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Thank you for your comments. I really appreciate your taking the time.

and the computer has enough material that it won't play badly enough to give up a draw. After this point I begin to have some trouble making sense of your notation, but there can't be much left in the game anyway.

There probably wasn't much left in the game several moves before this point. ;-)

Sure, there's hope. You need to learn to watch what's protected and what isn't, i.e. to pay attention more consistently. You need to learn some basic opening principles. Maybe read a beginner's book or two. And try to find some humans to play.

I'm beginning to sense a pattern here. Learn some basic openings and the principles behind them. Pay attention. Read a book or two. Pay attention. Play more games. Pay attention.

It's easier to learn to make sensible moves when you see your opponent making sensible moves instead of pushing pawns at random in the absence of a plan.

At this point I'm the one pushing pawns at random without a plan. I don't need a computer to do that for me. ;-) And besides, the human factor of making errors from time to time might help in the motivation side by actually winning a game every now and then.

One more question if I may.

Even doing some basic reading on the internet I can see that playing the examples is likely to be helpful. How do you all feel about a good ol' chessboard vs. a computerized board - not one that plays the games, just a computerized version of a board where I can move the pieces as instructed and follow along. I'm wondering if the ability to quickly go backward and try different moves is a worthwhile learning aid.

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