Chess games - when I think I’m losing

So for all of you chess players out there,

I was playing a game last Thursday against a person I had never met before. He was a first timer at our club and he beat the easy guy twice in a row. Okay, so he’s not a novice.

Time to switch opponents, now he’s sitting in front of me. I’m white.

1.e4

He just stares at the board for the next 10 seconds, looking all around it for some reason… as if trying to pick a defense. 

1…c5

Okay fine, sicilian. Not that hard to pick man. Not that hard. 

It turns out that he’s a really slow player and takes way too long to make simple moves, and even longer for anything even slightly complex. It’s definitely psychologically intimidating at first since it’s unclear whether he has spotted a weakness and tactic and is double/triple-checking, or if he’s just slow. Turns out he’s just slow, *phew*

*several moves later*

My turn, attacking f7 pawn and king is castled but the rook is away. Defending it is King, Queen, and Rook. I’m attacking it with dark squared bishop, queen, and knight. 3 defenders, 3 attackers. Not enough attackers. 

I see a tactic with my knight, I see a way to win a different pawn with my light bishop, I see potential to double my rooks to attack his rooks after my knight moves…. but I can’t pick which one to do! I see the whole board’s play, but have difficulty in deciding which is best to go forward with. 

I have not come across such a situation before so I was asking myself on the drive home (after we took a picture of the board to continue the game next week and left because the restaurant was closing for the night) what the solution is for situations like these - situations where there are multiple choices for attacking and they all seem okay or good… 

Turns out my answer is difficult and simple, just think ahead further. That’s how computers do it so why the hell not. I was only looking 4 moves deep, when I should have looked at 5+ moves and a whole other separate attack that I missed because it was too deep to see, and by that I mean the doubling of the rooks. So slow, but in the end it’s winning. 

Anyway I’m writing this for me, so to me I say this: too weak too slow. 

Tags: chess

I HAD A DREAM ABOUT KEYNES

I SAW HIM AND WE HAD FUN AND HE CAME OVER TO MY PLACE AND I GOT HIS DAUGHTER’S PHONE NUMBER AND MY FRIEND WAS SUPER JEALOUS THAT I DIDN’T TELL HIM ABOUT IT SINCE HE ONLY COMES TO LA TWICE A YEAR ALL THE WAY FROM CHICAGO AND I WOKE UP FROM THE EXCITEMENT OF TRYING TO EXPLAIN WHY I DIDN’T INVITE HIM. 

Yes John Maynard Keynes. 

Tags: economics

I love building websites from scratch. All in Python too. 
A work in progress, but it really feels more fun than work. 

I love building websites from scratch. All in Python too. 

A work in progress, but it really feels more fun than work. 

New Goal

Hustle the Union Square chess hustlers. 

Someday… 

I’m very happy about this. 

So I “solved” half my homework problems without writing anything down. My method is quite efficient. I just search/save pdfs of similar examples I find online and assume I’ll figure out how to apply them a day before the assignment is due. 12 points right there (even including the extra credit assigned for a LaTeX copy). Not cheating, instead research.

Another day spent successfully accomplishing almost nothing of immediate value and making future-me hate current-me! 

"Mathematics instruction should concentrate less on the low-level use of high-level ideas and more on the high-level use of low-level ideas."

Uri Treisman, 1993 (via ja-dark)

Ooooo. I wonder how to apply this. Thoughts?

(via allofthemath)

Replace Stewart for Spivak. Done. 

(Source: books.google.com, via allofthemath)

Beautiful.