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Re: Logo's
ArunkumarArunkumar 13 Sep 2007 03:31
in discussion Events / Club Wide » Logo's

I vote for logo 1

Re: Logo's by ArunkumarArunkumar, 13 Sep 2007 03:31
Re: Logo's
ppalmerjrppalmerjr 12 Sep 2007 21:33
in discussion Events / Club Wide » Logo's

I also vote for logo 1.

I hope yall make the shirts available in 4XL as I'm a big guy :-)

Re: Logo's by ppalmerjrppalmerjr, 12 Sep 2007 21:33
Re: Logo's
ConzarConzar 12 Sep 2007 12:54
in discussion Events / Club Wide » Logo's

1 vote cast for logo 1

Very nice … I like the checkmate symbol at the end … nice touch!

Re: Logo's by ConzarConzar, 12 Sep 2007 12:54
FarrarFarrar 11 Sep 2007 23:21
in discussion Events / Club Wide » Logo's

I am a supporter of Logo 1 for the shirts. The board seems to be better placed than logo2 which looks more like a teeter-touter.

1 vote cast for logo 1.


Logo's by FarrarFarrar, 11 Sep 2007 23:21

The Mexico world championships start on 12-Sep-2007! FIDE promises us that this will be the last time the world champion will be decided though a tournament (thank God). Two scenarios follow:
a) Kramnik wins - He defends his crown against Topalov in 2008
b) Kramnik does not win - He plays the winner in 2008 in a match for the crown

I don't really want to go into details of how and why we are in this mess and whether the chess world will consider anyone to be a world champion before they defeat Kramnik in a match. Just glad that we get to watch a high quality tournament. Participants include: Anand, Kramnik, Arnonian, Leko, Svidler, Moro, Gelfand and Grischuk.

The games themselves start from 3:00 pm on 13-Sept-2007. Make sure to let your managers know that something this important is going on in your life ;)

I'll be watching all rounds (unless something high priority comes up) live on:
2. Yasser's commentary on Playchess server
3. The official broadcast

The event was held on Saturday August 19, 2007. The event consisted of both members from Columbia as well as Bethesda. Our first tournament went smoothly with only requiring the TD for one question (having to do with castling).

We had some fierce battles with the last taking 1.75H. Everyone seemed to have a good time and we have pictures (that will be posted later) of the event.

The winner of the tournament not only won on points, but single handily defeated all of the tournament players. Yes, Arun is OCC's first tournament champion! Everyone congratulate Arun on his victory - stop by his office to see his freshly won trophy!!

Thanks for everyone coming out and hopefully next time we will see more of our players there.

August 2007 OCC Tournament by ConzarConzar, 19 Aug 2007 16:34

So I just got my brand new chess bag yesterday. I ordered it from Amazon and it was only $20. At this price point, it can't be beat. The bag actually looks really nice too. Maybe when I get home from work I'll post some pics (b/c the one's on amazon don't do it justice).

If you have a travel set and no bag, or your bag just plan sucks, then I highly recommend this bag made by sterling.

Did either one of them record this game?? Would love to see it.

Kan Kan defeats Jon by FarrarFarrar, 25 Jul 2007 02:32
Re: Nice photos!
FarrarFarrar 25 Jul 2007 02:27
in discussion Events / Bethesda Division » Nice photos!

Thanks Arun….. yes it was a highlight of my life to play the three sister's, especially Judit. I have always thought that one of the things that makes chess so great is the accessibility of its stars (and in this case, legends). I proudly display in my "Man's Room" (very ironic) my Drueke walnut board signed by the three sisters.

Re: Nice photos! by FarrarFarrar, 25 Jul 2007 02:27
Chess Master
ConzarConzar 22 Jul 2007 03:22
in discussion Math.rand / Poisson » Chess Master

So I bought Chess Master for the PS2 a few months ago. I've played it off and on since then. My rating is about 620 or something on it. So I've been playing an opponent that is rated close to 800 and man, I'm getting my butt stomped.

I know there are other chess games out there, but Chess Master seems like a very good program for folks starting out with chess. It has hundreds of great tutorials and lessons that can really help improve your game (I really should start using them).

You can get Chess Master on the various platforms (PC is pretty good too).

Overall its a fun game … and the computer even tells you in a nice firm tone that no, you can't move your king there because that would put you in check by the Bishup (makes you feel sooo stupid)

Chess Master by ConzarConzar, 22 Jul 2007 03:22

should there always be some external force that should "hamper" someones game?
its human to err irrespective of any external force…

Re: Karthik R vs Arunkumar M by karskars, 19 Jul 2007 15:22

were there any other forces at play :) that hampered your progress Arun. I warned you in my previous post.

Re: Karthik R vs Arunkumar M by preethampreetham, 19 Jul 2007 01:30

This neo-modern design is a little weird. Plus, if you ever see the ad's for this clock, Kramnik is holding it up to his head like he is listening to the "ticking". He looks like a little boy in those ad's, and I am sorry, Conzar, but I believe you look about the same playing with it. Please, for God's sake, step up to a Chronos.

Re: Smooth looking clock by FarrarFarrar, 17 Jul 2007 01:39

well its not all that fun to write when you lose a game :)… it was a really good game, lasting close to 3hrs, my brains were almost fried up…
"Miraculously my pieces manages to untangle…", oh come on man, you played really well, thats not a miracle… i think i was overly cautious and did not want to attack before making sure i had all the pieces in the right place… and hence never attacked though i had my chances…

would like to see the pgn file to see where i messed things up…

Re: Karthik R vs Arunkumar M by karskars, 15 Jul 2007 14:03

Hey Karthik, I managed to beat you to this report!

We played the Ruy Lopez (exchange variation) that seems to be Karthik's pet opening. Karthik dropped a pawn early. I then played three consecutive bad moves within move twelve and Karthik had a terrific attack against my king which was still caught in the center. His pieces swarmed around my hapless king and one of his knights was ready to jump to d6 and kill me. Miraculously my pieces managed to untangle themselves one by one and I seemed on time fending of the numerous threats. Once I had castled and walked my king to safety to the corner of the board (the a8 square!) my pieces jumped to life. I was still a pawn up and slowly consolidated my position and soon had some back rank threats that helped me exchange most of his active pieces and win another pawn. I then slowly squeezed out a win. As the other (consulting) Karthik pointed, I had several quicker wins at my disposal that I missed out.

Very well played, Karthik! I don't think I am going to be this lucky the next time I play you. I'll send John the pgn file soon.

Karthik R vs Arunkumar M by ArunkumarArunkumar, 15 Jul 2007 03:18

wouldn't you like that huh!
pics maybe today?

Re: Preetham vs Karthik... by karskars, 12 Jul 2007 12:31

All right! Finally some trash talk. When is the big revenge match? Hey, Karthik, how come no photos of this match?

Re: Preetham vs Karthik... by ArunkumarArunkumar, 11 Jul 2007 21:15

So I purchased this clock back in April. I really didn't play with it until a few weeks ago and found out that it was disfunctional. So I emailed USCF online store (place I bought it) and explained the situation. They said no problem, sent me out a new clock and even paid for the return shipping. USCF rocks!

Anyways, its a good "budget" clock. Granted it can't hold a candle to our Vice Chanceler and Emperor's clock (they have the same electrostatic clock) but for 40 bucks it gets the job done.

Smooth looknig clock by ConzarConzar, 11 Jul 2007 02:04

Karthik was a good opponent to start my first game in the club. But I don't think he dominated the center of the board or for that matter any stage of the game. He was white and so was just trying to attack. He surely tried some tricks all throughout expecting me to fall for it like staring me in the face, or saying "oh shoot" and kind of making an expression that he had committed a blunder etc.

Re: Preetham vs Karthik... by preethampreetham, 09 Jul 2007 23:33
Nice photos!
ArunkumarArunkumar 08 Jul 2007 21:13
in discussion Events / Bethesda Division » Nice photos!

John, thanks for posting the photos at

Someday I hope to meet with Judit Polgar too. For people who don't know her:
She was once the youngest person to become a GM (not WGM but full GM!) beating Fischer's record. She has held top spot for a lady ever since 1990 when she was just 14 years old ! She was the first woman to ELO 2600 and only woman in the history of chess to cross the 2700 barrier. The lady is peerles in womens chess. She is so strong that she no longer plays with the women. She would end up losing rating points just for drawing against the best womens chess has to offer! Definitely a living legend in the world of chess.

Nice photos! by ArunkumarArunkumar, 08 Jul 2007 21:13
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