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1  General Category / Scholastic Chess / Re: BCC & Help Local Middle School Chess Team on: February 02, 2010, 03:50:41 PM
I will try to help on this one.  Sunday afternoon is pretty good for me.  I may not make in this coming weekend (7th) but the 21st looks good.  I will pencil it into my calendar.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welcome to our new site on: January 28, 2010, 07:30:18 AM
You'll see that I used a photo of Pillsbury, which you are welcome to add to the avatar list.  Or maybe you can find a better one...
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Annoying behavior while playing on: January 28, 2010, 07:28:08 AM
Absolutely!  The most difficult thing I have had to learn is to get over the frustration of a bad move, get composed enough to re-evaluate, and regain the will to fight--and to do so quickly, since time is finite.  Defending can be fun, but defending at a disadvantage can seem like torture, especially if one feels he is at a disadvantage because of his own poor play.  I don't mind being outplayed, but I do mind defeating myself.

Anyway, I have no wisdom to offer about opponents with annoying habits.  I had an opponent many years ago who would lean forward over the board to make his move, and then stay that way--the verb "loom" comes to mind--so that he actually cast a shadow over at least half of the board.  I don't think his behavior was meant to affect me.  It was just a habit he had developed.  But it did bug me.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Team match? on: January 28, 2010, 07:17:24 AM
You can count me in for this idea, too.  Sounds like fun.  If we go by USCF ratings, then mine is 28 years old.  I won't get anything current until I can play in some tournaments this year.  You guys probably can get a good idea of where I am by the games on Tuesday nights.

The schedule might affect my ability to participate because of business obligations, but I have some flexibility.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Interested in a weekly tournament? on: January 28, 2010, 07:13:19 AM
Count me in, too.  I have no experience with various designs, so will leave that to others.
6  General Category / Tournaments / Chicago Open on: January 28, 2010, 07:09:19 AM
Thanks for the info about the hotel/tournament site.  I am planning to go, but will probably make it a trip with my wife and stay in or nearer to downtown.  That way, I can go off to play (chess) and she can stay in town to play.  We will see as May gets closer.
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