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Member since Feb-27-05 · Last seen Mar-18-18
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": .

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.

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   Caissanist has kibitzed 2311 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-18-18 Aronian vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Caissanist: Iron monsters think that Caruana missed the best line with 18..Qd5. Houdini seems to think it virtually wins by force (-2.25).
   Mar-17-18 WannaBe chessforum
Caissanist: I'm afraid that Phil died recently: . Any memories you want to leave on his page here would be a nice touch.
   Mar-17-18 Philip Irwin (replies)
Caissanist: It appears that Phil is no longer with us, R.I.P.: .
   Mar-15-18 Grischuk vs Ding Liren, 2018 (replies)
Caissanist: The report for this round includes many of Grischuk's comments from the postgame press conference: .
   Mar-10-18 Leinier Dominguez Perez
Caissanist: Has Dominguez given up competitive chess? He is still listed as #2 in the world at rapid on the FIDE list, but was not present at the recent Tal Memorial rapid/blitz event.
   Mar-05-18 Tal Memorial (Rapid) (2018) (replies)
Caissanist: I wasn't surprised that Carlsen, the world's #1 rapid player, was absent from this event. I was surprised that #2, Leinier Dominguez, was not there either. Has Dominguez given up competitive chess?
   Feb-21-18 Peter Thiel
Caissanist: Why Thiel is preparing for the apocalypse in New Zealand: .
   Feb-15-18 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
Caissanist: I have heard variations of the hair-washing story from other sources as well. This page mentions a few: .
   Feb-15-18 Jude Frazer Acers (replies)
Caissanist: I am reposting the following from in case someone here knows something (or somebody): <As you probably know, we have been making a documentary about Jude Acers these past 5 years or so. One item we have had some difficulty nailing down is archival news footage ...
   Feb-01-18 A Gupta vs Ivanchuk, 2018 (replies)
Caissanist: Ivanchuk seemed to not be focused on this game, leaving the board often and, according to Gupta, blitzing out most of his moves. The whole game lasted less than 90 minutes. Afterward he said <"With Ivanchuk you never know. He can be the best player on the planet. But sometimes
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