Sunday, December 7, 2008

My New Blog: Checkmate State by State

After my latest trip to Washington State, I decided it would be fun to keep track of all the states I've played in, my first game played, and give a little background about my initial tournament in each state. I'm borrowing from Ivan of Getting to 2000, who had compiled his list of states played. I've just taken the idea one step further by having my list serve as a travel journal as I try to make my way around the country playing in as many states as possible.

Some of the places I have vivid memories of the tournament and the people I met there. I guess that means I'm getting old. I can't remember why I went into the kitchen or where I put my reading glasses, but I can remember hitchhiking to my first tournament in Connecticut back in 1975. I can also remember driving in a blinding snow storm and ending out in a ditch on my way to another tournament in Connecticut. I was a little nuts back in those days.

I hope you will join me as I take my stroll down memory lane. Don't laugh too hard at some of the games I played back when I was an E player. Though I must admit, I've been getting some chuckles as I put these games into Chess Base, and let Fritz mess with them. Check out Checkmate State By State. If there are any oldtimers who may have played in any of the events I, mention feel free to leave your own recollections in the comments.

Fear not, I will still be making posts to this blog. My present chess trip is a never ending journey, and I have some interesting stuff that I'm working on.


wang said...

Cool, I too was considering trying to play a tournament in all 50 states. I figured since I played in two tournaments in Hawaii years ago I got one of the hard ones out of the way.

Anonymous said...

Hello Bloggers and others,

I plan to play in the NA Open in Vegas, Dec 26-30

If you are there please say “Hi”


Getting to 2000

chesstiger said...

Did a quick visit to that new blog of yours and wowser, a young polly in a dress!!! :-)

Polly said...

LOL @ Tiger. A short dress, and long hair. Now it's short hair and longer dresses if at all.

Polly said...

Wang: I played blitz chess in Honululu along Waikki beach. It's the tropical version of Washington Square Park.

Chessaholic said...

awesome :)

Anonymous said...

If it makes you feel better, I'm under 30, and still have the vivid old memory/horrible useful memory.

Chesstiger's observation guarantees you'll be bringing all the chess players to the yard. (I actually hate that song, but it fits.)

Polly said...

LEP: I guess I'm going to show my age more by admitting I don't know the song you're referring to.