posted on Mar, 16 2014 @ 02:15 AM
Playing chess was what I did in college instead of going to class. Particularly in cafes. You had to watch out for the foreign students; there were
a couple from Senegal that would clean your clock. I played as a way to meet the ladies. Yes there were chess groupies back in the day! Ok, not
really groupies per se, but it was a toe in the door. A lot of women were interested by something that got men so bent out of shape, just sitting
there looking at a board.
I was a 2100 back in the day. I got on a chess website about 4 years ago, and barely could get a 1800 ranking.
Although since then I happened across a one-time grand master at a hotel on the beach. He had a board set up and I actually beat him. I couldn't
believe it and I think he was distracted.
I never liked playing for less than 10 minutes per game. I think speed chess is about as senseless as speed dating.