Daily GUIDE-ance:

Friday, May 6, 2011

Officially joined the local chess club and the FIDE tonight. It was time to either quit playing or take the game to the real world in stead of just the internet.

Played 3 rated games with the "unrated" players, and won them all. (Head ... expanding...!) Game 1 was against an 8 year old Asian kid. Game 2 was a solid game that I won fair and square in a bishop vs knight end game. Game 3 was also a good game, but the fella I was playing had a Doh! moment and fell behind a peice out of shear oops.

I dunno how much of my time life will allow for this real life, over the board diversion, but it was fun!

6 comments:

timpani76 said...

Wait, you head can get bigger? ;)

Good for you getting out in the real world. Is real world chess harder, or vastly different?

Renae said...

Your mother is a urine scented baboon! Ha ha! You kill me!

Eyepoke said...

I wrote you a really long reply last night Timpani, and blogger couldn't take it for some reason... but I saved it and probably should post it as its own thread... the computer is being painfully slow lately, so ... let me see...

Eyepoke said...

Ok, seems to be working! Here is what I said:

Not all that different, although it feels a little healthier somehow to be around real people.

Also, honestly,this was an excersize in ... Well... so much of the last few years has been so hideously hard on Liz, with too many honest injun bushes with real death for her, that I have gotten frankly somewhat paranoid and hypersafety/security concious. With frickin good reason. But as she is edging into more consistant health, I am having sort of a hard time relaxing and daring to leave her alone for more than I absoluetly have to. I have a complex, and forcing myself out of the house on my own, for something purely fun, was somewhat cahllenging for me. I very nearly did not go. At the last minute, I had to talk myself into taking the whole 'leaving her alone for the night' process in baby steps... "Get dressed first John, then see if you can manage to get out the door. Take a phone, she can always call you" That sort of patter in my head the whole way there. Once I arrived safely, I was pretty much good and had alot of fun, and met some other chess players on my level in person, which I have not done ever. Guys who knew about Kamsky and Fischer. Mostly older guys, getting back into the game after getting thier kids out of the house....
Anyhow... It was a concious effort of will on my part to break what I recognize as a sort of illogical paranoia.

Playing in a new venue against players of unknown abilities was cool and stressful at the same time. But I have always been a good test taker, and I converted most of the nervous energy into heightened awareness, giving me an edge I would have had otherwise. Next time i will be over confident and blow it and take it out in... cursing Obama or something...

timpani76 said...

Dangit John, I'm not sure what to say to make you feel better. I know that living in fear all the time is not good for you, but I know you know that too. It's hard being scared that you're going to lose someone all the time, I know. I'm glad that you are taking baby steps to get back into the "real world".

This summer we are going to come over and see you guys more! I'm less sick lately too, so I should be less afraid of infecting Liz, ha ha.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Timpani.

You guys can swing this way anytime you all want. Miss yas!

J