Tuesday, April 17, 2012
10 YEARS ON FICS
I graduated in December of 2000 and landed a job in Texas. We moved our small family and I started working in January of 2001. My evenings were even more freed up with absolutely no homework, so I ramped up my time playing chess. I eventually discovered that Chessmaster had an on-line community and I'd occasionally play someone on the CM server. Then I discovered pogo.com and Yahoo! chess. Soon I started reading chess forums and I frequently visited Chessville.com and their forums. Then I discovered FICS and Winboard and my life has never been the same.
I came home from work on a Spring day in 2002. Our oldest was a toddler and our friends who had kids the same age as ours were over for a visit. The windows were open; the air was crisp and fresh and I was sitting at my computer watching the kids while downloading Winboard and registering my handle at FICS.
Soon I was blitzing on FICS most nights and then eventually playing in the OCL and the 45-45 Team League.
It's a bit surprising that I've only played 1129 blitz games. I imagine I've logged into FICS many times as a guest so I could play wreckless blitz without affecting my rating too badly.
When did you log on to FICS or ICC or one of the other chess servers for the first time? Do you remember the day?