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January 31, 2012
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"humphreys" wrote: I haven't played in months, tbh. I hit a wall somewhere in the 1800s, got annoyed, and started doing other things.

1800 is about the rate where others act like you can perform miracles, but we still can't hang with the big boys.

January 31, 2012
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Humphreys maybe this is a subject we can agree on, and get along. 😀 I love to play chess, but have never played online. I'm not very good at all if you measure my ablity, but I really enjoy it. John Jr. and I have carried on the New Years eve Tradition his Grandpa and I started, when John was very little. We would spend New Years in Pasadena, and he and I would have our Champaign chess tournament til the wee hours of the morning. He is no longer with us, but John and I carry on the tradition, and always will. This New Years we had a great tournament, and he won more games, but each game was so good, we almost didn't care who won. Almost! 😉

I'm not real familar with the online game, and I have no idea how this point scoring goes. I might be embarrased how low mine might be, but I love playing anyway. One of my weaknesses in chess is not really having a plain in the openig moves, and shoot from the hip, while I wait for pieces to get forward, hoping I see a direction to go.

I also love to play cribbage, and use to play with my Granny all the time when I was young. I still have the cribbage board which is almost as old as I am. To be honest, its been so long I do not recall how to play, and how to use the board. I should look up how to play again, and play with Mrs. G2 and teach John how to play it.

My parents and grandparents were great card players, and the 4 of them would play pinocle, but that I never learned how. Granny also taught me several other great card games, one was crazy 8s, another was Kings on the corner. We used to play a solitare kind of game called KENO, where each person has a deck, and the game plays like solitare to the center, but you can also play a card onto your opponents pile. When they make a mistake not playing to the Ace piles, you yell KENO, and its your turn, or if they can not play the card they turned up. Both my Grandparents know how to play many different kinds of solitare games, and played one of each kind, daily. They were of a generation of avid card players, when people didn't have televisions, and only had the radio. One of those died out forms of family entertainment, from a time when you listened to Amos and Andy, The lone Ranger, and George Burn and Gracie Allen on the radio. Cards was very popular at one time.

January 31, 2012
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"Butcher" wrote: [quote="humphreys"]I haven't played in months, tbh. I hit a wall somewhere in the 1800s, got annoyed, and started doing other things.

1800 is about the rate where others act like you can perform miracles, but we still can't hang with the big boys.

That's true. For me the 1800s is where the game got a little less fun because it becomes a LOT about theory, learned openings, and memorization.

I'm not saying there's no room for great creative play, but if you really want to get over 1900 or 2000 you have to knuckle down and put in a awful lot of detailed study and that's where I couldn't push myself to the next level.

I also found that other players at that level were good enough that as soon as you make one error, you've had it, and that error might even be a simple inaccuracy in the opening, then you just get ground down for the rest of the match.

I don't think I had the patience and attention span needed to ever be 2000+, although I did get the odd win against some low 2000 players.

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January 31, 2012
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Greeney, I play my Dad a lot at chess too, he's the one who introduced me to the game really as he used to be a good player at school.

I was quite impressed as where I had to read a ton of books and put in lots of time and effort, he was always as good as me without hardly practicing at all.

I have the better of him now though, but it did take a lot of work.

You should think about signing up to Red Hot Prawn with frrosted, especially if you like non-live chess where you get to take as long as you like over moves. If you do sign up let me know and we can arrange a game.

I only play one card game and that's Texas Holdem poker, I played that online a lot at one point too. Lots of family arguments have been had whilst playing poker against each other 😀

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January 31, 2012
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It'd be cool if we could get together and play.

My problem with chess is that I spend a lot of time making moves, a frustratingly long time.

"it is easy to grow crazy"

January 31, 2012
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Well, on Red Hot Pawn (just realized frrosted has me calling it Prawn now) you get usually 3 days to make a move if you want, or more if needed.

That long enough for ya?

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January 31, 2012
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:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

"it is easy to grow crazy"

March 3, 2012
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I'm not rated, but I do play chess. I usually win the first game by twirling my hair and asking how the horsey moves. 😀 Personally, I hate the guys who stare too much and don't talk. I play chess as I play pool. I drink, converse, and just like the interaction. Some people take it too seriously.

My favorite is Fisher random. 😀 That and drunken chess. 😀

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Bobby eventually got bored with traditional chess. And though this version of chess wasn't invented by Bobby, it was rediscovered by him and made chess fun again for him.

It's a shame that he was kicked from this country for playing a chess game...how bloody stupid! No wonder he hated this government before he died!

Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen... - Zbigniew Brezhinsky

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