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Chess

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:55 pm
by Chesspieceface
Well after a 6 year hiatus I'm brushing up my chess game. Its nice to still have my library and softwares. I have a couple friends who give me a challenge and FICS is great to pick up a random opponent. Well here's a thread for anecdotes, puzzles and what have you. And if anyone wants to play a match on FICS just PM me here and we'll set it up. Fun to get back into it. I've played over the last years but my game was feeling increasingly "guessy" and I'd find I didn't know what to expect in basic positions anymore (1.e4.e5, 2.Nf3.Nc6, 3.Bb5...what do I do!?! :grund: ). Its a pleasure to refresh my grasp and I'm finding that the study changes my attitude toward the play which I had forgotten. !Viva Ajedrez!

Re: Chess

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:26 pm
by coopasonic
I play "correspondence" style chess on redhotpawn.com as coopasonic. I wouldn't be any challenge for you, but I like the site. I bounce between 1300 and 1400 rating there typically.

Re: Chess

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:45 pm
by Jag
Funny, I was going to make a post about Chess today as well.

Our CFO got a chess board and is kicking everyone's ass, the smug bastard. I will defeat him, but first I must train....

After seeing a post on QT3, I joined Chess.Com today. My name is Jagg if anyone wants to send a challenge. I'm not very good though.

Re: Chess

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:57 pm
by Chesspieceface
For online play I highly recommend the Babaschess.net client on FICS. Its been around for years and is immune from a lot of the newer web based issues seeing as it is a telnet server. But have gun will travel, I'll play anywhere... just seems silly to register your real ID for chessplaying. The only time I did that was with USCF online, but they already had my details anyway.

I'll play a game on FICS have the client save it as a .PGN, load that up in Fritz run a 10 minute analysis and then go right back over the game as a postmortem. Really great tools. There is also a bot on FICS called 'AnalysisBot' and you tell it to annotate any game you've played, and it sends you a URL back with diagrams and everything. Ah chess...

Re: Chess

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:16 pm
by Tokek
We have a "Chess with Friends" on iPhone thing going. I'm still playing a few people from OO and GT.

Re: Chess

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:43 pm
by AWS260
Arise, Chess thread, before the World Championship match is over!

After coming out even over 12 regular games, they're down to a tiebreaker series of four rapid games (in which each player has much less time than usual). After two draws in the rapid games, the champ won game 3. They've just started game 4, which the challenger needs to win to say alive.

Has anyone else been following this? I've had a good time watching a few YouTube commentaries on the matches. I'm terrible at chess, but have found that I enjoy watching commentaries/analysis.

Re: Chess

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:38 pm
by Holman
I should pay more attention to the Championship!

I'm not a strong player, but in college one of my best friends became the U.S. champion (or co-champion). I took class notes for him when he flew around the world to get curb-stomped by Garry Kasparov.

Re: Chess

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:35 pm
by AWS260
Carlsen won, wrapping up the final game with a pretty sweet checkmate (technically mate would come on the next move, but this is where Karjakin resigned).

Re: Chess

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:38 am
by paulbaxter
It took me a minute to put that mate together. Probably why I'm not a very good chess player.

Re: Chess

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:52 am
by Isgrimnur
Myself as well. It's not an immediate mate after the move, as the king can take the queen, but then the back rank rook will trap him.

Re: Chess

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:40 am
by paulbaxter
Isgrimnur wrote:Myself as well. It's not an immediate mate after the move, as the king can take the queen, but then the back rank rook will trap him.
Also note what happens with P X Q. Pretty nifty mate.

Re: Chess

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:22 pm
by gilraen
Isgrimnur wrote:Myself as well. It's not an immediate mate after the move, as the king can take the queen, but then the back rank rook will trap him.
I was actually immediately thinking pawn to h6 takes the queen, but then rook takes pawn on f7 and traps the king anyway.

Re: Chess

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:27 pm
by Isgrimnur
That one escaped me.

Re: Chess

Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:55 pm
by Lassr
yeah, took me a few seconds also, as I didn't read the note above that the checkmate was the next move after the queen. Checkmate either way with King or Pawn taking the queen.

Re: Chess

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:54 am
by AWS260
The World Chess Championship is underway: Magnus Carlsen vs. Fabiano Caruano (an American!). Deadspin has a detailed write-up of the first four games. Because this is 2018, it includes some social media drama:
And so the morning of Game 4 of the most hotly-contested World Championship match in a generation saw the most valuable intelligence in world chess broadcast to the entire globe:


The offending video was uploaded (and quickly deleted) by the YouTube account of the Saint Louis Chess Club, the strongest institution in American chess with which Caruana is often involved, as a teaser for a full-length look at Caruana’s preparation for this match. In the short snippet above, we can see Caruana and his team hard at work, with Fabi (sporting a bit of a moustache) pondering an endgame puzzle and handing his coach Rustam Kasimdzhanov a book dedicated to Carlsen’s 2016 title defense. We’re then treated to a shot of an open ChessBase file in which several summary lines of Caruana’s notes are visible.
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The silver linings for the challenger are that the breach only related to what must be a small proportion of his overall preparation, and we have no idea whether Caruana had analyzed those variations as favorable or after close analysis had concluded that they were not worth trying. The disclosure doesn’t by rule render all of those ideas unplayable, but this surely will force Team Caruana to fundamentally reassess their opening strategy for the rest of the match.

Re: Chess

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:28 pm
by Jaymann
My two grandchildren (ages - boy 3 and girl 4.5)are now playing chess. They know how all the pieces move and understand esoteric concepts such as castling, pawn promotion and j'aoube. They can actually contest a game against each other and don't want me watching. My granddaughter is obsessed with promoting a pawn to a queen, even if it is immediately taken. She is starting to grasp the concept of checkmate, she will put her queen right next to my king as she has seen me do, but it is usually not defended. Someday she is going to get lucky.

Re: Chess

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:34 pm
by Jaymann
Carlsen had to scramble to hold a draw today. Half way through the match it is 6 straight draws.

Re: Chess

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:44 pm
by Holman
Lately I've been playing chess with my 89-y.o. FIL, who is suffering from mellow but thorough dementia.

He can't remember if I've ever before been to his NYC house (where I've visited perhaps a hundred times), but he still beats me fair and square in chess. Every game.

Re: Chess

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:55 pm
by AWS260
Carlsen and Caruana are still all tied up, with Game 12 taking place right now. Live blog here. If this one ends up in a draw, they'll move to rapid and blitz tiebreakers.

Re: Chess

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:09 pm
by Jaymann
Carlsen strangely offered a draw in a superior position. On to the rapid play.

Re: Chess

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:06 pm
by AWS260
Carlsen is supposedly a much better rapid player than Caruano. I assume that factored into his thinking.

Here's the champ playing an online blitz (1 minute) tournament. And drinking beers and chatting with his pals in the background.


Re: Chess

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:36 pm
by Jaymann
Carlsen retains his crown with 3 consecutive victories in rapid play.

Re: Chess

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:32 pm
by AWS260
I hope these two meet again for the championship. Rapid aside, that was a pretty impressive run of games.

Re: Chess

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:58 pm
by Buatha
Any good starting tutorials for chess noobs?

My 12 year old has really been getting into chess, but I only know how the pieces move...no strategy or theory.

True story: I lost interest in chess during high school. I noticed my best friend quickly making moves without looking too hard at the board. When asked about this, he said: "I have about 10 games with their corresponding 10 moves kind of memorized...I don't have to play hard until you mess up my set moves."

After that, I never really wanted to play.

Re: Chess

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:12 pm
by Anonymous Bosch
Buatha wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:58 pm
Any good starting tutorials for chess noobs?

My 12 year old has really been getting into chess, but I only know how the pieces move...no strategy or theory.
Try going through the free online course available here; it's specifically designed for parents and kids. If you can play through to the intermediate lessons it'll definitely improve your game.

Re: Chess

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:05 pm
by NickAragua
Yeah, there are a few well-known "opening sequences", because the most optimal opening moves generally involve "opening up the center" to get your pieces greater potential mobility later on. All the grandmaster guys probably have those opening memorized and could recite them in their sleep.

I'm not one of those guys, but I don't recall the last time I led off with "A4" or "G4" or something like that.

Re: Chess

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:06 am
by Jaymann
Actually 1.g4 is a known opening called the Grob that has a following. It is an attempt to disrupt Black's center with a quick bishop to g2.

Re: Chess

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:55 pm
by Buatha
A surprisingly entertaining game called Chessaria: The Tactical Adventure (Chess) is helping me learn to think better on movement/strategy.

I'm still early in the campaign, but you are essentially given chess puzzles with occasional objectives other than simply taking the other side's pieces. For instance, the back row had villagers to protect (instead of the King, Queen, and two Knights). This scenario had you limited to two Bishops, a Rook, and two pawns while the A.I. had one full front row of pawns all marching toward your side. The scenarios will also block certain squares of the board with columns or rubble to change your movement strategy.

Re: Chess

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:18 pm
by coopasonic
I have played a good bit of CHessaria until it god too hard for me. I really should get back to it. It was fun until I got crushed repeatedly. :D

Re: Chess

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:42 pm
by Buatha
I won't kid you, I have to replay scenarios multiple times. Since I know there is a Perfect way to do the puzzle, I won't settle for a Good ranking.

From the Steam reviews, it seems that the game was optimized better and differs from the version people reviewed in the past. I can't comment since I just bought it along with Ultra Chess 3D.

Re: Chess

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:05 pm
by coopasonic
When I am in practice I am a ~1400 player at best so I'm probably not a good bar and my having difficulty should probably be counted as a positive.

Re: Chess

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:32 am
by Isgrimnur
WaPo

...
In an email to The Washington Post early Monday, David Llada, a spokesman for FIDE, wrote that Rausis had “signed a letter admitting his wrongdoing,” but declined to comment further on the case until an official report is submitted.

“I simply lost my mind yesterday,” Rausis said in a statement to Chess.com on Friday. “Yes, I was tired after the morning game and all the Facebook activity of accusers also have a known impact. At least what I committed yesterday is a good lesson, not for me — I played my last game of chess already.”

Rausis told the British Times that he used chess software on his phone, adding that he knew he had been “committing my chess death.

Re: Chess

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:07 am
by bathwalter991
Hello! I would like to learn how to play chess well. When I was a child, my grandfather taught me to play, but I remembered a little and then my game was not successful. Now I remember the names of the figures and the main moves. Maybe there are some good training courses that are worth seeing before a real game. Or advise you to learn through practice?

Re: Chess

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 1:54 pm
by AWS260
Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen for winning the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, the online tournament invented by Magnus Carlsen after COVID-19 cancelled the real-world tournament of challengers to Magnus Carlsen's throne. Magnus Carlsen.

I've mainly been following the tournament via Agadmator, a very good YouTube chess commentator.



Having webcams on the competitors can be pretty entertaining.


Re: Chess

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 4:00 pm
by Jaymann
Some great games in that tournament. Carlsen won but he was not totally dominant. Supposedly the Candidates Tournament was not cancelled (it was at the half way point), but postponed. Seems like they could use this online format to continue it.

Agadmator's coverage is good, and he can be quite funny at times. But I prefer Daniel King's GM analysis and dry British wit.

Re: Chess

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 10:42 am
by paulbaxter
No comment on the chess, and I haven't watched those other channels, but I just always enjoy watching Ben Finegold who was also covering the tournament. He's just always a hoot. It's fun watching him teach kids chess classes as well.

Re: Chess

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 9:11 pm
by AWS260
Jaymann wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 4:00 pm
But I prefer Daniel King's GM analysis and dry British wit.
Thanks for mentioning this. I wasn't aware of him before, but watching his analysis of Carlsen-Ding game 4 and it's really good.

Re: Chess

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 9:18 pm
by hitbyambulance
bathwalter991 wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:07 am
Hello! I would like to learn how to play chess well. When I was a child, my grandfather taught me to play, but I remembered a little and then my game was not successful. Now I remember the names of the figures and the main moves. Maybe there are some good training courses that are worth seeing before a real game. Or advise you to learn through practice?
throw the baby out with the bathwalter991

Re: Chess

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 10:32 am
by WYBaugh
AWS260 wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 1:54 pm
Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen for winning the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, the online tournament invented by Magnus Carlsen after COVID-19 cancelled the real-world tournament of challengers to Magnus Carlsen's throne. Magnus Carlsen.

I've mainly been following the tournament via Agadmator, a very good YouTube chess commentator.



Having webcams on the competitors can be pretty entertaining.

I'm not a chess noob but I don't get the angst over the knight at g5? Someone help out my ignorance.