Monday, December 28, 2009

Resolutions!

Hi Blog Readers,
I just want to draw your attention to the new year which is soon to dawn on us. 2010 is coming, and I have prepared a resolution for myself...have you thought about yours yet? Mine is to quit playing chess if my game's not its best. This resolution will cut down on my endless playing until I reach victory, if it's been a day of losses...and will stop me from playing (even if I'm winning) if I'm not performing my best, mentally. So, in addition to any financial/weight loss/etc. resolutions you make this year, I urge you to make a chess resolution as well! Happy New Year!
~Torero

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Chessmas!

Hey readers! I was perusing Alexandra Kosteniuk, the Chess Queen's, blog, ChessBlog.com, when I ran into this adorable cartoon she wrote for Christmas! And since she volunteered it for free distribution...I am reposting it here for your enjoyment! (Click the image to see a larger view)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dear Santa...

Ohmygosh, Ohmygosh! You guys are not going to believe this!!! I was looking through etsy.com's selection of chess-related merchandise when I found the perfect Christmas gift for myself!! They had loads of fun chess apparel--including ties and vests! but while those are very nice, they seem more appropriate for a real-life chess event. Since my chess life exists primarily online, there was one object that appealed to me in particular--chess PJ pants!

The seller, The Summer Palace, also sells a matching fleece chess hat! I might just have to play my own Santa this year...but I guarantee, the chess pants/hat combo will go great with my new (keeping my fingers crossed) Snuggie!! :P

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Groovy!

Hey readers! I was flipping through the channels the other day...wow, I sound like I watch a lot of TV. I swear, I play online chess, like, 10 times more than I watch TV. Anyway, I caught a portion of Austin Powers 2 on TBS (The worst A.P. movie, srsly!) and ran across this scene featuring Ivana Humpalot (Austin's Russian love interest...)and Austin himself:

Ivana: Do you know how we keep warm in Russia?
Austin: I can guess, baby.
Ivana: We play chess.
Austin: I guessed wrong.

AAAND then, they played chess!!! Briefly...but if anybody can make chess sexy, it's Austin Powers...I'll stop while I'm ahead! ;)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Kitty-Cat Chess Buddy


I thought I'd brighten you folks' days with a picture of me and my cat Percy playing chess (this is before I had Internet on my new computer so I was playing the machine!)...anyhoo, there you go. My cat loves chess as much as I do! :)

Spotted!

...chess! Again! I was chillaxing over the weekend, and I tuned in to Saturday Night Live (one of the better shows of the season, IMHO) when I saw it! Chess...in the opening credits! Can you find it?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I'm BACK....and better than ever!


I apologize for the extended absence. Most of it was due to school-related obligations...although I must admit I've been chessing it up quite a bit, with great results! Now, I've added a picture of myself and an opponent (my future brother-in-law) playing chess over Thanksgiving! We're playing on my Lord of the Rings chess set...can you guess which one's me?

In other news, I've finished my Christmas shopping already but I'm sorry to admit that I did not purchase a single chess-related item! I sure hope I receive some chess swag this year, however! We've got a little less than 2 weeks until the holiday. Maybe I'll get some good play in with different relatives this year? I have yet to teach my mom how to play! Perhaps I'll endeavor to do so this year!

Friday, December 4, 2009

A Rhyming Haiku

Readers,
If you know anything about me, then you know that I HATE playing the computer in chess. I would much rather play a fellow human. However, there are times in all of our lives when we are left without an Internet connection. If we are lucky, we have a chess program on our computers. If not, we end up playing Minesweeper...anyway, I guess I'm one of the lucky ones because when I can't access chess.com, I can fall back on my computer's chess program, even though I'm playing a computer. Without further ado, I present a rhyming computer chess haiku that I wrote myself:

Move pawn first or not?
Victory requires thought.
Must conquer chess bot!

Enjoy!
~Torero

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Good News for Sweet Teeth!

If you are a sweet tooth, then you will LOVE this fun tidbit I read (can't remember where...can't find it! I really saw this though...): your brain burns calories through mental exertion! Wow and yay! However, it only burns calories of sugar and not fat, so during the holidays, you can burn off those extra candy canes by playing a few grueling rounds of chess...the gravy, you will have to run off :(. I'm not much of a sweet tooth myself, but I sure have a chess...something. Whatever body part that would be...hand, I guess! Maybe I can entice some opponents to play a few rounds with me using this information!