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Do you play chess?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by KenBrace, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. KenBrace Bird Administrator

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    I started playing a few weeks ago and I'm really getting into it. I play it with family as well as online and I find it to be quite a fascinating game.

    Until recently I was only into checkers. I had tried chess a few times before but found it to be a bit overwhelming and complicated. Now that I'm getting the hang of chess I'm starting to enjoy it more than checkers. I like the variety of pieces and complicated strategy involved. In checkers all your men are the same.

    Is anyone else on this forum a chess fan?
     
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  2. jimbob Cat Moderator

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    I started once many years ago but interest didn't stay long and I gave it up.
     
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    Any particular reason you lost interest?
     
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    Not that I can recall. Probably just changes in my life.
     
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  5. KenBrace Bird Administrator

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    Are there any other board games that you enjoy?
     
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  6. jimbob Cat Moderator

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    I have three solitaire games (standard, spider, and freecell) on the computer that I sometimes play while waiting for something to happen.

    I used to play more games on my Apple IIE computer but that was long ago.
     
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    I used to love spider solitaire. That was before Windows 7. I like standard solitaire as well but I usually prefer real cards when it comes to that game.
     
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  8. Jason76 Cat Moderator

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    I can play chess, but I haven't played in years so I might not be so good.
     
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    When I was young, before joining the Army, I played with real cards (no computers back than).

    Didn't play for the longest time after that. Started again after buying my first computer.
     
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    I used to play chess with my brother. It was a way to get him to spend time with me. I was the youngest, and would have done almost anything to hang out with the siblings.

    I haven't played it since-- I don't have a lot of patience for sitting, unless I am fascinated with the topic. I have been in schools, though, where there are chess electives and I think it is an amazing activity for kids. While you play, your brain relaxes in the areas that are most used, and least creative, and the creative part of your brain is deeply exercised.
     
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    This is a very good observation Patricia. I never really noticed that but now that I think about it, that's one of the great things about strategic games. You zone in and the monotonous, "everyday" parts of your brain are allowed to relax and your creativity kicks in.
     
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    I got into gambling after my time on the island of Saipan (near Guam). There were video poker rooms everywhere, and one big casino. When I got home I bought some video poker video game.

    What really sucked is when you were in a video poker room and you only bet a small amount, but you hit a royal flush. :D
     
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    Reminds me of the forex market. It really sucks when you buy a small amount and suddenly get a huge spike. Of course what sucks even more is when you buy a large amount and suddenly get a huge downward spike. :mad:
     
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    Some people, like Robert Kiyosaki, were arguing though that people shouldn't diversify their portfolio. They should bet everything on one or a few stocks. Seems like gambling, which it is, so better be a smart gambler. More likely it's the philosophy of keep getting smashed in the face until you get it right.
     
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    I have never had money in stocks. I'm too conservative for that.

    My present certificates are almost keeping up with inflation. I am losing money though.
     
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    The stock market is much, much safer than the forex market. If you know what you're doing then making money in the stock market is almost a guarantee. It's not really a gamble. Of course there is still a gambling aspect to it but for that matter, any business investment is a gamble. That's not what we mean by "gambling" though. Gambling typically implies a risk based almost entirely on luck. If you know what you're doing in the forex market then the gambling aspect starts to diminish. At the end of the day a good forex trader will end up making more money than he or she lost. It becomes a job rather than a luck-based gamble. I'm currently not into trading forex for real. I do paper trading. Once I've got a good feel for the market and I've learned a good strategy for winning, I'll start doing it for real. It's a great way to make money. Especially for a retired person.
     
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    Bobby Fischer was incredibly anti-American. So much so it was sickening. I wonder if that lowered his fan count in the US? He even praised 9/11.
     
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    Here's the funny thing about Bobby Fischer. He hated Jews, he hated the US, and he hated chess. He was a Jew, his home was the US, and he was the greatest chess player of all time. He hated everything that defined himself.
     
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    How sad that is to hate yourself and who and what you are.

    I still pretty much love myself.
     
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    Poor rich boy. :rolleyes: Man, I wish I didn't have it that bad. :(
     
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