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#51
I would love to participate - unfortunately chess-boxing came along 20 years too late for me; they have age restrictions!

The preparation problems you mention only really affect strong players who have narrow opening repertoires (and as mentioned before games are made available in many different ways, not just via Live boards), and even then it's very rare that using an engine will actually win the game for you, e.g.

[pgn]1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. g3 Nc6 7. Nde2 Bd7 8. Bg2 Qc8 9. h3 Bg7 10. Nd5 Nxd5 11. exd5 Ne5 12. a4 Bf5 13. Nd4 Nd3+ 14.cxd3 Bxd4[/pgn]

This was my game last week as black against Dave Findlay in the TAFCA league. We had played the same opening 3 years previously when I hadn't seen the ...Nd3+ idea and played instead 12...0-0 (...Bf5 makes no sense if you haven't seen the knight check) and Dave played 13.Ra2! planning to meet 13...Bf5 with 14. b3 (after a subsequent c4 the rook will re-enter the game).

Anyway, preparation with an engine gave me an advantage, but I still have to win the game (which I didn't - Dave played very accurately and the game was drawn).

If you have any examples of openings being busted because someone prepared with an engine I'd be happy to see them! (preferably in Scottish chess please).
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#52
Opening preparation and openings in general are the weakest parts of my game. I've found in the past that the more I prepare the worse I do. I'm not entirely sure why that is, but I have a couple of theories. Perhaps it's because I am led into a false sense of security, and so don't concentrate as much; or perhaps it's because I play lines without understanding the deeper ideas behind them and then lose my way in the middle game. Much better to play moves that make sense to me, rather than blindly hammeing out 15 moves from an opening book?

Chess 960 event would be good fun and great practise. Big Grin

I'd love Chess Boxing too!
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#53
Andy wrote

Quote:I would love to participate - unfortunately chess-boxing came along 20 years too late for me; they have age restrictions!

Thank goodness for that! Streetfighter wasn't my ideal opponent. I would prefer someone deceptively slow with as much mobility as a three legged dachshund. It would also help if they have learned how to move the pieces a couple of days beforehand.
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#54
robin moore Wrote:Andy wrote

Quote:I would love to participate - unfortunately chess-boxing came along 20 years too late for me; they have age restrictions!

Thank goodness for that! Streetfighter wasn't my ideal opponent. I would prefer someone deceptively slow with as much mobility as a three legged dachshund. It would also help if they have learned how to move the pieces a couple of days beforehand.

I could think of a few opponents for you then. lol
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#55
I've never played chess 960 but I'd be up for giving it a try.

As for chessboxing? No thanks I choose life!
Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional!
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#56
actually i might have a chance at chess-boxing Big Grin

better may be drink-chess; every time a piece is taken both players must take a drink; i have a team mate who would get GM norms every tourney Big Grin
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