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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.
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.
He lost to himself.
I started chess when I was in college, and usually lost pretty hilariously, blundering every other move.
There was this guy who made fun of it so much that I spend the next few weeks studying the game.
A month later I beat him, and we became best of pals.
It's a shame chess does not get enough exposure these days, especially to kids.
I did get an Elo rating of about 1820 which just squeezed me into the "Class A" category - I think that's why I lost all my games in that last tournament, although I did beat a couple of my opponents in casual games between scheduled ones. Anyway, I lost heart at that point and never played again.
I did offer to teach my son but he preferred "Dark Age of Camelot" at which he became the equivalent of a Grand Master - so there's that.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
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.