Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Chess Geek Garret-Cave-Attic

Back in May Wang posted a couple of pictures of his Geek Cave; here I present my Geek Attic, or perhaps it's an old fashioned garret. Anyway, to get some of the solitude needed for serious chess study with a board, rather than a monitor, I cleared out a little space in the storage area of the condo loft. I then hauled a big-ass table up five flights of stairs and by a miracle of engineering genius, through the pint-sized door.


I share the space with my son's art studio.


A portion of the chess library.


On the board, a game I was playing over--the final position of a fifteen-move crushing of the late Darcy Robinson. To give Darcy credit, this was when he was still an "improving adult player." A few years later he defeated me 2.5-1.5 in another match, and made it to 1800 before he suddenly passed a few months ago.


In memoriam, I'll publish a win of his soon...for now, here's an Open Game where Black gets all the fun!

(show chess board)(hide chess board)

10 comments:

Tommyg said...

I gotta get me a Chess Cave or something. Right now I either use my normal computer desk or the chair and ottoman in the living room. (which is too close to my cat!)

Forget tactics I need a chess cave/den!!

In all seriousness, I like your den!

chesstiger said...

Looks nice and to not let anybody see the mess you just have to close the door. Brilliant place to study chess!

Anonymous said...

very nice chess cave....i thought i had a ton of chess books, you have a couple of tons there...doesn't make it easy reading them all....problem is when it comes to dusting them. if i cleaned out a closet, i can have a chess cave as well, as long as my kids don't find it and convert it into something else. great selection in your chess books too.

CHESSX said...

I have 2 children girl 24 finished with universtiy and threatening to move in with boyfriend.
Son 21 soon to join the army next year march time.
So i may get a chess cave, i keep hinting,but as yet no one is taking the hint.

Derek said...

Nice but still a far cry from ...

http://reassembler.wordpress.com/2007/12/06/what-i-want-for-christmas/

:)

wang said...

Very nice Robert, boy I thought I had too many books, man, I feel so much better now :D

Wahrheit said...

@Tommy--yeah, you only need a cave if you have a kid...or a cat. If you just have a wife, she should leave you alone for reasonable periods at your desk, else it may be time for a change.

@chesstiger--and the great thing is while you study chess you don't notice all junk, either!

@anon--and that's only a part of the chess books, I need to photograph the whole lot!

@chessx--great, kids leaving home, some quiet time. Only 14 more years for me...

@Derek--Yessss, I read that post sometime ago and if I hit the jackpot...

@Wang--For a long time I collected chess books, didn't but them just to study them. I need to post a few of the rare/valuable/unusual ones.

James Stripes said...

In the photo of your shelves I spotted a hardback copy of Brady's Bobby Fischer: Profile of a Prodigy among quite a few other gems. There's no question you're a chess bibliophile! It's nice to have a space dedicated to such passions.

Aaron DeWeese said...

Very nice! Inspirational!

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