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Re: Chess
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2013, 11:35:09 pm »
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3. e5 is not a bad move.  Though funnily enough, it's also sharper than Nc3, it seems?
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Re: Chess
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2013, 11:43:10 pm »
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3. e5 is not a bad move.  Though funnily enough, it's also sharper than Nc3, it seems?
1. e4 ...
2. e5 yeah thats bad
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Re: Chess
« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2013, 12:37:32 am »
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I never got into chess, but I figure some people here might be interested in this comic I found a long time ago (assuming you haven't read it yet)

http://scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/chess/chess.html
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Re: Chess
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2013, 06:59:02 am »
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3. e5 is not a bad move.  Though funnily enough, it's also sharper than Nc3, it seems?

It's often sharper, yes. But recently the Nc3 line sees many games with heterogeneous castling and has thus become sharper and maybe more interesting.

To your theory question, theory: Currently I think top level chess is in good shape. Recently an important tournament in Wijk aan Zee ended with many interesting fighting games. Current number 1 of the rating list - Magnus Carlsen - simply plays out even positions. In some tournaments they have rules to forbid quick draw agreements.

BTW: Many thx for suggesting Hannabi here many months ago. I've picked it up at Essen because of your post. It's a great little game.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2013, 07:37:09 am »
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I've always played 3. exd5 against the caro cann,  followed by Be3 and c3 unless black does something wierd.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2013, 09:04:51 am »
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I've always played 3. exd5 against the caro cann,  followed by Be3 and c3 unless black does something wierd.
The closed Caro Kann is nice too, 3. e5 with possible support on the f-file. Oh, BTW i see what you guys were talking about above. Thought you were saying something different. Blonde moment, sorry bout that.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2013, 03:35:58 pm »
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omg i just won a game on instantchess.com

i feel the old rush coming back
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Re: Chess
« Reply #32 on: February 04, 2013, 10:25:59 am »
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I was first board on my high school chess team; and we got second in the regional tournament... so I used to be pretty good. I've only played about 10 games total since high school, though...
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Re: Chess
« Reply #33 on: February 05, 2013, 12:45:55 am »
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I play Chess rather casually, although in low level USCF tournaments. I love facing a tough opponent that makes me think as long as that opponent isn't cocky.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #34 on: February 05, 2013, 05:31:47 pm »
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I think this needs to get moved to the forum games thread ;)
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Re: Chess
« Reply #35 on: February 05, 2013, 06:03:42 pm »
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I think this needs to get moved to the forum games thread ;)

If there were only a moderator who could do this...
I guess he's too busy playing games.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #36 on: February 05, 2013, 08:01:38 pm »
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Bleh, then I have to split topics and everything too.

Fine!
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Re: Chess
« Reply #37 on: February 05, 2013, 08:05:10 pm »
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I was kind of joking...  Oh well.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #38 on: February 05, 2013, 08:05:16 pm »
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Re: Chess
« Reply #39 on: February 09, 2013, 07:03:52 am »
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Re: Chess
« Reply #40 on: March 28, 2013, 08:52:46 pm »
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I am also on chess.com, although I don't have a USCF rating.  My correspondence rating is about 1500.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #41 on: April 30, 2013, 01:41:28 am »
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Good to see some love for chess here. When I discovered Dominion a few months ago I figured that this ought to be a game that chess players would enjoy, and vice versa, given the analytic aspects of both games.

Mind you, I'm not terribly good at either game and simply do not have the time to study them properly. I don't have an official chess rating, but over the years I've deducted that it would probably be around 1600. I have a colleague who used to have a 2400 rating and was one of the best chess players in Denmark. I tried playing him - absolutely zero chance for me.

I almost always open variants of d4 and then c4 on the second move. Makes for some fairly aggressive open games, which is the playstyle I prefer.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #42 on: May 01, 2013, 05:08:51 pm »
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Just saw this topic, happy to see it. I am not so hot, but I know several players likely stronger than anyone here (including our distinguished IM).

When last I played over the board, I was an 'A' player. I've beaten a master and drawn others a few times - if memory serves I am 1-3-4 (that'd be 3 losses, 4 draws) in my last 8 rated games against them, including one loss against an IM.

Fun fact: The U.S. Championships and U.S. Women's Championships start next Monday. I have a perfect score in rated games against the participants, in a non-zero number of such games.

I have played way more chess than I have Dominion.

Mostly I play online blitz in a number of places nowadays. I am terrible at blitz, though I'm even worse at bughouse.

My favorite variant is probably Progressive (or I think it's also called Scottish) chess, which is really zany and fun and very easy to lose in a few moves.

I'd be more than happy to play people here, however I would suspect that people just feed things into their computers over the forum, and there's really no incentive.

The Babson task is very awesome.

Probably my favorite chess puzzle ever was the first one ChessBase ever did for Christmas - sadly I cannot find the page anymore (and think it may have been taken down in one of their site re-organizations...). Anyhow, it goes like this: "A game starts 1.e4 and ends in the fifth move with knight takes rook mate. What is the rest of the game?" The story goes that some very strong players found it frustrating to solve, for months on end in some cases - including Kasparov. Others apparently learned it as children in the USSR. At any rate, I solved it one day whilst taking a shower after about a week of pretty persistent attempts (and a year or two of working on and off). Incidentally, there are MANY solutions in the sixth move, which I know because I found dozens trying to get the answer here.

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Re: Chess
« Reply #43 on: May 01, 2013, 07:35:56 pm »
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Probably my favorite chess puzzle ever was the first one ChessBase ever did for Christmas - sadly I cannot find the page anymore (and think it may have been taken down in one of their site re-organizations...). Anyhow, it goes like this: "A game starts 1.e4 and ends in the fifth move with knight takes rook mate. What is the rest of the game?" The story goes that some very strong players found it frustrating to solve, for months on end in some cases - including Kasparov. Others apparently learned it as children in the USSR. At any rate, I solved it one day whilst taking a shower after about a week of pretty persistent attempts (and a year or two of working on and off). Incidentally, there are MANY solutions in the sixth move, which I know because I found dozens trying to get the answer here.
http://web.archive.org/web/20121104031741/http://www.chessbase.com/puzzle/puzz05d.htm
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Re: Chess
« Reply #44 on: May 02, 2013, 12:09:39 am »
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I'm rated 1871 USCF. I play mostly on ICC (Internet Chess Club) and at my local chess club. I thought I should let you all know about http://en.lichess.org/. It's a quick, easy way to get a game; you don't even have to register. You can just click "play with a friend," set the controls for the game, and copy the URL.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #45 on: May 16, 2013, 05:28:40 am »
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The 16th is a rest day, but the Norway Tournament has been great so far -- two more rounds left, with Karjakin just leading Carlsen: http://live.norwaychess.com/.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #46 on: May 16, 2013, 10:20:03 am »
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http://scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/chess/chess.html

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Re: Chess
« Reply #47 on: May 16, 2013, 10:31:57 am »
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I've played precisely 1 game of chess since I left high school. I was pretty good back then (coming 2nd and 3rd in the year 7 and 8 chess tournaments respectively), but not exceptional. I'm not at all interested in studying openings or what have you, I just play whatever seems safe/a good move to start and see how it goes from there. A friend of mine has got a copy of For The Crown recently and I'm looking forward to giving it a go. Has anyone here played it? It seems like the ideal game for people in this thread on this forum.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #48 on: May 16, 2013, 03:24:58 pm »
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A friend of mine has got a copy of For The Crown recently and I'm looking forward to giving it a go. Has anyone here played it? It seems like the ideal game for people in this thread on this forum.

I haven't played it, but I watched Tom Vasel's videos.  Let us know how it goes!
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Re: Chess
« Reply #49 on: June 25, 2013, 12:54:46 am »
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I love chess but I haven't played in years.  I have far too many other hobbies and at some point it sunk in that although I might be one of the stronger players at my college, that was nothing in the real world.  At least other boardgames have comparatively little theory established.

I still love it though, find myself using chess as a metaphor for everything.  But I don't play anymore and don't know that I'll ever get back into it.
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