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you're a bad player if you can't punish a novelty on move 3 of your favorite opening
it's a sign that you're a bad chess player when...
-as soon as you start a new game in Chessmaster, just as you're moving your first piece up the Analysis window pops up and it says "OK resigning here seemed like a logical choice."
-you think your king and queen should always be together, so after you castle your king you spend the next 5 moves manoeuvering your queen next to your king.
-you use a pocket flashlight to distract your opponent so that he can't see where your king is "hiding".
-the pieces of your chess set have their individual names written on them, ex: "White Bishop (moves diagonally)"
-you think it's illogical that at the start of the game, your "promoted pawn" is positioned behind a row of unpromoted pawns.
-you think that the knights' "magic squares" are actually a1,h1,a8,h8.
-you spend the whole game eager to find an open file to control, but your idea of a "battery" to dominate it with is two doubled-up pawns with a bishop in-between.
The bisshop and 2 pawns part :+1
Anyway, you turn the door knob with a dreadful chill oscillating up and down your spine.
Would a bill collector be calling at this late hour?
That awful, creepy guy from down at the bar who has two blackened eyes and wears a headband...wants a piece of me, does he?
The bolt unlatches and there stands...unbelievable...
"Son-of-a-gun! Haywood, what are you doing here at this late hour?," you say to the fat man on your door mat.
"Hi, B" (short for "bad"), sez he. "Wanna jelly doughnut? I brung a dozen...two for you and ten for me."
"Come on in...make yourself at home," sez you, as you unfold an aluminum-tube, braided lawn chair (that Salvation Army store has all sorts of goodies).
"So, what brung you here?", you inquire as you wave him to the chair.
"Ah, no thanks...I've broken my share of those. Maybe I can just sit on your toilet seat?"
"No sweat", you reply from your reclined position on your foldable Army cot.
"Guess what? Miss Universe stopped by while I happened to be at the Dunkin Doughnut shop. Said she was walking along the railroad track and stumbled upon something. Almost sprained her ankle. Turned out to be an authentic, Bobby Fischer memorabilia, magnetic, pocket chess set."
"Yeah...she said she recognized it as yours, since she had played bullet 960 on it with you."
"No. Not mine. I don't play chess no more...against my religion."
Well, there wasn't much of a discussion after that.
The rotund man wolfed down ten jelly doughnuts...ate them dry; no coffee...although, he might have preferred tea but there was none of that, either.
He reached for the eleventh doughnut but, being a bullet and blitz player, you were quicker than a champion fly swatter at a hootenanny and you slapped his hairy, pudgy, sweaty hand away.
"What'd you go and do that for?", he whined, dourly.
"Two for me?"
"I changed my mind."
"Take them then. But go eat them elsewhere."
"Alright already", he retorted.
He reached again for the two doughnuts. This time you let him have them.
"Now, get out". Then..."Please." You remembered your manners.
His roly poly face is coated with fine baker's sugar from having snarfed up the ten doughnuts. "Here...have your crummy chess set back", he said as he arose from the toilet seat and laid it on the tank top.
Silently, for you are a taciturn fellow, your eyeballs follow his battleship-sized body as he waddles to the door.
"I'm outta here!", he exclaims in a huff as he opens the door.
"Don't let it slam you in the aft deck."
Bam! He slams the door behind him and what do you know? He didn't take your advice.
Now that he's gone, you hurriedly...greedily...giddily...rush over to the toilet tank and grab your genuine Bobby Fischer memorabilia magnetic chess set.
You cradle it in your hands. You kiss it. You look up toward your chandelier and you cry out: "Thank you, God!"
Signs you're a bad chess player...You discover that a tournament is not a good place or time to learn the “en passant” rule.
Many many years ago I took part in a school tournament held in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, for any school in that part of Scotland who wished to participate. It was in no way unusual to find people who had never been taught en passant.
One opponent I played hadn't even been taught what castling was and upon seeing it for the first time, gave me a slight frown, looked me in the eye and said "What are you doing?"
Of course the children in such tournaments aren't to blame, rather it is the teachers who send them to tournaments without a full understanding of the rules who need to get their act together. I'm not saying you have to be taught every application of the rules (such as positional play, square strength etc.) before you go to a tournament - but why would a teacher impart some of the rules and not others?
Someone told me the queen moves in L-shapes.
You drew to play White but refuse to make rhe first move
you think the parham attack is the greatest thing since sliced bread
You holler across the board at your opponent, with a menacing encounter (please...no one talks like that anymore): "You want a piece of me?!"
"Yeah!", he says, as he pushes his pawn into place and adds: "Checkmate...sucker!" (and the S.O.B. adds insult to injury by sticking his tongue out at you and, simultaneously, giving you "the raspberry").
Being checkmated (when you did not make use of the numerous  escapes from check at your disposal)
You look at the board and say:
"Which one's the king?"
Signs you're a bad player:
- You twiddle the pieces for 5 minutes before each game like Garry Kasparov then open with a4
- You rage quit when Chess Titans beats you in 6 moves on level 1
- You continually murmur "eeny meeny miney mo" before you make your next move.
- you use your index finger to tap sequences of squares all over the board to plot your next move (in an over the board game)...but always have to go back to the start of the sequence after 3 square taps because you lost track of where you were...
You start every game by informing your opponent:
"I'm gonna kick your butt...big time!"
But, due to bad joss, it never happens.
Someone call the cops!!!
Another sign:You sac all of your piecs thinking it was suicide chess when it isnt, and you play normal chess during a suicide match.
You figure: "We've sent men to the moon! So, why can't I break 800?!"
You go to your window, crowbar it open and you stick your head out from the eighth floor of the Y and you scream, the veins on your neck purple and corded: "I am a bad chess player, and I can't take it anymore!"
No. You don't jump. You pull your head in, close the window and you vow to youself: "Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Today, I start anew. Today I will do the chess puzzle in the newspaper."
You have a plan. That's a start. A smirky smile encompasses your face. All is well with the world.
another sign grandmasters make video with your play on how NOT to play.
Suppose a player have the habit of marking his tournament crosstable like this:
!! for very strong opponents, might be impossible to get even a draw
! for strong opposition that you are statisfied for draw
!? for slightly stronger guys, or person that plays intersting opening
?! for slightly weaker and uses dubious opening
? for blatantly weaker guys that even a draw cannot be tolerated
A bad chess player would receive constantly ?? or even ???, ????, ????...
in the namelist in each tournament or even each round next to his name
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