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Check It Out
Member since Feb-17-06
My best wishes to Daniel Freeman on his continuing journey; Chessgames.com is an excellent legacy.

RIP, <User: Sneaky>, you were always one of my favorites, though I never knew...

"The worship of Caissa is, however, so alluring, so fascinating, that the mind, after an interval of repose, returns to it with renewed vigour, greater hope, and redoubled energy, intent on wresting the palm of victory from the majority of opponents. "

*** The Gentleman's Magazine, 1881

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I played competitive chess as a kid inspired by the 1978 match Korchnoi vs. Karpov, and chessgames.com has renewed my enthusiasm for the game. I play occasionally at lichess.com, with more or less accuracy.

I think the greatest players are/were Kasparov, Fischer, Karpov, Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker, Morphy, and Anand,, but my favorite players are Tal, Nezhmetdinov and Bronstein.

Right now, though, Magnus Carlsen is the king of Caissa. Both his chess and his enigmatic persona wear the crown to perfection. Only 28, he tops the FIDE ratings chart as well as the live rapid and blitz charts. He has dominated the intensely competitive chess tournament scene for the past 10 years, and has defeated Vishy Anand (twice), Karjakin, and most recently, Caruana. He is the reigning, defending, undisputed, World Chess Champion of the world.

I admire his incredible positional judgement and ability to get wins from seemingly dry situations. His mastery of the middle-to-end game transition is second to none. He has also been, at the same time, the undisputed World Champion of classical, rapid, and blitz time controls. This guy is the real deal and in contention for the GOAT.

Others:

I love Anand's dynamic chess career and sterling personality; heís been a noble chess king.

Hikaru Nakamura plays the American maverick to perfection, though never quite able to reach the crest. Heís like a modern day Frank Marshall.

Morozevich reminds me of a less stable version of my artistic chess heroes.

Ivanchuk epitomizes that category of player who gets lost in the labrynthian depths of Caissa, reflecting back all the beauty and suffering that goes with her, both on and off the board.

I played a simul against Nigel Short at the 2012 London Chess Classic, and after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 he played 5.d4, looked at me, and said, "You didn't pay attention to my lecture, did you?" Hours prior at a live-broadcast analysis session I attended, Short had detailed the problems associated with playing the ...e6 ...g6 Sicilian setup against a KIA setup prior to white's d3, allowing white to play d4 without losing tempo, creating long-term dark square weaknesses for black. Being schooled* by a super-GM is the highlight of my chess "career".

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*The game was abandoned at move 33 because I had tickets to Red Fang, a local Pacific North West heavy rock group I know, who happened to be on tour in London that evening - I could not miss them, their manager got me on the door list. I fought a reasonable game and had a potentially salvageable endgame, though I surely would have lost under the pressure of a quickening pace. Red Fang rocked.

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Family, Martial arts, business, music, reading, food, drink, people, heavy rock, guitars, poker, exercise, performance, competition, action, breathing, lounging, being lazy, gardening, movies, sleeping, and working outside in bad weather.

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   Check It Out has kibitzed 6870 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-18-19 Grischuk vs Caruana, 2019 (replies)
 
Check It Out: If Grischuk is Caruana and Caruana is Aronian, who is Carlsen and where's Waldo?
 
   Oct-15-19 Carlsen vs Shirov, 2019 (replies)
 
Check It Out: Shirov is thinking long after h4. Could indicate resignation coming.
 
   Oct-14-19 Grand Swiss IoM (2019) (replies)
 
Check It Out: <Sally Simpson> NIce commentary.
 
   Oct-13-19 Caruana vs Wang Hao, 2019 (replies)
 
Check It Out: Pedro, I like taking shots at variations such as yours on these live games. The classical time signature and the CG platform work well for it. No comparison to high level player's necessary, they're the pros. No bad moves on our parts a loss of status. I think variations and ...
 
   Oct-12-19 Shirov vs Caruana, 2019 (replies)
 
Check It Out: Spingo, did I miss Aleister's birthday bash again??
 
   Oct-11-19 E Najer vs Anand, 2019 (replies)
 
Check It Out: Well that escalated quickly.
 
   Oct-11-19 A Sarana vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
 
Check It Out: Alexey Sarana has been on an impressive roll this past year. I hope he gives Magnus a good run here.
 
   Oct-10-19 Carlsen vs Kuzubov, 2019 (replies)
 
Check It Out: Per Magnus's usual MO, he has given his opponent many chances to go wrong.
 
   Oct-09-19 E Bozzali vs E Paoli, 2001
 
Check It Out: Now's a good time to check this other Paoli game: Kotov vs E Paoli, 1950 Interesting circumstance during the game, check out the comment by <John Saunders>.
 
   Oct-09-19 F Vallejo Pons vs N Huschenbeth, 2010 (replies)
 
Check It Out: I saw the queen trap, but could easily have blown the complicated endgame against a GM opponent.
 
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Jul-18-16  zanzibar: Just popped in by accident, but thought I'd leave a note of best wishes.
Nov-25-16
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  thegoodanarchist: Happy Thanksgiving, belatedly!

And also, great idea to create the RHF!

Nov-25-16
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  Check It Out: Thanks! We'll see if it pans out. Happy Thanksgiving.
Dec-24-16
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  Golden Executive: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017 to you and yours <Check It Out>!
Mar-25-17
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  thegoodanarchist: <CIO> I have a question- is it true that "Karate Men " bruise on the inside?
Mar-31-17
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  Check It Out: <tga> Lol! Our insides are too manly to bruise.
Mar-31-17
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  OhioChessFan: Carl Douglas-Kung Fu Fighting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwB...
Sep-16-17
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  thegoodanarchist: Morphy vs A Morphy, 1850 (kibitz #72)

Your request, answered!

Game Collection: Mate by Castling

Sep-16-17
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  thegoodanarchist: Sure, it was almost 8 YEARS!!! to the day, and the answer was provided by <FSR> and not me, but still, I provided the copy-and-paste services.

How are things in your neck of the woods?

I lived in the Portland, OR area from 8/2014 through 2/2016. I wish I had thought to drive up your way for a tour of the dojo and an afternoon of blitz chess.

The missed opportunities in life...

Sep-23-17
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  Check It Out: <tga> Wow, nice collection!

Things are good. Some day I'll be in your neck of the woods and we can blitz it out!

Oct-13-17
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  perfidious: <CIO>, hope things are well with you.
Dec-25-17
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  Penguincw: < <CIO>, hope things are well with you. >

Agree. Happy Holidays as well, <Check It Out>.

Dec-28-17
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  thegoodanarchist: As Quint in "Jaws" said, quoting a gravestone:

"Here lies the body of Mary Lee
Died at the age of a hundred and three
For fifteen years she kept her virginity
Not a bad record for this vicinity."

Mar-08-18
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  juan31: <Check It Out> thanks for the information
May-07-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <CIO> congrats on the car purchase!
May-07-18
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  thegoodanarchist: I'm dominating the dojo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad8...

Jun-06-18
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  thegoodanarchist: CIO,

Just wondering, have you lived in the Seattle area your entire life?

Jun-07-18
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  Check It Out: Yes, sir, a Seattle-ite as they say.
Oct-21-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Rubinstein vs S Von Freymann, 1909 (kibitz #16)
Oct-22-18
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  Check It Out: <tga> That was a few years back and I donít remember. I stopped playing correspondence chess because its too easy to cheat. (That site was a no computer use cc - if their computer detects computer use in the algorithms you get busted. But a clever person can use it very sparingly to get around this.) I didnít trust others to play honestly.
Dec-26-18
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  Penguincw: Hi <Check It Out>. Enjoy the holidays, whichever one(s) (if any) you celebrate. :)
Dec-27-18
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  Check It Out: Thank you, Penguincw. My best to you and yours as well.

As for the holidays, I try to celebrate them all!

Dec-28-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Congratulations on your pun being chosen today!

And Merry Christmas!

Jan-12-19
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  thegoodanarchist: Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 (kibitz #15)
May-20-19
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  thegoodanarchist: Kenneth S Rogoff (kibitz #390800)
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