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I've Been Playing A Lot of Chess Lately


"I thank God for the tests that bring me closer to his Kingdom, and for the freedom to take my time learning from them."

So, that article really isn't about Chess that much, as it was an update to my personal website.

However, I would like to talk about Chess in this post.

I was talking to my roommate and we decided we needed a chess board. I found one for $8 at a local thrift store and we sat down with a bottle of whiskey and played for a few hours. Until then I hadn't had much training in chess, but had been given a few brief lessons from ranked players (1. Control the Center, 2. Make every move with intention).

After playing that initial series of games I decided that I wanted to learn more. I wanted to learn all the strategies I'd heard about (like "The Dragon"). So I went onto YouTube and started watch strategy videos. I then signed up to Chess.com and started playing matches. Sometimes against players ranked twice as high as me. And, like Neo did with Kung-Fu in the Matrix, "I know Chess."

I've gotten good but still make stupid mistakes. I'm hovering around 700 on Chess.com but am often most competive against players ranked 1200-1400 (and have won a number of mis-matches like that).

There is so much to Chess that helps with life and politics and everything.

Learning the strategies, if able to apply to real-life, can radically change the way you approach "problems." I even used a chess analogy recently when speaking at an economic conference.

Either way, I recommend learning chess. "friend" me ( http://www.chess.com/members/view/jaktober ) and we can help each other better our ability to lead the world toward a better society.


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Michael Nystrom's picture


Good idea. It is another representation of the primal energy of competition.

Chess, The NFL, Business, Politics, War.

I wish I was a better chess player.

Michael - interesting you mention war in your chess comments.

Some say chess is art. Some say it is war. Some say it is science.

It's a combination of all.

It was believed to originally be a pseudo-war game invented most likely in India with pieces being Indian representations like war elephants.

But as it moved through Europe it changed to kings and queens and knights etc to reflect European medieval society.

But the sheer number of combinations possible within the 64 squares boundary from a mathematical standpoint, are unfathomable by the human mind.

Even just the 1st 10 move combinations possible is a number bigger than we can comprehend.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul


and I have gone back and forth a few times on Chess.com

In fact, my name on there is RonPaulRocks

Probably 1/4 of all the people i've played on there have commented on my name. 99% say "YES HE DOES."
It always gets attention and I encourage anyone who signs up to reference RonPaul in their user name and watch what happens. It's incredible.


Anyone who would like...

Anyone who would like... please find me on the "SocialChess" app under "wordsareavenues", and we can play chess and talk liberty. I play everyday.

Beautiful post Jacktober. But as you can see from my name...

...(Pawnstorm) I'm a little biased on the subject! I've loved chess since I learned to play at 10 years old - 46 years ago.

Then the Bobby Fischer phenomenon happened and I was really hooked.

I'm a tournament player (not too many events lateley) with a rating in the C-Class. I once made it up into the B-class but couldn't hold it.

Have you considered joining the USCF (United States Chess Federation) and playing in tournaments?

They have them all the time, all around the country and it's a great way to track your progress - or lack there of it. Most of all it's fun and you can win money if you do well enough in your class.

I recommend getting some basic chess books on strategy and tactics even in this electronic age. Books are cheaper than electronics and the battery will never die.

Some great modern authors are Lev Alburt and Jeremy Silman as well as some of the old time writers like Fred Reinfeld.

And be sure to check out Bobby Fischer's "My 60 Memorable Games" - a must-have classic where Fischer explains his thought process as the games progress.

Good luck and keep playing chess - the greatest board game ever invented by man. In fact, I'm not sure God didn't have a hand in creating it!

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul


to see this post today. I just left my friends house and they all were playing Chess.

add me as a friend gcn3030

http://www.chess.com/members/view/gcn3030 I tried to add you but it said I have too many friend requests that haven't been confirmed

Hey are you still playing?

Hey are you still playing? I'm looking for friends on chess.com. I've been playing quite a bit lately. I'm at 1400 right now.

"Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito."

yes I play often

my name on chess.com is the same as one here add me as a friend and we will play some time.

A Computer Once Beat Me At Chess

But it was no match for me at kickboxing!!! Lol!

Edgar Morgan

Modern computer chess games are brutal.

Just pull the battery, computer runs out the clock.

It's a game of strategy, no?

Free includes debt-free!

Funny Paul S!

It's true - Computers play chess cold with no emotion or apparent fear.

You have to do really weird, unorthodox things to beat them, and most the time that doesn't work either.

But I equate it to man having invented the motorcycle and then expecting a runner to be able to beat it in a race.

Not gonna happen as a rule, but thankfully the beauty of competition is not in beating an unemotional machine, but another human of your competence or higher.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

I'm good enough to know when I've been beat.

I was beat by a Grand Master once. Unlike Bobby, to me old games are just a blur.

For me, playing Chess is another slice of humble pie.

But unlike Bobby I never studied the game. Designing and writing sql databases pays better. Perhaps I enjoy subjecting the computer to my will. I win. That's what I do.

But rarely win at Chess.

Free includes debt-free!

Man you got that right - Designing databases pays better!

Even chess at higher levels is a hard slog to make a living at.

Many write books to make money.

Unlike most professional sports, no one gets into chess for the money but rather for the pure love of the game. It seem most avid chess players are usually rather on the poor side.

But like that one famous quote says; "There are more adventures on the chessboard than on all the seas of the world"

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

People cheat in online

People cheat in online chess.

If in person, with no smart phone, tablet or PC, I'll play you.


I have been accused a couple times of cheating

By sore losers who had a hard time accepting the fact that they blundered and I took advantage. The accusation to me was pretty silly, what would be my motive? Why would I sit there and have a computer play the game for me? Sounds pretty boring to me, it would kinda defeat the whole purpose of me playing chess. I have played chess online for years and have never cheated. I am pretty sure that the vast majority of my opponents weren't cheating either. And if some were? What of it? I want my opponent to play the best move so as to improve my game. I am not afraid of them making any legal move. If my opponent used a computer to find the move so be it, it is not like I have never beaten the computer before.

Garry Kasparov, Chess World Grand Master: Advice & Free Bus Ride

Gary Kasparov: Making Mistakes in Chess. 2 minute interview. Reflecting on his career as a chess Grandmaster and a member of Russia's political opposition, Garry Kasparov found that the same strategies used to win his game can lead to success... on the world stage.

Garry Kasparov beaten by Moscow Police. 3 minuted film. Youtube Video description: ... Suddenly Garry Kasprov was violently seized by police and forced onto their bus. No matter how well you master the game, every move creates a new challenge.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Figure out at an early stage

Figure out at an early stage how little your opponent knows, get it over with quickly and don't waste your time on them.

Just broke 800

Had about 6 wins in a row, a couple against 1000+ ranked players. Finally broke 800. Half way to CM (Candidate Master)!

Jack Wagner

Michael Nystrom's picture

In chess, as in life, every move must have a purpose

I'm not a great chess player, but that is one thing my dad taught me.

Later, a friend of mine gave me this book, during all the Ron Paul stuff: Every move must have a purpose.

It is excellent advice, in chess and in life.

Looks like it is out of print, but still available for a penny on Amazon.

I disagree :)

I would say that most moves must have a purpose. But sometimes it is fun to wander. I would argue that chess is not a good analogy for life :)

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu

Started to play when

I was seven yrs.old. Actually taught myself. Picked up some hints from a friends father (who was German Jew that was in a concentration camp). We played every now and then on Sundays. I actually became pretty good. Getting older. Friends I had back then all played chess. So it wasn't that there wasn't someone to play with. I taught my mother who was always open to playing. As years went by. Less and less people I know played. I gave it up. I still know the center and some other tricks. But, I'm rusty as hell. I play time to time against the computer. Which is a good way to bring yourself back into thinking three four five moves ahead and not in one pattern but sitting yourself on the opponents side and playing their pieces in your mind to see how they can attack you.
Very interesting and intelligent game. Makes your mind work ahead and think about things in life. What if I did this? What can be the results? A way to exercise your mind and make it think many steps ahead.

Good post, thank you!

It's time! Rand Paul 2016!

"Truth, Justice, and the American Way!"

There was an old saying...

In Europe they say they are good at Chess because they study Chess... and the Americans are poor at Chess because they 'play' Chess!

One of the best in the world, if not the best site for finding out anything about Chess, and run by a 100% Ron Paul supporter and delegate, is found here: www.ChessHouse.com

And then Bobby Fisher

And then Bobby Fisher 'played' chess.

Chess is the original

War game. Strategy, position, attack and capture.
Playing and understanding chess helps you to get your head around political war mongering.
PS. I think Edward Snowden is a pawn.

I Havn't played in a while

But I used to be pretty good. I'm not sure about an online account, but I'll give it a shot. I've been wanting to play again for a while, but don't have a chess mate to compete with.

I know many people think it's bad to be unsportsmanlike but I always found that intensifying the competition by talking smack and excessive bragging made for a better games and faster improvement.

"When I say liberty I do not simply mean what is referred to as 'free enterprise.' I mean liberty of the individual to think his own thoughts and live his own life as he desires to think and to live..." - Robert A. Taft

What would be best would be...

...to give advice on some of their mistakes, maybe they didn't take time to look at the board. Maybe they didn't set up their pawn structure, maybe they didn't establish their bishops/knights. Didn't defend the king. Didn't line up their rocks. Maybe they gave up their knights in a closed game, or gave up their bishops in an open game. Maybe they resigned too early (I don't resign, there is usually something to learn down to the last move. I've come back from some crazy disadvantages, sometimes to people starting to trash talk...)

If you are wanting to improve performance of others, and are beating them, then bestow your knowledge.

Jack Wagner

Hahaha...no doubt

But I still like to talk trash. Don't get me wrong though, all in good fun. You have to be able to take it if you are going to dish it out. I would only do this with other people willing to do the same. I just find the competition to be motivational.

"When I say liberty I do not simply mean what is referred to as 'free enterprise.' I mean liberty of the individual to think his own thoughts and live his own life as he desires to think and to live..." - Robert A. Taft

Never thought I'd have ANY interest in Playing Chess

I'm pretty practical and do not like to waste time on games or puzzles, etc. Now quilts(which are like puzzles in many ways) would be different because one has a finished product that they can use or give as a gift at the end of the "game."

Anyhow, my children are teaching me to move the pieces after several of years of me just having absolutely no interest in chess. And now I'm the one after dinner wanting to play! I hate games in general, except maybe Memory which tickles my youngest children or spoon -the action/excitement, But to my amazement I am truly enjoying learning to play chess. I still can hardly believe it.

I guess maybe we all just have times when we are "ready" to learn and receive input or info. Maybe that is what is going on with the populous, that they have just not been "ready" to learn or receive and maybe there time is a coming. Let us pray and hope so, so that the Lord might save America.

Thanks for all you pointed out about chess and maybe once I've learned to play, I'll challenge you! : )

I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. Ps 120:7
Better to be divided by truth than united in error.
"I am the door." -Jesus Christ