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Member since Dec-24-06 · Last seen Jul-06-15
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 656 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
   May-19-15 Odd Lie (replies)
Harvestman: <Abdel Irada: Loss-of-gravity accidents are an underestimated threat. Falling on the ceiling is no joke.> You are lucky you were indoors at the time.
   Apr-12-15 US Championships (Women) (2015) (replies)
Harvestman: Ah, the official site has it as a win for black, which makes a lot more sense.
   Apr-11-15 US Championships (2015) (replies)
Harvestman: <jphamlore> I wonder if he just treated it as a learning experience.
   Apr-05-15 Mariya Muzychuk (replies)
Harvestman: Congratulations to Mariya Muzychuk on her victory. Very well played.
   Apr-01-15 M Romi vs C Staldi, 1954 (replies)
Harvestman: A classic case of the loser 'believing' their opponent. "Oh, he's sacking his queen. It must be mate. I will resign".
   Mar-30-15 D Dzhangirov vs V Minakov, 2005 (replies)
Harvestman: If you are as weak as I am at chess, then you always, always, sac the bishop. You might have miscalculated, and this way you lose a minor piece, not a queen. :-)
   Mar-25-15 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015) (replies)
Harvestman: I will echo the sentiments about Arabidze playing well so far. She seems to have had a superior position in almost every game she has played so far in this tournament. That she hasn't won more of them seems to have been down to nerves when under pressure, but the fact is she has ...
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