Sunday, October 17, 2021

MegaMind Championship 10.16.2021 (Round 3, Win as Black)

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 g6 3. e3 Bg7 4. Bd3 O-O 5. Nf3 d6 6. O-O Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3
Nbd7 9. c3 Re8 10. Re1 e5 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bxf6 Nxf6 14. Rd1 Qe7 15.
Nd2 e4 16. Bxe4 Nxe4 17. Nxe4 Qxe4 18. Qxe4 Rxe4 *

And I finally win a game.  I requested a half-point-bye for the 4th and final round and left for home in not a very good mood.  We shall go on.

All three of my opponents were very young kids rated at the beginner level.  I'm a bit rusty to say the least.

- Lizzi

MegaMind Championship 10.16.2021 (Round 2, Loss as White)

 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nxd4 5. Qxd4 d6 6. Be2 Nf6 7. O-O Be7 8.
Nc3 O-O 9. Nd5 Nxd5 10. Qxd5 c6 11. Qh5 g6 12. Qh6 Bf6 13. Qe3 c5 14. Bc4 Bd4
15. Qf3 Be5 16. Bh6 Qh4 17. g3 Qxh6 18. Qb3 Bh3 19. Rfe1 Bg4 *

I blundered my dark-squared Bishop on move 16. and it was all over from there.

- Lizzi

MegaMind Championship 10.16.2021 (Round 1, Loss as Black)

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bf4 d5 4. Nf3 e6 5. e3 g5 6. Bg3 h5 7. h3 Nxg3 8. fxg3
Bd6 9. Ne5 Bxe5 10. dxe5 c5 11. Nc3 a6 12. g4 h4 13. Qf3 Nd7 14. O-O-O Nxe5 15.
Qf2 b5 16. Ne2 Bb7 17. e4 Qa5 18. Kb1 Nd7 19. exd5 Bxd5 20. Nc3 O-O-O 21. Nxd5
exd5 22. Qxf7 d4 23. Bd3 Rhe8 24. Bf5 Qc7 25. Rhe1 Rxe1 26. Rxe1 c4 27. Re8 Rxe8
28. Qxe8+ Qd8 29. Bxd7+ Kc7 30. Qxd8+ Kxd8 *

I forgot how to play the Trompowsky and immediately overlooked the standard reply of 3.Bf4 with ...c5 instead of ...d5 !!  

I let my opponent get after my King.  I blundered a piece.  I lost.  The kid was rated around 1000 ELO

This is what happens when you go long periods of time without playing, my friends!

- Lizzi

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Upcoming Tournament

 I'm going to play in the Megamind G/30 USCF rated chess tournament this weekend on Saturday, 10.16.2021.  It will be my first chess tournament in well over a half a year.  I did this strictly out of boredom.  But, who knows what may come out of it?  Maybe, I'll make some new friends or meet a girl.  IDK.  Or maybe I'll even win all three rounds and get first place (this has happened before).

This tournament is at the Saint Louis Chess Club.  It is their first standard rated Over-The- Board tournament since all this Corona shit started.  Yeah, I'm looking forward to it.  It's a 36-player tournament, I'll upload my games here at my blog.

I took lessons from the Iranian Chess Queen - Derakshani.  She's younger than my step-sister and is already an International Master.  She gave me some good general tips for guidance.  One thing she told me that really hit me, "I don't think chess players ever really quit playing chess".  Amen!  We all go long periods of time without playing but almost always come back to the game!  

Wish me luck!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

I Lost !!!

[Event "rated standard match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2021.10.07"]
[Round "?"]
[White "cterlizzi"]
[Black "kamenozrout"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1853E"]
[BlackElo "2121"]
[ECO "C44"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. c3 Nf6 6. e5 d5 7. exf6 dxc4 8.
fxg7 Rg8 9. Qe2+ Be6 10. Ng5 d3 11. Qe4 Qd5 12. Qxd5 Bxd5 13. Nxh7 O-O-O 14.
Nf6 Rxg7 15. Nxd5 Rxd5 16. Bf4 Rxg2 17. Bg3 Ne5 18. Nd2 f6 19. Rd1 Ng4 20.
Ne4 Rf5 21. Nxc5 Nxf2 22. Bxf2 Rfxf2 23. Rb1 Re2+ 24. Kd1 Rd2+ 25. Ke1 Rxb2
26. Rxb2 Rxb2 27. Rf1 b6 28. Na6 Re2+ 29. Kd1 Rxa2 30. Rxf6 Rxa6 31. h4 Ra1+
32. Kd2 Ra2+ 33. Kd1 Rh2 34. Rf4 b5 35. Rd4 Rc2 36. h5 Rxc3 37. h6 Ra3 38. h7
Ra1+ 39. Kd2 Rh1 {cterlizzi resigns} 0-1

I had several winning chances here...

Sunday, August 22, 2021

SEO By Calvin

 I opened a new domain - SEObycalvin.com  There's actually been too many big ideas running through my mind recently - I want to be a pro gambler, pro content creator, learn foreign languages, teach chess, optimize websites for SEO and so on...  I need to focus.  This has been a problem of mine for many years.  I need to focus on the practical.  Start small.  My dream of all dreams is to be a digital nomad.  So, this is what I need to focus on... cut back on the content creation (ironic for a blog post, I know),  retreat from casinos and gambling books.  FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS - which is studying/practicing search engine optimization.  Why?  Because it's the most obvious answer as to how to be a digital nomad - work through my laptop!  As long as I have it and an internet connection, I can wander the World for as long and as far as I want!  And, web design is outright too complicated, well, maybe not too complicated, but it's too much like it sounds... DESIGN.  I don't have an artsy mind.  My thinking is more technical/analytical.   Anyone that gets to  know me overtime will discover my gift/skill for mathematics.  SEO is perfect!  But, it's not easy either.  And keeping up with the latest trends in SEO is a job by itself!  

Part of the reason I blog (here on Blogger) is to keep track of my thoughts.  It helps.  It's always interesting to go back from posts from years ago and realize how my opinion on something has changed, for example.  Also, writing gets me out of my mind.  It works out my thinking.  Or, it helps my thinking I guess I should say.  And it allows me to stay true to myself - that is to follow through on  my thoughts/desires. 

I meet with a spiritual counselor today.  I'm going to talk to him about Eckhart Tolle and how his book practically brainwashed me.  I need help.  Spirituality and ancient spiritual teachings can really mess your head up.  I wish I could just live my life and focus more on the material World.  

More later.  Thanks for reading

- Lizzi

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

My Top 8 Heroes of All-Time

 #8
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Justin Timberlake - Yes, Justin makes my top 8 list and for two reasons:  1)  He starred in my second favorite movie of all-time - "Alpha Dog"...  2)  He brought sexyback

#7
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Marilyn Vos Savant - She held the record for the highest IQ ever recorded (this category/record has been retired).  She also has a complete understand of the Monty Hall math problem/situation which she fully elaborated on in one of her columns in Parade Magazine.

#6
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Albert Einstein -  He makes my top 8 because, well, as we all know, he was the smartest person in the history of the World to have ever lived.

#5
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Leonardo da Vinci - A polyglot and polymath, the second smartest person in the history of the World to have ever lived.

#4
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Garry Kasparov - The Greatest Chess Player of all time

#3
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Brett Favre - My childhood hero and the REAL Iron-Man

#2
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This is a tough one.  My #1 spot is easy, I always knew this one.  But #2... well, this required some serious thought... but I'm going to have to say Jesus Christ.  Yeah, I've said it before and I'll say it again... there are many spiritual teachers but ONLY ONE SON OF GOD!  Jesus Saves!

#1
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And now, my NUMBER ONE hero of all-time - Bobby Fischer!  Because, he was Bobby Fischer, the one and only!

Thanks for reading!

- Lizzi

Friday, August 6, 2021

If I Was Given $20,000...

You hear people ask the question, if someone gave you a million dollars what would you do with it?  The idea is, as we all know, that what you would do with a million dollars is what you should be doing for a living.  This question is asked to find out what you should do with your life.  If you would travel if given a million dollars, then you should travel for a living, like..be a truck driver or flight attendent.  Or, you'll hear people ask, if you were given $1,000 what would you do with it?  The idea of this is to figure out the best way to maximize and manage what money you do get.  But, I have been thinking.. if I was given $20,000 what would I do with it.  I mean, who knows, maybe I can win 20 large at the casino.  But, if I got 20 large, I'll tell you what I wouldn't do.  I wouldn't buy a new car.  New cars tend to turn in to pieces of junk 5- 10 years later, and you end up being left with next to nothing.  

If I was given $20,000 I would spend about $2,200 - $3,000 on some flashy clothes and a little bit of gold jewelry.  I'm a bit of a dapper (sort of).  I would spend close to that much to pay off some debt that I owe.  Now, I have about $15,000.  With that, I could buy residency in Thailand.  But, I'm not sure that's what I would do with it... maybe, but probably not.  I would probably then put around $10,000 in my brokerage account and invest in some REITs to get a few hundred dollars in returns every so-often.  Half of what is left would be spent on some computer hardware and software and the other half (about $2,000 - $3,000) would sit in my bank account for emergency funds.  

If I had $20,000 ...I imagine that's what I would do with it.  

I got my Cultured Monk Media business cards yesterday that I ordered from VistaPrint.  Groovy!

- Lizzi 

 


Friday, July 30, 2021

My Amazon Kindle Chess Book

Yes, I uploaded my first ebook that is about chess. Here is the link to my Kindle book - "What You Need to Know Before Your First Chess Tournament".  Please read, rate and review!  All of my Kindle books are available for purchase for $1.75 regardless of the length in page numbers with the exception of my (short) memoir which you can buy for 99 cents.  

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and it looks like this saying can now apply to my official chess career.  I don't believe I will play in any more tournaments.  I streamed a video on Twitch.TV about why I'm giving up the game.  Essentially, it all comes down to focusing.  Unless you are an elite chess professional, there's just no money in the game.  Chess has been good to me, I'll still play and broadcast online games from time to time and I willl still keep up the posts here at this blog.

Don't forget to check out all of my web presence through the links at the footer of this blog - "Terlizzi:  Life & Games".  'till next time, friends!

- Lizzi

Monday, July 26, 2021

I Gave In To Consumerism

I got my check from work last Friday. I went out to the mall and Best Buy and bought a bunch of stuff that I don't need. *Sigh* How foolish! I gave in to the American way of consumerism. I learned that the temporary high of buying a ton of stuff I don't need quickly wears off and you are left with a vapid and dull aftertaste. I bought an iPhone 12 with unlimited data, HBO Max, and I also bought some shoes and more stuff for my computer. I didn't need any of it, of course. In my head, however, I had a justification for everything I was buying. What am I to do if I'm not going out buying things I don't need? Isn't that what living is? This is what we have been indoctrinated to believe at a very young age here in America! Well, there are plenty of things I could have done. I have a lot of books here in my apartment that I've always meant to get around to read. Instead, I thought of more books to buy on Amazon. Or, I could have spent that money to pay off part of the loan I took out from my bank a cuople weeks ago! Oh well, lesson learned. I've revised to do better. I won't buy with my next work check those new Ray Ban sunglasses I looked at on Amazon.com. I won't buy more clothing from VANS. I won't go back to the mall for a while.