How good is Hanako at chess?

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How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by BMFJack » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:39 am

Hanako appears to be pretty good at chess, I can't remember a reference of her losing a game anyhow, so I was wondering...

How good is she, really?

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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by Munchenhausen » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:58 am

Pretty sure she loses to Shizune, doesn't she?

I remember her saying that Hanako wasn't really amazingly good at the game, and it seemed she was playing the game more for the memories she associated with it, than the actual game itself.
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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by BMFJack » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:06 pm

I could see Hanako losing to Shizune simply because Hanako is very uncomfortable around Shizune and wouldn't be able to focus on the game.

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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by brythain » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:20 pm

We don't get much of Hanako's actual chess playing, but I did some research on Nc5xb3, which has the virtue of being the title of one of her scenes.

It appears to be a line from a standard Ruy Lopez that goes:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 Nxb3 11. Nxb3 Be7

In this position, White is likely to move his king's knight into the space on d4, with a slight advantage for White.
If we assume Hanako's playing Black, she's certainly a fairly good chess player.
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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by Kochi » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:45 pm

I wouldn't really call her -good- at chess. She's good at beating Lilly, and I guess that would be enough to beat any apprentice without much effort. Now, put her against a new opponent with a bit more experience, and chances are she'll have a hard time.

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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by Broomhead » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:57 pm

Not enough data to say conclusively, but I'd put her above apprentice level. She can obviously beat Hisao with a bit of luck, and easily trumps Lilly, but falls against Shizune. So, methinks she understands the rules and has some experience playing against opponents in the same position, but doesn't study "Chess Theory" or anything. Similar to any game (or skill, really) one can learn to play chess, or they can learn to beat other people at chess. Hanako doesn't seem competitive enough (aside from in some Shimmie art) to really study the latter.
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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by Munchenhausen » Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:43 pm

She definitely has some history with chess. After playing it for long enough, one is bound to be half-decent at it... But as I said, Shizune's route seems to imply that she only really plays it down to what I assume are happy memories of her playing it with loved ones before Trogdor came to town.

I'd even wager Lilly only really plays it for Hanako's sake, and puts on a façade whilst she half-heartedly plays a board game that she has little interest in. Just something to keep the two occupied when conversation inevitably runs dry. This'd explain her ability to whoop Lilly's arse most of the time, but catastrophic failure after playing Shizune; someome who actually had the desire to win.

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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by Mahorfeus » Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:11 pm

Not terribly good I imagine, but she is definitely better at it in her own route, I think. At that point she actually strives to improve her technique, rather than just playing out of sentiment as Shizune suggested she does. Assuming she was correct, at least.
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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by Liminaut » Thu Nov 27, 2014 5:51 pm

In terms of raw strength, in my experience there are two types of chess players: those that have played serious tournament chess and those that haven't.The first group stomps the second group. Since there's no evidence that Hanako has done tournament chess, I'd rate her OK at best. Although she might get really into internet chess later in life.

To me the interesting thing is how she reacts to the various loses. Hanako loses her first game to Hisao, but later she is strong enough that she is beating him more often than not. In other words, her reaction to her loss was to study and get better. That tells us a lot about Hanako's internal strength of character.

With her losses to Shizune: the first one is a very near thing. The interesting thing about that game was that Shizune was able to plan her moves on Hanako's time. This tells me that Hanako played obvious, predictable moves and she has a low-risk style of play. After this loss Shizune unintentionally puts a lot of pressure on Hanako, by calling the base game unimaginative. After this Hanako loses pretty quickly. Hanako and pressure => not so good.

Shizune has an interpretation about Hanako's play, saying that Hanako plays because of emotional attachments and not because of a genuine love of the game. I think this interpretation tells us more about Shizune than Hanako. After all, some positions are simply easy to play than others.

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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by ogorhan » Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:36 pm

I think she's okay at chess but not that great as seen with against Shizune. She might get better but I think she lacks the desire cuz she only plays it because of emotional attachment and not for competition sake to get better.
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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by Ranyel » Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:36 pm

How can you tell that Hanako is weaker than Shizune at chess ? They have played against each other only once

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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by Munchenhausen » Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:17 pm

Ranyel wrote:How can you tell that Hanako is weaker than Shizune at chess ? They have played against each other only once
Well, you can't really tell from that much, but it's fair to say from what we can see that she's simply okay at chess.
I mean, put it this way.
From what we've seen, she has a 100% lose rate ;)
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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by CoffeeDrive » Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:31 pm

Munchenhausen wrote: From what we've seen, she has a 100% lose rate ;)
Well what can you really expect from worstgirl
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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by ogorhan » Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:11 pm

CoffeeDrive wrote:
Munchenhausen wrote: From what we've seen, she has a 100% lose rate ;)
Well what can you really expect from worstgirl
Prepare for War :twisted:
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Re: How good is Hanako at chess?

Post by Charmant » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:51 pm

ogorhan wrote:
CoffeeDrive wrote:
Munchenhausen wrote: From what we've seen, she has a 100% lose rate ;)
Well what can you really expect from worstgirl
Prepare for War :twisted:
Hopefully not led by Hanako because she clearly sucks at strategy. :wink:

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