• Was this uncalled for, should I talk to step nephew?

    My brother s step son and his wife are expecting so I started knitting a baby blanket.. Since they live out of state I was just going to send it to them in the mail to reduce the amount of things they need to bring home. This was going to be accompanied by a gift card of $100. I mentioned this to my brother and... show more
    My brother s step son and his wife are expecting so I started knitting a baby blanket.. Since they live out of state I was just going to send it to them in the mail to reduce the amount of things they need to bring home. This was going to be accompanied by a gift card of $100. I mentioned this to my brother and his wife and they literally chewed me out! They went on about having to fly this home in a suitcase and its $25 a bag etc. I reminded them I planned on SENDING it home. Then they chewed me out telling me it would be more reasonable to give them a gift card then I said I just told you it will be with a $100 gift card. Next, they complained that they haven t reveled the gender so it could be the wrong color but I told them it was a gender neutral color and could go with pink or blue. It was ridiculous so I m not sure If I should give it to them or not. Also should I talk to my nephew and ask what he wants? I think demanding to have a gift of money seems just rude to me. I knit my step nephew a wool cabled scarf once and he told me over and over how much he loved it and someone even asked him where he got it so I thought this would be a thoughtful gift.
    6 answers · Hobbies & Crafts · 20 hours ago
  • Helmet and box of crayons?

    When someone says “they were special so i got them a helmet and a box of crayons” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
    When someone says “they were special so i got them a helmet and a box of crayons” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
    12 answers · Video & Online Games · 4 days ago
  • Why do assasins say shhhhh when killing their opponent?

    Best answer: Cuz it looks cool when a bad guy is getting his throat cut and the assassin shushes him as the bad guy slumps to the floor. Saying don't beg for your life, nothing will change my mind. You're already dead... just 'Shhhhhhh.'
    Best answer: Cuz it looks cool when a bad guy is getting his throat cut and the assassin shushes him as the bad guy slumps to the floor. Saying don't beg for your life, nothing will change my mind. You're already dead... just 'Shhhhhhh.'
    9 answers · Video & Online Games · 3 days ago
  • What word is most used in a gamertag?

    Is it Sniper or Killer
    Is it Sniper or Killer
    10 answers · Video & Online Games · 4 days ago
  • Im sexually attracted to roblox characters. help!?

    so i was in the middle of robloxia and i was looking at all the characters and couldnt help but get horny. i really dont know why i feel this way. i searched roblox porn on pornhub and results actually popped up! theres other people like me but not many. anyway, i just wanted to fix this so i can be attracted to... show more
    so i was in the middle of robloxia and i was looking at all the characters and couldnt help but get horny. i really dont know why i feel this way. i searched roblox porn on pornhub and results actually popped up! theres other people like me but not many. anyway, i just wanted to fix this so i can be attracted to real life humans, not digital characters. help!
    6 answers · Video & Online Games · 2 days ago
  • Which is better in Chess being materialistic or always looking for sacrifices?

    Best answer: It's better to calculate the outcome before you try a sacrifice. My general approach is that I don't go for the sacrifice unless I can actually visualize all the way through or I can at least visualize that I have a real, concrete, strong attack going. (If it's a weaker player and it's not a very... show more
    Best answer: It's better to calculate the outcome before you try a sacrifice. My general approach is that I don't go for the sacrifice unless I can actually visualize all the way through or I can at least visualize that I have a real, concrete, strong attack going. (If it's a weaker player and it's not a very important game, I may just "try"" something that looks promising, but unless it's within your ability to calculate concretely, I would generally avoid it.)

    Free pawns and pieces are worth taking if they are really free (Do take time to look for traps) and if 2) You don't have anything better to do.
    This probably takes more experience, but sometimes, your plan is just working so well and you're just doing everything you want to do and free pawns are just a waste of time.

    Of course, again... everything is relative to the position. If you are WAY ahead in material, for instance, sacrifices may be justified for simplification's sake. (example: You're a queen and a rook against a rook - It would generally be perfectly acceptable to give the queen for the last rook and put an end to all resistance - as long, of course, as you're not doing something stupid while doing that... like letting a pawn queen. It's all relative to the position).


    Now, I suspect at your level and from what you've told us so far, visualization is a problem for you.
    I suggest you simply get a book of games with commentary. I'm sure you can find one at a bookstore for $20 at most.
    You don't have to be super picky. Most of these books are written by masters at least. There may be a higher analysis out there, but they certainly have something to teach you.
    Pick one where you like the players, or the time period. I'm a big fan of the romantics myself.
    Go through the games... with a chessboard. When you reach a variation, or an explanation, take time to look at the board, and try to evaluate the position. Who would you rather be? Black or White? Why?
    THEN look at the authors comments. Does he agree with you? Are you convinced by his evaluation? What would you do?
    Ask yourself questions!
    Now you will find there are variations. Try to get a book at first where those aren't too long... Try to do them in your head. Do them on the board if you just can't visualize it. Then place the board again and try to visualize it. Try to understand the commentary without actually touching the pieces.
    I got to warn you; this method is heavy weightlifting.
    This is why you should probably get a book with short variations at first.
    Yes, it is possible to look at a board and understand what is going on in a commentary for 10-12 moves. Some people actually play blind all the way.
    Don't try to do that now. But do try to visualize shorter variations.
    This is hard grinding work, but it will also get your endurance up for competition, if you ever decide you're serious enough to want to join a club.
    In any case, this kind of work will get you improving a lot faster than watching a ton of videos.
    If chess is really meant for you, you'll end up wanting to do that kind of work and learn what the game is REALLY all about.



    (I'm an "A"" Class player, by the way... I'm aiming at expert in the next few years)
    I'm far from the best out there, but I think my pointers can still be very useful to you.
    5 answers · Board Games · 2 days ago
  • PS4 vs Xbox vs PC?

    Now I know this will have a big debate but I am asking as I want to know which one to get: I am a person who likes the quality as in resolution of a game and one that has a good fps with it. which one is the best
    Now I know this will have a big debate but I am asking as I want to know which one to get: I am a person who likes the quality as in resolution of a game and one that has a good fps with it. which one is the best
    17 answers · Video & Online Games · 6 days ago
  • Can you name any hobbies for me?

    I m getting bored out of my brain being stuck in the house all day so I need some suggestions of hobbies. It can be absolutely anything, leaving the house or staying in, just please list as many as you think i would enjoy. (I m a 15 year old female, and I will try anything)
    I m getting bored out of my brain being stuck in the house all day so I need some suggestions of hobbies. It can be absolutely anything, leaving the house or staying in, just please list as many as you think i would enjoy. (I m a 15 year old female, and I will try anything)
    9 answers · Hobbies & Crafts · 4 days ago
  • Why am I always the first to die in Fortnite?

    Hi I play Fortnite a good bit and really like the game the same as everyone else but whenever I play squads with my friends I am always the first one to die, especially as soon as we land (that happens a good bit) I know I’m not great at the game but I can average at least 1-2 kills per game in solos and I know I’m... show more
    Hi I play Fortnite a good bit and really like the game the same as everyone else but whenever I play squads with my friends I am always the first one to die, especially as soon as we land (that happens a good bit) I know I’m not great at the game but I can average at least 1-2 kills per game in solos and I know I’m not the “weak link” in my squad at all but being the first to die is starting to get tiring. any special tips other than practicing a lot ?
    4 answers · Video & Online Games · 17 hours ago
  • Am I addicted to video games? Is this severe?

    I played all the day before while puling off an all nighter. Sometimes I might think about playing games while I am at school or tutor. My piers say that I am playing too long. I still do activities and go to school, get good grades, but right when I get home I play video games, and forget about doing chores.
    I played all the day before while puling off an all nighter. Sometimes I might think about playing games while I am at school or tutor. My piers say that I am playing too long. I still do activities and go to school, get good grades, but right when I get home I play video games, and forget about doing chores.
    5 answers · Video & Online Games · 2 days ago
  • Gamers what was your favorite video games you played this year thus far?

    Best answer: I was a little late to getting around to play this but,
    A Hat in Time
    That is probably the best game I've played in a long time (alongside Night in the Woods)
    2017 was such a great year for platformers
    Best answer: I was a little late to getting around to play this but,
    A Hat in Time
    That is probably the best game I've played in a long time (alongside Night in the Woods)
    2017 was such a great year for platformers
    4 answers · Video & Online Games · 1 day ago
  • Is it wrong to be lazy/not work, even if you can afford it?

    For example, what if you won one of those lottery scratchers that say you get $5,000 a week for life, which would give you the opportunity to quit your job and still earn lots of money. Would it still be wrong to not work?
    For example, what if you won one of those lottery scratchers that say you get $5,000 a week for life, which would give you the opportunity to quit your job and still earn lots of money. Would it still be wrong to not work?
    4 answers · · 2 days ago