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Post by Blackferne » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:41 pm

I play chess.

I've been going to the local chess club for a while and this past weekend in the big annual tournament they help I tied for 3rd in the novice section getting a check for $67. I went 4w 1L and the guy I lost to won the whole section. (Novice section had like 70 players)

It was a good weekend!
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Post by Staris » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:24 pm

very cool

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Post by Blackferne » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:53 pm

Oh and I got a norm!

Chess has various titles. You've likely heard of some Grandmaster, International Master, and National Master are some of the more famous types. In order to get those titles you not only need to have a certain chess rating which shows your playing strength, but you also need a certain number of norms which are achieved by playing in rated tournaments of a certain number of rounds, and doing what would be considered an impressive result. So to become an international master you would need to compete in a tournament and play against some international masters and grandmasters, and have a good enough tournament score to be considered "impressive". The US Chess federation has lesser titles related to players at 1800, 1600, 1400, 1200 rating. I played in the novice section and the average rating of that section was about 1000. Based on the strength of the players I played and my tournament score I got a norm for the Category 4 title (related to 1200). 4 more and I'll be a Category 4 player. It is the lowest title in the US Chess world, but I am looking at it like achievement hunting.
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Post by Staris » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:09 pm

Very cool. keep us in the loop as you work on that achievement.

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Post by Bulwark » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:22 pm

Does that mean we should address you as Blackferne the Norm? Norm Blackferne?

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Re: Unsolicited Bragging

Post by Furiel » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:59 pm

I'm just picturing Joun coming home now and everyone greets him Cheers style... Norm!!!
They say when you go on a quest for vengence to dig two graves. They underestimate me.

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DPS - Furiel: Commando, T'ony: Slinger, Kessilee: VG, Ziraava: Sent
Tank - Montae: Shadow, Gaen: Guardian
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Post by Blackferne » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:01 pm

Bulwark wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:22 pm
Does that mean we should address you as Blackferne the Norm? Norm Blackferne?
I do not have the title yet. The title is Category 4 Title. It is a horrible title and I wish they would rename it to be more title like and less like a description used for hurricanes. A norm is just something I need to get enough of to get the title. However...
Furiel wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:59 pm
I'm just picturing Joun coming home now and everyone greets him Cheers style... Norm!!!
This is appropriate.
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Re: Unsolicited Bragging

Post by Bulwark » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:33 pm

Gotcha, "Category 4 Blackferne" it is.

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Post by Whiteness » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:32 am

congrats Catfourne!
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Within 5 squares of Syric: +1 to Healing surges, +3 Diplomacy, +2 Intimidate, +2 Speed on surprise and 1st regular rounds
Between 6-10 squares of Syric: +1 Diplomacy

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Re: Unsolicited Bragging

Post by Furiel » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:14 pm

Whiteness wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:32 am
congrats Catfourne!
I see what you did there.

I approve.
They say when you go on a quest for vengence to dig two graves. They underestimate me.

The Plush Family:
DPS - Furiel: Commando, T'ony: Slinger, Kessilee: VG, Ziraava: Sent
Tank - Montae: Shadow, Gaen: Guardian
Heals - Kam'ryn: Sage, Sabran: Soundrel

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Post by Blackferne » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:24 pm

Whiteness wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:32 am
congrats Catfourne!
Not yet. But soon. :shifty:
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Post by Blackferne » Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:16 am

Chess bragging update.

Garry Kasparov did a simultaneous chess exhibition at SXSW today. I saw a tweet earlier in the week and emailed the organizers thinking there was no way I'd actually be selected to play. I was. Today I played the 13th world chess champion. Out of the 10 opponents he faced I lasted the longest at 41 moves. They gave us the boards we played on and he autographed it.

Blackferne, the last to lose!
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Re: Unsolicited Bragging

Post by Furiel » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:03 pm

Blackferne wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:16 am
Chess bragging update.

Garry Kasparov did a simultaneous chess exhibition at SXSW today. I saw a tweet earlier in the week and emailed the organizers thinking there was no way I'd actually be selected to play. I was. Today I played the 13th world chess champion. Out of the 10 opponents he faced I lasted the longest at 41 moves. They gave us the boards we played on and he autographed it.

Blackferne, the last to lose!
Second is just the first loser.

Seriously though, congratz on a really cool experience. Glad you enjoyed it. Now maybe you can get a rematch next year and make it to 42 moves. Or 69, giggity.
They say when you go on a quest for vengence to dig two graves. They underestimate me.

The Plush Family:
DPS - Furiel: Commando, T'ony: Slinger, Kessilee: VG, Ziraava: Sent
Tank - Montae: Shadow, Gaen: Guardian
Heals - Kam'ryn: Sage, Sabran: Soundrel

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Post by Blackferne » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:47 pm

Furiel wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:03 pm
Second is just the first loser.
Better to be first loser than last loser though.
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Post by Blackferne » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:54 pm

Here is the game for anyone curious.

https://lichess.org/9AXUjHA3
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Post by Bulwark » Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:09 am

Blackferne wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:16 am
Chess bragging update.

Garry Kasparov did a simultaneous chess exhibition at SXSW today. I saw a tweet earlier in the week and emailed the organizers thinking there was no way I'd actually be selected to play. I was. Today I played the 13th world chess champion. Out of the 10 opponents he faced I lasted the longest at 41 moves. They gave us the boards we played on and he autographed it.

Blackferne, the last to lose!
That's Awesome!

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Post by Takanudo » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:40 am

Do you a nemesis yet? Pop culture tells me chess is best enjoyed when played against a respected foe while the fate of millions are on the line.

-Takanudo (is wondering if you are the evil one)
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Post by Furiel » Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:29 pm

Just like with the weird one, if you aren't sure if you're the evil one, the answer is always yes.
They say when you go on a quest for vengence to dig two graves. They underestimate me.

The Plush Family:
DPS - Furiel: Commando, T'ony: Slinger, Kessilee: VG, Ziraava: Sent
Tank - Montae: Shadow, Gaen: Guardian
Heals - Kam'ryn: Sage, Sabran: Soundrel

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Post by Blackferne » Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:50 pm

Takanudo wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:40 am
Do you a nemesis yet? Pop culture tells me chess is best enjoyed when played against a respected foe while the fate of millions are on the line.

-Takanudo (is wondering if you are the evil one)
Well let me start off by saying, Magneto was right....


As for a chess nemesis, not really. I'd love to have one. I am probably one of the most regular players in the past two years of the austin Chess Club, but I'm in the lowest section usually which has a lot more coming and going of players than the higher sections. I just need to improve to the point where I get up to the middle section and I can probably get one of them to my nemesis.
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Post by Blackferne » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:50 pm

Norm update.

This past month I scored my second norm.

CatFourne or Category 4 Blackferne is one step closer to being a thing. I think I need 3 more.
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Re: Unsolicited Bragging

Post by Furiel » Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:30 pm

Blackferne wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:50 pm
This past month I scored my second norm.
Cheers?
They say when you go on a quest for vengence to dig two graves. They underestimate me.

The Plush Family:
DPS - Furiel: Commando, T'ony: Slinger, Kessilee: VG, Ziraava: Sent
Tank - Montae: Shadow, Gaen: Guardian
Heals - Kam'ryn: Sage, Sabran: Soundrel

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Re: Unsolicited Bragging

Post by Staris » Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:55 pm

Nice :rave:

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Post by Blackferne » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:34 pm

I was trying to explain the rank of chess titles to people yesterday and said "If chess master is king, category 4 title is like Baron, the lowest title in the british noble system."

If I get this I will expect you guys to call me Baron von Blackferne.
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Re: Unsolicited Bragging

Post by Furiel » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:31 pm

Request denied.
They say when you go on a quest for vengence to dig two graves. They underestimate me.

The Plush Family:
DPS - Furiel: Commando, T'ony: Slinger, Kessilee: VG, Ziraava: Sent
Tank - Montae: Shadow, Gaen: Guardian
Heals - Kam'ryn: Sage, Sabran: Soundrel

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Re: Unsolicited Bragging

Post by Bulwark » Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:52 pm

wouldn't 'Norm' be more appropriate?

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