Thursday, March 25, 2010

Oh my goodness!

Readers, I hate to admit it, but Yahoo! Answers is like my fiancee's online counterpart to my chess playing habit...I am speechless when things like this:

appear on there...I guess it's good for a laugh at least! I love that Chess is the only "boring" "sport" listed...along with "all that other geeky stuff." I'm guessing the asker means MMORPG's, and I don't know, Risk? Delightful.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I must have this!


Y'all, it's $5 (plus shipping, here), I'm just saying. How awesome is this!! What what!

Link you may enjoy

Read it! A follow-up to the last post, sort of: here.

Because regular chess isn't complicated enough


There's this! Which I might consider playing!

Monday, March 22, 2010

I've missed you!

Y'all, get this. I was busy planning and working at a conference that occurred this past weekend that I've not had time to work on my chess lately! I took a LONG nap Sunday after the conference ended, then woke up and logged right in to chess.com. Alas, my prowess seems to be weakened...I'll play more but I tell you, one loss puts a bad taste in my mouth. :( Here's hoping things look up!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Why I play ONLINE chess

It's my opinion that the Internet is the best thing to happen to chess, especially for amateur players. I, like many chess hobbyists, don't always have a partner to play with. So I really like that other, partner-less chess players (from around the world!) can meet together and play chess. With chess.com, I always have an opponent! Except when the server's down. Which it was earlier today, for maintenance or something.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Not even about chess this time, sorry...

But hey, the posting material comes to me these days! Once you and your WoW girlfriend tie the knot and there's a little gamer on the way, what do you need? Click here to see! I found this on Regretsy, totally worth a read BTW. At least it's eco-friendly? LOL, ga ga.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In case your game-dating works out...

Here's some helpful information about girls who play online games. Not the kind where they stalk you on Facebook, the good ones! Like Farmville (just kidding) and online chess!

PS. The comments are the best part!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Good iDea?

OMG, have you visited chess.com lately and actually looked at the home page? I usually rush to log in (duh!) but the "mobile chess" box on the front piqued my interest. I currently use a hand-me-down Razr, with no data capabilities...but with a chess application, the iPhone is looking a lot better to me these days! I could play chess on the go! While on hold with customer service! OMG in the bathroom!

Bonus feature for the MMORPGers in the audience--Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II are now available for the iPhone as well!

I've got the giggles!

Y'all, check out this hilarity! Here's a gentleperson facing a jail sentence, and wants to know how to pass the time. Of course, one answer is chess, obviously! (And "become a chess master!--in 90 days?)But here's what gets me laughing: the sixth commenter offers a list concluding with "pen-and-paper RPGs"! Since the thread's from 2006, the sentence has probably concluded by now...I'd like to know how it went! But in conclusion, as much as I have been an ambivalent critic/lover of MMORPG's, maybe it's time I embraced old-timey RPG's! I'll let you know how it goes!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spotted!

Another chess sighting! Backstory is my fiancee watches reruns of Family Guy when I'm playing online chess. I happened to be watching with her the other day when I spotted a heated chess match between Stewie and Brian! Chess is everywhere, now why don't more people actually play?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I knew there was a reason...

I like Vladimir Nabokov so much! First of all, he wrote my favorite book ever, the literary masterpiece Lolita, and now I have read that he was also a huge chess aficionado!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tardy for the Party!

Y'all, so sorry I'm late! It was a snow day today so I basically played online chess like all day and lost track of time. Anyway, congratulations to contestant jchess13 who will receive a bottle of liquid correction fluid, perfect for holding the place of errant pieces during a heated round of 3-D chess. And thanks to everyone for entering, I hope to sponsor another contest soon!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Random Chess Sighting, this time, online!

I was looking at the different online chess sites tonight--don't get me wrong, I LOVE chess.com--just out of curiosity, when I saw that Nabisco (?) has a game section of their website, and one of the available games is chess! Pretty random, I thought! Well, I played a game, and let me tell you--the graphics are kind of awesome! It's a little more 3-D in style, so you feel more like you're at a chess board. You're playing with another person, but you can only chat with them using pre-selected messages like "oops!" "good job!" and "are you still there," among others. So I wouldn't say it's a great chess destination, I would say, if your work blocks chess.com, try the Nabisco version. Or if you want a chess game that matches, like, your Saltines and Ritz Crackers, go for it!

Last chance!

Lady and Gentleman Readers,
Please note that your time is running out to enter the inaugural giveaway here at Chesscapades. One bottle of liquid correction fluid could be yours. And I've decided to throw in a bonus surprise addition as well. Entries will be accepted until March 2nd, let's say, 11 pm. EST so I have time to post the winner before the day is officially over. Good luck to all entrants!
~Torero