AFP Chess Tournament
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Or, in other words, Stuff That I couldn't Put Somewhere Else. Both from myself as other players.
In the beginning...
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I used to play chess in a local club. I was then not a bad player at all, one of the local top players in fact. Then I was 12, I went to another school, puberty crept in and chess wasn't "cool" anymore. Well, that and the fact that my opponents were suddenly a lot better so I wasn't a top player anymore ;-).
So I didn't play chess for a few years. Then, getting older and wiser, I played the occasional match at school, usually noisy and very recreational matches. But not a lot. Then, after school, I travelled Australia and ended up in Melbourne for a while. Every sunday, somewhere in the city centre, there were tables where everyone who wanted could play chess, and one of those big boards in the pavement. I met someone of the same level as me and we played a few times, both there and later in the hostel where we were staying as well. That sort of got my interest in chess back. So now, I have proposed on a.f.p. to play chess-by-email. The response was high enough to start a little tournament, so here we are, the AFP Chess Tournament pages.
If you want to join, you can. Just send me an e-mail and I'll send you some details. There's a mailinglist and a newsgroup for discussions around the tournament for the players, and probably some websites will arise. This page is the central place, where I'll keep the information about the progress up-to-date. Currently, the group is divided into 2 leagues, the Pants League (thanks to Stainless Steel Cat) and those who Know how the little horse-shaped ones move. Everybody appears either a novice or an intermediate player, taking this opportunity to play again.
There are currently 3 official chess services running:
Every player receives instructions for using the above features. If you haven't received them or have forgotten them, mail me and I'll send them to you.
Apart from the personal websites (see below), there's the unofficial-yet-why-not-use-it AFPChess web forum, maintained by Daubers.
The players, in their starting leagues, with scores and links to their personal websites about their match.
The A-Files is a collection of people who have in common that they submitted themselves for the gallery. They all have some relation to alt.fan.pratchett
The L-Files is a gallery of regulars on the LSpace IRC network.
A game has commenced when you've received an e-mail with both players' e-mail addresses and the message that the game has begun. From that point, White has 4 days to make a move.
All games can also be followed through Martin's page
Match progress will be updated as often as possible, probably on a weekly basis. Personal websites are linked from the Players section, where more accurate progress might be available.
This round's awards:
More awards when I can be bothered.
Finished matches, round 1
My current match
In my next match, I'm facing Invincable Elfin:
Sanity vs Elfin Final result Start date: 12-04-2003 1. e2-e4 e7-e5 2. f2-f4 d7-d6 3. f4-f5? Qd8-h4+ 4. Ke1-e2 Qh4xe4+ 5. Ke2-f2 Bc8xf5 6. Bf1-d3 Qe4-d4+ 7. Kf2-e1 Bf5-g4 8. Bd3-e2 Qd4-e4 9. Ng1-f3 Bg4xf3 10. g2xf3 Qe4-h4+ 11. Ke1-f1 Qh4-h3+ 12. Kf1-g1 d6-d5 13. Bd2-f1 Qh3-h4 14. c2-c3 Nb8-c6 15. b2-b4 Ng8-h6 16. Bf1-b5 Bf8-e7 17. Qd1-e2 0-0-0 18. Bb5xc6 b7xc6 19. Qe2xe5 Rd8-e8 20. Qe5-g3 Qh4-c4 21. Nb1-a3 Qc4-d3 22. Qg3-h3+ f7-f5 23. Qh3-f1 Qd3xf1+ 24. Kg1xf1 Be7-h4 25. Na3-c2 f5-f4 26. d2-d4 Rh8-f8 27. a2-a4 g7-g5 28. Rh1-g1 Nh6-f5 29. Bc1-d2 Nf5-e3+ 30. Bd2xe3 f4xe3 31. Kf1-e2 h7-h6 32. b4-b5 c6xb5 33. a4xb5 Kc8-b7 34. Nc2-b4 Rf8-f5 35. Nb4-c6 Bh4-f2 36. Rg1-g2 Re8-f8 37. Ra1xa7+ Kb7-b6 38. Ra7-a6+ Kb6xb5 39. Nc6-b4 c7-c5 40. d4xc5 Kb5xc5 41. Ra6xh6 Rf5xf3 42. Rg2xg5 � Rf3-f5 43. Rh6-h5 Rf5xg5 44. Rh5xg5 Kc5-c4 45. Nb4xd5 Rf8-h8 46. Nd5-b6+ Kc4xc3 47. Rg5-g2 Rh8-g8? 48. Rg2xg8 black gives up.
After making a stupid error in move 3 already (3. f5??) Elfin was able to get a decent position. It took me until move 23 (the Queen exchange, forced by me) before the real danger was taken away. After that, I was able to rebuild my forces, get into position again and attack over the left wing. This means that the end play has started around move 33/34, and all the excitement that comes with it.
My first match was against Marco, with me plaing black. Which meant I could sit back and respond to Marco's strategies, which is a situation he didn't prefer ;-).
Marco Villalta vs. Sanity Final result 01. d2-d4 d7-d5 02. e2-e3 Bc8-f5 03. Bf1-d3 Bf5xd3 First Blood! 04. Qd1xd3 Nb8-c6 05. Ng1-f3 Qd8-d6 06. Nb1-a3 a7-a6 07. Bc1-d2 e7-e5 Dramatic Scene! 08. e3-e4 Nc6xd4 09. c2-c4 Nd4xf3+ More Blood! 10. Qd3xf3 d5xe4 11. Qf3-e3? Qd6-d4 12. Qe3-c3 Bf8-c5 More drama! And ass-covering  13. 0-0-0 0-0-0 14. Qc3-a5 Bc5xa3 15. Qa5xa3 Ng8-f6 16. Qa3-c3 Nf6-g4 17. Bd2-e3 Qd4xc3+ 18. b2xc3 f7-f5 19. Rd1-d2 f5-f4 20. Be3-a7 Rd8xd2 21. Kc1xd2 b7-b6 22. c4-c5 Kc8-b7 23. c5xb6 c7xb6 24. Ba7xb6 Kb7xb6 25. Rh1-b1+ Kb6-c5 26. Rb1-b7 Ng4xf2 27. Rb7xg7 e4-e3+ 28. Kd2-e2 Rh8-d8 29. Rg7-c7+ Kc5-b6 30. Rc7xh7 Rd8-d2+ 31. Ke2-f3 e5-e4+ 32. Kf3xe4 e3-e2 33. g2-g4 e2-e1=Q White gives up after a gentle prod.  That one's fully due to Marco, and I take no responsibility whatsoever [Sanity]
After some taunting, kicking under the table and discussion about the latest in hair fashion as well as lovely old ladies, the game is suddenly going quite violent. Either that or both players are playing silly buggers. Strategies are forced to change every move, but at least, it's getting interesting.
Until move 7, only a minor schism between 2 bishops resulted in some Action Gameplay. Then, there was a Johnny Woo-like situation in the centre of the board, where all pawns are giving eachother some hard stares and things are suddenly going in slow motion. And a white dove suddenly appeared.
All tactics have now been thrown overboard. It's going wacky. The cloak-and-dagger knight had advanced fast and furious, resulting in the first check of the match. But the Queen knocked him over, causing him to fall on his own dagger and die. Which he did, singing, for half an hour or so. Pawns are getting restless, as they know that their lives will be sacrificed for the Greater Benefit Of All. Like the poor sod at e4, who is now an ex-pawn (20p!)
And because we like it, yet another scene where the threatening pieces give eachother some hard stares, without taking action...The hard stares scared Marco's queen away, so there's now a few devious attacks starting.
In an exciting end of the match, after an exchange of queens, Sanity takes a further lead while Marco gets in trouble. He's allowed to kill off a few pawns, but the situation gets desparate when the open-line advantage is played out well by Sanity.
The AFPChess tournament Organizer is Sanity. Me, in other words.
This basic set of rules should enable enjoyable gameplay. In case of dispute, the tournament mailing list and/or the newsgroup can be used.
Move's can be cc'd to the mailinglist archive (chess-archive at a-h) so they are archived and can be retrieved by other players (including myself, for match-progress).