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I thought you said you don't care about the membership anyway...
I said it is not all that important to me but I am willing to take one chance out of 6 for a perpetual membership. If it does not work--well with chances of 1 out of 6--I did not have high expectations.
I have noticed over the years that quite often certain potential situations come up where someone has maybe one chance in 100 or one chance in 33 or 1 chance in 243 and if the award is say 300 then it is usually worth it to take the small chance and then do not worry if it does not happen as sometimes it will happen in the long run.
Sorry. I did not explain very well. Here is an example. You are playing poker and the pot is $1000.00 and you are the last to bet you have to put in $50 or quit the hand.
You expect to lose and your estimation is you only have one chance out of ten to win the pot--a good poker player will put that $50.00 in the pot
And what I said earlier is that at the time [39 plus years ago] not receiving my title which was due to me was not all that important to me.
Now, 39 years later it is more important than it was but still I can live without it.
You're saying you should have gotten a NM title but didn't?
I am saying I should have gotten a NM title but did not due to some very unfortunate circumstances.
I am not saying that I am all upset about this but right now I am spending a little money on a gamble to redress and if it does not happen -- well, the chances were against me anyway.
Planet, maybe you are not aware of what happened and how I did not get my over the board title?
Really chess.com should give ponz111 free membership even if he doesn't manage to get his NM title, due to the exceptional circumstances.
NO NO I never said anything of the kind! I do not think Chess.com should give me a free membership. Where did you get that idea? Because I was unfortunate does not mean that I think Chess.com or anyone else should give me a free membership. In fact, some kind person offered me a free membership and I turned it down. [with much thanks for the offer of course]
It would be nice if they would give me a free membership but certainly they do not owe me a free membership and certainly they would have to change their way of doing things around to do so.
That is why I am taking the current gamble--to try an obtain the over the board title.
I wasn't saying they owe you one. I was saying that if there is a good person on the staff they should give you one, because you clearly should have the NM title, and only didn't get it due to a bad TD. But I hope you are successful in finding other players from that tournament.
Ok, thank you. I missread or misunderstood what you were saying.
[actually there were two tournaments in a row and close together where I scored 4-0 out of 4 games]
These are the tournaments where the TD didn't turn in the crosstables because he didn't do well... right?
Yes, that is correct and both tournaments I won 4 zip after obtaining a USCF rating of 2188 [which I still have--same rating]
Ponz maybe try here too http://www.uschess.org/forums/
I live too far from Chicago. However there is a player who I am helping to bring up his USCF rating and a two game match with him in the future is possible as he will come to my home and with my disabilities I cannot drive or barely walk. He and I also play progressive chess in my home.
The problem with anyone else is they would have to come to my home. So maybe I can get him up to 2200-2300 in a couple of years before I croak?
Will also use that USCF website if I can find and old chess life.
I am encouraged as I played a couple of standard games at my home vs a good player and won. But then my diagnosis of being senile and some brain damage make me wonder if I could win...
[being diagnosed as "senile" more than a year ago is not as bad as when I was previously diagnosed as having Alzheimers]
Have now read other thread. Clear now.
i bet people with membership have lower ratings than people who don't
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