Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
Thank you. I don't know how I miss these things. That, and the fact that he had the same bishop pin on me that I had on him.
My first chess club was in Virginia when I had duty a the Pentagon.
It was every wednesday evening from 1800 - 2400 hrs in a church.
They had a locker where all the chess equipment was stored when
not in use. We all had to pay chess dues and join the USCF and
we played rated games among other members, the results were
sent into the USCF to be included on there rating lists, which was
published once a year in their magazine that we received monthly.
I guess that is the same way they do it now. I haven't played any
USCF rated games in a long time but on the USCF website they
still have me listed with my last rating of 1817. I am like you for
there are no chess clubs in my area. The one in Virginia was very
good for while I was still there the Eastern Open Champion at
that time gave a simultaneous exhibition which I played and lost.
His name was Muzon I believe. He wasn't well know but we did
have GM Larry Evans come and give an exhibition and I lost to
him too. If you are not that familiar with the old chess players,
he was US Chess Champion 4 or 5 times and helped World Champion
Bobby Fischer with his first match against Boris Spasky. He also
wrote several chess books and helped Bobby Fischer with his book,
My 60 Memorable Games. My best tournament result was the
last time I played USCF rated games at the World Open held in
Philadelphia that year. I finished with a three-way tie for first and
received the only money I ever won from chess. I did not play
in the main open group because I would have never had a chance
against all those masters and GMs. I played in a lower group that
was based on your USCF rating at the time. The closest USCF chess
club to me now is about 100 miles away. After I became 65 and
retired my daughter told me about this site since she knew I would
need something to keep me busy that I enjoyed. I find it much
easier to play good chess here than OTB because you can clik on
the analyze board and move the pieces around first before making
your move on the main board. In OTB chess, if you just touch one
of your pieces, without notifying your opponent that you are just
adjusting the piece, you must move that piece somewhere if it is
possible. I recommend you study chess tactics and get use to
seeing the ideas before you play in a tournament. I have two
books that you can get on Amazon.com that will help you. They
are "Learn Chess Tactics" by John Nunn and Improving Your Chess
Tactics by Yakov Neishtadt. Don't forget that your opponent may
be moving to set up a chess tactic too that you must guard against.
I have lost many games by being mated one move before I was
about to mate my opponent because I was too interested I my
plan and did not spend enough time thinking about what he was
P.S. How do you make that board with your game appear on your
post? Thank you.