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Member since Dec-24-06 · Last seen Oct-23-16
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 731 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
   Mar-02-16 Kamil Dragun
Harvestman: A Polish Camel Dragon? Sounds exotic. I'm watching his game online in the Aeroflot Open at the moment. Nice to see a new talent.
   Feb-22-16 I Krush vs A Zatonskih, 2011 (replies)
Harvestman: I suppose that what white is playing for is to have the central pawns, and hope to advance them with effect, but it just looks like she is playing for a draw at most. The whole thing looks bad enough to be something I might play.
   Feb-08-16 Odd Lie (replies)
Harvestman: Forget to say, that's all supposed to be confidential, so don't tell anyone, ok?
   Jan-14-16 I Hatem (replies)
Harvestman: Feeling ill.
   Dec-16-15 Marcus Bee (replies)
Harvestman: I see what you did there <HeMateMe>. I wish I hadn't.
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