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Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #191987] Sat, 09 September 2006 11:26 Go to next message
smartin
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I don't really myself, but am starting. I'm sure there are plenty of chess sites around, but I just randomly found one a couple of days ago that is very well done and easy to use. I've already challenged a couple of guys in my office. My name is the same there as it is here.

www.redhotpawn.com
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #192028 is a reply to message #191987] Sat, 09 September 2006 22:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rleishman
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Heh heh.

Just had a mental image I thought I'd share:

IT Professional at a singles party, manages to corrale an attractive blonde in a corner booth and strikes up conversation:

Blonde: So, what do you do.

IT Prof: (forsaking the usual "NASA test pilot" line) I'm an IT Professional.

Blonde: Riiiiiight (looks around for an escape route).

IT Prof: No really. It's not geeky at all. I also contribute to online IT forums in my spare time to help others. It's fun an interesting. (smiles somewhat deperately).

Blonde: (giving benefit of the doubt) So, what else do you do except IT?

IT Prof: I play Chess online......???


The characters depicted above are products of the authors deranged imagination. Any similarity to anyone - living or dead - despite apparent first-hand experience - is coincidental.


Personally, I don't play chess. My wife has been encouraging me to learn, but concedes that I hardly have the time amidst my busy NASA Test Pilot schedule.
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #192029 is a reply to message #191987] Sat, 09 September 2006 22:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
smartin
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Heh...that is pretty funny. If it wasn't so true, I'd be insulted. Good thing we're married and don't have to deal with that sort of thing.

So your wife actually wants you to learn? Does she play? I got my wife to learn and enjoy playing Twisted Metal 2 (a playstation one game), but she won't touch chess with a 10 foot pole. She even bought me an electronic game a while back that I could play against so I'd stop asking her.

The cool thing about this red pawn site is that it is set up to be similar to correspondence type games or mail games. It can be played in real time if both people happen to be there, but more likely you can play a move in the morning, do your work, check back and make a move at lunch, continue working, and make another move the next day. You control the frequency, and can play more than one game at the same time. There would be little chance of me playing otherwise.
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #193338 is a reply to message #192029] Fri, 15 September 2006 14:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Barbara Boehmer
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I wonder what you were like as a boy. I copied this from a post by Daniel Clamage on the pl/sql pipelines:


Have you heard the joke where a 12 yr old boy catches a frog, which speaks to him. It says, "Kiss me and I'll turn into a beautiful princess". The boy smiles at the frog and pets it. "Kiss me and I'll turn into a beautiful princess, and I'll do *whatever* you want!" The boy smiles and puts the frog into his pocket. The frog, quite upset and frustrated, asks the boy, "Why won't you kiss me?" The boy shrugs and says, "I'm a computer programmer so I don't have time for girls. But a talking frog, now that's COOL!"


Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #193394 is a reply to message #193338] Sat, 16 September 2006 02:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Maaher
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Laughing

MHE
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #193501 is a reply to message #191987] Sun, 17 September 2006 21:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
nmacdannald
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I am rated at 1151, not a master (1200).
I play Kasparov chess.
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #193588 is a reply to message #193501] Mon, 18 September 2006 06:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
smartin
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nmacdannald wrote on Sun, 17 September 2006 21:12

I am rated at 1151, not a master (1200).
I play Kasparov chess.


What is Kasparov Chess? Is it online?

I'm too new to have a real rating yet. Lots of the sites start you at 1200, and then that changes based on how you do.
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #193913 is a reply to message #193588] Tue, 19 September 2006 21:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mahesh Rajendran
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I play very less.
But spend some time frequently here.
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1004097
You can see all grandmasters moves. Step-by-Step.
There are several web resources like these. Pretty cool.

[Updated on: Sat, 23 September 2006 18:19]

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Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #194665 is a reply to message #193588] Sat, 23 September 2006 13:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
nmacdannald
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In Kasparov Chess, you play aganst other folks, and against your own computer. It gives you hints but the hints are not as good as your score goes up. Even wining against a poor apponent lowers your score. I am having problems getting higher than 1151. 117 games won, 4 lost.

Check google for 'kasparov chess'. It is one you purchase but at a very low price.
Neil.
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #235054 is a reply to message #191987] Thu, 03 May 2007 22:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
nmacdannald
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I have a score of 1800. 2000 is master in my club.

I was in this other club and getting smashed every game. I checked the profiles of the guys that were pounding me and found it was a club of russian masters!
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #284091 is a reply to message #235054] Wed, 28 November 2007 16:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
PeakConsulting
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I play chess as a hobby, I would like to play it as a pro, but I think that one has to take chess classes when is young to be able to perform thousands of chess schemes.
I have chess master game. not the real thing
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #284751 is a reply to message #284091] Fri, 30 November 2007 16:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
DreamzZ
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Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #284937 is a reply to message #191987] Sun, 02 December 2007 23:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
kir_ait
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Free of cost?

Kiran.
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #285853 is a reply to message #191987] Wed, 05 December 2007 22:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Arju
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In my university I used to play chess sometime. I was a good player. Razz Now long time I missed it.
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #285916 is a reply to message #191987] Thu, 06 December 2007 01:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
varu123
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Chess is a wonderfull game.
I found a road to chess mastery an excellent book and
300 chess problems
Re: Don't know if anyone here plays chess... [message #285963 is a reply to message #191987] Thu, 06 December 2007 03:33 Go to previous message
kir_ait
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Ya, Even i too play chess.
I'm a big fan of Mr.Vishwanathan Anand.
He just amazing player in the world.

Regards,
Kiran.
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