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Count Wedgemore
Member since Oct-02-17
"Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. And yet, on the other hand, unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye. Many a man lives a burden to the earth; but a good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. 'Tis true, no age can restore a life, whereof perhaps there is no great loss; and revolutions of ages do not oft recover the loss of a rejected truth, for the want of which whole nations fare the worse."

--John Milton

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I am a proud Norwegian, from a relatively small town not far from Oslo, our nation's capital. My name is Bjørn (not an easy name to pronounce for the non-natives), which means 'bear' in English. In Old Norse: Biǫrn. It's a really old name here in Scandinavia, dating back to the Viking Age. I've never really liked my name, it's too common for my tastes, because I like to be extraordinary in everything I do. But I am proud of the Viking connection: our great ancestors were superior warriors and shipbuilders:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikings

I am honored to be the 12th Chessgames Chessbookie Champion of the World. Here is my name in the illustrious Hall of Fame, forever recorded in the glorious annals of Chessgames History:

ChessBookie Hall of Fame

I plan to win more Chessbookie World Championship titles in the future, since my not so very modest goal is to be the best Bookie player ever. As you may rightly suspect if you read this, I may come across as a bit full of myself sometimes..but there's nothing wrong with that if one has a reason to (like I have!)..right?

Norway is the new powerhouse of chess. After all, we have the reigning undisputed World Champion (Magnus Carlsen), the 2017 Junior World Champion (Aryan Tari), and the 2018 Chessbookie World Champion (Yours Truly)!

I love chess, it has been a lifelong passion for me. But it has been very much a private matter for me: I played a couple of minor tournaments when I was a teenager and I won two scholastic tournaments when attending the Norwegian equivalent of 'Junior High School'. Scholastic chess was (and still is, I suppose) a rare phenomenon in Norway. The only reason that my school had it was because I organized the tournaments myself! And won, both times. But this was a long time ago, nowadays I only play chess online.

When serving in the Norwegian Armed Forces, I met and befriended GM Simen Agdestein (the 2nd best Norwegian player of all time, our country's first GM and an early mentor for Magnus Carlsen), who came to our camp in Northern Norway to play and promote chess, this was back in the 1980s and not long before he had finished 2nd at the World Junior Championship. We played only one game against each other, a Ruy Lopez that ended in a draw after Simen, uncharacteristically, misplayed a completely won endgame. So my overall score against Simen is 50%, I'm content with that. He is also a really, really great guy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simen...

I've never played (not yet anyway) chess with our beloved Champion, Magnus the Magnificent, but I do have a small personal letter from him where he wrote me some encouraging words (long story). It is one of my most prized possessions. I guess you could say that I'm an avid chess collector: I have a relatively small, but alluring collection of chess books, and some other minor stuff, some rare chess sets, a postcard signed by Karpov (which one of my daughters procured for me), you know, that sort of things.

One of my interests for many years has been memorization: I've been a National Champion in memory sports. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of memory sport you can read about it here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memor...

A pet project of mine in recent years has been cryptography: I've been working on inventing a form of code that can be quickly learned by a human and easy in practical use, but difficult (or, perhaps rather optimistically, impossible) for a computer to crack/decode. You can read more about cryptography here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crypt...

Another great interest of mine is old radio shows, primarily US shows, but also some British and Norwegian shows. I love collecting and listening to shows from The Golden Age of Radio, OTR as we call it (Old-Time Radio), a broadcasting era that lasted throughout the 30s, the 40s and the 50s..https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golde...

I also love classic TV shows (50s, 60s, 70s), mostly US shows, but also some Canadian and British shows, and I have recently discovered the magical and wonderful world of Film Serials! So not so long ago I started to collect them as well (I love collecting things just as much as I hate throwing things away). Here is Wikipedia's article on Serial Film: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seria...

And I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan, so naturally I collect Sherlock-related stuff also! Now, the problem is that my wife also loves to collect stuff, like me, all kinds of stuff: books, perfume, boxes, you name it, so naturally we no longer have much space for all of our things! Oh well..

My wife and I both have a lifelong affection for books. Like her, I used to read 100+ books a year when I was younger. Today my poor eyesight prevents me from such excesses. I prefer listening to audio books nowadays.

Another interest of mine is Geneaology, the study of family lineage and history, an interest I developed from my grandfather who was a leading researcher in the field back in the day. My username is partly due to the fact that I actually have some noble ancestry (which is not so common in Norway as it is in many other European countries), going back to British nobility, even royalty (although most of my nearest ancestors were farmers and fishermen).

Since I am a non-native English speaker I sincerely apologize for my numerous grammatical errors. I do, however, speak several languages. My wonderful wife of almost 25 years is from Italy (although she has lived in Norway for about 30 years now), so naturally I learned to speak in her beautiful native tongue, the most romantic language in the world. We watch a lot of Italian television together. I love Italian movies, TV shows, Italian cuisine, everything really.. I also speak a little German and I learned some basic Russian so I could read Russian chess literature: so many of their books have never been translated into English. For me, being an expert on memorization, learning a new language is not very difficult.

Another major point of interest throughout my life has been politics: mainly Norwegian, Italian and European politics, of course, but American politics has always fascinated me deeply. When I was younger I planned to go to the USA and finish my academic studies there (however, life intervened: I met the love of my life, got married and chose to remain in Norway).

I love both classical and popular music (I play a little guitar, piano and other instruments, but I haven't really practised it regularly in decades). I've written some songs over the years, but lately I've been concentrating on writing poems (I can always add a musical arrangement to some of them at a later date).

I have some serious health issues, so I try to live a rather calm life (in fact, I have to) so me and my wife, we seek to take delight in the simpler things in life, including mental, intellectual pursuits and such (we seldom travel anywhere). So what better than chess? It's an important part of my life, it really is.

Still, the biggest source of joy in our lives are our three children and two grandchildren. And our two gorgeous cats..

I am what you could call a Slav/Caro-Kann aficionado. My favorite chess players (besides Magnus, of course) are Lasker, Capablanca, Smyslov, Petrosian, Karpov and Kramnik. My own playing style is defensive, positional, so no wonder that some of the guys I mentioned are my personal favorites!

For a glimpse into my playing style, here is a recent online blitz game that I played (the time control was 5+3):

White:NN Black:Count Wedgemore

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 e6 10.Nf3 Nd7 11.Be3 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Qc7 13.Rhe1 0-0-0 14.Kb1 Bd6 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 Nf6 17.Qh4 Nd5 18.g4 Bf4 19.g5 Bxe3 20.fxe3 Qb6 21.Rd3 hxg5 22.Nxg5 Qc7 23.Rf1 Nf6 24.Qf4 Qxf4 25.Rxf4 Rxh5 0-1.

I think the <Chessgames> community is a fascinating and highly interesting microcosm, featuring so many different and intriguing, captivating personalities. A big thank you to the late and great Daniel Freeman and the co-founder, the late Alberto A Artidiello for having created this wonderful meeting ground for chess players. All the best, Bjørn.

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   Oct-14-19 McShane vs Caruana, 2019 (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: Okay, so the queens have come off as well. White has now a won endgame.
 
   Oct-13-19 Grand Swiss IoM (2019) (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: Another update on the Norwegian players participating in the Grand Swiss Isle of Man Tournament. Our third entry, the talented Johan Sebastian Christiansen is currently at 2/4, sharing that score with a huge number of other players, including Wesley So (of course, So and his
 
   Oct-11-19 Count Wedgemore chessforum (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: <morfishine> Thanks, but I've been up on the leaderboard most of the time this leg (I've moved up a couple of places recently, though). But what <moronovich> has done is really impressive, because he was down in the cellar just a short time ago, and now he's on ...
 
   Oct-09-19 Grace Christie Youwou Pedhom vs Perpetual Eloho Ogbiyoyo, 2018
 
Count Wedgemore: <perfidious> Black's queen delivered the Coup de Grace with 28...Qf3#, but could have gone for the Perpetual instead with 28...Qf4+ 29.Kh5 Qf7+ 30.Kg4 Qf4+, etc., which would have been an act of Perpetual Grace indeed.
 
   Oct-07-19 Bureaucrat chessforum (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: Lille Lørdag var en fantastisk morsom programserie. Jeg likte også Åpen Post ganske godt, men var ikke så fornøyd med noe av det Harald og Bård Tufte lagde senere. Jeg føler at deres tidligste materiale er det beste. Som Lille Lørdag, som inneholdt fantastiske parodier. Så ...
 
   Oct-06-19 Tarjan vs R Henley, 1978 (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: Best Eagles song? Take it easy, guys. No need to take it to the limit. Anyway, going through this game is not wasted time. Henley is the new kid in town! He played like a desperado and won. 59.Kxb5 was the last resort by Tarjan, but the game had already gone away from him. ...
 
   Oct-04-19 World Cup (2019) (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: Since its inauguration in 2005, 7 players have won the FIDE World Cup (not counting the "World Cup" tournaments that ran from 2000 to 2002): Aronian (twice) Kamsky Gelfand Svidler Kramnik Karjakin Radjabov All of them were born in the Soviet Union.
 
   Sep-28-19 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: I agree with <keypusher>. Yes, there were lots of canals and rivers in Northern Italy back then (still is, although the pathways are somewhat different than it was around 1600). But the elaborate attempt to explain away Shakespeare's geographical errors by pointing to ...
 
   Sep-27-19 Radjabov vs J Xiong, 2019 (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: <goodevans: Now it turns out that computer analysis shows that white's K is OK even after 32...Qh2+ but the analysis isn't easy. With having a safer option of <31.Qf4> that's nearly as good it's not surprising that that was his choice.> Good point. 31...Rh3 does ...
 
   Sep-25-19 playground player chessforum (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: I just watched Greta Thunberg's speech at the Climate Summit at the United Nations. I think the UN should be praised for letting a clearly mentally disturbed child speak at their assembly. This is a group who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized. So kudos to the UN ...
 
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Oct-04-19
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  Count Wedgemore: We're honored to have you here, <moro>!
Oct-04-19
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  Count Wedgemore: My notes to the game (Part 2):

<7.Be2> A natural move since White still doesn't want to play d4 (Bd3 would block the d-pawn).

<7...0-0> Always a slight risk when castling first! White may drop short castling and go all in, g4, h4, etc. That said; 8.0-0 seems the natural choice for White to play next.

<8.Nc3> A good move, developing the queenside, but I expected 8.0-0.

<8...Re8> This is a move I almost always do quickly after short castling. I plan to soon try the e5-push and need my rook as support. Also, it's useful to have the f8-square available; sometimes for ...Bf8, other times for ...Nf8.

<9.0-0-0> Ah, here we go again! Opposite castling, my good friend and deadly rival is not content with a draw, no Sir! <9.0-0> is, of course, a more prudent approach. <9.d4> was also an option, but seems like <morf> doesn't want to move that d-pawn :)

<9...e5> I felt like there was no point in delaying this any longer, also profiting a little from White avoiding playing d4 (he can not prevent me from pushing on to e4 if I choose to do so).

<10.h4> When having castled short, and the opponent hasn't, this move is always a bit scary.

<10....e4> My response to White initiating kingside aggression is to keep playing in the centre. Blocking the potentially dangerous b1-h7 diagonal was of paramount importance.

END OF PART 2.

Oct-04-19
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  moronovich: I took my dog to a good friend the other day.And I told him that it makes a very special sound when our esteemed <morf> makes a sac."All right then,but what happens if <morf> doesn´t sac something?"."I dont know.I have only had him for one year".
Oct-04-19  morfishine: Thank you Dear Sir <Count Wedgemore> for posting those notes. I will go over them later on this evening after work

Good evening Dear <moronovich> That is very funny! Reminds me of my favorite chess joke, I always laugh:

A woman was walking in a park and came upon a man playing chess with a dog. She watched the game in astonishment for a while then said "I can hardly believe my eyes!" she exclaimed, "That's the smartest dog I've ever seen."

"Nah, he's not so smart," the man replied. "I've beaten him three games out of five."

*****

Oct-04-19
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  wtpy: Both very funny jokes. And it has been rough week, so I needed them. (And Moronovich--great handle by the way--seems to have your number, my dear morf, you are pretty violent chess player--I always thought it was only bad puns that got you worked up!)
Oct-04-19
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  moronovich: Thanks <wtpy> ! Yes I like my handle-got it from my son.We shared the same passion about Morozevitch.

Good joke <morf>.And did you btw know it was/is one of a certain G.Kasparovs favorites ?

Oct-04-19
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  Count Wedgemore: My notes to the game (Part 3):

<11.Ng5> A smart move. To chase the knight away I will have to play ...h6, which can turn out to be a blessing or a liability. And if White chooses to retreat it, it can go via h3 to f4 where it can be usefully placed for the time being. Or, since I'm playing against <Morf the Daredevil>, who sacs pieces faster than Hillary deletes her emails, he may of course choose to let it stay there, to be toast..

<11...h6> There are other options, I don't have to play this right away, but I might as well get it over with.

<12.f3> Okay, he goes for the knight sac. Well, the opening of the h-file is uncomfortable for Black, and by playing f3 he threatens to seek an opening of the dangerous b1-h7 diagonal. But still..my first thought was that this sacrifice is premature and unsound. However, it made me think for a long time. I may just ignore it and play ...Ne5 or ...Bb4 or something. But I chose to accept.

<12...hxg5> Let's roll!

<13.hxg5> The obvious response.

<13...Nh7> What else?

<14.g6> The natural follow-up, but I think <14.f4> was an interesting option for White, actually. It loses a tempo (having recently played f3), and it gives up any immediate hopes of opening up the b1-h7 diagonal, but White gains a powerful grip on the kingside with the impressive d2-e3-f4-g5 pawn chain.

<14...fxg6> I can't see what else to play. My king's safety is heavily compromised, but a piece up is a piece up.."I should be able to survive this, right??"(he said with a nervous voice):=

<15.fxe4> I half-expected 15.cxd5, which must be at least as good, I should think.

<15...Ndf6> In addition to adding more support to the d5-square, this move enables me to get my LSB out, perhaps to g4 and a bishop exchange, which would be good news for me. Being a piece up, a natural strategy for me is of course to exchange material, while White should try to keep most of his pieces on the board. And if White now goes 16.e5 I just play 16...Bf5 and forces the bishop exchange (I think White has to respond with 17.Bd3, as 17.d3 allows 17...Ng4! and Black is much better).

END OF PART 3.

Oct-06-19  morfishine: Excellent Sir <Count Wedgemore>! I did consider 15.cxd5 but feared opening either the b or c-file. As I mentioned earlier, I realized too late that I probably should not have sacrificed the Knight, at least that early, so opening the f-file was part of a new plan to adjust to that circumstance

I shouldn't have been so brazen against the <Canny Count>!

Oct-07-19
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  Count Wedgemore: My notes to the game (Part 4):

<16.Rdf1> The position looks more and more uncomfortable for Black. Fortunately, I had some resources available, like lessening WHite's pressure through piece exchanges.

<16...dxe4> WIth this move I hoped to initiate several exchanges. After White recaptures with the knight, the knights will be exchanged, and after that I can't see how White can avoid a bishop exchange as well. That said, ...dxe4 is not without its dangers since it opens up a possible new line of attack against my king; I was worried that White now may go c5, followed by Bc4+. This line looks troublesome for Black.

<17.Nxe4> White recaptures the pawn.

<17...Nxe4> I continue as planned, but in hindsight I see that I missed an interesting tactical possibility with 17...Bf5! In response, White must probably play 18.d3 (18.Bd3 looks worse), and now c5-Bc4+ is no longer a threat.

<18.Qxe4> White recaptures the knight.

<18...Bf6> As mentioned, this was part of my plan with 16...dxe4. Because of the discovered attack on the queen, White cannot avoid trading bishops. BTW, as I think <morf> mentioned in his notes to this move, 18...Ba3 would amount to the same thing. Finally, it should be mentioned that here too, 18...Bf5 is a distinct possibility. However, I chose t continue with my plan.

<19.Qxg6> This pawn was so weak and miserable that it would probably be lost at some point anyway, so I didn't care much about defending it! That said, the queen will now be dangerously close to my king. Fortunately, I have some checks that helps me to stay afloat.

<19...Bxb2> The very definition of an "only-move". Everything else loses!

<20.Kxb2> And now, after this exchange, White does no longer have his dangerous dark-squared bishop breathing fire down the a1-h8 diagonal. But I have still to solve the problem with White's mating threats on the h-file.

<20...Ng5> Another "only-move". I do have another check available with ...Qxd2, but playing it at once loses on the spot (after 20...Qxd2+ 21.Kb1 Ng5, White wins the rook on e8, and not only that: 22.Qxe8 is checkmate := )

END OF PART 4.

Oct-07-19  morfishine: Good evening Dear <Count Wedgemore> regarding 20...Ng5 the move I looked most closely at was 20...Nf6 since 21.Rxf6 doesn't work due to 21...Qxf6+ and Black gets what he wants, exchanging the Queens

And when you did play 20...Ng5 I still didn't discern your brilliant interference combination. In fact, I thought you had made a fatal error; but the joke was on me when you followed up with 22...Bh3, only then was it clear

Very nice

Oct-09-19
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  Count Wedgemore: <morfishine: regarding 20...Ng5 the move I looked most closely at was 20...Nf6 since 21.Rxf6 doesn't work due to 21...Qxf6+ and Black gets what he wants, exchanging the Queens>

I ruled out 20...Nf6 because of 21.Bd3! which must be winning. The problem for Black is that White can follow this up with a rook sac. I was worried about Rh8+, and after ...Kxh8 your other rook could come into play with Rh1+. Additionally, the knight just had to go to g5 and not f6. for me to avoid getting mated. Granted, both Ng5 and Nf6 covers the critical h7-square. But only Ng5 covers h3, which was the key to my survival. If I didn't have additional protection of the h3-square, 22...Bh3 wouldn't have worked.

Oct-09-19
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  Count Wedgemore: My notes to the game (Part 5):

<21.Qh5> White threatens mate-in-1. I do, however, have one more check to make.

<21...Qxd2+> My last available check..

<22.Kb1> Much more natural than 22.Ka1.

<22...Bh3> Since I have run out of checks, only one thing could save me from getting mated on the h-file: disrupting the connection between White's Queen and Rook. Fortunately I have a way to do this, by finally getting my light-squared bishop out and into the action. And as I briefly mentioned to <morf>, this only works because the additional support my g5-knight gives to h3. So in many ways, 20...Ng5 turned out to be essential, and a multi-purpose move: preventing a mates on both f7 and h7, in addition to the aforementioned support to the all-important interposing square h3.

<23.c5> This is a move that should have been played earlier in the game. Then it posed a major threat with the Bc4+ idea that we discussed earlier. This is, however, not the case anymore, because Black's next move easily prevents that from happening.

BTW, my esteemed opponent suggests that 23.Bd1 was better and that he regretted not playing it. However, I disagree. Frankly, I think 23.Bd1 is strongly met by 23...Qxg2, and Black should be winning, as now White doesn't even have a perpetual anymore (when White plays Rxh3, Black can now take back with the queen instead of with the knight, and after ...Qxh3 I don't think White can avoid the swapping of the queens).

<23...Re4> Preventing White from giving a lethal bishop check on c4.

<24.Rxh3> White's attack has petered out, and his only option is now to go for a repetition by perpetual check, since after all, Black is up in material and has a won endgame.

<24...Nxh3> The only option, of course.

<25.Qf7+> Resigning to the knowledge that he can no longer win, I'm sure my good friend was a bit disappointed.

I too, was actually disappointed :) I should probably be content with having saved myself from going down in flames, but after all, I had held out hope that if I only found a way to survive my fearless opponent's massive onslaught, I could go on and win the game. I am up in material and should be winning. However, I quickly realized that there was simply no way for me to avoid the perpetual.

<25...Kh8> The only place to go. 25...Kh7 gives White the chance to play 26.Qf5+ followed by Qxh3.

<26.Qh5+> Draw agreed.

END OF PART 5.

Oct-09-19  Tiggler: <Is Annie Proulx a US or Canadian writer? > According to the blurb at the back of "Bad Dirt", she lives in Wyoming and Newfoundland. Her Wyoming stories are well known, but I never read any about Newfoundland.
Oct-09-19  Tiggler: <wtpy>: If you are from New Orleans, I wonder what you think of "A Confederacy of Dunces"? Love or hate it, I guess.
Oct-09-19  morfishine: To the Great <Count Wedgemore> On your comment: <...I was worried about Rh8+, and after ...Kxh8 your other rook could come into play with Rh1+> I looked at that tactic after I get my Queen to <f7> but always found some defense
Oct-10-19
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  wtpy: Tiggler, I loved Proulx's The Shipping News which was set in Halfax and won both Pulitzer and National Book awards.

Confederacy of Dunces is sometimes very funny and absolutely nails certain aspects of the city. Mind you it has been thirty plus years since I read it. Walker Perry's The Moviegoer and Sheila Bosworth's Almost Innocent are both fine novels that depict aspects of New Orleans. Louis Armstrong's autobiography--which he actually wrote--gives vibrant account of growing up poor, black and touched with genius.

Just read a fine new novel that I feel deals very sensitively with race in America--Copperhead. (We certainly are not post racial in New Orleans but how black and white cultures intertwine there is different from any other city in the world.) If I was Pulitzer voter Copperhead would be on my list. And to any who haven't read it, I strongly recommend The Human Stain by Phillip Roth--warning it is not exactly cheery. Copperhead has bleak aspects as well. To compensate you can read Langston Hughes Simple stories, which are set in Harlem, usually in a bar, and poke gentle fun at the foibles of our species, particularly those who are melanin deficient.

Oct-10-19
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  saffuna: <If you are from New Orleans, I wonder what you think of "A Confederacy of Dunces"? Love or hate it, I guess.>

Put me on the "love it" side. I have read it four times. Our group read much of it out loud at night during a week-long hiking trip.

"I ain't gonna work for no minimal wage."

Oct-10-19
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  wtpy: Saffuna--There is a character actor, radio personality, local bon vivant John "Spud" O'Connell who played Ignatius in a stage version and I can't think of Ignatius without thinking of Spud. He did a one man show of Huey Long that was good too. You have seen him--He has been in a number of Coen brother movies, tv shows,etc.
Oct-10-19
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  wtpy: Count, Ng5 is definitely the key to your defense. At quick glance I thought it was losing but only because I did not see the follow-up Bh3.
Oct-10-19
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  Count Wedgemore: Dear <wtpy>, I just sent you an email.
Oct-10-19
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  Count Wedgemore: <wtpy: At quick glance I thought it was losing but only because I did not see the follow-up Bh3>

Yes, if I hadn't been able to interpose with the bishop, 20...Ng5 wouldn't have helped me from getting mated. But there were so many dangers..for instance, if I hadn't gotten rid of White's b2-bishop one move earlier, Ng5+Bh3 wouldn't have helped anyway.

BTW, after reading <saffuna>'s glowing review of "Dunces", I was intrigued, so I just ordered and downloaded it as an audiobook. Have no idea what it's about, but looking forward to it.

Oct-11-19  morfishine: Dear <Count Wedgemore> both you and <moronovich> have moved nicely up the leaderboard over at the bookie game

Well played!

Oct-11-19
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  Count Wedgemore: <morfishine> Thanks, but I've been up on the leaderboard most of the time this leg (I've moved up a couple of places recently, though). But what <moronovich> has done is really impressive, because he was down in the cellar just a short time ago, and now he's on 12th place. So our good friend <moro> is making a late run for it. And well done to you for a strong showing throughout this leg, <morf>. Anyway, good to see that all the Three Musketeers of the chessbookie game are up on the Leaderboard!
Oct-11-19
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  moronovich: Good evening gents !

Yeah,good to see the three on the leaderboard again and I sincerely hope you both will stay there,so you will be qualified to the grand final in januar. Play or stay is sometimes the most difficult thing in our bookiegame.

With the best wishes for a fine weekend. !

Oct-12-19  morfishine: Yes <Count Wedgemore> while <moronovich>'s move up the leaderboard has been striking, pulling himself from negative numbers skyrocketing up the board, your move has been very impressive too.

If memory serves me correct, you were stuck in the 1700 range for awhile, but doubled that total over the past two weeks

Well played gentlemen!

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