phorku's chess blog

Saturday, April 29, 2006

team league draw

I should have won my game(new window) against Seberg but ended up taking a draw in a won position. I was doing really well in my game until the interuptions started. My girl friend's uncle stopped in unexpectedly and the dog started going wild. I lost several minutes from that and worse lost my concentration. I ended up being short on time and was unaware Celtic Death was losing his game so I took draw by repetition. I was in the zone till the disruptions started.

Friday, April 28, 2006


So far I am 1-1 for T30 in the FICS 45 45. In my first game I dropped a knight in the opening, regained a piece later on then played into an end game I could not figure out how to win. In my second game I won due to a mouse slip. It was an interesting game that I would have liked to finish. Here is a link(new window) to the game with comments from Josh and me if you haven't seen it already.

My girl friend went on night shift so now I have some free time in the evenings and don't have to go home at lunch to let the dog out. I did most of my blogging on my lunch hour so I should be able to make more posts. I need to come up with a plan for completing my circles. Unfortunately I still have not found a new job so that is still taking up some of my time.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Still plugging away

Well it's been a while since I posted. I am still plugging away at CT-Art. I have been working through the level 30 problems a second time. Things have calmed down a little allowing me some time to spend on chess.

In my correspondence games I am 9-0 and am in the middle of 5 games. I will likely have my first loss in my game vs Dutch Defense. One of the games I am playing is a Fischer Random game and it is pretty enjoyable. The opening phase is pretty tough though.

I am still looking for another job. I can't believe how long it is taking. Some jobs I am not interested in after interviewing. Some have not offered enough salary and some can't make up their mind if they really want to hire someone. I am considering taking a long term contract because I am really frustrated at work and have been really busy.

Some schedule changes at the house will probably free up more time for chess in the near future.

Recently I have read on some blogs the MDLM was unemployed during his 7 circles. I was wondering if those in the Hall of Fame followed the schedule exactly. If not, what is required by the Knights to get into the Hall of Fame?

I will try to update my blog with my progress and the side bar this week.

Something interesting happened last night. My girlfriend and I fell asleep on the couch and I woke up in the middle of the night because one of the tortoises was making a grunting noise. I thought "Oh no! Here comes another midnight visit to the animal hospital." I looked over and 2 of them were doing the nasty. Now we have to try to figure out what the gestation period is and how to prepare the habitat so the female will lay eggs. The bottom we thought was a male all this time.... I wonder if they are dumb like rabbits and will hump anything. Guess time will tell.