First of all, happy New Year to everybody! Second, it's almost 8:00 PM Montana time and I see Perseus on the couch! That was a surprise.
Third of all, this was not my finest New Year's Eve. The very first thing to go wrong, was my computer wouldn't boot up. I spent 8 hours hammering on it to no avail. The hard drive had failed. So New Year's Day I spent at my brother's getting a new hard drive and ghosting my old one onto the new one. It's easy to forget what a huge part of my life this computer is. I spent most of New Year's Eve watching the "Twilight Zone", which is not altogether a bad thing. The first "Twilight Zone" I saw after midnight was one of my favorites, with Richard Basehart.
Finally, it was pretty weird not playing somewhere. It's the first New Year's Eve I didn't play in I think, about 30 years. I didn't mind having one off for a change, but it just wasn't right. I need to be playing next New Year's Eve. John
Sorry about your computer hard drive! I have lived that one before, except the part at your brothers. ;)
WHen will you start plYing again? I know you are looking at doing it now.
David and the CoolCyberCats
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
It sounds like it was a fun game! I am glad you played!