Friday, August 12, 2005

The Hooked Knight

Temposchlucker added me to Knight Errant (thanks!), and suggested the nickname "Hooked Knight" which precisely describes me I think :-)

A short introduction and current level:

Learned chess rules while I was a kid, used to play at novice level (< 900) with my cousin who was also a novice. Used to think that Rook+King vs. King is a draw because my cousin's king could always escape. None of us used to exchange queens even if that was a good move.

Anyway, now I am 27 years old. In the beginning of 2003 I saw someone playing chess on Yahoo! and gave it a try, I was at 1100 level. But I found myself tremendously attracted to the game, as I like logical things. Maths (especially Probability and Number Theory) , Logic and Philosophy is what I'm attracted to, and I think Chess poses questions at (and perhaps holds secrets answers to) all of these levels. Have been regularly playing chess since then.

My current rating at Yahoo! is at 1700+, the maximum I reached was about 1850. I have no idea where my plataeu would be, but I have motivation to learn a lot more. But Yahoo Blitz ratings should not be directly compared with ELO ratings.

I also played 2 seasons in German district level, first season I got initial rating of around 1750, also next year I did only the same performance although I thought I had improved. A bad weekend tournament with 5 games brought my rating under 1700.

Last month we had a rapid chess tournament (25 min. per side) in our city where many 2000+ participated and I was pleasantly surprised with my result. I had 3 draws against 2100, 2190, and 2310, and in all 3 I had material advantage but slight time pressure, so I offered draws which they accepted. I won against 2090, 2080, 1400 and 1100, and lost the rest 4 games.

So from all this I can only gather that my rating is rather transient at the moment (and depends if I am feeling like a tiger :-)), and hope to start circle training and vision training soon following your suggestions.

have a nice day!

The Hooked Knight.


Blogger Nezha said...

If your ever in FICS, give me a call. Lets play sometimes.. Anyway, welcome to the blogsphere.

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Blogger SatishTalim said...

Welcome to the 'gang'.

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Blogger King of the Spill said...

Welcome aboard!

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Blogger SatishTalim said...

I was wondering whether you had the time to play Chess at
It's free.

I desperately need some practice. In case you can, my UserId is IndianGuru.

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Blogger dark_knight said...

Hi Nezha, was often in FICS but never found you online.

Hi Satish, I made an account at, (ID springer1003) but you seem to be overburdened with 5 games already :)

Hooked Knight

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