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Landser_
Friday, June 10th, 2005, 11:06 PM
Any people here play chess? if so, to what degree of seriousness?

Ulex
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 02:49 AM
I used to play chess often, and I also played in a few tournaments. In my chess club I was the obvious winner of the local championship every year.

However, I do not play in clubs anymore.

Loki
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 09:51 AM
Yes, I play chess. I've played in some tournaments but didn't take it too seriously. If you're really into it you have to memorise hundreds of opening positions and I found that too time-consuming.I sometimes play blitz (5 min per side) games on Yahoo, and that can be fun. :viking3:

Lone White Wolf
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 11:07 AM
One of the stereotypes in the West seems to be that all Russians love chess...
Chess is cool. I haven't played for about 5 years, but I used to be really good at it. I remember winning a chess tournament in school. :cupbronz:

Ulex
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 12:34 PM
If you're really into it you have to memorise hundreds of opening positions and I found that too time-consuming.

This is true, and I when I was younger, I spend hundreds of hours reading chess theory in order to beat my opponents. I totally forgot to enjoy the game itself, as I was more or less burried in hundreds of books. It finally turned me into a strictly tehcnical player completely lacking the unconventional initiative. I rarely won or lost a game but ended up in drawish endgames all the time. Not much fun.

So when I finally realized that I would never become the world champion anyway, I put my books aside and started to play away from the mainline chess theory. I remember a strong opponent shouting 'Hey, you can't play like that!', when I completely broke the mainline and made a crazy, never seen before sacrifice in the opening moves. :laugh:

But I started to enjoy chess again - and still do.

Loki
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 01:47 PM
I think Fischerandom is perhaps a good idea if one wants to get away from theory and get more into a clash of fresh intellectual strategy. I hope this style becomes more popular.

fog
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 03:51 PM
I used to play chess, but I have not played much recently. I lost interest when none of my friends or family could defeat me. I have never read any books or studied opening theory beyond the first 3 moves.

I occasionaly play on the playchess.com servers, and my rating is usually between 1500-1600. It might be fun to form an online Nordish chess club. Skadi's arcade section was popular at one time.

I recently read this article http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=2431 . It appears that all races are equal, with one exception... Any ideas on why there are not a lot of Nordics among the elite chess players?

Loki
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 04:22 PM
Any ideas on why there are not a lot of Nordics among the elite chess players?
In order to be exceptionally good at chess, one has to have a deviant, subversive and dangerous character - with the ability to mislead your opponent. That is why Jews normally do very well at chess.

Landser_
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 05:00 PM
What was the never before seen sacrifice?

Problem with "deviating from theory" is you suddenly have to calculate alot more.

I know one guy who always uses polish opening, has seemingly every line memorized. Turns an otherwise poor move into his domain...


This is true, and I when I was younger, I spend hundreds of hours reading chess theory in order to beat my opponents. I totally forgot to enjoy the game itself, as I was more or less burried in hundreds of books. It finally turned me into a strictly tehcnical player completely lacking the unconventional initiative. I rarely won or lost a game but ended up in drawish endgames all the time. Not much fun.

So when I finally realized that I would never become the world champion anyway, I put my books aside and started to play away from the mainline chess theory. I remember a strong opponent shouting 'Hey, you can't play like that!', when I completely broke the mainline and made a crazy, never seen before sacrifice in the opening moves. :laugh:

But I started to enjoy chess again - and still do.

Landser_
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 05:01 PM
In order to be exceptionally good at chess, one has to have a deviant, subversive and dangerous character - with the ability to mislead your opponent. That is why Jews normally do very well at chess.

so if you're true to your namesake shouldn't you do very well at chess as well?

Loki
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 05:08 PM
so if you're true to your namesake shouldn't you do very well at chess as well?
I suppose so, yes. ;)

Ulex
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 05:23 PM
Scandinavias top Grandmaster ever, Danish Bent Larsen, was a fine example of Nordic chess genius. At one time he was considered to be the strongest chessplayer in the Western world. At tournaments he managed to beat even the world champions. I still enjoy his famous game against world champion Petrosian, when Larsen sacrificed his Queen in a daring attack.

http://www.enpassant.dk/chess/pic/larsen89.jpg

(Larsens' killer look was feared by most.)

However, Larsen never managed to beat Fischer, and soon he had to resign as the Western Worlds' number 1. A new king had entered the board.

The Russian chess genius, Alekhine (1892-1946), have supposedly written some articles, in which he condemns Jewish chess as being chaotic and unstructural. I have not been able to find those articles though.

http://www.academicchess.com/play/alekhineindex.jpg

(Alekhine)

Ulex
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 05:27 PM
What was the never before seen sacrifice?

Actually I don't remember, but it was a poor move. A blunder. But with that move I managed to avoid being trapped by a well prepared opponent.

Landser_
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 10:10 PM
In Yasser Seirawan's "winning chess tactics" he refers to Alekhine as a "nazi sympathizer".

Alekhine made popular/usable the line
1) e5-nf6 in an attempt to draw out and overextend white's pawns

So, it would be strange of him to refer to jewish chess as "chaotic", since he was a tactical player himself.

Anyone know if Vladimir Kramnik is jewish or not? I think he's replaced Kasparov now since he retired or whatnot; Kramnik beat Kasparov recently I believe.


Scandinavias top Grandmaster ever, Danish Bent Larsen, was a fine example of Nordic chess genius. At one time he was considered to be the strongest chessplayer in the Western world. At tournaments he managed to beat even the world champions. I still enjoy his famous game against world champion Petrosian, when Larsen sacrificed his Queen in a daring attack.

http://www.enpassant.dk/chess/pic/larsen89.jpg

(Larsens' killer look was feared by most.)

However, Larsen never managed to beat Fischer, and soon he had to resign as the Western Worlds' number 1. A new king had entered the board.

The Russian chess genius, Alekhine (1892-1946), have supposedly written some articles, in which he condemns Jewish chess as being chaotic and unstructural. I have not been able to find those articles though.

http://www.academicchess.com/play/alekhineindex.jpg

(Alekhine)

Loki
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 10:35 PM
Anyone know if Vladimir Kramnik is jewish or not? I think he's replaced Kasparov now since he retired or whatnot; Kramnik beat Kasparov recently I believe.
I don't know, but there are a handful of players better than Kramnik at the moment. The Indian Viswanathan Anand is now the world's top player, after Kasparov's retirement.

Krissi
Saturday, June 11th, 2005, 11:30 PM
I played chess when I was younger. My dad taught me the basics when I was 5-6 years old and I became better than my father when I was 7-8 years old. Somtimes we spent weekends playing chess and solving chess puzzles. I joined a club when I was about 8 years old and I always won school tournament and I was always in the top 4 at club tournaments (for 6-12 year olds). When I was 11 years old I realized that chess wasn't cool enough so I quit the club and stopped playing chess.

Few weeks ago the interest came back but acording to Chessmaster I suck and I have only 400-500 points.

Landser_
Sunday, June 12th, 2005, 12:40 AM
http://www.fide.com/ratings/topstat.phtml

edit: what homosexual's idea was it to give France the right to name everything after the war?

(fide is a french acronym)

Landser_
Sunday, June 12th, 2005, 12:42 AM
http://www.tnqsponsorship.com/images/anand2.jpg

on the lighter side of indian?

Valhöll
Monday, June 13th, 2005, 04:04 AM
I learned how to play the game about...4 years ago?

Ever since I have been a pretty casual player, never taken too much seriousness to the game. I haven't really found a suitable opponet yet, I can beat almost anyone except my step father.

Ulf
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008, 11:26 AM
http://chess.com/

If anyone would like to play chess, I'm always available for a game, would be a good way to get to know one another as well...

This is my profile if you are interested in playing.
http://www.chess.com/members/view/jhaas

Blood_Axis
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008, 11:47 AM
This is good, I only wish I wasn't such a lousy player :D

Ulf
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008, 11:53 AM
But there's only one way to get better! ;)

Edit: Two actually, you could use their chess mentor program, http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/myhome.html

:D

Gagnraad
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008, 12:53 PM
I usually don't got the patience to play chess. I'd rather play some other games :D