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  1. Rufus Holen

    Rufus Holen Member
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    In the last two or three years I've had quite an interest in chess. I've always known how to play, but it wasn;t until about two years ago I really started to play with an interest.

    My niece was chess champion in her age group of her school and town, (yes a girl chess champion!) at the age of 12. This got me interested in chess. We would play together, and initially she would always beat me. Then as my interest grew I started to find out more about openings, middle and end games, and read a couple of basic books on the subject.

    Now I mostly play online, just for fun. I find it wakes up your brain in the morning. With a cup of tea and my laptop, I puzzle over some positions and then start the day. I recommend chess to anyone who likes games and strategy. It can also be useful for memory retention and clear headedness.
    And winning always feels nice!
     
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  2. Ken Anderson

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    I don't have a chess mind. I understand the moves that are allowable, and the objective, but I don't know what I am going to do in my next move, let along being able to predict what my opponent is going to do.
     
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  3. Rufus Holen

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    You'll find that if you invest some time in it, you will start to understand basic principles of creating space and attack/defense. It's really a skill like any other, the more you practice and use the skill, the greater your understanding. There are many good beginners books that have great introductions to chess if you're interested.
     
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    I have always played chess, both because it is fun, and because it does a lot of good things for your mental health. Ever since my aunt and grandfather had dementia, I promised myself I wouldn't become like them, and I read that chess prevents dementia, so I started playing it. I think it's a great game with a lot of strategic thinking.
     
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  5. Betty Johnstone

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    Although I do know how to play chess, I'm not very good. You really have to think ahead and I guess I'm not good at that because I've never won a game and quite frequently was beat in very few moves. I guess checkers are more my style..lol
     
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  6. John Donovan

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    You should definitely take your time and learn to play it properly. It's a fantastic game which trains your brain.
     
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  7. Betty Johnstone

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    I'm not sure I could learn it properly at this stage of my life, John ...LOL And besides, I don't have anyone to teach me. All the chess players I have known in the past aren't around anymore, so as I said earlier, I think I better stick with checkers!!
     
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  8. Richard Paradon

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    I have been playing Chess for years but I always find it difficult to find a closely matched opponent. My older brother taught me the game when he and Bobby Fisher used to play together in New York. Way back then, Fisher was just another city park player.
     
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    It's never too late! There's this site: http://www.chess.com/ which is pretty good from what I have seen. I won't insist any more, but if you ever get bored and have nothing to do, give that site a shot!
     
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    You are right, John, its never too late. Its funny, as I get older I use that expression quite a bit but didn't for chess. Maybe your insistence will give me the push I need. Thanks for the site. I will check it out and who knows, I may get to the point where I can have an educated discussion with you about Chess :)
     
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  11. Teresita Campaner

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    If there is one who enjoyed playing chess the most in our family circle, it is my brother, our youngest. He used to play chess at our city plaza during our town fiesta and would bring home championship trophy. Now, since his stroke last year, he was partly paralyzed but still plays chess online.
     
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    My 18 year old son has recently discovered this site, and he has already improved his game tremendously. I started playing with him years ago, and I always beat him. Now it's about 50-50. The more he learns, the more of a formidable opponent he becomes! I'm getting afraid to play with him anymore. LOL
     
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    I tried to get into Chess when I was younger but I was never much good. I might try that website. I have some chess pros I'd love to surprise. :p
     
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  14. Brittany Houser

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    My son was on there last night. They pair up contestants from all over the world, depending on their skill level. My son's opponent was from Syria, and the first thing he did was ask my son if he wanted a better life with IS!!!
    He went on to ask him if he was fat like all Americans, and then, of course, he had some choice words for Israel. My son threw a few barbs of his own and left the match.
     
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    Totally amazing and sad. The internet is a great thing but not matter where we go, there will always be a bad element trying to get in. I would love to play Chess with your son if he finds a site that can do it. And I promise I won't try to make him a Buddhist! LOL
     
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    It has been years since I played chess. My dad and I used to play regularly. I was never particularly any good at it but I did like playing with dad. We had some good games and occasionally I won, but I always believed he allowed it when I did, thinking maybe he was afraid I'd quit playing if he didn't. I don't suppose that was really it, though, as he and I played checkers and backgammon a lot together too.

    My first husband liked chess quite a lot. It was the only game he ever wanted to play with me for very long. He was extremely competitive and once I won at something that was it. No more playing that game for us. Anyway, he wrangled a chess game out of everyone who ever darkened our door every time they did. I don't think he ever lost a game, mainly due to his uncanny ability to either bore the pants off his opponents or distract them mercilessly with inane conversation.

    People sometimes lost to him early on just to get away and to be able to do something else, I believe. I know I did.

    I'm surprised I remembered who Bobby Fischer was, but I guess it stuck in my mind because I made the connection when you mentioned him, Richard. If your brother played with Fischer even when he was "just another city park player" I imagine your brother turned out to be pretty good. Which means you probably did, too. Especially since you've kept it up.
     
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    My brother turned out to be a multi millionaire, but unfortunately, he also became somewhat of a hermit. Me???? Just poor but happy!
     
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    Oh, I meant I imagined you and your brother both probably turned out to be better than average chess players. I'm glad you're happy, though, poor or not; and I hope the rich hermit is as well.:)

    And did you mean that you would enjoy playing chess with someone like my first husband with his "uncanny ability to either bore the pants off his opponents or distract them mercilessly with inane conversation"? Or, was it that he sounds like someone whose company you would likely enjoy?

    He had his moments, that's for sure. He could be a lot of fun to be around so long as you weren't doing anything that brought out his extremely competitive nature. One couple we knew talked us into playing tennis (doubles) one time. It lasted about twenty minutes and everyone but Kevin was ready to quit as it seemed he'd confused the game with dodgeball. And a not very friendly game of dodgeball at that.

    But he did have his moments. He loved nature and hiking, which was what we most enjoyed together from the time we first met. During those times he was quite mellow.
     
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    I just enjoy unique people! I know that many people take chess very seriously but if your husband tried to throw me off with useless banter, I'd just have another sip of Johnny Walker Black!
     
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    The two of you might well have sipped and bantered together all night then. He was unique, for sure. I make it sound like he's dead, don't I? He's alive and well. Happy too, I hope.
     
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    I hope the chess players here would pardon me because I declare that chess is a boring game. When I was in high school, my brother taught me the basics of chess and he was trying to get me into it. At first, I was amused particularly with the movement of the knight or horse but eventually, boredom beat me in the game.

    Sometimes I really marvel at chess players for the patience. Imagine, playing one hour of the board game and pressuring yourself to think of the best move. It's very stressful and I think it's a game for geniuses only. By the way, my husband is not very good in chess but he used to play blindfold chess. That means he could play without the board, by just remembering the moves made by his opponent and by himself. He is proud to have a photographic memory and he said there is a master of blindfold chess who plays the game with several players. I think the name is Najdorf, not sure.
     
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  22. Molly Fenster

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    I used to play a lot of chess but lately my interest has just dropped. Also not having a lot of people to play with makes me sad. Do you know any chess associations in the US by chance?
     
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    I'm merely an observer.
     
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