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Chess books

Although I went to bed at 2am 'yesterday', I was up at 9am this morning to go to the official opening of our new/expanded library in town with my dad. Upon arrival, we were offered free champagne and sandwiches, but I only took some sandwiches because I was driving. It had been a few years since I last visited the local library in my hometown but it felt like I was just returning my books from last week.

The library had been closed since spring so I was really looking forward to all the changes. But it was actually a bit sad. Confused They bought some new bookshelfs (chique modernlooking ones), but instead of replacing all the old bookshelfs, they decided that buying 10 new bookshelfs was enough, so now you have a small modern part together with those old red 1980 bookselfs. :/ They also made the first floor larger but instead of making it as large as the ground floor, they only added 60 square meters of extra floor. Sad

But not all was negative, they also bought some new tables and comfortable chairs, so people can now sit down and enjoy their books in the library. But the most significant change was an elevator. This is handy for people who have difficulties climbing the stairs, like my dad who has a hip disarticulation.

So ok, I was in the library so I thought to check out the IT related section, which I did. But sadly there were no books that were interesting for an intermediate developer, like myself. (Only books to get you started with programming and on top of that most books were printed in 2005-2008). So I searched for some other books and I brought home some chess books, so I can get a bit better in chess (and maybe beat Bikerman (or other Frihosters) in a near future Cool ). I was especially interested in books about opening strategies as that has always been my absolute weak point in chess (I just place things not really thinking forward in the beginning as there are to many posibilities from my point of view). So I borrowed 3 books in a series called "Practical Chess lessons". (One more general about opening, mid and end, a second one about opening and all the different kinds of openings and a third one about endings).

So that's all for today and thanks for reading. If I made any grammatical or vocabular faults, you may always correct my mistakes in the comment section below. Or if you have any creative or interesting thoughts about chess, you can also comment below. Razz (Yeah, I got that sentence from RWJ)


31 blog comments below

Playing Frihosters, eh? What system do you use to play distance??
Ankhanu on Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:42 pm
I don't remember exactly but Bikerman set up a chess script on his webhost and some frihosters joined and we played a few games. Although it was unlucky that I had exams around that time, it was fun (although Bikerman was much better than me Razz ). I think it was called phpChess, but I'm not sure. Bikerman himself can probably answer this question. Smile

adri on Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:36 pm
Ah, right! I think I remember the thread about it.
Ankhanu on Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:37 pm
adri on Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:39 pm
I think it is great that your local library kinda expanded in this digital age. My local library is building a brand new building. I just hope they expand/update their book catalog verses more computers. Will have to wait until next summer to find out.
BTW: checkmate!
standready on Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:09 am
Me too, I love chess. Been playing it since I was a kid. But last I played was probably 5 years ago so I'm not really sure if I could still remember my openings.

Hmmm... I'm interested in playing with other Fihosters except that I might waste their time because I'm really not that good. Smile
loremar on Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:39 am
I wouldn't worry too much about it, loremar. Most people play to have fun, and simply to play... some of us, likewise, aren't very good either (like me!). A game is a game, really, and should be fun.
Ankhanu on Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:23 pm
How does this online chess game work?

Also, I think maybe Frihost can set up a chess tournament and the champion wins say for example a free domain. I think that would be a great idea.
loremar on Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:51 pm
Well you basically start a match and you make a move. Then your adversary will get a mail (or a notification when he logs in on the game server) and can make his move... it's not needed to be both online at the same time. (it would speed the game up though :p )

adri on Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:30 pm
Hey, I just sent a challenge. Very Happy
loremar on Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:02 pm

*Looking through the chess books to find a proper move*

adri on Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:57 pm
Oh boy here goes nothing. Very Happy

Checking wikipedia to recall my defense. Razz
loremar on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:06 pm
I'd forgotten that I'd set this up Smile
OK - challenge accepted.

BTW - anyone reading may feel free to use the server to play each other, or simply 'look in' on the loremar-bikerman game.
The server does require you to register if you want to play - for obvious reasons - but I promise you that your details are not even looked-at by anyone, let alone passed-on to third parties. If unsure, simply register with bogus details and use a 'pick up' email such as a hotmail account.
Bikerman on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:49 pm
When you talk about opening strategies I get a feeling you are all much better than I am Confused
I'm now playing against loremar anyway. He just made a sneaky move. Think

My club membership is still pending.
Peterssidan on Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:26 pm
I've activated your accounts so it should be OK now.

PS - if anyone wants just to practice solo there is the 'Java Chess' option which will allow you to play against computer....
Bikerman on Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:37 pm
Phew. Just survived Peterssidan's Orangutan Opening.
loremar on Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:05 am
Are you playing that on the server? I can't see the game....
Bikerman on Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:08 am
Ahh...silly me - was only checking my own games. Now I see the game.....the suspense is killing me Smile
Bikerman on Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:12 am
Bikerman wrote:
Are you playing that on the server? I can't see the game....

We just finished the game a few minutes ago. View our past games.
loremar on Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:14 am
Ah yes....Interesting opening...not sure it was in-book after move 6...
Bikerman on Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:23 am
I follow no book
Peterssidan on Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:25 am might want to try Very Happy
Bikerman on Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:47 am
I have just accepted Loremars challenge,a loss will put me bottom of the league.
truespeed on Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:53 am
I have just won one so a loss to loremar won't matter as much now. Smile
truespeed on Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:22 am
Signed up.

Let the "play without a plan" strategy commence!
Ankhanu on Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:36 am

Ahhh the Nigel Short method.
truespeed on Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:37 am
I went to school with Short - well, more accurately we both went to schools in Bolton and sometimes got the same bus from our home in Leigh.
Bikerman on Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:43 am
The only chess world championship i ever watched on TV was when he made the final against Kasparov,they showed it on channel 4 i think,not live,an half hour highlight show,at 6.30 too,so it was relatively prime time,that was about as big as chess got in the UK. .
truespeed on Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:45 am
loremar, you should join us in #FriHost!
Ankhanu on Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:48 pm
The IRC channel?
I'm not sure how to get in. I checked all the links. I can't connect or I get an error.
What's the official link, by the way?
loremar on Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:05 pm
Ankhanu on Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:11 pm

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