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Harvestman
Member since Dec-24-06 · Last seen Apr-23-14
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.

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   Harvestman has kibitzed 596 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-13-14 Odd Lie (replies)
 
Harvestman: There are just three great lies in life: 1. The cheque is in the post. 2. Of course its your baby! 3. "Hi, I'm from Human resources and I'm here to help"
 
   Mar-20-14 V Knorre vs G Neumann, 1864 (replies)
 
Harvestman: Yup, completely defeated by this one. The key move was over my search horizon.
 
   Jan-23-14 Tata Steel (2014) (replies)
 
Harvestman: Naiditsch has been miniaturised! As white!
 
   Aug-23-13 World Cup (2013) (replies)
 
Harvestman: Interesting that all 4 matches have similar rating differences between the two players. Smallest difference is 54, largest is 77. This suggests that all 4 contests will be close and hard fought. I'm currently rooting for Svidler, because I like him.
 
   Aug-09-13 100th British Championship (2013) (replies)
 
Harvestman: <<JimNorCal> Does anyone know what's going on with GM B Lalic? The last few rounds he has played very short draws.> I can't remember where I read it, but I recall someone saying he is one of those talented players who is perhaps a bit too ready to take a draw rather ...
 
   Aug-07-13 Illescas Cordoba vs Rachels, 1987 (replies)
 
Harvestman: Curious. I visualised the sequence 26.Rxf6 Rf7 (I saw the other variations) 27.Qxe5 defending the rook and with loads of threats. White is up a piece and a pawn. Somehow I missed that the black queen is en-prise instead on move 27. My line works anyway though, as I don't see a ...
 
   Jul-20-13 Universiade (2013) (replies)
 
Harvestman: Well done to Wesley So! Congratulations.
 
   Jul-18-13 European Individual Women's Championship (2013) (replies)
 
Harvestman: Answered my own question with a bit of google-fu. Home page here: http://belgrade2013.org/index.php/en/
 
   May-25-13 21st Sigeman & Co (2013) (replies)
 
Harvestman: Short recovering well from his first round loss.
 
   May-13-13 European Individual Championships (2013) (replies)
 
Harvestman: <PhilFeeley: I don't know why a 2500 player can't beat a 2700 player. Statistically, it should happen once in a while. Why not at an important event where the 2500 player is keen to show himself?> Exactly. My best grade was a little over 1600, but I have beaten a player ...
 
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