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I like the Kiribati flag, it's so cheerful! It belongs to a sunny country with lots of islands. Did yous know that there are 15 countries without soldiers? K is one of them :)

Why do we smile? We show that our weapons (teeth) are harmless. People have been called all sorts through the ages - how about the friendly animal or homo comis?

I know it doesn't look like it when you listen to the media - but when you look around you, your neighbours, friends & family - what do you see?

we can't stop people from exploiting the weak. But we can show our contempt for rich people: When they can't show off with their ill gotten gains, they'll want to share them.

Philanthropist: someone who shares his/her ill gotten gains with others.

let's fight ageism: chess is like art, philosophy, story telling. The only difference is that in chess you're told you're too old, in the other subjects you get better with age. It will be the same in chess, when the news gets around!

what would happen if all the people had money all the time? Before you give me your answer here is what others suggested:

people would be happy; free; become ill; be lazy; stop working; nothing is done for you; money is not needed; it'd be a catastrophe, chaos & the worst: nothing left to buy, lol. We'd run out of frivolous things to buy & people would grow their own food. Since the farmers wouldn't need all that precious land, it'd be there for everyone.

Anything we left out?

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   Octavia has kibitzed 2337 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-19-18 Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
Octavia: She got 5.5/11 in the EWCC & they did have a day off 1/2 way through! Her last game was pretty hair raising - she sacced lots only to get them back later with interest & Alexandra Zherebtsova had to resign - good end for Keti.
   Apr-18-18 Zsofia Polgar vs Smyslov, 1996
Octavia: 40.c4! = with a fortress
   Apr-15-18 chessforum (replies)
Octavia: Could we see the last few rounds of the European Women's Chess Championship, please? Today is a rest day. May be we could see the top bd? Im sure most people know the names of the top players
   Apr-12-18 Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (replies)
Octavia: rumour has it that he's a GM now - could we see a photo, please?
   Apr-09-18 GRENKE Chess Classic (2018) (replies)
Octavia: The news handling about the Münster accident was brilliant. At first they told all to stay calm and that they didn't know the motivation, then that it was some disturbed person. No body said anything about immigrants.
   Apr-04-18 Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2018 (replies)
Octavia: <commentators including GM Nigel Short, WGM Natalia Pogonina, and WGM Jennifer Shahade> where can we see live commentary on cg?
   Apr-01-18 Carlsen vs Yifan Hou, 2018 (replies)
Octavia: well done, Magnus!
   Mar-31-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Octavia: The commentators are bad at explaining it. Seirawan was excellent.
   Mar-26-18 Octavia chessforum (replies)
Octavia: sorry, vm, i didn't see your post until today. I must go back to my games from 2010. But did she only play 6 games? seems unlikely. I'm not one of those 6. I live in Europe but I like the Kiribati flag.
   Mar-26-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
Octavia: <Rarely you find two such radically opposite poles in one single person> not true - Kasparov followed in his footsteps down to a T !
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  tamar: I think the example of Alekhine's voice I heard was
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  Octavia: <tamar> brilliant! thanks for the link! It just shows, though that a chess player should stick to talking about games!

Nobody knows what makes a brill chess player, but sure Aljechin was kidding when he said he didn't have to work on his chess or some such.

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  Colonel Mortimer: Good comment on the 'God' Forum.
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  Octavia: Kirshan, our Fide president has done a lot for women: He got the women's Olympiad to have the same number of players as the men's! It means you see 50% women playing every 2 years! It also means that the scores are now comparible with the open & it means that slightly more women play since the strongest can play in the open. Since last year I noticed that Fide invites a man & a women to commentate! This is important because it shows women that they can earn money with chess which should motivate some to keep at it even though they may see that they can't get to the very top. So, Kirshan has done well!
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  thegoodanarchist: Because this is a chess website. I come here to talk chess!
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  Octavia: well spoken :)
Jul-24-14  Mr. V: Hi Octavia! I'm relatively new here, but I just want to say that I've seen several of your posts and always like what you have to say, and the friendly way in which you say it!

I hope you are doing well.

Jul-24-14  Mr. V: By the way, if you want to see a player who didn't really get worse as they aged, you should check out the games of Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga

In a recent interview he even said he would now devote himself more seriously to chess.

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  Jim Bartle: <In a recent interview he even said he would now devote himself more seriously to chess.>

I think he's been saying that every couple years for about the past twenty years.

Jul-24-14  Mr. V: <I think he's been saying that every couple years for about the past twenty years.>

Well then, he must be a very devoted person :)
He mentioned in the same interview that he had "minimal contact" with chess between I think 1997-2002, and that he didn't really notice a difference in his play when he returned. As one of his fans I hope he does shine in his old age - after all, he did prove he's still got skills when he beat Giri in the World Cup.

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  Octavia: great to hear this about Mr Zuniga! hope to hear more such stories about us oldies doing well in chess
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  wordfunph: <Octavia> Merry Christmas!
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  Octavia: I'm reading a brill book: "Demanding the impossible" by Peter Marshall, a great book about anarchy. Fortunately anarchists have given up dreaming about revolutions - it's time to put our beliefs into action: Grassroots are getting stronger!
Jun-28-16  ketchuplover: Get a haircut!
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  wordfunph: <Octavia> happy holidays!
Apr-01-17  virginmind: Hi <Octavia>, so you played against Cristina Foisor, on what occasion and when did this happen, if I may ask?
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  thegoodanarchist: It's hard to kick against the goads...
Aug-17-17  ketchuplover: st.louis blitz underway right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on youtube!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sep-24-17  ketchuplover: meow!
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  Octavia: thanks for all your messages since last I talked here. I'm busy collecting draws at the mo. I've read these 2 brill books on draws. Unfortunately I gave away my Heidenfeld book & now I regret it. The other one is НИЧЬЯ! by Verkhovsky

<VIRGIN> sorry I haven't been here for a long time. I played against C Foisor in the 2010 OLYMPIAD. I made it easy for her...

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  whiteshark: <Octavia: <Unfortunately I gave away my Heidenfeld book & now I regret it.>> I have a collection of 72 games (without comments) from the book. You can find a download-link in my forum.

While this may not compensate the book's stories and haptics, it may help you to complete your collection. :)

Jan-16-18  virginmind: Hi, no problem! Well, counting only those representing European countries, in 2010 Olympiad Cristina Foisor played against V. Gutierrez, Hoang Thanh Trang, T. Fomina, N. Pogonina, A. Stefanova and A. Sharevich. I'll do a quick research to see whom of these you most likely may be, and I'll let you know of my finding...;) Or should I not presume you're from Europe?
Jan-17-18  virginmind: Tatyana or Sabrina? :)

Well, if you don't feel like pointing to the real name, that's fine, let's keep it Octavia...we all use nicknames here anyway. Congratulations for your chess career!

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  Octavia: sorry, vm, i didn't see your post until today. I must go back to my games from 2010. But did she only play 6 games? seems unlikely. I'm not one of those 6. I live in Europe but I like the Kiribati flag.
Mar-27-18  virginmind: <Octavia> Right, she played ten games. Then you must be either Myada, Chardine Cheradee, Atousa or Carolina. And the closest to Kiribati is the Philippines? :)
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