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Annie K.
Member since Apr-02-04 · Last seen Nov-22-17
Annie Kappel

My YouTube channel, featuring pronunciations of non-English chess player names:

I'm 43 y/o, of Transylvanian origin, living in Israel since childhood. I speak English (no, really), Hungarian (great language!), and Hebrew (if I must, which is often, for some reason).

Afflicted with an uncontrollable sense of humor and other highly controversial characteristics.

I learned chess as a child, but had no further opportunities to practice the game. Returned to it seriously around 2004, and have been hanging out here since.

Note: if I am not home (i.e., here), you can probably find me at the Domdaniel chessforum, the SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum, the visayanbraindoctor chessforum, or the chessforum! :)


<My City of Moscow skits:>

<<<<<<>>>>> Kramnik's Party -> City of Moscow (kibitz #752)

<<<<<<>>>>> Sochi 2008: An F-Files Production -> City of Moscow (kibitz #774)


<Game Collection: My GotD Puns>

<My favorites:>

All Your Baze Are Belong To Us - L Baze vs T Palmer, 2004 - GotD Mar-21-10

Y Yu No Claim Repetition? - Yu Yangyi vs M R Venkatesh, 2012 - GotD Jun-30-12

He Who Has E Tate is Lost - E Tate vs Y Shulman, 2001 - GotD Sep-22-16

How Many Roads Must Aman Walk Down? - S Shankland vs A Hambleton, 2014 - GotD Dec-23-16 (besides the obvious reason for the pun - a long King walk - note also the terms 'shank' and 'amble' embedded in the player names)

So me the Wei - W So vs Wei Yi, 2013 - GotD Jan-29-17

This Won't Borya Ider - B Ider vs Wei Yi, 2014 - GotD Apr-01-17 (follow-up to previous day's GotD, 'This Won't Borya')


<My other (linkable) site contributions:>

* The Player Names Pronunciation Project: (or look for names with a loudspeaker icon in the Player Directory)

* Created on my suggestion: Biographer Bistro

* The first (now retired) Carlsen Dancing Rook:

* The Caruana Dancing Rook:

* The Hou Dancing Rook:


<<<<<<< MAJOR CHESS SITES <<>>>>>>>>>

<< Correspondence chess <<<<<<>>>>>>>>

< ChessWorld ->

ChessWorld is my new main chess playing base. It's a rather restrictive site for non-paying members, but one of the best sites for paying members. The full features include excellent interface options and first class study and analysis resources. Nice community, likeable admin. Paid membership recommended.

< Update: while I will leave the original entry for ChessWorld as-is, I have by now been a member of the site for 2 years, and am now an admin there. I still think the site is one of the best, and the <other> admins are nice. :p >

My ChessWorld profile:

< Queen Alice ->

Queen Alice is a charming site - well behaved players, decent admin, site design visually very pleasant. It is also completely free. Unfortunately, it lacks team play, the interface and resources are relatively simple, and it can be frustratingly slow (loading times). Nevertheless warmly recommended.

My QueenAlice profile:

< GameKnot ->

GameKnot is technically an excellent site, however I would not recommend it to the serious player who is looking for a site to settle in, due to an anti$ocial admin with ju$t one $ingle intere$t in hi$ $ite... oop$, $orry about the typo$.

My GameKnot profile:

<< Other chess sites <<<<<<>>>>>>>>

< FICS - the Free Internet Chess Server ->

FICS is a great site to play chess at various faster time controls. There are a few difficulties getting started with it - first, it can be hard to find an email they will accept for registration; and second, there's a lot of site code to learn. But it's worth the hassle. :)

< ChessCube ->

ChessCube is quite good for fast time control games - provided you have a strong computer with broadband, as the site is entirely Flash based, which means it takes considerable computer resources to load. The site is nominally free, but heavily commercialized with all sorts of frills that can be purchased on it.

< Emrald Chess Tactics Server ->

Emrald is not a playing site - it is an invaluable tactical training asset. The only problem with it is also the difficulty of finding an "acceptable" email address to register with; but once past that hurdle, the site deserves nothing but praise.

It's a completely free site. You can play (practice) there as a guest, but they recommend registering, so that their program can keep track of your progress, in order to assign you puzzles best suited to your current level. I strongly second that recommendation. Register and always play logged in! It will make a huge difference in the site's ability to help you improve. An issue that scares some people off Emrald is that your progress is tracked via a "rating system", and because of the high importance they assign to speed, if you are not used to finding tactics fast, your rating will be very low at first - and many people are simply embarrassed to play logged in for that reason. Don't let it bother you! If you let embarrassment hold you back from letting the site help you improve to the best of its ability, you are only shooting yourself in the foot, and nobody else really cares that much anyway. ;p

A few of the people I've recommended Emrald to, had dropped it after a brief trial with remarks along the lines of "Oh, it's a blitz training site. I don't play blitz, so I don't like their obsession with speed." That reaction is absolutely wrong - and it's also one that many people who try the site out for only a short time are likely to have, if only because players who are used to being rated, say, 2000 and above, at corr. chess sites, are going to be annoyed and put on the defensive about finding themselves rated as low as 1200-1300 at Emrald, and will wish to dismiss the "insulting" site.

Yes, the Emrald rating system is heavily influenced by speed. But thinking that the site's purpose is blitz training is a complete misunderstanding of the lesson taught. The real purpose of Emrald practice is not to improve your blitz skills, but to train you to recognize dozens of tactical themes and opportunities AT A GLANCE - which will not only save you time in games of any time control, but is often the only way you will catch them AT ALL. Those brilliant tactical shots that can be seen in anyone's collection of "most memorable games", are often moves that will either occur to you as soon as you glance at the position, or you will miss them altogether. That's what Emrald really teaches - tactical chess intuition.

<Intuition in chess can be defined as the first move that comes to mind when you see a position. --- <Viswanathan Anand>>

<Personally, I am of the view that if a strong master does not see such a threat at once he will not notice it, even if he analyses the position for twenty or thirty minutes. --- <Tigran Petrosian >>


^ TL;DR.

Any other questions, feel free to ask. I might even answer. ;p

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   Annie K. has kibitzed 7239 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-19-17 Tony Palmer (replies)
Annie K.: Happy Birthday! :)
   Nov-16-17 Bent Larsen
Annie K.: <perfidious: <<HMM: so, Nimzo was a Baltic german who emigrated to Denmark?> I believe Ni(e)mzowitsch is derived from nemtsev (pronounced nyemtsev), the Russian word for German. No doubt someone more knowledgeable than I such as <Annie K.> can confirm ...
   Nov-16-17 E Paehtz vs M Geldyeva, 2016 (replies)
Annie K.: Geddit... :) in fact, I posted something along similar lines back in 2005: E Paehtz vs E Moser, 2001 (Didn't submit it for GotD consideration, though) ;p
   Nov-12-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: FIDE Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca details (players and schedule) can be found at Chess Results... ;) Yeah, finding info on Agon events is a pain. :s (In fact, Agon is a pain.) :p
   Oct-21-17 Annie K. chessforum
Annie K.: Of course! :D
   Oct-11-17 chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: Actually, <YouRang> has been asking for different colors since 2008... and I would like it too. ;) Search Kibitzing
   Oct-02-17 Olga Viewer chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: Will these do? ;)
   Sep-23-17 Isle of Man Open (2017) (replies)
Annie K.: Round 2, Hou's opponent is Elisabeth Paehtz. Hmm...
   Sep-23-17 SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: <Switch> hi... update on your intentions WRT running the next Bookie leg plz? ;)
   Sep-03-17 NN vs Judy, 1851 (replies)
Annie K.: <An Englishman> keep'em coming, cute idea. :)
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  visayanbraindoctor: Boldog zületésnapot! Yom hu'ledet sameach! (I hope I got it right.) Happy Birthday <Annie>!
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  Alien Math: Happy Birthday <Annie K.>!
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  Annie K.: Heh, pretty close! :D
Thx doc, Hanh. :)
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  Annie K.: OK, question for the chess research buffs:

Is this a position from a real game? The setup actually looks realistic, but I can't make out which piece is which...

Love this comic, btw. :D

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  Alien Math: if you don't mind us bypassing the right click limits on the page the fun stuff is,

title= "9 Chickweed Lane for 2000-12-22"
description= "For Dec 22, 2000"

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  visayanbraindoctor: <Annie K.>

I am still busy writing language syllabuses. In the following audio-video

I had to do the voice over myself, since I could find no one else hereabouts that is fluent in all three languages. So that's actually my voice you're hearing.

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  visayanbraindoctor: I had to delete the original video above because I found significant errors on review. Here's the new corrected one.

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  Domdaniel: Am I a whole month late already? Oops. Summertime and the living is easy, yanno.

Happy belated birthday anyhow, hon. I'll aim for more accuracy next time, honest.

And of course you remain a star, whatever the calendar says.

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  Annie K.: Thx. :)

While I'm about, I would like to mention that these days, my favorite cartoonist is Brooke McEldowney, the author and artist of <9 Chickweed Lane> and <Pibgorn>, both absolutely wonderful comics, though I have a marked preference for the adventures of Pibby (of the eponymous 'Pibgorn' strip) and her friend Drusilla... recommended to go back and read from the beginning! ;)

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  Domdaniel: Thanx. Pibweed and Chickgorn will be investigated in cue dourse.
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  Domdaniel: I may even play the Chickgorn Defense...
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  Annie K.: Groan... :p

You'll love them. Brooke is one of those select few who know terms like 'l'esprit de l'escalier'. ;)

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  Domdaniel: Hi <Annie> - I was idly scanning thru some old posts in my forum when I stumbled on this utterly brilliant piece (by you, of course!):

<The most profound lesson to be learned here, I reckon, is that intentional evil - if and what little of it may exist - will never come anywhere near to causing a small fraction of a percent of the damage that blithe stupidity manages with the greatest ease alla time. Eat your heart out, evil.>

One problem, maybe, is that both evil *and* stupidity have multiplied alarmingly in the last few years. Even so, it is a superlatively sharp perception.

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  Annie K.: Thanks :)

I can only recommend selling the TV... it's likely to make you feel better, anyway. ;s

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  thegoodanarchist: <Annie K.: Groan... :p

You'll love them. Brooke is one of those select few who know terms like 'l'esprit de l'escalier'. ;)>

I know 'l'esprit de l'escargot'

Because I just made it up. It means to form a spirit of unity, but very slowly

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  Annie K.: Ah. <Dom> should like that one too. ;)
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  thegoodanarchist: <Annie K.: Thanks :)

I can only recommend selling the TV... it's likely to make you feel better, anyway. ;s>

I gave away my TV for free, last year on July the 28th. (Actually, it was in exchange for temporary housing, and I just moved out without taking the TV with me.)

I miss it on rare occasions, but not as much as I thought I would.

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  Domdaniel: Indeed I do. But then I move with the speed of a striking snail...

*Sci-fi alert*: read "The Snail on the Slope" by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. Great writers - and "Roadside Picnic", on which Tarkovsky (aka Tarka the Auteur) based his great film 'Stalker' is also very good. Likewise 'Hard to be a God', 'Definitely Maybe', and 'The Doomed City'.

Yes, I have a TV set. But I *never* watch it. Unlike many people who say "I don't watch TV", I mean it. Mine hasn't been switched on in at least two years ... and switching it on wouldn't achieve much, as it's not tuned to any channels and I don't have a cable service. So there.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Annie> Any chance we could get a forum for Wei Yi vs. Ivanchuk? (I wouldn't complain if we got forums for Adhiban vs. van Foreest and the Chigorin Memorial as well, but Wei Yi vs. Ivanchuk is the important one.)
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: *Hoogeveen, Netherlands*
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  Annie K.: <Switch> I'll get on it (at least the first and the third). :) But srsly, you shouldn't bother with small-league affairs like the latter two. Researching them is more work than there will be interest (and profit) in them anyway - basically, if the informal betting competitions don't cover an event, you can safely skip it too. ;)
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  Annie K.: *floccinaucinihilipilification*
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: You just don't want the players to learn to expect regular betting again. :)

There aren't many big events during the fall season; if I only offered betting for big events this would be a very short leg.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: *Tanks Peak, Colorado*
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  Annie K.: Of course! :D
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