Wednesday, May 16, 2007


I avoided playing on FICS for the longest time, then all of a sudden I found myself playing almost nonstop for the past two weeks. I must taper off because it will curve my spine, rot my mind and make me go bald! ( well... I exagerate)

I need to get back to the discipline of my training routine. I won last night's came only by dumb luck as I was playing for cheap shots ( like i did on FICS) I ended up missing having my Queen and Rook skewered. I got lucky because the kid droppped a rook and thus I was up a piece.

The previous week I had a good attack forming against a 1700+ player but I couldn't sustain the intiative. The problem with the Smith Morra ( as well as other Gambits) is once the rush dies out, you have to play with a pawn down.

So its back to the Spartan regimine of GM-RAM, Ct-Art, going over GM games of my openings and of course the Alburt 300 Pocket Chess Training with Olga Zoueva in her sexy black dress on the cover. That's why I bought the book. ;)



Loomis said...

I think it's good to let out your inner scholastic player once in a while -- or way too often. Sometimes a few time scramble blitz games are just what I need to remind me why I love playing chess. In a way it soothes the brain as a distraction from intense study.

Anonymous said...

you are not alone...i binge on internet chess and have to hide it. sometimes, my wife will be telling me not to play internet chess, and i lie to her and say i'm looking at porn, but she knows me too well and doesn't beleive me...we all have our demons...

transformation said...

on a serious note: i cannot play chess daily, weekly, or even monthly. i tend to ONLY train for MONTHS then (of course, in a very serious way, but with diminished stress in a way), when i thirst for battle, i play every single
day for one to two months (and get a great mind workout, but in the end exhausting, and notice my brain chemistry modified.

im not kidding, chess affects our brain chemistry--as in the Braveman Accessment, of the four major neurotransmitters found in synaptic vesicles: dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, and serotoin.

sometimes, as you suggest, we cannot stop and play twenty or thirty games in a night. i come in to work the next day and describe "IT" to my of course non-chess pals, and they dont get it.

i like intermitent chess, as real chess is just too intense for daily fare, for me at least--one mans opinion.