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Member since Feb-27-05 · Last seen Jan-15-18
Currently I spend most of my chess time playing 3/2 and 2/1 games on and FICS as "TyroLoco", at a 1300 level. I will never play a game of tournament chess again due to health issues, but I still love the game in small doses. When I get too tired to play anymore (i.e. after 10-15 minutes) I dip into Batgirl's history archives, I particularly enjoyed "Flea House Blues": .

I have now moved all my FICS information to the account User: FICS Info . I also update that page if there is a change in the status of the FICS server. I use Babaschess as my interface, but the product seems to be dead now--if anyone knows of an alternative, please let me know.

Currently experimenting with Lawrence Day's 30 year-old "clamp" against the Sicilian: .

Favorite player: whoever was really good 40 years ago, now that I've had time to figure out what he was doing. Fischer used to be my favorite, but now I am starting to enjoy Karpov's and Korchnoi's games. Not sure what to make of Kasparov yet. I also have a soft spot for Benko, since his 10-move blowout of me in a 1976 simul gave me a Morphy number of 4 (Mortimer>Tartakower>Benko).

Favorite book: Fischer's My 60 Memorable Games. I have found it more helpful to read a few books over and over than to read many books, at least when you're at my level!

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Most popular chess sites:

List of online computer chess resources:

Page for querying endgame tablebases:

Set of links to various online chess DBs: http://www.chessgameslinks.lars-bal....

Most recent articles on

Online PGN player:
Online PGN viewer and editor at the defunct site:

live ratings:

List of top 10 players by year 1971-1999:

"Nuestro Circulo", Argentine chess magazine: .

PDFs of some old books (mostly in Spanish):


2008 performance ratings:

Performance versus players above 2700:

Performance against players below 2700:

Crosstables from many of history's top tournaments:

Crosstables from USA and USSR championships:

The Chess Mind:

Favorite Spanish-language chess sites: probably the best overall Spanish-language chess site, with many regular columns from GMs and excellent writers. Ajedrez Magico (abandoned in 2010, still with much interesting legacy content): Ajedrez Espectacular: http://www.mipaginapersonal.movista... Chessville's links to Spanish-language sites http://comentariosdeajedrez.blogspo... Argentine chess newsletter, through 2009 Peruvian chess news
List of Spanish chess jargon (R-rated):

Endgame tablebase:

Chess tournament results:

Other online databases:

Opening search: Nimzo-Indian, Samisch (E25)

Game Collection: Logical Chess: Move By Move (Chernev) - COMPLETE

Game Collection: GM RAM Game Selection

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Sicilian Alapin:

FIDE world and national rank for a given player: You need to replace ABCDEFG with the code from that player's FIDE player card (e.g. 5000017 for Viswanathan Anand). FIDE top rating statistics:

FIDE top player list history, including for inactive players: For example to get a list of Xie Jun's top player list rankings, I searched for her record, got the ID 8600147 from the "event=" value in the URL, and then typed in

USCF lowest rated players:

Bunch of old chess links:

Goddess chess blog:

Random stuff:

You can email me on Yahoo, username oneeyedman99.

<I never said computers can't figure out.

I said I hated them.

Although I use mine on a daily basis.

It's kind of the same as having a boyfriend that way.> JessicaFischerQueen, 12-Dec-08 in KIbitzer's Cafe.

<I have tried to adopt the philosophy that I'd rather hold a clear belief loosely than a fuzzy believe tightly. One of the reasons I feel I tend to get along pretty well with good chess players is that I've found that they tend to share this philosophy with regard to just about anything be it religion, politics, or chess positions. So I suspect this Mrs. Pogonina did not think that her comments were descended from Mount Sinai. This reminds me of a conversation I had with GM Nakamura. I asked him if he thought there was any advantage for White in the Wing Gambit Sicilian. He said, "Don't be an idiot! MAYBE White can draw." I said, "Are you sure about that?!" And he said, "No."> GoldenBear, in a 6-Oct-09 comment on Carlsen vs Wang Yue, 2009

<One of the things that appeals to me about competitive chess ... is that it is, as games go, very fair. There is quite a lot of luck in chess over the short term. But on the whole it tends to cancel out. Certainly chess compares very favourably with all the things that go under the designation 'real life', with all the stacked decks, silver spoons, nepotism, favouritism and disastrous misfortunes that attend. In comparison with the crazy unpredictability and uncontrollability of most of human existence, playing chess (even in a time-scramble!) is like a paradise of rationality.> - George Botterill.

The thing I learn best from chess is myself. I learn how I think, what I do well, what I don't do so well, and how best to structure my thinking to effectively solve problems and deal with different tasks. Of course it helps that I love the game but have very little natural ability for it--you learn more about yourself doing things that you are bad at.

I'm the one who took the name, but User: Resignation Trap is the real Caissanist Como se dice <kibitzer's cafe> en Espanol: User: NakoSonorense

>> Click here to see Caissanist's game collections.

   Caissanist has kibitzed 2283 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-12-18 Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov
Caissanist: Looks like the Bulgarian Chess Federation didn't pay their dues, Topalov's federation is now listed as "FIDE licensed".
   Jan-10-18 Mike J Fellman
Caissanist: Yeah, you could call the Rogoff stuff mansplaining if there were any women there, which there don't seem to be. I suppose you could say that was kind of the point of Fellman's tweet--"we're not just presumptuous and self-absorbed and super-opinionated with women, we're like that ...
   Jan-09-18 Kim S Commons (replies)
Caissanist: Commons quit because he was never able to combine his chess and his real estate work. When he played at Lone Pine 1978, he wound up spending all his time on the phone doing real estate deals. Then when he played in the US championship that year he left his deals in the hands of ...
   Jan-08-18 Mednis vs Lombardy, 1978 (replies)
Caissanist: Lombardy and Mednis were exactly the same age and both lived in New York most of their lives, so they were rivals their entire careers, going back to high school. I would imagine that that rivalry had something to do with Lombardy's behavior here.
   Dec-11-17 Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017 (replies)
Caissanist: Actually, all three of Nepo's previous wins against Carlsen came <before> Carlsen began using him as a trainer. If you can't beat 'em, hire 'em, I guess. In fairness to Carlsen, though, one of the previous losses came when they were both 11 and another when they were 13, ...
   Dec-01-17 Arianne Caoili
Caissanist: She has been named an advisor to the Armenian prime minister, no word on what her responsibilities will be: .
   Nov-18-17 Joel Lautier (replies)
Caissanist: Lautier gave an excellent two-part interview to Chessbase's Sagar Shah last year, covering his chess career and post-chess life:
   Oct-25-17 Anand vs Beliavsky, 1991 (replies)
Caissanist: Anand has slowed down considerably as a player over the years, and he says that is because of the games he lost because he didn't stop to think, citing this one in particular: .
   Oct-14-17 William James Lombardy (replies)
Caissanist: For me, Lombardy was always one of those players whose best games leave you wondering "why wasn't he playing for the world championship?", but whose overall results somehow don't match the level of those games. I suspect his temperament had a lot to do with his inconsistency. ...
   Oct-04-17 M Golubev vs Korchnoi, 1996 (replies)
Caissanist: Golubev has written that this game helped convince him not to devote his life to playing chess, since he played about as well as he could in but lost anyway: .
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