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  1. Standard member abnoxio
    M.U.T.I
    24 Oct '07 16:18
    How much does drinking while playing effect your games?
    One of the great things about playing at a chess club is that you can't drink a beer while playing. RHP however is a different story. I get a couple of beers in me and my games go to hell.
  2. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    24 Oct '07 16:43
    Originally posted by abnoxio
    How much does drinking while playing effect your games?
    One of the great things about playing at a chess club is that you can't drink a beer while playing. RHP however is a different story. I get a couple of beers in me and my games go to hell.
    I don't know about your club but at ours I can drink as much beer as I like.

    Even a single beer adversely affects my game and I am prone to more reckless ill conceived and incorrectly calculated sacrifices or simple tactical errors.
  3. Standard member abnoxio
    M.U.T.I
    24 Oct '07 16:45
    Wow, my chess club meets at the Jewish community center, it's a USCF affiliate.
  4. Standard member abnoxio
    M.U.T.I
    24 Oct '07 16:48
    I can relate, I LOVE making stupid sacrifices even after a couple of beers.
  5. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    24 Oct '07 16:50
    Originally posted by abnoxio
    How much does drinking while playing effect your games?
    One of the great things about playing at a chess club is that you can't drink a beer while playing. RHP however is a different story. I get a couple of beers in me and my games go to hell.
    why would anyone wanna belong to a lousy club like that!
  6. 24 Oct '07 16:57 / 1 edit
    I find it improves my bravery and I play reckless moves that I would never normally think of trying in a real game, even sometimes winning the games, but losing more often then not
  7. Subscriber davaniel
    1.Nf3
    24 Oct '07 17:06
    Originally posted by abnoxio
    How much does drinking while playing effect your games?
    One of the great things about playing at a chess club is that you can't drink a beer while playing. RHP however is a different story. I get a couple of beers in me and my games go to hell.
    There's a lot of things I can't do when I've had some beers, but playing chess actually goes quite OK... somehow gets me very focused at the game RHP as well as OTB
  8. 24 Oct '07 17:17
    Originally posted by Tyrannosauruschex
    I find it improves my bravery and I play reckless moves that I would never normally think of trying in a real game, even sometimes winning the games, but losing more often then not
    Yep, the same.
    I drink, but in this case, when I feel it really affects my intelligence, I don't make moves in the important games.

    But I prefer to drink when I play and loose because of my stupidity to write posts on the Internet forums and attack the real people.
    Too much wine, no posts, no comments

    Cheers
    GG
  9. 24 Oct '07 17:28
    I make my moves after work drinking a beer or a port, but never make a move when i have drunk more than two drinks. I allways use the notebook to note my brilliant ideas which i have after i have drunk to much.
    The next day they, most of the time, they aren't brilliant anymore.
  10. 24 Oct '07 17:29
    A lot. I played on Playchess a couple nights ago after 2 beers and took my blitz rating from 1700 down to 1500.
  11. 24 Oct '07 17:40
    Originally posted by abnoxio
    How much does drinking while playing effect your games?
    One of the great things about playing at a chess club is that you can't drink a beer while playing. RHP however is a different story. I get a couple of beers in me and my games go to hell.
    It effects me very badly, but although I am a borderline alcaholic (maybe that's harsh as I have cut down now to about 80 units a week and trying to get down to 50, but it aint easy). But I don't drink while playing otb chess, although try and stop me after the game and you might run into trouble
  12. 24 Oct '07 17:47
    Originally posted by abnoxio
    ... couple of beers ...
    couple of beers = couple of tears
  13. 24 Oct '07 18:36
    Originally posted by abnoxio
    How much does drinking while playing effect your games?
    One of the great things about playing at a chess club is that you can't drink a beer while playing. RHP however is a different story. I get a couple of beers in me and my games go to hell.
    It reduces calculative ability, it reduces risk assessment capability, it affects spatial awareness (negatively), creates overconfidence in ones ability, it has a proven negative impact on decision making, reduces reactions and lowers inhibitions, which in chess translates to caring less about the consequences of decisions.

    Anyone who says it improves their game is most certainly drunk. They probably say it improves their driving too?
  14. 24 Oct '07 19:10 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by stevetodd
    It effects me very badly, but although I am a borderline alcaholic (maybe that's harsh as I have cut down now to about 80 units a week and trying to get down to 50, but it aint easy). But I don't drink while playing otb chess, although try and stop me after the game and you might run into trouble
    What's a unit? I hope it isn't a case.

    Even if a unit is only a 12-ounce can, I'd have to say you're probably an alcoholic. I hope you kick it, good luck.

    Edit - Oh, OK, I didn't know a unit is a British term (equal to about 80 percent of a 12 ounce can.) (I assumed about a 3.5 percent alcohol by volume. I'm not sure if that's what beer normally has here in the states, but I suspect I'm close.) So 80 units is about 64 cans a week, and 50 units is about 40 cans a week. (So getting it down to 50 units a week is almost a six-pack of beer a day here in the states.) That's still way too much drinking in my book. Keep working on reducing that if you can.

    Edit 2 - Definition of unit is: One unit of alcohol is 10ml (1cl) by volume, or 8g by weight, of pure alcohol.
  15. 24 Oct '07 20:09
    Originally posted by Mad Rook
    What's a unit? I hope it isn't a case.

    Even if a unit is only a 12-ounce can, I'd have to say you're probably an alcoholic. I hope you kick it, good luck.

    Edit - Oh, OK, I didn't know a unit is a British term (equal to about 80 percent of a 12 ounce can.) (I assumed about a 3.5 percent alcohol by volume. I'm not sure if that's what beer normally ha ...[text shortened]... unit is: One unit of alcohol is 10ml (1cl) by volume, or 8g by weight, of pure alcohol.
    Sorry I've just finished dinner (yes with wine!) but I'm working on an average of about 10 units per bottle of wine, but the actual average currently is in a week:
    at home :
    6 bottles wine
    3 bottles strong(ish) beer/cider
    1 bottle vodka (750 ml)
    out:
    1 bottle wime
    4 pints beer