League meets Tuesday evenings. We can go to the range all we want to practice, but my free time is not enought to make it much. I used to go every Wednesday at lunch but I have been going to the post office, ups and fedex, West Mont (helps me make my cat toys) and errands over lunches so have not been to the range for over a month to just shoot.
I think I shoot fairly well, it is practicing at remaining calm and not be stressed when shppting with the league. I have made strides there, as my shooting scores the last 2 weeks (and I scored highest on our team those times) show. :)
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How often do you do this? Do you get time to practice between matches? John
I did well again this week! 4 points down from last week, but still damn good!
Whoa, I had no idea those things had been around so long! I think the only difference between those and the new ones are syncing them up with a cell-phone. I do have 3 electronic chess games, although you just move the pieces yourself. The first was a Radio Shack and I used the heck out of it. That was in the pre-computer days. It was pretty good but on rare occasion would make a mistake and lock up or try to make an impossible move. On the highest level it could start out pretty fast but when the game got complicated it could take up to 2 hours to make its move. I played it that way once or twice but that obviously wasn't going to work. The second was an Excaliber about the size of your hand, again from Radio Shack, but it made enough mistakes to be frustrating so I didn't use it much. My third was considerably more advanced. I found it at a yard sale just a few years ago and I really don't know how old it was. I only used it enough to know that it worked.
Need is a pretty strong word. I used to collect chess sets and I lost count at over 100. (Most of them were cheap "dollar" sets.) Some of them are pretty nice though. Got a lot of novelty sets, the Simpsons, CocaCola, Chicago, New York, Scooby Doo, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Star Wars...Games like that are too difficult to play though, and I need to try to sell them off. A few I'd like to keep. I've got a giant set where the King is about a foot and a half tall, a marble set, a beautiful Egyptian set. I've got one identical to the set Jack Lemon was using in "Grumpy Old Men"...a few really nice ones like that I'd like to hang on to, even though I only "need" one. John
Yup. I used to have a Fidelity Phantom 6100 (made in the 1980's). Here is a link to one playing: https://youtu.be/SIqEEPEDejY
I decided to sell it on eBay about 15 years ago anf them bought this one: https://youtu.be/6myXGOiyPoM but I have never used it. It still sits in the original box and never opened. Just no time yet. I tend to do dumb things like that, buy something and it takes me 20 years to open it and use it. I suppose that means I have no need for it. ;)
Wow, there was a lot of your message that didn't go through but I guess I got it all this time.
You have a chess board what moves its own pieces? I thought that was fairly new! I saw one recently that you have to sync your phone up with. They had a little trouble syncing up their phone but when they finally got it, they could play people online. Then they could only find one other person online who could do it so I'm thinking, this may not get very far. The pieces moved pretty slowly too, so when the novelty wears off, that'll be it.
I occasionally play people online but usually just play the computer. I try to get in just about a game a day. More than that can get a little stressful and it can take between 20 minutes to an hour, depending on how well or badly I'm doing. (The worse I do the longer it takes.) Often, I'll just watch someone else play. I follow a couple of teachers on YouTube and I've read a lot of books on it, and it drives me crazy that I'm not any better than I am. Still, my win/loss ratio is 87%. John