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Harvestman
Member since Dec-24-06 · Last seen Aug-01-15
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 672 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-01-15 British Championships (2015) (replies)
 
Harvestman: Just tried the live commentary on the website. Truly awful. I turned it off after about a minute. I believe that there are some politics between the ECF and the Scottish and Welsh federations which makes this British Championship increasingly more of an English championship. Not ...
 
   Aug-01-15 Melanie Ohme
 
Harvestman: Ohm Sweet Ohm by Kraftwerk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLw...
 
   Jul-29-15 K Denny vs M Kobler, 2014
 
Harvestman: 35...Qh4 is a nice move.
 
   Jul-26-15 Odd Lie (replies)
 
Harvestman: There are three great lies in life. 1. The cheque is in the post 2. Of course I love you. 3. Hi! I'm from Human Resources and I'm here to help.
 
   Jul-26-15 Annie Kappel (replies)
 
Harvestman: Happy birthday!
 
   Jul-23-15 Biel (2015) (replies)
 
Harvestman: You know it must be bad when 45.Qe2 is what I would have played too.
 
   Jul-17-15 USSR Championship (1971) (replies)
 
Harvestman: These days someone would accuse him of cheating via computers.
 
   Jul-06-15 T Cagasik vs J Brooke, 2007 (replies)
 
Harvestman: White never moves the kingside pieces, and yet wins anyway. That breaks every rule of development there is. It almost seems unfair.
 
   Jun-27-15 10th Edmonton International (2015) (replies)
 
Harvestman: A daughter called Vienna eh? Future bride of Frankenstein-Dracula variation. My favourite opening system as white. Good choice.
 
   Jun-21-15 Norway Chess (2015) (replies)
 
Harvestman: I suspect we've all done it. I brought a 13 game unbeaten streak to an abrupt end when two pawns up on a stronger player by playing the third move of the variation I was analysing without playing moves 1 and 2 first. Left my queen en-prise in the process.
 
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