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Member since Feb-27-05 · Last seen Sep-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: .

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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 2391 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-15-18 technical draw chessforum (replies)
Caissanist: What I've never understood about WWI is why this needed to be any of our business. Europe had been fighting horrific back-and-forth wars for hundreds of years before that, which always ground to a halt on their own eventually, but for some reason we decided that this time we ...
   Sep-15-18 Albana Vuji (replies)
Caissanist: Nice tactic from one of Vuji's games not in the database (Vuji-Lumongdong, 1990 Novi Said Olympiad). White to play and win: [DIAGRAM]
   Aug-31-18 Bacrot vs B Socko, 2008
Caissanist: I couldn't find the key move when looking at the diagram, but when I clicked over to the game score and saw what black's previous move had been, that somehow made 28.Rh6 seem obvious.
   Aug-30-18 refutor chessforum
Caissanist: Were you a personal friend of Daniel Freeman? You seem to have been a member of this site longer than anyone else.
   Aug-28-18 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2018 (replies)
Caissanist: I don't think that Nakamura gained anything by losing this game. The prize money listed on the GCT appears to just be the prizes for the individual tournaments added together. If the prizes were based on the GCT results that wouldn't make sense, since a couple of players received
   Aug-27-18 6th Sinquefield Cup (2018) (replies)
Caissanist: has a plausible account of why the tournament ended the way it did. Assuming it's correct, I can't blame Caruana for vetoing a playoff: .
   Aug-24-18 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
Caissanist: <technical draw> Don't feel bad, your post was funny, I bet Susan would've laughed at it too. There are a lot of other posts here which she certainly wouldn't laugh at, but that's not your problem.
   Aug-22-18 Lewis A Shipman
Caissanist: From a Facebook posting by Eric Schiller in May of last year: <Just heard my dear friend Lewis "Skipper" Shipman passed away 4/15/17. A colorful figure in the chess world, he will be remembered fondly in Hawaii, London and elsewhere. A kind and generous soul.>
   Aug-21-18 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
Caissanist: Ryan Cooper gives a good overview of the damage caused by the austerity policies vigorously advocated by Rogoff (among others) in the early 2010s: .
   Aug-20-18 David Bronstein (replies)
Caissanist: It is interesting that Sosonko puts Fischer on the list of players who "radiated hate" but not Tal. Donner for one, specifically wrote that against Tal he felt a "revolting hatred", while Fischer radiated nothing of the sort. Perhaps it is not surprising that Donner, while not ...
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