Saturday, June 04, 2005

Chess in the real world

Partly based on a comment by Margriet, I finally got up the gumption to go into the real world for some chess today. Every Saturday the Borders Chess Club meets from 2-6PM in nearby Cary, North Carolina. I played a couple of games. In the first I didn't play well at all: I jittery and made a lot of blunders. The second was much more competitive, though still a loss. (If you came by the blog to visit, Spencer, hi and thanks for the games!) Overall I liked the atmosphere a lot: very low key and the people were quite friendly and helpful. The club attracts people with a wide variety of playing skills, not just a bunch of experts who will just smoke me every week. I take one day a week off from the Divine Tragedy, and may start making it Saturdays!

Also, at another book store every Thursday night a local chess guru gives a lecture where he walks the audience through a famous game! I have been once (showed up late, so missed most of the lecture), and it was great: I love hearing (as opposed to just reading) good players explain moves, especially basic elements of positional play. After the lecture, people pair off into games of chess. I hope to squeeze this into my schedule as much as possible.

I now see potential I hadn't thought of before when I decided to start playing chess three months ago: there is a global network of people, so that no matter what city I move to, there will surely be a group of folks I can hook up with to play chess, and more importantly, with which to fraternize.

Also, I have added the Kenilworth Chess Club to my sidebar: they have a great site, with many useful links (even annotated links to all the blogs of the Knights Errant!).


Anonymous Phil said...

Blue Devil Knight,

How did you find the transition from the 2D board on screen to the real 3D board ?

My chess level is probably quite similar to what you describe about your own chess.
My first time, last week, at my local club was humbling to say the least. I could not 'see' anything and blundered my way to several losses. I felt it was due to the 2D - 3D transition more than just simply jitters. I am considering doing some tactical training on a real board rather than on my PC.

6/05/2005 03:17:00 AM  
Blogger Margriet said...

I'm happy for you, welcome to the living world of chess!

6/05/2005 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Interesting question, Phil. I definitely experience a few minutes of transition when I go from computer to over the board (OTB) play. Perhaps before playing OTB I should do some quick exercises on the board to force my visual system into the proper frame of referene!

6/05/2005 11:31:00 AM  

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