August 31, 2004

Macaroni and chess

I played my first game of non-computerized chess last night!

It was great fun. It was a solid thirty minutes (more? I have no idea) of trying to figure out what fiendish schemes Jacob was hatching, while occasionally stopping to wonder what fiendish schemes I was hatching. Neither of us made a very good show of our powers of perception, or, for that matter, our powers of strategy; at one point we both looked at the board and realized that Jacob's king had been in check for several turns and we had no idea how that had happened. I certainly hadn't planned it. Nor did I plan the brilliant knights-gonna-bust-a-cap-in-your-bishop's-ass trap in which Jacob found himself mid-game, but I was more than happy to take credit for it. He was more than happy to get out of it by capturing my rook.

I can't fucking believe I'm giving a chess play-by-play in my blog. I'm the biggest goddamn dork in the universe.

My point is, I enjoyed it immensely. My other point is, I know that there are other people who read my blog and play chess. My ass is easy to kick at this point. Please take it upon yourselves to do so.

Posted by dianna at August 31, 2004 11:12 AM

Fischer,Robert James
New York Rosenwald 1956
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 0−0
5.Bf4 d5 6.Qb3 [ 6.e3 ; 6.Rc1!? ] 6...dxc4
7.Qxc4 c6 8.e4 Nbd7 [ 8...Bg4 9.Be2 Nfd7
10.Rd1 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 e5 12.dxe5 Bxe5
13.Bxe5 Nxe5 14.Rxd8 Nxc4 15.Rxf8+ Kxf8
16.Be2! Nb6 ( 16...Nxb2 17.Kd2 b5™ 18.Rb1
Nc4+ 19.Bxc4 bxc4 20.Rb4± ) 17.Kd2²
8...b5! 9.Qb3 Qa5 ∆ b4/ 10.Bd3 Be6 11.Qd1
c5!?„ ] 9.Rd1 Nb6 10.Qc5 Bg4 11.Bg5?
[ 11.Be2 Nfd7 12.Qa3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 e5
14.dxe5 Qe8 15.Be2 Nxe5 16.0−0²
Flear,G−Morris,P/Dublin/1991/ 1 : 0 / 4 6 /]
11...Na4!! 12.Qa3 [ 12.Nxa4 Nxe4 13.Qc1
( 13.Qxe7 Qa5+ 14.b4 Qxa4 15.Qxe4 Rfe8
16.Be7 Bxf3 17.gxf3 Bf8−+ ) 13...Qa5+
14.Nc3 Bxf3 15.gxf3 Nxg5∓ ] 12...Nxc3
13.bxc3 Nxe4 14.Bxe7 Qb6∓ ‰/ 15.Bc4
[ 15.Bxf8 Bxf8 16.Qb3 Nxc3!∓ ] 15...Nxc3!
16.Bc5 [ 16.Qxc3 Rfe8 17.Bxf7+ ( 17.Qe3
Qc7−+ ) 17...Kxf7 18.Ng5+ Kxe7 19.0−0 Bxd1
20.Rxd1 Qb5−+ ] 16...Rfe8+ 17.Kf1 Be6!!
[ 17...Nb5? 18.Bxf7+! Kxf7 ( 18...Kh8 19.Bxb6
Nxa3 20.Bxe8± ) 19.Qb3+ Be6 20.Ng5++− ]
18.Bxb6 [ 18.Bxe6 Qb5+ 19.Kg1 Ne2+
20.Kf1 Ng3+ 21.Kg1 Qf1+! 22.Rxf1 Ne2# ;
18.Qxc3 Qxc5! 19.dxc5 Bxc3 20.Bxe6
Rxe6−+ ; 18.Bd3 Nb5∓ ] 18...Bxc4+ 19.Kg1
Ne2+ 20.Kf1 Nxd4+ 21.Kg1 [ 21.Rd3 axb6
22.Qc3 Nxf3−+ ] 21...Ne2+ 22.Kf1 Nc3+
23.Kg1 axb6 24.Qb4 Ra4 25.Qxb6 Nxd1−+
26.h3 Rxa2 27.Kh2 Nxf2 28.Re1 Rxe1
29.Qd8+ Bf8 30.Nxe1 Bd5 31.Nf3 Ne4
32.Qb8 b5 33.h4 h5 34.Ne5 Kg7 35.Kg1
Bc5+ 36.Kf1 Ng3+ 37.Ke1 Bb4+
[ 37...Bb3!? ] 38.Kd1 Bb3+ 39.Kc1 Ne2+
40.Kb1 Nc3+ 41.Kc1 Rc2# mate

Posted by: gene at August 31, 2004 03:34 PM

What the goddamn hell is this?

...besides, obviously, transcripts of chess games that I can't figure out how to read. Perhaps I should restate my question.

Why the goddamn hell is this here?

Posted by: Dianna at August 31, 2004 04:02 PM

Cause it's a killer game. Here, play through it yourself. It's fun!

Posted by: gene at August 31, 2004 04:37 PM

Oh and also, Bobby Fischer was 13 when he played this game in '56. Byrne was 26, twice his age.

Posted by: gene at August 31, 2004 04:39 PM

Oh, okay. Just asking.

I haven't played (or watched, or whatever you'd call it) the game through yet, because after clicking next a couple of times I realized that I was just spacing out and not paying any attention to what was going on. However, that's fucking cool and I will play/watch/thing it at some point. Thank you, sir.

See, I thought I remembered something about Bobby Fischer being a chess whiz kid. I just had a distorted sense of how long ago that was.

Posted by: Dianna at August 31, 2004 11:38 PM

totally unrelated, but i just got offered 40 MILLION MEAT for my mr. accessory.

that's a lot of meat to me. i usually tend to spend it like no tomorrow. but i refuse to part with mr. acc, because i paid good non-meat money for him.

Posted by: michele at September 1, 2004 12:32 AM

Some people are selling their for a billion or more. Hold out for the big money!

Posted by: Jacob at September 1, 2004 11:43 AM

why don't these fools just donate cash to the creators and get their own? isn't the fun of playing the game worth it to them? lame.

Posted by: michele at September 1, 2004 11:45 AM

what does a mr accessory do anyway? my paypal account is all wacky so i haven't been able to donate.

dianna your nerdery is made up for by the cleverness of today's post's title.

Posted by: didofoot at September 1, 2004 01:26 PM

er...yesterday's post.

Posted by: didofoot at September 1, 2004 01:26 PM

it ups all your stats (muscle, moxie, mysticality) by 15. or possibly 10. um. i think 15.

Posted by: michele at September 1, 2004 02:13 PM

Macaroni and chess? It was actually a description of the evening's activities. Jacob and I made our respective heaping piles of macaroni and cheese and macaroni and fake cheese, and sat down to play chess. I was so tickled about it that I had to stuff my mouth full of macaroni to keep from saying "macaroni and chess!" over and over.

So, of course, instead of subjecting Jacob to listening to that I'll just subject the entire internet to reading it.

Posted by: Dianna at September 1, 2004 02:41 PM