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Gregor Samsa Mendel
Member since Jul-25-04 · Last seen Oct-14-19
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After the game is over, the king and pawn go into the same box.

-Italian proverb

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"...it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time..."

-Winston Churchill

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I am a high school science teacher and a proud union representative. Just doing what I can to build a better America.

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   Gregor Samsa Mendel has kibitzed 3741 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-09-19 Benko vs Sawyer, 1964 (replies)
 
Gregor Samsa Mendel: Yeah, this one is more like a Monday puzzle.
 
   Sep-06-19 V Kirilov vs F Salata, 1964
 
Gregor Samsa Mendel: Stockfish The Computer declareth that after 11..g6 black should be just fine. Computers make it all look so easy.
 
   Sep-02-19 I A Horowitz vs NN, 1940 (replies)
 
Gregor Samsa Mendel: I saw the 13 Rg6+ line. Apparently, black has to play 7..h5 if he wants to play on in this variation.
 
   Aug-28-19 Emanuel Norden
 
Gregor Samsa Mendel: It sounds like he was a victim of the flu pandemic of 1918-1919. This strain of the virus was notable for striking down young adults in the prime of life.
 
   Aug-26-19 Ulf Andersson vs J A Rubinetti, 1979
 
Gregor Samsa Mendel: Black had to try 26..cxd6, although he already stands clearly worse.
 
   Aug-20-19 P Gilruth vs Yermolinsky, 2000 (replies)
 
Gregor Samsa Mendel: At least for the position at move 27; it seems that the last time the puzzle was given it was at a point in the game where master-level foresight would have been required.
 
   Aug-15-19 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
 
Gregor Samsa Mendel: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-...
 
   Aug-14-19 Arthur Anthony Murray
 
Gregor Samsa Mendel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthu... Based on his birth name, the dance studio founder might be more closely related to this player of note: Richard Teichmann
 
   Aug-10-19 P Ravn vs Portisch, 1957 (replies)
 
Gregor Samsa Mendel: The Computer thinks that white blundered with 39 Rb1 (Qb8+ was winning) and that black could have won with 40..Qh3+. Games like this one show me just how little I understand chess.
 
   Aug-06-19 H Westerinen vs J Boey, 1972
 
Gregor Samsa Mendel: The Computer thinks that 35 hxg5 is best here. It sees the big mistakes as 37 Rh7 (it prefers Ne1 with equality) and 39 Rxb7 (it prefers c5 with an eval of -1.15). To me the errors are very obvious-looking moves that look perfectly good to a patzer like me.
 
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Jan-08-18
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  Big Pawn: <gsm: There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.>

Just FYI, I think it's cute when you try to sound profound.

< Gregor Samsa Mendel: <<The same people who tried to convince us that cigarettes weren't addictive or didn't cause cancer were hired by global warming deniers to try and confuse the issue with climate change.>

Empty rhetoric. Try again. Better yet, why don't you disclose who these people are. Thanks. I'll wait.>

https://www.scientificamerican.com/...

No response.

Look, if you want to discuss this with me, then you need to be serious. If you don't care then fine, I will be on my way.

I understand.

Jan-08-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <BP>--Here's another non-response:

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

<Just FYI, I think it's cute when you try to sound profound.>

It's definitely not profound when you try to sound cute. At least I get my quotes right. Now go on your way.

Jan-08-18
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  saffuna: Pay attention <gsm> , <big pawn> sets the rules here on his forum.
Jan-08-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <BP>--I deleted your post because it only insulted me and didn't add anything to the debate. I believe that you have deleted my posts to your forum in the past, and gave similar reasons.
Jan-09-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: Delete mine, then.
Jan-09-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <saffuna: Delete mine, then.> Naah, you're cool. You didn't insult me.
Jan-09-18
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  OhioChessFan: <Like it or not, in a democracy the people without power use government to provide what should be provided to everybody>

Says who? So easily you say that without considering or citing the philosophical underpinnings of democracy. I will also add that any time a liberal starts talking about what "should" happen, I reach for my wallet and hold on tight, because I know they're coming to take money from me to pay for what they insist "should" happen.

Jan-09-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <OCF>--When a conservative like you starts talking about philosophical underpinnings of democracy, they tend to reflexively reach for their wallets at the same time. Of course, they still allow their wallets to receive social security checks.
Jan-09-18
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  diceman: <Gregor Samsa Mendel:

<diceman>--Like it or not>

Now we're getting somewhere!

Once we get past your limited understanding of government, the wanton slaughter/destruction of the minority has a "like" option.

Who Knew????

<The same people who tried to convince us that cigarettes weren't addictive>

Awwwww, isn't that sweet?

As GSM pats himself on the back for
saving us from cigarettes.
(which could take you into your
50s, 60s, 70s)

He ends life in the inner-city in your 20s, with the "addiction" of the hand-out.

Nice!
...and all he'd like to do is expand it.

<convince us that cigarettes weren't addictive>

Too bad he didn't mention, "for profit."

So I could focus on GSM's politicians.
Doubtful Obama would stomp his people
for minimum wage, but wave millions and
mansions under his nose and you
got a Toyota.

<Of course, they still allow their wallets to receive social security checks.>

Yes GSM, the inability of your church/
house of worship, to ever be wrong,
guarantees we will always have "Social
Security."

Even after all the money runs out.

Of course, eligibility will be 92 years
old, and your check will be 38 cents.
Obamacare Death Panels with suffer
the growing pains of implementation
by Government incompetents.

No wonder, no one will fear "climate" anymore.

Jan-09-18
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  OhioChessFan: <GSM: Like it or not, in a democracy the people without power use government to provide what should be provided to everybody>

<OCF: Says who? So easily you say that without considering or citing the philosophical underpinnings of democracy. I will also add that any time a liberal starts talking about what "should" happen, I reach for my wallet and hold on tight, because I know they're coming to take money from me to pay for what they insist "should" happen. >

<GSM: When a conservative like you starts talking about philosophical underpinnings of democracy, they tend to reflexively reach for their wallets at the same time. Of course, they still allow their wallets to receive social security checks.>

I'm sure that's very interesting, but the question I asked was "Says who?".

Jan-09-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <diceman>--Quite a tirade. Perhaps I hit a nerve.

The poor and powerless don't have money on their side to induce elected representatives to look after their interests, but they do have numbers. I have no problem allowing those with numbers and without power to use their votes as influence, counteracting the influence of those who will use their wealth to bend the rules of society in their favor. I think those who have benefited from society should give back a little of what they have received (or taken) from it, in order to promote the general welfare. The Founding Fathers considered "pursuit of happiness" to be an inalienable right--how can one pursue happiness if they don't have access to minimal housing or medical care? Government may not always be efficient, but it's supposed to answer to the people--private companies are answerable only to their shareholders, even if shareholders' interests run counter to those of the rest of society.

<OCF--Says who?>--in a representative democracy, usually people go along with the will of the majority, as long as nothing illegal happens or no violation of rights occurs. But I see conservatives who don't like demographic trends reacting in ways to subvert majority rule. (Getting voter ID is free! Who cares if we make certain groups jump through a few more hoops, or drive a few more miles, to get it?) In the long run, though, I think trying to stop the changes taking place here will be like trying to hold back a tsunami with just your white, wrinkled fingers. I'm not sure why you care so much--don't you think the Second Coming will save you from these gays and ethnics within your lifetime?

Jan-09-18
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  OhioChessFan: <OCF--Says who?>

<GSM: --in a representative democracy, usually people go along with the will of the majority, as long as nothing illegal happens or no violation of rights occurs. But I see conservatives who don't like demographic trends reacting in ways to subvert majority rule. (Getting voter ID is free! Who cares if we make certain groups jump through a few more hoops, or drive a few more miles, to get it?) In the long run, though, I think trying to stop the changes taking place here will be like trying to hold back a tsunami with just your white, wrinkled fingers. I'm not sure why you care so much--don't you think the Second Coming will save you from these gays and ethnics within your lifetime?>

I'm sure that's very interesting, but to refresh the context, you said:

<Like it or not, in a democracy the people without power use government to provide what should be provided to everybody>

And I have now asked for the third time:

<Says who?>

Jan-09-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Like it or not, in a democracy the people without power use government to provide what should be provided to everybody.

Says who?>

I think that if that's what the majority of voters wants, it's fine with me. I'd rather see people fight the unfettered greed of the privileged few with the ballot box instead of the cartridge box. History has shown that when the 1-percenters keep trying to bend the rules of society in their favor, revolution is the eventual result. Sorry if that opinion offends your philosophical underpinnings.

Seriously--don't you think the Second Coming is likely within your lifetime, or not much later?

Jan-09-18
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  OhioChessFan: <Like it or not, in a democracy the people without power use government to provide what should be provided to everybody.>

<Says who?>

<I think that if that's what the majority of voters wants, it's fine with me.>

I'm sure that's very interesting, but the question I asked was "Says who?"

<Seriously--don't you think the Second Coming is likely within your lifetime, or not much later?>

No idea. I don't much care. I think nothing going on in Israel today has any relevance per Scriptural prophecy.

Mar-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Bunnies have been fooled by the fake news regarding climate change, and have stopped changing into their winter coats.

http://www.newsweek.com/animals-sto...

Aug-23-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Big Oil asks for a government bailout against the supposedly nonexistent effects of climate change that isn't happening because of fossil fuel use.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/texas-...

Dec-25-18
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  Penguincw: Coming by to wish my annual Christmas greetings to you. :)
Dec-25-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Merry Christmas to you as well.
Jun-16-19
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  Fusilli: Union representative... that's tough!
Jun-16-19
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Being a teachers' union rep in California is a bit less rough than what I saw regarding unions in Argentina (which was admittedly not very much, since my parents emigrated to the US when I was an infant, and I've been back to visit Argentina only once, in the mid 1980's right after Alfonsin was elected).
Jun-16-19
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  Fusilli: Oh, are you Argentinian by birth then?
Jun-16-19
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  Fusilli: Did you grow up speaking "Argentine Spanish" at home? You must be fluent and unaccented in both languages. I have an accent in English, of course, since I was already in my late 20s when I came here.
Jun-16-19
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I was born in Buenos Aires but my parents brought me to California when I was two months old, and I have lived here ever since. Outside my house it was California, but inside my house (and visiting my aunts and uncles, who came over with my parents) it was like Buenos Aires. Sadly, both my parents have been deceased for a while now, and I don't speak very much with relatives (now and then on Facebook), so my "Castellano" has become quite rusty.
Jun-16-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: I see. Your note on my forum ("pinta", "che") was 100% Argentinian!

Are you active in tournament chess? I find that very few CG.com users are.

I quit chess in my early 20s and resumed in my 30s in the US. Sadly, I got rid of all my chess scores from my young years. In junior championships in the 80s I beat future GMs when we are all kids or teens (I remember victories against Hoffman, Zarnicki and Valerga).

I booked flight and hotel to play the World Open in Philly in July. And I want to play the US Senior Open at the end of the month in Naperville, IL. Family issues may prevent me from traveling though.

Jun-16-19
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I havenít played tournament chess since 1981. I was active on the internet from about 2003-2006, which was when I found out about Chessgames.com. Maybe Iíll play in tournaments when I retire in about five years or so.
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