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Chess

I haven't noticed any recent threads on chess so I thought I would start one to open discussion of the game. How many people here play chess? Any specific strategies you use?

Would love to hear from you.
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I play chess and while I'm no prodigy I'm a fair player. I don't use a specific strategt except using a system of traps really.
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If the question is, do you play chess, then yes.

If the question is, do you play chess well, then no.
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Play as an amateur, the same things I love in it prevent me for ever becoming good at it,

It's very stylized, consequences of moves are not always immediately clear, it's also rather unforgiving, a single mistake can seal a game and it's very difficult to compensate several mediocre moves with a single brilliant one.

Consequent methodical thought and long-term concentration are not my strongest points

Still the form and history make it an amazing game,

also it has a curious emotional effect on people, losing at chess is often regarded as a negative direct reflection on one's intelligence - which among players of roughly equal level gives it a psychological aspect as well
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I am no expert myself and when people start talking about the Kings Gambit and Silicilian Defense I get lost but a couple of things I learned:

1. Castling is a good way to protect your king but it takes time to develop and better players go on the attack and can keep you on the defensive the rest of the game.

2. Controlling the center of the board is key to winning the game.

3. Don't be afraid to use your Queen. When I first started I tried to save my Queen for when I got in trouble but that just backfired. I began to realize that if you have a piece that can move pretty much anywhere than use it.
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It's a young person's game. I taught Number One Son how to play when he was 6-years-old.

By our 4th. game he was beating me consistently.


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It's a young person's game. I taught Number One Son how to play when he was 6-years-old.

By our 4th. game he was beating me consistently.


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So what you're saying is that you're a ninja master at teaching, right?
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I love playing chess...

I recommend uchess as a place to find fast games...

http://www.uchess.com/


I love blitz chess...
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My father taught me how to play (great memories) and I've taught all my kids. He used to say that chess was like life, you had to think at least 12 moves ahead and be willing to make sacrifices to get what you wanted
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My father taught me how to play (great memories) and I've taught all my kids. He used to say that chess was like life, you had to think at least 12 moves ahead and be willing to make sacrifices to get what you wanted
12 moves ahead?

How many millions of possibilities would that entail?

I struggled to think 3 moves ahead.


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Chuckle, tell me about it! I always wondered if he REALLY was able to do that or if he was pulling my leg! Lol but on research, top professional chess players are said to actually do so. ;-o
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In chess, once you get beyond the first 2 moves, the number of possible scenarios starts to become beyond astronomical.

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A typical game lasts about 40 moves to resignation of one party. This is conservative for our calculation since the machine would calculate out to checkmate, not resignation. However, even at this figure there will be 10120 variations to be calculated from the initial position. A machine operating at the rate of one variation per micro-second would require over 1090 years to calculate the first move!

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_number
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[/QUOTE]"Asked how many moves ahead he can think, Kasparov replied that it depended on the positions of the pieces. "Normally, I would calculate three to five moves," he said. "You don't need more.... But I can go much deeper if it is required." For example, in a position involving forced moves, it's possible to look ahead as many as 12 or 14 moves, he noted." -http://www.maa.org/mathland/mathland1.html[QUOTE]

But they do it!
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Lol sorry, I'm new to the forum and obviously haven't figured out how to do the quotes etc correctly
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Lol sorry, I'm new to the forum and obviously haven't figured out how to do the quotes etc correctly
For some reason, your quote tags were reversed. The end tag should be [/QUOTE]....note the forward slash. The initial tag has no slash. i.e. just [QUOTE]

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