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Billy Vaughan
Member since Dec-18-07 · Last seen Feb-06-18
I am what video gamers call a "stream monster"a kibitzer whose bloviations are my sole contribution to the world of chess.

But that's OK. Every sports bar has its buffoons yelling at the screen. I'm no better or worse for doing the same through my computer.

I like watching the numbers go up and down. No, really, I love Elo ratings, even when they're kept in proper perspective.

Outside of chess I make music, teach French, watch bad movies with my friends, and play a lot of Super Mario Kart.

By the way, I'm one of those people who can edit player bios. If you bring my attention to a problem with a bio, I'll be happy to help.

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Hort vs Portisch, 1973 - Some Like It Hort (27 July 2011)

   Billy Vaughan has kibitzed 1521 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-21-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
Billy Vaughan: <Imran Iskandar: <Domdaniel> If there are any statistics on Armageddon games, I suspect that Black wins/draws constitute a higher percentage than White wins. If so, the time discrepancy should be made larger to compensate.> Didn't somebody here suggest a system ...
   May-04-17 Vugar Gashimov (replies)
Billy Vaughan: <He never had epilepsy. He had seizures which looked like epilepsy (and were mistaken for epilepsy by doctors) but which turned out to be caused by the brain tumor (the tumor remained undiscovered for years).> Noted. I changed the word "epilepsy" to "seizures" in his bio
   Feb-24-17 FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017) (replies)
Billy Vaughan: Every single player in the world has had stretches of six draws before. I don't see what the big deal is here.
   Feb-24-17 Women's World Championship (2017) (replies)
Billy Vaughan: <HeMateMe: looks like Muzy is winning her R & P endgame vs. AK. Does that end the match then? There is no way to rebound from a 2-0 deficit.> I seem to remember a certain World Championship challenger doing just that ;)
   Feb-16-17 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Billy Vaughan: <Best to most ridiculous:> My own ranking is similar 1. Naka 2. Vishy 3. So 4. Karjakin 5. Giri 6. Fabiano 7. Aronian 8. Kramnik 9. MVL 10. Carlsen I mean look at that face
   Jan-30-17 Tradewise Gibraltar (2017) (replies)
Billy Vaughan: <Conrad93: Doesn't matter. They lose one game, then beat 5 goldfish in a row and gains something like 10-15 points.> MVL at Gibraltar: 1 - beat Sodoma (2344), +0.8 2 - drew Steinberg (2486), -3.6 3 - beat Solmon (2470), +1.3 4 - beat Poirun (2651), +3.1 5 - drew
   Jan-30-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies)
Billy Vaughan: I'm not concerned about Wesley getting most of his wins against lower-rated players. That's inherent to the game, and it is true of Magnus as well. Very silly to call Wes the "de facto" champion though. Come on, let's be realistic.
   Dec-08-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
Billy Vaughan: What happened to the old suggestion of putting the tiebreaks at the beginning instead of the end? It doesn't fundamentally change anything really, but it would feel more that classical games decided the match mentally and emotionally and for the spectators.
   Nov-14-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Billy Vaughan: <... <"Drown me! Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please," said Brer Rabbit. "Only please, Brer Fox, please don't throw me into the briar patch." ... Georgia Folk Tale> Soviet Georgia!?> Dunno if you're asking in jest, but that's a folk tale from the state ...
   Sep-12-16 Chess Olympiad (2016) (replies)
Billy Vaughan: <What are the conditions for Canada or Norway to medal (if possible at all)?> They have a very small shot at bronze. First, Russia will have to lose. With Russia's one-point lead plus a dominating SB score for the tiebreaks, there is just no way Canada or Norway can ...
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