Traian NITU



Hey there, fellow sweepers. My name is Traian and I live in Brasov, Romania. I was born on the 5th of April, 1981 in Iasi, the city where my folks went to college. They are both dentists, but I didn’t follow the family tradition and became an engineer last summer. To be more specific, I graduated the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, specialization: Automatics. Enough about school, because I’m not applying for a job, am I? J

I fell in love with Minesweeper about 5 or 6 years ago. I don’t know precisely when it all began. It was probably a period when there weren’t any new games on my computer, so I started to play the Windows standard games. One thing I remember, though: I read the help file very soon after I discovered that Minesweeper was interesting. And after founding out the “double-click” thingy, I dedicated to breaking the records over and over again. When I first won on expert I was so happy. I don’t know the time, probably around 300 seconds. And one of the most exciting moments back then was my first 5 sec. beginner game. It was incredible. Of course most of it was luck, since my sweeping skills were very low (and still are!J), but everywhere I went I kept bragging about my 5 seconds. No one really cared, but I was really really happy.

Days, weeks, months, years have passed. When I reached the “unbelievable” 5-35-120 score line, I searched the Internet for “minesweeper”. And of course I immediately found the “Authoritative Minesweeper” site. Boy, was I depressed. All the 1s, Matt’s 10, Lasse’s 42 and all the other incredible videos made me want to quit. But then I visited all the links (and especially the Tips section) and I said to myself  I needed to improve my scores. Urgently. Because I was already addicted, and you guys know the feeling, right? And the 120 quickly became 119->118->116->112->109-> (don’t remember) -> 101. I was stuck on 101 for some time, only until I changed my mouse. And I instantly went sub-100, a psychological barrier. I don’t know the exact evolution, and I’m sure it’s not that important, but my current record on expert is 65, after being stuck at 70 for almost one year. But I changed my mouse again, and I’ve started to go sub-70 pretty often.

Let me narrate one of the most remarkable moments happened in my sweeping career. I was ready to go out and I noticed that I still had time for a quick session of intermediate. After a few unsuccessful clicks, it happened! The opening seemed so familiar. The repeated viewing of videos of the dream board apparently had a powerful effect on my brain, I mean it stuck in there somewhere. So I started to play it just as I saw many of you had done it before. Of course I couldn’t afford a super speed, but still, after the last click the clock showed an amazing 13! My record, if I remember right, was 18 at that time, so you can imagine the adrenaline rush that I felt. After a while, the well-known UPK debate started, and, for the respect of the game, though I never really searched for the DB on purpose (with repeated click & F2 sequence or something like that), I gave up on my int record and posted a 17 instead. Fair play is an important issue for me. Now my intermediate record is 15, and I’m very very proud of it.

I have other interests beside minesweeper. I play tennis, chess (complete amateur). My favorite TV channel is Eurosport. I like all kinds of sports: soccer, tennis, handball, basketball, snooker. Oh, let’s not forget athletics. I know by heart many of the world records.

That’s about it. We’ll see each other on the IRC channel and of course, in the guest book. I go online very often. Oh, I almost forgot: – you must check it out, it’s hilarious.


OK, I’m done. I guess we’ll keep in touch by any means possible.







Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream

I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been

To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen

They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed.


                                         (Led Zeppelin - Kashmir)