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...although he wasn't one at the time (around 1976, I think). I was in the chess club at school in Lancashire when his chess club paid us a visit. He was about six years younger than me at the time.
I was playing him and made a random move (I wasn't very good at chess at the time and haven't got much better since), he immediately said, "I see what you are doing there, well done!", and resigned the game.
Please note, he was playing 7 other people at the same time ...and beat them all, except me.
I have spent much time since then trying to work out what I was "doing there" and never have managed to work it out.
He went on to become a Grand Master and World Champion, etc.
My best was an international tournament in Cannes where I managed, out of 6 games, to win almost, but not quite, 1 of them. I gave up chess altogether after that.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
A long time ago when I was still young (like 15 years ago) I had a girlfriend who played chess.
I've never even once been able to beat her at chess.
Her brother played chess too, at a pretty high level, higher than his sister (my girlfriend).
I think he was one of the Dutch youth champions, I know his girlfriend was for sure.
Anyway, I played against him once and I think he underestimated me so hard that I actually won
He really hated that he lost to me, an absolute beginner
When I was a kid (maybe like 10 years old) I learned my grandma how to play chess.
I told her the rules and we played a small game.
So after that I said, let's play for real now.
There was no way in hell my grandma could beat me so I already looked forward to winning
Except my grandpa came in and helped my grandma on a move before going on with his day "you should move this there".
And then an uncle came in and did the same "that goes there".
And unfortunately for me I have a big family, so the second uncle really ruined it for me and I lost to my grandma who I'd just explained the rules
I gave up on chess for the most part when I was 14.
I realized that I would have to start studying for the game play if I wanted to be better.
This immediately killed the fun for me.
At that level, once you proved to someone that the rule "en passant" actually was a real rule (could be spelled wrong), you had carte blanche to invent new rules. Our favorite was "Skylark" which allowed a rook to move like a bishop once per game.
Not a programming question but a Windows WTF, Locked my PC before lunch which was running a Remote Desktop to a test rig, went to the PC I'm running the remote desktop into to upgrade the Hardware widget's firmware. Closed the remote desktop session updated it, had lunch, went back to my PC and it's unlocked?..
Anybody else seen that with remote desktop?, not really a big user of it.