Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by takl23, Dec 1, 2008.
Hot Sauce, another thing that might help your game is playing some slower correspondence-style chess-- it'll give you some time to think out your moves and look at the board thoroughly (and you don't have to set aside large chunks of time to play).
I used to play on this site: http://www.redhotpawn.com/
It's a good place for slower games (though you can play quick ones as well). I usually made a couple moves a day in my games.
I used to play a lot of chess. I play on chess.com, but my rating is terrible right now, because of a general loss of interest and other reasons. If any beginners want to find me there, my username is SchachMatt. I will play correspondance with you and offer advice.
EDIT: My computer rates me about 1640 ELO, if that is of interest to potential chess opponents. I am a bit rusty however, and learned as an adult, which inherently creates its own problems.
I played with regularity when I use to go to school. We had nothing else to do in our spare periods. I love the game and I should play it more often.
Chess is honestly the best game ever, period. Some argue that it qualifies as a sport, but I think that is a semantic argument and therefore pretty pointless. I wish more people played it. I enjoy video games as well but I think most gamers don't understand that their favorite games pale incomparison to the beauty and complexity of chess. Go is the only other example I can think of.
Do you guys try to play the fischer chess? I mean mixing the pieces on the board randomly.
We do it a lot here, as basic chess can be almost boring sometimes and it's nice to get out of classic openings and other seen thousand times defenses
I have tried it and like it, but since it is even harder to find good Fisher Random players than standard chess players, I will stick with standard for now. I have a hard enough time finding opponents with standard.
I agree. It's great. I used to play it quite a bit back in the early 90s, late 80s, but I just play "for fun" now, since it's so damn addictive. Wish I could let myself succumb!
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Black to move and draw.
This is interesting because chess programs can't see the drawing move. They are blind to this.
In the actual game, the player saw the saving move and the game was quickly agreed a draw three moves later.
The saving move is ...Rxh4
Then white must capture the rook (else he will lose) and then all black has to do is move the bishop to d4 and keep it in the long diagonal, so the white queen is stuck forever on g8.
I am yet to see a program that can find ...Rxh4
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