On a whim, I checked Google Books for free books to download (and can also be read online) for "Chess"... went through 15 pages of hits and the below books caught my eye due to name recognition of author and/or subject:
The only caveat to note is that these are old books, therefore, the chess notation used is Descriptive Notation and not the modern Algebraic Notation.
edit: p.s. there were quite a few chess problems/puzzles books, I didn't check them out, but if they are in the vein of 'find the winning move' or 'mate in X amount of moves'... those types of books will sharpen your tactics up
Conrad always plays white against me. For quite some time he has focused on a QP opening. For a while I did well playing QB-4 in response, but eventually he solved that
Thought I helped you learn algebraic notation before? Old dogs didn't learn new tricks yet? Back to descriptive notation
Conrad plays 1 d4 (1 P-Q4) and you reply 1 ... c5 (1 ... P-QB4) ? His reply can be 2 d5 (2 P-Q5) commanding the center... but that can lead to the Benoni if you play 2 ... e6 (2 ... P-K3)
Eventually IMO Conrad should learn to play black... it's like the MA, only playing offense and no defense makes one a one-dimensional player. If Conrad plays anyone else but you, they may not be as accomodating to allow him to always play White.
Re: Benoni Defense - it's a razor-sharp opening for Black vs a QP opening. Generally, Black should be tactical-minded. Interesting background which I didn't know... it's from a Hebrew term meaning 'son of sorrow'.
For beginners, for QP openings, learning the Queen's Gambit Declined variations or Queen's Gambit Accepted would be easier to learn than the Benko/Benoni as black.
Some other tips I neglected to mention:
Develop your pieces... do not 'fight with just one hand'... use your whole 'body' -- in the opening the general idea is to control the center as the King is still in the center... work to move pawns which clear the way to develop pieces.. generally you don't want to move your queen until you develop your other pieces... Castling is one of the best ways to get your rook into the center
Generally you want knights in center... they command more squares... you want rooks with open files... you want to double up your rooks... doubled-up rooks are more powerful than 1 queen, the rooks protect each other.
Know the point values of the pieces... this is a quick way for beginners to know if a trade of pieces is even or advantageous gain for yourself or for your opponent but be cognizant that sometimes if your opponent lost out on the trade with respect to value, it may be a precursor to a multi-move combo which will net him some advantage... easiest example is a mating attack, "sac a piece" (sacrifice) to open up position to hunt the king. Most chessplayers value a Bishop slightly more than a Knight, hence Bishop = 3.5 pts and knighs are valued as 3 pts. Queen is 9 pts, rooks are 5 pts (but doubled-up rooks are 10 pts, more than 1 queen), pawns are 1 pt (so roughly 3 pawns for 1 bishop/knight is fair trade, but doesn't take into consideration the position on the board)... the King has no numerical point value as it's the object of the game.
QP openings slightly slower-paced, KP openings are faster-paced... one opening I used to play as white was the English opening. The original idea was that if the Sicilian Defense (1 ... c5) was so good vs 1 e4, why not play it as a first move for White. Generally this opening is very positional as well as loads of transpositional possibilites.. if you play the English, you are being flexible, not quite imposing your will or committing too quickly... you want to see what Black will respond with, which may allow you to steer the opening to something that you find favorable/familiar. English opening can transpose to Queen's Gambit easily.
Another approach to learning chess... if for some reason you like a famous player, read up on his games, if not the player himself, someone would've collected his games into a book with analysis. Back when I was into chess, Anatoly Karpov and Garri Kasparov were the 2 top players. Kasparov was risk-taker and active attacker... Karpov was the Yin to Kasparov's Yang, Karpov was slow and methodical, playing like a machine. Compared to BJJ/MMA, it's like saying you like Rickson or Royce's style, slow and methodical, so you watch their fights and try to emulate them... or you like Randy Couture's dirty boxing/GnP style, you would work for the clinch etc.
p.s. forgive me please for my rambling stream-of-consciousness posting. Any q's, please ask.
Following up on my 'style of play' comments, IMO best to learn the basics of the game before worrying about memorizing an opening... learn how to mate, recognize you are under attack, don't 'hang' pieces... set up attacks to net you some advantage, think ahead 2-3 moves, once you are at that level, then perhaps learn an opening.
Part of playing chess is not handing over your pieces to your opponent... sometimes it's not your opponent beating you, it's you beating yourself by giving away pieces for free... if you are making a sacrifice attack, that is different than outright blunders.
Good luck to everyone on this thread and have fun! If you have q's, I may be able to answer but just know that ages ago, I invested some time to chess and but am but a mediocre player.
I haven't played chess in quite some time. I used to play in JHS, HS and College. I was never any good, just slightly above the average... USCF rated ~1500-1600. Most of my friends were experts 1900+ or Masters 2000+. One was a chess prodigy and learned from Jackie Collins, who also taught Bobby Fischer. They never formally taught me, just showed me stuff, also played loads and loads of games with them. Always got my butt kicked.
The masters were able to play 'blindfold' chess... they need not look at the board and can play the whole game in their head... you just have to tell them your movie... they also could play 'speed' chess (many many different names for this... but you use a chess clock and if you run out of time before you checkmate your opponent or s/he runs out of time, and they 'call your flag' you lose). Standard games were 5 mins apiece, against the masters, they were able to spot all the 'fishes' (easy victims who cannot even keep afloat) 5 to 1... meaning they have 1 min and you get 5. A few parks in NYC have chess tables set up and you pay 1 or 2 dollars (may have went up, or depends on the park) a game... sometimes side bets abound.
Anyway, if you are able to learn from books, you can start with some books first before actually paying for lessons... like the MA or anything you want to learn/do/practice, it's much better to have a capable instructor teach you, but partly like the MA, you have to put in the flight time too and play to play, play to recognize patterns (opening, mating, advantageous exchanges, command position/board space, endgame, etc)... if you play enough, you get to a point that you won't 'hang' pieces (lose pieces stupidly by giving them away free)... unlike the MA, there are loads of chess programs or standalone games that can help you sharpen up your skills as well as teach you some basics.
I started with 2 books: Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess and My 60 Memorable Games by Fischer... 1st book is great for beginners, and 2nd book, helps you how a chess master plays inspiring chess... how to grind out a win with only a pawn advantage, etc. 1st book shows you a chessboard, and you are told how many moves you have to play to gain some kind of advantage. Chapters include Forks, Skewers, Mate in x amount of moves, etc. Bruce Pandoflini had some readable books on basics for beginners as well. Sure there are loads more.
I don't know if there are free chess sites which instruct but you can get the basics from a book as well as a chess program. If you come across a site, by all means go for it, just wanted to mention that another viable way to learn is via books, local libraries are full of how-to books if you don't want to buy the books. The NY Times, every tuesday in the Science section (section C) will have a column on chess... it analyzes some recent game played by masters or grandmasters... really helps to see strategy... may not go over the openings all that much, columnist probably presumes you know the openings a bit, but for middlegame and strategy and tactics, can help sharpen up your game.
My general tips for new players:
1) Learn how each piece moves
2) Learn the special moves of 'en passant' and 'castling'
3) Clear the board, learn how to mate with only: a) King and 2 Rooks vs King (easiest) b) King and Queen vs King (easy) c) King and Rook vs King (easy to medium difficulty) d) King and 2 Bishops vs King (harder) e) King and Knight and Bishop vs King (hardest, at least for me) f) King and Pawn (any pawn except A or H pawns) vs King (hard)
4) Once you understand how to mate, it gets your mind to thinking ahead, when there are other pieces (which are really obstacles to your objective, like Trapping in MA, clear the obstacle!) which are in your way to a mating attack... gets you to set up plans... or at the very least, set you up for an advantageous combination ending with some material gain for you either in pawn/pieces or position.
5) Have some idea of pawn structure... many beginners if they have no move in mind, and want to play a waiting move will play a pawn move... pawns cannot move back, therefore pawn structure is changed and may be weakened. Learn how to create a 'passed pawn' -- this is really important, coupled this with knowing how to mate with King and Queen vs King, you have some idea then to promote that passed pawn.
6) Like BJJ, learn one opening for King pawn (aka open game), one for Queen pawn (closed game), learn one defense for KP and one defense for QP... a general book on openings should help... if you get really serious about your chess, there are countless books on specific openings as well as specific variations/lines within a specific opening.
7) Regarding position... command the center is usually best... much like striking, learn how to deploy your pieces so as to give you control of the center as well as be able to help you attack... one chess saying comes to mind... "A knight on the rim is dim"... knights as well as other pieces generally have little influence if they are on the edge of the board (A and H files)
Loads more I can write about... sorry for my rambling thoughts...sorry for the lack of cohesiveness. Also, just keep in mind, I was no expert, not even class B player, was class D at best (iirc that was 1500-1600).
Guro C, that is awesome about your son beating you. One of the proudest moments a parent can have is when their children can beat them at something, especially if you know you didn't take it easy on them. My 7 yr old son has yet to do it, he has given up on chess against me for now... my 9 yr old daughter sometimes beats me in Connect Four!
Regarding style of play - if you are offensive in nature, learn a KP opening as white, as Black, learn the Sicilian Defense against 1 e4... as Black vs 1 d4, learn some sharp defenses like the Benoni Defense. Problem for beginners is learning the openings, there are literally 20-25 moves in opening lines and the variations of the 'if he plays this, then I play that' can get deep. My advice for beginners, don't get bog down by opening lines, just understand a little about them, play to work on your strategy... much like BJJ, work for position first, learn to forward your game by gaining small advantages and over the course of the game, if you don't blunder, you will be able to capitalize on your advantages.
An invaluable piece of advice if you are serious about chess, learn chess notation, not just to read and follow the books, but to write down your game and you can analyze where you went wrong... with a chess program, you can take back moves and try a different move instead... with human opponents, you generally won't have that option. Best to learn notation, and analzye your game later.
Regarding Chinese chess, I played a little, understood how to play, how pieces moved, but with my chess background, I was better than a beginner, but nowhere able to play to win against a halfway-experienced player.... IIRC it was way easier to stalemate in Chinese Chess than Chess. Learned Shogi (japanese chess) but my CC was better than shogi.
Go was hard for me, I didn't play much and ultimately, IMO Go is harder to master than Chess, therefore if you really want to develop your analytical skills and foreplanning and visualization, there is no better boardgame than Go.... trumps chess easily in my book in those respects.
To any that celebrate the Lunar New Year, Happy New Year! or as the Chinese say it, Gong Xi Fa Cai (mandarin) / Kung Hei Fat Choy (cantonese) ! May the Year of the Rabbit bring you and your loved ones Health, Happiness and Prosperity!
Fought 20 mins (not sure if this was verified or the Adrenaline Dump misperception of time)... killed 3 and injured 8... 40 bandits in total, luckily, if it's the stereotypical railroad train car, narrow passage in middle, limited access at Gurkha by bandits.
IIRC their battlecry,
EDIT: it's "Gorkhali Ayo!" (The Gurkhas are coming!)
EDIT 2: Apologies to Matt Tucker, he posted it above. Didn't see it. LOL @ me
on this link i am pointing out the two you tubes about a kiai master, the first shows him with his students in training, the second showing him fighting an mma guy, the video speaks a volume or two to me.
Firewalled at work, will have to check out at home when I have a chance.
Each eye sees a slightly different world. (Put a finger in front of your face, switch from one eye open to the other and that finger will shift, just a little bit.) But rather than walk around all day seeing in double vision, your brain pulls the world back into one-ness.
Brains decide what we see. Kokichi Sugihara knows this better than anyone. He makes videos that trick your brain into seeing things that you know, you absolutely know, can't happen.
And yet —
That's the short 1:30 or so clip... at the link above is a link to a longer 13 mins vid.
I'm firewalled at work from parts of that site. I do not know if Listowner Ray Terry has the 10+ yrs of the ED archived there or not. In the past, I know he had about 3-5 yrs worth available to read (or copy and paste).
One guess I had, ED ran its course, with the popularity of Facebook and many many FMA forums popping up, discussion relating to FMA via email list may have been outdated. Decline in posting was evident.
A guy is on a tour in a hospital, and he walks in on a patient jercking off. He asks the doc about it. Doc says, the patient has a severe case of prostatitis, and if he doesn't get off at least 5 times a day, he will die.
Guy keeps walking, and walks in on a guy getting head from a hot nurse. He asks the doc again. Doc says, he's got the same problem as the first patient, but a much better health plan.
Grateful our 2 younger children are enjoying their Christmas presents (Battleship, Connect Four, Milles Bournes).
Grateful our 2nd daughter beat me a few times in a row in Connect Four (granted, I was playing my son Battleship at the same time)... but she has progressed from, borrowing a JKD term, a SDA, to I guess what would be called a PIA in Connect Four.
Part of dealing with the adrenaline dump is NOT to have to deal with the adrenaline dump. Be sure your awareness is "on", that is, you are not in Code White but in Code Yellow. IIRC 'G M' posted a good link explaining the Color Codes of Awareness in the Security/Surveilance issues :
An nice presentation on the Color Code of Mental Awareness.
Also, remember the 3 S's - don't be where there are Stupid people, doing Stupid things in Stupid places (forgot exact wording, but you get the idea).
The other is not to fit the victim profile... Walk with confidence, continually scan your environment... if you present yourself as a hard target, odds are you will be passed over for an easier victim.
A friend sent me this clip of a korean film. it's pretty violent, but there are two nice action sequences. starting at around 5 min and then at 11 min. knife vs multiple attackers and knife vs kerambit. lot of intensity.
I saw that a few weeks ago and wanted to write a formal review ... never got around to it. Not an original idea, protagonist is a former SpecOps type, has troubled past, trying to leave past behind, gets dragged back into trouble... shades of Leon aka The Professional thrown in. Refreshing fight scenes, very CQC, one of the fights was in a bathroom stall. Thai actor plays the Vietnamese killer... he is best known from a Thai movie which escapes me ATM. Really cool for fight scenes, lead actor was strong silent smouldering type... liked his performance/initeraction with the little girl.
Grateful I was able to "teach a man how to fish" today. Now he is fed for life.
Grateful jcordova's daughter's fever broke!
An aside: sometime 2000 or so, Guro Crafty came to NYC to teach a seminar at Raw Dog's (Nick Sacoulas') school... I registered and was all set to go, but you can guess how the story will go from here. The night before, my daughter had a 104 fever. We took her to the ER, she stayed for a few days. My training partner J., also signed up for the seminar, was coming from Staten Island via the ferry, I was to pick him up and we go together. I picked him up, dropped him off and went straight to the hospital. Urinary Tract Infection was the guilty culprit. One of the scariest experiences I ever had... my daughter, despite the 104 fever, seemed fine and playful!
Doh! Didn't know about this forum or thread...loads of catching up... seems like everyone on the thread are very knowledgeable... i'm still learning
Didn't read thread completely yet... MCP (Molycorp) + 15% today ... yesterday up like 5%... rare earth metals used e.g. in batteries powering the IPad (or IPod)... most rare earth metals are found in China.... MCP is the only non-Chinese co in China ... do the homework on this... decide for yourself if there is still upside
*LOL at myself* I thought I was over-the-hill at 46. I am going to get back to formal training after years of on-and-off training (mostly off), raising 3 kids. My youngest is 7 yrs old and in 2nd grade, my 2 older are 12 and 9. Stickgrappler Jr is pretty much self-sufficient now, also my 2 Stickgrapplerettes can watch out for him too.
Dog Howie is an inspiration to me, fighting not just at a Gathering, but his dealings with Real Life given his challenges are truly what sets him as a Warrior.
I just replied on PPagan's Stickgrappling thread about 3 of the vidlessons available only to DBMAA members only. I hate sounding like a commercial but the access to the VL's is worth the price alone. Additionally, you will have access to the Members' Only forum which is overflowing with information to help your journey in the Martial Arts as well as Life. That is bonus/icing on the cake. You will also have access to Guro Crafty on some issues that is not for the Public forum.
And for any beginners in the MA, don't let PC's post intimidate you. I'm but a beginner and have learned a lot from the DBMAA. The very experienced members have fielded many of the less experienced members' questions in the spirit of making the Tribe/family stronger.
I joined the DBMAA when it was first formed, been a member for many years, there was a period due to real life I was not able to be a member... when I rejoined, I was welcomed back with open arms. The brotherhood as well as the camaderie invokes a Tribal feeling... one member helping the other members better themselves. Of all the organizations out there that have Members Only access, the DBMAA is the only one I'm a member of.
You know the saying about synergy? The sum of the parts is greater than the whole? This is so true with the DBMAA!
Very truly yours in the martial arts and self-defense,
I really like the material in the Stickgrappling Vidlesson (VL), however, from your post, this material may not be quite what you are looking for as it involves BJJ. Guro Crafty neglected to mention there is another stickgrappling VL. This one concentrates on the standing stickgrappling, specifically the Stick-Clinch. Not to sound like a commercial, but I really was surprised at this VL because:
1) The sheer amount of material taught 2) The clear cohesive progression of the material taught 3) Last but not least, surprised Guro Crafty didn't keep this block of the DBMA curriculum private, that is, not even offer it to the DBMAA members.
FYI - there is a VL on healing, although it's not Qigong/Chi Kung/Hei Gung, IMO it's worth checking out.
Please forgive my post if it came across as a commercial. The VL's are awesome!
Very truly yours in self-defense and the martial arts,
It is with deep sadness that I post of the passing of Sifu Ted Wong. My sincerest condolences to the Wong family and his students. The JKD Community has a suffered a great loss, and if I may be so bold, indeed, the Martial Arts Community has suffered a great loss.
An Intercepting Fist (2008) - a film by Annette Lee