For the past several decade I’ve been working earnestly to hit the magic 2200 rating, the threshold for the “master” title. … More Okay, fine, I get it—I didn’t make it
Affixed to the wall in the garage. I’ve referred to it as “antique” which isn’t technically correct. But it sure feels that way. If you showed it to a six-year-old, would they know what it is?
That’s right—the Assembly code. For a (famous) old chess program. Printed in a book. … More Sargon, the chess program in book format
Apparently the first serious league chess game I ever played was versus one Mike Hellebusch of Covington Catholic HS.
I was on board 3 for Highlands HS, the Fighting Bluebirds. Age: 14. … More Scene: Greater Cincinnati HS Chess League, Fall of 1981
Reviewing previous “word of the day” posts. Here are some of my favorites, from mostest to less-mostest, except I saved the best for last. Just keeping you on your toes. These words deserve to be preserved through use. Have you smooshed any of them into your active vocabulary? (I haven’t yet. Although I did use … More Words of the Day, collated, part 1
Crabby dude, I just found your blog and totally crapped my pants laughing. You dorks are still dorks? I remember you in middle school, crammed over your chessboards in Mr Leising’s room like a bunch of OCD hunchbacks. F’in hilarious then and F’in hilarious now. Only sadder. I’m going to forward this and especially this to all my … More Mr Crabby Old Chessplayer: series finale
Another computer surprise here. Not part of my recent-game-analysis-improvement program. Just a historical scoresheet I threw into Stockfish out of curiosity. The following game features the most ridiculous attack I ever played, and believe me, you will agree it’s ridiculous. It’s all about move 22. Slater (1854) – Foushee (1990), Louisville KY, Summer 1985. 1. d4 Nf6 … More Pure insanity
Harwood Mulliken was a kind old professor with a bow tie. When the Mullikens came to visit us (in the late 1970s), he would set up a chessboard in the living room and play my older brother Keith a game. My brother enjoyed this so, when he earned some cash working the scoreboard at the … More How I got into this mess in the first place, part 1