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  1. 18 Feb '10 03:02
    who are moderate to intermediate; based on my games, please add as indicated!

    Some are obvious- but I've ignored and suffered.

    Do not make ANY move after 8pm
    Make sure the move you made is the move you meant
    Watch what the OTHER guy can do!
    Ditto!
    Watch developing threats!
  2. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    18 Feb '10 03:06
    A modification to the "8 pm rule" for parents:

    Don't move until after you've put the 2 yr old to bed.

    Mine has cost me two pieces in the last 3 weeks.
  3. 18 Feb '10 04:15
    Don't move if:
    your body temperature is above 100F
    imbibed more than you can hold
    in a hurry to get to the opera
    wanna squeeze one last move before kids take over PC for e homework
    you're getting nagged by spouse about chess obsession, you responded "you never said that d4" and wife whacks you on noggin with opponent's very large queen
    all of the above combined causing you to forget it was Valentine's Day
  4. 18 Feb '10 04:30
    also not while
    writing a 8 page essay
    eating a greesy hamburger
    having to take a dump
    playing video games
    talking to ur mom on the phone
  5. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    18 Feb '10 21:33
    Don't rush back to your CC games right after finishing an OTB tournament. Recharge first.
  6. 18 Feb '10 21:45
    Never move within one year of having twins
  7. 20 Feb '10 19:31
    Try not to weep when your Queen is captured- again (sigh).

    I didn't look hard enough- again!
  8. 21 Feb '10 06:37
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    A modification to the "8 pm rule" for parents:

    Don't move until after you've put the 2 yr old to bed.

    Mine has cost me two pieces in the last 3 weeks.
    Ahh a fine correlated to that is to not enjoy a wine with the wife once the kids are in bed and then expect to play chess well. Just think... if you keep dropping pieces at that prodigious rate you're just moving up the timeline at which your kid will be able to beat you.