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    Haha yeah Frigid... Well, I'm doing it because I've had an interest in both my whole life, and I'm told I'd do very well in both fields.

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    well good luck to you...i certainly would not want to do both...but thats just me
    tian tian jiu xiang jian dan ai translation = 'day in day out, i only want simple love'

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    Pigs, mister 100, you're probably the only one that COULD do both...

    Speaking of which, could you tell me what MBBS and LLB stand for? I can't be bothered searching Latin acronyms at the moment.

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    Hi everyone,

    As the old Australian Chess Federation BB has been merged onto this site it's probably not a bad idea for at least some of us from the old BBs to introduce ourselves over here.

    I'm one of Tasmania's leading players, state champ in 2001-2 (but not 03 alas) and currently top of the Tassie rating list by a whole seven points at ACF 1951. No ELO rating because I don't get off the island very often and the only time I played in an ELO rated tournament my result ... um, wasn't very good.

    I'm secretary of the Tas Chess Association and its rep on the ACF Council, and also have other ACF involvements including selections and the constitutional subcommittee. I'm also a very experienced arbiter.

    I work (sometimes) as a consultant in invertebrate ecology, and have also worked in student media, including editing the Hobart uni magazine Togatus for a couple of years. I've recently finished being a professional student - BA in philosophy and political science, Honours in environmental studies, PhD in biogeography (snails if you must know. No dumb jokes please, unless you've got one I haven't heard before).

    That'll do for now. Cheers all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    . . . (snails if you must know. No dumb jokes please, unless you've got one I haven't heard before).
    Never heard a snail joke. Give us one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    Never heard a snail joke. Give us one.
    Here you go. (No doubt Kevin has heard it though).

    Snail walks into a bar and orders a beer. The barman says "Sorry, I can't serve you". "Why not?", asks the snail, "This is the third pub I've been in and no one will serve me." The barman says, "It's just resposible service of alcohol and you're already legless!"
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    Here's one no one would have heard of, as I just thought it up.

    Have you heard about the French contribution to the International Space Station? It's the catering module called the gastro-pod.

    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    Yes Barry, I have heard the first one, but not often. Here's some more, I did a quick web search and found this page, all but one of which I had heard before.

    http://ast.leeds.ac.uk/~agg/snails/joke.html

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    I'm not sure if you are very serious or very lame, so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. I can see God in Physics, but in Chess I see only war.

    For those who want to know, I am a practising Roman Catholic.

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    Chess is undoubtably combative, but it is a poor analogy for war. To compare them is to degrade/minimise to gravity and lawlessness of war.

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    I see what you mean. What I was talking about was classical warfare, where armies would meet head to head, and technology played no part to tactics in who marched to victory. Modern war doesn't require intelligence to conduct, simply money and time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gandalf
    I see what you mean. What I was talking about was classical warfare, where armies would meet head to head, and technology played no part to tactics in who marched to victory. Modern war doesn't require intelligence to conduct, simply money and time.
    from what I understand, chess was created in India as a substitute for war. There used to be a king who went to war often and was away from home. His queen asked for a game to be invented. and the game invented was chess, which uses the analogy of war.

    When chess went to REurope some of it's rules got modified, and some pieces got changed in name and fucntion
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    Yes that is what I have heard also.

    I think theres a thread somewhere explaining the orgins of chess.

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    Ah here we go:

    http://www.chesschat.org/viewtopic.php?t=40

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    There are two books on the history of chess that I can fully recommend.

    1.) Eales, R. "The History of a Game"
    2.) Murray, HJR, "A History of Chess"

    I have both this books - bought from Parr. Parr recently acquired some copies of Murray's actually - all in HB. Better get 'em now.

    AR

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