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  1. Standard member Thequ1ck
    Fast above
    09 Nov '12 12:50 / 2 edits
    Does anyone have any stories of how chess has directly played a role in 'real-world' situations?

    For examples sake.

    Recently I got into a mix where my front door was broken and a local nutcase knew about this and sent some goons around to kosh me over the head and then rob the place while I was in hospital.

    I heard them coming and shouted out. The hallway light went on. I knew they were in the groundstairs hallway (appartments @ 4 a.m.). There was no way out other than the way they came in.

    So I threw Kellogs crunchy-nut cornflakes out of my window, in front of the main door.

    I heard them trample one and curse. I waited. I could hear them talking. Cursing mostly.

    2 hours passed. I listened. One of the goons then eventually realised I wasn't
    interested in spotting them but was instead recording them. I heard the realisation
    and threw a penny from my window to the door.

    More cursing and much name calling.

    I wait another 2 hours. Not so much waited but prepared my smoke machine
    and built makeshift cattleprods from the mains.

    Finally one of the goons says to the other. 'You know what he's doing to us is no
    worse than what we were planning to him'.

    I threw water from the window onto the flakes and waited.

    I didn't look.

    They left with praises.

    I have no doubt Chess helped me through this ordeal.
  2. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    09 Nov '12 17:28
    I no longer support Presidential candidates who fail to demonstrate an interest in chess.
  3. 09 Nov '12 17:46
    You seem quite pleased with your performance, but from where I'm standing it seems that you are 1p and an unspecified quantity of crunchy nut cornflakes down.
  4. 09 Nov '12 17:52
    Originally posted by Thequ1ck
    Does anyone have any stories of how chess has directly played a role in 'real-world' situations?

    For examples sake.

    Recently I got into a mix where my front door was broken and a local nutcase knew about this and sent some goons around to kosh me over the head and then rob the place while I was in hospital.

    I heard them coming and shouted out. The ...[text shortened]... look.

    They left with praises.

    I have no doubt Chess helped me through this ordeal.
    This is like one of the Home Alone movies. LOL
    I'm glad you weren't harmed.
  5. Standard member Thequ1ck
    Fast above
    09 Nov '12 18:08
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    You seem quite pleased with your performance, but from where I'm standing it seems that you are 1p and an unspecified quantity of crunchy nut cornflakes down.
    You're entirely correct. It could all be in my head but then I'd be down a noodle and they're like 35p at least.
  6. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    09 Nov '12 22:26
    Originally posted by Thequ1ck
    Does anyone have any stories of how chess has directly played a role in 'real-world' situations?

    For examples sake.

    Recently I got into a mix where my front door was broken and a local nutcase knew about this and sent some goons around to kosh me over the head and then rob the place while I was in hospital.

    I heard them coming and shouted out. The ...[text shortened]... look.

    They left with praises.

    I have no doubt Chess helped me through this ordeal.
    You might be a cereal killer.
  7. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    10 Nov '12 04:42
    Originally posted by Thequ1ck
    Does anyone have any stories of how chess has directly played a role in 'real-world' situations?

    For examples sake.

    Recently I got into a mix where my front door was broken and a local nutcase knew about this and sent some goons around to kosh me over the head and then rob the place while I was in hospital.

    I heard them coming and shouted out. The ...[text shortened]... look.

    They left with praises.

    I have no doubt Chess helped me through this ordeal.
    The gambit of giving up the P for tempo is interesting.

    Do you think you got enough compensation for the cornflakes?

    Of course psychology must have played a big part too.

    Do you have a fen for the final position?
  8. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    10 Nov '12 05:24
    Originally posted by Thequ1ck
    Does anyone have any stories of how chess has directly played a role in 'real-world' situations?

    For examples sake.

    Recently I got into a mix where my front door was broken and a local nutcase knew about this and sent some goons around to kosh me over the head and then rob the place while I was in hospital.

    I heard them coming and shouted out. The ...[text shortened]... look.

    They left with praises.

    I have no doubt Chess helped me through this ordeal.
    I had a similar incident. I timed them out after the two hours. 😕
  9. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    10 Nov '12 06:49
    Originally posted by Thequ1ck
    Does anyone have any stories of how chess has directly played a role in 'real-world' situations?

    For examples sake.

    Recently I got into a mix where my front door was broken and a local nutcase knew about this and sent some goons around to kosh me over the head and then rob the place while I was in hospital.

    I heard them coming and shouted out. The ...[text shortened]... look.

    They left with praises.

    I have no doubt Chess helped me through this ordeal.
    If you had instead used pot to alter your reality, at least you would have gotten to eat the cornflakes. 😞
  10. 10 Nov '12 08:00
    You are fortunate.We have a resident expert in chess psychology.
    I suggest a consultation immediately.
  11. Standard member Thequ1ck
    Fast above
    10 Nov '12 12:00 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    The gambit of giving up the P for tempo is interesting.

    Do you think you got enough compensation for the cornflakes?

    Of course psychology must have played a big part too.

    Do you have a fen for the final position?
    I'm not enough of a good chess player to be able to do that.

    If you could start me off, I might be able to alter it accordingly.

    edit: subsequently I had to move out and put my chess sets in storage.
  12. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    10 Nov '12 13:00 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Thequ1ck
    Does anyone have any stories of how chess has directly played a role in 'real-world' situations?

    For examples sake.

    Recently I got into a mix where my front door was broken and a local nutcase knew about this and sent some goons around to kosh me over the head and then rob the place while I was in hospital.

    I heard them coming and shouted out. The look.

    They left with praises.

    I have no doubt Chess helped me through this ordeal.
    I might have been divorced if I had not stop playing chess 30 years ago.

    P.S. But I continued to play chest with my wife.
  13. Standard member Thequ1ck
    Fast above
    10 Nov '12 13:02 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    I might have been divorced if I had not stop playing chess 30 years ago.
    It's OK, it's chess players anonymous here. What happened?
  14. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    10 Nov '12 13:09
    Originally posted by Thequ1ck
    It's OK, it's chess players anonymous here. What happened?
    At the time I had 4 children and another one on the way. I was not good enough at chess to earn the extra money needed for the family and needed to find part time jobs for that.
  15. Standard member cadwah
    ¯\_(^.^)_/¯
    10 Nov '12 13:23
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    At the time I had 4 children and another one on the way. I was not good enough at chess to earn the extra money needed for the family and needed to find part time jobs for that.
    This must have been before computers.