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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. My best to Susan Freeman and Sargon with their efforts to improve this site.

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 26, he tops the FIDE ratings chart with an historical all-time high rating. He has dominated the intensely competitive chess tournament scene for the past 6 years, and has defeated Vishy Anand (twice) and Karjakin to become the reigning, undisputed, World Chess Champion for the past 5 years. 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. Okay, this guy is the real deal.

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

I always thought Caruana outshined Anish Giri, and here he is, the next World Championship challenger to Carlsen in Nov 2018. Oh, good chess times ahead!

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 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".

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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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   Check It Out has kibitzed 6461 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-11-18 Louis Stumpers (replies)
 
Check It Out: And then another million chess players to analyze the technique used to change the light bulb: gait analysis, spread sheets, computer models calibrated for efficiency, etc Followed up with "discussions" regarding the WCC format, best time controls, GOAT, and nazis.
 
   Dec-10-18 TheFocus chessforum (replies)
 
Check It Out: I wish you good health and recovery! Martial arts for life!
 
   Dec-04-18 William James Lombardy (replies)
 
Check It Out: Offramp, who said that quote?
 
   Dec-04-18 Windhorst vs K Shoup, 1985 (replies)
 
Check It Out: Wally Shoup is an award-winning free jazz saxophone player I'm acquainted with. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal... The name Shoup seems to be a common pun-theme these days.
 
   Nov-30-18 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
Check It Out: Also known as commentary by result.
 
   Nov-29-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
 
Check It Out: <KVB> Here it is: Magnus Carlsen (kibitz #83793)
 
   Nov-28-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
 
Check It Out: Will carlsen be playing in the upcoming world rapid championship?
 
   Nov-28-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
 
Check It Out: I'd rather gave the bad boy as champ. Go Carlsen!
 
   Nov-27-18 Ju Wenjun (replies)
 
Check It Out: Congrats to wenjun for a well-fought victory. Womens chess is often more exciting than men's at the highest levels. <Nietzowitsch: All <truth> passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being ...
 
   Nov-26-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
 
Check It Out: <Appaz> I do blame those who made the rules. Tie goes to the champion would not have led to this classical result! If Carlsen thought a draw here was the smartest decision for him then I'm not going to contest that. I still think its lame.
 
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Dec-17-15
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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 :)
Dec-24-15
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  Golden Executive: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2016 to you and yours <Chek It Out>!
Dec-24-15
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  wordfunph: <CIO> Merry Christmas!
Feb-11-16
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  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
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  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.

Jul-18-16
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  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.
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