Tuesday, 3 December 2013


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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Shredder Chess

I don't usually enjoy computer chess. I sometimes play at, and I use the Chess Free app for Android, but it's not something I usually enjoy. Still, I often want to play when there is no one around to play with, so I thought that I would look into other chess apps and games for the PC. I tried a couple with no success, and then I found Shredder Chess.

Shredder Chess is awesome. I like Shredder because it calculates your Elo rating after each game and will adjust the computer's playing strength to match it. It is very satisfying knowing to know one's Elo rating, I always wondered what my chess rating was so I was happy to find out (1167). I like knowing what my rating is because then I can try and beat the previous rating with each new game I play on Shredder.

Shredder plays chess in a more human-like way than other chess programs do. It mimics human playing styles. Playing against Shredder is more fun than playing against other programs.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

A New Way of Seeing Things

As of late, I have noticed a steady improvement in my chess. I have been incorporating the things that I have been learning into my game, and I can see the difference in how I play. Today, something clicked while I was playing. I started to see the board more in-depth. Things became obvious that weren't obvious before. The new knowledge felt almost miraculous. I feel very excited and can hardly sit still. It's like the difference between knowing how to read printed writing and knowing how to read cursive.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The World Chess Championship

I have been following the 2013 World Chess Championship with great interest, although in a rather unconventional way. I follow it through forum posts and online articles . . . but I don't really watch the matches.

I tried to. I really did. But they are very long and I simply can't sit down and watch chess for 4+ hours. Also, the commentators drive me bats. I just don't find watching the matches very interesting, but I take great interest in reading about the matches.

It's kind of like how I enjoy playing basketball, but don't enjoy watching basketball games.

Also, as someone who blunders a lot, it's very soothing to see that even high-level players can blunder, too.

I'm hoping for a win for Carlsen. I look forward to reading about Game 10 when it happens.

Oh Urban Dictionary

Playing chess does not always mean playing chess.