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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chess on the Show Lost

This is a bit of a guest post. It's probably more about Chess than Lost, but it's been a while since we posted here and wanted to give our audience something to read. We all miss the days of constant Lost banter and speculation about what was going to happen next.

I'm revisiting an old topic because, well quite frankly there aren't any new Lost episodes to talk about and I've been playing a ton of chess lately. However, it's not the conventional sort of chess you might be thinking of and it's certainly not the sort the Losties could play on the island, because amongst other reasons communication signals were blocked for most of the series.

I'm talking about just playing chess on my Iphone with an app called "Chess with Friends." It's from a company called Zygnga games. The gaming company that's possibly best known for the even more popular "Words with Friends" game was valued at $7 Billion recently. Pretty insane valuation when you think about how it's primarily a company that makes game apps for mobile devices and it didn't even exist a few years ago.

Anyway, I'm digressing. After all the chess I've been playing I wanted to get good at chess so I started thinking about how Jacob and the Man and Black would play. They're kind of God-like so maybe their omnipotent powers carry over to board games played by mere humans.

In order to get better I started thinking about How the Man in Black would play, because he seems to be very diabolical and clearly he and Jacob are expert strategists when it comes to playing moves far in advance and anticipating what opponents will do.

What I decided was that I wanted to figure out how to cheat at "Chess with Friends." After doing some digging online I finally found the ultimate iPhone app to trick my friends into thinking that I'd gone from mild-mannered chess player to grand master champion virtually overnight. Well, to be perfectly honest I was a little more sly (like a fox) than that. I don't use the cheating app with every move, just when I'm in a bind or need some great advice.

The interesting truth is that I'm experiencing a side effect of my learning how to cheat at chess. Namely, I'm becoming a lot better. I can't really say it's on my own, because the reason I'm getting better is because the computer tips are starting to sink it to where I can often accurately predict what the most optimal move is before the computer software even suggests a strong chess move.

The funny thing is that I'd actually never really give much thought to the idea of cheating at chess. I barely realized you cold do, other than of course just moving your opponents pieces when he gets up to go to the bathroom or something. The truth of the matter is that there's a whole logical system behind the methods for cheating and they basically center around getting expert advice, namely for practical purposes this means the aid of a chess software system. Effectively you serve as the middle man and your opponent has no idea that in essence he's playing a game of chess against a computer set to maximum difficulty level. An almost unbeatable challenge even for the best chess players who have ever lived.

I'll wrap up this post simply by saying that I hope readers here decide to check out this website that I recommend called:

There aren't any ads or affiliate links (at least at the time of this writing), and it's basically just another place on the web to learn something new that might make you think. I guess we could all use some intellectually stimulating distractions now that Lost has been off the air for so long and we've debated and discussed every last thing there is to say about that show.

Chess set that could have been used on the show Lost because it's wood. The man in black would obviously cheat at chess if he could.

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