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Submitted by DavidStyles on August 8, 2014 at 8:34 AM.
Still a loss, but how good was your chess at his age?Not his longest game, but I think his most well-played, with only one instance of hanging a piece (unfortunately, it was his Queen), itself probably a lapse in concentration due to us also watching...Read more »
posted in Bit by bit, the pieces fit
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If I mention that I'm winning (I was playing against the photographer, which is why you cannot see my opponent, since she is behind the camera), does that make me a chess nut boasting by an open fire?
OTB, my best wins have been occasionally beating - in friendly games, alas - 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 graded than myself, since such people are usually busy playing people nearer their own grade range.
Update: Won my club's quarterly Quickplay tournament. First time I've won money playing chess!
Update: Won my club's "Chess Player of the Year" trophy. Also called "Most Improved Player", it's a dubious honour (because it's largely based on still recovering from a hideous first season a few years ago), but hey, it's testament to my grade clawing its way towards respectability.Update: Won the Pomeroy Cup (a year-long internal club tournament) - no picture of that one yet, as I don't get the physical cup until the AGM, which is when we return after the summer break.
Also chess memes, because chess and memes are fun:About me aside from my game:
Being single and a father, much of my life presently is centred around my son. He (now five years old) has taken an early interest in chess. See also:
I have some ability in some languages:
* Dansk: Jeg forstår det danske språket bedre end jeg kan skrive det, men det er kun et spørgsmål om tid. * Deutsch: Ich kann mich gut genug ausdrücken, aber Deutschegrammatik gibt mir immer noch einige Herausforderungen. * English: Native * Español: Hablo español con fluidez, casi sin pensar. Por supuesto, a veces sería mejor si pensara más! * Esperanto: Mi ŝategas uzi Esperanton eĉ se mi ne multe praktikis ankoraŭ. Mi laboras por plibonigi ĝin. * Français: Parfois comme si j'étais francophone natif, quand je parle. Sans doute moins probable que je passe pour natif quand j'écris. * Italiano: Parlo correntemente l'italiano, benché di questi tempi non ho spesso l'occasione di usarlo. * Norsk: Jeg har flytende norsk nå, selv om jeg har fremdeles enda mer å lære, selvfølgelig.* Polski: Skończyłem kurs na Duolingo, i naprawdę wciąż jeszcze nie mówię po polsku, ale będę czytać polskich książek i oglądać polskich filmy; wszystkie są części procesu! * Português: Entendo quase perfeitamente, mas faço muitos erros em falando. * Русский: Моя способность на русском языке в последнее время стала гораздо лучше, но у меня еще есть чему поучиться, особенно о грамматике. * Svenska: För att tala på svenska, måste jag översätta från norska i mitt huvud, men min förståelse är likväl bra. * 中文: 我学习中国普通话。我目前不知道很多事情。我可以在一个简单的方式进行通讯。我会提高
Oh, and I studied Latin for seven years, but not being a living language, I tend to forget mentioning that. I'm currently working on getting my Irish, Turkish, and Ukrainian up to par.I also enjoy martial arts, dancing, and cooking - although usually not all at the same time ;)
I write the Tom Riddle's Schooldays books:
What else to say in a very nutshell summary about me?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 pansexual 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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