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Jonathan Sarfati
Member since Sep-27-06 · Last seen Sep-20-17
F.M., Ph.D. (physical chemistry), New Zealand Champion 1988, author of six books and co-author of three more. See also bio

I was club captain of the Wellington Chess Club in New Zealand and Logan City Chess Club in Queensland, Australia for over a decade each. I admire Capablanca and Karpov for the clarity and effectiveness of their styles.

I recognize only the "lineal" world champions as real ones, I.e. those who won their titles by winning a match with the incumbent where available, not the FIDE ones who won silly knock-out tournaments. This means Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, and Carlsen. Full Member

   Jonathan Sarfati has kibitzed 1480 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Sep-20-17 Jonathan Sarfati chessforum
Jonathan Sarfati: G'day <visayanbraindoctor>. Yes, I think these two games are good evidence against Watsonism–Larsenism / narcissistic generation syndrome, and there are many more. Same with the old Alekhine > peak Keres and old Keres > peak Larsen you point out, and we ...
   Sep-20-17 A Muzychuk vs S Brunello, 2014 (replies)
Jonathan Sarfati: <Reji Reji:> 31. c6 is illegal because the Black ♙ is in the way. Just 31. ♕xa2 threatening both the ♖g8 and 32. ♖a1 mating.
   Sep-15-17 NN vs R Crepeaux, 1923 (replies)
Jonathan Sarfati: <Richard Taylor:> Yes, almost a mirror image of Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 Lasker missed a quicker win with 14.f4+!, just as you found for this game.
   Sep-13-17 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2017
Jonathan Sarfati: <visayanbraindoctor: <cro777: <Nf8: According to the Norwegian super computer Carlsen missed two wins - 41.Kg5 and 43.h5.>> The principle involved: Create a passed pawn as far away from your other locked-in pawns. Somehow I think ...
   Sep-13-17 J Klinger vs Melanie Asal, 2002
Jonathan Sarfati: How could 35yo male GM Klinger be playing in the U14 Girls tournament?
   Sep-12-17 Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910
Jonathan Sarfati: However, Tarrasch finally took care of the 10.Nc3 novelty in Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1912 Would be nice to have Capablanca's notes published on this game as well, since he said that Spielmann was naive going into this variation against someone as meticulous with preparation ...
   Sep-11-17 M Matlakov vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
Jonathan Sarfati: <ChessHigherCat: 20... ♘xh7 21.♕e6+ ♔f8 22. ♗a3+ ♗e7 <23. ♖ac1 ♗c6> The rook is still on b1 and black couldn't play Bc6 because it would be putting its king in check (the white bishop is still on a3). Is it supposed to be ...
   Sep-11-17 Jose Raul Capablanca (replies)
Jonathan Sarfati: Come off it, people. It wasn't just that Capa didn't lose lots of games, but that in his best period he hardly ever played a move that gave him a lost position. And he played some very complex tactical battles in his younger days.
   Sep-10-17 Aronian vs M Matlakov, 2017
Jonathan Sarfati: Elegant blend of strategy and tactics, playing on both flanks and coordinating both wings.
   Sep-10-17 Benzol chessforum (replies)
Jonathan Sarfati: "ex NZ Championship Player in the good old days when you had to be in the top 10 places (Wayne Power)." Top 12 in most years, but your point is well made; I prefer those old days when the champs was decided in a round robin with no rabbits.
   Sep-10-17 Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017 (replies)
   Sep-05-17 Y Porat vs Larsen, 1956
   Sep-03-17 Gelfand vs K Stupak, 2017 (replies)
   Sep-02-17 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Aug-11-17 Szen vs Von Der Lasa, 1839
   Aug-11-17 Pinter vs Razuvaev, 1982 (replies)
   Aug-11-17 Ljubojevic vs Portisch, 1982
   Aug-06-17 visayanbraindoctor chessforum (replies)
   Jul-31-17 Em. Lasker / Maroczy
   Jul-31-17 Laszlo Hazai
   Jul-31-17 Bela Perenyi
   Jul-25-17 Alekhine vs Milner-Barry, 1923
   Jul-25-17 J Pokojowczyk vs Ivkov, 1971
   Jul-24-17 D Smerdon vs J Sarfati, 1998
   Jul-23-17 Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1847
   Jul-23-17 Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1848
   Jul-23-17 Euwe vs J van den Bosch, 1934
   Jul-23-17 Keres vs A Dueckstein, 1968
   Jul-22-17 Gufeld vs A J Love, 1986
   Jul-22-17 A M Borren
   Jul-20-17 A Novopashin vs Spassky, 1963
   Jul-18-17 Borbely vs Kovacs, 1948 (replies)
   Jul-11-17 Tom Lepviikmann
   Jul-06-17 O Sarapu vs D Lynch, 1954
   Jul-06-17 O Sarapu vs D Lynch, 1953
   Jul-06-17 O Sarapu vs D Lynch, 1955
   Jul-06-17 O Sarapu vs D Lynch, 1963
   Jul-05-17 A H Douglas vs O Sarapu, 1953
   Jul-05-17 A H Douglas vs O Sarapu, 1954
   Jul-05-17 Alec H Douglas
   Jul-05-17 D Lynch vs O Sarapu, 1952
   Jul-05-17 A Fletcher vs O Sarapu, 1952
   Jul-05-17 O Sarapu vs C P Belton, 1952
   Jul-05-17 V Lushkott vs O Sarapu, 1952
   Jul-04-17 S Grainger vs E Frost, 1992
   Jul-04-17 A Feneridis vs O Sarapu, 1973
   Jul-03-17 O Sarapu vs A Feneridis, 1969
   Jul-03-17 A Kuligowski vs O Sarapu, 1982
   Jul-03-17 Alekhine vs A Fletcher, 1928 (replies)
   Jul-03-17 A Feneridis vs J R Phillips, 1957
   Jul-03-17 Richard Taylor chessforum (replies)
   Jul-03-17 O Sarapu vs H McNabb, 1954
   Jul-03-17 A F Ker vs M Steadman, 2014
   Jul-03-17 P Wang vs P Garbett, 2014
   Jul-03-17 A F Ker vs P Wang, 2003
   Jul-03-17 A F Ker vs M McNabb, 2000
   Jul-02-17 S Lukey vs D K Johansen, 2008
   Jul-02-17 S Lukey vs J P Wallace, 2001
   Jul-02-17 Jon R Jackson
   Jul-02-17 T Dowden vs B R Watson, 2008
   Jul-02-17 R F Cuthbert vs O Sarapu, 1962
   Jul-02-17 R F Cuthbert vs A Feneridis, 1961
   Jul-02-17 L Aptekar vs A Feneridis, 1979
   Jul-02-17 R A Court vs A Feneridis, 1960
   Jul-02-17 A Feneridis vs O Sarapu, 1960
   Jul-02-17 Robert A Rasa
   Jul-02-17 C B Oldridge
   Jul-02-17 M P Schwass vs C B Oldridge, 1981
   Jul-02-17 O Sarapu vs L Esterman, 1952
   Jul-02-17 D Lynch vs C P Belton, 1938 (replies)
   Jul-02-17 Charles P Belton
   Jul-02-17 L Esterman vs O Sarapu, 1963
   Jul-02-17 C Rose vs O Sarapu, 1952
   Jul-01-17 Keres vs Capablanca, 1939
   Jul-01-17 James Rodney Phillips
   Jul-01-17 O Sarapu vs A Fletcher, 1953
   Jul-01-17 Robert O Scott
   Jul-01-17 J D Steele
   Jul-01-17 A E Turner vs O Sarapu, 1955
   Jul-01-17 Howard Percival Whitlock
   May-31-17 Gligoric vs A Lukic, 1955
   May-30-17 Gunsberg vs Capablanca, 1914
   May-05-17 Janowski vs Maroczy, 1899
   May-05-17 Janowski vs Pillsbury, 1899
   May-05-17 Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890
   May-01-17 B Hague vs P Chan, 2012
   Apr-30-17 O Sarapu vs Purdy, 1952
   Apr-26-17 J Sarfati vs Spassky, 1988
   Apr-25-17 Edward Tennenwurzel (replies)
   Apr-25-17 Kupchik vs Capablanca, 1918
   Apr-25-17 Capablanca vs O Chajes, 1915
   Apr-25-17 Capablanca vs A Hodges, 1916
   Apr-25-17 Capablanca vs O Chajes, 1916
   Apr-23-17 M Mchedlishvili vs M Parligras, 2015 (replies)
   Apr-07-17 Arianne Caoili
   Apr-07-17 J Sarfati vs A Caoili, 1999
   Apr-01-17 Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475 (replies)
   Mar-30-17 twinlark chessforum (replies)
   Mar-30-17 R Taylor vs P Morten, 2017 (replies)
   Mar-29-17 Francesco di Castellvi
   Mar-29-17 Narciso Vinyoles
   Mar-23-17 A Boswell vs Wayne Boswell, 1986 (replies)
   Mar-23-17 Anthony J Boswell
   Mar-19-17 Reshevsky vs W Adams, 1940
   Mar-18-17 Najdorf vs Yanofsky, 1946
   Mar-18-17 Yanofsky vs C Smith, 1938
   Mar-15-17 Prince Vetharaniam (replies)
   Mar-15-17 K Wong vs G A Hoskyn, 1995
   Mar-15-17 Vivian Smith (replies)
   Mar-15-17 Gordon Allen Hoskyn
   Feb-12-17 optimal play chessforum (replies)
   Feb-11-17 O Sarapu vs S Ramankumar, 1999
   Jan-27-17 Hector vs Short, 1983 (replies)
   Jan-24-17 Malcolm L Pyke
   Jan-20-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
   Dec-22-16 David Vincent Hooper (replies)
   Dec-18-16 F Foster vs B Marsick, 1978
   Dec-18-16 J Sarfati vs F Foster, 1984
   Dec-18-16 K W Lynn vs R Waayman, 1970
   Dec-18-16 Averbakh vs K W Lynn, 1967
   Dec-17-16 Capablanca vs E G Sergeant, 1929
   Dec-06-16 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
   Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1958
   Dec-03-16 Reshevsky vs Bronstein, 1953
   Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1975
   Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs Geller, 1953
   Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1952
   Dec-03-16 Unzicker vs Taimanov, 1952
   Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs Lisitsin, 1949
   Dec-03-16 Taimanov vs P Trifunovic, 1957
   Oct-26-16 Ivanchuk vs Karpov, 1994 (replies)
   Oct-25-16 Fedorowicz vs Alburt, 1988
   Oct-12-16 Short vs S Wastney, 2005
   Oct-12-16 John Sutherland (replies)
   Oct-03-16 Netway Masters (1992)
   Oct-03-16 J Sarfati vs O Sarapu, 1992
   Oct-03-16 B Martin vs M Dreyer, 1992
   Oct-03-16 Benjamin Martin
   Sep-28-16 Moulthun Ly
   Sep-27-16 V Small vs Chandler, 1977
   Sep-23-16 Jonathan D Sarfati (replies)
   Sep-22-16 E Torre vs M Ly, 2016 (replies)
   Sep-20-16 Marshall vs Teichmann, 1904
   Aug-25-16 A F Ker vs J Sarfati, 1985
   Aug-25-16 J Sarfati vs R W Smith, 1984
   Aug-25-16 B R Anderson vs J Sarfati, 1984
   Aug-25-16 G Marner vs J Sarfati, 1984
   Aug-25-16 R Taylor vs M Le Brocq, 2006 (replies)
   Aug-23-16 Julie Wilson vs A Boshra, 2010
   Aug-23-16 Toldsepp vs Keres, 1934 (replies)
   Aug-23-16 B Nadj Hedjesi vs O Pardic, 2011
   Aug-06-16 Z Frankel vs R A Court, 1964
   Aug-04-16 Spassky vs Kholmov, 1973 (replies)
   Aug-04-16 Spassky vs Kholmov, 1964 (replies)
   Jul-13-16 P Morten vs R S Mitchell, 2004
   Jul-13-16 A F Ker vs R S Mitchell, 2011
   Jul-13-16 Robert Stronach Mitchell (replies)
   Jun-29-16 Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1963 (replies)
   Jun-28-16 Taimanov vs Botvinnik, 1963
   Jun-27-16 Euwe vs W J Muhring, 1947 (replies)
   Jun-27-16 Gligoric vs Euwe, 1960
   Jun-15-16 Fine vs Euwe, 1938 (replies)
   Jun-01-16 Euwe vs O'Kelly, 1939
   Jun-01-16 O'Kelly vs J H Donner, 1951
   May-31-16 J Edwards vs A Caoili, 1999
   May-27-16 Tartakower vs J Enevoldsen, 1939
   May-26-16 Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1957 (replies)
   May-26-16 Wolfgang Heidenfeld (replies)
   May-26-16 W Heidenfeld vs Euwe, 1955
   May-22-16 Maroczy vs Teichmann, 1905
   May-06-16 J Sarfati vs P Frost, 2003
   May-05-16 Stanley Jebb
   May-05-16 Van der Wiel vs J Sarfati, 1992
   May-05-16 E Frost vs J Sarfati, 1980
   May-05-16 J Sarfati vs R J Dive, 1986
   May-05-16 J Sarfati vs A F Ker, 1985
   May-05-16 S Danailov vs Kasparov, 1980
   Apr-16-16 I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik, 1937
   Apr-11-16 E Lowe vs H Kennedy, 1849
   Apr-11-16 Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911 (replies)
   Apr-07-16 Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 (replies)
   Apr-05-16 C H Alexander vs Reshevsky, 1936
   Apr-05-16 Bronstein vs C H Alexander, 1954 (replies)
   Feb-25-16 R L Perry vs T van Dijk, 1978
   Feb-25-16 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2015
   Feb-25-16 G Marco vs Maroczy, 1899
   Feb-25-16 H Suechting vs Marshall, 1902 (replies)
   Feb-22-16 Marshall vs Levenfish, 1925
   Feb-22-16 Marshall vs Levenfish, 1911
   Feb-21-16 Grigory Levenfish (replies)
   Feb-12-16 Carlsen vs Ulf Andersson, 2006 (replies)
   Feb-07-16 T Thorhallsson vs Flear, 1987
   Feb-06-16 Alexander Alekhine (replies)
   Jan-27-16 Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843
   Jan-26-16 Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1969 (replies)
   Jan-26-16 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 2006
   Jan-26-16 Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927) (replies)
   Jan-25-16 Alapin vs Tarrasch, 1898
   Jan-24-16 Janowski vs Alapin, 1905 (replies)
   Jan-21-16 M Matlakov vs Kramnik, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-21-16 Keres vs D Byrne, 1972 (replies)
   Jan-19-16 E Schultz vs Alekhine, 1914 (replies)
   Jan-19-16 Alekhine vs Nenarokov, 1918
   Jan-12-16 Arinbjorn Gudmundsson (replies)
   Jan-11-16 Keres vs Foltys, 1943 (replies)
   Jan-11-16 Paul Keres (replies)
   Jan-03-16 Capablanca vs Marshall, 1927
   Jan-03-16 Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev
   Jan-03-16 New York (1924) (replies)
   Jan-01-16 Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1936 (replies)
   Dec-26-15 Harry Nelson Pillsbury (replies)
   Dec-25-15 Capablanca vs Colle, 1930
   Dec-25-15 R Quesada Sr vs Prins, 1952 (replies)
   Dec-21-15 V Petrov vs Golombek, 1938
   Dec-11-15 A F Ker vs P W Stuart, 2013
   Dec-11-15 Eu Wen Aron Teh vs A F Ker, 2015
   Nov-23-15 Capablanca vs T van Scheltinga, 1939 (replies)
   Nov-18-15 Keene vs K Wockenfuss, 1977
   Nov-18-15 Smejkal vs L Bueno Perez, 1977
   Oct-11-15 M F Noble vs A F Ker, 1994
   Sep-30-15 Bronstein vs Reshevsky, 1973
   Sep-07-15 Reshevsky vs J Waxman, 1986 (replies)
   Sep-03-15 Reshevsky vs Geller, 1967
   Sep-03-15 Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 (replies)
   Sep-03-15 V Small vs Panno, 1988
   Sep-03-15 Keres vs Panno, 1955 (replies)
   Aug-26-15 Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914
   Aug-25-15 T Kasparova vs S Kasparov, 2010
   Jul-13-15 J Sarfati vs J P Wallace, 1992
   Jul-13-15 S MacLeod vs J Sarfati, 1996
   Jul-08-15 Stoltz vs Kashdan, 1937
   Jun-01-15 Mihaela Sandu (replies)
   May-21-15 Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1983 (replies)
   Apr-23-15 Leonard J McLaren
   Apr-13-15 Euwe vs G Abrahams, 1939 (replies)
   Apr-13-15 Euwe vs G Abrahams, 1946
   Apr-13-15 Yochanan Afek (replies)
   Mar-17-15 M Basman vs J C Hawksworth, 1990
   Mar-16-15 J Lechtynsky vs J Kubicek, 1968
   Mar-06-15 V Tukmakov vs Petrosian, 1973
   Jan-30-15 Kevin Casey
   Oct-22-14 Vladimir Smirnov
   Oct-16-14 Bretislav Modr
   Oct-05-14 J Bruce Kay (replies)
   Sep-17-14 Peter Dely
   Aug-13-14 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1994 (replies)
   Aug-11-14 Martin P Dreyer (replies)
   Aug-08-14 D Smerdon vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
   Jul-15-14 Jozsef Horvath (replies)
   Jun-21-14 Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 (replies)
   Jun-19-14 scormus chessforum (replies)
   Jun-19-14 Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 (replies)
   Jun-19-14 Moshe Czerniak (replies)
   Jun-19-14 Tarrasch vs Showalter, 1898 (replies)
   Jun-18-14 G A Thomas vs E G Sergeant, 1927
   Jun-17-14 E Eliskases vs Keres, 1937 (replies)
   Jun-15-14 Wade vs Uhlmann, 1968
   Jun-13-14 J Sarfati vs A J Love, 1992
   Jun-12-14 Korchnoi vs Reshevsky, 1968 (replies)
   Jun-12-14 Spassky vs M Bieler, 2009 (replies)
   Jun-12-14 J W te Kolste vs Reti, 1925
   Jun-06-14 P D Hawkes vs Z Frankel, 1979
   Jun-06-14 J Lichter vs B Carpinter, 1976
   Jun-06-14 T Spiller vs B Carpinter, 1979
   Jun-06-14 Z Frankel vs T Spiller, 1979
   May-31-14 Kashdan vs Kotov, 1946
   May-31-14 Bondarevsky vs H Steiner, 1945
   May-31-14 Bronstein vs Santasiere, 1945
   May-31-14 Kashdan vs I A Horowitz, 1936 (replies)
   May-31-14 Kotov vs Kashdan, 1945
   May-31-14 Kashdan vs Kotov, 1945
   May-30-14 Fine vs Boleslavsky, 1945 (replies)
   May-07-14 A Feneridis vs E Frost, 1968
   May-07-14 George E Trundle
   May-05-14 Raymond Song
   May-05-14 R Song vs N Croad, 2006
   May-05-14 T Eden vs N Croad, 2012
   May-05-14 R J Dive vs G Spain, 2003
   May-05-14 N Croad vs R J Dive, 2009
   May-05-14 Mark Van der Hoorn vs M K A Russell, 2013
   May-05-14 L R Jackson vs M Turner, 2005
   May-05-14 Ashley Koia
   May-05-14 G den Broeder vs W Wegener, 1982 (replies)
   May-05-14 H Bennett vs J Sarfati, 1995
   Mar-31-14 K Casey vs J Sarfati, 1999
   Mar-31-14 I Chelushkina vs A Caoili, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-30-14 M Vincent vs D Cooper, 1995
   Mar-30-14 P W Stuart vs J Sarfati, 1991
   Mar-30-14 J Sarfati vs Ouennougui, 1983
   Mar-14-14 H Wirthensohn vs Tal, 1982
   Mar-07-14 Konstantinopolsky vs Kan, 1937
   Mar-07-14 1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster (1978) (replies)
   Mar-07-14 E M Green vs K Shirazi, 1978
   Mar-04-14 Janowski vs Maroczy, 1924
   Feb-22-14 Craig Laird
   Feb-14-14 I Goldenberg vs E Schon, 2009
   Feb-14-14 N Croad vs R W Smith, 2003
   Feb-09-14 D Hamilton vs Korchnoi, 1970 (replies)
   Feb-09-14 D Hamilton vs Reshevsky, 1968 (replies)
   Feb-01-14 L Aptekar vs C Laird, 1977 (replies)
   Jan-19-14 Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 (replies)
   Dec-20-13 Timman vs H Westerinen, 1968 (replies)
   Dec-20-13 Karpov vs H Westerinen, 1974 (replies)
   Dec-20-13 M Stean vs A Planinc, 1975
   Dec-13-13 Ian Nepomniachtchi (replies)
   Dec-13-13 Leo Tolstoy (replies)
   Nov-11-13 Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) (replies)
   Nov-03-13 Petrosian vs Teschner, 1960
   Oct-29-13 Haydn J Barber (replies)
   Oct-15-13 Taimanov vs Matulovic, 1970 (replies)
   Oct-15-13 Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1918
   Oct-15-13 Rubinstein vs Tarrasch, 1918
   Oct-15-13 Maroczy vs Tarrasch, 1920
   Oct-14-13 W John vs Tarrasch, 1914 (replies)
   Jul-09-13 R Calvo vs Karpov, 1973 (replies)
   Jun-07-13 I Rice vs W Donisthorpe, 1892
   Jun-07-13 Siegbert Tarrasch (replies)
   May-12-13 A Reshko vs V Faibisovich, 1969 (replies)
   May-12-13 Korchnoi vs E German, 1962 (replies)
   May-11-13 Ditlevson vs Lasker, 1919 (replies)
   May-08-13 Stein vs Geller, 1966 (replies)
   May-08-13 Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 (replies)
   Mar-30-13 Anthony J Love
   Mar-09-13 C H Alexander vs Golombek, 1935
   Mar-05-13 Raymond Keene (replies)
   Mar-05-13 D King vs Keene, 1982 (replies)
   Mar-05-13 Euwe vs Reshevsky, 1938
   Feb-27-13 Levenfish vs Bondarevsky, 1948
   Jan-24-13 Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 (replies)
   Jan-24-13 Euwe vs Najdorf, 1951 (replies)
   Jan-22-13 Kasparov vs Csom, 1980 (replies)
   Jan-06-13 G Nagy vs Maroczy, 1928 (replies)
   Jan-06-13 Maroczy vs G Nagy, 1928
   Jan-06-13 G A Thomas vs G Nagy, 1927
   Dec-23-12 R Flores Alvarez vs M Czerniak, 1939
   Dec-23-12 Wade vs W Heidenfeld, 1951
   Dec-23-12 Short vs J Klinger, 1983
   Dec-20-12 M Sharif vs Kasparov, 1988 (replies)
   Nov-04-12 Spassky vs Short, 2001
   Oct-29-12 Max Weiss vs Blackburne, 1889 (replies)
   Oct-29-12 Blackburne vs Max Weiss, 1889 (replies)
   Oct-07-12 Hjartarson vs I Stohl, 1982 (replies)
   Sep-30-12 Portisch vs K Spraggett, 1986
   Sep-30-12 Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 (replies)
   Sep-14-12 W Hook vs S J Solomon, 2008
   Sep-13-12 Kouatly vs J Sarfati, 1988 (replies)
   Sep-13-12 Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921) (replies)
   Mar-18-12 Portisch vs Ulf Andersson, 1975 (replies)
   Mar-18-12 Portisch vs Ulf Andersson, 1974 (replies)
   Mar-18-12 Ulf Andersson vs Hort, 1996
   Mar-18-12 Ewen McGowen Green
   Mar-07-12 Janowski vs Chigorin, 1899 (replies)
   Feb-23-12 Krum Georgiev vs Kasparov, 1980 (replies)
   Nov-04-11 Bogoljubov vs Tarrasch, 1923
   Oct-29-11 C H Alexander vs W Fairhurst, 1932
   Sep-04-11 Judit Polgar vs Karjakin, 2011 (replies)
   Sep-04-11 A J Love vs M Foord, 1979
   May-31-11 Mario Schroeder vs Capablanca, 1916 (replies)
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Review of “Creation, Evolution, and Catholicism: A Discussion for Those Who Believe”


December 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Evolutionary theory and its arguably massive negative impact on modern culture has come under closer scrutiny and greater criticism in recent decades. The following detailed, scholarly review of Thomas L. McFadden’s recently published book on the subject would hopefully interest readers in purchasing a copy of the 275-page book. This could help them to better comprehend many of the controversies covered in LifeSite reports. Although the title refers to Catholicism, non-Catholic Christians would also benefit from the book.

Steve Jalsevac

Creation, Evolution, and Catholicism: A Discussion for Those Who Believe, by Thomas L. McFadden, North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.

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  saffuna: <Evolutionary theory and its arguably massive negative impact on modern culture has come under closer scrutiny and greater criticism in recent decades. >

The impact of the theory of evolution has nothing to do with whether it is true.

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  diceman: <saffuna: <Evolutionary theory and its arguably massive negative impact on modern culture has come under closer scrutiny and greater criticism in recent decades. >

The impact of the theory of evolution has nothing to do with whether it is true.>

Is "impact" the same as "negative impact?"

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <saffuna>, I never claimed otherwise. Similarly, it is possible to deal with both the negative impact and falsity, as per the review cited. Elsewhere, I have pointed out:

The two main *logically independent* issues that CMI addresses are:

1. Is evolution right?
2. Why does it matter?

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  Big Pawn: <1. Is evolution right?>

Evolution is a word that lends itself to abuse by way of equivocation. In a nutshell, we have scientific evidence of what can be called <micro evolution> but to extrapolate that to mean there is evidence for <macro evolution> is where the problem lies.

Scientists can show that bacteria evolves, but to then to say that explains how bananas and humans evolved from the same stuff is just too much.

Perhaps animals of like kinds can develop differences, like wolves, coyotes and dogs, but we can't go beyond that and say that one <kind> of animal produces another <kind> of animal.

We have never seen an animal of one <kind> produce animals of other <kinds>. All animals that are of the dog kind produce more dogs etc...

Same is true for birds on isolated islands or spotted moths.

Evidence for <micro evolution>? Perhaps.

Evidence for <macro evolution>? None.




The only <evidence> that exists isn't really evidence at all. You'll have one scientist point to another and say, just ask him, there's mountains of evidence. And then that scientist laughs and scoffs and refers to other mountains of evidence, but there really is no evidence.

All of the evidence, and it's important that people understand this, is in the imagination. We are <asked to imagine> how evolution could be true and that's all there is to it.

Of course, if evolution was true (macro evolution) it wouldn't show that God doesn't exist or that moral values do not exist objectively. It would only show that people have read Genesis wrong or that the bible has errors. However, biblical inerrancy is not an argument against theism either. It's all a dead end, but this dead end is where we find all the arrogant atheist gathered up in one place, trying to comfort each other with fairy tales.

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  diceman: <Big Pawn:

The only <evidence> that exists isn't really evidence at all.>

How did we get from evolution to
"The Great Society" and "Global Warming?"

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Big Pawn:> We advise against the micro- / macro-evolution distinction, because the issue is not the size of change but its direction.
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  OhioChessFan: I have read's take on micro- and macro- before and mostly agree. I think the idea of speciation by loss of information and not gain of information is the argument most true to the Scriptures and most logical following a gathering of kinds to survive the flood. Interestingly enough, it's the investigation of DNA that has scientific advances once again confirming the Scriptural position.

FWIW <You have seen sound evidence to indicate that it is in principle capable of making the whole journey, you don’t need to see it make the whole trip.>

is grammatically incorrect. Add a "so" after the comma and all is well.

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  saffuna: <DNA Agrees With All the Other Science: Darwin Was Right>

<It has been 150 years since Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution in On the Origin of Species, yet in some ways the concept of evolution seems more controversial than ever today. Why do you think that is?

It is a cultural issue, not a scientific one. On the science side our confidence grows yearly because we see independent lines of evidence converge. What we’ve learned from the fossil record is confirmed by the DNA record and confirmed again by embryology. But people have been raised to disbelieve evolution and to hold other ideas more precious than this knowledge.>

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  Jonathan Sarfati: We reviewed the interviewee's book some time ago
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  Jonathan Sarfati: The 2017 Oceania Zonal is being held in Auckland, and here is the crosstable. After four rounds, four Aussies are on 4/4.
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  Big Pawn: <jonathan>, what is your take on William Lane Craig, Alvin Plantinga and John Lennox?
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  OhioChessFan: <saff: But people have been raised to disbelieve evolution and to hold other ideas more precious than this knowledge.>

It drives the liberals crazy that despite their best indoctrination efforts in the public schools, people in the USA still aren't buying what they are selling. Brainwashing doesn't always work.

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  saffuna: I didn't write that. It was in a comment from someone else I posted.
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  diceman: If those were Jim's words, he would have actually been saying something.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Big Pawn: I take on Craig in

John Lennox's masterpiece, "Seven Days that Divide the World", has opened many people to the fact of long creation days. Now we present Dr Lennox's long-awaited sequel, "Three Days that Divide the World". Be prepared as Dr Lennox applies his great insights from his previous book to these pressing questions. He shows that Jonah was really billions of years in the great sea creature, and Jesus really spent millions of years in His tomb. Compare by a colleague

I have used some of Planinga's insights in A friend reviewed Plantinga at

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  OhioChessFan: <Nor can we for a moment hold that air or human breath was what God breathed into man’s nostrils. It was His own vital breath>

I will give that some thought. I had not considered that before.

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  OhioChessFan: Sorry to attribute that to you <saff>
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Big Pawn:> John Lennox's masterpiece, "Seven Days that Divide the World", has opened many people to the fact of long creation days. Now we present Dr Lennox's long-awaited sequel, "Three Days that Divide the World". Be prepared as Dr Lennox applies his great insights from his previous book to these pressing questions. He shows that Jonah was really billions of years in the great sea creature, and Jesus really spent millions of years in His tomb. ;)
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  Big Pawn: <JS>, do you think that Lennox would agree that the context of these three examples, (creation, Jonah and the NT) is the same, so that a fair comparison is being made?

I enjoyed reading your article on that you linked to above. However, Craig makes clear that he is agnostic about the true age of the universe, although he does tend toward the billions years old universe in his arguments, but then again, he's arguing from natural theology and using mainstream science to prove that the universe had a beginning, contrary to what atheists used to claim. They don't like answering for a universe with a beginning because of the strong theistic implications.

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  Benzol: Jonathan do you have any info about Tom Lepviikmann ? There isn't much here at this site.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Benzol:> You're certainly right. I will put something on his page from Ortvin Sarapu book. Any Kiwi champ deserves a decent mention.
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  Benzol: <Jonathan> Thanks matey.


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  visayanbraindoctor: Good morning <Jonathan Sarfati>. You might want to see my post in Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918

A part of me is glad that the Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017 has occurred. It gave chess pundits all over the world a gut-level perspective of the narcissistic generation syndrome debate, allowing them to concretely evaluate in real time the moves of a modern World Champion when faced with an unexpected Marshall type attack, and compare it with Capablanca's moves and performance when he had to face the same situation in 1918.

Current World Champion Carlsen crashed. On the other hand,

<Shajmaty: In 23 moves (between 14. ♕f3 and 36. ♗xf7+), Capablanca plays the best move (i.a.w. Stockfish) 21 times!>, and Capa ended up winning.

I do hope that this Watsonian nonsense meme of the best pre-WW2 chess masters being automatically weaker than today's current players (whose brains are touted to be developing computer levels of chess accuracy just because they were born in the 1980s and 90s and are active in the current era) is finally sunk in the sea of empirical evidence.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: G'day <visayanbraindoctor>. Yes, I think these two games are good evidence against Watsonism–Larsenism / narcissistic generation syndrome, and there are many more. Same with the old Alekhine > peak Keres and old Keres > peak Larsen you point out, and we could add 48yo Capa ~ 25yo Botvinnik and 50yo Botvinnik > peak Larsen.
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