Tuesday, March 09, 2010


Short and sweet: Well, about nine years back to chess, 99.99% of it on the internet, mainly ICC, Yahoo! before that, FICS at times, a tab bit of playchess, and even some 950 games at chessCube, after all that time, I am finally reached what is, by any measure, a real milestone.

In internet chess, what with all the addicts, geeks, and crazies, 'they don't give it away for free'. Its a bloody dog-fight, thats for sure!

I could say tons about the relative advantages, disadvantages, compensating elements of each of these, or regarding what actually function as--in essence--virtual or on-line communities, but that, alas, is for another day.

I did attain 1800+ at chessCube tonight. Hard to say, but its probably like 1600 in 5-minute chess at ICC. For sure it is inflated, but not WAY inflated. But if any of you have played 5 0 at ICC, you know that even 1500 is no laughing matter, which no less a blogger than wormwood, I am quite certain of, could safely attest to.

5-minute was a game that I used to be afraid of, for sure, but in due time, I had begun to see my advantage. My openings are all mapped out; I can pre-move; and faster than most (but not all), often whipping out tabaya's in 20 seconds or less. Whereas before beating 1700's was not common and 1800's most rare, now I am routinely beating 1800's.

Compare to ICC? Why yes, you will have that. But not today. I did so much work in chessBase9 on my prep, in virtually ALL lines, that I had to take a break there, with, what, chessCube as a low ego stakes game, or venue. Reporting there is worse than dying, whereas ICC is a svelte pipeline straight into chessbase, so I can play late, or tired at chessCube, and not get all hopped up inside, feeling like I need to chart the heavens after, like Laplace charting hyperspace or Euler explicating complex analysis. No, 'just chess, nothing else', like in the beer commercial.

The board there is slick; the interface truly sucks [1]. How they fail to learn or see, is beyond me, and I am speechless. Again, long story. Best summed up another day so other chess players can compare...

Me? I have a serious illness. My body is not dying. No guesses, please. If you read between the lines in the photo, age 52 and all, with my lovely and dear girlfriend Courtney, still 39 bless her heart, what a thing to still be '30!' I tell her, if you read between the lines with all my beets, cabbage, organic meat, carrots, string beans, black bean, rice, gluten and dairy free, you will witness an usual specimen for his age, running and stretching, a nutrition advertisement but things DO happen in life and in my own way, I am fighting for my life.

Love to all beings, dk

[1] Any of you who know me, know that I NEVER say 'suck' but it sucks. Believe me.

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Blogger Rocky said...

Congratulations on the new rating! Indeed that is impressive!

52?! No way ... 42 or younger perhaps, but there is no way you are evenly remotely near the age of 52. Bluntly - you look fabulous (no caveats).

Whatever you are fighting now, my thoughts go out to you. I'm confident you will beat whatever you are fighting.

Best regards,

Tue Mar 09, 07:46:00 AM PST  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Huzzahhh! Way to go with the rating, marking real advances in skill. I've never played at this chessCube, never even heard of it. Leave it to DK to point out a new niche.

Very sad you are sick. Fight it, don't ever give up.

Wed Mar 10, 05:59:00 AM PST  
Blogger transformation said...

@rocky, thank you. your 1650+/- at FICS is no joke either. i am a night person, and i find good games progressively hard to find at FICS. dont get me wrong, i have had plenty of chess there, and know and recognize people, but something is lacking.
@BDK. its always nice to see you. i am eager to see how much past i can make it beyond 1600 at ICC 5-minute, a very, very tough game.

i parsed 1,000 games in chessbase very carefully about a month ago ('myRecentGames-11Feb2010' or such'),

and only after super rigorous rearranging the lines in chessbase by frequency, including transpositions, did i then try to recombine it with the next 8,000

(the 8k among my 16k games that are in my prep, the rest are now N/A baring endings, tactics, and previous annotations...), but ran out of energy for it.

last night, i started back. FM, charles galofre (my mentor for a few years) told me, as you move up, its mostly openings, and i am not at that point yet, where tactics and endings matter a LOT) but let me say this, when you can premove and are in a line of the Caro that you see ALL the time, and i do mean ALL the time, and you opponent uses 0:40 seconds, and you use only 3 or 4, whipping out moves instantly, because you know each move for each of their moves, its an instant advantage [1] in 5 0. so yes, improved, but learning a 'GAME', too.

warmly, dk

[1] cf advantage= intimidation, big time! 'I better careful, I better think a moment, this guy knows where he is at'. since i rematch 95% of the time, maybe 90, they know from the last game, i am fast AND am not speculating in a rapid if not super fast opening...

so they stop and think, 'where is he going?' and 'and he knows how to punish me here on sight?' they doubt.

chess is mental torture, as Kasparov said aptly. i want to crush them like a bug, Fischer said. how true. as i tell courtney before i ready to play, i want to go destroy some people [at the board :) ]

Wed Mar 10, 10:05:00 AM PST  
Blogger BlunderProne said...

Nice to see you back in form. I've been crazy busy lately. Sorry I haven't been able to stay in touch.

Wed Mar 10, 12:09:00 PM PST  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

That gal is much too cute for you, I assume she is Photoshopped in


Wed Mar 10, 01:05:00 PM PST  
Blogger drunknknite said...

dk -

congrats on the rating achievement, i can hardly keep my blitz rating above 1700 on icc, i know the struggle.

sorry to hear you're not 100 percent.

can you private message me i have a question for you?

Thu Mar 18, 10:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger drunknknite said...

oh my email is kevingafni@gmail.com

Thu Mar 18, 10:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger transformation said...

sure... im not that private at all but circumstance prevents it, you will understand.......

david_k o r n at cable speed d o t c o m

cable and speed are one word, as in oneword. cablespeed. korn is one word, also.

thx, david lets talk!

Thu Mar 18, 10:50:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Derek Slater said...

DK - the world is a better place when you are blogging. :)

Thu Apr 01, 05:45:00 PM PDT  
Blogger likesforests said...

Dear David, I'm glad to see you're looking happy in the bottom photo and a few in your previous posts. I've been checking out Courney's word painting and it's great stuff! I have naught to say of chess, but congratulations on what you've accomplished as of late.

Fri Apr 16, 12:19:00 PM PDT  

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