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Member since Jun-19-04 · Last seen Dec-17-17
Born 1968, living in Oslo, Norway.

I learned chess as a kid, and have been a member of different clubs since youth, but have never put much effort into it. To me chess is just fun, wich is probably why I have favourite players like Tal, Shirov and Morozevich. Full Member

   Appaz has kibitzed 4496 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-07-17 AlphaZero (Computer) (replies)
Appaz: <todicav23> raised some very valid points. Spec Sf up - or the new TCEC champ Houdini - and let it use "old school" techs like opening- and endgame databases which it is designed for. Running the software on comparable hardware seems more problematic.
   Nov-29-17 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Appaz: The next world championship match will be played in London. <The 2018 Theresa May World Chess Championship> as it will be called.
   Nov-26-17 Aryan Tari (replies)
Appaz: <zanzibar> That's what creative commons are for. A nice find and a good photo. Take notice bio-editors.
   Nov-25-17 FIDE Grand Prix Mallorca (2017) (replies)
Appaz: MVL not qualifying is good for Carlsen in two ways: he will not have to face one of the strongest opponents and he can use MVL as his second yet again.
   Nov-16-17 Houdini (Computer)
Appaz: Impressive result by Robert Houdart and Houdini in TCEC 10. 1.5 points lead over Komodo and Stockfish after 21 rounds in stage 2.
   Nov-03-17 European Team Championship (2017) (replies)
Appaz: Mamedyarov doesn't do too bad. One loss against Anton Guijarro (2651), but he still has gained 2.5 Elo from his three victories. He his the current number two in the world at 2801.5.
   Oct-09-17 Katrine Tjolsen (replies)
Appaz: Another excellent brain, wasted on education rather than chess. It's sad to see.
   Oct-06-17 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
Appaz: <AylerKupp: This is what their web site says: “Sugar, a UCI chess playing engine derived from Stockfish. Copyright (C) 2008-2016 Marco Costalba, Joona Kiiski, Tord Romstad”. Maybe I just took the web site’s author word for it.> The three guys you mentioned are the original ...
   Sep-27-17 Isle of Man Open (2017) (replies)
Appaz: Both Carlsen and Eljanov seems to have recovered well from their disappointing World Cup exits and I guess they will be teamed up against each other tomorrow. Of those two, Eljanovs exit may have been a bigger upset with 0-2 against Lenderman (2565) in the first round.
   Sep-27-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
Appaz: <alexmagnus: Since the difference between different results is 5 points, a loss of 0.6 points means performing exactly as expected by rating.> That depends on what you want the Elo-system to reflect. On a strictly game-by-game basis you are of course right, but in this kind of ...
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Jan-22-14  MarkFinan: Now then Mr Appaz 😃 I just wanted to thank you for the kind words about me you posted on the So page the other day. They seem to be few and far between nowadays :) I did reply, but it wasn't till the day after and you know how decent posts can get burried over there, so I wasn't sure if you'd seen my reply.. Anyways, as much as I don't like them lot I do have a kinda guilty pleasure confession... I like Wes So! I think he plays some good chess, I don't really care about his nationality in the same way I don't care about Nakamura's because I like his chess too, although I don't really like him. I think that fanboy term when describing chess players is ridiculous. I like Carlsen, I like him, his attitude, his humbleness and his chess.. But I ain't no fanboy as someone called me the other day. Anyways, I just thought id stop by and say thanks, because even though im sure we've had crossed words before, I really can see who the good and reasonable folks here are. I won't get started on who isn't, lol.

May-12-14  LIFE Master AJ: Blocked. (Again.)

You will never learn ...

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  Appaz: Hi, everyone, sorry for the silence. Last post I read was that of <voratco>. This page is not meant to be very active, but feel free to post.

Even you <AJ> :)

So, hello, Merry Christmas, Glædelig Jul and that <wordfunph> said, and thanks.

See you around.

May-14-14  SugarDom: For a country with ridiculous amount of money. I can't believe they are considering withdrawing from hosting the Olympiads.


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  Appaz: I'm shocked, but still not surprised, if that is possible.

It's embarrassing, but I wouldn't worry too much. We peasants up here are a little slow, but our pride in such things usually overcome the peasantry.

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  john barleycorn: Did it ever before happen that an olympiad was cancelled just by financial issues? Don't know but I'm sure a wealthy country with the world chapion among its citizen won't like to be the first.
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  moronovich: <john barleycorn: Did it ever before happen that an olympiad was cancelled just by financial issues?>

Yes.I think it was Argentina and miracously saved by Holland.

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  cro777: "Only once has FIDE faced an Olympiad host dropping out at the last minute – in 1994, when the Olympiad was moved from Athens to Moscow two months before the first pawn was pushed. That move resulted in the worst-organised Olympiad of all time."

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  john barleycorn: thank you <moronovich> & <cro777>. I guess Norway is not facing a financial fiasco as Greece did. Somehow, I have a feeling that the olympiad as well as the title match are material for the FIDE election campaign and manipulations within.
Dec-25-14  wordfunph: Appaz, maligayang pasko!
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  WinKing: Hi <Appaz>. <lostemperor> will hold his prediction contest for the Gashimov Memorial if enough members sign up. Just wanted to let you know. :)
Apr-18-15  Shams: Hi <Appaz>! The "a" is very important. "A bandit country" vs "bandit country". The latter (without the 'a', and as <Tiggler> wrote it) just means that there is some stretch of land where there are bandits; here 'country' means something like "wilderness" and not "nation" or "state".

Forgive a former ESL teacher this small lesson. Cheers.

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  Appaz: Thx, <WinKing>, but I really, really, <really> s**k at predictions. A proven point.

<Shams> Yes, I saw his answer a little later and realized I had misread his first post, but I left it there.

I'm quite fascinated by Armenia in several ways, so that's probably why I stepped up as a wanna-be valiant knight on their behalf :)

I appreciate your lecture, you made me a tiny bit more knowledgeable, so no forgiveness given or needed.

Jun-10-15  MarkFinan: Did you get the Carlsen app?? I've beaten it twice aged 11 but I played the Games over a few days. There's people claiming they can beat it on the 23 yr old setting but they're just insane. If you can beat the app aged 14 then you can play to 2200 standards, I just stick to age 10 if I want an hours game. It's really good but really hard and the graphics could do with some work.
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  Appaz: No, I'm playing some "Free Chess" app. To lazy.

Ok, this summers project is to download the Carlsen app.

I hate to go online with this Android @#$%, and all the apps that fire up to do what-do-you-know on the net.

I say this as a life long computer user.

The moment Firefox or whoever delivers a fully functional phone-OS which puts you in control of your software, I'll be running it.

Android and iOS is a freeway into your private life for commercial interests.

Dec-25-15  wordfunph: <appaz batchoy> Merry Christmas!
May-24-16  User not found: I left a message for you somewhere on here about 3 months ago. I only just checked my messenger requests and saw your message from a few years ago, I wasn't being ignorant.
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  Appaz: No worries, man.

Actually I'm not <100%> who you used to be in here before your new account - difficult to keep up to date on this site - but I'm <99%> you are based in Bradford, isn't that right? :)

May-25-16  User not found: That's right mate. I had to change my username from my real name so I don't spawn another stalker. It's a long story. And I had about 10 lengthy messages from that <anglso> aka <quantum conscious> when I checked my messenger requests too. Big mistake putting my real name on this site but I was kinda new to the internet, I'd only used facebook before joining here so I was naive. Anyways it's nearly all sorted now so all's well that ends well :)
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  Appaz: I had plans to go to Britain and just wanted to maybe pop in to buy you a beer or five.

It took a little longer time than expected, but I finally got visit your little charming island last fall. I spent about three weeks backpacking in Scotland and England and had an incredible time. We share a lot of history, one of my main interests - and up north there's a lot of good whisky, one of my other main interests. Spent a lot of time on Islay, probably the best part of the whole trip in several ways.

I will definitely go back, so the beers are still reserved for you :)

Oh, btw, I'm now running Droidfish and find it excellent!

May-25-16  User not found: Thank you for the offer Appaz that's a kind thing to say, and of course I would have taken you up on the it too :)

Well you enjoyed yourself by the sounds of it so I'm glad you had a good time. The weathers not too clever over here, we don't really get those long 6 week blistering hot summer's anymore but I suppose it's better weather than Norway, which I'm guessing is where you live?

And should you ever visit again in the near future you're more than welcome to stay at mine for a few days, although I wouldn't recommend Bradford as a tourist destination, lol. I'm out of here soon, I have a friend in Malaga and I'm going back over there for a bit this year, hopefully never to return. I've been in England all my life, I guess it's okay for tourists in places like London but I'm sick of it, I'm voting out of the EU on June 23rd.

As for the whiskey. I prefer Vodka but I hear harrylime likes a wee dram. I guess you can't visit Scotland without tasting the whiskey though :)

<Oh, btw, I'm now running Droidfish and find it excellent!>

Just as I've moved on to Shredder! Lol. Stockfish is great for analyzing games but no so much for playing against imo.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Sorry, there is no such user "MarkFinan" on record.>

User: MarkFinan

<Sorry, there is no such user "User not found" on record.>

User: User not found

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  diceman: <thegoodanarchist: <Sorry, there is no such user "MarkFinan" on record.>

User: MarkFinan

<Sorry, there is no such user "User not found" on record.>

User: User not found>

Where have all the MarkFinans gone

Long time passing

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  thegoodanarchist: <Appaz>:

I noticed that sometimes you post Appazhardly.

May-05-17  Nisjesram: Hello <appaz> , hope you doing fine.

I dropped in your forum just to give my greetings and respect to <rogge> as I found that he does not have a forum any more and perhaps he checks your forum. Hope this is ok with you.

Thank you.


Hello <rogge>

Hope you are doing fine.



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