Rivalry Makes Chess Fun

I have a friendly rivalry with a player on Chess.com.  He's a great guy, and he's better than me.  Objectively, he will win 3 of 4 games played against me.  That's fine with me, though.  Those are the best games - the ones you know you can win, but that you're not likely to.  So each win is extra sweet, because you know you earned it (or he blundered really bad).  But hey, it's having fun and playing the game that really counts to me.  I play in tournaments, and I play one-off games, but my matches against OckhamsRazor is what really makes the day exciting.

Okay, so the tournaments do too.

Anyway, here is the latest game we played.  Ock had me on the ropes for the entire game.  I always felt I was two moves away from losing.  Fortunately for me, Captain Blunder came to play at the end and I ended up with the point. 

Second post is a game he won, to be fair, especially since he wins 3 out of 4. :D

Captain Blunder was on my side this game, and staying alive was certainly not easy.  Thus, I didn't.

The rivalry will hopefully continue for some time, because it's really fun to go up against him.  Thanks for the games, Ock, and I only need to win 4 more to even it up!


  • 9 years ago


    Oh yeah, and don't worry - nobody's reading.  10 hits so far! :)
  • 9 years ago


    I only hate you on the chess board, Ock, don't worry. :D

    On game 2, I remember now what I was thinking with 9, 10, and 11.  I was thinking, He's going to checkmate me, let me put my pawns where he can't do that.  And looking back, if I hadn't done those pawn moves, I would have gone earlier.  So maybe I will edit those comments.  heh.

  • 9 years ago


    I'm not sure whether to be flattered or embarrassed at seeing this one over again in public.  ;)  (No, of course I don't mind - I'm teasin' really.)


    For my end of it, there's no rivalry.  Not that I would naysay the concept of rivaling, but I am SO inconsistent that to entertain the idea of "rival" with anyone would be setting myself up to fail.


    And Jythier is being humble.  I'd say we're pretty evenly matched, but with different strengths. 


    Regarding 11 ...Rb8, as I recall, I considered castling there, but I had a couple of things in mind (note:  not necessarilly logical things).  I had a passed pawn on the B file and didn't want your army concentrating over there because I put my king there.  I favored the open space on that side of the board and didn't want to pollute it with your army attacking my king.  Like I said, not necessarily logical :)


    I remember looking at that pawn sitting on 21 ...c6 and thinking "That's where you blew it."  Had I castled Kingside there instead, my fall might still have occurred, but not in such a blundery way. 


    Of course, I find it hard to watch the rest of the game.  I saw the big mistake of 21 right away, and while usually blundering doesn't bother me (because I'm used to it), that one was too ridiculous to accept, so it shook me.  I proceeded to take on the role of Captain Blunder for the rest of the game.  Nothing less than I deserved - sort of like wearing a dunce cap in the corner for an hour.  My pennance for a poor pawn position.  (Couldn't resist a chance at alliteration) 




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