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that was a humorous and heartwarming story alain. One worthy for the hall of fame posts.
I wandered into a local pizza hangout the other week for lunch and saw some chess players playing and a third hovering over the board. Very weird guy (him, not me). I said something, and his response was immediately antogonistic. He asked me if I wanted to play (and I'd been playing a lot of blitz on chess.com). I agreed.
So he pulls out this old big tournament cloth board, but it was all warped and curled up at the edges. The pieces didn't sit flat, and I wasn't used to the format since I've been playing online. Meanwhile, he was acting really crazy, I mean, responding to dialog with the most unusual and irrelevant things, and somewhat offputting rude vibe. I guess he was trying to intimidate me or freak me out. Anyway, it worked. I blundered immediately in ways that I never do online, and lost quickly.
I wasn't sure whether it was the warped board, his warped personality, or just a different forum or format than I'm used to for the game. And if he wasn't such a crazy weirdo who used orthogonal tactics to win, I'm sure I could beat him in a more neutral situation.
how did you pin a queen in 3 moves
The first thing his oppenent said was "move idiot," not necissarily the first move of the game.
Hi reflectivist ( cool name by the way) One of my favourite non chess books is Sun Tzu's, 'The Art of War' and it says in there.... ( i am paraphrasing)' 'Knowing your army can attack and not knowing the terrain is only half way to victory'... In essence you were playing the 'home team' on his ( withered equipment). you played the game on his terms. Next time you want a pizza...take your own board.
reflectivist what do you mean by orthogonal tactics. But it is clear he overwhelmed you with his negative energy. This was a warlock type of guy though he may not even realize it. Better to avoid these type of people. Your story was actually a bit scary.
Yes, and I learned a phrase not to use at the customs window at Charles de Gaulle airport!
I think chess players should be like Tennis players. They are elegant even when they are mad as J. Mc Enroe. Christ Evert is the most elegant of them all.
The only thing I say is hi or go to tell him to move if he's takeing ten minutes
I like pie...
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