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by John » Mon Jan 02, 2023 06:38 pm
Nice thing about having a brother in the computer business is, whatever you need, he's got right there. Cables, drives, programs, an while he's not a 24/7 tech, he's a 24/7 brother, so getting the drive, the ghosting program and a computer to do it on were right there on New Year's Day, when everybody else would be closed. Of course, ghosting took hours and we talked the whole time over some really strong coffee. With my hard drive shot, I was luck I could get it to spin up enough to ghost it.
One of his grandkids walked in toward the end and asked if anybody wanted to play chess. He was 10 years old and of course, he missed a lot but I gave him a lot of breaks. I asked him how long he'd been playing. Since Christmas! I said, "You've been playing a week and you're this good?" His Dad had taught him. I told him I wished I'd started that young. Maybe I'd be really good by now. He hadn't played his grandpa, (my brother) yet and he asked if he was any good. I said yes he was and they should start playing once in a while.
Anyway, it took a while but we got down to my Queen and Rook against his Bishop, and after giving him several opportunities he finally took my Queen. I had a Rook and 2 Pawns against his Bishop which was a pretty sure win, but I offered him a draw and he took it. It's really rare to get a human opponent in this area. It's only the third over-the-board game I've played in over a year. I think he had a lot of fun though and was glad to get the draw. John