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PostThe Chess Thread - TOURNAMENT SIGNUPS ARE LIVE UNTIL END OF FRIDAY!
by Tomous » Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:41 pm

Chess is great. Anyone else play and enjoy one of the world's oldest and best board games?

I started playing 6 months ago and have really got to grips with the basics now. I understand openings, am planning a few moves ahead and starting to set traps. I've gone from around a sub 400 starting rank on chess.com to just breaking 1000 for the first time (on ten min games), which I'm pretty pleased about!

Does anyone have any recommendations for something like YouTube tutorial videos to improve at the next stage beyond absolute beginner? I'm keen to get better but conscious I'm probably developing bad habits. I've noticed the summary of my games on the chess.com app is very often: a wild game in which you came out on top :slol:

Also, perhaps we could arrange a Grcade tournament if there was enough interest? Chess.com even allows skill weighting (removing pieces) if we have a range in ability.

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by That's not a growth » Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:51 pm

A mate got me into it a few weeks ago, and I've enjoyed getting to grips with the basics but I'm still quite crap - and I've not done anything in a week now so should do some lessons / puzzles today to get back into it.

Chess.com is pretty great, but the more I learn the more I second guess myself. I hate being aware how gooseberry fool I am - I'm great at noticing mistakes just after I've made a move.

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by Cuttooth » Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:51 pm

Like quite a few people The Queen’s Gambit got me back into chess for the first time in twenty years. I’m on chess.com as quilatoo, mainly playing daily games and tournaments rather than rapid (or anything faster than that even).

I find being able to play through the analysis and book openings of a daily game is the best way to learn.

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PostRe: The Chess Thread
by Curls » Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:58 pm

I play regularly. I play speed chess on the app.

Normally 1 min bullet , 3 min rapid games.

I also play Daily chess and lose to anyone who has the patience to out-think me. Hence me playing bullet. I'm huww2208 on chess.com if ya wanna add me.

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by Tafdolphin » Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:04 pm

I play correspondence chess with a friend every day.

I am very bad.

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PostRe: The Chess Thread
by Trelliz » Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:10 pm


jawa2 wrote:Tl;dr Trelliz isn't a miserable git; he's right.
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by Dowbocop » Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:13 pm

I'd love to be good at chess but I'm awful. I played a bit of Kilobyte's Gambit a few weeks ago and I just get routinely skulled by a strawberry floating wristwatch-worth of code. I think I'm holding my own and then a bishop will just sweep the length of the board and wreck me!

https://vole.wtf/kilobytes-gambit/

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PostRe: The Chess Thread
by Tomous » Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:41 pm

Dowbocop wrote:I'd love to be good at chess but I'm awful. I played a bit of Kilobyte's Gambit a few weeks ago and I just get routinely skulled by a strawberry floating wristwatch-worth of code. I think I'm holding my own and then a bishop will just sweep the length of the board and wreck me!

https://vole.wtf/kilobytes-gambit/



Beat it first time.

Grandmaster confirmed :cool:

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PostRe: The Chess Thread
by Tomous » Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:14 pm

Also, I made at least one mistake because I misidentifidd the piece :lol: :fp:

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by Rocsteady » Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:21 pm

I used to be a chess champion when I was younger.

Got back into it a couple of years ago as I was dating some hot yoga instructor who wanted to play but tbh it depresses me a little now - I've forgotten it all so I'm pretty terrible, which is a massive comedown from my youth!

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by Vermilion » Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:21 pm

So you all like a bit of chess eh.

I haven't played a game in ages, was generally a bit average at it, but i'm always up for having a go.

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PostRe: The Chess Thread
by Tomous » Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:33 pm

Rocsteady wrote:I used to be a chess champion when I was younger.

Got back into it a couple of years ago as I was dating some hot yoga instructor who wanted to play but tbh it depresses me a little now - I've forgotten it all so I'm pretty terrible, which is a massive comedown from my youth!



As in she was hot or as in she instructed hot yoga?

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PostRe: The Chess Thread
by Tomous » Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:34 pm

Shall we give a tournament a go? Using chess.com app. Wouldn't be hard to organise and we can do the daily game so people have time for moves.

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by Rocsteady » Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:35 pm

Tomous wrote:
Rocsteady wrote:I used to be a chess champion when I was younger.

Got back into it a couple of years ago as I was dating some hot yoga instructor who wanted to play but tbh it depresses me a little now - I've forgotten it all so I'm pretty terrible, which is a massive comedown from my youth!



As in she was hot or as in she instructed hot yoga?

The former, although it was 40C in Belgrade at the time so technically the latter too.

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PostRe: The Chess Thread
by Curls » Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:46 pm

Tomous wrote:Shall we give a tournament a go? Using chess.com app. Wouldn't be hard to organise and we can do the daily game so people have time for moves.


Oh im in.

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PostRe: The Chess Thread
by Ironhide » Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:36 pm

Dowbocop wrote:I'd love to be good at chess but I'm awful. I played a bit of Kilobyte's Gambit a few weeks ago and I just get routinely skulled by a strawberry floating wristwatch-worth of code. I think I'm holding my own and then a bishop will just sweep the length of the board and wreck me!

https://vole.wtf/kilobytes-gambit/


Got myself into check within the first five or six moves.

I'm terrible at chess though.

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by Pancake » Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:49 pm

Chess is brilliant, I even enjoy watching it these days. The Magnus Carlson World Tour has been aw some. I've also got back into playing it over the past year, used to be pretty good when I was young (school champion, though that wasn't saying much).

These days I am not bad at daily (1780 rating) but worse at blitz (about 1300), I can't think fast enough. I'd love to get better but I've hit a wall which I can't get past without investing a lot more time into proper studying, and I don't really have that time. I have very little opening knowledge and I'm very slow at end games, what gets me through is just playing fairly principled chess (opening diagonals for bishops, keeping knights aimed at the centre, rooks on open files, etc.). I think my natural instincts for the positional side are pretty good.

My favourite chess streamer is probably Eric Rosen but I also enjoy the Banter Blitz videos by Chess24 (all on YT), the ones with Magnus Carlson have all been great.

I would probably join a tournament if we had one.

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PostRe: The Chess Thread
by Tomous » Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:53 pm

I like Eric Rosen a lot. I find his streams very calming :lol:

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PostRe: The Chess Thread
by Blue Eyes » Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:44 am

It's all about GothamChess on YouTube and twitch. Brilliant instructor and very funny too. I'd like to give a tournament a go if enough people are up for it. I'm not very good though.

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PostRe: The Chess Thread
by Tomous » Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:04 pm

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