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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 2308 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-17-18 Hou - Karpov Match (2018) (replies)
Octavia: Becoming a mother did not affect Judith at all. Doing it twice was the biggest mistake ever. 1ly both arakhamia and cramling had one child and kept playing as before. 2ly if we all had one child only the world would soon be a better place.
   Jan-30-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Octavia: To reduce human problems you can do two things:as a couple have one child only (reduces world population in a few generations) and live frugally (to let others also enjoy the fruits of human labour. No need to talk about communism or capitalism.
   Jan-26-18 Mamedyarov vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Octavia: <he did not play well against Jones.> he played very well! He gave Jones a handicap knight that's all
   Jan-23-18 Tata Steel (2018) (replies)
Octavia: <What homeland?> his chosen homeland! Your 1st homeland is not of your choice, but if you decide to live somewhere else, then that's your home & a compliment to the land you chose.
   Jan-23-18 Mamedyarov vs Kramnik, 2018 (replies)
Octavia: Carlsen=Anand
   Jan-20-18 Mamedyarov vs Wei Yi, 2018 (replies)
Octavia: the Carlsen-Svidler post mortem was brill!!! a) I've seen many p m between GMs - some slow, some superslow, but none like this - fireworks! b) this must convince anybody that draws can be exciting & fun!
   Jan-15-18 Anand vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Octavia: well done!
   Jan-14-18 Karjakin vs Anand, 2018 (replies)
Octavia: It's great that Seirawan is commenting! I hope he got invited & it's good that they chose a local to pair him up.
   Jan-13-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Octavia: Carlsen 1-0 Caruana in Douglas not so long ago
   Jan-10-18 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1938
Octavia: <strobane Why 10. Kf1? Wha's wrong with 10. Bd2? > He wanted to restrain black. If you swap pieces that's not so easy.
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  notyetagm: European Individual Women's Championship (2013)


This brand new article (August 12th!) covers *exactly* what we were discussing in this forum a little over a week ago. It should answer *all* of the questions asked.

<Lipstick over the board
Women at the men's Olympiads 1950-2012>

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  Octavia: <notyetagm> thanks very much for the 2 links! I especially like the very thorough history article about women's chess! Great! Very informative!
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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.

Oct-23-13  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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