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(02-03-2020 10:19 PM)MichaelWitcoff Wrote:  I’m not very good but I’d be down to play.

Get a free account on chess.com and shoot me a DM. If I can collect some 8 guys or more we can have an RVF tourney.

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02-04-2020 03:03 AM
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Good article on Magnus Carlson,

DrDrunkenstein’s Reign of Terror
Magnus Carlsen, the best chess player alive, has been slipping into online speed tournaments behind pseudonyms to crack jokes, let loose, and destroy the competition.


Quote: ...“DrDrunkenstein” is one of many aliases Magnus Carlsen has played under during the past two years, when he went on a killing spree across the speed chess tournaments of the internet. Since winter 2017, Carlsen has taken to livestreaming his games on a variety of platforms, which has provided a surprisingly entertaining window into the mind of an all-time great.

Lichess.org is a free, ad-less web platform for chess players, a favorite in the online chess community. On Dec. 14, 2017, the site held its first Titled Bullet Arena, an exclusive tourney for master-level players to play blisteringly fast one-minute games. Lichess’ decision to host top-tier tournaments was viewed by some as a great leap forward toward establishing chess as an esport. In that debut, Carlsen appeared incognito as “DannyTheDonkey” and won, donating his small prize money back to the website.

Carlsen’s first showing as DrDrunkenstein was in Lichess’ second Titled Arena the following month. DannyTheDonkey was missing, and the mysterious Drunkenstein soared to the top of the elite competition. Commentators soon started speculating that the world champion had returned. He won commandingly; Carlsen ended the two-hour match with a score of 199. His three closest rivals were two grandmasters and an international master, who scored 132, 120, and 111, respectively. Carlsen streamed the games on Twitch, where he lived up to his username, pounding Coronas while bantering in Norwegian with his friends.

Chess fans were astonished. There’s something hypnotizing about watching a guy known as “the Mozart of chess”—a player who is quantifiably better than Bobby Fischer—taking a big gulp of beer, announcing his position as “completely winning,” then singing along to Dr. Dre saying “motherfuck the police” while coasting into another quick checkmate.

DrDrunkenstein returned in March and April 2018 for two more runaway victories in the Lichess Titled Arena. But in the fifth Titled Arena, Drunkenstein came in an uncharacteristic fifth place. Viewers of his Twitch broadcast report he had lag issues, but one comment near the top of the stream suggested that Carlsen’s handle might have been a little too accurate this time: “I thought Carlsen was sandbagging these tournaments to make it interesting,“ user Cinnamon Cookies said, “but after watching his stream he’s just really drunk.”

In an interview with a Norwegian newspaper in October, Carlsen admits he quit drinking for his health. “I wouldn’t say I was an alcoholic exactly,” he said, “but I found out this year, if I’m going to travel and play a lot […] I need to prioritize differently.”

Maybe the champ had a come-to-Jesus moment after his poor showing. In Lichess’ sixth Titled Arena, DrDrunkenstein was nowhere to be found. Instead, another odd username made its appearance on the leaderboards: “DamnSaltyThatSport” reached the No. 1 position 10 minutes into the tournament. Bullet chess star Andrew Tang (who plays online as “penguingim”) was streaming the sixth arena. No one was officially sure who the Salty One was at first, but after he mounted a swarming attack against Tang’s kingside and came up a rook ahead, Tang shook his head and sighed. “Yeah, I think we know who it is,” he said. Carlsen came in first again.

On the eve of his world championship defense, Carlsen appeared in the next tournament as “manwithavan,” playing a large chunk of his games on a phone from a minivan, where the touch screen presented a massive handicap. He again earned the adoration of spectators, this time for riskily walking his king into the center of the board against one of the most dangerous players in the tournament. He came in third. Only a month before Carlsen defended his world championship title, he notched another win as Drunkenstein—including a gorgeous queen sacrifice against a top ranked Russian grandmaster—and experienced a surge in confidence. He returned as “DrNykterstein” in December 2018 (nykter is Norwegian for sober), playing increasingly trollish openings in the first Titled Arena he joined after beating Caruana.

As DrNykterstein, he alternated between two ways of wasting his early, important opening moves. Sometimes, he’d take his queen on a four-move tour of the board before swapping her home square with the king’s, letting his opponent develop their pieces while he showboated. This is a more elaborate version of a popular joke opening known as the “Bongcloud.” ...

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^ "sometimes, he’d take his queen on a four-move tour of the board before swapping her home square with the king’s, letting his opponent develop their pieces while he showboated. This is a more elaborate version of a popular joke opening known as the “Bongcloud.” "

Reminds me of the current predicament the Dems are in.

First, their (99,976% White) Queen Warren (or is it Queen Buttligieg?) waltzes blindly through the opening primaries - while gaining no real ground - but then the frail old King Sanders (who was supposed not to move, as he was to be a mere symbolic presence) decides to boldly step forward, thus making the game farcical and unwinnable by the Dems.

So it's like the Dems are not seriously trying to win this election. They are Bongclouding, while their opponent, who's both King and (Trump-)Tower, is deep in 4-D chess.
02-26-2020 10:22 PM
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Hey Boys I started a little RVF group on chess.com

PM me your user ID and I can add you on. Once we get 8 - 16 we can have a little Chyna virus tourney with 10 minute games. I've already got a few guys added.

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I'm in.

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