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ccmcacollister 144 ( +1 | -1 )
Great GK BrainBLITZ Day almost here! I want to announce a Special event for all the special Chess players here on GK. It is not an OFFICIAL GK event, but just something I have cooked up.
So please take the Opportunity to Attend the
"Special Secret GK Golden Blitz-0-Rama"

on SUNDAY evening at 3:55 PM ... GK Time to 5:55PM GK Time (That is USA Pacific timezone, which equals start at 5:55 Central USA Time or 11:55PM Start by London Time. From that everyone should be able to figure it out.)
No preregistration needed. Just show-up. A BYOB event. FREE to GK players. \
The purpose is to try to get more of the regular GK-Corr type chessplayers to show up and get in some games together.
I'll be there, and since this IS a Special Unofficial GK Event ... I've waived my appearance fee~! }8--)
PERHAPS some of you will wish to record some of your games for a Blitz-o-rama games forum afterwards?! That would be great if you wish to. If you have any questions, I'm here ... or you know where to find me @ ccmcacollister
Tho no registration required, if WOULD be GREAT to see some folks put their names here in this Thread as probable attendies. I know its short notice, that the way things are going lately. And we'll see how it goes.
Please do be polite and reserve heckling for your special friends :))

N/C (No Computers ... er, just your Net PC that it but no engines)
Not a N/S event, stinky cigars welcome online ~!
WC accessible, probably, if you are at home
ccmcacollister 28 ( +1 | -1 )
PS .... ALSO ... I've even like to hear from you if you read this but cannot attend. Then I will know it was read at least.
And any suggestions anyone wants to make are most welcome, tho likely may not be applied until future event since this is short notice and all.
dewillget8 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Looks like fun Unfortunately I'll have to miss it this Sunday.
astinkyfart 11 ( +1 | -1 )
craig i thank you very much for the invite...i will be at the lake sunday :( but its sounds like a great idea!!
ccmcacollister 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Well so far ... Already I have gotten a couple acceptances by PM ... and a couple declines. Thanks for the imput, guys!
tag1153 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Will MILK be made available to us, Dick? (as spoken by John Bender in the immortal classic Breakfast Club). Count me in. SOMEONE'S gotta supervise you reprobates...................

muppyman 18 ( +1 | -1 )
hope it goes well, Thanks for the invitation, but I have never been a blitzer. I would guess the response will be huge, good luck to all participants, I look forward to reading the results.
alice02 20 ( +1 | -1 ) this is one site you can use to work out international times for the games. Unfortunately I cannot attend

himu 31 ( +1 | -1 )
I will be there, but do you know how many players play blitz at a single time in Gk ? assumig it is in thousands. then (for me or a single corr player ) to connect our 100 or so corr chess people will be a 99/999 almost 1/10. so the odds are 1 to 9 that you are playing a non corr player. I dont know how it will work out.

bucklehead 30 ( +1 | -1 )
Maybe, maybe... Thanks very much for the invite, Craig--all I can say now is that I'll do my best. Wife, kids, work, yard...all the major obligations. We'll see how it goes.

On a related note, in preparation for the Blitz Bash I played my first game here on GK blitz (first here in 3 1/2 years as a member!). I'm 1-0, so watch out--I'm on a hot streak!
graben 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Thank you Many thanks for organizing this, ccmcacollister, I'll be there. I'm not sure I understood how to gain access to the rest of the group but I'll keep my eyes open.
ionadowman 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Hi Craig - Cripes - I haven't blitzed for months!
Thanks for the invitation, Craig. Sounds like 11:55a.m. Monday, our time. H'mmm: close to lunch time. I'll try to make it, but no guarantees. I'm not at my best at food time...
yodean 16 ( +1 | -1 )
B - O Rama! sounds like a great excuse to figure out how to open my Johnny Walker blue label and read the instruction manual on my cigar trimmer/lighter!!!
heinzkat 1 ( +1 | -1 )
Did it start yet?
ccmcacollister 39 ( +1 | -1 )
start in about 15 minutes There is no formal pairing here you know and there will doubtless be others blitzing the 10 min mixed in. After all its BETA and that is like wilderness or something in Computer speak isnt it?

Hopefull we all get to run into a number of others from forum readers and corr play etc and see what happens ... see someone you now anyway I hope. So thats all for now.
I must go turn up my Processes now to high :))
ccmcacollister 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Just kidding aobu the processes. It doesnt matter so much on GK . But I will put a few shorts here so people see it getting active .... I MUST go turn on the rock in roll however!
ccmcacollister 25 ( +1 | -1 )
A PROBLEM ... I notice when using FIREFOX at least , the GK blitz when I click in is automatcallly putting hte board as MINIMIZED so I have to go and bring it up . Beware if you encounter that.
If you try to sign in two times and it says you are already playing, you have it there for sure
ccmcacollister 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Also a tip you cannot Exit the area without it abandoning your game ... unless you simply minimize instead. Dont use the corner x as it does abandon. Can resign or draw. or minimize to see a profile if you like then maximize or restore to come back ...
ccmcacollister 8 ( +1 | -1 )
The button that says "QUIT" ... well it never works. It only opens the elevator doors ...
ccmcacollister 13 ( +1 | -1 )
ps .... for those who dont know ... the open/close buttons on elevators in the usa almost never work .... even in trusting localities :))
ccmcacollister 8 ( +1 | -1 )
hey .... llet us know how it goes for you here if you want . Anyone out there?
I go to play one now. ...
ccmcacollister 4 ( +1 | -1 )
had a close one already with blackrose1111 .... nice to meet you Tim :)
ccmcacollister 33 ( +1 | -1 )
well there is two games . A toughy for sure this time ... down to queening a single remeining rook pawnl. Little did I know htat we would be competing with a Harry Potter interview! Well Kate is having fun with that .... now that Dumbledor is back... just kidding . I shall reveal no secrets :))
ccmcacollister 17 ( +1 | -1 )
another little tip .... if you want to appear ONLINE at GK dont forget to drop into your games at mainsite between 1o min games .... as blitz and forum areas do not necessariy see you are online
ccmcacollister 5 ( +1 | -1 )
a very interesting knight ending with boblardi****
ionadowman 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Well... I've had several games. Got crushed by chexist, a couple of enemy resignations without playing a move, and a couple of hard-fought wins. Rust flaking off over the place...
ionadowman 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Seems to be... ...a lot of Blitz specialists around
Not sure whether to be happy or sad about that...
ionadowman 189 ( +1 | -1 )
Best moment... Played for about an hour, 3 wins (not counting 2 instant resignations without moves being played - what's the deal there?) and a loss, this last being the first complete game. That was where my worst moments came - blundered exchange, walked into a mate in one... tsk, tsk.
Best moment was this opoosite side castling game in which I had given up a knight to open lines against White's king. I'm not sure about the correctness of the sac, but this interesting position arrived, with Black to play:
Play went:
2.Qe1!? (I was still wondering what to do about 2.Qc2 when this came through. But 2...Rxb4! looks good enough to recover the piece with a good game)
3.axb4 Qa2ch
4.Kc2 Rc4ch
5.Kd3 ... (and now for the best moment...)
5... Ra3ch!
6.Ke2 ... (If 6.bxa3 Qc2ch 7.Ke3 Re4#)
6... Re4ch
7.Kf1 Rxe1ch
8.Nxe1 Qxb2
9.Kg1 Qxb4 etc.
Later on I exchanged down to a winning rook and pawn ending.

In my only game with the White pieces, I was given a "get out of jail free" card. The position was something like this (I don't recall the exact details):
After 1.Rfe1 came 1...Bxa1. I hadn't even noticed the a-rook was attacked! But a few seconds showed the way...
2.Bxb6ch ... like the parting of the Red Sea! OK, it's a standard masked battery, but my thinking earlier had been on entirely different lines. Blitz is a funny game.
2...Kf8 3.Bxd8 Rxd8 4.Rxa1 and White went on to win.
Thanks Craig for the idea, though I faced only Blitz specialists as far as I can make out. Didn't get to play the posters in this thread anyhow...
Look forward to others' "best moments" etc.
ganstaman 77 ( +1 | -1 )
ionadowman : " not counting 2 instant resignations without moves being played - what's the deal there?"

I can't answer for everyone, but I have had this happen to me before too. Sometimes, if we're lucky, we'll both try to start another game, and happen to get paired up with each other again, only with colors reversed. Then, the player will often move.

So, I get a blitz game against XXX with me as white. XXX immediately resigns. I start a new game, and end up against XXX again, but now I have black. XXX moves.

It seems to me that some people just wait for the color that they want. Ratings aren't affect, and I guess they don't care for wasting a bit of our time.
ionadowman 94 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks ganstaman... ... in a p.m. to me it has been suggested also that this can also happen when players are trying to hook up together. I suppose we might have done the same in this "Great GKBrainblitz Day" event, but I just accepted what opponents came my way and hoped that maybe I would encounter someone more familiar. In any future Brainblitz event I don't think I would do different.
There are a lot "Blitz specialists" around in GK: people who have been around a while, maybe have played two or three "long" games (though often none at all) and just live on the site for Blitz play. Some of them are quite strong (though I admit I'm no great shakes at Blitz, myself).
Maybe a possibility that in some future development the Blitz section will allow for the creation of Blitz tournaments, with competitors chosen by invitation, maybe. Just a thought...