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« on: October 27, 2007, 06:32:08 PM »
I noticed a cleverly hidden five-letter word at the top of my browser the other day, and I just had to investigate it. I found to my surprise a nifty little game of ajedrez. After besting my wife twice in a row, I am now prepared to announce:

I am the reigning chess champion of OCNet!

All ye who would seek to remove me from this lofty position, tremble in fear! And participate in what is a rather intuitive hybrid of email chess and chatroom chess. It really is fun!
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Re: Chess
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2007, 08:37:35 PM »
I wanna play!
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Re: Chess
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2007, 08:43:23 PM »
I've used the "challenge" feature to invite a few people to play, but no one's responded. I'm wondering if it's working properly (or may be they just don't like me).
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Re: Chess
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2007, 10:14:33 PM »
I'm definitely up for a game. I may be a bit rusty though; we'll have to wait and see. I was in the chess A team in primary school, and my team won the regional champs for all three years that I played, and made top 5 in the state championships. I reached my peak at the age of 12 where I received a rating that placed me in the top 10 in the state (for my age group that is). I've only played the odd game every now and then since however, so I have no idea how i'd perform today.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2007, 10:25:03 PM »
One of my daughters who is in 2nd grade has joined the chess club at school and so I have become interested in the game. I am available to play a game or two but I am just a beginner.

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Re: Chess
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2007, 10:45:21 PM »
I've used the "challenge" feature to invite a few people to play, but no one's responded. I'm wondering if it's working properly (or may be they just don't like me).
Well, the system is working because I've just received a challenge from a poster and started a game. So it must be that the people I challenged don't like me....I've made a list of their names! :D
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Re: Chess
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2007, 11:18:33 PM »
Well, the system is working because I've just received a challenge from a poster and started a game. So it must be that the people I challenged don't like me....I've made a list of their names! :D
I was one of those challenged, and I certainly intend to take up the challenge.  I'm just fighting through the braincloud caused by this headcold (sniffle, sniffle :P) one of my enemies gave me as a birthday present--actually, I think it was my own housemate who gave me this cold--and have thus been slow to accept.  In a few days when I can think more clearly I will accept ozgeorge's challenge to take him on in a game of chess.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2007, 01:36:22 AM »
For some reason the system doesn't allow one to castle (it regards it an 'illegal move'), which is quite irritating. Hopefully it's a problem that Robert or Ukiemeister can fix.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2007, 01:41:23 AM »
For some reason the system doesn't allow one to castle (it regards it an 'illegal move'), which is quite irritating. Hopefully it's a problem that Robert or Ukiemeister can fix.
Yeah, that's the only reason I lost to EA. :D
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Re: Chess
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2007, 03:09:40 AM »
:D You wish! If anything, it's the only reason you lost later rather than earlier  ;)
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Re: Chess
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2007, 03:57:16 AM »
:D You wish! If anything, it's the only reason you lost later rather than earlier  ;)
Okay, boys, enough of the trash talking. ;) :D
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Re: Chess
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2007, 09:16:49 AM »
I am the reigning chess champion of OCNet!

I'll take that thank you very much!

*sighs* That's enough chess for me...I should be studying.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2007, 09:21:54 AM »
Enjoy it, put it up on a shelf, put some flowers next to it. I'll be back.  :)
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Re: Chess
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2007, 11:22:06 AM »
Bout time y'all starting to play it!

Castling is there....when you are eligible to castle, a link will appear in the right hand side of your screen next to your username...Click ti and you will castle.

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Re: Chess
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2007, 03:41:15 PM »
form a league, seasonal rounds etc...active participation...I really dislike them words
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Re: Chess
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2007, 04:40:58 PM »
After besting my wife twice in a row, I am now prepared to announce:

I am the reigning chess champion of OCNet!

All ye who would seek to remove me from this lofty position, tremble in fear!

Should I point out that those two games were my second and third games of chess ever or should I let Mr. Y gloat a bit longer before he gets his butt kicked?   ;D :D 
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Re: Chess
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2007, 01:58:42 AM »
How funny am I; I cancel all extra-educational commitments and appointments so I can stay at home and study, only to log into OC.net and challenge every user that comes online with a game of chess. This new forum feature is the devil I tell ya.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2007, 02:36:56 AM »
You're unstoppable. 

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Re: Chess
« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2007, 02:46:53 AM »
I won't argue with you there.

I'm just begging to be humbled by someone!  :D
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Re: Chess
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2007, 05:15:26 AM »
I'm just begging to be humbled by someone! 
Well it's turning out to be an excellent ascesis in humility for me so far!
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Re: Chess
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2007, 07:13:29 PM »
Looking to start a few matches....after getting checkmated by EA :)


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« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2007, 07:19:06 PM »
Rank         Name             Elo    Wins  Draws  Losses
1        EkhristosAnesti     1140    11      0        0 

Ain't nothin' gonna break my break my stride,
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I've got to keep on movin'.

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Can't nobody hold me down, Oh no
I've got to keep on movin


 ;D :D ;) :P
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Re: Chess
« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2007, 09:18:34 PM »
For some reason the system doesn't allow one to castle (it regards it an 'illegal move'), which is quite irritating. Hopefully it's a problem that Robert or Ukiemeister can fix.
You've probably figured this out already, but I'm posting it for everyone else. The system puts a king and queen symbol underneath your avatar. You click on the king symbol to castle kingside (O-O) or the queen symbol to castle queenside (O-O-O).
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Re: Chess
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2007, 02:04:39 AM »
Should I point out that those two games were my second and third games of chess ever or should I let Mr. Y gloat a bit longer before he gets his butt kicked?   ;D :D 

I think he's pushing it - ldoesn't the wife who's carrying around his very heavy progeny usually win.  Never tick off a pregnant woman.  Sort of like "let the Wookie win".


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Re: Chess
« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2007, 08:29:41 AM »
I think he's pushing it - ldoesn't the wife who's carrying around his very heavy progeny usually win.  Never tick off a pregnant woman.  Sort of like "let the Wookie win".

 :D I agree wholeheartedly.  ;)
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Re: Chess
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2007, 08:11:20 AM »
Pravoslavbob came so close to inhibiting me from reaching my milestone of 20 wins undefeated, but alas, he could not...

We need a victory/arrogance dance emoticon...
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Re: Chess
« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2007, 08:35:24 AM »
Pravoslavbob came so close to inhibiting me from reaching my milestone of 20 wins undefeated, but alas, he could not...

We need a victory/arrogance dance emoticon...

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Re: Chess
« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2007, 09:14:37 AM »
Pravoslavbob came so close to inhibiting me from reaching my milestone of 20 wins undefeated, but alas, he could not...

We need a victory/arrogance dance emoticon...

Tsk, tsk...such pride...
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« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2007, 03:55:48 PM »
It will eventually lead to his Waterloo...
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Re: Chess
« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2007, 08:30:44 PM »
Don't hate the player, just hate the game.  ;)
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Re: Chess
« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2007, 08:43:06 PM »
Technically you havn't beaten me.......yet....lol. 


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Re: Chess
« Reply #31 on: November 04, 2007, 08:56:10 PM »
Stalling me hey...stallers are the most wretched kind.  >:( Remind me to put a time limit condition on the challenges I issue from now on.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #32 on: November 04, 2007, 08:58:22 PM »
You are hereby reminded. 

When are we gona continue?

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Re: Chess
« Reply #33 on: November 04, 2007, 09:02:40 PM »
Oh, playing ignorant are we.  ;)

I'm not sure if you're aware, but generally you can make your next move at any time. I don't even need to be logged on. I have been playing a few people in that manner. I make a move one day, they make their move the next etc.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2007, 09:06:45 PM »
I was in a rush and fergot the smiley... ;)

A good player likes to scout and watch other players...I have a call in to Patriots for assistance  8)
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« Reply #35 on: November 04, 2007, 09:12:38 PM »
A good player likes to scout and watch other players...I have a call in to Patriots for assistance  8)

Oh is that how they define it now? Last time I checked a good player wins 20 games undefeated.  :D

Okay, I'm going to finally take Peter's advice:

enough of the trash talking. ;) :D

I just wanted to encourage people (in my own demented way) to take up the cause of breaking the legs off my high horse.
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« Reply #36 on: November 05, 2007, 05:56:31 PM »
EA is the real deal in my opinion, he fought hard and made me think too much..... And he knew when I made a mistake and how to capitalize. I tip my cap...

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Re: Chess
« Reply #37 on: November 05, 2007, 06:12:14 PM »
Pravoslavbob came so close to inhibiting me from reaching my milestone of 20 wins undefeated, but alas, he could not...

Sigh  :( ....   :D
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« Reply #38 on: November 06, 2007, 01:53:35 AM »
You've probably figured this out already, but I'm posting it for everyone else. The system puts a king and queen symbol underneath your avatar. You click on the king symbol to castle kingside (O-O) or the queen symbol to castle queenside (O-O-O).
Sad to say, it's never worked for me yet. :-\
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« Reply #39 on: November 06, 2007, 12:23:58 PM »
Sad to say, it's never worked for me yet. :-\

I used the castling function in a game against you, does that count?

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« Reply #40 on: November 06, 2007, 12:32:07 PM »
I used the castling function in a game against you, does that count?

Sad to say, it's never worked for me yet. :-\
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« Reply #41 on: November 06, 2007, 02:37:01 PM »
When you look in the 'FINISHED' section, the winnings are always by checkmate yet sometimes it's followed by an asterix.  What does this mean?
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Re: Chess
« Reply #42 on: November 06, 2007, 03:03:03 PM »
When you look in the 'FINISHED' section, the winnings are always by checkmate yet sometimes it's followed by an asterix.  What does this mean?

That the loser resigned that particular game.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #43 on: November 06, 2007, 06:00:47 PM »
So, I just have had a lesson in humility from EkhristosAnesti.

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« Reply #44 on: November 06, 2007, 11:00:41 PM »
No offense.....but being an Orthodox forum, shouldn't we have at least someone from the former USSR who was drilled in the ways of Russian chess mastery, to overtake EA??
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Re: Chess
« Reply #45 on: November 07, 2007, 12:52:48 AM »
Dude...are you listening to yourself? 

If they're from the former USSR, they're probobly not very very ORTHODOX. 

Hence why it was called the United SOCIALIST Soviet Republic.  Don't know if you overlooked that SOCIALIST part...which is by the way connected to COMMUNISM, which doesn't really resonate with ORTHODOXY. 

I got your point, but I couldn't pass this opportunity to lampoon you.  love ya man.   ;)
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Re: Chess
« Reply #46 on: November 07, 2007, 01:05:00 AM »
Hey dude, you were the one born in the former Warsaw Pact country, not me, my friend.

I'm just pointing out the simple fact that Egypt is not renowned for producing Grandmasters a la Russia, even prior to the Revolution. Alekhine anyone??
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« Reply #47 on: November 07, 2007, 02:09:35 AM »
Hey dude, you were the one born in the former Warsaw Pact country, not me, my friend.

I'd be curious to know in which Warsaw Pact nation Serb1389 was born. 

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« Reply #48 on: November 07, 2007, 08:44:52 AM »
I'd be curious to know in which Warsaw Pact nation Serb1389 was born. 

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« Reply #49 on: November 07, 2007, 11:32:02 AM »
I'd be curious to know in which Warsaw Pact nation Serb1389 was born. 

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« Reply #50 on: November 07, 2007, 11:38:41 AM »
+ Irini nem ehmot,

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« Reply #51 on: November 07, 2007, 11:48:41 PM »
Dude...you guys are amazing.  I got such a great laugh.  keep it goin...lol. 
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« Reply #52 on: November 08, 2007, 10:57:25 AM »
*sigh*

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Bummer. Why not try GNUChess?

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Re: Chess
« Reply #53 on: November 13, 2007, 12:41:47 AM »
Defeated by Friul!

Only because he's so slow to move so as to put me off my game.

Just kidding  ;D The better man won.
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« Reply #54 on: November 13, 2007, 12:45:30 AM »
Defeated by Friul!

Only because he's so slow to move so as to put me off my game.

Just kidding  ;D The better man won.

LOL!  *my strategy all along  ;)  :P*
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« Reply #55 on: November 13, 2007, 02:50:51 AM »
Help!  I'm being schooled by a guy using only his knights and his queen (and he doesn't even have the queen anymore)! :o
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« Reply #56 on: November 13, 2007, 05:30:13 AM »
Has anyone else got three games going at once?
I've gone from not playing chess fro over 15 years to playing three simultaneous games! Go easy on me guys!
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« Reply #57 on: November 13, 2007, 09:46:04 AM »
Defeated by Friul!

Only because he's so slow to move so as to put me off my game.

Just kidding  ;D The better man won.

I think many of us are employing this strategy, since we can't beat you the regular way..lol.   ;) ;D
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« Reply #58 on: November 13, 2007, 10:27:11 AM »
Has anyone else got three games going at once?
I've gone from not playing chess fro over 15 years to playing three simultaneous games! Go easy on me guys!
I do, but I move once a day generally (time difference, work schedule, etc.). This surely is better than email chess.
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« Reply #59 on: November 13, 2007, 01:28:39 PM »
Are there any other newbs ( ;D) to chess out there?  I wouldn't mind playing but I'm nowhere near y'all's level. 
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« Reply #60 on: November 13, 2007, 06:35:38 PM »


Greetings Professor Falken....

...how about a nice game of chess?



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« Reply #61 on: November 15, 2007, 12:53:31 AM »
Has anyone else got three games going at once?


I had four :o going yesterday!  Friul taught me a little bit about humility...twice!  The floor is now squeeky clean but my face is still dirty and sore.  :laugh:
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« Reply #62 on: November 15, 2007, 12:58:45 AM »
^^ Ya know, Jib, you need to go easy on me.  I haven't played this game in many years, and I never was any good at it. ;)
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« Reply #63 on: November 15, 2007, 01:28:50 AM »
^^ Ya know, Jib, you need to go easy on me.  I haven't played this game in many years, and I never was any good at it. ;)
Moi?  You danced on my Queen's head and then put me in check.  It was very traumatizing.  Then Friul beat me like a drum.  Y'all gon' make me loose my mind up in here. ;)
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« Reply #64 on: November 15, 2007, 01:30:53 AM »
Friul's the man. He has beat me three times in a row now.  He's someone whose able to, and often does, plan anywhere between about 4-6 moves ahead; he needs to be approached with time, focus, and concentration. I'm too impatient and cocky for that!
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« Reply #66 on: November 15, 2007, 01:34:18 AM »
Moi?  You danced on my Queen's head and then put me in check.  It was very traumatizing.  Then Friul beat me like a drum.  Y'all gon' make me loose my mind up in here. ;)
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« Reply #67 on: November 15, 2007, 04:18:12 AM »
Where do you go to play the Chess?
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« Reply #68 on: November 15, 2007, 11:43:18 AM »
Friul, I challenge you!

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Where do you go to play the Chess?
P,

 Under your avatar where the tabs WEBSITE, HOME, HELP, SEARCH...see where it says CHESS?  Between CALENDAR and MEMBERS. Click on that and there you are... Be forewarned though; it's addictive. ;)

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« Reply #70 on: November 15, 2007, 05:19:16 PM »
Friul's the man. He has beat me three times in a row now.  He's someone whose able to, and often does, plan anywhere between about 4-6 moves ahead; he needs to be approached with time, focus, and concentration. I'm too impatient and cocky for that!

I think i'm with you in that boat.  Sorry Friul...i'm not too engaged in anything right now except for school.  Maybe one day I can make it up to you with a real game.  Right now i'm just BS'ing. 

I think its important to play a person more than once too...that's key. 
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« Reply #71 on: November 15, 2007, 07:09:11 PM »
P,

 Under your avatar where the tabs WEBSITE, HOME, HELP, SEARCH...see where it says CHESS?  Between CALENDAR and MEMBERS. Click on that and there you are... Be forewarned though; it's addictive. ;)

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« Reply #72 on: November 15, 2007, 08:48:39 PM »
I just found this in a certain member's profile information:

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Chess is forbidden by the valid Stoglav Council, all that would be Orthodox should have no part in such activity.

Given that I am ranked frirst on the leaderboard, that must make me some kind of arch-heretic hey?
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« Reply #73 on: November 15, 2007, 08:50:36 PM »
I just found this in a certain member's profile information:

Given that I am ranked frirst on the leaderboard, that must make me some kind of arch-heretic hey?
This bewilders me what is the reasoning?
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« Reply #74 on: November 15, 2007, 08:57:45 PM »
I just found this in a certain member's profile information:

Given that I am ranked frirst on the leaderboard, that must make me some kind of arch-heretic hey?
Stoglav Council? The one that also decried not crossing oneself with two fingers?

Guess most of us are heretics...
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« Reply #75 on: November 15, 2007, 11:44:05 PM »
I just found this in a certain member's profile information:

Given that I am ranked frirst on the leaderboard, that must make me some kind of arch-heretic hey?

Co-Arch-Heretic now   ;) :D
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« Reply #76 on: November 16, 2007, 12:00:46 AM »
Not yet my friend, not yet!
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« Reply #77 on: November 16, 2007, 03:01:09 AM »
I heard a story once about the supposed Chinaman who invented chess many centuries ago.  The emperor wanted to reward him richly for his game, so he asked the inventor to name his prize.  The man asked for one gold coin on the first square, two on the second, four on the third, eight on the fourth, and from there twice as many coins on each square than on the one before.  When the emperor finally calculated how much gold this would be, he realized that there wasn't enough gold in the known world to reward the inventor like this, so he had this creator of the game of chess beheaded. :o
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« Reply #79 on: November 16, 2007, 07:41:15 PM »
Hello,

Besides the Queen, what do you think is the most powerful piece and/or your favorite piece?
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« Reply #80 on: November 16, 2007, 07:42:58 PM »
The king. Take him and it's all over.
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« Reply #81 on: November 16, 2007, 07:43:17 PM »
Besides the Queen, what do you think is the most powerful piece and/or your favorite piece?
Someone answer quick, because I just lost my Queen!
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« Reply #82 on: November 16, 2007, 07:56:04 PM »
Hello,

Someone answer quick, because I just lost my Queen!
If you can wield its power properly, the Knight can be very powerful and hard to stop.
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« Reply #83 on: November 16, 2007, 07:58:11 PM »
Indeed, especially against the Queen. Occasionally she is incapable of defending against it (especially when you pin her and the King).
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Re: Chess
« Reply #84 on: November 17, 2007, 05:31:18 AM »
Someone answer quick, because I just lost my Queen!
I think there's actually a hierarchy of how powerful each piece is.
  • Queen - Can move as far as unobstructed along ranks, files, and diagonals.
  • Rooks - Can move as far as unobstructed along ranks and files.
  • Bishops - Can move as far as unobstructed along diagonals.
  • Knights - Can only attack from close range, unlike other more powerful pieces; of course, as our new dad Mr. Y has said, a knight is the only piece that can threaten a queen without himself being in danger of attack by the queen.
  • King - More powerful only than a pawn because he can move in any direction, but less powerful than any other piece because he can only move one square at a time, except when castling.  Definitely the most important, because his loss means the loss of the game, but nowhere near the most powerful...  Besides, there is also the rule against moving the king into check that can limit his power.
  • Pawns

I know I've stated a great deal of stuff regarding how pieces can move that most anyone who knows chess will find obvious, but I felt it needful to explain why each piece is as powerful as it is.
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« Reply #85 on: November 17, 2007, 07:46:56 AM »
Generally, the accepted ratio of power (in Pawns) is as follows:

Queen: 9
Rook: 5
Knight: 3
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« Reply #86 on: May 05, 2008, 11:08:54 AM »
Quick question, for those who were involved in the Chess games back in Oct/Nov - why has the activity died down?  Boredom? Something new?
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« Reply #87 on: May 05, 2008, 11:17:21 AM »
I think its because it usually takes forever to complete a game moving at maybe 1-2 moves per day. It takes like a month to finish one game and people don't want to spend so long. Also, the more complex the situation, the easier it is for me (and probably others) to forget why I made the previous moves I did and what my overall goal was.

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« Reply #88 on: May 05, 2008, 11:18:35 AM »
Quick question, for those who were involved in the Chess games back in Oct/Nov - why has the activity died down?  Boredom? Something new?

Maybe Mr. Alden's anathemas against the game of chess scared everyone? ;)
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« Reply #89 on: May 05, 2008, 11:33:52 AM »
Maybe Mr. Alden's anathemas against the game of chess scared everyone? ;) 

LOL.

Seriously, maybe Nick's on the right track: does the length of time necessary to complete a game act as a deterrent?
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« Reply #90 on: May 05, 2008, 11:52:08 AM »
LOL.

Seriously, maybe Nick's on the right track: does the length of time necessary to complete a game act as a deterrent?

I think so.

Pro:  You can play whenever you can and don't need to designate however many hours straight to playing.
Con:  When games are one move a day, they take forever to get done.

So it gets tedious after a while.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #91 on: May 05, 2008, 11:54:04 AM »
I think so.

Pro:  You can play whenever you can and don't need to designate however many hours straight to playing.
Con:  When games are one move a day, they take forever to get done.

So it gets tedious after a while. 

Would it be helpful to see what moves you've made (not just a move list, but snapshots/images)?
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Re: Chess
« Reply #92 on: May 05, 2008, 11:55:26 AM »
LOL.

Seriously, maybe Nick's on the right track: does the length of time necessary to complete a game act as a deterrent?
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Re: Chess
« Reply #93 on: May 05, 2008, 12:03:34 PM »
Would it be helpful to see what moves you've made (not just a move list, but snapshots/images)?

I don't really think it will help all that much, because I think its more of the thought process leading up to the moves. For example, if I intended to trap your king by making 5 moves and I make 2 of them and then come back tomorrow, I probably won't remember why I'm in the position I'm in and what the other 3 moves were that I saw and formulated yesterday. Of course, that might be because I have too many things on my mind... I wonder if I need a hard drive upgrade, maybe something in the terabyte range to track all the extra data floating in my head.

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Re: Chess
« Reply #94 on: May 05, 2008, 12:23:17 PM »
I don't really think it will help all that much, because I think its more of the thought process leading up to the moves. For example, if I intended to trap your king by making 5 moves and I make 2 of them and then come back tomorrow, I probably won't remember why I'm in the position I'm in and what the other 3 moves were that I saw and formulated yesterday. Of course, that might be because I have too many things on my mind... I wonder if I need a hard drive upgrade, maybe something in the terabyte range to track all the extra data floating in my head.

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So in this case, a personal notepad (unseen by your opponent) would actually be more helpful.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #95 on: May 05, 2008, 01:46:04 PM »
So in this case, a personal notepad (unseen by your opponent) would actually be more helpful.

actually yea.... it would.. good thinking
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Re: Chess
« Reply #96 on: May 05, 2008, 01:52:23 PM »
actually yea.... it would.. good thinking 

I'm investigating the feasibility as we speak.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #97 on: May 05, 2008, 02:54:41 PM »
So in this case, a personal notepad (unseen by your opponent) would actually be more helpful.
Yeah, I agree with Nick. It seemed that the games that were most fun were the ones I played in one sitting. When it dragged out to two moves per day or fewer, both players became sloppy, and it wasn't as fun. A notepad would be great (I know I could do it on Microsoft's Notepad, but it's just too inconvenient to have to switch between programs).

I think another thing that would help is set times to play, with real chess clocks that have a limit not for the time between moves, but the time for all moves. Limiting the time played to, say, 10 minutes per side adds another layer of challenge to the game and actually forces both players to concentrate more, leading to a better overall experience.

I wouldn't choose this method to replace the current one, because I like the freedom to play with Australians without one of us having to be up at 3 AM. I would like the option for either an open-ended move system like we have now or a timed system a la tournament chess.
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Re: Chess
« Reply #98 on: May 10, 2008, 09:11:41 AM »
Hey,

Sorry, it has taken me a long time to respond.  I've been traveling a lot lately.

The next release of OC.net will feature an enhanced Chess program with the features you've indicated.

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Re: Chess
« Reply #99 on: January 11, 2009, 06:11:29 AM »
Uhhh, I must have missed osmething, becaue the chess tag in the nav bar is no longer viewable for me. Of course I haven;t been on in several months so...

Is the chess feature still available here? ???
If not, if the admins/mods don't mind I have my own small chess site I would love to provide a public link for!  :angel: ;D

BTW, to the admins, you can change the default setting on days permitted between moves (default is set at 30) in the admin panel. If lowered (i.e. say to 2 days) this will force players to make moves on a more regular basis. Just thought you all might like to know. :) ;)
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Re: Chess
« Reply #100 on: January 11, 2009, 11:59:06 AM »
Uhhh, I must have missed osmething, becaue the chess tag in the nav bar is no longer viewable for me. Of course I haven;t been on in several months so...

Is the chess feature still available here? ???
If not, if the admins/mods don't mind I have my own small chess site I would love to provide a public link for!  :angel: ;D

BTW, to the admins, you can change the default setting on days permitted between moves (default is set at 30) in the admin panel. If lowered (i.e. say to 2 days) this will force players to make moves on a more regular basis. Just thought you all might like to know. :) ;)

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Re: Chess
« Reply #101 on: January 11, 2009, 12:10:41 PM »
It's all for the best, chess is of the devil! ;)
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« Reply #102 on: February 20, 2009, 03:31:13 AM »
I am a moderator at another forum and we have Sudoku there. . . it is worse than chess because you play all by yourself. ;)
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Re: Chess
« Reply #103 on: February 20, 2009, 04:08:54 AM »
But no Russian council has condemned Sudoku.  ;)
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« Reply #104 on: February 20, 2009, 02:06:07 PM »
But no Russian council has condemned Sudoku.  ;)

Not yet.  ;)
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« Reply #105 on: February 20, 2009, 03:27:59 PM »
Anyone for Kakuro?   ;D

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« Reply #106 on: February 21, 2009, 05:56:39 PM »
If it's as addictive as Sudoku, I don't know that I want to hear about it.  ;D
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« Reply #107 on: February 21, 2009, 06:09:51 PM »
If it's as addictive as Sudoku, I don't know that I want to hear about it.  ;D
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« Reply #108 on: February 21, 2009, 11:46:41 PM »
I'm not a Sudoku fan; I found Kakuro quite addictive when I first played it in Greece.

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Re: Chess
« Reply #109 on: February 22, 2009, 01:19:32 AM »
It's all for the best, chess is of the devil! ;)
I don;t see why that would be so (unless it is played to excess, resulting in the neglect of one's family duties, etc.). I look at chess as a way of sharpening my analytical skills.
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« Reply #110 on: February 22, 2009, 07:28:33 PM »
It's all for the best, chess is of the devil! ;)
I don;t see why that would be so (unless it is played to excess, resulting in the neglect of one's family duties, etc.). I look at chess as a way of sharpening my analytical skills.
He was referring to a certain poster who, immediately after we added the chess application, condemned us all to hell for playing it, on the grounds that a certain Russian synod with questionable authority anathematized it.

That's all I'll say about it, but if you search the site, you may come across this post.
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« Reply #111 on: February 22, 2009, 11:33:30 PM »
It's all for the best, chess is of the devil! ;)
I don;t see why that would be so (unless it is played to excess, resulting in the neglect of one's family duties, etc.). I look at chess as a way of sharpening my analytical skills.
He was referring to a certain poster who, immediately after we added the chess application, condemned us all to hell for playing it, on the grounds that a certain Russian synod with questionable authority anathematized it.

That's all I'll say about it, but if you search the site, you may come across this post.
So it ws not meant to be taken seriously? In my personal opinion, chess can be a worthwhile pasttime, having the good effect of relaxation and sharpening one's mental skills to some extent. Of course, like anything else, we can think of situations where it might be detrimental to some other area of one's life, when played to excess. 
Personally, I would hope that this Russian synod and others also, might take into consideration the issuance of a judgment concerning violent computer video games.

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« Reply #112 on: February 22, 2009, 11:55:16 PM »
I meant it as a joke, but apparently there really are some people out there who think that chess is of the devil.
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« Reply #113 on: February 23, 2009, 12:12:35 AM »
I meant it as a joke, but apparently there really are some people out there who think that chess is of the devil.
Ok.
Still, I hope that this Russian synod will look into the question of violent computer video games.

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« Reply #114 on: June 24, 2009, 07:53:54 PM »
Let's bring chess back...Let's bring chess back...Let's bring chess back...Let's bring chess back...Let's bring chess back...

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« Reply #115 on: September 04, 2009, 07:17:25 AM »
B to the A to the C to the K .... bring it!  Who wit' me!!!  :angel:  :D

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