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fearofmediocrity
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posted April 01, 2002 15:20     Click Here to See the Profile for fearofmediocrity     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is horrible because I was an active member of the chess team.

I would sit there and contemplate the beginning moves and then do some cute thing which would lead to an intimate conversation. The game would be abandoned and I'd have a lovely conversation with someone more geeky than I. I've never really completed a game. I've never loss or won... although have come close to it by sheer luck.

I guess that makes me a wannabe. But-- I do know how to make my own computer, design a PCR experiment and analyze forensic data. So... am I stlll a geek even though I don't know how to play chess?

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iMat
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posted April 01, 2002 16:29     Click Here to See the Profile for iMat   Click Here to Email iMat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gasp!

You don't know how to play chess!!
Well that's okay, I don't play very well myself. I once read chess books but soon began getting bored of them (It's hard for me to visualize the moves [written in notaion] in my head).

The chess club I go to is now gone (not enough members) and now I just do other things.

One grandmasrter said that many people don't play chess, they just move the pieces. Well, I'm more of those "move the pieces" people.

Good luck at chess though!

--iMat

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Evilbunny
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posted April 01, 2002 17:26     Click Here to See the Profile for Evilbunny   Click Here to Email Evilbunny     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dude! I don't know how to play chess either! Wow! Maybe we should start up a group or something!

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fearofmediocrity
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posted April 01, 2002 18:45     Click Here to See the Profile for fearofmediocrity     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh! This makes me so very happy!!!!!

I know how to play checkers. Why is there never a checkers club?

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iballoondesign
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posted April 01, 2002 20:22     Click Here to See the Profile for iballoondesign   Click Here to Email iballoondesign     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I never knew how to play chess until I was 7 yrs old when my big brother introduce that chess game. Now, I know how to play. Thank to my good ol' brother!

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fearofmediocrity
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posted April 01, 2002 20:26     Click Here to See the Profile for fearofmediocrity     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't have a big brother. Can I borrow yours?

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Jidabug
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posted April 02, 2002 08:06     Click Here to See the Profile for Jidabug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm so happy to find that I'm not the only one in the world who can't play chess. I mean, I know how the pieces move and the general rules and all that, but I just can't get into the nuances of the game. *shrug* I much prefer Risk or Trivial Pursuit or Cribbage.

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FatGnome
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posted April 02, 2002 08:55     Click Here to See the Profile for FatGnome   Click Here to Email FatGnome     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know how to move the pieces around the board and I do a little stratagising but it is never more than 2 moves ahead. You are right I can play checkers and if I play checkers they should start a checkers club at school.

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Xanthine
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posted April 02, 2002 19:26     Click Here to See the Profile for Xanthine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by fearofmediocrity:


I guess that makes me a wannabe. But-- I do know how to make my own computer, design a PCR experiment and analyze forensic data. So... am I stlll a geek even though I don't know how to play chess?


PCR? Then you can tell me why my negative control worked in spite of the fact I was very careful to keep template out of the reaction.

I'm a "move the pieces" type as well. Sure, I know the rules, but actually playing the game as it was meant to be played is beyond me.

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TheAnnoyedCockroach
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posted April 02, 2002 19:36     Click Here to See the Profile for TheAnnoyedCockroach   Click Here to Email TheAnnoyedCockroach     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I much prefer Risk ....

Amen to that.

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macadddikt18
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posted April 03, 2002 11:37     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
risk is a fun game. I love playing it. the computer game is not as much fun because the computer just kicks your butt all over the place. But playing online can be fun once in awhile. I still like the old board game though. You really can't beat that.
Nayt

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Evilbunny
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posted April 03, 2002 18:13     Click Here to See the Profile for Evilbunny   Click Here to Email Evilbunny     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like monopoly.

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iMat
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posted April 03, 2002 18:32     Click Here to See the Profile for iMat   Click Here to Email iMat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ARRRGGHH!!

Okay, just to clear things from the "tidbits" thing next to the poll, I do know how to play chess, just not well.

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TheAnnoyedCockroach
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posted April 03, 2002 20:04     Click Here to See the Profile for TheAnnoyedCockroach   Click Here to Email TheAnnoyedCockroach     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whenever we play Risk, it's always more "Who give in to the pressure first" than the concept of actually finishing the game. Sooner or later, one of us cracks, and the board becomes a seething mass of troops instead of the orderly game that it usually is.

That's when we claim victory.

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fearofmediocrity
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posted April 04, 2002 10:18     Click Here to See the Profile for fearofmediocrity     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've only played Risk once. It was with my cousins in New Jersey who are proclaimed geniuses by my aunts and uncles.

I won.

It's amazing what you can do when you're annoyed.

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StrayDog
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posted April 04, 2002 23:40     Click Here to See the Profile for StrayDog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, if it's any consolation, my neighbour's cat can beat me in 10 moves or so.

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iballoondesign
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posted April 05, 2002 01:36     Click Here to See the Profile for iballoondesign   Click Here to Email iballoondesign     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by fearofmediocrity:
I don't have a big brother. Can I borrow yours?


Don't be silly! Ask your parents to adopt new brother.

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Rednivek
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posted April 05, 2002 07:54     Click Here to See the Profile for Rednivek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I played chess in Michigan and always won the timed games because I play it more like checkers, but never won the untimed games because I get bored.

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EddieKatz
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posted April 05, 2002 08:52     Click Here to See the Profile for EddieKatz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the last time i played chess i got whiped by the seven year old i was babysitting for. he also beat my ass at checkers. but then i got my revenge. no one beats me at spit! mwahahahahaha!

sad that i get such satisfaction out of beating grade schoolers in a game that no one my age should still remember how to play.

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Cutie-pie
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posted April 06, 2002 17:24     Click Here to See the Profile for Cutie-pie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sorry you can't play.
I'm pretty good, but I used to suck horriblly.
I feel your pain

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Erbo
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posted April 07, 2002 23:49     Click Here to See the Profile for Erbo   Click Here to Email Erbo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Cutie-pie:
I'm pretty good, but I used to suck horriblly.

And CP claims not to be a geek elsewhere in this same forum...see, CP? You can exhibit geekly qualities, if you try!

(Unless you're a ringer, and are really an Ubergeek in drag, as it were...you never know 'bout these things. This post right here that says "Erbo" on it could be one of my cats posting, for all anyone here would know . )

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Erbo
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posted April 07, 2002 23:52     Click Here to See the Profile for Erbo   Click Here to Email Erbo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
oops...hit Reply instead of Edit by mistake. The "tooltips" don't work under Mozilla if they just use the ALT text on the graphic. Hey, Snaggy, think you could edit the templates in UBB to use the TITLE= attribute on those images?

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