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I had not played chess for a long time (at least 5 years), but after watching The Queen’s Gambit it made me want to play again. Chess is an exceptionally great game to play because it is all skill, and there is so much strategy in every move.

Recently, I have started to play chess on I chose this site to play on (as opposed to playing straight from the Mac version) because there are so many more options and features.

My personal favorite feature is the ability to play characters. The character that I really wanted to try playing is Beth Harmon, who is the main character in The Queen’s Gambit series. She is a chess prodigy, but you can play her at different stages of her life. You can choose to play the 8 year old version when she just started playing chess, all the way up to the the 22 year old version of Beth when she is the world champion. Chess rankings use a formula called the Elo Ratings, and each version of Beth that you play against has a higher Elo Rating than the last. It is really fun to see which version of her you can beat and then try to keep working your way up.

However, is also a really useful site because there are plenty of other features. You can play real people in online matches, and you can even join tournaments through the website. Regardless of your skill level, you are bound to find people who you can have fun playing against. If you are like me and have started getting back into chess after watching The Queen’s Gambit, is one of the best places to play!

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This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.

NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.

I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!

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