Challenge me (not you Magnus). February 23, 2021 5:05 AM   Subscribe

I am the only Mefite who has an entry for chess.com among their social-media links on their profile. One just cannot play a rewarding game of chess with fewer than two people. I was hoping that other chess.com member Mefites might update their profiles with their chess.com names, and identify themselves in this thread.

Ideally ones who are a little bit better than me (so I can learn) or a little bit worse than me (so I can win).

(I’m normally UTC+10 if you want to play)
posted by pompomtom to MetaFilter-Related at 5:05 AM (34 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

I used to play a lot of daily games there but eventually switched to mostly playing 3/0 on lichess. It's evil, I need to get back into playing longer games. Anyway, I'm MaxxLange on both sites.
posted by thelonius at 5:30 AM on February 23


WHAT WAS THE WEBSITE AGAIN?
posted by lalochezia at 5:40 AM on February 23 [12 favorites]


For longer games I'm also pompomtom on dailychess.

For lalochezia: that's:

dailychess.
dailychess.
dailychess.
posted by pompomtom at 5:43 AM on February 23 [2 favorites]


(and yeah, 3/0? Why not just play draughts?)
posted by pompomtom at 5:47 AM on February 23


you know the answer
posted by thelonius at 6:00 AM on February 23


Ideally ones who are a little bit better than me (so I can learn) or a little bit worse than me (so I can win).

So what rating range are you talking about here?
posted by thelonius at 6:20 AM on February 23 [1 favorite]


Done! I'm not very good but I'll accept any challenges from mefites.
posted by bondcliff at 8:54 AM on February 23


And I've issued you a challenge, pompomtom, and if I did it right we have a day to make each move. I go by my actual name over there (first initial, last name).
posted by bondcliff at 9:12 AM on February 23 [1 favorite]


Well, kingless was taken on chess.com so I'm kingsome there. I updated my profile here. My timezone is UTC -5 (next month -4 (boo DST)). I usually play 10-minutes games via an iPad, sometimes after a glass or two of wine.

Until this post, I didn't know about the MeFi Social Explorer. Thanks!
posted by kingless at 9:13 AM on February 23 [1 favorite]


We should probably add Board Game Arena to the Social Explorer as well. We can’t add dominion.games, sadly, because it doesn’t have public profile pages.

(I like having lots of little boxes in my profile.)
posted by Going To Maine at 9:55 AM on February 23 [2 favorites]


I'm dfan on lichess.org (I have a chess.com account but don't play there because lichess is so much better).
posted by dfan at 10:18 AM on February 23


Same username as here for chess.com but... I'm pretty terrible.
posted by kevinbelt at 10:46 AM on February 23


This is me on chess.com: spinifexbones

This is me on lichess: spinifexbones


I am also pretty terrible, but I do find chess to be lots of fun.
posted by spinifex23 at 11:08 AM on February 23


DonKinsayder on chess.com. I play 10-minute games. I’m ranked at 600 on there. Not very good.
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 1:33 PM on February 23


Okay, everyone is way better than me. I checked. Yikes.
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 1:38 PM on February 23 [1 favorite]


Do you have to be undead to play on lichess? I’m dead inside, if that counts.
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 1:40 PM on February 23 [6 favorites]


I use this user name in lots of places, and chess.com is one of those places.
posted by hanov3r at 1:59 PM on February 23 [1 favorite]


Lichess here. I haven't logged in in awhile though. I play for awhile, but get discouraged 'cause I'm bad.
posted by Fukiyama at 6:06 PM on February 23


Well, I am higher rated than some of the posters in this thread. But I've played people who are actually good, and it was clear that I am not in their company. There's always someone better, and you can set the pieces up again.

If anyone wants to work on their game, I commend to you GM Daniel Naroditsky's Speedrun, which starts against beginners and progresses from there. I suppose he's up to about 2200 by now; I fell behind. "Speedrun" is a joke, he spends a lot of time analyzing the games and answering questions. He is a gifted teacher as well as a very strong chess player.
posted by thelonius at 6:43 PM on February 23 [4 favorites]


My chess score is distorted because 99% of the time? I only do puzzles. So, that's my only accurate score, and it's hovering at around 560.
posted by spinifex23 at 8:00 PM on February 23


Hi. My wife Vespabelle, who is a more reliable MeFite than I am, directed me to this post. My USCF is 1874 and I do have a Chess.com account, though I play on ICC oftener. Anyway I'm Alan_Hartley, feel free to challenge if you see me there.
posted by O. Bender at 10:00 PM on February 23 [2 favorites]


So what rating range are you talking about here?

I'm currently 1236 on 10m games on chess.com.

I am not challenging O. Bender in a million years.
posted by pompomtom at 2:55 AM on February 24 [3 favorites]


I'm vbranning on Chess.com and I'm a rank beginner.
posted by victoriab at 5:37 AM on February 24


I should try playing more chess, both on chess.com and lichess. I've gone ahead and added lichess as a suggestion at MeFI wiki since several people shared their profiles here.
posted by skynxnex at 9:06 AM on February 24 [2 favorites]


Just wanted to say I love the post title :)
posted by Megami at 3:12 AM on February 25 [1 favorite]


thelonius, we've played each other recently... !

Without giving away my username, it was a Latvian gambit; I pushed a g-pawn to attack a knight on f3 without noticing it was hanging in the first place, lost a few pawns and ended up in a completely drawn Queen ending, which I then blundered away. Good times!
posted by Cardinal Fang at 6:48 AM on February 25 [1 favorite]


On boardgamearena, I am the same username as I am here. Come beat me at various games.
posted by maxwelton at 1:45 PM on February 25


Cardinal Fang, sounds about right!
posted by thelonius at 6:03 PM on February 25 [1 favorite]


Latvian gambit

But what the what?

As white I play the Scotch game A LOT (I've been trying the English for a while, but moved back the Scotch because, well, honestly because I get more wins). I don't think I've ever received this play. Perhaps it's my level?

I suppose I should try to work on it as black.
posted by pompomtom at 5:55 AM on February 26


Latvian Gambit is 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 f5. It's dubious, but can be pretty effective, especially in blitz. I think most White players don't know much about the theory. Don't play 3 exf5, play 3 Nxe5. I think 3...Nf6 is then not so good and Black plays 3...Qf6. At some point iirc the e5 Knight has to retreat and c4 is the best square for it, a move I don't think I'd look at first.

the Scotch because, well, honestly because I get more wins

Been playing a lot of Scotch Gambit myself, usually out of the Two Knights Defense via 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 d4 exd4. It's just equal if Black knows how to play it. I remember I used to be terrified of it. I lost my first tournament game to it, to a player I knew and who I knew was underrated and a good tactician.

Maybe I should do it straight up with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 Bc4, because then you also get the lines with 4...Bc5 to play against, which are kind of fun. 4...Nf6 transposes to the Two Knights move order. Then after 5 e5, it is remarkable how many people misplay the position with Black. 5...d5 is probably best, although 5...Ne4 and 5...Ng4 are ok too - again, provided that Black knows what they are doing. I've won a lot of blitz games that went like 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 d4 exd4. 5 e5 Ng4 6 0-0 Ngxe5?? 7 Nxe5 Nxe5 8 Re1, and the horse is going back in the box. I don't recall what Black is supposed to play on move 6, in this line. Not Nxe5 though!
posted by thelonius at 8:28 AM on February 26


but really don't worry about all that stuff, you can just play....I know lots about openings and I'm still a patzer. I lost to a guy who was almost USCF 2100 who barely knew any opening theory, once. He plays chess better, go figure.
posted by thelonius at 8:37 PM on February 26


Latvian Gambit

NONE MAY CHECK DOOM!!!
posted by banshee at 3:46 PM on March 2 [1 favorite]


DOOM CASTLES AS HE PLEASES
posted by Going To Maine at 4:26 PM on March 2


Added my Chess.com user name to my profile (since it has my real last name I can't post it here). I mostly play daily games but I wouldn't mind getting some more live games later this year.
posted by thecaddy at 3:08 PM on March 3


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