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Sunday, August 24, 2008

MLB: Pence studies chess on day off after baserunning miscue

Pence has a better chance of being a Chessmetric darling than a Sabermetric one…

Hunter Pence sat in his fold-up chair and stared at the alternating blue and white boxes on the page. He was reading about chess, a game the 25-year-old Astros outfielder has begun to study in place of the computer and video games of his youth.

“Kind of grown out of it, got a little bored,” Pence said of Internet games such as Halo and Warcraft. “It’s time for me to do something more productive with my mind and body. And I feel like chess is a little better for problem solving and to just sharpen your mind.”

...Expect Pence to be online soon, not playing kids’ games, but instead holding court with thousands of players on Yahoo’s chess server. He hears they have a rating system, so he will find out how he stacks up soon. And, who knows, maybe maneuvering around the board will quicken his thinking on the baseball diamond—and keep him out of checkmate on the bases.

“It’s something I want to pick up and start playing,” Pence said. “Just reading about it, it seems like a fun game ... and, anything to sharpen your mind.”

Repoz Posted: August 24, 2008 at 02:27 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Crashburn Alley Posted: August 24, 2008 at 05:23 AM (#2914470)
Warcraft III is essentially chess but without all the downtime -- it takes a lot of intellect to consistently win. World of Warcraft, on the other hand... you will gradually lose brain cells.
   2. J. Michael Neal Posted: August 24, 2008 at 06:14 AM (#2914482)
This reminds me of the stories of Igor Larionov trying to find someone in the Detroit Red Wings dressing room who would play chess with him. Most of them lose interest after he'd kicked their ass a few times.
   3. RMc's Yelling Mob of Hackmen Posted: August 24, 2008 at 04:53 PM (#2914581)
King's Gambit De-NIED....!!!
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 24, 2008 at 05:23 PM (#2914597)
Pence should be less worried about sharpening his mind and more worried about sharpening his .300 OBP.
   5. formerly dp Posted: August 24, 2008 at 05:30 PM (#2914600)
Warcraft III is essentially chess but without all the downtime -- it takes a lot of intellect to consistently win.

Starcraft is insane. You have to have good intellect and good twitch skills to win online.
   6. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: August 24, 2008 at 05:33 PM (#2914603)
Warcraft III is essentially chess but without all the downtime -- it takes a lot of intellect to consistently win.

Starcraft is insane. You have to have good intellect and good twitch skills to win online.


Blizzard did a fantastic balancing job on both games. Hopefully Starcraft 2 will also be balanced that well.
   7. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: August 24, 2008 at 06:51 PM (#2914678)
This reminds me of the stories of Igor Larionov trying to find someone in the Detroit Red Wings dressing room who would play chess with him. Most of them lose interest after he'd kicked their ass a few times.

This is one of the big obstacles to learning chess, imo.
   8. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 24, 2008 at 07:25 PM (#2914722)
In South Korea, Starcraft is practically a national sport.
   9. Robert S. Posted: August 24, 2008 at 08:27 PM (#2914827)
And, who knows, maybe maneuvering around the board will quicken his thinking on the baseball diamond—and keep him out of checkmate on the bases.

You're aroused by the headline's potential, there's a steady build of tension in the text, then comes this wonderful release.

Thank you, MLB.com Sportswriter, for delivering in the way only a sportswriter can.
   10. Exploring Leftist Conservatism since 2008 (ark..) Posted: August 24, 2008 at 10:03 PM (#2914918)
Warcraft III is essentially chess but without all the downtime


I call birdshirt. There is no downtime in serious chess.
   11. Erik, Pinch-Commenter Posted: August 25, 2008 at 08:08 AM (#2915197)
Are there ties in chess? I love the rare Starcraft game that ends up with both sides unable to attack but with at least one building remaining... those are truly epic finishes.
   12. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: August 25, 2008 at 08:37 AM (#2915199)
Are there ties in chess?

Depends on how formal the tournament is. There are draws though. :)
   13. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 25, 2008 at 10:40 AM (#2915207)
I like chess, but I very well might be the world's worst player. I understand the game fairly well, have read books on strategy and spent time trying to become a better player, but I just don't have the patience to be good.

On more than one occasion, I've lost to somebody who's playing the game for the first time.

I suspect it's my ADHD - I can't concentrate on the board long enough to think out what I'm trying to do. I can barely think one move in advance, much less four or five.
   14. OCD SS Posted: August 25, 2008 at 12:09 PM (#2915225)
Hunter Pence: "I got a 850 ranking! Woo Hoo!"
   15. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 25, 2008 at 12:25 PM (#2915231)
I understand the game fairly well, have read books on strategy and spent time trying to become a better player, but I just don't have the patience to be good.


Once I learned a few openings and defenses, my chess got a lot better. If you put a little time in to learn some early game combinations as well as applying the basic strategies you learn from the books, it can tremendously improve your position later in the game.

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