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Submitted by DavidStyles on November 5, 2013 at 4:37 AM.
A theme for three recent OTB wins of mine:
I notice I have a potential weakness in my position
I assess the potential weakness and decide it is defensible, so I take only the bare minimum precautions to protect it.
My opponent sees the potential weak...Read more »
posted in Bit by bit, the pieces fit
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Now! About me:
Above photograph taken by the delightful and sexy Goticue, against whom I was playing the game you see on the board there. If I mention that I'm winning, does that make me a chess nut boasting by an open fire?
Online, my ratings vary some fair amount from one time control to another. I seem to be settled into the late 1700s for my correspondence rating, and the 1300s and 1500s for my bullet and blitz, respectively. Sometimes I still make stupid game-losing blunders even at 3-day time controls, but working on that. OTB, my best wins have been occasionally beating a player with a peak grade of 196 ECF (approx. 2170 Fide Elo, which is about 2300 USCF), but then OTB, I have not played many people much more highly rated than myself, since such people are usually busy playing people nearer their own rating range.
This said, our club has gone up a league, and now we're commonly coming up against rather superior opponents most team matches, which is doing no favours whatsoever for my ambition of gaining some respectable OTB rating (since almost every match is a suicide mission at present), but is giving me plenty of experience, so hey. I still try to talk my way to a higher board number (a higher board number, as in, a lower board, a weaker opponent).But! I am no coward; I'll happily sit across a board from anyone and do as well as I can
Update: Won my club's quarterly quickplay tournament. First time I've won money playing chess
Also chess memes, because chess and memes are fun:About me aside from my game:
I live with my wife, my son, a cat, and a snake. My wife plays chess with me approximately annually, as she inherited the sore-loser gene from her father, and it takes her that long to get over losing to me, as a general rule of thumb.My son has just started to learn to play chess. See also:
http://blog.chess.com/DavidStyles/teaching-my-son--18-months-to-play-chess I have some ability in some languages:
English: native speaker; therefore almost perfect.
Français: Je le parle presque parfaitement. Il y a eu des Français qui m'ont demandé "Vous êtes d'où en France?". Tout de même, mon écriture n'est pas encore parfait.
Italiano: abbastanza fluente; posso dire quello che voglio dire, senza difficoltà. Di tanto in tanto uso una parola latina per errore.
Español: Bastante fluente. Hay errores cuando empiezo errante a hablar en italiano, pero puedo siempre expressarmi fácilmente, y cierto que puedo entender todo.
Português: Eu lo entendo quase perfeitamente, mas eu faço muitos erros en falando
Deutsch: Ich kann mich ganz gut ausdrücken, aber mein Wortschatz ist ein bisschen schlecht
Русский: Я понимаю, но не очень хорошо. ...and some bits of pieces of others, in which my ability doesn't count for even that much yet; some "holiday level" Japanese, Greek, Dutch, and Lithuanian for example. My knowledge, to its various degrees, of the above languages means that I can usually make quite well-educated guesses in other languages. Oh, and I studied Latin for seven years, but not being a living language, I tend to forget mentioning that.I also enjoy martial arts, and, preferably not at the same time, good food and drink.
To this end, since I also like languages, I like visiting many different countries, and I like to be well-versed in different cultures. It's a pleasure to play so many people from so many different places here on Chess.com, for sure. While I've been to lots of countries (most of Europe, some of Asia, and a lot of North America), I've not yet been to any in Africa or South America, though I daresay I'll remedy this before too long.Religion! You can gauge that from some of my group memberships on here, such as "The Atheists" and "Church of Satan". The former is self-explanatory, the latter means that I'm a life-loving epicurean atheistic pragmatist moral relativist who strongly opposes the views and values of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic right.I'm going to Hell in all major religions, in any case, due to being an atheistic blasphemous bisexual polyamorous realist who lives his life according to his own values.Politics! I don't know a good political system, but I can sure rip any of the existing ones into shreds. I'm not a fan of democracy (putting major decisions to a corrupt lottery of the chiefly uninformed and consumately misled is not a good idea), but also grant that wise and benevolent dictatorships are hard to find. I would offer that it doesn't matter terribly what political system is chosen; it will be the same ruthlessly ambitious people who will rise to power regardless. This is not cynicism so much as observation; I don't think it can be any other way. So, the crux is, how to get the ruthlessly ambitious people who will rise to the top, to govern a state in such a fashion as to be beneficial to the subjects thereof. If you have ideas, let me know; together we can change the world ;)
Chess and politics?
I take my hat off
to any champion
who can pull that off!
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