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#1 Sir_Richard



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:44 PM

I just played a quirky but instructive game.  Early in the opening, I shuffled
a couple of worthless pieces sitting in an entrance, because I was temporarily
at an impasse. My opponent took about a minute of think time to respond. Thinking
of what?  Odd, maybe interesting.  About 20 moves later, I did the same inexplicable
shuffle, and again he took about a minute to respond.  The pieces were a lieutenant
and a scout.  So, he's lost two minutes of buffer trying to figure out what I'm doing?
I did the same maneuver two more times, to confound him. He is now down to less
than a minute of buffer left, and we're only about 100 moves into the game.  One
more shuffle, his clock ran out, and he lost.  But before he did, he typed an
unrepeatable phrase in the Battlechat window.  Is that so? Yes, I deliberately
made senseless moves, knowing he'd spend precious time deliberating over my

idiocy. I use any legal means to win.  In this case, by killing his clock.  Play, watch,
and learn.

Sir Richard

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