I finally pulled off my first victory in this march to 52. I tried fishing for a game early on last night on FICS ... I trolled channel 90 for a bit asking for any takers, but there were none. So I stayed up and watched the TCU at Baylor game (what a game!) and then decided to sleep in. I worked it out so I could have 3 hours to myself in the afternoon. So I had 1:00pm to 4:00pm blocked off. I tried fishing for a G/90 game again on FICS, but there were still no takers.
So I fired up Chessmaster again. I couldn't play Seb ... the highest rated player it would let me play was Hayden (1282). Fifty moves later I had won. Unfortunately, the Hayden personality wasn't so keen. You know when the computer makes a seemingly dumb move like just giving up a pawn or exchanging a bishop for pawn? Well, that is what it was like playing this personality. I would have thought it would've played a bit tougher. Seb was like 1300 or something ... anyway.
The cool part about playing from 1-4pm on a Saturday was being able to watch all the college football while playing chess. Maybe that doesn't exactly help me make the best moves, but it was fun.
This 3-day weekend should be fun ... I should have lots of time to do tactics and play some blitz. I'm for sure going to the LHCC Tuesday night. I also need to renew my USCF membership and sign up for the US Class Championships scheduled in about a month.