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 No.3291[View All]

I'm making this thread here, because the other boards are practically dead. If a mod chooses to move it to /hobby/, that's cool, I just wanted some exposure on /leftypol/.

As you might now, chess played a large role in the Soviet Union. They outright dominated the game for decades and it was commonly played ever since the inception of the union.

I think chess does possess the potential to develop and train the strategic thinking skills of players, if they abstract from the game and attempt to apply it to the real world.

But it's also a fun game. Because of that I made a /leftypol/ club on chess.com, which is a great website with a nice UI and plenty of resources to learn and improve at chess. I've been using it for months now and got far better at chess and I even do the puzzles on it for fun every day. The way the website is designed makes learning chess and improving really, really easy. Making an account is free and would be quick. I know this sounded like an ad, lol.

So, I'm inviting you comrades to start learning chess or improve whatever skill level you are at and join the /leftypol/ chess club. We could play against each other. Perhaps even organize tournaments. I think it would be really cool if we could get something like this going and make it the community wide hobby. If only 3 people join that would be good enough honestly.

[b]Link[/b]
https://www.chess.com/club/leftypol
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 No.13471

>>13470
nah cuz I played 4 white b4

 No.13472

>>13471
I mean it's Black's move

 No.13473

>>13472

>>13456 moved for white

 No.13474

>>13473
Yes, that's my point, that's MY move from September

 No.15938

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An anon in Siberia asked for a guide to introductory chess that wasn't a 300 page bore of nebulous theory. I learned chess as a kid from a small but succinct book, The Kid's Book of Chess by Harvey Kidder, Illustrations by Kimberly Bulcken Root, Workman Publishing, New York.

Don't let the name "Kids book" fool you, it's a great introduction to Chess. After that you just have to play to practice to reach some kind of level and only THEN do you read up on strategems used by pros, because typically you need to have experience of the basics first, unless you're a genius wunderkind like one of my twice-removed cousins.

 No.16049

>>3314
1. You can learn two to three openings and be good. Hell, just play a king's Indian and you have one opening you can play against pretty much everything, you don't have to memorize that many lines and although it's more difficult to play the middle game compared to some other openings it's still playable for a beginner. You just need to develop a simple and solid repertoire. Once you gain some experience it's also not that difficult to learn more complicated openings
2. Balance is overrated imo
3. I think there are a few lessons you can get out of it. Like when you're winning in chess you're supposed to make equal trades and place safe, while if you're losing more risky and complicated play is better, this reflects real war logic. A battle between 100 vs 108 can go many ways, a battle between 8 and 18 is already over. These kinds of lessons become a lot more clear if they're part of your practical lived experience than what I could explain in a post like this. Obviously you're not going to become a great general by playing chess a bunch, at best it will give you some minor insights, but it's a board game, monopoly isn't going to make you a millionaire either. Also there is definitely strategy and tactics involved in the game, it just has somewhat of a learning curve so you need to recognize them first

 No.16050

>>3320
>The terrain is flat and without any features
A Chinese game with common ancestor to chess (xiangqi) actually has a river through the middle of the board, although it doesn't do much

 No.16053

>>15938
>The Kid's Book of Chess by Harvey Kidder
Anyone got a pdf of this? Can't find shit on Libgen or Zlib

 No.16055

>>3314
Henlo fren might I interest you in a superior gaym → >>10657

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 No.16066

>>16053
>kids book of chess
>by harvey kidder

What kind of hack came up with this shit? COME ON, GET BETTER WRITERS

 No.16250

>>16066
Not everything is the matrix dude.

 No.16414

>>8302
That's a retarded puzzle
Nf7+ Kh7 Ng5#
Try this one. Mate in three, white to move.

 No.16415

Also, does anyone on here play shogi?

 No.16416

>>16415
only shogi-un 2 total war

 No.17451


 No.17454

>>5960
>lichess
Chess.com is only better for having multiple pre-moves. But still a feature I wonder why Lichess refuses to add.

 No.17455

I'm into Go, myself. I can't play chess, but like watching this channel. I find it meditative. She sometimes livestreams matches vs. subscribers.

 No.17457

>>17455
Watching a porn actress clickbaiting chess. Yikes. Gimme a timestamp or something. 5 year olds playing chess at a higher level than some slut.

 No.17459


>>17457
>Watching a porn actress clickbaiting chess. Yikes.
I don't think she's a porn actress, anon. She obviously likes to dress nicely, and bring a bit of glamour to the match. If you want to see porn actresses on the internet there are loads, you don't have to watch a chess match to see them.
>Gimme a timestamp or something.
Oh I see, so you "are" interested.
>5 year olds playing chess at a higher level than some slut.
Which match was this? Must a prodigy, or sometimes adults let children win to encourage them.

 No.17602

>>17459
No timestamp. Don't care what you have to say.

 No.17623


 No.17628

>>17457
>porn actress
????

do rightoids really

 No.17632

>>17628
God, I wish I was CoomNEET gang enough to be able to see a woman and immediately think "porn actress".

 No.17656

im not the one watching a slutty yt whore that sucks at chess
youre getting awfully simpy mate

 No.17660

>>17656
moron

 No.17661

>>17660
You don't even know her rating and think that 5 year olds outperforming her is something adults do to encourage them.

 No.17910

>>17661
doofus

 No.17920

>no argument
This is the Kart thread all over again. People that know nothing of chess and of good video games acting like bigshots just because the algorithm pushes porn on them rather than the actual concepts tangibly related towards said porn

 No.17987

>>17920
You'd better not watch this one then. Someone's in the comments saying you can tell the chronology of the matches, and the player's ability, by the color of her fingernails earlier losing matches = black

 No.17989

>17987
Okay. Now are you suddenly going to make a car thread and act like an expert because it is tangibly related to porn? Nothing I said is false. 5 year olds are better chess players than her, you only watch her because you're a coomer.

 No.17990

>>17989
Well anon those old gas guzzlers do have robust engines, even tho they're thirsty lol

It's not porn! Not to me, anyway. I need to see nipples as well as face however pretty to coom

 No.17995

You're not funny. Nobody cares what you 'need'. This isn't your blog.

 No.18005

>>17995
>Nobody cares what you 'need'.
fair enough, but then don't click on the spoilered text

 No.18012

One of the best women's chess players went live while making thumbnails for her YouTube channel

 No.18013

>>18012
I dunno how anyone with any self respect could watch YTers etc who do this kind of shit

 No.18014

>>18013
You know they all hate doing it, right? Click bait is unreasonably effective.

 No.18017

>>18014
Maybe they 'hate doing it' but they still do, there's other ways to get tons of views than to go all :O and lowest common denominator.

 No.18018

>>18017
There is nothing wrong with click bait when the market demands it imo. I don't judge a book by its cover know what I mean?

 No.18019

>>18018
>>18017
Don't hate the player hate the game.

 No.18020

>>18018
If they are willing to piss all over the viewer like that and treat them like retards, then I'm not interested. But then I basically hate any YTer that consistently puts themselves in front of the camera anyways, the content should speak for itself.

 No.18022

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>>18020
I agree with you, but I understand that the algorithm favors this type of thumbnail, and if the content is good, I want the creator to get the most bang for their buck to keep creating more content.
It's a necessary evil of the market.

 No.18023

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>>18013
>I dunno how anyone with any self respect could watch YTers etc who do this kind of shit
YT is generally a trashy medium. It's not good to spend too much time on it. If you do, then your self-respect level will take a hit, true.
>>18020
But then I basically hate any YTer that consistently puts themselves in front of the camera anyways, the content should speak for itself.
Depends on the genre. Sometimes presentation in front of the camera is part of it. For example, a lot of Contrapoints' work is about personal aesthetics .

Ofc, in the case of chess, it's notoriously not about personal aesthetics. I think why non-Chess players ITT haven't taken the objections entirely seriously is because for a long time chess players were seen as badly dressed nerds, frankly.
So using sex to sell chess would have seemed unlikely.

Are glamorous or clickbaity chess players on YT damaging the game? Anons might say they can be beaten by 5 year olds, but in the videos the emphasis is on the chess moves themselves.
In particular calling one a porn actress >>17457 would seem to be overwrought. She's got an instagram but that's it, no OnlyFans, no cashapp, no venmo, no way to pay her anything. Whereas porn is just done for money.
Sexy presentation ≠hypocrisy, not always.

 No.18024

>>18023
Honestly, I think sexy presentation is at least something, better than fucking gurning and overacting in front of the camera like the video is for actual babies.

 No.18044

>18012
She's not one of the best. I don't understand why you have to lie like that. Rankings are available online for free for anyone to look at.

>18013

There's plenty of high-quality in-depth chess channels out there. It's not hard to do some directed searches, but this implies shutting off the algorithm and only look for things you want to see, rather than watch things before you know you even want them. It's hard for the coomerbrains blogposting about shitty chess players here. But don't blame the tool, make fun of the people incapable of breaking free from it.

 No.18045

>18022
They do not need more bang for their buck. The content has always been there and always been created. The content does not suddenly increase just because a millionaire makes 200% that.

 No.18046

>>18044
Alexandra Botez is, in fact, one of the best.

 No.18051

>>18044
>shitty chess players
Why don't you take your own advice?
Look up the FIDE ratings of the chess players mentioned ITT. They have perfectly respectable ratings for club players. Which is the context of the videos - they're playing in chess clubs.

 No.18053

Terrible bait. Won't even respond.

 No.18054

>>18053
likewise


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