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A chess tournament! Are you excited now? What if I say the winner gets a gift basket with something cool in it, like chocolate, craft beers or cookies and tea, or all of the above?

Yeah, I thought you might like that!

Barring any major rescheduling, the tourney is set to be held on Saturday, the 29th of july, hopefully all in one day, but to be honest that's probably not going to happen!

Planning, discussion, and casual practice games will be done in this thread, or in my discord group, if you wanna do it there. I'm open to that.

Technical formalities:
- Game format is best of 3
- Tournament format is elimination with no second or third place prizes.
- Once your best of 3 (or other number of games, if you drew a couple of times) is concluded, send the results (who won), along with the logs of your games to me.
- the easiest way to get quick logs is to use lichess.org for your games and copy paste the invitation link at me after the game is concluded.
- in order to start a lichess game, go to the main site (preferably create an account) and select the play with friends option on the right hand side of the screen. You'll get a link that you can send to your opponent.
- if you can't show up to play, or don't manage to conclude your games, try to reschedule to a different day. If rescheduling is not possible, you will have to forfeit your spot and will be removed from the tournament bracket post haste!

If it takes many days to finish this tourney so be it. We're in no rush c:

IMPORTANT:: To join the tourney, submit your name and wish to join in this thread or in the appropriately named section of the Discord group. Submissions close on friday 8pm GMT, after which I will compile a tournament bracket and post it in a new thread. Games will then take place whenever players have the time, but preferably as fast as possible. I'll leave it to you guys to set up the games themselves! Hopefully that's not a mistake on my part.

I will also be posting a mirror of this thread on Ponychan, to draw in more players. I think that's all. Let's have some fun with this! Remember, it's a beginners tournament, so even if you suck, you could make it pretty far, and you might learn a few things when Astra eventually crushes you in the semifinals!
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You should just take your time to think about your moves in the next round! Imagine a position in your head, and try to know every one of your opponents moves. If you can do that, you'll find it very hard to get stalemated in a winning position.


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Yeah, I'm doing that again now. The first stalemate was the first chess game I'd played in… probably over ten years.

The second stalemate was me deliberately trying to do it again to force the draw instead of a loss.


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Not too bad, tbh

Wait, you didn't post the third game, did you?


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No, I forgot to grab the url at the time before the rematch.

About an hour after finishing I remembered I could have just gone into my browser history for it.

But, yeah, since it was the second stalemate in what is supposed to be a set of best of three, I figured it wasn't as important as the games with an actual winner.


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Kinda wanna watch it now c:

but yeah, for our purposes, it doesn't really matter that much

It's funny how you guys are the only ones drawing so far, and then you do it twice


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Well, I noticed that in a few of the other matches that were played, one player would resign to defeat before it actually came. I'm a bit too stubborn for that.


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That would probably be me

resigning is the only move that avoids checkmate every single time


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I'm very much an it's not over until it's over sort.


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that attitude is as respectable as your rarity folder


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Kinda comes from my time with multiplayer games in general. I tend to notice that a prevailing attitude of defeatism people seem to have going into games. Or rather, the moment things start to not go their way they just give up and throw. Whereas my thought process is that if I'm going to lose no matter what I do, I'm still going to make a fight out of it.


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>Though I'm… curious about your last move there, Zeke.
What do you mean?


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When you moved your king in further and away from its escape route. I had my rook there so to put your king in check, then you'd have to move it up a space, exposing your queen, then I'd queen my pawn… basically I was positioning to take your queen, not checkmate. Just a brain fart?


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Yeah, I was a bit distracted by private IRL stuff


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Well, either way they were good games.


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That they were, considering I haven't played in years and years and years.


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Same, I think we were both getting back into the groove of it though.


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Does your attitude make the game more fun for you, or just make you more likely to win?


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Oh, far more fun and sometimes I can pull off a win from it too.


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Sounds like it serves you well then


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Okay. I'm not sure what your time zone is–what about after 9 PM, US Central Time?


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Same timezone, and that will work. I'll send the Discord friend invite when we're a bit closer to that time.


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Nevermind, that was Agiri's discord.

Either way, I'm around now, it's cutting it a bit close but I'm ready whenever.


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All right. Let's make this a dance.

Do you know how to create the link?


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Yep, do you want it here or somewhere else?


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Let's do it right here.


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Er, I went to the analysis, so I couldn't send the rematch anymore. I sent another game invite through the site.


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Well, Mole wins both games and moves forward.

Game 1:
Game 2:


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Thanks for playing with me, Chrome. I especially enjoyed the first match.


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Yeah, on the second I was getting a bit ahead of myself.

Also didn't mean to castle, but since you didn't redo I didn't either.


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It's funny. I was thinking about how when you play someone in person they sometimes groan or blurt something out when they make a mistake, drawing attention to the fact that they made an error in calculation, and how one of the great benefits of playing online is that you don't have to worry about such slip-ups. Well, today I have proven myself wrong!


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Who knows Boat's Discord info


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That you have.

Anyway, good luck in the final.


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Great games!

Both of you played really impressively. And it was fun seeing a game were both players are aiming just for checkmate instead of for taking each other's pieces.

sent it to you on discord


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Good Games Agiri!

In game 1, Agiri accidentally gave up his rook.  He was unable to recover and eventually resigned.  He asked for the replay to not be posted.

Game 2 was pretty even until a miscalculated trade, which left Agiri -4 and he resigned: https://lichess.org/s6jqtMyn


nice game ^_^

I've noted the results down


You and me, babe… Gettin' it on~


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I've been on vacation off the grid. I'm back now. I should have mentioned I was going but I didn't know it'd be so removed and that I'd be so busy. Only one game left before we can determine a winner and get them the prize ^_^


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>>563621  good games!


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I'm not personally satisfied with my own play, but that's okay. Maybe I'll learn from it.


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>>563633  I know that feeling.  I'm just looking through the analyzer now.  


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How about that Ke7? I have to admit I was scratching my head a little with that one…


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>>563637  I just went back and looked.  I'm not sure I see the problem you're wondering about.  I wanted to open the back row and have an extra option against your d pawn.  Also there wasn't any danger of being put in check aside from the pawn that I was moving to block.


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Okay. At the time it just seemed like losing a tempo.


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>>563644  I was also waiting/hoping you'd move your knight like you did so I could sneak my queen up.  But maybe I should have done things differently.


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Well, it worked.


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>>563652  actually I think the bigger mistake was Qc3.  I've been replaying it from there against 1600 level AI and I lose more often than I win.  or maybe I'm just too tired and rushed against AI.


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thank GOD!

then I don't look silly for loosing to him :p

Really great games guys. Boat really seeing those knight forks every time.

Boat is oficially the winner of the chess tournament and I'll be contacting him in order to figure out what kind of prize he would like.


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Hooray boat!

A talent like this is sail-dom seen

You did rudder well

There was some tough competition, yacht you pulled through.

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