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Today, after rehearsal with the orchestra, I walked home, and on my way on O'Connell st, I saw a 2nd hand book/music/DVD store that I'd been intending to visit, since it was having a closing down sale of the "oh god, please just take it, we don't want all this stuff" variety, so I managed to get 5 good CDs (Mozart violin concerti, horn concerti, Saint-Saens random stuff, a clarinet CD and Sweeney Todd) and a copy of Myst for $17.50. And this made me muchos happy, so I had a celebratory yiros a little further on, and it was scrumptious!

Took lizziesilver back to the airport yesterday, after having her here for a few lovely days. *big hugs*

Was at anthraxia 's blacklight party (while Lizzie was busy marking papers), which was just aaaawesome! My fingers are still alternating green and yellow though, which is kinda ridiculous. Many glowingnesses of fun nature were had. I am bitterly disappointed that my piano belt and music tie don't show up under blacklight though :(

On Thursday night, I played at the chess night I organised for the uni club I'm part of in the chocolate bean, which was great fun. Dave (the other best player there, we're roughly equal in ability and results) and I analysed a couple of the just past world championship's games (and by the way, go Anand! I'm glad Topalov didn't win, he's an arrogant shite), then played a game ourselves. It was much shorter than I expected, and rather special really. Here is a blow by blow:

  Dave was playing white, and chose the Nimzo-Larsen opening, which I don't know well.

Just a preparation for my next move really, but it develops a piece nicely.

the only reason why anyone plays the previous move, really.

The point of my move before, as well. I want to limit white's bishop's influence along the diagonal where it's sitting. This is the usual setup that occurs after the Nimzo-Larsen.

A gambit, sacrificing a pawn and some king safety to distract black's forces, and allow white's bishop to shine.

To his gambit, a counter-gambit. Also a little risky, but I liked the look of it. I was partly attacking his king, and partly thinking to bring that bishop one square right and down, eliminating the advantage white's bishop previously had. Risky because I'm letting him take my pawn, and allowing the possibility that actually happens in this game later.

  So a kinda twofold move: keeps my queen from coming out to the right flank and attacking the king, attacks the pawn again.

I thought for a long time about this move, because it allows white's next move:

winning my rook whenever he wants it, but it becomes a trade, since I get to play:

So black is ahead a knight for a pawn at the moment, but white can take my rook whenever he wants it, which is a much bigger deal.

Unfortunately, white was greedy and took it right away when he didn't need to really. The only move that gives white an ok game was to take my pawn with the pawn in front of white's king, everything else fails one way or another.

Checkmate! With a pawn! Woooo! Taking the 2nd rightmost pawn would have worked too, if white takes the pawn back, I can checkmate with the queen in 2 moves, so white's only option is to move something to give the king an escape route, allow the pawn to capture the rook and get a second queen, and be in a hopelessly lost game after that. So it actually took me a comparatively long time to see the pawn checkmate, I already had a good plan :)

For any other chess nerds here, here's the pgn with annotations:

[Date "2010.05.13"]
[White "Dave"]
[Black "Andrew"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A01"]
[Opening "Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack"]
[Variation "Modern Variation, Paschmann Gambit"]

1. b3 {The Nimzo-Larsen} Nc6 2. Bb2 e5 {the modern variation, by
transposition} 3. f4 {I looked all over the internet, and managed to find a
name for this, the Paschmann Gambit (very obscure)} Bc5 (3. .. exf4 4. Nf3
Nf6 {is probably better for black}) 4. Nf3 {looks good, and would probably
be good were it not for the text moves} e4 5. Bxg7 exf3 {both essentially
forced} 6. Bxh8 (6. exf3 6. .. Bd4 7. Bxh8 Bxh8 8. Nc3 {was necessary, and
leaves white with an ok game, though passive.}) (6. e3 {looks like it both
defends against both f2 and stops Bd4, but...} 6. .. Qh4+ 7. g3 Qg4 8. Bxh8
f2+ 9. Kxf2 Qxd1) (6. gxf3 Qh4#) 6. .. f2# (6. .. fxg2 7. d4 Qh4+ 8. Kd2
gxh1=Q {was what I originally had in mind, until I saw the pawn checkmate})

So, with that theme of a pawn checkmating the king, I almost wish I had gone to Ross' communist party and regaled tales of my grunt's journey of heroism in the face of the greedy capitalist white, but I was having too much fun at anthraxia 's

What else? There was an AUCS concert recently, which was much better than I thought it would be. I especially enjoyed doing "mystery" with eledhwen_20 and the dramatic reading of "my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard" with Emily!

Easterfest was fucking awesome, I got to meet so many lovelies, and got to be silly and nerdy.

That'll do for now, methinks, my long-neglected livejournal friends!


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May. 16th, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
I once gave up a piece after 7 moves, but I don't think I've been embarrassed like that.

If I was playing a friend, I might have preferred toying with him by 6... Qh4+ 7. g3 Qxg3+ 8. hxg3 9. f2#.
May. 16th, 2010 10:27 am (UTC)
I was kinda tempted to do fxg7 and force the promotion, and get him with the two queens :P That would have been a different, more cruel kind of toying though... and I'm kinda glad that in the actual game, it was only 6 moves.
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