Friday, April 27, 2007

To the death

"All men are timid on entering any fight. Whether it is the first or the last fight, all of us are timid. Cowards are those who let their timidity get the better of their manhood."
- General George Patton Jr, "War as I knew it" 1947

The semester is coming to a close. This is the time I question my decision to return to school. Not wholly question it, but mull it over. It is most like working in January, when the snow fall is heavy and no excitement is in the air. It is so much work and the outcome is intangible, seemingly nonexistent. The topics at hand have been tirelessly reviewed and the desire for change runs deep. In times like these pressing on is most important.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Hourglass Chess

Chessmaster has an option for hourglass time. Thirty seconds per player and each move "flips the hourglass" leaving one player loosing time and the other gaining. It keeps the game going at a quick pace and since I'm short on time with only three weeks left in school it allows me to get a game in every day or so. Hourglass time drops my rating significantly though and I cant beat the 1700 rated players. That's me in the upper corner of the picture. Bogus dude your a skeleton.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Monday, April 16, 2007


My brother and I stumbled onto an interesting scenario a couple days ago. It is definitely worthy of some serious examination. My first thought, as we were playing on Pogo, was that the computer had made a mistake. Given the peculiar positioning it would not be surprising if it had. In my many years playing chess this was the first time it had come to light. The day past and as it was getting late I began to mull it over again while making dinner. It occurred to me the program had been right all along. Under no circumstances can the king be put in check by the player moving it. Even when the checking piece is pinned to the opposing king. Now I had set up this position with as much thought as I could put into it since I was getting into time trouble and had less than a minute remaining. It seemed quite clever tactically and that had been the theme of the game up to that point. So being a scoundrel I quickly moved to set up his queen for an apparent capture. His knight protects his queen in this position and that queen is checking my king in a very unpleasant manner. But his knight is pinned to his king by my misguided rook, leaving his queen unprotected or in this case pseudo-unprotected. Its hard to imagine a gray area of protection and unprotection in chess but we fell into it blindly. The queen could be taken by any other piece on the board, given the opportunity, besides the king. It was not at all clear that this would be the case when I tried to draw him into this position. When we discussed it further we concluded this could be quite the trap for an unsuspecting player. Organising it will be no easy feat.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Kasparov c4 Moscow PxP

Kasparov played a wicked gambit by staging a peaceful protest against the Russian state today. He was beaten tactically when the riot police unexpectedly arrested him and 170 of his fellow protestors with brute force. This game started years ago when Kasparov joined the Other Russia, a group for the return of democracy to Russia. He currently travels between New York City and Moscow but his wife and children reside in NYC. Like any gambit Kasparov's positioning is dictated by his opponents response. Knowing Kasparov's games its safe to say the strategy is just beginning. This time his challenge is against no man nor machine. The middle game is upon us.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Im not retarded

Who new?

Your Vocabulary Score: B+
You have a zealous love for the English language, and many find your vocabulary edifying.Don't fret that you didn't get every word right, your vocabulary can be easily ameliorated!