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

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

Anchorman - 31 Mar 2014 22:56:15 (#41 of 105)

Yes,many thanks for that link Carlos

GyratingTrampoline - 31 Mar 2014 23:14:33 (#42 of 105)

I like this chess video

GyratingTrampoline - 31 Mar 2014 23:25:24 (#43 of 105)

banana I've just sent you a challenge!

Banana - 31 Mar 2014 23:47:52 (#44 of 105)

Ah, hah! just received and made a move, ah and you have too! 3 moves a day, interesting..

Lento_ - 01 Apr 2014 09:30:24 (#45 of 105)

bloody J R R Tolkien devising not just one, but four wholly pointless 'new' languages! I ask you - was there ever anyone more short of something to do than that?

Wasn't he a professor of languages? To him it might have been a little side hobby, a bit like when an engineer tinkers with engines in his garage at the weekends, or when a computer programmer makes a home made website in their spare time.

I read a comment somewhere that he came up with Middle Earth as a setting for his languages to live in, rather than the other way around.

bignosebignose - 01 Apr 2014 21:20:24 (#46 of 105)

On I'm bignosebignose if anyone thinks they're hard enough.

GyratingTrampoline - 01 Apr 2014 23:40:19 (#47 of 105)

challenge sent!

MonsoonBloom - 02 Apr 2014 09:10:12 (#48 of 105)

On I'm Excalibur.

MonsoonBloom - 02 Apr 2014 09:10:31 (#49 of 105)

(I'm not really but there's bound to be one)

GyratingTrampoline - 07 Apr 2014 11:33:59 (#50 of 105)

arghh! Sorry bignose, I allowed our game to timeout just when it was hotting up.

SlasherBindman - 27 Oct 2015 16:38:26 (#51 of 105)


SlasherBindman - 21 Nov 2015 10:48:15 (#52 of 105)

An interesting article:

graftonway - 22 Nov 2015 22:31:16 (#53 of 105)

Yes, it was interesting. I used to play in a pub regularly in the 80s, but then new management put a stop to it on the ground that the chess players weren't drinking enough. This was true of some, but the ones who were drinking a lot (such as me) more than made up for it. These days I stick to the internet which is better than a draughty church hall or some such place.Chess is a hard game to get people following as you have to reach a certain standard in order to appreciate and enjoy playing and watching. That's true of all countries, so I suppose lack of funding must be the problem in England as the article suggests.

RosyLovelady - 22 Nov 2015 22:41:25 (#54 of 105)

I discovered that there's a weekly celebrity chess game played live on Radio 4 these days. It's marginally less informative about chess than the cookery demonstrations they broadcast on Woman's Hour are about culinary techniques.

HorseEasyEast - 22 Nov 2015 23:08:53 (#55 of 105)

I've heard wine tasting on the radio before. It was, erm, insufferable is too kind.


Verdigris - 22 Nov 2015 23:09:05 (#56 of 105)

I discovered that there's a weekly celebrity chess game played live on Radio 4 these days

Desert Island Mates

You'll be sorry when Home Front comes back.

Pentecost - 22 Nov 2015 23:10:45 (#57 of 105)

I discovered that there's a weekly celebrity chess game played live on Radio 4 these days

I'm a celebrity, check me out of this hotel?

HorseEasyEast - 23 Jan 2016 14:41:10 (#58 of 105)

The grand mufti is apparently not a fan, claims the game is unislamic. I'd bet, like me, he's just not any good at it.

Macavity1963 - 23 Jan 2016 14:49:35 (#59 of 105)

Odd. Chess is strategic and not dependent chance: yet more open mindedness from people whose mindset is that existence itself is a burden. They remind me of Swift's Tale of a Tub.

RosyLovelady - 23 Jan 2016 14:51:17 (#60 of 105)

Apparently chess encourages people to place bets.

No, I didn't know that either, until the Mufti said.

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