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Member since Jul-29-04 · Last seen Aug-01-15
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Hello there! You are still reading this, so I assume you want to learn a little more about me outside of my posts. Well, who I am really goes without saying: I am just one of over seven billion people on Earth--very statistically insignificant, a tiny spec of dust in the Universe, just like everyone else, perhaps with the exception of you. So instead I will just talk a little bit about my perspectives on the world around me--stuff that most people find very boring, irrelevant and of no interest, but hopefully with the exception of you.

I believe that people should be able to freely say and express whatever they want in society (within reason, whatever that means) without fear of censorship, threat of violence, slander, or being bullied, intimidated, or harassed into silence. I am particularly skeptical of movements, organizations, and people who are thoroughly convinced that they are on the side of angels or in the right, and thus believe their ends justify their means. In the U.S. today, these include most third-wave feminists, so-called "social justice warriors", religious zealots, far-left and far-right political ideologues, etc. On a personal level, I like to question views that I've been brought up to believe as true without close examination and open exposure to opposing viewpoints, such as the good old, "Democracy is the best form of government," "women in the U.S. currently [still] have it worse than men," "communism is bad/evil", "the United States is the greatest and most free country on Earth," "life is 'good'", etc.

Too much is censored for the sake of protecting some people's delicate feelings. Too many people are silenced, ostracized, censured or demonized simply for holding opposing views.

I am always willing to change my views if I am shown to be wrong through reason, logic, facts, and evidence--not through mere "confident" assertions or claims, appeal to authority, ad hominems, "I am super smart, so take my word for it," "I am extremely well-educated on this subject, and have more life experience than you, so take my word for it," "You know me, so take my word for it", or any logical fallacies. However, people are free to criticize me in whatever way they wish.

<Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.> -- C.S. Lewis

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   Knight13 has kibitzed 11743 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-10-15 S Ernst vs A Giri, 2015 (replies)
Knight13: <paavoh: What's with 29.Nc6?> To go after the e5 Bishop as White's threatening 30. Ne7+. It's good for White to exchange his Knight for the dark-squared Bishop in this position, if not for 29... Bxh2+.
   Jul-07-15 Dortmund (2015) (replies)
Knight13: <latvalatvian: Carlsen is probably studying Steinitz. The iron bound rules of Steinitz are the key to maintaining the title.> How so? What kind of rules? Will you give some examples?
   Jul-06-15 hms123 chessforum
Knight13: <hms123> Solid copy. Out. P.S. I just updated my profile. I hope you don't disapprove. :)
   Jan-16-15 A Giri vs Ivanchuk, 2015 (replies)
Knight13: Go Ivanchuk!
   Jan-01-15 chessforum (replies)
Knight13: <> Your example helped a lot. Thanks. Happy New Year!
   Jan-01-15 J Mason vs Winawer, 1878 (replies)
Knight13: 22... Rad8 was a very subtle, Anderssen-like move.
   Dec-31-14 Winawer vs H Gifford, 1878
Knight13: I prefer 10. Ra3 over 10. c3. 18. Be1 seems just as good as 18. Bf2. 22. Qf1 is more precise. White's 22. Raa2 was a little too presumptuous that Black will play 22... gxf3? the next move, which, fortunately for him, Black did. 23. Nd5 is slightly better than 23. Rxf3. Other ...
   Dec-29-14 Bird vs Winawer, 1878
Knight13: Black's 6... f6 was interesting. If White had responded with 7. Nh4, it would've been even more interesting. Instead of 13. Qg4 Kf7 14. Qf3, 13. Qh5+ g6 14. Qf3 seems more accurate. 24. a5 > 24. Rfe1. 37. Nc3 is more promising than 37. Rf1: 37... Rb2 38. Rb1; 37... f2 38. Rf1 ...
   Dec-28-14 Winawer vs Bird, 1878
Knight13: 5... h5?!: The game has barely started and Black was already deconstructing his king's potential safe haven to launch a premature attack. Following it up with 8... d5? was no good for His Highness either; 8... d6 is more advisable. 14... g4, with the threat of ... Qh4, seems ...
   Dec-27-14 Max Weiss vs Von Bardeleben, 1887
Knight13: <elohah: 15...-19... - 'And even today, many players show the Center a clean pair of heels' -Nimzovich (Praxis)> So in other words, Black launched an attacked without having first secured the center and thus failed. Attempting to "outrun" the center wasn't a good idea, was ...
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