I come here for the chat as much as the chess. I'm into Philosophy (110), Religion (103), Science (107), and Politics (97). Find me in the channels if that's your thing. Especially in the Philosophy channel. We need more good, active thinkers in there.
I believe that Chess is more than a mere game. I believe that in it's early days, when the game was considerably different than it is today, it was used by teachers of esoteric doctrine to teach Universal Laws & Principles to their apprentices.
I believe that even today, in the modern version of chess, it is possible to discern some of these Universal Laws & Principles as some of the fragments of their teachings remain in the game.
For those who are seeking Great Knowledge and a way out of the morass in which we are, I recommend reading Dan Millman's "Way of the Peaceful Warrior", Carlos Castaneda's entire series of books, and P.D. Ouspensky's entire series of books,
particularly "In Search of the Miraculous" and "The Fourth Way".
I do not wish to play computers so please don't use one. I personally feel that anyone who uses computers during play without a (C) handle should be horsewhipped, fined, jailed for a few weeks, and banned from the ICC, FIDE, and all other reputable chess organizations for life.
I will consider giving takebacks in the case of a 'mouseslip'. I've been known to do this myself, and I have asked for and received takebacks from many courteous players. If it looks like an accidental drop, I'll give it to you. If I'm not sure, it depends on who's winning!!!
I like to chat to a moderate degree during play. Feel free to talk during our games if you wish, especially if it breaks your concentration!
I live in Orlando, FL, USA. (The City Beautiful.en espanol) If you live nearby hit me up for a chess game!
If you would like to help keep ancient esoteric teachings accessible to the masses, you may send a tax-deductible donation to the Institute of Esotericism, POB 692637, Orlando, FL 32819 $10 is suggested but any amount would be greatly appreciated. Thx and Good Luck in your Journey...