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The U.S. Championships recently ended in San Diego. Is that the tournament she participated in?
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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The very one!
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Both are fun if you do it right!
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I'm on the Internet Chess Club, also as LobowolfXXX. In 1985, I was the 8th most active member of the United States Chess Federation, but I've largely given up serious chess for bridge. I play speed chess online, but no longer play tournaments. Interestingly, everyone I know who is good at both (subjective, but, say, expert level or higher at chess and silver life master or higher at bridge) prefers bridge. I have several friends who are expert to senior master at chess and don't play anymore, but still play competitive bridge, and at the bridge nationals in Philadelphia a couple of years back, I ran into one of the top female chess players in the world, WGM (Women's Grandmaster) Irina Levitina...who also has given up chess.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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On 2006-03-26 21:42, Chessmann wrote:
I have played, on and off, since I was in Jr. High.

I recently started taking lessons from a student at the Univ. of Texas at Dallas, where the chess program consistently competes for tops in the nation. My teacher is a sophomore, and is rated 2250. I am learning a good deal of things I did not know before - I can now checkmate you with a King and 2 Bishops (vs. a lone King)! :^)



You can also do that with a knight and a bishop but not with two knights.
In my younger years I played in many competitions and represented my province at our nationals when I was in school but since moving to Taiwan I haven't really played. They play different games here. Similar to chess in many wyas though.
Thanks for all the online links maybe I should check them out.
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On 2006-03-26 21:42, Chessmann wrote:
I have played, on and off, since I was in Jr. High.

I recently started taking lessons from a student at the Univ. of Texas at Dallas, where the chess program consistently competes for tops in the nation. My teacher is a sophomore, and is rated 2250. I am learning a good deal of things I did not know before - I can now checkmate you with a King and 2 Bishops (vs. a lone King)! :^)



You can also do that with a knight and a bishop but not with two knights.



In about half of the possible positions, though, you can force checkmate with 2 knights if the guy WITHOUT the two knights has a rook's pawn, not just a king. You herd him over toward the pawn, and his own pawn blocks one of the flight squares that the knights can't handle themselves. It's probably the toughest checkmate to force; it comes up rarely, and grandmasters have often screwed it up.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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So who are your favourite players? I think I'll have to go with Fisher despite his idiosyncrasies. But Kasparov was ultra-solid, stamping his authority on the game for a good couple of decades. In the modern game, Topalov is great too. Oh, and Capablanca from the past masters! Smile
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So who are your favourite players?


Deep Blue.
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I was captivated by an A&E Biography on Bobby Fisher. I learned about his almost unbearable demands and idiosyncracies as a player. While playing against a Russian champion, I think it was Viktor Korchnoi, Fisher complained that he could hear whispers from the viewing gallery and had the first couple of rows of seats removed. Later during the game he complaiend that he could still hear some of them occasionally cough or even breath! So away went several more rows of seats until there were very few left.

I was in awe at how hypercritical Fisher had become in several of his last and most important tournaments.

Over the next couple of days, Fisher would not show up to continue play until certain of demands were met including certain lighting.

What came next took the cake as he complained that he could hear the reels of video cameras in the theater as he was being filmed during this very important match. They actually brought in a sound expert who ran some tests and said it was absolutely, and without a doubt, impossible for the human ear to pickup the mechanical sounds of the video cameras but Fisher insisted he could hear them and it interrupted his concentration. At the time he was loosing terribly but eventually won the match.

An incredible talent and unusual character. So are any of you as fastidious? Hehehe.
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Many years ago I had a collection of books, subscribed to a magazine and played via postcards for a while.
I was a bit fanatical about it. Studied a variety of openings, end games, etc.

I had a small booklet that involved mating in a number of moves that I read at work every night for a long time.

I haven't played in years and forget a lot of stuff.
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and played via postcards for a while.


Wow, considering how boringly quick results are these days, I think I might be interested in the wonderful anticipation of awaiting a response via the postcard. Is the trip to the mailbox to find something handwritten or, in this case, checked off as a game, sacred anymore?

To anyone born in the last 10 years the answer is a resounding NO.

Shame.
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On 2006-03-26 21:42, Chessmann wrote:
I have played, on and off, since I was in Jr. High.

I recently started taking lessons from a student at the Univ. of Texas at Dallas, where the chess program consistently competes for tops in the nation. My teacher is a sophomore, and is rated 2250. I am learning a good deal of things I did not know before - I can now checkmate you with a King and 2 Bishops (vs. a lone King)! :^)



You can also do that with a knight and a bishop but not with two knights.



In about half of the possible positions, though, you can force checkmate with 2 knights if the guy WITHOUT the two knights has a rook's pawn, not just a king. You herd him over toward the pawn, and his own pawn blocks one of the flight squares that the knights can't handle themselves. It's probably the toughest checkmate to force; it comes up rarely, and grandmasters have often screwed it up.

Indeed correct but I was referring to a lone king. The Rook pawn has to be blocked though. I don't think I would be able to do this as I still battle with the knight and bishop mate.
As for my favorite player. For sheer aggression I have to go with Kasparov.
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Two good books on Fischer:

Profile of a Prodigy, by Frank Brady. Tons of info, kind of treats Fischer's stranger qualities lightly, but an excellend read.

Bobby Fischer vs. the Rest of the World!, by Brad Darrach. Wow, this is a highly detailed account of the events leading up to the Spassky match in '72, and of course, the match itself. Hilarious read. Many times feels like the Keystone Cops. *Really* puts Fischer in a bad light.

also,

Bobby Fischer Goes to War, by.... I forgot. Excellent treatment of the whole '72 match and the events leading up to, and after, it. Lots more from the Soviet perspective, as those folks are much more accessible now.

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First off, I have a Hoyle board game CD that has a simple chess program in it. It never gets used because I stink at chess!

Secondly, in regards to how you respond to the computer beating you, I'm reminded of a quick moment in a Kurt Russell horror film where he's beaten by the computer. As it says; "Checkmate," he opens a door in the side and pours in his drink!
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For favorite players, I'm partial to Fischer & Tal. Others would include Capablanca, Keres, Bronstein... Some of the best chess books out there are old tournament books...the game collections, usually annotated by one of the players, so you get personal info about some of the competitors and also the tournament in general. Particularly good are Bronstein's book on the 1953 tournament in Zurch, the New York 1924 tournament, Nottingham 1936, and AVRO 1938.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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I enjoy a game of chess and have recently got my girlfriend hooked on it.

My brother bought my father fridge chess. Which is basically a magnetic chess board you stick to your fridge. It's great it means there is always a game of chess going on, between my father and I, on my parent's fridge. Whenever I visit I make a move and the next time I call round dad will have moved. The disadvantage is it sometimes takes me 10 minutes to get a glass of milk.

Anyone play online? I occasionally go to the yahoo games (id;majikgeorge) if anyone would like to name a time I could go meet you there for a game.

George
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If you really want to study modern games I love the Kasparov Karpov tournament notes and games for the year in which Kasparov defended his title. His aggresion and tactics were spectacular.
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I am also a chess fanatic. I play one serious game or two every day against K-Chess (PC software).
I have to say that this game expands your logical thinking and its worth every second spent. I also avoid "garbage" and stuff that does not occupy my mind extensively like: TV, boring DVD movies, PC games other than chess, etc.

So it's mainly reading/ watching/ studying mentalism and playing chess in my free time.
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I used to love to play. Before the internet it was tough to find people who were into playing.

Too often chess gets labled as nerdy or un-cool but nothing could be further from the truth. Chess rocks.

This thread should be re-titled "chess-nuts boasting on an open foyer."
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LOL!!!!
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Count me in. I love the game. I even know a couple of chess jokes.

My brother and I played chess by mail. Who won? The Post Office!

Did you hear the one about the really poor chess champion? His first move was always to pawn his king!

The first one is better, I know...
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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