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   HeMateMe has kibitzed 46593 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-25-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
HeMateMe: Fred Schneider of the B-52s said "You could lie down in the middle of main street [in Athens] on a Saturday night and not get hit by a car."
   Jun-25-17 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
HeMateMe: After a tough day I like to watch this video. I've seen it more than once, but it's such a 'feel good thing', you can watch it over and over. < > I guess it's just the romantic in me. <NEWSFLASH!!! Bruce Springsteen and Frank Zappa ...
   Jun-24-17 Grand Chess Tour Paris (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
HeMateMe: does everyone get an extra $5 if they wear a blazer with the name of the tournament organizer on it? I bet those will be showing up on yahoo auction P.D.Q. huh?
   Jun-24-17 Jeremy Lim (replies)
HeMateMe: isn't Rose just an average outside shooter and also not the solution for the Spurs who are tying go get younger and healthier? I still can't believe they'll move LMA. He was the big FA prize just a year ago. Geez, just give it a year and settle down...the Spurs had a great record ...
   Jun-24-17 Doll
HeMateMe: <Rightly so. Then the guitarist and the bass player OD'd...what might have been.> It was very strange. When the group was broke and just rehearsing all the time and playing clubs, they were ok. But, When the debut album came out and the money starting rolling in the two guys ...
   Jun-24-17 V Kovalev vs Yu Yangyi, 2017
HeMateMe: yes, why didn't white defend the piece? A well played Petro by black. The iso d pawn lets black hold in this opening.
   Jun-23-17 R Wojtaszek vs S Shankland, 2017
HeMateMe: does white also win with: 25...Q-g7 26.Nxf7,RxN 27.Q-d8+,Q-f8 28.R-e8?
   Jun-23-17 Carlsen vs Topalov, 2017 (replies)
HeMateMe: looks like 33.B-c3+ will be played, and it kills.
   Jun-23-17 Caruana vs Nakamura, 2017 (replies)
HeMateMe: exciting game. Nak excels in this stuff.
   Jun-23-17 W So vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
HeMateMe: "The Mozart of Croquet." I like it!
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May-09-14  dakgootje: Which only adds credence to my theory that dom is every single irishperson.
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  Domdaniel: Ale? Yuk. I only drink wine.

<the Irishwoman here, forget her name, seems to be a 2300 player who has played some big names in Ireland championships and British Isles chess?>

Puzzling, this. As far as I know, no Irish woman player is near 2300. I knew some who were in the 2100-2200 range in the past, but right now the top women players are only just over 2000, I think. I have an odd record in tournament games against female players. I've never lost to a woman, but at one stage I had ten successive draws against "the tender gender". Fear of losing, perhaps - some had higher ratings, but many did not. And latterly I mixed some wins in with the draws.

< all unprettified Irish were moved to a large cavern below the ocean?> Dak is alluding to one of the dictionary definitions of 'domdaniel', a magician's undersea cavern. But it sounds like the theory that 2/3 of the Chinese population is stored in underground vaults at any given time. Daft, in other words.

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  HeMateMe: Dom, you are the "Irishwoman" I was referring to. I always thought you were a woman, because of your avatar and name, which are somewhat androgynous. My mistake. You've mentioned playing some big names, so I thought you might be around 2300, on a good day.
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  Domdaniel: <HeMateMe> Oh, 2300 would be nice. I used to be 2000+, but could never seem to rise much further. These days, I'm down to about 1840 (FIDE) and 1750 (Irish). Like most chessplayers, I'm optimistic enough to think I can get back to 2000 at least. I admit that my avatar seems to wear mascara: I suspect that I didn't notice this when I chose it. But now the Eye has become a kind of trademark.
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  HeMateMe: Ron Wood (stones) lives in Ireland and in Los Angeles. Does he have to spend part of the year in the U.K. to maintain some sort of tax status?
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  OhioChessFan: Norway Moves Prediction contest hosted by <chessmoron> coming soon. Click on Elvis for details.
Jun-13-14  waustad: Your question about <frogbert> is interesting because, though he hasn't posted much in the last year, there is no "last seen" entry on his user page.
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  perfidious: <waustad> That is very easy for any user to set as an option on one's user page, as follows:

1. Click 'edit your preferences'.

2. Under 'Configure website behaviour', tick the box before 'don't show me on the homepage recent visitors'.

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  HeMateMe: I was worried he was mad at us...
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  LucB: Hi <HMM>,

<New York is a horrible place for a visitor to find affordable digs. Where do you stay, if it's not too prying?>

I'll answer your question in your forum:

Yes, that's true that affordable digs are hard to find. In the '80's and '90's, we stayed at the YMCA (on 34th?) when we had no kids. That was pretty cheap (and bare-bones I might add, but clean). My wife was a student then and I had just started working.

Recently (2010 I think), we went to the Waldorf-Astoria with the kids. The hotel had a special for families for a 4-day visit or something like that. Still expensive, but a lot of fun!

My youngest brother has been going to NY much more often than me of late. Here are some of the places where he goes:

- Larchmont hotel (11th st.) $130-$160 range.

- Comfort Inn lower east side ($300)

- Menno house (19st and 2nd avenue) $85+$35/pers.

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  HeMateMe: The youth hostelsare still the cheapest. There is one on 23d street, Chelsea area, safe area, for about $30 a night. There is also one on the upper west side, same price. The "Y" is about $70 a night here, and probably worth the extra $40, as hostels are a strange place.
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  LucB: Cool; thanks for letting me know!

The "Y" was definitely LESS than $70 in the '80's when we first went there. It's like anything else I guess.

Aug-22-14  waustad: <hhm>You seem to be up all night too a lot. I'm a retired bachelor who keeps wishing he could get to sleep earlier and failing. Today I woke up and noticed it was around 4:30 PM. Oops.
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  HeMateMe: waus--been that way for me since I was a teenager. I thought that was weird, till one day I saw an article in the NY Times (it's *official* if it's in the Times) mentioning that people are wired slightly differently, chemically, and some of us are awake and alert at night instead of the day time. It's like pulling teeth for me to be awake and alert at 8:30am, though I give my best if I have to at that time of day.


Aug-23-14  waustad: When I've had to cook or teach in the early morning it was fine once I got used to it, but the first few days were rough. I cooked breakfast 35 years ago, so my whole schedule got arranged that way. I even used to get up to swim every day at 7 am after moving from the kitchen to the classroom to work and asked to teach at 8. After I moved from Math to CS we gave up on offering service courses at 8 since almost nobody took them and even fewer showed up. Retired I'm rarely asleep before dawn.
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  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday to Mr. Nikolic
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  OhioChessFan: ** World Chess Championship Moves Prediction Contest **

Conducted by the Legendary <chessmoron> and hosted at Graceland, home of Elvis. Click on Elvis for details.

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  wordfunph: <HeMateMe> Merry Christmas!
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  OhioChessFan: Had a look here, noticed <dak> had posted, and realized how long he'd been MIA.
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  HeMateMe: hi Elvis!
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  thegoodanarchist: <OhioChessFan: Had a look here, noticed <dak> had posted, and realized how long he'd been MIA.>

<dakgootje> came back for a while in November. Then he again wearied again of

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  thegoodanarchist: <HMM> who do you think will win the Association finals?
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  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: waus--been that way for me since I was a teenager. I thought that was weird, till one day I saw an article in the NY Times (it's *official* if it's in the Times) mentioning that people are wired slightly differently, chemically, and some of us are awake and alert at night instead of the day time. It's like pulling teeth for me to be awake and alert at 8:30am, though I give my best if I have to at that time of day.>

I'm a natural night owl too. I've been forced into the kingdom of the morning people by my evil employer.

But they pay well, so really, how evil can they be? Once I have enough to retire I will go night owl again.

It's in my DNA.

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  HeMateMe: association finals--are we talking NBA? All roads lead to golden state.
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  thegoodanarchist: Yes, I call the NBA "The Association".

Seems like they are clearly better than Cleveland now, with the addition of Durant.

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