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Nov
12
comment When is it a good time to offer a draw in chess, and when should I accept one?
Actually you play for a draw at times when it is to your advantage in a tournament to draw - often if one player can win in a tournament even with a drawn game their opponent will be at a disadvantage. High level (i.e. grandmaster) play also has historically seen many games where the choice of openings was, in essence, a signal to the other player that a draw was somewhat desired (i.e. playing an opening that at grandmaster level play typically leads to a drawn game vs. an opening with far less decided results or "best lines" is a signal.
Oct
31
revised What are good resources or techniques to improve one's offence or finishing game?
fixed a minor typo
Oct
7
answered What are good resources or techniques to improve one's offence or finishing game?
Sep
29
answered What techniques should I use to teach my 5-year old to play chess?
Aug
31
comment Lasting games in the past century
having played both Dominion and Magic the Gathering I disagree. Dominion is a good game but lacks the depth and complexity of pro-level MtG (I played in the early tournaments including the first world championship and though I was more focused on being a MtG dealer for a time I had many friends who were serious pro-tour players - winning major tournaments and traveling around the world). I haven't kept up with MtG but the range of tournament types and ongoing pro-tour shows it is still very popular
Aug
31
revised Are There Any Real-Life Applications of Chess?
fixed a typo / clarified a point about Lasker's book
Aug
29
answered Using the Baron
Aug
17
answered One vs Many board games
Aug
16
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Aug
8
comment What are the standard time settings in chess
Game times have changed a lot since the rise of computers, as a formerly active chess player I'm quite interested in what people who are more current in playing tournament chess write. Historically at the highest levels you might have games that adjourned after a time control was met - something which today's computers no longer allow.
Aug
1
accepted What is a good way to store multiple expansions of Dominion?
Jul
18
comment Quick engaging card games that can be learned quickly by a new group
The Great Dalmuti is one of my favorite party games - friends still talk about epic games held at parties years ago. The fun is that you can play to "win" (i.e. become the great dalmuti) but you can also play to just rank a bit higher than last tine and/or to rank higher than your friend/boyfriend/husband/wife/partner (playing with a bunch of couples emphasizes this element). The President version of the game can be played with multiple decks to accomodate very large groups.
Jul
15
revised What is a good board game to use for a programming competition
fixed typo in subject
Jul
15
suggested approved edit on What is a good board game to use for a programming competition
Jul
2
asked What is a good way to store multiple expansions of Dominion?
Jul
1
comment General advice for maximizing fun playing multiple games of Dominion
as I noted playing with 3 or 4 people isn't really an option for us - we play at home, after work when it is just the two of us. Yes, playing Dominion with multiple players is a different game but it isn't one we get to play that way very often. We have played some of the suggested combinations but frankly we enjoy the aspect of the game of trying to figure out on the fly cards that will work well together - we enjoy the randomness.
Jun
26
comment General advice for maximizing fun playing multiple games of Dominion
Yes. Hence my question. We do like playing this way to get to see all of the cards but also realize that it isn't the only way we might play. We do however enjoy the variation between games - it is good to alternate strategies and to try different approaches.
Jun
25
comment General advice for maximizing fun playing multiple games of Dominion
hmm I hadn't thought about this twist - perhaps we'll try keeping any card we either didn't buy or only bought one of (i.e. both players didn't try playing with it).
Jun
24
comment General advice for maximizing fun playing multiple games of Dominion
thanks - we might experiment with something like this to get a mix of chosen & random cards - definitely a good alternative approach we'll try.
Jun
24
asked General advice for maximizing fun playing multiple games of Dominion