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Annie K.
Member since Apr-02-04 · Last seen Feb-21-18
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')

Injun vs Engin' - Viswanathan Anand - GotD Jan-06-2018


<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

>> Click here to see Annie K.'s game collections. Full Member

   Annie K. has kibitzed 7322 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-21-18 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: Fixed :)
   Feb-15-18 Annie K. chessforum
Annie K.: <WannaBe> thanks, but I only play rapid and blitz these days, don't have the patience for correspondence games anymore. ;s
   Feb-14-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
Annie K.: Oops, happy belated birthday! ;)
   Feb-06-18 Benzol chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: <Benzol> sorry to hear this... take care.
   Feb-06-18 Hou - Karpov Match (2018) (replies)
Annie K.: OK, apparently it's over:
   Jan-26-18 chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: <Volkov a Cliff> I like that one :)
   Jan-23-18 Tradewise Gibraltar (2018) (replies)
Annie K.: Rather convenient that Tata and Gibraltar overlap this year... solves the little matter of noticing that Hou didn't come back for this year's Gibraltar - of course, it's just because she's playing in Wijk. ;)
   Jan-18-18 The Caissars chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: No, your timing is just right. ;D
   Jan-18-18 visayanbraindoctor chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: Good to see you around again, doc. :) Incidentally, your post at Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017 (kibitz #30) just won the 2017 Caissar award for Best Post (On Topic, i.e., chess, division) :D The Caissars chessforum (kibitz #2257) Caissars Voting Page
   Jan-16-18 Anand vs Wei Yi, 2018 (replies)
Annie K.: Game starts at 8:00am (USA/Eastern) - this is one of the Chess on Tour games, played in Hilversum.
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  Annie K.: I don't remember what the default is, ackshly - I may have turned it off myself a long time ago. Anyway, anybody can just go to their settings and turn it on (if they know about it) I suppose (unless that's a Premium feature too? But I doubt it...) so that's a fine solution in fact. :)
Dec-19-17  MostlyAverageJoe: <Deal with it...Deal with it>

Why so unfriendly? After all, this is NOT your avatar:

In any case, I am retired from solving, so don't have to deal with anything. Was just curious.


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  Domdaniel: The four-letter word character substitution is normally "at - hash - dollar - percent" or, @#$% it, "@#$%".

At this time of year, ads on radio and TV say things like "Enjoy alcohol sensibly". Which I'd quite like to do ... but once I've enjoyed the alcohol, I stop being sensible.

<Annie> Nice work on klus this year. I suspect your masterwork is still to come...

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  Annie K.: This year I just submitted two, not particularly hard klus... The Paint job was fun. :)
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  Annie K.: Merry Christmas to everybody! :)
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  Penguincw: Merry Christmas to you too, <Annie K.>. :)
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Happy New Year <Annie>!
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  tpstar: <Annie> Happy New Year! ;>D
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  Annie K.: Happy New Year, <Switch>, <Tony>, and everybody! :)
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  WannaBe: Stop spamming everyone's forum!! =))

Happy New Year 2018 to you, too.

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  Annie K.: Yep, all done spamming! =)
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  YouRang: Happy New Year to you also <Annie K.> :-)
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  WinKing: Happy New Year <Annie K.>! :)
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  Penguincw: Happy New Year <Annie K.>. Enjoy 2018.
Jan-03-18  BattleSquare: Thank you Annie K.
Jan-11-18  falso contacto: How you doing these days Annie? Happy new year!
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  WinKing: Pairings for Round 1 Tata Steel are up <Annie K.>. I posted them in the ChessBookie forum.
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Happy New Year to you too, <Annie>!

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  kingscrusher: I'm a bit later here but it is still January - Happy new year Annie! :)
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  Annie K.: Happy New Year - this is the Procrastinators' forum after all, so that's fine! :)
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  visayanbraindoctor: <<Annie K.: Happy New Year, doc! :)>>

Mauswagong bag-ong tuig. May you have a prosperous new year <Annie>!

Jan-23-18  ketchuplover: Shalom ye rascal :)
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  Annie K.: Hi... hmmm... what have I done?
(that you can prove, that is) ;p
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  WannaBe: There is a tournament for member in the works. If you are interested... zborris8 chessforum
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  Annie K.: <WannaBe> thanks, but I only play rapid and blitz these days, don't have the patience for correspondence games anymore. ;s
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