for the first time and we've only played together a few times since.

Fred Nerk, Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Utter classic; I play it pretty often, and put up a decent fight, although I haven't won a game in months. Once upon a time I was on the chess team at my middle school, and I had a retarded long undefeated streak between ages 11 and 13. I think adolescence fucked up my game, although I'm not sure how.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:30 (sixteen years ago) link

I reached my peak weeks after learning the game. I had just turned 11, and a friend taught me to play - then immediately took me to this adult chess club that he was a member of. They were having a speed-chess tournament that day. I was drawn against the club captain, a regular county player, in the first round - and I beat him. I was school champion and stuff in the years after, but it was really all downhill from there. I've not played in years and years.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:30 (sixteen years ago) link

I play now and again. I am hopeless at openings, but if I survive I'll usually win.

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Cruelest game ever = chess as a drinking game. Lose a piece, take a shot. Best way to lose at chess very quickly. Otherwise classic.

That would make a gambit all the more effective.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:39 (sixteen years ago) link

The drunkest I ever got was playing that game (I was sucking right from the opening move and I ended up drinking most of a 26oz bottle of Southern Comfort). They almost called the police because they thought I was missing. I was actually in a bathroom in the Brandon University science building basement with my head in a sink. I don't think I've played chess since.

Bryan (Bryan), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:45 (sixteen years ago) link

To the scoffers above -- my dad admitted then and has said since that I beat him fair and square. Nyah. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 22:56 (sixteen years ago) link

I think I'm going to take up full contact American football with my Dad this weekend! Bring it!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 23:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Spencer is a MANLY man!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 13 March 2003 03:41 (sixteen years ago) link

this one night, in Bangkok...

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Thursday, 13 March 2003 03:45 (sixteen years ago) link

The queens we use would not excite you Jim.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 13 March 2003 03:47 (sixteen years ago) link

The ILX production of Chess...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 13 March 2003 03:47 (sixteen years ago) link

I love chess and the idea of chess, but I suck. Actually I haven't played for about four years...I went to a chess club thing my freshman year of college, got beaten (twice) in a matter of minutes, realized I was out of my league and didn't want to put the time into memorizing real chess stuff.

A couple of people in my band are excellent chess players. On our last out of town gig they were telling me about the latest Kasparov/Deep Blue Jr. thing, that shit is fascinating.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 13 March 2003 04:12 (sixteen years ago) link

I cannot get my head around chess whatsoever, I think chess is a guy thing.

Now Go, on the other hand, that I like. I wish I was a lot better at it, but it has an organic beauty that chess just doesn't. Less logic, more intutive. And it looks sexy and elegant.

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 13 March 2003 04:53 (sixteen years ago) link

classic: battle-chess for the PC.
dud: pepperidge farm chesspiece cookies. yuck

phil-two (phil-two), Thursday, 13 March 2003 04:55 (sixteen years ago) link

I think chess is a guy thing

I can think of a few people who might have something to say about that one...

I love chess, and wish I had more talent for it; the taste of success I've had at a handful of tournaments is enough to make me want more, but alas, I'm not a visual thinker, so that limits me severely. Still, I'd like to get a master's rating someday; judging by the difference between my rating now, and the one I had when I started playing tournaments, I'm about two-thirds of the way there. I haven't played a tournament in several years, though, and I suspect the advent of Internet chess is hitting the world of OTB (over-the-board) tournaments pretty hard...

Phil (phil), Thursday, 13 March 2003 05:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Cheap but sturdy wooden chess pieces = classic.
The game itself? Well have no mind for it and none of my friends enjoy it so = dud.

Chris P (Chris P), Thursday, 13 March 2003 05:44 (sixteen years ago) link

One of my better games of chess (I'm black):

1. e2-e4 e7-e5
2. g1-f3 g8-f6
3. f1-c4 d7-d5
4. e4xd5 f6xd5
5. f3xe5 d5-f4
6. o-o d8-g5
7. e5-g4 f8-d6
8. f1-e1+ c8-e6
9. c4xe6 f7xe6
10. d2-d3 g5-d5
11. g4-e3 d5-g5
12. g2-g3 o-o
13. e3-g2 f4-h3+
14. g1-f1 f8xf2++

A Nairn (moretap), Thursday, 13 March 2003 05:51 (sixteen years ago) link

"Now Go, on the other hand, that I like. I wish I was a lot better at it, but it has an organic beauty that chess just doesn't. Less logic, more intutive. And it looks sexy and elegant. "

Go is very beautiful to play. Your mind is expanding two ways at once (defense/offense), yet the board and pieces form a minimalistic pattern and the clicking noises as you make a move are so peaceful.

A Nairn (moretap), Thursday, 13 March 2003 05:56 (sixteen years ago) link

i can't say i know anything about go.
but as far as chess goes - classic
& when you lose - classic - because that's how you learn

dyson (dyson), Thursday, 13 March 2003 06:28 (sixteen years ago) link

I like chess but I am gawdawful at it. I have this mental deficiency where I can't plan more than one or two moves ahead so I can't really plan. I play with my girlfriend occasionally and she always always beats me. I should read some chess how-to books or something.

Nick A. (Nick A.), Thursday, 13 March 2003 13:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I have never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever won a game. Ever. Ronald Reagan could probably beat me if we played this afternoon.

dave q, Thursday, 13 March 2003 13:46 (sixteen years ago) link

you could beat george bush tho'.

classic. I've always meant to join the chess club at uni but ILX stops me.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Thursday, 13 March 2003 13:53 (sixteen years ago) link

I like chess. My dad taught me how to play when I was very young, but I'm not very good at it. My best chess playing memories are when I went to stay with my friend Tom in Granada in Spain. He was studying out there, but he'd finished his work for the year and most of his friends hadn't, so the two of us spent most of the days and early evenings sitting about in cafes, playing chess, drinking beer and eating tapas.

Anna (Anna), Thursday, 13 March 2003 14:25 (sixteen years ago) link

classic when someone shouts down a hall of residence corridor, "You left your pawn in my room last night!"

MarkH (MarkH), Thursday, 13 March 2003 15:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I'll think about it and let you know in about thirty posts time.

Matt (Matt), Thursday, 13 March 2003 16:02 (sixteen years ago) link

I couldn't get my head round it -- admittedly this was 20 years ago -- so I give it a flippant, dismissive dud.

ChristineSH (chrissie1068), Thursday, 13 March 2003 16:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I have to actually admit that I don't know how to play chess. I don't even know what moves the pieces make :-/

Trayce (trayce), Friday, 14 March 2003 03:23 (sixteen years ago) link

classic w/o doubt. I suck at it but it's really fun to play if your opponent isn't one of those clock freaks from the park or something.

Searching for Bobby Fischer is one of my fave movies evah

M Matos (M Matos), Friday, 14 March 2003 05:26 (sixteen years ago) link

"Bobby Fischer vs. the Rest of the World" by Brad Darrach is a hilarious (and sadly out-of-print) book about Fischer's antics en route to winning (and then throwing away) the world chess championship, whilst single-handedly jump-starting America's post-1972 chess craze. He was one of the stranger characters of the last century, no doubt.

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Friday, 14 March 2003 05:32 (sixteen years ago) link

I've read the piece that book started out as, an early '70s Playboy article that was reprinted in The Best Sports Writing of the Century anthology; it's grate

M Matos (M Matos), Friday, 14 March 2003 05:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Did anyone see that chess movie with John Turturro?

phil-two (phil-two), Friday, 14 March 2003 05:48 (sixteen years ago) link

no, what's it called?

M Matos (M Matos), Friday, 14 March 2003 05:51 (sixteen years ago) link

"pawnography"

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Friday, 14 March 2003 05:53 (sixteen years ago) link

I liked it as a kid and then neglected it, disliked it even, until I moved here in September. My housemate brought a chessboard. I started liking it again. I usually win against my housemates but have only managed to even tie my computer one time. However, I lost against my dad the last time I was in Ottawa. I can relate to the "can't get my head around it" sentiment because that's how I felt about it throughout high school, even through undergrad if I ever even thought about it then. Somehow it started making sense again.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 14 March 2003 07:20 (sixteen years ago) link

THe chess movie with Turturro is The Luzhin Defense, which is an adaptation of the Nabokov book "The Defense." It's about a crazy chess genius.

Nick A. (Nick A.), Friday, 14 March 2003 13:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Chess in the context of giant pieces on a checkered surreal landscape is also classic.

Or just the giant pieces in general that they have someplaces in Europe. They are fun to play with.

Also in "Alice Through the Looking Glass"

And also all the many different kinds of chess sets like civil war pieces or other themed sets are classic:

http://www.war-art.com/images/f602.jpg

http://www.sapart.freeserve.co.uk/aa.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/dovshuk/jjppga/krig11.jpg

http://chess.com.ru/img/opposition-13.jpg

A Nairn (moretap), Friday, 14 March 2003 15:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Is the last one Dan's personal chess set from the Franklin Mint?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 14 March 2003 15:29 (sixteen years ago) link

haha chessmen of gor!!

mark s (mark s), Friday, 14 March 2003 15:42 (sixteen years ago) link

mark s is my hero

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 14 March 2003 15:56 (sixteen years ago) link

The other great chess novel, besides the Nabokov mentioned, is Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Friday, 14 March 2003 20:50 (sixteen years ago) link

classic. lets not forget 4 way chess.

(From the Weekly World News, May 24, 1994)
MOSCOW - Doctors are blaming a rare electrical imbalance in the brain for the bizarre death of a chess player whose head literally exploded in the middle of a championship game!
No one else was hurt in the fatal explosion but four players and three officials at the Moscow Candidate Masters' Chess Championships were sprayed with blood and brain matter when Nikolai Titov's head suddenly blew apart. Experts say he suffered from a condition called Hyper-Cerebral Electrosis or HCE.

"He was deep in concentration with his eyes focused on the board," says Titov's opponent, Vladimir Dobrynin. "All of a sudden his hands flew to hi temples and he screamed in pain. Everyone looked up from their games, startled by the noise. Then, as if someone had put a bomb in his cranium, his head popped like a firecracker."

Incredibly, Titiov's is not the first case in which a person's head has spontaneously exploded. Five people are known to have died of HCE in the last 25 years. The most recent death occurred just three years ago in 1991, when European psychic Barbara Nicole's skull burst. Miss Nicole's story was reported by newspapers worldwide, including WWN. "HCE is an extremely rare physical imbalance," said Dr. Anatoly Martinenko, famed neurologist and expert on the human brain who did the autopsy on the brilliant chess expert. "It is a condition in which the circuits of the brain become overloaded by the body' own electricity. The explosions happen during periods of intense menta activity when lots of current is surging through the brain.

Victims are highly intelligent people with great powers of concentration. Both Miss Nicole and Mr. Titov were intense people who tended to keep those cerebral circuits overloaded. In a way it could be said they were literall too smart for their own good."

Although Dr. Martinenko says there are probably many undiagnosed cases, h hastens to add that very few people will die from HCE. "Most people who have it will never know. At this point, medical science still doesn't know much about HCE. And since fatalities are so rare it will probably be years before research money becomes available."

In the meantime, the doctor urges people to take it easy and not think too hard for long periods of time. "Take frequent relaxation breaks when you're doing things that take lots of mental focus," he recommends

kephm, Saturday, 15 March 2003 17:06 (sixteen years ago) link

The chess movie with Turturro is The Luzhin Defense, which is an adaptation of the Nabokov book "The Defense." It's about a crazy chess genius.

So was it any good? I saw the preview, but I thought maybe it would be difficult to get much on-screen drama about chess.

phil-two (phil-two), Saturday, 15 March 2003 17:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Searching for Bobby Fischer is one of my fave movies evah

have you seen Rosenbaum's review?

I had a brief chess phase when i was a kid during which i played in tournaments like those shown in the movie (i think waitzkin may have been at them), but in the lowest division and i don't think i ever won more than one game - at best, i think i got a rating in the 1300s. fun stuff, but i think you need to start reading about chess and memorizing tactics to get anywhere and i didn't have the patience or the interest.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Saturday, 15 March 2003 17:30 (sixteen years ago) link

I never liked it, mostly because I was never very good at it. My salsa teacher recommended it a long time ago as a way to develop my spatial sense, which annoyed me, though I just saw some sort study which shows (not surprisingly) that the regions of the brain used by good chess players are typically associated with spatial perception.

I used to be fairly good at Othello, which I guess is kind of "Go, jr." Now Go, I have always found very aesthetically appealing, but I've never played it. Chess seems sort of ugly to me somehow. It's not just the pieces, since I've seen that I like (especially those from Man Ray or Arp, or whoever it was that designed those chess sets you see Marcel Duchamp sitting next to.)

Rockist Scientist, Saturday, 15 March 2003 17:43 (sixteen years ago) link

(The one I'm thinking of was by Max Ernst, though Man Ray and Hans Arp also designed chess set.)

Rockist Scientist, Saturday, 15 March 2003 17:54 (sixteen years ago) link

three months pass...
So has anyone here been to see The Art Of Chess at Somerset House? I loved it, even though I have no more than a passing interest in the game. My favourite was 'Sound Chess' in which all the pieces are identical but make a different sound when you pick them up. The Chapmans' board was highly predictable (for them), but Damien Hirst's was clever and funny. Of the older collection, I couldn't help but love the Art Deco 'Tsunami' chess board.

Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 07:46 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.chesscenter.com/shop/item2997.htm

(not work-safe)

caitlin (caitlin), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 10:44 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
pictures of the mind of a supercomputer at work Image 01
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Sébastien Chikara (Sébastien Chikara), Sunday, 12 September 2004 15:21 (fifteen years ago) link

i gotta play chess again soon!

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 12 September 2004 15:26 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

I've started playing a Facebook version of chess with a friend lately, and I'm getting better. (Where better = very slightly above totally clueless.) I know some ilx people used to play on RedHotPawn.com, and I much prefer that interface to the Facebook one. For instance, on Facebook, there's no submit button -- all moves are final. And some other stuff that makes it more difficult for a beginner.

Anyway, who still plays? Dan Perry is schooling me pretty good right now (I had him a pickle a few moves ago, then I blew it big-time).

kenan, Monday, 5 November 2007 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

What version is it? Hit me up on it if you'd like.

Casuistry, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 01:28 (twelve years ago) link

I am pretty bad at chess if only bcz I cannot concentrate lately. I was pretty good when I played it a lot but not HS chess club levels. My boyfriend is so paranoid that if he leaves the room I will mess up the pieces that I have to take a digital camera photo while he's there to compare. It's the one 'trust issue' he has.

Abbott, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 01:40 (twelve years ago) link

I am very bad at chess - I like to be aggressive, 'trade pieces' etc. and it never works out well.

Do not really understand the whole 'openings' thing about chess - doesn't that mean certain moves are basically scripted and both sides should know how to counter? Is black always on the defensive in that case?

milo z, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 01:42 (twelve years ago) link

The version Bobby Fischer made up where the back pieces are semi-randomized seems interesting.

milo z, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 01:43 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, so does naziism

deeznuts, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 02:20 (twelve years ago) link

i havent played in years but yeah openings are 'scripted' to a longer & longer length the higher you go; typically yes black is going to be on the defensive but can counter white in ways that make him unfamiliar; immediate & simple ex being the sicilian defense (instead of e4-e5, e4-c5). some opening variations run into the teens & twenties amongst the really really schooled guys.

deeznuts, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 02:24 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah the dude I've been playing is better at thinking about chess than I am, just more experienced, but I've been studying the common openings and defenses and he hasn't, and he didn't even realize that's what I was doing. He'd be like, "Wow... you're defense in very enviable right now." Yes, well. Of course my middle game is a mess.

kenan, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 02:30 (twelve years ago) link

Should read "Your defense is very enviable" etc. Oh, typing.

kenan, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 02:39 (twelve years ago) link

Kenan pwns this app.

Eazy, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 02:46 (twelve years ago) link

Best first two books about chess (in this order)

1. http://www.amazon.com/Right-Way-Play-Chess/dp/1585740462

2. http://www.logicalchess.com/resources/lc/

caek, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 02:47 (twelve years ago) link

http://i.somethingawful.com/inserts/news/images/diamondchess.jpg

Abbott, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 02:55 (twelve years ago) link

Kenan pwns this app.

Oh, I do not, either. You just have it out for your own king. Which is very egalitarian of you, and I applaud your ideals.

kenan, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 02:57 (twelve years ago) link

I promise to be a benevolent ruler to your people. Here's proof: last game I captured your king while killing only a single pawn of yours. Your officers, your queen... they will all be treated well. Here, have some mead.

kenan, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 03:02 (twelve years ago) link

my favorite chess-endgame problems no longer work online. they were interactive, which i loved. so i'm back to the sort that you have to stare at.

i'm julesb74 on redhotpawn if anyone's playing on there. after playing some facebook chess, i like redhotpawn sooooo much better.

JuliaA, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 05:05 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

Bobby Fischer dead (not going to say RIP due to his anti-semitic ranting- is that mean?):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7195840.stm

Neil S, Friday, 18 January 2008 13:39 (eleven years ago) link

Sorry, ignore this, just seen RIP thread!

Neil S, Friday, 18 January 2008 13:40 (eleven years ago) link

six months pass...

I started playing again using the Chess.com app on Facebook. Someone should play me:

http://apps.facebook.com/chessfb/?page=create_game&challenge_to_id=1273496841

Allen, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 04:52 (eleven years ago) link

If anyone with an old animus against me wants to play: I have been playing suck-ass chess lately. I'm very rusty. So hit me up!

Casuistry, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 04:58 (eleven years ago) link

Did I ever mention I was the New South Wales under 16 champion in 1986? But now I'm very rusty, any patzer could beat me.

moley, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 05:01 (eleven years ago) link

five months pass...

I have never really played chess and now my gf's brother is challenging me via facebook. I don't even know the rules or basic tactical ideas. He's super competitive at board games (he nearly fucking wet himself when he won at the last minute at Settlers the other week with a timely development card reveal); how do I not get my ass kicked?

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 23 January 2009 14:33 (ten years ago) link

Post moves here and the ILx collective will help you destroy him.

onimo, Friday, 23 January 2009 14:57 (ten years ago) link

Yes, we could have a poll on each move.

Yehudi Menudo (NickB), Friday, 23 January 2009 15:01 (ten years ago) link

It will be like Gary Kasparov vs. Big Blue that giant flying cock.

Yehudi Menudo (NickB), Friday, 23 January 2009 15:04 (ten years ago) link

^^^ (xp)

btw loled at this, is this the primitive version of "i'm white btw"?

One of my better games of chess (I'm black):

― A Nairn (moretap), Thursday, March 13, 2003 12:51 AM (5 years ago)

BIGrack HOOSein Obama (k3vin k.), Friday, 23 January 2009 15:07 (ten years ago) link

ilxhivemind would try some awesome attacking shit then fuck up at the end get mated by three pawns.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 15:13 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

been pushin pawns iirc

ringtony ringtoni ringtone (The Reverend), Monday, 15 June 2009 04:42 (ten years ago) link

I'm not that good at it. I just can't think well in the spatial terms that sem to be required for the game. But chess is obviously classic. I'm just dud at it.

Aimless, Monday, 15 June 2009 05:08 (ten years ago) link

^^ otm. i have a really nice wood and brass set - was a birthday gift - that is packed away somewhere ar the parents' place.

Executive Producer Wolf Dick (haitch), Monday, 15 June 2009 05:14 (ten years ago) link

www.redhotpawn.com challenge kenjuggle thx

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Monday, 15 June 2009 12:52 (ten years ago) link

signed up and challenged you. had never heard of the site before. chess is fun, but i hate losing* and i am so average.

*interestingly enough i am a good sport in every game, but with chess. i don't know, it's an insult to my intelligence or something.

Ludo, Monday, 15 June 2009 13:17 (ten years ago) link

ah i finally realized it's correspondence chess. not that i have any problem with that, though i really achieve best results against fast players in fast games.

Ludo, Monday, 15 June 2009 13:18 (ten years ago) link

i try to play as quickly as i can as much as my work day can allow

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Monday, 15 June 2009 15:42 (ten years ago) link

i've already adjusted to correspondence chess rhytm heh :)

Ludo, Monday, 15 June 2009 18:50 (ten years ago) link

seven months pass...

should not make chess moves while drunk haha

zvincter (The Reverend), Sunday, 31 January 2010 08:10 (nine years ago) link

No more Alcoholic Chess, then.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Sunday, 31 January 2010 19:21 (nine years ago) link

I play it a bit on Facebook, but I am frustrated by my tendency to make stupid mistakes.

The New Dirty Vicar, Monday, 1 February 2010 15:48 (nine years ago) link

three years pass...

Norweigan prodigy Magnus Carlsen is new chess champion

.. the misspelling is courtesy of the BBC headline (*mutter* falling standards... not like in my day... hell in a handcart...)

Thomas K Amphong (Tom D.), Friday, 22 November 2013 15:09 (six years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/1of1eKB.jpg

c21m50nh3x460n, Friday, 22 November 2013 23:00 (six years ago) link

anyone want a game? chessworld.net

For bodies we are ready to build pyramids (whatever), Saturday, 23 November 2013 00:01 (six years ago) link

Not ready yet, sorry. Just playing Shredder these days.

Croupier's Cabin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 November 2013 01:40 (six years ago) link

Classic because

http://youjivinmeturkey.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/knight-moves-1992.jpg

famous for hits! (seandalai), Saturday, 23 November 2013 03:40 (six years ago) link

fyi I don't like the cut of that Carlsen kid's jib

The Miracle of the Jimmy Smits (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 24 November 2013 12:48 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

anyone have any good videos/tutorials for white lines after a fried liver attack? i can consistently execute the attack but then the king will go e6 and i'll get flustered and make mistakes (esp bringing my queen in to try and capitalize on the knight sac). if king goes e8 or g8 (latter consistently a quick checkmate) not so much trouble but how do u take advantage of the e6 move protecting the knights?

Mordy, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:17 (three years ago) link

The Chess.com app has some good training exercises around this.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:20 (three years ago) link

this account is excellent for gambit traps, dirty tricks in gambits etc: http://www.youtube.com/user/gunj17

there's probably a few instructive MatoJelic videos too

imago, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:22 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKsNX_c1KTw

there's parts 2 and 3 as well. essential for white to look out for

imago, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:27 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...

been following the WC clash on Mato Jelic's channel - Karjakin takes the lead against Carlsen after 8 games. a high level of play but it's been fairly risk-averse. karjakin has been exceptionally solid though. wonder if anyone else is paying attention

imago, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 01:14 (three years ago) link

i've only just been keeping tabs but haven't read any of the games yet -- which one is the best so far?

Mordy, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 01:15 (three years ago) link

not this one, weirdly, although it's the only win. i think game 3 approaches minor classic status:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw4isqxghPo

imago, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 01:37 (three years ago) link

Ty lj, I enjoyed that! Will subscribe to his videos. Karjakin is a cool mofo to defend like that.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:07 (three years ago) link

yeah that was v impressive forcing a draw down a piece against the best player in the world

Mordy, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:22 (three years ago) link

fuck me game 12 is probably the most mind-numbing thing i've seen, they'd better serve up a hell of a tiebreaker

Dave Plaintive rapper with classical training (imago), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 22:57 (two years ago) link

Carlsen finishes it with a lovely queen sacrifice. The flashiest moment in all 12 games and 4 rapids, and it came at the end

Dave Plaintive rapper with classical training (imago), Wednesday, 30 November 2016 23:46 (two years ago) link

(He was already going to win, a point ahead and far stronger in a game Karjakin had to win)

Dave Plaintive rapper with classical training (imago), Wednesday, 30 November 2016 23:47 (two years ago) link

have u seen this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd8p9RpfFs0&index=2&list=PLl9uuRYQ-6MAxJYuWm6Lq0frtLZkwmQK2

Mordy, Friday, 16 December 2016 23:45 (two years ago) link

i mean the app tho that video is lol

Mordy, Friday, 16 December 2016 23:47 (two years ago) link

video not working but is that 'really bad chess' if so yeah as soon as I clear some space on my phone then I'm getting it

imago, Friday, 16 December 2016 23:48 (two years ago) link

it's 'play magnus' and u get to pick different ages so he plays magnus at age 5

Mordy, Saturday, 17 December 2016 00:11 (two years ago) link

omg

imago, Saturday, 17 December 2016 00:15 (two years ago) link

lmao that video!

k3vin k., Saturday, 17 December 2016 00:16 (two years ago) link

owned lil magnus

k3vin k., Saturday, 17 December 2016 00:16 (two years ago) link

people who trashtalk on chess.com are the lowest form of human life

Mordy, Monday, 19 December 2016 18:41 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

http://imgur.com/hjkr0YF.jpg

Any thoughts on this? The computer rates my move (Bd4) a mistake in favor of Bc4 but why would Black move Nc6 next and not just grab my Bishop w/ fxe5 and then I'm down a bishop? I feel like I must be missing something here.

Mordy, Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:13 (two years ago) link

because then your surviving bishop takes on e6 and he's in a world of shit

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:21 (two years ago) link

yeah i just saw bc bxe6 is checkmate if not Nc6

Mordy, Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:22 (two years ago) link

*they're

sorry for gendering your opponent

they can block with the knight but they're losing the knight and the game p quickly thereafter

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:23 (two years ago) link

or not exactly mate (he can still go Kd7 to block, then i guess Bxd7 check so at the very least you come away w/ the knight

Mordy, Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:25 (two years ago) link

or what u said

Mordy, Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:26 (two years ago) link

Let's play. What is the best social media chess app?

calstars, Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:39 (two years ago) link

chess.com imo

Mordy, Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:42 (two years ago) link

I just signed up for chess.com. I'm M4rteauSansMaitre (4=a). I could probably add a game or two. I'm rated 1072 on redhotpawn so am nothing special in terms of chops.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:45 (two years ago) link

I taught my fiancee some basic strategy less than a year ago and she can kick my ass now.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:46 (two years ago) link

i'm ilxmordy. also not fantastically rated. 1200 in 15|10, 1050 in 10min blitz.

Mordy, Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:51 (two years ago) link

or not exactly mate (he can still go Kd7 to block, then i guess Bxd7 check so at the very least you come away w/ the knight

― Mordy, Sunday, January 22, 2017 8:25 PM (thirty-four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

nah you can't take with the bishop, it all goes wrong p quickly

take with the rook, hence

... Nd7

Rxd7 Nf6

Rxg7+ Kb8

Bd5

and I'm backing White I think

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Sunday, 22 January 2017 21:24 (two years ago) link

I've been playing for a few months and am pretty terrible (1068 & on an awful losing streak right now), hit me up if you fancy 3-5 day games, (I usually manage more than one move a day but can't guarantee it), I'm ledgr.

brekekekexit collapse collapse (ledge), Sunday, 22 January 2017 21:48 (two years ago) link

For anyone like me who's been absolutely abysmal every time they play (I'm hyper-aggressive and just start trading pieces), the lichess.org training is great.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Sunday, 22 January 2017 21:50 (two years ago) link

woohoo I just played (as acoleuthic) and won my first 10-minute game! it was a blunderthon

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Sunday, 22 January 2017 22:12 (two years ago) link

the nice thing about knowing yr rating is the ecstasy when you beat someone rated fairly higher than you (i beat someone near 1400 in 15|10 today as black, tho tbf he was blundering like crazy so i assume he was tired actually the engine says he made no blunders - just 3 mistakes and 1 forced which makes me feel even more awesome) - of course the downside is when some 900 scrub beats u and you're like OK NO MORE POT WHILE I PLAY RATED GAMES.

Mordy, Monday, 23 January 2017 03:35 (two years ago) link

fuck, this will kill my time stone fkn dead

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Monday, 23 January 2017 05:13 (two years ago) link

Just sent requests to youse guys
my nick is the same as here

calstars, Monday, 23 January 2017 14:23 (two years ago) link

:)

Just played my best game yet, including a (declined) queen sacrifice and no obvious errors, against a guy who'd just beaten me then added me as a friend and asked for a rematch. Suckerrrr

(there was also a rook sacrifice but by then I was about to promote two pawns so he should have really resigned)

left hand hierarchy (imago), Monday, 23 January 2017 15:07 (two years ago) link

Woah avatars. Rad.

brekekekexit collapse collapse (ledge), Monday, 23 January 2017 18:51 (two years ago) link

i'm happy to play any ilxors but i def prefer time limit games to multi-day ones. if any one wants to add me - i'm generally free for a game most evenings and 10 min blitz or 15|10 or some variation are my favorite formats. i find that a huge key to developing my skills in chess has just been developing my concentration and over a few days i always end up losing the plot. whatever consideration i had on monday i've forgotten by thursday and oops just blundered away a knight :/

nb if you can get a multi day game w/ someone who is willing - they can be good if you both agree beforehand that studying lines during the game is okay (as long as you're not literally using an engine) and i've found that's really helped me w/ openings i'm not super comfortable w/.

Mordy, Monday, 23 January 2017 21:11 (two years ago) link

speaking of - what openings do u guys like to play? i've been exclusively playing king's pawn as white and scandi as black for the last 6 months.

Mordy, Monday, 23 January 2017 21:13 (two years ago) link

These days,
White: King's pawn
Black: French defence

But I used to always respond with King's pawn as black too.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 23 January 2017 21:47 (two years ago) link

i have not studied much french defense but i find that in my rating bracket scandi transposes into french defense fairly often. white should be taking d5 but at least 30% of the time they respond to scandi w/ e5 which i reply to w/ c5 which is at least getting fairly close

Mordy, Monday, 23 January 2017 21:51 (two years ago) link

i am a scandi liker as well, though i haven't played in ages and am quite bad

ciderpress, Monday, 23 January 2017 21:55 (two years ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/t3pmMoF.jpg

, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 14:22 (two years ago) link

There are/were a couple of pro hotties out there, it's true...but thinking about them wont help anyone's game any

calstars, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:21 (two years ago) link

mfw higher ranked player than me 8+ points ahead loses bc of time

https://i.makeagif.com/media/10-03-2015/cvkHBj.gif

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 23:49 (two years ago) link

chess.com imo

prefer chesstime

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 24 January 2017 23:55 (two years ago) link

people who trashtalk on disconnect from games they're losing on chess.com are the lowest form of human life

Mordy, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 18:35 (two years ago) link

chess is classic for the fact that both players are allowed precisely the same resources, must follow the same rules, and can see every move made by their opponent. the only structural inequality is that one player gets the first move. after that it is all applied knowledge.

at least that is the superficial truth about chess. behind that simple phrase "applied knowledge" lies a whole universe of inequalities, based on intensive study of chess problems, memorization, and training. the more rarified the level of play, the more it resembles world-class athletics, where in athletics you must be endowed with the exact body type your sport demands and then train it endlessly, while in chess it is a particular type of mental acuity that one must possess and train for hours each day.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Wednesday, 1 February 2017 19:22 (two years ago) link

The only games that would be truly egalitarian by your definition are based purely on chance, e.g. Snakes and Ladders.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 1 February 2017 20:48 (two years ago) link

And even there, there are probably structural inequalities based on eyesight and language skills.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 1 February 2017 20:49 (two years ago) link

But I mean, definitely. My fiancee basically spent time studying every day after I showed her how openings work and is becoming fearsome less than a year later.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 1 February 2017 20:52 (two years ago) link

winning a foot race is all about being faster than the other competitors. that is true on its face. the myth is that being good at chess is all about being smarter than your opponent. it isn't. this is what I was trying to address.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Wednesday, 1 February 2017 20:57 (two years ago) link

it's certainly not a raw intelligence - i know ppl who are v good at chess who don't have a dazzling intellect in other areas, and ppl who are brilliant in their fields and who play crappy chess. there are other important skills involved; memory for sure, pattern recognition, concentration (this is probably the biggest deficit for me - i often want to read something while i'm waiting for my opponent to move & i really should be spending that time thinking about the game bc time is precious but i lose focus), visual intelligence (being able to visualize the board how it looks several moves later - i frequently get caught out trying a sequence and not realizing that 3 moves ago i did something that freed up an additional defender for my opponent that i forgot to account for bc when i calculated the moves i didn't see that eg moving that pawn would give his bishop access to the square in question), etc.

Mordy, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 22:07 (two years ago) link

Oh yeah, it's definitely a skill that requires training/practice.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Thursday, 2 February 2017 13:18 (two years ago) link

P. sure I'm fucked in both ilx games.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Saturday, 4 February 2017 16:43 (two years ago) link

people who trashtalk on disconnect from games they're losing on chess.com are the lowest form of human life

Going 'on vacation' when you're 12 points down is a pretty low move too *raises eyebrow at matt dc*

brekekekexit collapse collapse (ledge), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:32 (two years ago) link

Oh yeah, it's definitely a skill that requires training/practice.

I refer you guys to Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise , by Anders Ericsson.

In Walked Bodhisattva (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:35 (two years ago) link

btw, ledge, I like yr dn

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:52 (two years ago) link

i just played chess super high last night with my roommate and although it was my first game in years i played really well! i lost, but i was really aggressive and was able to frustrate him a few times and put him in some tough spots. chess is fun!

k3vin k., Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:54 (two years ago) link

trying to see the board a few moves ahead is really challenging and fun, and when you're able to do it right it feels so cool

k3vin k., Saturday, 4 February 2017 18:55 (two years ago) link

Going 'on vacation' when you're 12 points down is a pretty low move too *raises eyebrow at matt dc*

― brekekekexit collapse collapse (ledge), Saturday, February 4, 2017 6:32 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

8 moves into our game he's walked straight into a knight/bishop fork and gone mysteriously quiet

I Am In Atlanta And Thug Is Young (imago), Sunday, 5 February 2017 18:36 (two years ago) link

Who's in for brackets for the 1st annual ilx masters championship? submit thy nicks and let's set it up

calstars, Sunday, 5 February 2017 21:21 (two years ago) link

sure - ilxmordy

Mordy, Sunday, 5 February 2017 21:25 (two years ago) link

you know mine

I Am In Atlanta And Thug Is Young (imago), Sunday, 5 February 2017 22:54 (two years ago) link

ah go on then, ledgr

btw, ledge, I like yr dn

knew there had to be some aristophanes fans in this place. n.b. that is all i know of aristophanes.

brekekekexit collapse collapse (ledge), Monday, 6 February 2017 09:10 (two years ago) link

I dunno if it's just on Android or whatever but the Chess.com app is an excellent tutorial resource but its UI makes it awful for actually playing games.

Matt DC, Monday, 6 February 2017 09:42 (two years ago) link

I believe in uncertainty too much to be good at chess, I find it hard to visualise a few steps ahead because my brain keeps saying "but you have no idea what move your opponent will make". Obviously being able to visualise multiple scenarios would be helpful but that's where lack of concentration comes in. I only really enjoy chess played at speed.

lex pretend, Monday, 6 February 2017 10:03 (two years ago) link

Redhotpawn and chess.com are good that way since the 'Analysis' feature lets you actually try out different scenarios before moving.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 6 February 2017 13:56 (two years ago) link

What's involved with the ilx masters championsip? Are these live games?

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 6 February 2017 14:08 (two years ago) link

I dunno, just putting it out there

calstars, Monday, 6 February 2017 17:42 (two years ago) link

I guess with only about six of us here, a tournament is probably more trouble than it's worth.

That said, I've lost against sund4r and ledgr so far! : )

calstars, Monday, 6 February 2017 18:52 (two years ago) link

almost as satisfying as successful fried liver

http://imgur.com/a/StjSP.jpg

Mordy, Thursday, 9 February 2017 22:55 (two years ago) link

http://imgur.com/tBRcCPm.jpg

Mordy, Thursday, 9 February 2017 22:55 (two years ago) link

i think i've got u sund4r

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 15:37 (two years ago) link

my game against calstars is going perhaps even worse than my game against matt dc is going well

I Am In Atlanta And Thug Is Young (imago), Friday, 10 February 2017 16:13 (two years ago) link

Paul Morphy would often play exhibition games without a rook and win though so I just gotta channel that

I Am In Atlanta And Thug Is Young (imago), Friday, 10 February 2017 16:17 (two years ago) link

My queen is invading Mordy's personal space

calstars, Friday, 10 February 2017 16:28 (two years ago) link

i don't think we're playing a game

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 16:28 (two years ago) link

I mean Imago. Sorry!
Mordy, I tried to challenge you a couple days ago but got a system error

calstars, Friday, 10 February 2017 16:29 (two years ago) link

try again!

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 16:29 (two years ago) link

Must...not...take on... a new activity

Louder Than Borads (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 February 2017 16:30 (two years ago) link

Count me in for the tournament. I'm ilxwtev on there.

For bodies we are ready to build pyramids (wtev), Friday, 10 February 2017 16:38 (two years ago) link

i think i've got u sund4r

Probably true. I'm mostly hoping to last as long as I can, especially compared to our blitz game.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 10 February 2017 18:36 (two years ago) link

unless i'm missing something i think it's mate in 2 moves

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 18:38 (two years ago) link

possibly 3 if u sac a piece to delay

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 18:39 (two years ago) link

Yep, go for it.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 10 February 2017 18:42 (two years ago) link

calstars has helpfully handed back a knight, ty

I Am In Atlanta And Thug Is Young (imago), Friday, 10 February 2017 19:45 (two years ago) link

Love you guys but I have to unbookmark this thread if youse going to talk through moves here.

(This is coming from someone who is too chicken to play in an ilx tournament tbf)

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 10 February 2017 20:25 (two years ago) link

What's your nick?

calstars, Friday, 10 February 2017 21:09 (two years ago) link

I'd probably be interested in a tournament, depending on what the terms are.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Saturday, 11 February 2017 13:48 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgc_LRjlbTU

akm, Saturday, 11 February 2017 18:00 (two years ago) link

i'm now wtevilx on chess.com if the tourney goes ahead.

wtev, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 22:30 (two years ago) link

so far we've got :

ilxmordy
wtevilx/ ilxwtev
MarteauSansMaitre (potentially)
acoleuthic
myself

come on lurkers, show thyselves

calstars, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 23:08 (two years ago) link

Is it bad to play while drunk / distracted by butts? Oh well, I solider on.

calstars, Saturday, 25 February 2017 22:32 (two years ago) link

i play stoned sometimes - it generally doesn't work out too well

Mordy, Saturday, 25 February 2017 22:39 (two years ago) link

Word. Sometimes I can't help it tho

calstars, Saturday, 25 February 2017 22:42 (two years ago) link

Anyone live in NY? I want to start a weekly thang

calstars, Saturday, 25 February 2017 22:44 (two years ago) link

The drunkest I ever got was playing that game (I was sucking right from the opening move and I ended up drinking most of a 26oz bottle of Southern Comfort). They almost called the police because they thought I was missing. I was actually in a bathroom in the Brandon University science building basement with my head in a sink. I don't think I've played chess since.
― Bryan (Bryan), Wednesday, March 12, 2003 5:45 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Sunday, 26 February 2017 01:15 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA59n9ZYIWg

imago, Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:31 (two years ago) link

I played a bunch of grade school kids last week who have a chess coach and play on iPads. I bested a 7 year old but a 9 caught me. It was also cool to play with physical pieces in real time rather than virtually with day long breaks or whatever.

calstars, Sunday, 12 March 2017 20:50 (two years ago) link

Were you in a bar with kids?

Jeff, Sunday, 12 March 2017 20:59 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Chess With Friends random just messaged me to say "I just had a bong, this game is going to be interesting".

Matt DC, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 19:42 (two years ago) link

I love the bong and the chess but they really don't mix well

calstars, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 21:42 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

calstars I am going to decline your challenge - I am giving up chess, for a while at least. I just can't stop making stupid, fatal mistakes. I was cruising to a victory in my last two games and I threw them both. Also my partner is getting annoyed at the amount of time I spend staring at my phone and chess was a big part of that, not that I can't find plenty of other reasons.

ledge, Friday, 26 May 2017 08:03 (two years ago) link

Matt DC just lost his game against me by abandonment. Summer sun and chess are a bad combination

imago, Friday, 26 May 2017 09:00 (two years ago) link

I am absolutely shit at chess, don't know why, always have been

The Remoans of the May (Noodle Vague), Friday, 26 May 2017 09:33 (two years ago) link

i have been teaching my niece (9) to play: she still hasn't quite mastered all the moves so i am currently able to beat her still but have been reassuring her this phase will not last long and i will slump back into my comfort zone of never having to master pawn endgames because my startlingly bold and disorientating sacrifice was as usual a hilarious blunder

she is much more competitive than me -- i am bad at games bcz i don't really care whether i win or lose -- but she is also less patient and more distractable than me

(ie the last game stumbled to her loss quite quickly bcz she wanted to play a not-very-successful variant of snap which she had invented)

mark s, Friday, 26 May 2017 09:42 (two years ago) link

Matt DC just lost his game against me by abandonment. Summer sun and chess are a bad combination

The Chess.com Android app is fantastic for lessons and problems etc but as an actual game it's terrible, I stopped noticing whenever someone had made a move.

Matt DC, Friday, 26 May 2017 11:22 (two years ago) link

Patience and distractibility are definitely a problem for me. Whether it's stumbling blindly into a trap I should have noticed or impulsively falling into one I was well aware of but momentarily forget about, I can't sustain the cautious and deliberative mindset required for *every* *single* *move*.

And then there was the time my friend thought I was playing a masterful endgame, when in fact i was painfully and nervously mapping out every single eventuality, and then forgetting the results after each of his moves and doing it all over again. Didn't exactly make me think I was a natural.

ledge, Friday, 26 May 2017 11:32 (two years ago) link

xp notifications are a bit flaky but if you open the app it's pretty clear...

ledge, Friday, 26 May 2017 11:33 (two years ago) link

I'd like to think Matt's motivation died a death when he ran into a fork on like move 5 :p

imago, Friday, 26 May 2017 11:38 (two years ago) link

ledge no problem dude, maybe in the future

calstars, Friday, 26 May 2017 11:46 (two years ago) link

Aargh, I timed out on our 24h game when I was driving to Canada all day. Might accept your challenge or start another on the weekend. (Today is another travel day.)

Tomorrow Begat Tomorrow (Sund4r), Friday, 26 May 2017 13:07 (two years ago) link

dud

Violet Jax (Violet Jynx), Friday, 26 May 2017 13:27 (two years ago) link

I'm up for a 24h game - cajunsunday. I'll add you lot on chess.com.

cajunsunday, Friday, 26 May 2017 13:32 (two years ago) link

I've watched a few John Bartholomew videos and now I'm ready to take the world on.

cajunsunday, Friday, 26 May 2017 13:33 (two years ago) link

If anyone's on Chess With Friends though hit me up - vastly prefer that interface.

Matt DC, Friday, 26 May 2017 13:48 (two years ago) link

meanwhile in the geopolitics of games that matter:

No website, without exception, may carry a live stream of the go match between Ke Jie and AlphaGo https://t.co/zy6q5RFmHt

— Ministry of Truth (@Mini_Truth) May 23, 2017

mark s, Friday, 26 May 2017 14:04 (two years ago) link

OK, I have wifi on the train so challenge accepted.

Tomorrow Begat Tomorrow (Sund4r), Friday, 26 May 2017 14:05 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

After awhile I just like to go on the offensive. Much fun

calstars, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 01:06 (two years ago) link

Crap, timed out on another game. Sorry, cajunsunday. (You would have probably won anyway.)

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 24 June 2017 17:48 (two years ago) link

Cajun beat me

calstars, Saturday, 24 June 2017 19:06 (two years ago) link

Ah I didn't know that was you Sund4r. Good game! Sorry you timed out.

cajunsunday, Sunday, 25 June 2017 12:54 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Up +7 vs this 900 level schlub but he insists on playing it out

calstars, Saturday, 15 July 2017 22:13 (two years ago) link

https://www.chess.com/news/view/death-match-returns-to-settle-internet-feud-2173

this is the event of the decade

imago, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:15 (two years ago) link

Transforming a chess match into some wrestling type death match with foul language and "rivalry" to "entertain" people sounds like the worst thing ever. Give me Fischer vs Spassky any day of the week.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:18 (two years ago) link

you don't watch their videos clearly :P

imago, Thursday, 27 July 2017 20:03 (two years ago) link

Correct. Merely read the rumbling announcement and saw the "explicit content" image. I'm old fashioned when it comes to chess. Got a video link for me to see why I should bother with these jackasses? :-)

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 27 July 2017 20:11 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

My ranking on chess.com has fallen precipitously to a shameful 1000

calstars, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 20:53 (two years ago) link

This girl from NYC schooled me via same side knight advance in 3 moves to target king or queen, covered by same side bishop in one move. Fuckin deadly

calstars, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 20:56 (two years ago) link

I tend to avoid chess nowadays because it makes me feel so fucking dumb :( My rating went down to 950 over the years. It's not dumbness per se, rather that I do not play enough. That and alcohol probably.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 20:59 (two years ago) link

Not making any excuses but I've learned the hard way that while I love to play while drinking, it's a bad idea if you care about your ranking

calstars, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 21:02 (two years ago) link

Yeah. Thing is I played chess best during my uni days, playing in the cafetaria, on the steps or in town, cafes. Drink was always there. The two have become intertwined.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 21:07 (two years ago) link

i did some informal testing and my rating was a full 100-200 points lower when playing baked

Mordy, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 21:16 (two years ago) link

I'm at around 1000 now, which is good for me.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 21:17 (two years ago) link

tfw when you're up against someone worse than you

I was up 21 against this one dude and he insisted on playing it out...

calstars, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 22:21 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I've been trying to play in a more conservative, defensive way, but it just doesn't suit me

calstars, Friday, 15 September 2017 22:06 (two years ago) link

Anyone tried 4 player chess on Chess.com? Looks pretty fun. Here's a video of Tal Baron playing it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSH0kWcxqL0

cajunsunday, Sunday, 24 September 2017 20:33 (two years ago) link

Haven't tried

I always play with a 1day timer but I tried a real-time (5 min) game last week and just got destroyed.

calstars, Sunday, 24 September 2017 20:55 (two years ago) link

5 min is insanely hard. 10 min is still very challenging but at least actually manageable and I can still run out of time

Mordy, Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:12 (two years ago) link

I play a lot of 10-minute. It may have helped my long game but probably not much, judging by the errors I still make

imago, Sunday, 24 September 2017 22:20 (two years ago) link

Also, while four-player chess is very interesting to me, who the hell crowdfunds a crushed laptop lol

imago, Sunday, 24 September 2017 22:25 (two years ago) link

watching finegold vs williams rn, simon's letting his country down something rotten

imago, Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:54 (two years ago) link

tfw your opponent's ranking increases by 100 + points during the course of your game

calstars, Sunday, 8 October 2017 01:04 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Rating now at 1001
I play every day but it’s still apparently amateur hour over here

calstars, Sunday, 29 October 2017 20:21 (two years ago) link

Classic!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Sunday, 29 October 2017 20:25 (two years ago) link

I had the most frustrating game yesterday. Did really well to get up a piece and a pawn, but then managed to blunder two pieces as I was trying to finish him off, and then lost pretty quickly.

cajunsunday, Sunday, 29 October 2017 21:37 (two years ago) link

Those days I’m framing my games like I’m just waiting for a weakness in my opponent and then exploiting it. Waiting for the other guy to fuck up...a column of pawns, an unprotected piece..

calstars, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 02:50 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

tfw when you come back from an early deficit (my opening game is awful) to be a real contender, +10

calstars, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:20 (two years ago) link

+15

calstars, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:56 (two years ago) link

Mated that shit

calstars, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:19 (two years ago) link

Back to 1000
Proud = me

calstars, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:49 (two years ago) link

Nice! Well done. I'm trying to get my Blitz score back over 1000.

cajunsunday, Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00 (two years ago) link

What strategy do you go for in the opening btw? Whenever I start trying a new opening my rating ends up dropping about 100.

cajunsunday, Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:09 (two years ago) link

scandi black, v conventional king's pawn white

Mordy, Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:15 (two years ago) link

https://www.wsj.com/articles/chess-novice-challenged-magnus-carlsen-1510866214

not sure where else to post this, but this guy is pretty fascinating

k3vin k., Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:21 (two years ago) link

thx for sharing

“I hope you at least keep an interest in the game, because it’s very interesting,” Magnus said. “I wish I could learn it new.”

<3

Mordy, Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:40 (two years ago) link

Thanks Cajun

calstars, Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:45 (two years ago) link

To answer - no set strategy
I’ve visited a page with the classic openings
Didn’t do much for me. Seemed kind of obvious?
Oh well, I’m happy to not read music , it’s not about that

calstars, Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:47 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I'm on fire today. Got my highest blitz rating (1116).

cajunsunday, Saturday, 16 December 2017 13:43 (one year ago) link

my opening game is just knights for days

calstars, Thursday, 28 December 2017 22:16 (one year ago) link

Some Kazakhstani dude just took my pawn en passant and at first I thought it was an error in the code..

calstars, Saturday, 6 January 2018 14:58 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

fabiano caruana has won the right to challenge carlsen for the world title -- he's the first u.s. contender since fischer in 72:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/an-american-will-play-for-the-world-chess-championship/

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 23:25 (one year ago) link

Ugh, I just lost a second game on time. Was 12 points ahead this time. I guess it's just not a good time to be playing correspondence.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 31 March 2018 16:03 (one year ago) link

Wanted to take a break for awhile but only lasted 2 days til I jumped back in.

calstars, Saturday, 31 March 2018 17:49 (one year ago) link

Yeah S I think you lost our last game on time ( as opposed to you probably winning by mate eventually)...

calstars, Saturday, 31 March 2018 17:51 (one year ago) link

Why don't you try 14 days? Give yourself a bit more of a cushion?

I won with a bit of a dirty trick here lol: https://www.chess.com/daily/game/190758208

cajunsunday, Saturday, 31 March 2018 21:20 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Can’t decide to be zen or not. Like golf

calstars, Thursday, 3 May 2018 02:46 (one year ago) link

Mated someone ranked +100 and up 40 points in the last few weeks, word up

calstars, Thursday, 3 May 2018 02:47 (one year ago) link

Nice work. Have you figured out En Passant out? It took me about 3 months to work out that rule lol.

cajunsunday, Thursday, 3 May 2018 17:29 (one year ago) link

Yeah for sure. I’ve only had the chance to use it against someone else once since I learned what it was, and jumped at the opportunity just because

calstars, Thursday, 3 May 2018 22:20 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Ten Fiddy

calstars, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 22:34 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

this is a dumb question but what is the best site to get started playing online/get a rating etc

k3vin k., Monday, 12 November 2018 22:30 (one year ago) link

chess.com or lichess are your two best options

Mordy, Monday, 12 November 2018 22:54 (one year ago) link

chess.com - Kevin look me up, you’ll get your first win I’m sure

calstars, Monday, 12 November 2018 23:11 (one year ago) link

I'm MarteauSansMaitre. I think I'm ready to try playing again.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:09 (one year ago) link

have any of you found any books useful for improving your game?

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 06:54 (one year ago) link

Bobby Fischer's book covers a lot of basics well.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 23:34 (one year ago) link

game 5  👍🏻

single bed mentality (||||||||), Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:29 (one year ago) link

beautiful

single bed mentality (||||||||), Thursday, 15 November 2018 17:03 (one year ago) link

prepared drawn positions are beautiful?

imago, Thursday, 15 November 2018 17:17 (one year ago) link

😂#CarlsenCaruana pic.twitter.com/3wqIU9Uito

— Chess.com (@chesscom) November 15, 2018

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:34 (one year ago) link

Ok Lars

calstars, Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:39 (one year ago) link

Someone please do a big blunder. That's all we ask.

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Friday, 16 November 2018 21:54 (one year ago) link

nah, that would be lame

what we need is for someone to find the outlandish machine move that would have won like 3 of these games

imago, Saturday, 17 November 2018 01:12 (one year ago) link

Tie Break games played today at 3pm GMT (watch live online!)

tiebreak match will be played with time control 25 minutes for each player for the whole game, plus 10 seconds of an increment for each move, starting from move one.

If the first tiebreak match of four games ends in a tie, the players will play a new match of 2 games with time control 5 minutes for the whole game, with 2 seconds of an increment for each move
(I think they try this up to 5 2-game matches) If this end in a draw then..."ARMAGEDDON!!!"

sudden-death Armageddon match is where white has five minutes and black has four minutes and both will receive a three-second increment after the 60th move.
If that game is drawn, black will be declared the winner.

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:24 (eleven months ago) link

first 12 normal time control games all ended in draws:

https://www.chess.com/article/view/world-chess-championship-2018-carlsen-caruana

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:27 (eleven months ago) link

I hate that it will be decided by tie break games. Either add five more matches or declare that there is no winner this round imo.

Will still watch it tho.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:31 (eleven months ago) link

The tie break should be 100 bullet games imo.

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:55 (eleven months ago) link

I was amused to learn the 1984 championship went 5 months and 48 games before ending inconclusively.

o. nate, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:59 (eleven months ago) link

The format I liked best I think was 24 games, where the current champ needed 12 points and the challenger needed 12 1/2.

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:14 (eleven months ago) link

underway:

https://www.chess.com/wcc2018

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:20 (eleven months ago) link

the twitch chat is good if you want to see ppl posting "draw" over and over again

Mordy, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:40 (eleven months ago) link

Looks like Carlsen's winning. He's 1.24 up according to chess24.

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:44 (eleven months ago) link

Magnus taking forever here

o. nate, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:45 (eleven months ago) link

making him sweat

The Fox in the Fedora (Neil S), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:45 (eleven months ago) link

yeah but it's still exciting bc he's let 5 or so minutes burn off his clock when there seems to be two obviously winning moves - Rxd4 and Bxe6

Mordy, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:46 (eleven months ago) link

maybe he's trying to figure out if Rxd4 line will mate?

Mordy, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:46 (eleven months ago) link

there we go some action

Mordy, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:47 (eleven months ago) link

magnus up 1 pawn after that damn

Mordy, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:47 (eleven months ago) link

In its favor, I must say that rapid chess is more fun to watch for a punter like me.

o. nate, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:48 (eleven months ago) link

xp Caruana has unconnected pawns too, Carlsen should be able to pick him off

The Fox in the Fedora (Neil S), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:49 (eleven months ago) link

this looks like a draw to me but idk obv what these guys are thinking

Mordy, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:49 (eleven months ago) link

rook endgames are usually draws at this level iirc

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:49 (eleven months ago) link

feel like magnus probably should've been able to win idk and now his time is becoming an issue i'd think

Mordy, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:50 (eleven months ago) link

Weirdly, this is happening across the street from my flat and you’d never know unless you were looking carefully for the venue.

suzy, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:56 (eleven months ago) link

this twitch stream is entertaining because you get the feeling that the GM thinks the IM is talking a little too much and saying a lot of dumb stuff lol

k3vin k., Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:08 (eleven months ago) link

ended with a blunder

imago, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:08 (eleven months ago) link

caruana resigns game 1

k3vin k., Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:09 (eleven months ago) link

who are the GM and IM k3vin?

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:11 (eleven months ago) link

IM daniel rensch, GM robert hess

k3vin k., Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:14 (eleven months ago) link

is it possible to filter out all the idiots and only get their commentary?

Mordy, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:18 (eleven months ago) link

RIP caruana

k3vin k., Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:03 (eleven months ago) link

Brutal!

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:06 (eleven months ago) link

rapid chess = teh real chess

Ludo, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:54 (eleven months ago) link

Magnus is the champion!

That last game was pretty fun.

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 18:24 (eleven months ago) link

RIP wee fuck

single bed mentality (||||||||), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 18:27 (eleven months ago) link

Carlsen is so much better at playing fast that it makes sense they were suggesting he was trying to get it to the tiebreaks
Their current rating:

Carlsen
Classic - 2835
Rapid - 2902
Blitz - 2939

Caruana
Classic - 2832
Rapid - 2766
Blitz - 2767

https://2700chess.com

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 18:35 (eleven months ago) link

in other chess news. i got a pretty checkmate today.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DtHhbyjWkAAfXgL.jpg:large

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 20:47 (eleven months ago) link

while that is pretty I'm intrigued to see your opponent's excellent/good/inaccuracy/mistake/blunder ratio, and what happened to his g pawn

imago, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 20:52 (eleven months ago) link

actually, you have all 16 pieces so his g pawn must have fallen on the g file, with queen intruding after too-hasty development of knight (rip, presumably with the mate) and bishop

ergo noob city

is this how u do cheesbrahs

imago, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 20:55 (eleven months ago) link

Yes you're right. Good detective work! He lost a pawn and a piece on the g file and a couple of pawns in the middle.

I'm calling this the cajunsunday immortal.

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:20 (eleven months ago) link

ah no. posted the wrong image. oh well!

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:20 (eleven months ago) link

https://wansteadandwoodfordchess.club/index.php/61-magnus

magnus is a bro

very legal and very cool (k3vin k.), Saturday, 1 December 2018 23:04 (eleven months ago) link

: )

calstars, Saturday, 1 December 2018 23:07 (eleven months ago) link

ale for the champion

imago, Sunday, 2 December 2018 00:54 (eleven months ago) link

The Speed chess championship final between Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura is happening now.

https://www.twitch.tv/chess

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Sunday, 2 December 2018 22:09 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dx6xUfMWkAAawtz.jpg:large

Mordy, Monday, 28 January 2019 16:43 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I’d like to blame it on my penchant for playing while drinking, but my rating seems to just get worse and worse, now flirting with mid 900s, falling from around 1100 when I started playing daily maybe a year and a half ago. But the game is so real.

calstars, Sunday, 17 February 2019 23:20 (nine months ago) link

I don’t have any inclination to stop playing though. Maybe I’ll get down to true beginner level soon and can rebuild my foundation from scratch

calstars, Sunday, 17 February 2019 23:35 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

down to 930! I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but hey

calstars, Friday, 8 March 2019 16:20 (eight months ago) link

too much focusing on attack at expense of defense?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 8 March 2019 18:29 (eight months ago) link

i'm somehow getting worse the more i play. maybe i'm more aware of how bad i am

global tetrahedron, Friday, 8 March 2019 22:06 (eight months ago) link

1 step back 2 steps forward is for sure a thing in chess i find when i'm a losing streak it helps to start being more attentive, think more about whether i'm hanging any pieces, think more about possible checks and captures, and just slow down in general. nb i have lots of clock problems when i play ymmv.

Mordy, Friday, 8 March 2019 22:07 (eight months ago) link

In the openings - develop your minor pieces, don't do too many pawn moves, don't bring out your queen too early, castle early.

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Saturday, 9 March 2019 13:22 (eight months ago) link

streaks are a thing in chess, for sure.
I also I tend to lose the first game of the day. It's almost a law.

Ludo, Saturday, 9 March 2019 13:27 (eight months ago) link

Yes, I am aggressive. That’s how you win, right?

calstars, Saturday, 9 March 2019 22:48 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

Attack can be the best form of defence, but from a solid base as per cajunsunday's post

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Saturday, 13 April 2019 08:10 (seven months ago) link

These days I’m just trying to have a bit more fun with it. Like jumping into a multiple move exchange just to see what interesting positions can emerge

calstars, Saturday, 13 April 2019 11:50 (seven months ago) link

Which is also good in that you get more space on the board to play with hopefully

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Sunday, 14 April 2019 07:37 (seven months ago) link

starcraft > chess

lumen (esby), Sunday, 14 April 2019 08:45 (seven months ago) link

Starcraft vaguely like real time chess

calstars, Sunday, 14 April 2019 12:35 (seven months ago) link

starcraft is great but not better than chess

Mordy, Sunday, 14 April 2019 15:03 (seven months ago) link

been playing backgammon lately, a lot, for some reason. Maybe i no longer believe in brains just in FAITH

:P

Ludo, Sunday, 14 April 2019 19:22 (seven months ago) link

I'm hooked again I think. I played everyday for a couple of years, 25 years ago in college.
I estimate my rating to have been 1400-1450. We had some strong players in the club who were
very helpful. One guy was rated 2400+ and was always top 2 or 3 in Wisconsin. I think I'm back to
over 1300 again, but I'm confident that's going up, although slowly I'm sure. I know now to study more
endgame and tactics now. Back then everybody wanted to memorize the opening moves.

OMG the tools that are available now. Just all those videos on youtube alone. I like the St Louis
Chess Club's channel the best.

Chess.com has to be the greatest website ever. The new interface for going over your games is so cool.
You can go back and see all your mistakes and the better moves in about 5 minutes. The puzzle rush for tactics
practice is also great.

This could be trouble for my free time.

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:23 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Just won a 10 minute blitz game and am on top of the world

calstars, Saturday, 22 June 2019 02:00 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Recently reached 1k after a long time
You’ve come a long way, baby

calstars, Saturday, 13 July 2019 03:03 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

I beat that Korean entity btw

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 23:30 (one week ago) link


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