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  1. fian

    The Chess Thread

    Nice choice, I'd say 3...c5 is definitely better than 3...Bf5 from a practical point of view. Even at 2000 I guess not everyone is booked up on theory and knows how to punish it; I also struggled with facing it until I studied it recently. They can also play 5/f4 after 4...Nc6 and just hang on...
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    The Chess Thread

    I climbed from 1600 to ~1850 on Lichess in the last couple of months :) Here are some of my new favorite openings: 1...g6 is now my favorite response to 1.e4, because I can usually get easy development and White can't force a dry, symmetrical position like with the Exchange French. Typically...
  3. fian

    A Good Book You've Read

    The Magicians saga by Lev Grossman is a great fantasy pick, would 100% recommend. It's kind of similar to Harry Potter, but geared more towards college students / young adults.
  4. fian

    repost this if you love AllLikeWas really much

    repost this if you love AllLikeWas really much
  5. fian

    You're too kind

    You're too kind
  6. fian

    H-how could you do this to me :psytear:

    H-how could you do this to me :psytear:
  7. fian

    Hm must be malfunctioning then

    Hm must be malfunctioning then
  8. fian

    pog it's alw

    pog it's alw
  9. fian

    First pokemon game that you played?

    My first game was Emerald which my sister handed down to me. Was a looong time ago, but iirc I just continued on from my sister's save file where she had chosen Mudkip. The first game I played through entirely by myself was Pearl, which I loved (Platinum will forever remain my favorite game though).
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    Can I get your autograph

    Can I get your autograph
  11. fian

    Is that the Snom-san???

    Is that the Snom-san???
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    cute pfp uwu

    cute pfp uwu
  13. fian

    pog it's ravi

    pog it's ravi
  14. fian

    Serious Depression

    I've been lurking on this thread alot but never actually had the guts to post here. I'm in college now, my depression dates back to maybe around middle school. In hs, it got worse because of a really awful experience that I'm still not comfortable telling people about. After that experience, I...
  15. fian

    Smogon Cooking Thread 2

    I actually do have a stove / pot here since it's more of an apartment-style dorm, doing dishes after cooking with them is a giant pain tho. Yes I have a microwave
  16. fian

    New New Name and Profile Change Requests [READ THE OP]

    Since it doesn't count as a name change per the rules(?), I'd like to remove the numbers from the end of my name so it's just "fian"-- it's cleaner and I switched from fian121 to fianketto on PS. oki--tdp
  17. fian

    Smogon Cooking Thread 2

    Any ideas for quick recipes I can make from the comfort of my dorm room? Here's what I've been making: - chili - mashed potatoes - instant ramen hacks Suggestions would be appreciated
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    repost this if you love ravi really much

    repost this if you love ravi really much
  19. fian

    The Chess Thread

    That's true, but the Hyper/accelerated Dragon does prevent White from playing the Yugoslav Attack, at least. I tend to be better at maneuvering games, so I'd rather get positionally squeezed than attacked. The reason I decided to go with Hyperaccelerated rather than Accelerated is because you...
  20. fian

    The Chess Thread

    It's not quite the same as the Urusov, that happens when you play d4. Formally 3.Bc4 is called the "Italian Variation" of the Petrov (Lichess incorrectly calls it the Urusov), and 4.Nc3 is called the Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit. If Black declines the gambit with 4...Nc6, then I'm very happy...
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