All entries for Tuesday 21 February 2006
February 21, 2006
Just arrived home (or rather, where I am currently staying) having played my weekly chess match for the Warwick C Team. I always enjoy these matches; a chance to battle with my mind over an even playing surface. I actually did quite a lot of studying over the Christmas holidays in an effort to fine tune my game.
Today's game started off fine. I decided, on this occasion, to employ the Paulsen Attack to the Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian opening. After about ten moves, I had my pieces actively placed and was creating some pressure on the dark squares. However, here my opponent found a neat little combination. Soon he had managed to queen a pawn (despite my best efforts to persuade him to promote the pawn to a knight instead), and I resigned thirty-two moves later.
My record currently stands at 9 losses and 1 draw, the draw being against a 93 year old blind man.
If anyone is interested, I have spent the last week sleeping on the sofa, and not even in my own house. This is thanks to my housemate buggering off to LA and taking my key with him.
Being the kind of guy who always tries to makes a bit of cash without having to do too much work, I have instigated a couple of challenges which should see my wallet bulge for the next couple of weeks.
The first is the boiled egg challenge. If anyone thinks they can eat 5 hard boiled eggs in under 40 secs, I'll give them £40.
The seond is the downing pints challenge. I bet that I can drink3 pints of purple in a head to head contest before my opponent can down 3 shots of a double of their choice. All I ask is to be able to finish my fisrt pint before they start (obv. the glass I stat drinking from can not be changed)! Also touching any of the opponents glasses leads to an automatic disqaulification. As does vomiting!
These challenges are only open to members of Poker Society