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Check It Out
Member since Feb-17-06
"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


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

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

Right now, though, all eyes are on Magnus Carlsen. Only 23, he tops the FIDE ratings chart with an historical all-time high rating, has dominated the intensely competitive chess tournament scene for the past 3 years, and has defeated Vishy Anand to become the undisputed World Chess Champion. I admire his incredible positional judgement and his ability to get wins from seemingly dry situations. His mastery of the middle-to-end game transition is second to none.

Others: I love Anand's dynamic chess career and sterling personality. He's been a noble chess king. He's experiencing the inevitable slide in power that comes with age, but I look forward to the chess he plays when no longer the World Champ - go for it! Hikaru Nakamura plays the American maverick to perfection, and Fabiano Caruana has huge potential. Morozevich reminds me of a less stable version of my artistic chess heroes, and Ivanchuk epitomises 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".


*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.

Other interests include:

Karate, music, reading, food, drink, people, business, hard 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 5785 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-31-17 Check It Out chessforum (replies)
Check It Out: <tga> Lol! Our insides are too manly to bruise.
   Jan-23-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies)
Check It Out: <SS: I'd like to put this lad User: who posts like he owns the place on ignore but I can't, there is no ignore button.> By golly I never noticed this.
   Jan-01-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
Check It Out: <Big Pawn> Weak evasion. Not convincing.
   Dec-25-16 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
Check It Out: Thank you for the greetings my friend and my best to you and yours!
   Dec-21-16 V Soultanbeieff vs V Borodin, 1943 (replies)
Check It Out: I came in determined to solve today's POTD. First I was entranced with the queen sac on h7 followed by Rh3#, but no, the rook is pinned. I kept looking. My mind grazed over the Rg2 interference move briefly, but no, that leaves my f3 rook hanging. I kept looking. I looked at ...
   Dec-20-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
Check It Out: <Diceman: This match should be the reason no future match is ever decided by blitz/rapid.> And how then would the match be decided? Draw odds? In that case Magnus going for the draw in game 12 would have been the correct strategy anyways.
   Dec-16-16 Kasparov vs A Huss, 1987 (replies)
Check It Out: <Sally Simpson>, that's some super sleuthing.
   Dec-03-16 Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
Check It Out: Educational endgame, two rooks versus queen. Good notes by Keene.
   Dec-01-16 Mark Taimanov (replies)
Check It Out: <HMM> Okay, that was a good one.
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Check It Out: Nice ending. Congratulations, Magnus!!
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Mar-07-14  Shams: <Focus> Any idea when <parisattack> will darken our door again? Is he off scampering around the globe?
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  TheFocus: He is probably in Dubai right now. I'll drop him an e-mail on Monday.
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  Check It Out: Pretty happy with this 5-minute blitz game. I missed the big blow, 23…Rxe4, and if 24.dxe4 Qg6+ 25.Kh1 Qg2#,

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Otherwise white has to give up the queen. My consolation prize is that I actually looked at the exchange sac for a number of precious seconds.

[White "bigtop2"]
[Black "checkit_out"]
[ECO "B20"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Bf4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Nf3 a6 7.O-O b5 8.Bb3 O-O 9.a4 b4 10.Na2 d5 11.exd5 exd5 12.c4 d4 13.Nc1 Bd6 14.Ne2 a5 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.Ng3 Bg4 17.Qd2 Bxf3 18.gxf3 Ne5 19.Bd1 Rae8 20.f4 Ng6 21.Bf3 Nxf4 22.Ne4 Nxe4 23.Bxe4 f5 (23...Rxe4 24.dxe4 Qg6+ 25.Kh1 Qg2#) 24.Bf3 Qg6+ 25.Kh1 Nh3 26.Bg2 Qh5 27.Rae1 Qh4 28.Bxh3 Qxh3 29.Rd1 Qf3+ 30.Kg1 Rf6 31.h4 Rg6+ 32.Kh2 Qg2# 0-1

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  Check It Out: Another fun 5 minute game. My opponent gave me a few pawns early on.

[White "checkintheblind"]
[Black "checkit_out"]
[ECO "B20"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 e6 3.Nh3 Nc6 4.O-O Nf6 5.c3 Nxe4 6.d3 Nf6 7.d4 d5 8.Bb5 Bd7 9.Bxc6 Bxc6 10.Bg5 Be7 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.b4 Be7 13.Nd2 O-O 14.Nf3 Ne4 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Ne5 Nxc3 17.Qd3 Qxb4 18.Ng5 Ne4 19.Nxh7 Kxh7 20.f3 f5 21.fxe4 dxe4 22.Qh3+ Kg8 23.Ng6 Qd4+ 24.Kh1 Rfd8 25.Qh8+ Kf7 26.Qh5 Qf6 27.Nf4+ Ke7 28.Ng6+ Kd7 29.Rac1 Qb2 30.Qd1+ Kc7 31.Qh5 e3 32.Rg1 Rd2 33.Qg5 Rad8 34.Qe7+ Kb8 35.Rce1 R8d6 36.Nf4 e5 37.Nh3 Rd7 38.Qf8+ Kc7 39.Qxf5 Rxg2 40.Rb1 Rxh2# 0-1

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  Golden Executive: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015 <Check It Out> to you and yours!
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  ketchuplover: piece of mind to all
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  wordfunph: <CIO> Merry Christmas!
Dec-26-14  virginmind: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Jan-10-15  Shams: A A Kharitonov vs C Barlocco, 2012
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  ketchuplover: I am not here
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  Check It Out: Good, then I won't tell you to leave :)
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  Golden Executive: <Check It Out> Very nice post at <YouRang>´s forum. That´s the spirit. Thanks.
Dec-03-15  thegoodanarchist: <Check It Out: <Big Pawn: (to <thegoodanarchist>) you STILL haven't listed all the arguments for atheism.>

A standard evasion by <!!>. He did it with me when I pointed out his hypocrisy regarding the idea of being "intimidated" on a forum and he's doing it here. >

I am not surprised. The funny thing about it is, I just was making a joke:

<Nov-30-15 thegoodanarchist: <Big Pawn:> <Theists are more rational than atheists because theism is the more rational worldview.> This is the craziest thing I've ever heard.>

From that wisecrack, not only did he assume I am an atheist (I am not), but he assumed I was trying to debate the claim.

He didn't get the joke, because in his mind he turned "crazy" into "ridiculous". Which really ruins the humor, if you ask me.

But <JB> got the joke, and remarked that he enjoyed my levity. The inner comedian in me was honored.

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  Check It Out: <tga> the Rogogff page gets a lot of criticism, well deserved I'm sure, but to me it is interesting to see arguing styles on a variety of hot topics. Even trolls have their uses :)
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  Golden Executive: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2016 to you and yours <Chek It Out>!
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  wordfunph: <CIO> Merry Christmas!
Feb-11-16  thegoodanarchist: Not the first time a GOTD has been retitled:

Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015 (kibitz #69)

Sorry you got your pun overwritten.

Feb-24-16  thegoodanarchist: Turns out, "King David" was GOTD Pun back in 2006:

Bronstein vs Keres, 1955

I am curious how you were able to repeat a pun. Whenever I try to submit a pun that has already been used, I get an error message.

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  zanzibar: Just popped in by accident, but thought I'd leave a note of best wishes.
Nov-25-16  thegoodanarchist: Happy Thanksgiving, belatedly!

And also, great idea to create the RHF!

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  Check It Out: Thanks! We'll see if it pans out. Happy Thanksgiving.
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  Golden Executive: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017 to you and yours <Check It Out>!
Mar-25-17  thegoodanarchist: <CIO> I have a question- is it true that "Karate Men " bruise on the inside?
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  Check It Out: <tga> Lol! Our insides are too manly to bruise.
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  OhioChessFan: Carl Douglas-Kung Fu Fighting
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