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  1. SubscriberZorroTheFoxonline
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    08 Dec '19 03:37
    Texasnurse has less than 25k moves to make her millionth move! She plans to achieve her goal this month, December 2019! I was able to achieve that milestone less than 9 years. She has cut the time frame 50%. Wow! Way to go! Let us congratulate her!
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    08 Dec '19 03:46
    @ZorroTheFox

    never thought would come close to a million let alone about to hit!!
  3. SubscriberPaul Leggett
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    08 Dec '19 16:01
    https://new.uschess.org/news/2019-texas-womens-chess-championship/

    Quite an achievement- with a reference to online games in the notes to the final round game!
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    08 Dec '19 16:15
    @texasnurse said
    @ZorroTheFox

    never thought would come close to a million let alone about to hit!!
    Very well done TN!
    I'm proud that the few games we've played have contributed, in a very small way, to your accomplishment.

    How long has it taken?
  5. Subscriberjb70online
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    08 Dec '19 17:38
    @texasnurse said
    @ZorroTheFox

    never thought would come close to a million let alone about to hit!!
    Over the 4 years we've played 304 games.
    Always interesting and enjoyable.
    Long may it continue.
  6. Subscriberlemondrop
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    08 Dec '19 17:51
    I think she will make it by Christmas
    she was in my clan for a brief period
    good luck!
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    11 Dec '19 06:11
    Been here little over 4 years!
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    12 Dec '19 09:07
    I just don't understand how you do it. I've got my calculator out and I reckon that you must spend, on average, less than three minutes on each of your games, and that's assuming you don't sleep, work, eat or poop, but just sit at your computer (or on your phone?) and play non-stop.

    I went through a few of your games and, to be frank, they were terrible. Really basic blunders all over the place. Clearly you can play chess to a pretty good standard (~1900 USCF rating), but you can't get to anywhere near that level playing as quickly and for as long as you do. Your rating on this site (1313 as I write) is lower than what I'd expect to achieve if I just sat back and played legal, non-commital moves against my opponents, waiting for them to gift me pieces and pawns.

    I think I can sort of understand the reasoning behind this - for years I had a fairly high ECF grade (converted to over 2100 FIDE) and played at most one or two longplay games a month against players of a similar standard. A few years ago I gave up OTB chess and now just play 3 minute blitz online, and it's quite liberating, not having to worry about your grade falling at the end of the season or looking silly when you miss stuff or when your idea turns out to be completely flawed. If I lose I don't lie awake at night wishing I could wind back the clock (so to speak) and play it differently. However the wins mean next to nothing as well and I do miss the buzz I used to get when I had beaten a strong player at the end of a three hour battle.
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    12 Dec '19 15:12
    @mynameisklint

    I too stand in awe of these players who can make 1000 moves a day and still put together a vaguely cogent game of chess. Of course they play much weaker than their OTB strength but in this modern computer age they may well have come to the conclusion that playing their best game only brings them up against well researched openings and engine assisted players time after time facing opponents they can never beat. Blitz simul play is it's own discipline and I'm sure you can get better at it with practice. With some here it is evident they have a slimmed down opening repertoire which they either know well or is readily accessible when they play so that consultation does not "waste" valuable time. If a line goes wrong then they will play an alternative next game. I don't know if texasnurse does that but the notes to the game quoted by Paul Leggett indicate she pays attention to some of what goes on! When the next board pops up you have to be able to immediately recognize if it is one of your regular opening positions and if so which opening it is. For example I have blundered a piece by confusing the black side of a Guioco Piano with a Cordel Ruy Lopez or Kings Gambit declined simply because the bishop was on c5 and I assumed I knew what I was doing. Then you have to remember the relevant set ups you are trying to push for whilst avoiding as far as possible complex tactical lines that are hard to calculate at speed. In his best games book Alekhine said that he had taken over half an hour to work out the ramifications of a sacrificial sequence ten or more moves deep so the rest of us mortals have no chance. With Blitz simuls on this site it may be a day or two or a week or more before you see the position again and, unless you leave yourself a note, you may not remember your winning line and so the game will often lack the sense of continuity and is further fertile ground for errors. Another factor is that if you play stronger players on correspondence sites they never seem to move, whereas the weaker ones always do, unless they are playing a high game load themselves. One way to even the score is to play a lot of them at once and you can get a little of that OTB Buzz.

    I've played texasnurse a number of times and I reckon she gives most of her moves 10-15 seconds. At 10 seconds a move a 1000 moves requires 2 hour 46 minutes per day whereas 15 seconds a move requires 4 hours 6 minutes. If you are then able to swap modes and go and win your state championship without dropping into blitz mode and making blunders then all the more kudos.

    Anyway, I think chess can mean different things to the same people at different times in their lives. Sometimes it's serious, it's about status within teams and clubs, sometimes it's simply an amusement, a distraction keeping an aging mind from existential worries or maybe it's about finding a way to get those nice chemicals coursing through one's veins by taking on more than you can handle and handling it all the same. There do not have to be imperatives.
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    13 Dec '19 08:02
    Ah, I see where I went wrong - I read it as a million games, not a million moves!

    Yes, 1000 moves a day seems almost manageable, and I might even get close to that figure myself some days (not on this site), though of course that's playing one game at a time, which is far, far easier than having dozens (hundreds?) on the go.

    I think the nearest I've come to playing like texasnurse, ZorroTheFox and the others do is the those occasions when I've given a simul to a school chess club which has to be over in a lunchtime (i.e. less than an hour). It's a case of literally running from board to board, but I found it gets completely disorientating, even if you've tried to play similar openings in every game.
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