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Jake
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Dec 18th, 2017 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tend to dislike anything not Staunton, however neat and cool. Neat and cool are distractions.


Electron

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Dec 19th, 2017 11:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played my rival today and drew w/black, won w/white. He had a passed pawn in the center, I had two connected passed pawns on the queen side.

Endgames are my thing. :)

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Dec 19th, 2017 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"My System" seems too advanced for me at this point, it lost me on the first few pages trying to read moves notations.

For example:

1. Kt-KB3, Kt-QB3 etc.

And what does white without QR (White's QRP is at R3) mean?

Yeah, I need to find a beginners book I guess.

Steve M
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Dec 19th, 2017 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In that notation every column, or rank is designated by the back row piece that starts there.

Everything I'd ieither king side or queen side.

KB3 is the space two ahead of where the king side bishop starts.

KT to KB3 is two spaces forward and one to the inside, landing just ahead of the pawn that it just ahead of the king side bishop.

The newer notation is much easier...

Electron

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Dec 19th, 2017 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Blacksunshine, Kt-KB3 is the notation they used before today's algebraic system, where every square has a unique coordinate from A1 to H8. In the old system every square had two names, as it's seen from each player's perspective. The link spells it all out.

My copy is just like yours.

Chess notation

Pro Guitar Driver

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Dec 19th, 2017 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Blacksunshine... that probably means that White gave odds of a Queen's rook (take off his QR (or a1) rook) and he started with his Queen rook pawn on Queen's rook 3 (or a-pawn at a3 for algebraic notation). As Electron already pointed out in the above post: the old style notation is called descriptive.

(This message was last edited by Pro Guitar Driver at 11:00 PM, Dec 19th, 2017)

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Dec 19th, 2017 07:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Blacksunshine... here is a link to our sponsor Amazon...

"Simple Chess" algebraic style

Pro Guitar Driver

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Dec 19th, 2017 07:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another great book that is geared more towards beginners!

Every move explained

(This message was last edited by Pro Guitar Driver at 09:53 PM, Dec 19th, 2017)

Electron

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Dec 21st, 2017 02:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Someone made youtube videos on the games from "Logical Chess: Move By Move." I checked a few out, except for the super low volume level they're really good!

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Dec 21st, 2017 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's great isn't it Electron - that todays technology lends itself to such easy access to great learning material! Just think Bobby Fischer(and of course especially earlier players), had to find games anyway that they could. Books, magazines or by word of mouth! It "really" took a lot of self motivation to improve back then I would think!

I heard Fischer taught himself Russian so he could read material and keep up on the latest Russian Grandmasters of the time!

pollodelmar

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Dec 21st, 2017 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you like the general idea but lack the patience, solitaire chess is a pretty fun little game. Played on a 4 x 4 grid, you try to take off all the pieces but the last one. Setups are shown on cards. (It's basically a variable puzzle, but I enjoy it.)

Not a chess player, but Moose0130's tips have me more interested.

Solitaire Chess

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Dec 21st, 2017 10:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks again for the comments and suggestions everybody.

I'm going to pick up a copy of "Simple Chess" and see if that's not more my speed.

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Dec 22nd, 2017 09:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This thread got me all fired up to play again. Glad you started it.
Knocked off the rust a bit with Shredder app. Needed a couple of magic 'back button' hits to repair silly mistakes but played a decent game considering.
Surprised that Shredder playing at 1275 left open a relatively obvious King - Rook fork opportunity for me as well as over committed the queen which allowed me to trap and capture her.

Also watched the first game of 'Logical Chess: Move by Move' on youtube. Found it interesting to hear someone else walking through their thought process.

Electron

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Dec 23rd, 2017 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This guy made a very detailed set of videos for My System. He has a wonderful accent, Irish or possibly Scottish, that I find easy to listen to.

This intro features a taste of Nimzovitch's humor. :)

My System

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Dec 23rd, 2017 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Philip Marlowe would set up a board and play from a book of historic chess matches-

“I looked at my watch. Nine fifty-four. Time to go home and get your slippers on and play over a game of chess. Time for a tall cool drink and a long quiet pipe. Time to sit with your feet up and think of nothing. Time to start yawning over your magazine. Time to be a human being, a householder, a man with nothing to do but rest and suck in the night air and rebuild the brain for tomorrow.”

― Raymond Chandler, The Lady in the Lake

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Dec 23rd, 2017 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

“I'm a licensed private investigator and have been for quite a while. I'm a lone wolf, unmarried, getting middle-aged, and not rich. I've been in jail more than once and I don't do divorce business. I like liquor and women and chess and a few other things. The cops don't like me too well, but I know a couple I get along with. I'm a native son, born in Santa Rosa, both parents dead, no brothers or sisters, and when I get knocked off in a dark alley sometime, if it happens, as it could to anyone in my business, nobody will feel that the bottom has dropped out of his or her life.”

― Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

Steve M
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Dec 29th, 2017 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This put me at 1343 which fairly matches my low skill level

Elometer.net

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Dec 29th, 2017 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Thank you for participating!
Based on your move choices, our estimate of your Elo rating is 2037, with a 95% confidence interval of [1912...2162]."

Took the Elometer test with results above. I took some time but not a great amount to answer some of the questions. Interesting, thanks for posting!

(This message was last edited by Pro Guitar Driver at 11:30 PM, Dec 29th, 2017)

Electron

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Dec 30th, 2017 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

From the site:
Based on your move choices, our estimate of your Elo rating is 1993, with a 95% confidence interval of [1869...2118].

Very cool, I was hoping for 1750 or so! :)

Electron

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Dec 31st, 2017 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

According to this page, 50% of chess players are at or below 1200, so that's the average rating. 99.86% are at or below 2000. :)

Rating percentiles

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