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Harvestman
Member since Dec-24-06 · Last seen Dec-05-16
I live in Wales, UK, and besides chess, I love rugby union and cricket. My current grade is 1615, going up far too slowly.

Wish I could play this wonderful game properly.

My favourite player is Bent Larsen, ever since I found a copy of his 'Selected Games of Chess' in my local library. I love his attitude to the game, as a struggle, even if I don't always agree with some of his opinions.

My favourite Larsen quote:
"As a matter of fact, I believe Bronstein knows more about the King's Indian than I do but - come on and fight!"

My own chess is better summed up by
"Stupidity got us into this mess. Why can't it get us out?"

I'm a die-hard Alekhine's defence player, despite all the stick the opening seems to attract from people who don't play it, and my results are pretty good with it.

I'm an expert on British spiders - hence my username, and I can't function without a book to read - usually something by Iain Banks, Mary Gentle, Steven Erickson, Sheri S. Tepper, Guy Gavriel Kay, or anyone who can really write (i.e. use language to express themselves properly).

Most of all though, I love the game of chess. I respect anyone who can play the game, particularly if they can do it better than I can (which is plenty).

Regards to all, and thanks for looking at this profile.


   Harvestman has kibitzed 736 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-23-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
 
Harvestman: Uh oh. Carlsen played Qb5, which I would have played. The last time he made a move that I would have played, he lost.
 
   Nov-14-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
 
Harvestman: As white I want to play Bg2, exchange bishops, and then play Nd5. After Bd8 I would happily exchange on d6 and play the knight versus bishop ending if black has doubled d-pawns. But I'm not a very good player...
 
   Nov-11-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
 
Harvestman: <Domdaniel> Doobee doobee doo
 
   Nov-09-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
 
Harvestman: People think chess is just Black and White...
 
   Nov-09-16 European Club Cup (2016) (replies)
 
Harvestman: Every year Wales sends its top two teams from the previous year to this event, and most years they are battling to avoid last place, but at least they support the event. Between this year's teams we have three 2300 rated FMs. We won't win, but just for a chance to play top ...
 
   Mar-22-16 Kmoch vs Prins, 1940 (replies)
 
Harvestman: At GM level 17.Rxf7+ Rxf7 18.Nxe6+ Kf8 19. Nxd8 Rxd8 is resignable. At my level black would certainly play on with chances of a draw, especially if black can exchange rooks.
 
   Mar-09-16 Natalia Pogonina (replies)
 
Harvestman: Happy birthday Natalia Pogonina. Same birthday as the great Fischer, and the far less great me.
 
   Mar-03-16 Women's World Chess Championship (2016) (replies)
 
Harvestman: It looks like Mariya has "seen" something that doesn't work.
 
   Mar-02-16 M Muzychuk vs Yifan Hou, 2016 (replies)
 
Harvestman: I was also preparing to watch it on Chessdom, which briefly showed the message "Game abandoned", but it disappeared when I refreshed the page.
 
   Mar-02-16 Short vs P Villegas, 2016
 
Harvestman: Black seemed to go all out for the draw with lots of exchanges, but I always had the feeling that Short was in complete control. Nice finish.
 
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