154 ( +1 | -1 ) Chess and AlcoholDoes anybody find their alcohol intake increase when playing out a tight game which could go either way? For example, if you were playing me as white against Yakky in "In Old Matey's Shadow Part 2" or a game very much like this, would you feel like unwinding with a glass of wine or two afterwards. Well I did, and there have been a few more close games like this which I may well be adding to the Public Annotations Gallery in the near future - these games will be about four or five maybe more and will be under the heading "Conversion" which means that I had a slight material advantage (pawn or more up) but either made heavy weather of converting it into a win or failing to do so and having to settle for a draw. These games, I'm afraid have led me to put the record player on downstairs, dance about a bit to some groovy late 70s/early 80s soul/funk and then get out that bottle and have a glass or two of wine or cinzano or other alki and I do feel less hyper after that.
I don't think it is good for me in the long run though, I am trying to keep my active games to a reasonable level so that I can give 100% to every game I am playing, although I may still play a few unrated as well as rated in order to chill out a bit.
How do you all cope with nailbiters?
Anyway, the weather has been gorgeous in my neck of the woods and my husband and I went for a nice bit of fresh air - hope you have enjoyed your weekend.
70 ( +1 | -1 ) ...I think a little bit of beer can loosen you up a little bit and make you less reliant on the "rules" of proper play. They're good as guidelines, but are too riddled with exceptions to strictly adhere to.
Obviously, if you go over the top, you're hosed.
Joseph Blackburne enjoyed a few hard drinks while playing his exhibition games. A commonly noted example is when he played against Cambrdige University, where students placed a bottle of whiskey at each end of the table during a simul and Blackburne finished both bottles while beating everyone. He said that whiskey helped clear the brain. I've personally put that to the test, and wound up with some undesirable results, though...
22 ( +1 | -1 ) If I am remembering correctlypart of the prize fund at Hastings 1895 was paid in advance, a case of Scotch to Mr. Blackburne. Mr. Blackburne finished the case of Scotch during the first six rounds of play at which point his game fell off.
17 ( +1 | -1 ) hmmmI think some alcohol may definately clear the brain if you have a slight encephalopathy, kidney disease, or something else needing a strong diuretic; worked for Tal !? :)
31 ( +1 | -1 ) Depends on the playerIt did not work for me. I remember an opponent who was drinking fairly heavily during a game. He was playing well despite the drinks. I was confident that when the drinks kicked in, that my position might improve, but it got worse with time. At some stage I thought that his G&T's were pure tonic.