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Hiding in a basement with a chess set, United States
HELLO fellow chess lover!! My username is i/BE/a/CHESS/nut and that says alot about who I am! My username has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BEACH, and has been misunderstood many times. I've been asked; What's your favorite beach? What beach do you live by? Do you surf too? etc. lol.///\\\ PLEASE! do not use an engine against me. It is against the rules. I cannot beat an engine. I have NO DESIRE to play an engine. I want to play YOU, but only if YOU are a chess lover! If you beat me with an engine, YOU DIDN'T BEAT ME! Don't CHEAT yourself out of the FUN of winning! Finding that win on your own IS ALOT OF FUN!
I learned the moves and rules in the 60's from my father who was an honest, hard working man, who taught me those values also.
I am an old school correspondence chess player. There are actually some of us still alive. We wrote down chess moves and mailed postcards back and forth. We were dedicated chess enthusiasts who loved the game so much we played "postal". I started in the late 70's and played through the early 90's. Books were allowed by rule; databases, engines, computers and the internet were along time yet in the future. The closest thing we had to a database were the "informants" which were collections of masters games. Postal kept me in the books constantly comparing lines to try to lead to a favorable position. Then I would let my imagination and artistic creativity take over. I played mostly in "golden knights" and "class" tournaments with the USCF. It was hard work but I was a serious chess student. My first tournament I scored 2 and 4 :=( My second I scored 4 and 2 :=) My third I scored 6 and 0 ;=)) !! By now I had fallen deeply in love with this royal game and hopelessly addicted, I TOOK OFF LIKE A ROCKET! It took me 6 years to achieve the USCF title of Candidate Master with ratings starting at 2000. Back then they sent you a certificate suitable for framing. The time controls were "accumlative", 10 moves per 30 days. So if you used one day on a recapture, you could use 5 days when the position became complex. I spent hours and hours every day looking AND thinking about the positions. I would even have dreams about the positions and I'd have to get up to look at it. At the height of my career I could set up 24 games ENTIRELY from memory. Even won a few wagers on it. The non-believer holding my post-a-log would call out Arthur Greensite from San Diego and IN MY MIND I could see it! It seemed easy at the time, every piece and pawn. Unfortunately it is ALL DOWNHILL after age 55, and now I'm doing good to remember who I'm playing! lol. Whenever I would begin to think I had a good understanding of this GAME, chess would humble me, and the more I thought I knew; the more I knew I knew VERY LITTLE at all!. Chess is infinite and the position possibilities are endless. I was also a bit of a stats nut. I kept scrapbooks and stats on every thing. Colors, Openings, Records by State etc. etc. I retired from postal when computers hit the market and made my LOVE obsolete. So with the title on the wall I retired with merely 12 losses, roughly 30 draws and over 60 wins!. My highest rating achieved was 2080, but I retired at 2030 correspondence USCF. Some major chess transitions were on the way with the coming internet and computer boom. My title on the wall said "Candidate Master", under my name, along with the USCF seal. Also they enclosed a letter which I also framed which read: "CONGRATULATIONS; your title is sought by many, yet earned by few!". I will NEVER forget the feeling I got from all the hard work which finally paid off! Postal Chess was very slow indeed and games would last for YEARS and YEARS. The PLUS side of that..... YOU COULD ONLY MAKE ONE BAD MOVE A WEEK!!! lol
Over The Board (OTB) chess has went through quite a transition also over the last 35 years. I remember it used to be players of all ages, and lately the majority seems to be mostly young players. I guess this is the next chess generation! Either that or the older players are passing on. I won our City Championship and Wall Plaque back in the 80s only one month after my father passed away. I took the wall plaque to his grave to show him. I still miss him dearly, but I know he would really be PROUD of me. I tied for the State Championship for classes B and A a few times out of countless attempts. That wall plaque seemed to be eluding me. lol. The highest OTB rating I have achieved so far is about 1950,(They won't let me hack through move combos on my analysis board at the OTB tournaments!) lol. I am currently just off of my rating floor. We had the honor of a special guest at one of our tournaments in the 80s. It was George Koltnowski, (aka Kolty). He did his famous Blindfold Knight Tour. IT BLEW MY MIND! How could he remember the massive amount of info he looked at it for only a few minutes, and the knight touched every square, but no square twice! It was so inspiring to me I had a NEW FIRE LIT UNDER MY ASS! In the 90s and early 00s I played 5 years with the IWCCI, ran by the controversial Anthony Winn. I played in 19 tournaments and won 15 trophies ranging from 1st through 3rd place. I must also mention the Lindsborg Anatoly Karpovs chess school. This was ran by one of our Masters and former State Champion Tom Brownscombe. I won a Quad there that is one of my most proud OTB achievements. This is the nice trophy I'm holding in my picture album. There were an odd number of players and I had to play "up" in the TOP section. Before it started we were disscussing openings and one of the "experts" made a very rude and condescending comment to me about one of my favorite openings. I was so embarassed. He called them "garbage" but said "a few of the lines might be playable". This really PISSED me off! At times Chess players can be so mean. Long story short, I WON THE QUAD!! I really enjoyed winning that trophy with "Garbage" also! Looking back I can honestly say I probably had the MOST FUN when I was 1500 or so. We had many local tournaments per year, 2 local clubs which met weekly and 3 ACTIVE tournament directors right here in town! We had these one day 3 rounders,(they called them "tornados")in the summer. In one of them I defeated two 1900's and drew a 2000 ALL in one day! SADLY NOW; there are NO clubs, NO directors, and NO tournaments:=( We had so much FUN back when this State was so active. I tried giving it back and served the KCA as Vice President for one year, and also helped the editor of "plains chess" magazine. Currently I'm lucky to play in one OTB tournament every 3 years or so. I am disabled and cannot fund any trips to Kansas City, Stillwater OK, or OK City which are active.
Briefly my notable chess.com achievements; I scored a 3rd place finish on a thematic french tourney, (my favorite opening, solid as a rock) out of 98 players, 3 rounds. On my ALL TIME RATING GRAPH I have broken 2000 at least 10 times! Each time I put together a string of wins to reach 2000. Then each time the sharper than me's would knock me back down a peg!. lol. I drew a famous WFM from accross the big pond in Team Match play. I have also Defeated a Master, which for some reason I never recieved the credit as my highest rated win. Also I drew a 2338 in Chess.com's U.S. Closed(1875+). I play very little Live chess in comparison to the turn-based which is my favorite type of chess. It most closely resembles my first love, which was Postal.
Chess has went through these transitions because of technology and convienence.
I once had a cat who loved to play chess with me. He was NOT very good in a positional struggle, in fact he would at times fall asleep. HOWEVER; he was a MASTER at tactics! .. He could wipe out ALL of my pieces in one move!!!! lololol. My current feline friend, (TIGER pictured above) is also a chess lover!. He is quite a character as you can see. He is waving hi to all the true chess lovers! He jumps up on the desk and "SWATS" at those pesky chess pieces dancing around on dads analysis board while dad is looking for that win!!. If you READ' this entire thing, I know YOU love chess too!! Thank you for being a chess lover!! Thank you for reading about the adventures of "the chessnut"! Ibeachessnut Forsure.
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