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Sally Simpson
Member since Jan-28-14 · Last seen Sep-21-18
I'm Geoff Chandler

'Sally Simpson' is the title of my favourite Who's it.

If you fancy something different. I do this.

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   Sally Simpson has kibitzed 6156 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-21-18 D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956
Sally Simpson: Hi Check It Out, It is good writing and reading. I read most of the whole magazine on other subjects. Excellent. I also enjoy reading the Victorian and Edwardian chess notations as well. They seem to have a charm all of their own and of course 'Three Men in a Boat' (pub 1889)
   Sep-21-18 6th Sinquefield Cup (2018)
Sally Simpson: Hi AylerKupp, We are one of the very few sites that do not have a pgn thingy. A small basic one. Nothing fancy. It would brighten the place up and encourage more of the good players...and there are a few knocking on partake. I cannot see anybody objecting, why ...
   Sep-21-18 W Bialas vs Uhlmann, 1951 (replies)
Sally Simpson: *** An inspirational game. I'm glad I never saw till I was already set in my own pig-headed ways as a chess player unless I might have ended up as a French Player (actually, when I did play a French, approx. 12-14 times, I won more than I lost.). In the opening post Uhlmann ...
   Sep-20-18 Grischuk vs Mamedyarov, 2018
Sally Simpson: Hi goommba88, You are correct about the sharp gambit openings at that level. regarding: "....either learn to live with it or stop watching chess." User: SugarDom 'This account/ IP has been suspended by indefinitely.' No idea why, pity. I thought he was O.K.
   Sep-20-18 K Neil
Sally Simpson: You have jinxed him. I have a nice swindle v Kenny, I'll submit it. In 1984 we played a first to 6 training match. Kenny won 6-5. Should have been 6-4 but I set a wee trap... Monday material, but it does have a Queen sac! Done. Submitted. Kenneth D. Neil.
   Sep-20-18 Lubensky vs Geller, 1949 (replies)
Sally Simpson: Hi saturn2, Deep pure jealous you got to play him. Simul masters and their rules differ. Shamkovich allowed one pass, Aagaard as many as you like (I got a draw in both). On one occasion I was reading about in CHESS a famous British G.M. insisted you move the moment he ...
   Sep-20-18 Flohr vs Geller, 1957
Sally Simpson: Black to play. [DIAGRAM] Geller can get a healthy plus with 22...Nxf2 23.Rxf2 Rxd4. Geller got his move order mixed up and played 22...Rxd4 (OOPS!) 23.Nf3. [DIAGRAM] Pachman discusses this game in his chapter on Psychological Elements in 'Attack and Defence in Modern Chess ...
   Sep-19-18 Bronstein vs A Medina Garcia, 1955
Sally Simpson: *** 'There was something in the air that day' Gothenburg, 7th September 1955. This mini piece of artwork by Bronstein could easily have been over shadowed by what was happening elsewhere in the tournament hall at the same time . It was played in the same round as the ...
   Sep-18-18 P Johansen vs Carlsen, 2003
Sally Simpson: Yes it was a nice wee trap. Note that White set it up two moves earlier... [DIAGRAM] White played 23. Bf6+ to Knock the King back to e8 and then took on h8 so the h7 and Nf6+ idea would work. But the traps had to be a bit deeper than that to catch Carlsen even at that age. ...
   Sep-18-18 Kotronias vs D King, 1990 (replies)
Sally Simpson: A wonderful instructive game. Great Chess. White is using practically every tactical trick in the book v an uncastled King trying to tempt Black to grab material. Black resists and finally castles. White to play. [DIAGRAM] "Where'd the King go?" asks the b5 Knight. The ...
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Apr-19-16  luftforlife: <Sally>: You're welcome. :)

I'm used to transcribing from descriptive into minimal algebraic; I've just begun transcribing into standard algebraic (sorry my move notations were a bit clumsy) because I've just learned minimal algebraic is only seen here as prevalently as it is because <pgn4web> is the default viewer here on <cg>. Another member suggested I switch to standard algebraic, as that is standard here, and so I'm still getting the hang of it.

I gather all the moves were correct, yes? Looks that way.

I'll submit this game shortly, along with others I've transcribed from this tournament and from this era. I'll prepare the PGN header and moves, and submit the game for upload to the database.

I should be posting my transcriptions on my forum as they emerge.

Best regards.

Apr-20-16  luftforlife: Thanks, <Sally>, for your kind comments under Magnus Smith. I figured I'd reply here.

I always transcribe games by hand at the board, so as to identify and to keep track of which pieces started queenside and which pieces started kingside, and I write out the algebraic notation next to the descriptive (on a photocopy or printout of the original, say), and then play back the game from the algebraic to ensure the same result as from the descriptive. Then I type the transcribed algebraic moves into Notepad, save them with a header as a text file and as a PGN, and check the score in a PGN viewer such as ChessBase. If it plays through without highlighted moves, and yields the same result as the descriptive and the algebraic moves did, then I know I'm in business. This all takes time, though, and I've learned the hard way that without PGN-engine check, typos and errors may creep in despite my best efforts.

I find making the mental shift from relative to absolute notation much more fatiguing than I do analyzing the game. It's like playing music: I find it much more tedious and exacting to write out the notes on the stave, or to translate them into vocal or instrumental performance, than I do simply to sing or to play a score or performance by ear or from memory and then, if necessary, to analyze it in musical terms. I enjoy playing chess and playing music (and I've done the latter professionally, but not the former, as you've done), but both systems involve notation with letters and numbers and translation, and that can prove tricky sometimes for some of us. So thanks again for your understanding and support. :)

Apr-20-16  luftforlife: <Sally>: Not trying to be a pest. I submitted Saunders-Flach (8) (0-1) (24th Can. Ch., Montreal, 1899.04.05) for upload. Thanks again for your help, which I acknowledged on my forum.

I just posted several late-nineteenth-century excerpts on my forum that I believe you would enjoy. Best regards.

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  morfishine: <Sally> Nice try trying to get through to <Overbloatedhead> I admire your effort
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Morf,

The lad is harmless, a bit opinionated but aren't we all and he is sometimes funny. Be nice to people...argue with them..but be nice.

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  morfishine: <Sally> Your advice reminds me of Patrick Swayze in 'Road House'. He was teaching his young crew of bouncers and would end his butt-kicking instructions with "...but be nice"

I always liked that :)

May-14-16  luftforlife: <Sally>: You are a cross-genre, multigenerational ambassador of goodwill; a roving commissioner of rational discourse; an ombudsman to the stars. I must say you are one of the most patient, accommodating, understanding, helpful, and delightful posters here. I always learn from your posts, no matter the subject. Your kindness, decency, and geniality set the standard here, and do you and CG proud. Your intelligent, informed, and insightful commentaries and dialogues always sharpen my wits, improve my understanding, and lift my spirits. Thank you for being you, and for sharing your knowledge and wisdom and great good humor with so many of us, of all stripes. All the best from across the Big Pond. :)
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Guys,

Thank you for your kind words.

The knack, if there one, is to remember we are all chess players. (children that never quite grew up - thankfully.)

We all share a mutual love the game. Keep that in mind and everything becomes simple.

May-21-16  Clemens Scheitz: Hi <Sally>,

I'm sorry about Crystal Palace not winning the FA Cup, you probably deserve to be celebrating ( though I'm not sure about going out in the street with those pajamas of yours ).

I see that last week <luftforlife> put into nice words what I'm sure many of us think about you and your contributions to the forum. Well earned !

May-21-16  Clemens Scheitz: Hi again,

I recently notice that some of the members have a personal forum. Can you tell me how to access those directly without having to find a comment made by that user somewhere first, or is that option reserved for premium members only?

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Clem,

You are posting on here so I do not think it is for subs only.

At the top of the page there is 'chess forum' link. Try that on other pages.

Nov-22-16  AKMoss: "Fortress's are good things."

Jesus Christ! "Fortress's"??!!

Why do people think adding apostrophe s is the universal way to make plurals!? 99.99% of the time it's wrong.


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  Sally Simpson: Thank you.
Jan-02-17  dm1991: It's basically a repost from Aronian vs W So, 2016.

<Sally Simpson> I don't know if it's a good place for this but i guess You would maybe like it. I have a couple of diagrams for you. In all of them it's white to move. What would you play?

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  Sally Simpson: Hi,

I answered in the Aronian vs W So, 2016 thread.

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  AylerKupp: <Sally Simpson> In case you are still curious and for some reason interested in a second round of phew!, I've posted some corrections to my original A Pilgrim's Progress post here: Magnus Carlsen (kibitz #82583). The most (and perhaps only) interesting result is the impact of removing the Rule of 400. If you do that, it increases the time needed by Carlsen to reach 2800 from around 15 years to more than 80!
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  Sally Simpson: Thanks, I'll look at it.
Jun-01-17  User not found: [Event ""]
[Site "Shredder Android"]
[Date "2017.06.02"]
[Round ""]
[White "Player"]
[Black "Shredder"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1959"]
[BlackElo "1850"]
[Comment "2:48"]

1. d4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bd7 5. Nf3 Bc6 6. Bd3 Bxe4 7. Bxe4 c6 8. O-O Nf6 9. Bd3 Nbd7 10. Bg5 Qb6 11. Rb1 O-O-O 12. b4 Bd6 13. b5 c5 14. Be3 Nd5 15. dxc5 Nxe3 16. cxb6 Nxd1 17. bxa7 Kc7 18. Rfxd1 Bc5 19. a4 Bxa7 20. a5 Kc8 21. b6 Bb8 22. a6 Nxb6 23. Rxb6 bxa6 24. Bxa6+ Kc7 25. Rb7+ Kc6 26. Nd4+ Kc5 27. Nb3+ Kc6 28. Na5+ Kc5 29. Rb5# 1-0

Lost on time but I wasn't playing the clock, I should change it to a 15 min game... Is it genius?? I think so, lol;)

Have a deek and check the tactical bravery, it's.... It just IS! only joking but it's not bad for a quickie :)

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  eternaloptimist: <Sally> I made a kibitz for u here a while back.: Paul Motwani I don't guess u saw it so I thought I'd post this link in your forum.
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  Phony Benoni: Hi Geoff,

If you have a chance, could you look at the kibitzing for today's puzzle? The game is given as Chandler vs A Fernandez, 1981, played at Edinburgh in 1981. IM Antonio Fernandez has already commented that it is not his game, and I'm wondering if White might have actually been you instead of Murray Chandler. I'm sure this happens all the time.

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  offramp: Well done for finding the photo which Winter put on his site at

The scan is really good.

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  offramp: Congratulations, Geoff! Your prize awaits!

offramp chessforum (kibitz #1016).

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  AylerKupp: <Sally Simpson> Well, at least we're making progress, or at least discussing my <morfishine> situation. I think that <morfishine>'s grudge with me was a result of a misunderstanding. I think that this is the post he was referring to: Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (kibitz #2429).

I don't think that I assumed a condescending stance nor do I think that I asked him if he knew the definition of a "prodigy" but that's apparently how <morfishine> interpreted it. I certainly didn't mean it that way and, if that's the way it came across, I certainly apologize to him. My statement "I guess a lot depends on your definition of "prodigy" was not directed at him personally; it was a general statement. Different people have a different definition of the same term and many misunderstandings arise when different people have different definitions of the same term. I asked the same question of <Everett> Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (kibitz #2430), Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (kibitz #2462)) and we had to agree to disagree on the definition of "prodigy". Which is fine by me. The two of us have had similar "resolution" of our rare differences.

Even you got involved in the discussion, as did others. And I thought that I at least tried to address to some extent the numbers that <morfishine> provided but apparently not to his satisfaction. What puzzles me is that <morfishine>'s immediate subsequent comments to me were very cordial and he even agreed with me on the basic definition of a "prodigy" although he ultimately disagreed with me on the definition. Which, again, was fine by me; definitions are often subjective and differ depending on their source. So his action to put me on his ignore list was apparently a delayed reaction. And that, of course, that's up to him.

Oh well, <morfishine> has his reasons for his grudge and I probably can't do anything to change it at this point so I suppose things will remain the way they are. It's just a shame from my perspective.

Aug-20-18  Deus Ex Alekhina: Hi Sally. Do you know Andrew Muir?
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  Sally Simpson: Hi,

Sorry for the delay in replying. I very rarely visit my page - I keep forgetting about it.

Yes I know Andrew Muir reasonably well.

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