Ptarmigan

a grouse with completely feathered feet

8/13/2003

See, I suck at tactics. It's easy to kill me in chess. Await screwups. People in "my generation" who are more competent at orchestrating cultural capital than...well, this writing always becomes turgid for me. The smoothness of their perceived transactions hangs over head under reading interaction spell. How are they related? The used-car salesperson mentality and the purloined letters? Career management meets pitiful lotto indie cred? Relationship towards overrated poets and their own ability to hustle and also self-hustle? Connect four! (I think about this with Reetika--po-biz as a defense mechanism). It's totally unfair, on my part, in a way.

But only in a way. Not that I'm pure on that front, I guess.

Back to chess. I'm obsessed with the English opening:



When I (mostly lurk) on the chess boards like FICS, I use this opening as White almost exclusively. I am prone to hypermodernism. But again, tactics trumps positionalism any day of the week. It's more the idea of chess's ideas. Insert Nabokov/Duchamp/Bogart quote here, right?

Yesterday I went to White Castle and had sliders:

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 b6 4. e3 Bb7 5. Qa4 Bxf3 6. gxf3 Bc5 7. f4 O-O 8.
Bg2 b5 9. Qb3 d5 10. cxd5 Nxd5 11. Nxd5 exd5 12. e4 Qh4 13. O-O dxe4 14. Bxe4 Na6 15. Bxa8 Rxa8 16. Qxb5 Qxf4 17. Qxa6 Rb8 18. Qc6 Qc4 19. d4 Qxd4 20. Qxc7 Re8 21. Be3 Qg4+ 22. Kh1 Qe4+ 23. Kg1 Bxe3 24. fxe3 Qxe3+ 25. Kg2 f6 26. Rf3 Qd2+ 27. Rf2 Qg5+ 28. Kf3 Qe3+ 29. Kg2 Re6 30. Qc8+ Re8 31. Qc4+ Re6 32. Rf3 Qd2+ 33. Rf2 Qe3 34. Rd1 Kf7 35. Rd7+ Kg8 36. b4 Qe4+ 37. Qxe4 Rxe4 38. b5 Rb4 39. Rb2 Ra4 40. Rxa7 Rxa7 41. b6 Rb7 42. a4 Kf7 43. a5 Ke6 44. a6 Rd7 45. b7 Rd1 46. b8=Q Ra1 47. Qb6+ Ke5 48. a7 Kf5 49. Qb7 Ke6 50. a8=Q Rxa8 51. Qxa8 Ke5 52. Qa5+ Ke4 53. Rb4+ Kd3 54. Qa3+ Kd2 55. Rb2+ Ke1 56. Qa1# 1-0

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