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Was snooping around your latest posts

The last couple of days isn't exactly typical of my posting, but that's the general neighborhood I've hung out in so far.

I'd looked at an early game here, but hadn't seen that cool virtual board you use. Did one of you guys invent that, or is it an old internet thing? I was first on the internet from '88 to '92, then from '96 onward, but haven't seen it before. At any rate, I think it'll solve the intra-state chess problem for the time being.

I found the rook behind the bookcase, no thanks to the fuzzball, so I'll be available to play in the near future.

You mentioned ratings, and I'm curious if it's possible to be rated by playing a computer. Or do I have to enroll in something official and play a bunch of people to get rated? Either way, I'd like to see some kind of numerical rating attached to my playing, just so I know where I'm at.

I also forgot to mention that I'd experimented a few years ago with the 3-D chess game you can buy, but it turned out to be crap. I also managed to get ahold of the instructions for the Star Trek chess set that you can buy from Franklin Mint, but it looked pretty weak.

I've seen some alternate versions of chess in various books with, say, a piece called the archer that had different movement capabilities. It would be difficult to make a real board for this, but I'd think an alternate virtual board would be easy. I'm not interested in re-inventing an already great game, but has anyone actually played an alternate version? Comments?

I'm a musician by trade (trumpet), and one thing I've learned about improvisation is that, even though I play well enough to keep getting hired back, there are plenty of people who can mop the stage with me. And no matter how much I might practice (which isn't all that much) and improve, there are still people who are miles ahead of me.

It's a great learning experience to play with someone better than you, but still I don't relish the idea of ending up in a game with the Doc Severinsen of chess :-)

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