How do you measure your life? Recently, I started measuring my life by the number of razor blades I use… one per week, 52 per year… if I figured on living until 90 or so… that meant I had about 1560 razor blades left in my life… round abouts. So, I thought, what if I could use one razor blade every 2… no, every 3 weeks. Well, either that would be a lot cheaper, or, I would extend my life to the ripe old age of 150.
It’s what they call a win-win. Once I did this, I noticed that I played better speed chess… because, of course, time for me was running 3 times slower.
Immediately, it struck me that Chess players have the option of measuring their lives by the number of chess moves… for example, most USCL games are 40/90 with a 30 second increment… or about 40 moves in 2 hrs… 480 moves per day… 3360/wk… 174720/yr… Or, for me, 5,241,600 chess moves left in my life.
Well, I’ll never reach that number of moves, I thought, and combined with my razor blade theory, I was in good shape. Actually, this leads to several insights, for example… Jorge, in showing up late for each USCL game and having to make 40 moves in an hour, has increased the number of chess moves in his life by one third to about 7,022,744… a pretty high number… thus, extending his life by one third to about 120 years on average.
Amazing, now I think I understand why he comes in late… and, as a result of this insight, the USCL is considering shortening the time limit to 40 moves in 60 minutes for the benefit of all of us. Certainly, not as good as counting razor blades, but, a nice beginning all the same.
By now, you are pretty fed up with me… and may be asking… What does all this have to do with the great Blitz win over the Philadelphia Inventors (2.5 – 1.5) in Monday evening’s USCL week 5 match. Well, everything… as Eugene showed up just enough late for his game to extend his life… and slow down time… thus, making his time pressure moves seem easy… as he drew the last-to-finish, critical game… and won the match.
But, lets not stop here… Lets see how other Blitz players used my unconventional theory to win games and extend their lives in their match with the Philadelphia inventors… maybe, just maybe, we’ll find a way to live forever.
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