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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliott Renzies View Post
    My worst sequential dream is playing simultaneous blindfold and trying to visualize various positions.

    BTW is this a "chess dreams only" thread?
    Primarily. A degree of thread drift is OK now and then and the odd general post is fine (see the early posts) but if someone used it as a personal non-chess dream journal I would split it.

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    I dreamt that I was playing in the Tasmanian Championships (1) but for some reason the tournament was being played outside, in a grassy wooded forest with horses and cows grazing in a paddock nearby. (2) I could see stormy weather coming through with the animals running for shelter and I was not at the board; it was obvious the boards would have to be relocated to somewhere indoors.

    I therefore started to walk towards my board to move it but found that there was no direct route to the board; there were various tracks through the bush to it that involved heading away from it for some distance before heading back towards it. I took one of these but found that it went so steeply uphill that I was barely able to walk up the hill as the path became steeper and steeper (3). Worse still the track turned into a dead end amid fenced-off dumps of what appeared to be coal or black gravel.

    It occurred to me that perhaps with a series of Tomb Raider (4) - like jumps and somersaults I might be able to get to the top of some buildings in a townscape that had now appeared behind me, and thus head back across the roofs of buildings towards the chessboard. At this point I either became or controlled (it was unclear which) a Lara Croft like character who had such jumping abilities, but was also somewhat bad tempered. For instance upon ending up in an attic full of wine glasses, she opened the windows and threw them down onto the street below one by one so they would smash, for no obvious reason whatsoever.

    After quite a while of this I - now back to being my normal self - became concerned that I had wasted at least an hour of the time I needed to get back to the chessboard before I would lose on time. The rest of the dream is blurry but I remember walking around a long circuit road (perhaps this was in Canberra now, there was something with political demonstrations along the way). Finally I approached the area where the chessboards were but I had been walking for three and a half hours. I felt that I must by now have very little time on my clock and would need to move very quickly, if I hadn't already lost on time that is.


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    (1) Being held this weekend.
    (2) Possibly inspired by an early suggestion that the Tas Champs be held at the same vineyard as the Launceston Cup (not really a good idea as not up to serious tournament conditions!)
    (3) I think this, and also the rainstorm, derives from listening last night to a Conversations radio interview with fellow snail expert John Stanisic, where he talked about driving up a mountain on a road that became narrower and rougher until he realised that he was in fact driving up a waterfall (presumably not the vertical sort!) that was about to be flooded with rain.
    (4) The nearest guess I can get for the inspiration of a video game reference in this dream is that I was playing Snake on this site last night, which I don't do very often anymore, before going to bed.

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    wow man what a dream! Reminded me of Alejandro Jodorowsky's (of El Topo and The Holly Mountain fame) films; particularly the demonstration scene! Scary stuff and not for the faint hearted.
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    I dreamt that I was playing against Kasparov in a simul but on move 6 he played Qd1-d5, checkmating my king which was (somehow) on e4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    I dreamt that I was playing against Kasparov in a simul but on move 6 he played Qd1-d5, checkmating my king which was (somehow) on e4.
    Definitely worth a LOL!
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    The curious thing here being that six moves happens to be the exact smallest number of moves in which white can play Qd5# with a black king on e4, though those weren't the moves in the dream. For instance

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    In tonight's effort I was playing some relatively strong young player (but not junior) from Australia's north island. It was a sideline of a French Closed Tarrasch (what else) and on move 8 I was already losing great chunks of time on the clock and appeared to have a lost position. I was cursing myself for being lousy at openings and getting outprepared by everyone all of the time. My opponent had a bishop on h7 and my king was on h8, so it was one of the lines where black declines the Greek bishop. However he also had his queen on h3. I could take the bishop on h7 with my knight on f6, but then his other bishop would take one of my rooks which was for some reason on g5, and I would simply be the exchange down.

    I looked and looked but everything other than going the exchange down seemed to get mated by force via Bg6 discovered check then Qh7 etc. I thought I had a check with a bishop on his king that might lead somewhere, or maybe he would just take it ... then while looking at this possibility I noticed he had castled so it wasn't actually check.

    Then I noticed that his king was in fact in check from my pawn on h2, and that many pieces had moved or gone off the board, and it was his move. He seemed to be able to swap queens, but he couldn't because he was in check, and after he got out of check either I would promote my pawn or I would have a queen check on the back rank, or a queen swap that would lead to a won endgame anyway, so my opponent resigned.

    Being a mean individual I punished him for causing me problems early in the game by saying that I had no conscious memory of moves 8 through 25 and hence no idea how I could have possibly won. He seemed incensed at the notion that I had played that well while asleep. I said well, not asleep as such, but I was so drowsy that as soon as I played the moves I was immediately forgetting them. We reconstructed the game and I had indeed played ...Nxh7 and gone exchange down but my position had quickly become very playable.

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    phew what a relief!!!
    I dreamt of my bed being stolen!
    It's there! I mean I was sleeping in it!
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    I dreamt that I came across a second-hand book stall with a large number of unusual chess books selling at prices mostly around $8.50 a pop. I can't remember all of the titles but there was one rather specialised text called "14.h3 in the Black Lion". There was another one with a red cover with a yellow outlined king on the front and the strange title "Thou Shalt Openings"; every time I was not looking at this book I thought it was written by Bobby Fischer, but when I actually picked it up it was written by Peter Parr. There was also a strange stack of chess papers the bookstall was trying to sell. When I looked through these I discovered they were actually a mix of newsletters and old records of the Sandy Bay Chess Club compiled by John Wilkins (*) and of no commercial value whatsoever. After some argument the bookseller allowed me to sort out all these records into a neat pile and take the useful ones away.

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    “Do you dream about chess?”

    “Never,” says GM Wesley So at https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...=.08b36d875971

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank View Post
    “Do you dream about chess?”

    “Never,” says GM Wesley So at https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...=.08b36d875971
    That's amazing. I dream about chess probably more than any other one subject, even though chess is not as important to me as some other things.

    Last night I dreamt that I was playing some kind of version of chess where the pieces are a mix of normal chess pieces and small fruit/vegetables. I had a tomato, an olive and a chilli lined up on the back rank against my opponent's king (chilli closest). A chilli is a minor piece but its moves were never clear to me in the dream. An olive moves in a straight line in any direction at any angle (including, say, 30 degrees) but can only take other fruit/vegetables and not chess pieces. A tomato is a rook. My opponent could therefore play king takes chilli, but if he did this I would move my olive to take another chilli, giving discovered check, so a swap. I was thinking about this when my opponent used his king to push all three pieces off the board in one motion and claim this was a legal move. I told him I would have to get the arbiter as imagine if people did this in a normal game. Then I woke up.
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    In a recent dream I dreamt that I had a 2B vs B endgame and was just congratulating myself on being a piece up when I blundered one of my bishops to the opposing bishop. I instinctively picked up my remaining bishop but realised I could have instead just queened a pawn. Only problem is that if I don't queen the pawn, my opponent can now win the advanced pawn with a bishop check reaching a drawn OCB ending. Fortunately I realise that I can sacrifice my remaining bishop for a pawn with check, allowing the tempo to promote the pawn safely.

    That one was at least all chess. In another one last night I swindled an opponent after a tactical exchange that caused me to lose my queen, by checkmating his black king (which was on d4) by playing e3+. A critical element in this swindle was the presence on the board of some non-chess pieces, one of which was a metal straw that took up e4 through to h4 thus preventing Ke4, and another of which was some other dubious item of cutlery that protected the metal straw thus preventing his king from taking it.

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    You have some strange chess dreams, Kev. I have had the occasional chess dream but the positions are all too vague for accurate recall. So you do well to give so many details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    You have some strange chess dreams, Kev. I have had the occasional chess dream but the positions are all too vague for accurate recall. So you do well to give so many details.
    I find that I can almost never reconstruct the positions so that they work perfectly in terms of their properties in the dream. When I try to do so there is usually something that "cooks" my analysis of the position.

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    My chess dreams seem to be more about organising tournaments, and nothing about the positions.

    I dream that I am playing a regular opponent, and have a strong, if not winning, position, when a distraction occurs elsewhere that means I have to sort it out before returning to my board, only to find that the pieces are suddenly all in the wrong places... (Frustration!)

    Attempting to go back through both scoresheets to reconstruct the game (or trying to replay the game through my mind) only proves to be an even more frustrating exercise where I just can't hold my concentration... (all the while my clock is running down)... and then another distraction pops up!

    Sometimes it's good to wake up!
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