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Short Pump, Richmond, United States
Submitted by jabekens on July 4, 2011 11:18 AM.
I have an interesting dilemma, I suppose is the correct word...Right now, I have ~170 games in progress, which may seem like a lot, and yes, sometimes I make careless mistakes as a result of thinking about it too much. In order to not get burned ou...Read more »
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APOLOGIES TO ALL: I have entered too many tournaments/matches/games/whatever at once, and although I am not suffering burnout due to strategic timing of my moving in every game, it has required me to make my moves in each game less frequently, so I apologize if any of my games lead to a tournament not moving on to the next round for some extra days...or weeks.......or months, I guess. As my number of games dwindles down, however, I will get around to making my moves for each game sooner than I would otherwise, so my moves should only speed up back to normal as time goes on. Thank you. :)
no, that's not a girl.
Did you know Ulysses S. Grant was an in-law of the historical Dracula? His wife was a direct descendant.
I learned chess when I was four years old, because my dad taught me. I hated chess because I always lost. Then in fourth grade, for Spring break, my family went to Puerto Rico and our hotel had a giant chess set. All because of the giant chess set, I liked chess all of a sudden and actually beat my mom fourteen out of sixteen times during that week! In fifth grade, my friend introduced me to scholastic tournaments, and we started the school's chess team. During the first round of my first chess tournament ever, I got scholar's mated by a 300! I gradually improved until this past school year when my rating jumped from the 1100's to 1600! Now my plans for the future are to become a good orthodontist, make lots of money so I can retire early, then play as much chess as possible and hopefully become a grandmaster! P.S. If anybody knows if Tactics Trainer reflects your real inner rating, please tell me, because that would be so cool!!!
Also, I am a pretty big video gamer. My two favorite video game series' are the Legend of Zelda and Castlevania. I am completely obsessed with Dracula, about 1/3 as obsessed with him as I am with chess. I read the book in 7th grade and wrote a 23 page paper on it and got a 99, which is really good seeing as my teacher had claimed: "nothing is perfect, so consider a 98 to be the equivalent of a 100." Yes, I love the horror type gaming from Castlevania with the bosses and such, but alas, I have only played seven of the games, Dawn of Sorrow, Portrait of Ruin, Order of Ecclesia, Symphony of the Night, Harmony of Dissonance, Circle of the Moon, and Aria of Sorrow. After playing SotN, my playstation emulator broke, so no more playstation games for a while . I plan to start a series of tournaments with a Castlevania theme if and when I get any free time .
On the topic of Twilight...it is a disgrace to vampires everywhere. It's one thing to take the myths/folklore/history about vampires and slightly alter it, but what Meyer has done is unforgivable, in my opinion, because she completely changes around all the foundation, which means she shouldn't call her creatures "vampires" or "werewolves". Instead, they should be "Sparkle Fairies" and "Doggies on Steroids". If you find anybody who likes Twilight, please refer them to me so I can scold them and try to correct their ways using any and all legal means.
Recently I've been engrossed in quizbowl. It's kinda like Jeopardy! except for middle school, high school, and college, and it's actual knowledge. In quizbowl, Jeopardy! stuff is considered mostly trash knowledge. My school is renowned for quizbowl, and last year we were national champions in two leagues and 2nd place in the third one. I'm currently on my school's B team, and will likely be on the A team next year as the history/geo/music person. It's really fun, but it consumes a lot of time playing and learning all the stuff necessary to be good at it, so sometimes I may not be playing chess so much if I'm studying for an important tournament.
My favorite piece ever. I played it in June 2009 on violin for my strings class but this is the piano version which also sounds epic. In this vid, the guy plays a tad fast, but 14 minutes is more fun to listen to than 15 minutes, lol. And yes, he makes mistakes, but it's extremely hard to play such a hard and long piece memorized in front of a ton of people.
Part 2. yes it is a very long piece, and my 8th grade strings class had to endure it. They started clapping every time they heard a D, lol.
This is the same piece on the violin, but this is the original part for violin.
Then part 2:
Awesome Castlevania medley :
The final bosses and ending of Symphony of the Night. The BEST Castlevania game ever, so awesome that my Playstation emulator broke. Alucard is epic!
Another cool Castlevania medley, huzzah!
(in order of appearance) Beginning: a few, predominantly Dawn of Sorrow (yes, I am embarrassed, it is, some like to believe, Soma's Theme); Bloody Tears: Various games; Simon's Theme: quite a few (particularly the ones with Simon :P); Aquarius: Circle of the Moon; Wicked Child: Castlevania (the Original impossible one!) ; finally Simon's Theme again.
Blood :[ You will laugh and you will like it.
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