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Almost defaulted on time in a 3 day/move chess game


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After thundershowers wrecked my yardwork plans, I looked online and suddenly realized I had two 3 day/move tournament chess games I hadn't checked lately.

I had 54 and 56 minutes left to make my moves!  Thank you, rain!

Fortunately, I had already foreseen my opponent's move in my game as White and my game as Black required taking his Bishop that took my Knight, so it only took a couple minutes to make my moves.  I'll soon be one Pawn ahead as White and have the "Bishop Pair, no Knights" which is worth 1/2 to 1 Pawn advantage over his "Knight Pair, no Bishops."

So things are moving along fine, though we're only about 15 moves into the games.

Actually, for high-rated, premium players, chess.com automatically puts us on "vacation" if we're in danger of losing on time and I could stay on vacation for up to 90 days!

That's a highly unfair advantage and the max. length a disruption to matches and tournaments and I've argued with chess.com to end that perk, so if I exceed the time against a player who doesn't have that protection, I'll resign the game.

My current games:

I'm White on left, and up a Pawn plus the 1/2 Pawn equivalent "Two Bishops Advantage" (when your opponent doesn't have both Bishops) and I following Chessmaster Fred Wilson's dictum, "Whenever possible, point all your Pieces at the opponent's King."  I'm Black on right where, again, I have the two Bishop's advantage and will probably attack c3 and c2, trying to win a Pawn. If that's not likely (my opponent is a top 11% player so he's a good challenge for my top 4%) then I'll Castle King (Left) Side,  The Caro-Kann Defense I'm playing generally requires a Black attack on the Queen (Right) side to win.

The games, with move-by-move ability, are here:

Me White: https://www.chess.com/daily/game/271524238  Me Black: https://www.chess.com/daily/game/271524232

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I had one of the first electronic chess games years ago. I think it was called  Sauron. Anyway a friend bought a 'better' game and would rub it in. I read about a bug where you could checkmate his machine without fail if it made the first move and you followed each move according to the instructions. So I challenged his machine against mine to a game of telephone chess. Drove him crazy when my inferior machine won.

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59 minutes ago, JerrySTL said:

I had one of the first electronic chess games years ago. I think it was called  Sauron. Anyway a friend bought a 'better' game and would rub it in. I read about a bug where you could checkmate his machine without fail if it made the first move and you followed each move according to the instructions. So I challenged his machine against mine to a game of telephone chess. Drove him crazy when my inferior machine won.

I remember Sauron!  Over the years the chess programs have gotten so good that even Bobby Fischer would have trouble winning 1 out of 10 games.

I have, on my computer, Stockfish 11, the free and World Champion Chess Engine.  You need a chess playing program to use it and, on Windows or Linux you can download the excellent, free Lucas Chess Program that plays against you, will set its strength to less, equal, more or whatever you want, and includes Stockfish 11 and a bunch of other chess engines here:

https://lucaschess.pythonanywhere.com/

It's not well documented but there are a bunch of helpful documents here: https://lucaschess.pythonanywhere.com/docs

For Android or iPhone there are excellent phone chess programs using stockfish while able to lower its playing strength called Droidfish or Smallfish here: https://stockfishchess.org/download/

Alternatives for the Mac are here:

https://formac.informer.com/lucas-chess

I use it when I'm exploring candidate openings or positions but NEVER use it when I'm playing an actual game.  For "live chess," you're not allowed to use a separate board to play through the possibilities in the game but you are allowed to do so in daily chess (1 move every so many days).  The result is that those of us was Class A or Class B ratings play at what would be a master level in a 2 hr. per side game.

There have been cheaters, but the style of play usually gives them away and they're banned.  Most online players want to be proud of their own accomplishments and don't cheat.  In one Southeast USA Championship Game, the Expert Rated player from Alabama I was playing made a bad mistake against me and a few moves later I made a bad mistake.  He commented.  "First you were winning big then I was winning big.  At least we know neither one of us cheats."

You can also suspect cheaters when they've won 80% or more of their many games against strong competition.  It's always the case that if you keep winning a lot, your rating goes up and you face stronger and stronger players until you reach your level and it's hard to win more than 60% of your games.  Chess.com flags such records and then compares their moves with the choices in the same positions of top chess engines like Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini.

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