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Member since Dec-24-06 · Last seen Nov-30-15
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 719 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-19-15 S Milliet vs Bosboom-Lanchava, 2015
Harvestman: Strong play by White with 27.Nde5, eventually forcing black to play 28...Kg8, taking away the retreat square for the Knight.
   Oct-05-15 World Cup (2015) (replies)
Harvestman: All over this time!
   Sep-15-15 Nataliya Buksa
Harvestman: Congratulations to Nataliya Buksa for winning the World Girls (under 20) championship 2015.
   Sep-02-15 Wesley So (replies)
Harvestman: Kudos to Wesley So for stopping by on this forum to speak to fans. There are not many GMs who do that on here, so respect to him.
   Sep-01-15 Caruana vs W So, 2015 (replies)
Harvestman: On Chessdom the engine evaluations of this position differ considerably. Houdini gives it as +1.72, Komodo as just +0.46. Of course, neither engine is running at any great depth, and I'm not too concerned as to what the evalutation actually should be. Just interested that they ...
   Aug-30-15 Ori Kobo
Harvestman: Wasn't he a womble?
   Aug-25-15 Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 (replies)
Harvestman: It looks like MVL has made a mistake just as we come to the game, at least from the computer evaluations.
   Aug-24-15 Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970) (replies)
Harvestman: A tournament of 23 rounds! Those were the days...
   Aug-24-15 W So vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 (replies)
Harvestman: <rodchuck: White made 6 moves with the knights in the first 13 moves. He hasn't castled and the queen's bishop is still locked in. Meanwhile black's development is finished. Small wonder that black won.> If you consider that completing your development is castling and ...
   Aug-23-15 Sinquefield Cup (2015) (replies)
Harvestman: <WannaBe: Wesley just went into the "Confessional", and said he's got to be careful.> Looks like he wasn't careful enough.
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