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Member since Dec-24-06 · Last seen Feb-27-15
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 626 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-26-15 FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015) (replies)
Harvestman: <Harvestman: <<Severin>: Jobava just accepted a draw offer in a won position where his opponent was in time trouble. Really, really strange.> True enough, but not as bad as Melkumyan's draw in the previous round. He had a forced win on the board> Oops, wrong ...
   Feb-25-15 European Individual Championship (2015) (replies)
Harvestman: It seems that Hrant Melkumyan just agreed a draw with a player graded more than 200 points lower, in aposition that was totally winning for him, at least according to the computers. he had lots of time too.
   Feb-20-15 Odd Lie (replies)
Harvestman: <technical draw: <Con: As the chrono-transportation of the *future*, it will never quite actually exist.> That's pretty good. I'll rewrite it and pretend I said it.> If it is a good line then no-one will ever believe that you said it first.
   Feb-19-15 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015) (replies)
Harvestman: The rapid section seems closely fought. Wins for everyone I think, except possibly Caruana.
   Feb-13-15 Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2015) (replies)
Harvestman: I watched these, and Nakamura had the worst of the his games in the first three rounds, and was a bit fortunate to get 1 from 3.Then again, not too much really mattered from this.
   Jan-30-15 Wei Yi vs Ju Wenjun, 2015 (replies)
Harvestman: I watched it live, and yes he did use all that time. Something like 50 minutes for 7.
   Jan-29-15 S Boring (replies)
Harvestman: Well he won his game, so at least it wasn't a Boring draw.
   Jan-29-15 Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (replies)
Harvestman: <Wavy: e4 btw. Why did I write e5? lol> J'adoube.
   Jun-10-14 I Hatem (replies)
   Jun-01-14 Nigel Short (replies)
Harvestman: Happy Birthday, grandmaster Short.
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