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Here's an idea.  You lot are always trying to assert your intellectual dominance over one another.  How about dueling it out in a game of chess?  I just created a free account on chess.com (I'm named "mackapaka" (from New Zealand) if anyone wants to play me, just search the name) I suck at it, but I'm learning), and I though it might be fun with all the rivalries on here for you guys to play eachother or play me.  Just an idea.
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Chess is a game that when fully understood you can't lose.

This means there's no incentive to master it since there's nothing to keep bad players playing against you for money unlike in poker etc where they can get lucky and keep coming back.

Judge-Ito(136) Disputed
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"This means there's no incentive to master it since there's nothing to keep bad players playing against you for money"

This is the exact incentive thousands of people across the world play this game.

And make money.

Do you know how money works? Or chess?

Here's an idea. You lot are always trying to assert your intellectual dominance over one another. How about dueling it out in a game of chess? I just created a free account on chess.com

I used to be very fond of the game. In fact, one of my proudest ever achievements was winning the high school chess championship during my very first year at the school. I beat a kid five years older than me in the final.

Unfortunately, like so many other things, there are various levels to chess mastery. However good you are there is always someone much better. I joined the chess team after beating everybody in my high school and promptly got destroyed by a jovial old man with a Gandalf beard at my local library. But I digress...

There is an insurmountable problem with playing chess over the internet and that is the ease at which one can cheat. Chess engines like Rybka or even Deep Fritz are capable of beating any human player convincingly. As a former regular at Chess.Com I can assure you that at least half the players there will cheat before they let you beat them. It's actually infuriating to be hammering someone and have them use an engine to turn things around.

You seem like a decent guy Mack, so I'm not suggesting that you would cheat, but it is such a big problem that it has killed internet chess. The only fair games are the speed games, simply because one doesn't have enough time to input moves into a computer.

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That's probably true, and I can imagine some people on here cheating. At least the winner will know if it was fair and square or not. Still, if anybody wants to play me I'm game.

xMathFanx(1742) Clarified
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@Nomenclature/Conservanazi/StarTrekFan/(30 more accounts)…

Yeah--could you imagine someone trying to bend the rules of a "fair game" system on the internet? How desperate and shameful

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I would certainly play you face to face , I’ve played since childhood and still play at least once a week , over the internet is problematic for many reasons

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@Mack

Great idea--I have never played chess aside from casually a few times, it would be interesting to get more into it. It seems like a great cognitive exercise.

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Well hey, if you want to play me you can find Mackapaka on chess.com . I suggest playing against the computer a couple times first to familiarize yourself with some basic tactics. It tells you how good your moves were and what better moves would have been. It's quite a fun game to get into.

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