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pilke
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2nd tournament - 4th round Sat, 30 July 2005 19:46
After 2 games played: pilke 2-0 rek{}

1st game
pilke: Toronto-Miami, Denver-Pittsburgh, tickets: 21, longest route 10, 121
rek{}: Helena-LA, Duluth-Houston, tickets: 16, longest route 10, 117

2nd game
pilke: Calgary-Salt Lake City, Denver-Pittsburgh, tickets: 18, longest route 10, 115
rek{}: Kansas City-Houston, Denver-El Paso, tickets: 4-5=-1, 71

I got to start the both games. It was the reason, that made me win the first game. With one turn more rek would have gotten the longest route. Second I won because rek blocked me roughly, but not from the cities I was planning to go. Fortunately I didn't have to go to Montreal or New York.
      
*player44342
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Re:2nd tournament - 4th round Sun, 31 July 2005 09:13
Series is over, 4-0. Congrats pilke, good luck in the final.
      
pilke
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Re:2nd tournament - 4th round Sun, 31 July 2005 09:19
After 3 games played: pilke 3-0 rek{}

3rd game
pilke: Toronto-Miami, Montreal New Orleans, Duluth-El Paso, tickets: 33, longest route 10, 132
rek{}: Vancouver-Montreal, Vancouver-Santa Fe, tickets: 20-13=7, 81

Rek started with 6 gray, I took 5 black and after that I succeeded in blocking rek (to make him slower) while doing my own route same time.

Rek said after the game that he will concede, because it is too boring to play with me, because I am so slow. So I quess I am final then.
      
thekid
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Re:2nd tournament - 4th round Tue, 02 August 2005 07:38
Pilke you can "bore" me anytime. I love our games together. I usually play from the hip, by what feels right, not thinking too much about my moves. In our games your thinking gives me a chance to think. There's a reason you are the toughest person to get the longest route from. Lastly, why would anyone want to rush spending time with an enchanting young lady?
      
Peter de Zeeuw
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Pilke's Reign Of Terror Tue, 02 August 2005 10:31
Another flawless victory for Finnish bird, Pilke. Can anyone stop her reign of terror?

Pilke is the toughest opponent I know in TTR. Sure, there are more players around that always have me poised on the edge of my seat, but it seems that Pilke never makes any mistakes while playing. I always fight until the bitter end, no matter whom I'm up against. But with her I sometimes feel lost after just a few moves. I don't like it one bit.

O, and if you're a player that doesn't like 4 or 5 player matches because they last too long; try playing Pilke. Normally a 2 player match would last about 8 minutes or approximately 12 minutes against a top player. But when you play Pilke, make sure you have a big cup of coffee ready and a pillow. You may have to hang in there for quite a while. Boy, that woman takes her time! You can just hear her calculating, counting and dividing. It messes with you, let me tell you. Seconds tick away. Minutes tick away. You just know she's going to do something that will mess up your own plan and route. She always does. I think she's some kind of über DumbBot. It's so discouraging.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not writing this down to pat Pilke on the back, although she probably deserves it a little. I'm just writing off some frustration. Just a tiny bit. I just want to defeat her BAD.

(Sigh...)

Who knows, one day.
I'm not giving up... Cool

D.I.S.
      
*player39229
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Re:Pilke's Reign Of Terror Thu, 04 August 2005 04:17
Peter de Zeeuw wrote on Tue, 02 August 2005 18:31

Boy, that woman takes her time! You can just hear her calculating, counting and dividing. It messes with you, let me tell you.

Mind if I insert yet another story from my chess tournament days?

There was a player I faced in chess tournaments a few times. He was rated much higher than me, but a large part of his success was based on a psychological tactic. He was an exceptionally fast tournament player. This tends to get adrenaline pumping, and his opponents would speed up their play to try to match him. It is a natural tendency to do this, and most of his opponents, unused to playing at that speed, would soon make blunders. He had trained himself for it, though, so his play did not suffer for the speed.

One day, I faced him across the board, and we started out at a good clip. About a dozen moves in, I could feel myself speeding up to match him, and I knew what that would lead to. I played out a few more moves, and then sprung my trap. I moved, he responded instantly. I looked at the board, nodded, then stood up, turned and walked away. I knew that with the tournament's generous time limits and our fast play I had plenty of time on the clock, and could spare plenty. I wandered off to the canteen area, still in sight of the play area, and walked around a bit to wear off my adrenaline without getting the low that comes with unspent adrenaline. I stretched, checked out the lunch options, greeted a few tournament officials, even sat down an read a couple of pages of my novel - anything to keep my mind off the game. Then, after about fifteen minutes, a wandered back to the board and sat down to resume play. My opponent had sat at the board the whole time, heart racing and blood pumping, but with nowhere for his excess energy to go. Now, he was sufferring from a major adrenaline downer - his face was pale and he had the shakes.

It wasn't long before my opponent blundered. I just had to play slowly and deliberately to avoid major errors, because it's not hard to beat an opponent who can barely focus his eyes.

I think I faced that same opponent a total of four times in tournaments, and won twice. The next time we played was my next victory, but the reason I won was completely different.

One of the old lessons of truely competitive gaming is, control the pace of the game, never let the pace control you. Winning isn't just about what happens on the board, but what happens over the board. Pilke might not be using speed as a weapon deliberately, but she obviously at least knows not to let it be used against her.
      
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Re:Pilke's Reign Of Terror Thu, 04 August 2005 10:12
tjandjahall wrote on Thu, 04 August 2005 05:17

One of the old lessons of truely competitive gaming is, control the pace of the game, never let the pace control you. Winning isn't just about what happens on the board, but what happens over the board. Pilke might not be using speed as a weapon deliberately, but she obviously at least knows not to let it be used against her.

Yes, I am not using the slowness as a way to mess up other player's game. I am just taking the time I need. If I am not consentrating, I do very stupid mistakes like using a wrong color in wrong place, or forgetting to go to a city, where I need to go. It doesn't matter to me how long time the other player takes to make his/her moves. Actually Rek was quite long time late from the appointed time (maybe one hour or so), but waiting does not fortunately do bad for my concetration. I am able to reset the situation quite easily. Fortunately I don't usually stress in the competition situation. I have experience with competing with dogs who would sence the nervousness easily and would not do well.

Is talking allowed during chess tournament games? I know that some people might use chatting during game as a way to make the opponent to lose concentration. Fortunately I know it, so I don't answer during game if it is a game I really want to win and if I think answering would do bad for my playing. Sometimes I am so concentrated I won't even see at once (or maybe at all) that the other player has written to me.

And to earlier post. Thank you thekid for your really kind words. You made me smile. I really admire your ability to play well, even with a child in your lap (I am sure that would mess up my otherwise good concentration).

And Peter, I am sure you will beat me badly in the game some day.

[Updated on: Thu, 04 August 2005 10:42]

      
Peter de Zeeuw
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Re:Pilke's Reign Of Terror Thu, 04 August 2005 15:09
This is all very interesting... Tjandjahall's story about the chess match and Pilke about being in control over her nerves because of the dogs...

I will learn from this.

D.I.S.

[Updated on: Thu, 04 August 2005 15:15]

      
*player39229
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Re:Pilke's Reign Of Terror Fri, 05 August 2005 02:55
pilke wrote on Thu, 04 August 2005 18:12

Is talking allowed during chess tournament games?

Technically yes, but in practice no. There are no rules against talking during play, but there are rules against any behaviour that disturbs either your opponent or other players around you. That means you can talk with your opponent if he or she wishes to have a conversation over the game and nobody around you is bothered. However, in most tournaments the proximity of other players is such that you are highly unlikely to disturb no other players by talking.

I have had one or two pleasant conversations that way, but they were situations in which my opponent and I were the only players present and we were both feeling chatty.

Given the stories of going-on in top-level chess matches, I am quite surprised that World Championship contenders haven't been disqualified on quite a few occassions. I suspect that WC tournament directors are routinely unwilling to disqualify players from such major events which make FIDE so much money.

I did once encounter a situation in which a player repeatedly threatened his opponent across the chess board. Chess has been known to get pretty nasty.

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I know that some people might use chatting during game as a way to make the opponent to lose concentration.

Given a text-only chat medium, I would think that it would be fairly easy to ignore that.
      
*player61593
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Re:Pilke's Reign Of Terror Sun, 21 August 2005 17:44
Is the 2nd tournament over?
      
*player51391
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2nd tournament - 4th round Sun, 21 August 2005 22:25
The story will be continued.

Raz and I played five matches today. Raz leads 3 - 2.

osamu
      
Razamanaz
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Re:2nd tournament - 4th round Mon, 05 September 2005 19:48
Hi folks!

I'm happy to tell you that the fourth round is finished.I could win the semifinal against OSAMU with 4-2.
Now i hope that's possible that PILKE is comming back to play the final.

Greatings from Germany


Ulli (RAZAMANAZ)
      
    
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