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Member since Feb-27-05 · Last seen Jan-19-19
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": .

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

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[[Some chess links I'm currently using:]]
Most popular chess sites:

List of online computer chess resources:

Names and definitions of most common tactical themes, often seen in chess puzzles:

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

William Ewart Napier

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.

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   Caissanist has kibitzed 2443 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-19-19 James Mason
Caissanist: <Every pawn is a potential queen> - James Mason. Quite right, just as I learned by reading <Chess in 30 Minutes> when I was nine. This seems rather less profound than most of the other quotes I've seen on here.
   Jan-16-19 Valeriane Gaprindashvili (replies)
Caissanist: Is it in fact true that he is Nona's son? Neither his nor her Wikipedia entry mentions that. I tried a couple of googles, but the only confirmation I got (other than this page) was from a tweet.
   Jan-13-19 Radjabov vs Kramnik, 2019
Caissanist: A very near miss for Radjabov, who had a winning position after move 35 but then let the win slip on the last move of the time control. Annotations at .
   Jan-12-19 Alireza Firouzja (replies)
Caissanist: <Youth is ideally spent playing in the sun and socializing!> I told my daughter that, and she sent me this meme: .
   Jan-09-19 Christopher Woojin Yoo
Caissanist: Yoo became the youngest player in history to beat a 2700 player when he defeated eventual co-champion Le Quang Liem in the Bay Area International: .
   Jan-05-19 Pia Cramling
Caissanist: Interesting interview with Cramling at from last year, covering (among other things) her and her daughter's decision to not play for the Swedish olympic team: .
   Dec-21-18 Ian Duncan Wells
Caissanist: John Pitcher (perhaps User: GBKnight ?) annotates a game he lost to Wells after a pretty knight sac: .
   Dec-21-18 Salomon Flohr (replies)
Caissanist: <zanzibar>--thanks for the link to the excellent Silman article, and for pointing out the Kemeri tournament (Flohr also came ahead of Fine there). I don't think it's any great mystery what happened though. Flohr's drawn matches against Botvinnik and Euwe came before either ...
   Dec-19-18 Lisa Lane
Caissanist: The SI article overall was pretty meh, but I'm glad that the author at least got her to sit for an extended interview, the first I know of since she stopped playing tournament chess. It's a shame that vision problems have made it impossible for her to play online chess anymore.
   Dec-18-18 Isaac Kashdan (replies)
Caissanist: If you consider Flohr to be a great player, then I guess you'd have to move the date up from 1911 to 1908. I don't--his best days were already behind him by 1937, when he was only 28, so he seems to be another beneficiary of the lack of strong competition in the early to mid ...
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