Chess Player

Created by Trevor Stinson, Software Developer at Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
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Nov 18, 2021
Wrote a Blog Post
Played Chess
Converted one of my favorite memories into text, so it can now exist in the digital world here.
Oct 22, 2021
Played Chess
Today I reached 1450 ELO in chess β™ŸοΈπŸ‘ˆ

It was a fairly long journey that saw me going through several nervous breakdowns each time I would get mated or blunder a piece πŸ˜… But it was also a fun, challenging, and intellectually rewarding experience πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸŒͺ️

Oftentimes we hear people metaphorically comparing chess to life or to a professional activity. Despite chess involving deep thinking, planning, and study, chess as a metaphor for "life" is quite unfortunate. Let me tell you why πŸ‘¨β€πŸ«

β–ͺ️ Chess is a board game with a defined set of rules. The game happens inside a controlled environment, the checkboard, which is standardized and unalterable πŸ”¬πŸ”³

β–ͺ️ The pieces, limited in number, have a predetermined range of action according to their own way of moving. They can't act *irrationally* or exceed their abilitiesπŸ“πŸ“

β–ͺ️ There are only three different outcomes: win, draw, or loss. The way these outcomes can be achieved on the chessboard are multiple, but still limited πŸ‘πŸ€πŸ‘Ž

β–ͺ️ The more you climb up the ELO rating, the more you realize that creativity plays a smaller and smaller role in your games 🎨 You need to memorize openings and endgames, variations and sequences, and more. If you play *freestyle* you will probably get mated pretty soon πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ†– In games between very experienced players the first twenty moves are almost automatic β³βš™οΈ

I could go on for paragraphs, but this should be enough to make my point clear ⬇️

πŸ‘‰ Chess is limited, real life isn't. Chess pieces move according to their own way of moving, humans don't - they sometimes exceed their abilities, act irrationally, follow emotions πŸ€Ήβ€β™‚οΈ

The game of chess is immune to black swan events or tail risks 🦒🎲In life there are endless possibilities - even when you have your king cornered and see no way out, you can always avoid checkmate, you just have to want it, badly πŸ™ŒπŸ…

That's why computers are better than humans in chess πŸ€–πŸ§  because chess has little to do with our everyday life activities.

When you are writing a #tweet for a social media campaign or developing a relationship with a client, don't limit yourself to the few book moves you have been taught over the years: be creative, be authentic πŸ™πŸ„πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

But most importantly, don't hang your Queen on move seven 😱😜

(in the picture, Garry Kasparov vs IBM’s Deep Blue)

#socialmedia #creativity #chess
Oct 16, 2021
Played Chess
Chess is an interesting blend of strategy, tactics, and improvisation.

I return to this hobby from time to time, but I am not as serious about it as I used to be a very long time ago.

By accident, I discovered the Fischer random chess (960) - a variation where starting position of the pieces on the players' home ranks is randomized. I immediately liked this variant as it requires more creativity from players.

Feel free to challenge me for a friendly game :)
Played Chess
Hit 1100 rating at It ain't much, but it's honest work.
91 games - 62% win πŸ’ͺ

Next target: 1250 🎯

Felix Mattick


Invited User

Feb 15, 2021
Used Rust
Played Chess
We built a fully functional UCI chess engine from scratch in Rust, with only a PRNG as a dependency. I learned a lot about bitboards and how complex chess algorithms can be.
Aug 06, 2021
Played Chess
Hit 1200 rating at It ain't much, but it's honest work.

I've also got a 10-win streak now, so that's nice too.