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Jim Bartle
Member since Mar-07-04 · Last seen May-31-16
Revised, in response to overwhelming popular demand!

I am an American, born (gulp) in 1950, who has lived in Peru for most of the past 30 years. I write and publish books on natural areas and archaeological sites around the country, especially in the Andes. Some of my most enjoyable games have chess have been played at campsites beside glacial lakes or at the foot of 6000m peaks. I was not accused of using Rybka during these games.

Reading and posting on chessgames is a great way to postpone the never-ending work of writing and editing.

I'm not a very strong player, and have never played a rated game or in anything beyond informal tournaments. I do play often against my implacable Hiarcs (I've upgraded from MacChess) and am gaining valuable and seemingly endless experience in holding the draw while playing the weaker side. Hiarcs does NOT like to accept draw offers!

I very much enjoy chessgames, and not only on the subject of chess. To those who complain about off-topic discussions, my only answer is that I enjoy chatting with the kibitzers here a lot more than those on sports or politics websites. More civilized.

   Jim Bartle has kibitzed 48535 times to chessgames   [less...]
   May-31-16 Jeremy Lim
Jim Bartle: <But you are a Warrior fan who consistently undersells his teams chances.> Nothing but blue skies at the moment but it looks like it's going to rain later.
   May-31-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Jim Bartle: <Are men currently going to jail in Pakistan for beating their wives?> That's what I'm getting at. Does this reduce the beatings permitted by law, or increase them?
   May-31-16 Phony Benoni chessforum
Jim Bartle: As I understand it, the split-fingered fastball developed in the 80s by Mike Scott and others dives at the last instant and is hard to distinguish from a fastball. So a pitch comes it at knee-level and a batter has to decide in a milisecond if it's a fastball or a splitter. If ...
   May-31-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Jim Bartle: Well, they lost the World Cup Final in 2014, by 1-0 in extra time. They defeated Holland, a top team, in the semis. Not exactly an embarrassment. All five play for Argentina.
   May-29-16 John Nunn (replies)
Jim Bartle: My cholesterol level shot up just by opening that link. Do you ever watch Seinfeld? Kramer flipped out because the lights of a Kenny Rogers restaurant kept him up at night, then he ended up gorging himself there. Don't remember the details.
   May-28-16 Louis Stumpers (replies)
Jim Bartle: Maybe <overgod> is Theodore Slaman.
   May-28-16 Wei Yi (replies)
Jim Bartle: <Also, this change happened about the time he started falling on the rankings. If this is correct, then the former may be the reason for the latter. Definitely a good thing for him: investing some Elo points for a long term benefit. He will be harder to prepare for and will ...
   May-28-16 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
Jim Bartle: R.A. Dickey? Isn't he about 50 years old?
   May-28-16 Hans-Joachim Federer
Jim Bartle: Andy Murray just played Karlovic. Now he has to play Isner. He must be thinking of wearing body armor. A few years ago Isner and Karlovic played doubles together. Once the opponents came out for the warmup wearing helmets and bulletproof vests.
   May-28-16 Peter Thiel (replies)
Jim Bartle: This is the same Thiel? Quite a story, I can see reasons both for and against financing a lawsuit like that. Now I know why Hogan wouldn't accept any kind of settlement offer.
   May-27-16 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
   May-26-16 Alan Shaw (replies)
   May-22-16 Louis van Vliet (replies)
   May-18-16 Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016) (replies)
   May-17-16 playground player chessforum (replies)
   May-16-16 D Bartley vs A Shaw, 1984 (replies)
   May-11-16 H C Underwood vs L Kilmer, 1948
   May-10-16 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
   May-09-16 Larsen vs Deep Blue, 1993 (replies)
   May-06-16 Portisch vs Pinter, 1984
   Apr-30-16 Charles Namson (replies)
   Apr-29-16 Wesley So (replies)
   Apr-29-16 W So vs Kasparov, 2016 (replies)
   Apr-28-16 W So vs Nakamura, 2016 (replies)
   Apr-28-16 Aronian vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Apr-26-16 Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (replies)
   Apr-25-16 H Knoll vs M Gratze, 2012 (replies)
   Apr-23-16 Norway Chess (2016) (replies)
   Apr-20-16 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
   Apr-19-16 A Giri vs Eljanov, 2016 (replies)
   Apr-17-16 Xu Jun vs Yinglun Xu, 2016 (replies)
   Apr-17-16 S Shankland vs W So, 2016
   Apr-16-16 A Marder vs Capablanca, 1913 (replies)
   Apr-16-16 US Chess Championships (2016) (replies)
   Apr-14-16 Vasily Smyslov (replies)
   Apr-04-16 technical draw chessforum (replies)
   Mar-28-16 Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 (replies)
   Mar-28-16 Blackburne vs West, 1885 (replies)
   Mar-27-16 World Championship Candidates (2016) (replies)
   Mar-26-16 Karjakin vs Topalov, 2016 (replies)
   Mar-25-16 A Giri vs Nakamura, 2016 (replies)
   Mar-12-16 Aronian vs Anand, 2016 (replies)
   Mar-07-16 E Liu vs B Lugo, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-02-16 M Muzychuk vs Yifan Hou, 2016 (replies)
   Feb-27-16 optimal play chessforum (replies)
   Feb-22-16 W So vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
   Feb-22-16 Nunn vs A Greenfeld, 1988
   Feb-22-16 Nunn vs J M De La Villa Garcia, 1987
   Feb-19-16 Garry Kasparov (replies)
   Feb-18-16 S Crakanthorp vs Purdy, 1926 (replies)
   Feb-16-16 Maurice Ashley (replies)
   Feb-10-16 Yifan Hou (replies)
   Feb-07-16 Piket vs Azmaiparashvili, 2000 (replies)
   Feb-07-16 Nakamura vs J W Loyte, 2001
   Feb-03-16 Edmund Beronio (replies)
   Jan-29-16 Carlsen vs Yifan Hou, 2016 (replies)
   Jan-27-16 Tata Steel (2016) (replies)
   Jan-27-16 Fred Reinfeld (replies)
   Jan-27-16 A Giri vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Jan-19-16 Yifan Hou vs Navara, 2016 (replies)
   Jan-16-16 Peter Leko (replies)
   Jan-11-16 Odd Lie (replies)
   Jan-06-16 Qatar Masters (2015) (replies)
   Jan-05-16 Ufuk Hopcin (replies)
   Jan-03-16 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
   Dec-28-15 Sethuraman P Sethuraman (replies)
   Dec-27-15 A Goryachkina vs W So, 2015 (replies)
   Dec-25-15 Mamedyarov vs Lenderman, 2015 (replies)
   Dec-19-15 London Chess Classic (2015) (replies)
   Dec-16-15 Mikhail Botvinnik (replies)
   Dec-15-15 Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Rematch (1969) (replies)
   Dec-15-15 Canal
   Dec-13-15 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
   Dec-08-15 Anand vs Topalov, 2015 (replies)
   Dec-07-15 Anand vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
   Dec-06-15 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Topalov, 2015 (replies)
   Dec-06-15 chessforum (replies)
   Dec-02-15 S Atalik vs Sax, 1997 (replies)
   Nov-30-15 Smitten vs Prince Dadian, 1896
   Nov-29-15 European Team Championship (2015) (replies)
   Nov-25-15 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Nov-24-15 M61MG Wrestler chessforum
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