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Jim Bartle
Member since Mar-07-04 · Last seen Apr-29-16
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 47394 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Apr-29-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Jim Bartle: <And you won't change that to, say, "Allah" instead because you have no courage and you too much respect for THAT name.> Oh Allah! What a joke! Darn, that just doesn't work.
   Apr-29-16 Phony Benoni chessforum
Jim Bartle: I remember that. I was hoping there would be a foul ball just into the stands, and a manager would come out and argue fan interference. Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne did a play in his "Masters voice," whispering the play like a golf announcer: ...
   Apr-29-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Jim Bartle: <"Nw!"> LL!
   Apr-28-16 Jeremy Lim (replies)
Jim Bartle: What I remember about those teams is the little center with no front teeth.
   Apr-28-16 Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016) (replies)
Jim Bartle: I think the commentators were wrong. You can't do it, but Nakamura said he didn't want to call him on an obvious blunder, that it would be against the spirit of the event.
   Apr-28-16 W So vs Nakamura, 2016 (replies)
Jim Bartle: Looks like 15. h4 eventually netted black's queen.
   Apr-28-16 Aronian vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Jim Bartle: I thought 24...Rxd4 would be OK, leaving both white knights in the air.
   Apr-26-16 Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 (replies)
Jim Bartle: <Why not "29...Rd6" instead of "29...Bb7"? Can somebody explain this to me?> I think 29...Rd6 30. Rxa6 check Rxa6 31 Kb2 and black cannot avoid mate.
   Apr-25-16 H Knoll vs M Gratze, 2012 (replies)
Jim Bartle: "Gratze Knoll": "grassy knoll," where some people say shots came from in the Kennedy assassination in Dallas.
   Apr-23-16 Norway Chess (2016) (replies)
Jim Bartle: Hey, what's wrong with <john barleycorn>? "Limited cognitive capability and/or education"? Give me a break.
   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
   Apr-14-16 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
   Apr-06-16 playground player chessforum (replies)
   Apr-04-16 technical draw chessforum (replies)
   Apr-03-16 Hans-Joachim Federer (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 Wesley So (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-21-15 Magnus Carlsen (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
   Nov-23-15 TheFocus chessforum (replies)
   Nov-22-15 Karpov vs Kamsky, 1996
   Nov-18-15 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
   Nov-09-15 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
   Nov-08-15 Bilbao Masters (2015) (replies)
   Nov-08-15 Keres vs Spassky, 1955 (replies)
   Oct-31-15 W So vs Ding Liren, 2015 (replies)
   Oct-29-15 Ding Liren vs A Giri, 2015 (replies)
   Oct-28-15 T Malhotra vs M Webb, 2009
   Oct-27-15 Ding Liren (replies)
   Oct-25-15 Kosteniuk vs O Zimina, 2015 (replies)
   Oct-22-15 L Day vs B Vujic, 2000 (replies)
   Oct-15-15 Millionaire Chess (2015) (replies)
   Oct-12-15 Ni Hua (replies)
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