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Beethoven9th
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May 17th, 2013 at 11:29:50 AM permalink
Just curious, is anyone here going to be playing in the National Open chess tournament at the Riviera (June 6th - 9th)?
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teliot
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May 17th, 2013 at 11:40:36 AM permalink
Ah, the good old days. Was rated 2138 back in 1993. Gave up chess in 1995. Now, 20 years later, I couldn't tell if it was Scheveningen with an open book in front of me.

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Beethoven9th
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May 17th, 2013 at 11:45:20 AM permalink
2138??? Was that USCF or FIDE?

Either way, that is very strong, practically a Master.
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odiousgambit
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May 17th, 2013 at 12:30:25 PM permalink
Quote: teliot

Gave up chess in 1995. Now, 20 years later...



there are elements of retention, like riding a bicycle, so take heart, you'd still kick my butt [although I stay quite rusty most of the time]
the next time Dame Fortune toys with your heart, your soul and your wallet, raise your glass and praise her thus: “Thanks for nothing, you cold-hearted, evil, damnable, nefarious, low-life, malicious monster from Hell!” She is, after all, stone deaf. ... Arnold Snyder
teliot
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May 17th, 2013 at 3:26:55 PM permalink
Quote: Beethoven9th

2138??? Was that USCF or FIDE?

Either way, that is very strong, practically a Master. I was only about 1900 or so at my peak, so you would have crushed me.

It was USCF. I was 2129 Postal at the time. I helped start ICS (Internet Chess Club) back in the early 1990's, was there when FICS split off, and also hosted crafty on my Sparc Station, the only robot online at the time.

Here is my listing on USCF:

12424345: ELIOT THOMAS JACOBSON

Current Published
Rating (May Supplement)
Regular Rating 2114 2000-02
Quick Rating (Unrated)
Blitz Rating (Unrated)
Correspondence Rating 2129
State CA
Expiration Dt. 2000-09-30
Voting Member Status Not Eligible to Register as a Voting Member
Last Change Dt. 1999-09-02


I play chess almost every day. Really, I haven't stopped playing. I just don't play against humans. I hate that. Still, I'm very proud that I wasted 15 years studying the game.
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teliot
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May 17th, 2013 at 3:39:19 PM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

there are elements of retention, like riding a bicycle, so take heart, you'd still kick my butt [although I stay quite rusty most of the time]

The first thing to go are the openings. Next, simple tactics. It takes the longest to forget strategic principles, but I've come a long way.
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Beethoven9th
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May 17th, 2013 at 8:40:54 PM permalink
Quote: teliot

It was USCF. I was 2129 Postal at the time. I helped start ICS (Internet Chess Club) back in the early 1990's, was there when FICS split off, and also hosted crafty on my Sparc Station, the only robot online at the time.

I play chess almost every day. Really, I haven't stopped playing. I just don't play against humans. I hate that. Still, I'm very proud that I wasted 15 years studying the game.


Do you know of any good chess programs on Android? I have Shredder (which is great) on my phone, but I was wondering if there was anything stronger? I heard that Houdini for Android will be coming out, but who knows when that will happen.
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Beethoven9th
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May 17th, 2013 at 8:53:27 PM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

there are elements of retention, like riding a bicycle, so take heart, you'd still kick my butt [although I stay quite rusty most of the time]


teliot is right. He's too modest to admit it, but I can tell you that he was far stronger than your average chessplayer. And when you're at that level, a long layoff from serious play really takes its toll. (For those of you out there who are unfamiliar with chess, teliot was almost a 'National Master' as designated by the United States Chess Federation)
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EdCollins
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May 17th, 2013 at 10:14:47 PM permalink
I've played in the last three National Opens, and I've played in about five others, (and about 60 chess tournaments in all), but I probably will not play in this one.

I haven't been playing much chess lately. I've been taking an accounting class this semester at a local community college, and that takes up a bunch of my time. Also, there is backgammon tournament in Los Angeles that same weekend... and I've always wanted to play in a backgammon tourney too. So if I DO decide to play in a tourney, the backgammon tourney will be easier.

I'm currently an A player... I still hope to be an Expert someday. At my age, a Master title is probably out of the question.

For a few years I was an administrator on FICS. You can also check out my chess page at http://www.edcollins.com/chess/index.html
paisiello
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May 17th, 2013 at 10:42:24 PM permalink
Is there an over/under?

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