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Jun-16-10  HeMateMe: BeCUZ you DONT---HAVE--to live like a refugee/DONT have to live like a refuGEEEE....
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  Richard Taylor: Comrade Bickle - I hear your dulcet tones.

You mean Wayne's poem?

Actually I used to (sometimes) get very good marks for close analysis of poems when I was at Uni - I went there as an adult student. (More general essays were more difficult)

BUT poetry and art etc are very subjective. One can analyze them if you know the overall purpose or theme (or if it is say a "postmodern" poem-art object or whatever you have to apply different criteria).

I have to concede that I found - still find very many poems simply too obscure. Obscurity isn't always bad but I find many to be rather difficult.

I know you speak ironically but I was in fact not a brilliant scholar - I did quite well at school but it was by dint of "swotting" and doing a lot of home work. I also loved reading...but I had no illusions I was smarter than anyone else.

Chess was the same - my brother was natural (or more of one) - but I had to study books for hours and then I never mastered it (whoever does?), I still struggle with chess...

Just lately I have been getting wiped out by everyone on FICS... and at tourneys I'm only doing averagely (I seem to do bit better at Club Chess)

But I've been crook lately...sinusitis....

But I take your point, we can analyze things out of existence... it's good to see anyone have a go at a poem.

My impromptu analysis of your poem was bit uncalled for! It was good for what it was as I recall.

Jun-17-10  coffeebean: coffee and donuts 2 or 3 time a week for, you know who. yes you got it, it's U. Unless you don't like sugar and greases.
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  kellmano: First one to post on the game of the day page is a dunderhead.
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  whiteshark: If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few.
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  PhilFeeley: Why is there no page for the Capablanca Memorial, now on in Cuba?
Jun-17-10  Ragh: <A Chess-Lego Engineering Feat <Monster Chess>>

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  moronovich: <whiteshark> Brilliant ! And most likely true and very describing..
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  Shams: <whiteshark> you are quoting Shunryu Suzuki?
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  whiteshark: <Shams> <Zen is where you find it. <<<<>>>>> :D
Jun-17-10  zanshin: Bobby Fischer may be exhumed:
Jun-17-10  HeMateMe: Celtics to win this evening, in an upset. Jack's gonna smash his ray bans, in disgust!
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  Check It Out: <zanshin> I'm sure quite a few people won't "dig" that. Sorry for the bad pun :)
Jun-17-10  Deus Ex Alekhina: If Elvis is supposedly still alive, then maybe Fischer is, too. BTW, since soccer is worldwide the most popular sport, then why do they have the World Cup only every 4 years?
Jun-17-10  Ken Chamberlain: Has anyone noticed if there is an advantage to drinking stimulating beverages for chess playing? I'm talking about coffee, energy drinks,etc.
Jun-17-10  elohah: Wasn't able to eat the two double stack Wendy's I used to always get at the end of the day yesterday, I've gotten in too much shape from walking about 6 miles a day, due mainly to a sh. transit system in this small town, which wraps up at 5:30 p.m. I've walked all across the town on one street (about 4 miles). Now I've done this several times.

I had a 'Think Thin' energy bar, made by somebody named Lizanne fr. Ventura, Ca. It had 20g of protein. Two yogurts - I usually just get blueberry Dannon, a quart of $4.59 'just apple' juice. A banana (18 cents - the entire bunch was only 46 cents). This morning my only meal was polishing off the other half of the apple juice from last night, and another 'Think Thin'. Found that I'm drinking almost no coffee anymore - maybe just in the morning. You don't need coffee when you're active.

Still plan to bike to Boulder - when I get a bike, plan to get 'The Art of Bisquir', maybe some other books.

Had a 'Patch Adams' moment today in the Wal-Mart lot. Yesterday, inside the library, I saw a moth going thru the window torture. 'Forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do', I said - referring to the cruel humans, of course.

Tried about 4 times to catch it in a paper towel. Luckily, it was a moth, so did keep coming back to the paper towel. Finally, it just sat on the ledge, and I said, "OK, just be quiet, OK?" "I'm not going to hurt you." "I'm going to get you free!" "C,mon." "Just get on the paper."

I sort of scooted him on, and then quickly covered him. It was a long way to go for a moth. Past the computers, past the reception desk, down a flight of stairs to the first floor, past customer service. "OK, we're almost there!" "Hang on!"

I wondered if he would be expired, but somehow knew he wouldn't be. Went out the door, past a group of hispanic teenagers TEENAGE WASTELAND RAGERS CALL UP THEIR BUDDIES ON FACEBOOK TO TRASH ANOTHER HOUSE.

I walked by, "There's the grass!!"

I let him out. I don't think I've ever seen a moth happier. He must have leaped right out, and went to light on a plant, then quickly darted to another one, like a honeybee.

The next day, in the Wal-Mart lot, a MOTH landed right on my chest with a PLOP, then flew off. "Patch Adams!", I remembered.

How often do you encounter a MOTH in the middle of the afternoon, when it's 95 degrees out?

Jun-17-10  zanshin: <Sorry for the bad pun :)>

<CIO> Me too ;-)

Jun-17-10  Travis Bickle: <Ken Chamberlain: Has anyone noticed if there is an advantage to drinking stimulating beverages for chess playing? I'm talking about coffee, energy drinks,etc.> Yes if you're rating is 2700 or above. ; P
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  Richard Taylor: <Ken Chamberlain: Has anyone noticed if there is an advantage to drinking stimulating beverages for chess playing? I'm talking about coffee, energy drinks,etc.>

Coffee (using caffeine) works to "wake one up" but after that it reaches a saturation level where it no longer stimulates. I drink coffee during the game mainly for psychological reasons, or simply as I like a coffee sometimes ) but if I am really tired it doesn't help.

Nothing beats good heath, a good nights sleep before a tournament or a game, and some luck! But also a good mental approach to the game. I admire Lasker's general view of chess as a struggle but also as a game/art/science etc.

Jun-17-10  zanshin: Lakers won ... cool.
Jun-18-10  A.G. Argent: <elohah> I am going way out on a limb here, I think, in regards the CG hierarchy more or less ignoring you in one way or another but I gotta say that I find some of your postings quite interesting in an Andy Kaufman-James Joyce-on-cough-syrup sort of way and for one kinda hope you don't get discouraged and go away. I'm just sayin'.
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  Richard Taylor: <A.G. Argent: <elohah> I am going way out on a limb here, I think, in regards the CG hierarchy more or less ignoring you in one way or another but I gotta say that I find some of your postings quite interesting in an Andy Kaufman-James Joyce-on-cough-syrup sort of way and for one kinda hope you don't get discouraged and go away. I'm just sayin'.>

I haven't been reading <Elohah>s; stuff but I just did seeing A.C.Argent>'s thing here - well -

You have the potential to be a great writer <elohah>! That stuff about the moth is brilliant, and the Patch Adams moment and all have a poetic-prose talent and an ability for quick fire wit and observation, phrasing, as well as a lyricism etc (I think maybe Richard Brautigan, Pynchon, Vonnegut, Kaufman yes or Thurber and even a touch Iain Sinclair and others) - your "ravings" are quite astounding!

Develop that talent you have! Keep writing.

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  amadeus: <CG>, *** ERROR: CHESS VIEWER () IS NOT DEFINED ***

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Jun-18-10  spirit: I read Ken Thompsonís proposed solution for calculating performance rating for a 100% or 0% performance and its endorsement by Albert Frank and some folks at Chessbase (see and

As earlier pointed out by Kung-Ming Tiong
Article URL:

This solutions seems to be flawed at least practically, if not mathematically.

1. The player didnít play with himself/herself.
2. The player can never expect to draw himself/herself.

The initial advantage (which is the advantage of having white) decreases with increasing ELO.(This is evident from practice) We see that at the very top level this advantage means very little. Theoretically this advantage can be made to equal Zero with a high enough ELO . But just as we approach infinity in mathematics without reaching it, this constant cant be reached. This means a player will always beat himself/herself if he/she is playing white, and always lose to himself/herself if he/she is playing black. This should have been apparent in Eloís math if it hadnít been biased against the higher rated player instead of the darker colored one.

Jun-18-10  mahmoudkubba: Hello CGCom and CGCom members and staff, may I ask the following:

Approximately and even roughly: Only in our planet earth say, how many ch. games r played every day... how many of them r recorded and how many r registered? U C according to God's ways and methods one day that will come even our skins, eyes and ...etc will be witnesses on us so if we try to apply that little in positive law and then from that to ch. world and from that only in planet earth due to some limitations we all have then what r the numbers for those 3 matters: played every day, recorded and registered <<< approximately and roughly and of course if proofed <exactly> the From No. To No. I mean >>>. Thanks and every body is welcomed to have a chance to find the real answers or the From To answer(s).

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