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in the zone

That’s where I was yesterday as I contended a couple rated chess games. At least until my blunder under pressure of the clock in game two. LOL. The battle was a tactical slugfest and far too complex to be done justice by the accelerated time control of Game/60. (Each side gets an hour to allocate as s/he sees fit for the entire game, making for a maximum session of two hours. Overstepping the time limit also counts as a loss.)

My opponent, Braden Bournival, is a titled master, officially recognized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). He is a three-time, repeat champion of New Hampshire, the first of which we shared, and is more than 400 rating points above my “Class A” rank. Ratings are statistical measures, and this kind of disparity predicts a 99% win ratio for the higher. So, if we were to play 100 games, the odds are I would only manage one win. This was almost it! Quite literally, “The one that got away.” All in all a fun afternoon of chess in the wilds of NH. (Replay games)

Could the healthy fuel with which I provided my body and mind be responsible for such clear thinking? Perhaps… ;)

From a kitchen table loaded with goodies:

Here’s what I packed for the day:

  • 16 ounces watermelon
  • one big papaya
  • one orange
  • 1/3 avocado
  • six ounces romaine lettuce
  • 2.5 ounces red cabbage
  • three ounces broccoli
  • three ounces chicory
  • brown rice protein
  • 32 ounces coffee (black)

On another note, what’s this about Edwards not knowing of PETA?!

“I can honestly say I have never heard of PETA,” said Edwards. “They don’t want people to eat meat? Well I am not in favor of that.”

Yikes. Go Kucinich! :)

4 Responses to “in the zone”

  1. Marjorie says:

    Yeah, Kucinich!


    p.s. What makes that whole thing even more sad is that Edwards’ wife is dying of cancer.

  2. joanna says:

    Do you play GO?

    Yes – and I have to agree GO KUCINICH! :)

  3. Erin says:

    I used to play Go regularly in college with a good friend who is an excellent competitive player. Although I acquired enough skill to play a decent game, he still had no problems giving me a 9-stone handicap.

  4. Erin says:

    So true, Marjorie.

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