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Devac  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 18, 2017

Repairs:

I repaired a washing machine! Can't believe how easy it was to pinpoint problems once I decomposed it completely. All the gaskets/seals got replaced, gunk and lime removed from everything, and this thing works as new. It's likely that the bulk of my work wasn't necessary, but what the hell. It works.

Chess:

Last week I won, this week I was a million miles away and blundered myself into a draw. It is usually the point in any given tournament when I start losing every other game. Still, so far I'm 5.5 out of 6 and ranked as fifth overall. I guess that's something. As long as this tournament will not end with me being 5.5 out of 11, I'm OK with that.

Lectures:

I'm preparing slides and other stuff for my first uni-approved lecture. It's about determining the number of possible platonic solids and Kepler-Poinsot polyhedra.

Timing everything is difficult. I have no idea how actual lecturers are doing it. Right now, it feels to me that I was getting much better results by winging it as I go and will likely do just that.

Schemes:

A few months ago I mentioned that there are some loopholes in regulations regarding our graduation requirements. You see, a lot of the courses from mathematical/theoretical physics count toward applied mathematics programme and vice versa. It includes grad-level courses I took/am taking! Apparently, it works as intended.

Assuming that I'll play it well, I might be able to get two masters degrees in less than two years from now. Worth a try.




weewooweewoo  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Can I see the game? A draw is still really good. Your score in the tournament overall still sounds like you being overly modest.

Devac  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Here it is <- I played as white.

Apparently, it wasn't as much of a blunder as it felt at the table. If the strength graph is any indication it probably couldn't have been evener (that's a word, right?). I kinda looked at my opponent and we had this moment of telepathy going along the lines of "is there a reason to prolong this thing? Let's just handshake, sign the game sheet and report the draw."

That tiny moment of gained position felt huge during the game, though. That's likely why losing it felt like such a blunder.

    Your score in the tournament overall still sounds like you being overly modest.

Perhaps, but so far my progress at tournaments goes in one of two ways:

1. Cruising without breaking a sweat until something breaks my streak and I get myself into a self-sustaining anxiety fission pile about my next game (which means I'm going to make mistakes and play conservatively instead of my prefered style).

2. Lose the first five or six consecutive games, until I'm down with the 'glue-eating kids' and stop giving a fuck so hard that I'm winning every game for the rest of the tournament.

My sample size is around forty and there aren't many outliers.

Plus I prefer to downplay myself most of the time. Doesn't feel as bad when things go to shit.

weewooweewoo  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·  

33.h5 doesn't even look like too much of a blunder, because you take on c6 the next move. I don't fully understand the .7 centipawn loss there, it just feels like such an even game. I really think that this game is indicative of how consistent you are as a player.

Was there something to trading queens on turn 10? I know the computer says it's the best move, it already looks... drawish after the knight recaptures. I feel like Qg3 would have been more your style.

I just got interviewed for a graphic design internship position for these guys today: http://chessbrah.tv/about-chessbrah/ I felt really good about the interview. if I get the position, I'll get to travel to Montreal, help them with their blitz chess stream, and get drunk with famous chess players. It's still really weird to me. I didn't have anyone else to tell right now, but I thought maybe you'd be amused by it.

Also, I do the same about the downplaying, but I really think you're doing great! I'd love to see your next games.

Devac  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    33.h5 doesn't even look like too much of a blunder, because you take on c6 the next move.

  34. … Ne2+ 35. Kf2 Nd4 36. Be4

That's the best continuation that I can see. No mobility, everything is pinned one way or another and we are just walking around and hoping that the opponent will make a mistake. Or hope that opponent's clock will go out.

That's not fun! I'm happy that my opponent saw eye to eye with me on that point.

    I don't fully understand the .7 centipawn loss there, it just feels like such an even game.

Centipawn is a metric used to gauge how 'perfect' was overall play. It tallies losses and pawn is worth 100 basic units. There's your centi-pawn. The lower, the better. Knight and bishop are worth 300, rook 500 and queen 900. Average it over the game's duration and that's the average centipawn loss.

I personally don't like this metric. It makes any tactic that relies on sacrifices seem bad, flawed etc.

    Was there something to trading queens on turn 10?

Years of studying bastards deploying perfect Caro-Kann against me. ;)

Seriously, it might not be the best move, but I wanted to have this exchange done 'on my terms' so to speak.

    Chessbrah

Lol at the name. I hope you'll get the job! Sounds like a nerd-blast.

steve  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I repaired a washing machine!

Well done!

I find very few things as rewarding as diagnosing a problem, troubleshooting the source, and repairing it with my own hands.