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When chess was brand-new the masters used to drink and smoke while they played chess. Paul Morphy's boss even used to shoot pool and throw darts around the pubs while making wagers on his chess games as Morphy was assigned to annotate them.
Steinitz used to have a bottle of brandy with cigars while he played.
A lot of the masters died of alcoholism when chess just started out, even up to Alekhine and the late and great, Alexander Wojtkiewicz, RIP to all.
i love playing drunk, i BECOME ruthless, plan better, but when i smoke pot? i can't set up more that one move in advance, and i forget to protect EVERYTHING! when i am twisted? well i just have no patience or intellectual prowess, nor desire to play chess.
Read International Master Lawrence Day's first comment on Marijuana in this game:
( http:/www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1037441 )
Then play through the game.
My experience is similar to several above - about a 200 point drop. The other challenge is to do this as you're nodding off to sleep, but I do this only rarely nowadays.
Here's another one - drink several beers or whatever and try to hit a golf ball. The results can be hilarious. But I would limit this experiment just to the driving range, not the course.
The entire purpose of golf courses is to be able to get out in the fresh air and drink all day. And make up nonsense terms as if we were playing some actual organized sport, birdie, stymie, mashie, niblick, gimme, blind drop, and local rules. Then of course when you come in from a few hours on the links, you need a few cold ones to cool off.
By now, it may not be enough to make your wive's banter interesting but possibly enough so you will no longer care.
How about bowling and making every frame a beer frame, and have everyone bowl backwards?
Not sure about the 3 pints of beer part but I can assure you that over a fifth of vodka will really change your style!!
It would change my walking "style", nevermind my chess.
Who is better Paul Morphy or Magnus Carlsen
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