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July 12, 2005

Ice Breaker (2nd edition)

Well, it has been a long time since I broke one of my bests… this isn’t a historic day or anything - they say, play enough, and you’ll do it eventually. But the thing is: the higher your best is, the harder it is to break it. Playing enough games won’t get you a 4000 rating (billions of games were played, but no one did it - human or machine in any category).

This time; however, the game isn’t just chess or kriegspiel… its crazyhouse! Most of you know the bughouse game (doubles chess) where you pass the captured pieces to your partner… well this is just doubles but on one board (whatever you capture is yours). While the two games are similar, the tactics can be very different, caution you! While good bughouse tend to be good crazyhouse players and vica versa, the correlation isn’t incredibly high.

Like kriegspiel, it is much more comfortable to play on a computer (hard inverting piece colours “by hand”, besides it requires 2 almost-full sets). I am also approaching 1000 tourney wins (not quite there yet). As they say, Progress must progress.

Update: Not approaching 1000 tourneys anymore. Been there and moved on, :). This also happened to coincide with my 900 tourney forfeit: did good work early, and had points to spare.

Update 2: When your rating is at your best, it is easy to break again. Thats exactly what happened. Now the best is 2151 instead of 2134.

Posted by Oleg Ivrii at July 12, 2005 08:58 PM

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