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Move-a-day chess, anyone?

  1. May 28, 2004 #1

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    I remember hearing someone talk about playing chess through the mail. This was back in the olden days when mail meant the U.S. post office, not email. I wonder if anyone would be interested in playing a game of chess at this website, right here in this thread. First person who wants to play will take the white pieces, second person to respond will take the black pieces. (I have not played since high school, so I will opt out of playing.)

    Just a few ground rules:

    1. Aim for each person playing one move per day, but allow for vacation trips and other contingencies. If a player is absent for five consecutive days and has not asked for a delay in the game, the other player is declared the winner.

    2. Use algebraic notation. Example: Nxe5, Qg4; Qb6, c5;

    3. I will try to draw up the position on the board about every 5 or 10 moves, scan it and upload it to this thread so onlookers will be able to tell how the game is going without having to get out a board and run through all the moves.

    4. It will be tempting for onlookers to make comments along the way, but this should be discouraged since it gives the players outside help. Let the two players do it all on their own.

    5. After the game ends, anybody who cares to can comment on where so-and-so went sour with a bad move, or made a particularly brilliant move.

    Any takers?
     
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  3. May 28, 2004 #2
    :biggrin: Sounds like loads of fun, unfortunately I can only play Chinese chess and am still raw with the pain of being "stripped naked" by my grandpa and my brother's friends :yuck: .
     
  4. May 28, 2004 #3
    I would be more than happy to play a game with anyone who is willing. :)
     
  5. May 28, 2004 #4

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    One more ground rule: This will not be strip chess. :redface:

    It's Grizzlycomet controlling the white pieces against an opponent to be determined...
     
  6. May 28, 2004 #5
    Notation Chess? Interesting. What is the website or "mail"? I am extremely good at chess and people can find me playing at yahoo games under user name kingbaku07. I would be willing to try out this new form of "chess". lol!
     
  7. May 28, 2004 #6

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    i played chess once. Apparently its not called a Horsey.
     
  8. May 28, 2004 #7

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    Prawn to King's horsey 4
     
  9. May 28, 2004 #8
    Hehe. You'd be surprised at how many chess players there are that actually does call it a Horsey :)
     
  10. May 28, 2004 #9

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    It sounds like maybe we have a game lined up.

    The way I envision it, when Grizzlycomet is ready to start the game, he/she (sorry, I am not sure which applies) will just post something like "d4" here in this thread. Then killerinstinct will respond by posting "d5" or whatever in this thread, in roughly 24 hours. I don't think we need to be super strict with the timing. You two probably live in different time zones anyway. So if you both prefer posting your move in the early evening, and if one of you is 5 hours ahead of the other as far as time zones (just as an example), then the other person might wish to respond either in 5 hours after the other person, or 29 hours after the other person.

    By keeping the game at a snail's pace, each player has the time to really concentrate and find a good move.

    If a player is certain about what his/her response will be to a move by the other player, I don't see a problem with that player posting a move in just minutes after the other player posts a move. The opening part of the game may lend itself to that. But the point is that neither player should feel pressured to make a move in less than about a day.
     
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  11. May 28, 2004 #10
    Well then, let's get it underway.
    1.Nf3

    Oh, and btw in my case "he" would apply.
     
  12. May 28, 2004 #11

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    As they say at the Indianapolis 500, "WE HAVE A RACE!"

    Thanks for the additional information, Mister Grizzlycomet.


    :approve:
     
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  13. May 29, 2004 #12

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    Horsey to king bish 4
     
  14. May 30, 2004 #13

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    I thought we had a game between Grizzlycomet and killerinstinct. Jimmy's move N-KB4 is not a legal first move, so I think Jimmy is just having some fun.

    I hate to be the bad guy here, but how about we say that if killerinstinct hasn't made his opening move by June 1, another member can step in and take the black side?
     
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  15. May 31, 2004 #14
    Why not make it a word-association type of game? i.e whoever replies to the thread gets to move a piece, with odd posts moving black pieces and even posts moving white pieces. That could make it even more interesting. :smile:
     
  16. May 31, 2004 #15
    I did this kinda thing at my chess club quite a few times, with several people on each side making alternate moves without discussing them. It can lead to some really interesting things when everyone has a different plan. I'm not sure this would be a good idea here though, with so many people able to come in and post at will. Most likely, it would be one hell of a mess :rolleyes:
     
  17. May 31, 2004 #16
    Well, maybe just a select few could play, i.e 5 on each side or something like that. I've never watched a "team chess" match before, might be interesting. :smile:
     
  18. May 31, 2004 #17
    Yeah, a few on each side might work. If enough people are willing to play, that is.
     
  19. May 31, 2004 #18

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    All this power is going to my head!

    Chen's idea is an interesting one. Still, I'd like to make this first game one on one. After it has concluded, we could try the tag-team idea for the second game.
     
  20. Jun 1, 2004 #19
    I might be willing to give it a go. My dad was pretty good at chess.
     
  21. Jun 1, 2004 #20

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    With apologies to killerinstinct and Jimmy (if they really want to, they can set up another thread and play each other), go for it, Schwarzchildradius.

    We will see if a Grizzly Comet can escape the deadly clutches of your black hole.
     
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