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Messages - Asher Hurowitz

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« on: April 01, 2018, 09:22:18 am »

I'm sure you are all aware of Hill's apparently apocryphal Cambodian chess, which looks like a combination of Makruk and Xiangqi.
I was talking recently with a good friend who is an archeologist for South East Asian department at the MET and is in Cambodia via email.
They were visiting a little known temple site that no one goes to (it's smaller than the more popular temples and isolated far away) that dates from the fourteenth century that has vivid depictions of the game in relief from. The small villages around the temple play the game fervently.

Pictures of both will be up when I receive them! (Also remind me how to post pictures while our image folder is full)

Variant Theory / Re: How to calculate the value of a piece?
« on: March 31, 2018, 04:57:36 pm »
If it had a value of one, and it cannot move, then a piece that can move therefore can technically move an infinite amount of more spaces than the base piece, and thus is infinitely more powerful, no matter the move, as 1 unit of movement is infinitely more than 0 units of movement.

General Discussion / Re: What is the Blog section for?
« on: March 31, 2018, 11:46:30 am »
I asked people to run blogs but no one has agreed so far, would you like to?

What topic would you like to blog about?

General Discussion / Re: What is the Blog section for?
« on: March 31, 2018, 11:19:17 am »
I asked people to run blogs but no one has agreed so far, would you like to?

General Discussion / Re: An Anti Variant Facebook Page: @Chesspolice
« on: March 31, 2018, 11:18:42 am »
I doubt whoever's running that handle sincerely denies the existence of courier chess and other variants branching off from chess.

They actually mocked Van Leyden for "incorrectly" drawing chess, thus denying courier chess' existence.

(although, the spread of shogi in Europe can hardly be compared to the spread of contemporary variants on the web).

Actually, I wonder - we've got a forum for xiangqi, why not offer a place to discuss shogi? I don't think that'd be too much trouble.

Great idea! I will add it soon!

General Discussion / An Anti Variant Twitter Page: @Chesspolice
« on: March 31, 2018, 08:45:25 am »
Check it out. littered among posts shaming people for setting up the chess board and pieces wrong in media, there are strictly anti-chess variant posts. From mocking Courier Chess as nonexistent (showing an obvious ignorance on the history of the game) to remarking that it is immoral to make chess variants, this page makes me very sad indeed. :(

General Discussion / Re: Obscure Historical Variants
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:37:22 pm »
I'm glad you started this, I've been planing on making sets for these for a while.

Ok - this is my new top priority! ;D I'm co-designing this!

Variant Theory / Re: What Defines a Chess Variant?
« on: March 29, 2018, 05:09:35 pm »
That's a really interesting and difficult question. What even is our hobby? :)

I heard somewhere that the Knight move defines a chess variant, but that isn't my personal opinion, just thought I would share that (at the very least I would add the royal piece rule).

Twisty Puzzles / Re: CFOP on the 3x3x3 Cube
« on: March 27, 2018, 06:41:27 am »
My personal best is 25 seconds, which I was never able to repeat. My average is 35 seconds, but I do a weird method of my own undertaking. I solve top and bottom simultaneously. Then the last edges are a snap.

I am extremely curious as to how your method works, as a method constructor with one currently in development, if you would care to explain your methodology that would be awesome!

I have been wanting to learn CFOP but the alg list is considerable and the look-ahead requires lots of practice. Maybe we can "team learn" it?

Yes! Totally!  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Who Runs
« on: March 27, 2018, 06:33:18 am »
Ok good!  ;D I know Mr. Greenguard and Mr. Kasparov personally!

I met them each, once. I debate some of Kasparov's liberal tweets with him. The question is, if they saw you, would they claim to "know you" personally? :)

Well as a person who identifies as a Bill Kristol Neo-Conservative, (although I DO NOT want to get into politics on this site) I wouldn't call Mr. Kasparov's tweets all that "liberal," and he has conducted incredible efforts against the problems in Russia (No response necessary).

My father is currently working with them and when I hang around my father's office I often see them and talk. Mr. Kasparov knows me as "The Shogi Kid" because that's what we often talk about (they have even suggested I go into chess problem composition, which I am now going into) and I'm fairly confident that they would say they know me personally. Mig is even potentially joining the forum, and I wouldn't call him just a "bodyguard," he also of many achievements invented Fischerandom chess.

Twisty Puzzles / CFOP on the 3x3x3 Cube
« on: March 26, 2018, 05:36:56 pm »

Originally I used the "beginner's" method for the 3x3x3 cube, and I averaged around forty five seconds, but I have been experimenting with various speed methods to get my times down. After some dawdling around Petrus, Heise and Roux for a few years, I am finally biting the bullet and currently learning the most popular method by far, CFOP, with it's whopping ~120 algorithms for the last layer alone. I am still sticking with intuitive F2L Pairs, although they are horribly inefficient at the moment (I still need time to figure out new tricks), and am learning the last few 2 Look PLLs and OLLs before I learn 1 Look PLL, then algorithmic F2L (which I ought to learn sooner) and then finally the daunting 52 1 Look OLLs! Golly!

This is a side project I'm working on, which is in no way at the center of my current attention, so it will take a while. I'll post updates on my progress, and if anyone is embarking on this quest as well, feel free to talk about it here!


General Discussion / Re: Who Runs
« on: March 26, 2018, 10:41:33 am »
No, you don't. "Mig" is arrogant. I made him aware of the bugs in his timer code, where several games expire and someone is given a loss when they still had time on his clock. His answer was basically "I don't care." And someone recently asked me and Zied to talk about our variants on there, posing a series of questions. I answered them all, and Mig deleted my comments, for no reason whatsoever.

Is this the legendary Mig Greenguard you are speaking of?

No, that is Kasparov's body guard. This guy is some French dude that thinks a pretty looking website that fails epically when it comes to time management is acceptable, and then he wonders why there are never more than 10 people online at the same time.

Ok good!  ;D I know Mr. Greenguard and Mr. Kasparov personally!

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