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If there are, tune in. I've always played a chess game here and there but have never been serious about the game. However, lately, I've been getting into Chess at a deeper level than I ever did before. Not so much that I'm on a quest to become a candidate master or anything, but enough to be a serious casual amateur. I've been starting to study some games of the all-time Chess greats and there is one person right now that I can't get enough of! Paul Morphy!! Paul Morphy is definitely one of the greats. His moves are so elegant and yet simple. Not simple as in no-depth, but simple as in there is a lot of power and threats behind every move he makes.

As a Chess player just starting to look at the games of the greats, one has to make sure not to set the bar too high. For instance, if you don't have a solid understanding of the game's tactics and theory done by players in the 19th Century and earlier, you'll never be able to *really* understand the games of Bobby Fischer or Garry Kasparov. It would be like trying to learn the Theory of Relativity if you don't understand addition and subtraction yet. For anyone out there interested in becoming more serious in Chess, there are *tons* of links you can find on the net. Once you start studying games, I would definitely start with Paul Morphy. You can find a lot of his games here on http://www.chessgames.com/. After Morphy, perhaps then you should move on to Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker, or MANY others. [update: perhaps even Nimzovitch, Steinitz, etc.]

If any of you out there play chess (and aren't National/Internation/Grand Masters or anything (hell, I'm even afraid of people above a 1500 USCF rating)), feel free to drop me a line. For any of you in or around the Portland, OR area, drop me a line and we can actually get together and play in person. Chow!

 

Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 6:17 PM | Back to top


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Dude,

Any urls for suggested reading on learning chess tactics ?

If you feel like a game, you can register for free at www.gameknot.com

Once you have registered, search for a player called

raging

, Challenge me to a game, i'm only a 1222 rated player (http://gameknot.com/stats.pl?raging)

Cheers,

Aaron
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Aaron -

Registered and Challenged :~).
Left by Jason Olson on May 20, 2004 7:05 PM

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One of the things about Morphy, though, is that he was one of the first "real" chess players - most people at the time, and before him, didn't approach the game the way he did.

As a result, many of his games are *extremely* entertaining, but it has as much to do with the incredible blunders of his opponents as his own brilliance.

There were games that he just shouldn't have won, but did, mainly on account of the other person throwing it away.

They certainly are fun to watch, though :) One of the fabulous things is that he was almost able to anticipate *where* they'd make the mistakes. It's like trying to guess what a random number generator is going to spit out next, but he did it. Pretty sweet.

Argh. I miss chess *so* much. So, so, so much... You're getting me excited about it again.
Left by Rory on May 20, 2004 8:37 PM

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What I found most interesting about this post is that I can relate very much. I have always been an extremely casual chess player but my business partner recently purchased a chess board and brought it into the office. Now we typically get a game in per day (which tends to distract from getting things done). However, we have purchased ChessMaster 9000 in order to play online. It has a great tutorial and a great AI, but the implementation is pretty poor. From what I have understood, however, it is one of the best. What software do you use to play online? I would love to play ya online sometime (I am FAR from a grand master, even a mini master.. in fact... well... what I am saying is that I am not that good).
Left by Bob Lair on May 20, 2004 11:04 PM

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I've loved the game for 40 years now, and am a really poor player. (1550 max when I had a rating).

I know of no other activity that is so intellectually violent. The battle, the attack, the defense, the blunders.

Now I play 5 minute games on ICC
Left by Alan Schrank on May 21, 2004 6:06 AM

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Bob -

To play online I have a test account with World Chess Network, a real account with FICS, and have been starting to do some correspondance-style chess with www.gameknot.com. I can't remember my username on any of the services right now (I'm pretty new to them). Sometime this weekend I'll make a post with my username information for all the online services so maybe we can enjoy a game, or two, or three, or many, sometime.

And don't worry, I'm not that good either. When it comes to Chess Tactics and such, I'm still a beginner. If I played to get a rating, I'm sure it would scarcely reach 1100.
Left by Jason Olson on May 21, 2004 8:53 AM

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Alan -

"I know of no other activity that is so intellectually violent. The battle, the attack, the defense, the blunders"

I agree totally. The other thing I love reading about some of the games of the masters is the psychological battles. All the tricks and such to help your opponent fall into a trap. While it's true that you can play against "the pieces", I think the game is so much more interesting playing against the person. You get into issues like "are they doing this to freak me out or trick me? Or did they really blunder?". When playing against the person, Queen sacrifices and such become so much more interesting!
Left by Jason Olson on May 21, 2004 8:57 AM

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Rory -

"One of the fabulous things is that he was almost able to anticipate *where* they'd make the mistakes"

Right! Even better to me is the psychological battle that you find in his games. For example, he will intentionally setup two of his pieces to be forked because he knows 5 moves from then, he will actually capture more enemy pieces than he gave up. Brilliant, I say. Brilliant! Brilliant! (man, have you seen that stupid commercial?)

"You're getting me excited about it again."

Good! My plan is working then. Perhaps you can pick it up again and we can get together to play. Granted, you will most likely sweep me like a bad rug, but that's you a person improves right? (being beat, not being swept under a rug).
Left by Jason Olson on May 21, 2004 9:18 AM

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ill beat any one
Left by jimmy the best on Jul 19, 2004 7:55 AM

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