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Deafening Silence

Deafening Silence

Feb 18, 2009, 5:05 AM 7

Are you currently playing someone who refuses to talk to you?  Yes you are; I know that you are.  If you are a chatter box like me that can drive you mad.  I like to exchange a few words with my opponents.  I want to get to know a bit about folks from all over the world.  This is a social thing for me, but not for everybody.

Chess is war, chess is everything, chess is life, I am a serious chess player, I play to win, not to talk, blah, blah, blah,.  I've heard it all.  Bollix.  These folks have their hats on too tight.  Chess is a game, nothing more.  Exciting, amazing, enthralling, addictive, maddening, frustrating, uplifting, satisfying.... yes, this and a lot more too, but we are supposed to be a social species.  It is not just our thumbs that have allowed us to advance this far, but our powers of communication as well.  So communicate with me, dammit.  I got enough of the silent treatment in my first marriage.

Look, I play chess on line to meet people from everywhere.  If I just wanted to win games I would set my computer to beginner and win every game.  That's not it for me.  One fellow who challenged me declared he just wanted to win the game, not talk.  That's why he challenged a lower rated player.  I know, I know, but at least he spoke to me.  I am playing a fellow now who is as silent as the grave.  I can't tease a single syllable out of him.  makes me crazy.

So here is my plea.  If you don't want to chat, leave me alone.  If you are willing to exchange a few polite pleasantries, challenge me.  A good game of chess, a warm cup of tea, a gentle conversation, these things make my day.

Agree with me?  Thank you, fellow conversationalist.  Disagree with me?  Too damn bad; this is my blog and I get to express my opinions here, and believe me, at this age I have amassed quite a few.  stay tuned for more.

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