anybody here that plays chess????

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    Jun 15, 2013 9:05 PM GMT
    icon_sad.gif game doesn't seem to be popular among gay guys for some reason. why is that?

    not really good @ it either. used to be a part of the chess club during high school but eventually left it after i kept getting my ass beat. i need to buy me one of those chess clocks sooner or later so i can start timing matches whenever i get around to playing more often.

    anybody here that has ranking or even grandmasters even?
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:10 PM GMT
    Chess is for geeks....1600 pre fide.
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:11 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    lordofthebling saidicon_sad.gif game doesn't seem to be popular among gay guys for some reason. why is that?


    My son is really good at it. He tried to teach me but I could never get the hang of how the horsies move.


    what's your son's ranking?

    icon_sad.gif chess is easy as hell. the only hard part about it is watching out for possible attacks from the opponent.

    all you gotta know is how to move the pieces and everything else is just a matter of creativity and knowing the rules.
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:11 PM GMT
    Apparition saidChess is for geeks....1600 pre fide.


    no, it's not. DRAGONBALL Z is though.
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
    lordofthebling saidicon_sad.gif game doesn't seem to be popular among gay guys for some reason. why is that?

    not really good @ it either. used to be a part of the chess club during high school but eventually left it after i kept getting my ass beat. i need to buy me one of those chess clocks sooner or later so i can start timing matches whenever i get around to playing more often.

    anybody here that has ranking or even grandmasters even?

    Haven't played in a while, never had a ranking. But like you belonged to the HS Chess Club, and was in fact the school champion in my Senior year. (Would have won in my Junior year, too, but a judge claimed my finger touched a piece as I reached for another, and made me move the "touched" one instead, a ruinous move that guaranteed my loss)

    I used to read lots of chess books, naturally could read chess notation as easily as a newspaper, had several chess travel kits I'd take with me on family car trips from the time I was about 10.

    Yet now I don't even think about chess. I lost interest when my opponents, all amateurs, always lost to me. Where's the fun in that?

    And I wasn't motivated enough to seek out real opponents from serious chess clubs, difficult anyway as I became more involved in my transient Army career, though I did try some early computer chess games, all of which sucked. I've never even asked my husband if he plays. Because I'd just beat him all the time, and he wouldn't like that, nor would I.
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
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    lordofthebling saidicon_sad.gif game doesn't seem to be popular among gay guys for some reason. why is that?

    not really good @ it either. used to be a part of the chess club during high school but eventually left it after i kept getting my ass beat. i need to buy me one of those chess clocks sooner or later so i can start timing matches whenever i get around to playing more often.

    anybody here that has ranking or even grandmasters even?

    Haven't played in a while, never had a ranking. But like you belonged to the HS Chess Club, and was in fact the school champion in my Senior year. (Would have won in my Junior year, too, but a judge claimed my finger touched a piece as I reached for another, and made me move the "touched" one instead, a ruinous move that guaranteed my loss)

    I used to read lots of chess books, naturally could read chess notation as easily as a newspaper, had several chess travel kits I'd take with me on family car trips from the time I was about 10.

    Yet now I don't even think about chess. I lost interest when my opponents, all amateurs, always lost to me. Where's the fun in that?

    And I wasn't motivated enough to seek out real opponents from serious chess clubs, difficult anyway as I became more involved in my transient Army career, though I did try some early computer games, which all sucked. I've never even asked my husband if he plays. Because I'd just beat him all the time, and he wouldn't like that.


    but why not get back into it and play against folks now? i'm sure there's some folks that will give you some serious competition. you should go to washington square park one day or the chess forum.
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:36 PM GMT
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    but why not get back into it and play against folks now? i'm sure there's some folks that will give you some serious competition. you should go to washington square park one day or the chess forum.

    Just checked, my husband has no interest in chess. And while I was arrogant enough to assume I could have beaten him, and likely most casual players to this day, I doubt I could do as well with serious players. My mind is too old and fried.

    But I don't know if your premise is correct, that gay men can't play the game well. Some of the world's greatest masters appear to have been bachelors, but whether that was due to being closet gays, or just nerds, I can't guess.
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    No one I know plays (well) so I've been just playing on the puter a bit & I only cranked up again recently so I'm still rusty. It's interesting how quickly it comes back to ya.

    I started playing, I think it was back in junior high, 7th grade maybe? around there. I got pretty good when I was into it. And I remember when I played it a lot my brain would start thinking in chess moves. I could almost feel it. I think it's a great exercise for the brain and I'm actually interested in it now as a matter of plasticity training to help ward of any Alzheimer's that might be coming down the line.

    I used to buy the chess games when they first came out but computers weren't very good then. It wasn't just a screen but a whole board. You'd make a couple of good moves but then the stupid fucking game would go into think mode and never come back out. Computer coma. So then you'd lose that game. That's about when I quit. But that was back in like the 80s probably. The new programs are so much better now.
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:47 PM GMT
    lordofthebling said
    Aristoshark said
    lordofthebling saidicon_sad.gif game doesn't seem to be popular among gay guys for some reason. why is that?


    My son is really good at it. He tried to teach me but I could never get the hang of how the horsies move.


    what's your son's ranking?

    icon_sad.gif chess is easy as hell. the only hard part about it is watching out for possible attacks from the opponent.

    all you gotta know is how to move the pieces and everything else is just a matter of creativity and knowing the rules.


    Actually the trick is thinking ahead of the game. If I do this then what are the possible things the other guy can do and then what are my possibilities and then what are his after that etc etc. The further down the line you can think, the better your game.
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:48 PM GMT
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    lordofthebling said
    but why not get back into it and play against folks now? i'm sure there's some folks that will give you some serious competition. you should go to washington square park one day or the chess forum.

    Just checked, my husband has no interest in chess. And while I was arrogant enough to assume I could have beaten him, and likely most casual players to this day, I doubt I could do as well with serious players. My mind is too old and fried.

    But I don't know if your premise is correct, that gay men can't play the game well. Some of the world's greatest masters appear to have been bachelors, but whether that was due to being closet gays, or just nerds, I can't guess.


    i didn't mean it like that. i meant as in there doesn't seem to be that many gay guys that are into chess. if there are gay chess players, they aren't making themselves known like that. just googled for nj or nyc gay chess clubs and there's absolutely NOTHING. *dead* NO GAY CHESS CLUBS IN NYC OUT OF ALL PLACES.
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    Jun 16, 2013 2:11 AM GMT
    Backgammon: loads of fun, little thinking. I usually win.
    Chess: love to move the pieces around, too much thinking. Usually draw.
    Go: pretty designs, unfathomable strategy. Always lose.

    I invented a 3D chess game when I was a teen.
    (Star Trek's was multi layer but not 3D)
    I guess some one else did too. It looked like this.

    chess-3d-custom.jpg

    Talk about headaches.
    It was interesting but the only way to make it fair was to add a rule: when you get checked, you have two moved to save yourself.

    3D tic-tac-toe is also fun.

    3d-tic-tac-toe-5.jpg
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    Jun 16, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    I learned how to play chess back when I was a baby! Okay, it was more like the 1st/2nd grade.
    I've been told I'm pretty good. I haven't played a solid game in a few years though.
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    Jun 16, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
    lordofthebling said...All you gotta know is how to move the pieces and everything else is just a matter of creativity and knowing the rules.

    Which reminds me...
    This narcissistic punk kid at work plays online chess with a group of people. He lost a game and was furious because his opponent cheated and moved a pawn in an illegal way. He reported his opponent for making up a move called "en passant. "

    Ha ha haaaaa!

    What's worse, he came to my house to play chess and when we stale-mated said, "Damn. I only came here because I wanted to finally win a game."

    Ha again! I asked him if I looked stupid.

    He was on his texter most of the time he was visiting. He told everyone at work what a bad time he had. Then, a few days later, was furious that I didnt invite him back.

    I was dumfounded. I had to scold him saying, "Did you really think I was going to invite you back with the way you behaved?"

    Straight people... Go figure.