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Old 30th September 2008 , 08:34 PM
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Default Check mate! Chess.

Who plays it here, it seems to me a dieing game. i was taught it by my late grandad and haven't really played it recently but was watching a film and just got me thinking so any one here play? at any level?
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Old 30th September 2008 , 08:45 PM
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I used to play with my dad when i was a kid but i could never beat him and occasionally at *cough* chess club.. I also played a lot when I was in Chile a few years ago (using pieces carved by me and a few others) and I forgot how much I enjoyed it. Don't really play at all any more though.
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Old 30th September 2008 , 08:59 PM
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I play, really enjoy it when I do, but seldom get the chance these days.. Once read a book on the entire competition between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky which took place in 1972.. supposedly the 'match of the century' - heavy s**t, but you realise what genius these guys possessed...

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Old 30th September 2008 , 09:13 PM
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I admitted to playing chess against my computer in how many of you are gamers?

My father taught me chess when I was 5 years old. I played against him often when I was growing up. I also played a lot at school with a good friend - we used a small wooden travel board with plug-in plastic pieces. We could therefore hold the board vertically, even upside down without the pieces falling out. We played during every class we could get away with - with the board behind our books or under the desks. My father never took it easy on me and it was not until I was 14 years old that I first beat him.

Until recently when I started playing against my computer I had very little practice over the last 20 years or so. I am quite rusty but I can play, if I say so myself, a pretty good game when I am on form.

Even when playing against the computer it is so much nicer and easier to concentrate if I transfer all the moves to a real board. A couple of years ago a local furniture shop had a lovely rosewood games table for sale. It started out at something between 250 and 299. It was reduced to 199 and then further reduced to 99. I happily handed over 99 and then ordered a very nice rosewood set of chess pieces to go with it. The chess set cost more than the table by about 30.

Well, that's it. I've already opened a bottle of red wine but I reckon I'll try a game against that crafty computer chess program tonight anyway......
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Old 30th September 2008 , 09:17 PM
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Oh, I forgot. I once found a free online chess program written by some whiz at Yale University.
Play chess against tkChess
It is not as sophisticated as the professional computer chess games but it does play a very fast ( instant move ) game and you need to keep your wits about you to beat it.
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Old 30th September 2008 , 09:19 PM
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thats a different level of play!!! they must be reading moves way way way ahead
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Old 30th September 2008 , 09:21 PM
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Oh, and another link;
InstantChess.com - Play Chess Online (Cup of coffee compatible)
I did join years ago and played a few good games. Most of my playing experience though has been against my dad and friends for fun and not against the clock. I don't tend to play well with a time limit and therefore a site like Instant Chess is not ideal for me.
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Old 30th September 2008 , 09:39 PM
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nothing beats a hands on approach though, that is a lovely looking chess set, i do prefer wood as opposed to metal or glass
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I once read a book on chess. Ages ago...but never really followed that up. Windows Vista has a truly superb 3d chess game. You can flip the board around as you play and choose different surfaces.

It is just soooo cool. The CPU intelligence is pretty good as well.
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Old 30th September 2008 , 10:13 PM
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I play the odd game occassionally but I'm absolutely rubbish at it. I can't plan ahead that well, and if I do, I'm too busy concentrating on the next move in my gameplan to realise that the other person's move has put me one step away from a checkmate.
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Old 1st October 2008 , 08:18 AM
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I once read a book on chess. Ages ago...but never really followed that up. Windows Vista has a truly superb 3d chess game. You can flip the board around as you play and choose different surfaces.

It is just soooo cool. The CPU intelligence is pretty good as well.
LOL Bad Monarch...I'd never even looked the the games folder until now...DANGEROUS!!!
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