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The World Chess Championship is going to start in a month or so. Frankly, I'm not all that excited. I've never been a fan of Anand or Gelfand to begin with, but their recent tourney results have been so lacklustre that I can't even pretend to be interested in the upcoming battle.

 

Far more interesting from my POV is the Kramnik-Aronian match that's going to start tomorrow. I expect it to be a fantastic series of games; both players have scored incredible victories in the past six months (between Tata Steel and the Tal Memorial).

 

 

Oh, and I suck as a player. The only time I ever seem to win is when my opponent drops a piece. I can usually capitalize on that...otherwise, nah. I'm bad at making long-range plans (not just in chess, but in general). That said, I'm currently clinging to a 1666.5 rating on Chesstempo.com (I'm gambling that most people here are sufficiently unfamiliar with the ELO system to fail to realize just how unimpressive this rating is). It's pretty much my biggest accomplishment in the past nine months.

 

 

Finally, here's a quote from Spassky, one of my favourite players (NOTE: may prove inappropriate for younger readers):

 

 

"Which do I prefer? Sex or chess? It depends on the position."

 

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Well I was taught how to play chess by my grandpa back in 5th grade (age 10 I think) and I'm relatively good at it though I haven't played in years. I'm trying to set up a contest between 2 friends, in a 3 way chess game battle. Winner gets $20 (I know just 20. Big frickin' wh00p) (Y)

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I learned chess when I was 8 or 9 years old. I've never been good but I do enjoy playing chess.

Someone here should organise an online tournament :).

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I always used to play chess with my sister, and... I lost all my games. Except one!!! :D

Yeah, BitBuster, you could probably beat me too.

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Winner gets $20 (I know just 20. Big frickin' wh00p) (Y)

 

Hey, it's $20! I wouldn't scoff at that.

 

 

 

Yeah, BitBuster, you could probably beat me too.

 

Ooh? So certain are you?

 

*Yoda font*

 

;)

 

 

 

Oh, and I overslept today, so I missed the first Kramnik-Aronian game. Needless to say, I am extremely disappointed. I must remember to set my alarm for tomorrow morning.

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I'm sure you could beat me too, BitBuster, I am the type of player who drops pieces. Also, where do you watch these live games?

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There are a couple of places; Chessgames.com usually requires premium membership, but Chessdom is a good site for live games:

 

http://livechess.chessdom.com/site/

 

The chat tends to be banal in the extreme, and there's frequently lag between the clocks and the "real" game, but it's the best place I've found, and it's nice to have the Houdini analysis (even if it's only based on a few seconds of analysis). Oftentimes, in the chat window, people will post links to the official tournament sites, on which actual live video footage can be found. I remember toggling back and forth between the Chessdom board and the live video feed on the Tal Memorial site...good times. :D

 

 

It looks like the Kramnik-Aronian match has its own website, complete with live video feeds. Of course, it's all in German...;)

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I'm Jamesa7171 on chess.com if anybody wants a game. 1636 rating at the moment but my sample size for that is a whopping 1 game and I expect it to drop a few hundred points pretty quickly.

 

 

only to rise again after I read up on some theory and get thousand of games of experience on my way to dominating the chess world, obviously

 

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I'm resisting the temptation to start a chess.com account; I already spent all of yesterday on Chesstempo (when I promised myself that I'd use the time to write the term paper that's due tomorrow), and I really can't afford to spend another six hours per day goofing off with chess...

 

Must...resist...temptation...

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^Thanks for the link! I guess I was looking at the wrong "official site," when I said that it was all in German. ;)

 

I overslept again today...grr! Tomorrow I will not fail! This is my promise to myself. At least Chessdom saves the chat logs and commentary (in English, to boot!).

 

 

I should probably delete my Chesstempo account. I just can't justify writing a literature review for a research article when I could be striving to break the 1700 barrier at tactics. There are worse addictions, I suppose.

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Well, I didn't completely oversleep today. I only arrived 30 minutes late, which meant I would have been in time for the middlegame. Then I found out that today is a rest day and that there are no games scheduled. Needless to say, I'm very disappointed, more in my own ignorance than in anything.

 

 

My rating on chess.com is a whopping 1064. After dropping three pieces in a row, I figured it was best to resign. Perhaps chess isn't for me.

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I've sent requests to everyone here. Also, I won my first real game :) (All the others were blitz) and my rating is 1355. It was a pretty epic game imo.

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I'm trying to get a rating myself. Do I just have to play a game with someone to get a rating or what? I don't understand...

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I'm trying to get a rating myself. Do I just have to play a game with someone to get a rating or what? I don't understand...

 

All you need to do is play live chess. Your rating will change after every game.

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It was a pretty epic game imo.

 

Did you save the moves? You should post them here, and then we can comment on the epicness.

 

Actually, everyone here should do that everytime something cool comes up in a game. :)

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My rating is 1052, which I am assuming isn't that good. I got totally owned. That's what happens when I haven't played for 5 years :P

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Did you save the moves? You should post them here, and then we can comment on the epicness.

 

Actually, everyone here should do that everytime something cool comes up in a game. :)

 

Every game is archived. I saw your game ;).

http://www.chess.com...ml?id=286280975

 

e: I've watched Flareon350's game now... I can tell you haven't played in a while. No offence, some of your moves were really good (Y) . I also noticed that your opponent missed a tactic that would've killed your queen :P .

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