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 Max of Tat
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IM Sopiko Guramishvili from Georgia (the country, not the state)

- Enrique

10:59 08-23-2012
 Max of Tat
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Listen, you French-speaking, Snow-Mexican! That's what we Amerikans call a tan! You should come out from your igloo, look at the sun occasionally and maybe you'd recognize one the next time you see it! OR I think it's just the lighting effect used in the shot. You'll notice the wood table behind her has a similar hue.

In Essen... after we realized we were talking about the same girl but with different names, we asked a second waitress what the first waitress's name is and she told us it is Lucy.

- Enrique

11:36 05-09-2012
 Patrick M. S
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the girl's skin colour is super weird in the blank thread. She's like orange

How do you know YOU got the real name from the girl in Essen?

10:37 05-09-2012
 Max of Tat
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I think that's the one. I remember her not being German (Russian?) and that she gave you the false name and me the real name. :)

No comment for the blank thread?

- Enrique

10:30 05-09-2012
 Patrick M. S
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Was Lucy the same one that I liked (that gave me a different name?) cuz I remember what she looked like and she was really average.

I remember mango ice cream, playing liar's dice for the first time, I remember Trevor MacGregor being awesome and playing against Team Greece (accusing Martin H of stalling like a madman). Hey the Greeks just put a few neo-nazis in power. That country is frickin' nuts

That Essen trip was insanely memorable and fun. Really great time.

17:11 05-08-2012
 Max of Tat
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Other than the tournament, the things I remember most from that weekend was that incident and Lucy from the Mexican Cantina. I don't remember what Lucy looked like, only that she worked there and I was smitten. Alas, opportunities lost...

- Enrique

16:09 05-08-2012
 Patrick M. S
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I had the best "in" ever with her cuz I gave her a huge compliment without thinking that she understood what I was saying, so it doesn't come across as a line or anything.

15:25 05-08-2012
 Max of Tat
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It pains me to see how close your hands are in that picture and to know that nothing happened with the girl. ): Oh well, at least you and I had our fun that night. ;)

- Enrique

15:15 05-08-2012
 Patrick M. S
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I had lunch with Simon Ringuet yesterday and we just talked about that story! He was the guy I was texting with in the chat window while I talked to her. So awesome.

15:10 05-08-2012
 Max of Tat
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Are you talking about this chick?



- Enrique

15:08 05-08-2012
 Patrick M. S
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I taught this chick Magic:TG once hoping it would lead to something. It didn't :(

14:40 05-08-2012
 Patrick M. S
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fock that, I'd teach her for free

14:40 05-08-2012
 Max of Tat
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Yes, it's Maria. She posted the pic and this caption on her Facebook account.

"Here is what I was doing while in Stuttgart...no no, not playing chess, just taking walks in some of the parks and pretending like I knew what I was doing with a chess board. Would be nice to learn...perhaps it will help my patience."

Maybe I should offer to teach her chess... for a fee.

- Enrique

15:05 05-07-2012
 Patrick M. S
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Maria? I love her :)

14:43 05-07-2012
 Max of Tat
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For Patrick.



- Enrique

11:59 05-07-2012
 Throdo
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Yeah I saw that!! I was so angry cause they posted it April 2nd! I should have known anyways :(

04:56 04-16-2012
 Max of Tat
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ChessBase today writes that the previously mentioned article is an April Fools joke.

- Enrique

11:32 04-10-2012
 Max of Tat
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And yet 50 years ago Bobby Fischer already claimed the opening was busted. :)

- Enrique

11:52 04-09-2012
 Patrick M. S
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ok awesome. That's so cool that they proved that an opening move leads to failure, statistically. Amazing stuff

08:51 04-03-2012
 Throdo
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Basically there is an opening called the King's Gambit which is very risky for White, and what these people did was they proved that it is actually really bad to play. There is only one main way to even force a draw with it (everything else will lose). That assumes perfect play though, and of course its not possible for humans to know all of this, although they are going to release their findings on the internet so people could still learn the main points.

The King's Gambit is explained at this wikipedia page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King%27s_Gambit


08:28 04-03-2012
 Patrick M. S
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It should be a bannable offence to bump this thread.


...that being said, i actually read about half of that and it's interesting. i remember when Monopoly was solved, it was really interesting.

I play chess but I don't know the lingo very much. Could someone explain this to me in laymen's terms? Like, it's an opening move for both colours right? Or is it for white only? And the guy has proven that this opening move leads to wins more than losses over time,yes? What is the move exactly? And the guy says you make one small switch when you play the other colour, what was that?

Is he recommending a move to counter it if you're the other colour or is that the whole point? That you can't really counter it?

14:17 04-02-2012
 Throdo
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So, some people figured out every possible result of the King's Gambit. It is "solved" so to speak. Incredible!

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=8047

13:52 04-02-2012
imrahil327™
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Break out the old man picture, Booth.

Just when you thought chess couldn't get more boring...it does. Enjoy the last 30 or so posts of this thread, because it's the last you'll see.

05:52 03-15-2012

Patrick M.S. "ok, I'm going to reinforce Dr Doom with..zzzzzzzzzzzz"
 Max of Tat
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A Kings vs. Queens event is taking place this week at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Guys vs. gals. They play a 960 game in the morning and a rapid game in the afternoon.

The participants are:
GM Hikaru Nakamura (2753)
GM Kateryno Lahno (2554)
GM Ben Finegold (2489)
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (2469)
IM Anna Zatonskih (2508)
IM Marc Arnold (2505)
IM Jacek Stopa (2482)      
IM Irina Krush (2472)  
IM Martha Fierro (2378)
NM Kevin Cao (2152)

The guys are killing them, but to be fair GM Judit Polgar (2701) had to withdraw from the tournament when she made it to the final 8 of the FIDE World Cup which is taking place in Russia right now as well. She is the only one (one either team) even close to Nakamura's strength.


(L-R)Krush, Kosteniuk, Lahno, Fierro, Zatonskih

- Enrique


10:36 09-13-2011
 Patrick M. S
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wow, 2-3 of them are pretty cute. I'd play a bad game against them for sure.

That's cool. You don't see chicks playin' chess in North America

12:55 08-26-2011
 Max of Tat
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Pictures from the Botvinnik Memorial Open that took place in St. Petersbugh, Russia last week.







- Enrique

11:48 08-26-2011
 Max of Tat
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Congratulations to Sophie Milliet, winner of the 2011 French Women's Championship!





- Enrique

16:36 08-25-2011
 mikefrench
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i was like halfway through that article before i realized it was the onion. because it was incredibly believable.

18:49 07-17-2011
 _Armaedes_
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I could easily see something similar happening on the pro gamer circuit.

13:31 07-17-2011
 Max of Tat
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Dammit! We lost another one.

Chess Prodigy Gives Up Game After Getting Laid

Beware gamers! This could happen to your favorite game too!

- Enrique

12:46 07-17-2011
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