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Started by Anchorman on Mar 23, 2014 8:21:14 PM
Chess?

Anyone play?

I found this rather nice free chess program recently

It's over 40 years since I played regularly ( wasn't good then) but the program has provided me with hours of entertainment

http://computerchessonline.net/chess-online-against-computer/

Anchorman - 29 Mar 2014 14:49:11 (#14 of 105)

Anyone thinking that is clearly far from wise.

Chess teaches a wide range of skills including long term thinking, ,patience, concentration, strategy, memory

GyratingTrampoline - 29 Mar 2014 20:31:50 (#15 of 105)

That is like when people try to justify music education by emphasising how its good for developing communication skills blah blah. Do we need a pricetag on everything?

Tenesmus - 29 Mar 2014 21:25:26 (#16 of 105)

No.

So chess, then.

Tenesmus - 29 Mar 2014 21:40:00 (#17 of 105)

I'm friends with one of the top Irish players. He used to play someone in Russia via postcards.

He has a lot of chess books. A lot...

MonsoonBloom - 29 Mar 2014 21:44:08 (#18 of 105)

Far from wise indeed.

There's no intelligence in advertising.

MontyPeculiar - 29 Mar 2014 21:44:39 (#19 of 105)

I also use chess.com, been playing for about 18 months, after a gap of 30 years.

dreams99 - 29 Mar 2014 21:45:52 (#20 of 105)

I've been playing on here for about 8 years:

http://www.redhotpawn.com/

MontyPeculiar - 29 Mar 2014 21:47:01 (#21 of 105)

Haha, not clicking that link

dreams99 - 29 Mar 2014 21:47:31 (#22 of 105)

It's a chess site.

MontyPeculiar - 29 Mar 2014 21:48:43 (#23 of 105)

Yes, jokefail

Anchorman - 29 Mar 2014 22:00:09 (#24 of 105)

Do we need a pricetag on everything?



People claiming chess is a waste of intelligence are due a response

GyratingTrampoline - 29 Mar 2014 22:26:27 (#25 of 105)

Yes, but by claiming a utilitarian value, your response undersells the very essence of humanity. Or something.

I'm now wishing I didn't play chess online using my real name, or else I could challenge the players here to a game. If there's enough interest in a JTT chess meet on chess.com or elsewhere, I'd create a 'gyratingtrampoline' chess account.

Anchorman - 29 Mar 2014 22:38:27 (#26 of 105)

Yes, but by claiming a utilitarian value, your response undersells the very essence of humanity. Or something.



Can't it have a utiliterian value and other values? Why does one in any way spoil the other?

bignosebignose - 29 Mar 2014 22:54:52 (#27 of 105)

If there's enough interest in a JTT chess meet on chess.com or elsewhere, I'd create a 'gyratingtrampoline' chess account.

I'd join.

GyratingTrampoline - 29 Mar 2014 22:55:58 (#28 of 105)

#26 You are correct of course. But there is something which offends me a bit about jumping straight for the 'good for your brain' aspect. I suppose because it encourages us to think in these moneygrabbing, good-for-your-cv terms, instead of proudly proclaiming the beauty of chess-for-the-sake-of-chess (or anything for the sake of anything - this is a general point).

GyratingTrampoline - 29 Mar 2014 23:15:44 (#29 of 105)

bignose I've just made myself an account called 'gyratingtrampoline' on chess.com. Send me a challenge if you want to!

bignosebignose - 29 Mar 2014 23:22:35 (#30 of 105)

Nice, will set up an account tomorrow.

Banana - 29 Mar 2014 23:34:25 (#31 of 105)

I found the standard on chess.com to be very good, I used to be a good player as a schoolkid, but was getting beaten the last few times I played on that site, which was a bit disheartening! Think there is a world of difference between those who know the rules and the moves and those who know good openings. I won a lot of games as a kid playing the French defence, which looks weak to your opponent until you unleash your attack! Great game chess, last played against a bloke who had learnt in prison, he wasn't bad but one wrong move and I would be in for the kill so it was just a case of waiting for that.

Pentecost - 29 Mar 2014 23:41:16 (#32 of 105)

Chess teaches a wide range of skills

As in "Russians play chess, Americans play poker". That hasn't been decided yet, whatever Americans might think.

also, most computers come ready loaded with a chess game program that is good enough to defeat most people who are not at master level, so there's no real need to go online to do this stuff.

GyratingTrampoline - 29 Mar 2014 23:42:46 (#33 of 105)

I've never studied openings or read any books about it, but I've got to the stage where most players on my level have, and so I know from raw experience what is likely to happen in any given situation during the first few moves. I've found that doing something a bit leftfield near the start throws people off if they're used to typical games. But actually most unusual things are unusual precisely because there's something wrong with them, so a more advanced player will have seen it before and know a way to use it against me.

And on that subject, if you want to play a wider spectrum of games, it's better to be black, because during the first few moves the white player is the initiator, so you will tend to have a more diverse experience if you play as black.

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