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Member since Oct-21-04 · Last seen Nov-26-14
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Dump the World Championship. Chess should be like tennis: four majors a year.

"I believe what a man tells me about himself. Until he tells me something different, and then I believe that." -- Ray Bradbury

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   Shams has kibitzed 18051 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-25-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
Shams: Remind me not to be around <Tomlinsky> when it hits the top of the hour.
 
   Nov-25-14 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
Shams: Hilarious quote from Rick Pitino on trying not to run up the score: "We played four white guys and an Egyptian". http://www.foxsports.com/buzzer/sto...
 
   Nov-25-14 Paul Keres (replies)
 
Shams: <Howard> I agree with you, but it's obvious <Sally Simpson> has given the matter some thought and he is a knowledgeable kibitzer, not prone to fanboyism or irrationality from what I've seen. I regard Keres and Korchnoi as mortal locks and agree with Bronstein's selection ...
 
   Nov-24-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
 
Shams: <kramputz> <I lost respect for Anand with his stupid Berlin defense.> Clearly he thought it gave him his best chance in the match. Why would you lose respect for a player for doing what gives him the best competitive chance?
 
   Nov-24-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
Shams: <micartouse> In my opinion the ultimate "baby food" hip-hop album is Fugees, _The Score_. I recommend Wyclef's solo album _The Carnival_ as well.
 
   Nov-24-14 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
Shams: <HeMateMe> You're the only one who believes he was ducking Anand, and you do so not because of the available evidence but in spite of it.
 
   Nov-21-14 Nakamura-Aronian Match (2014) (replies)
 
Shams: <Jambow> The latter. He's a connoisseur of Don Adams' deadpan delivery.
 
   Nov-19-14 A Korotylev vs Z Izoria, 1998 (replies)
 
Shams: Sweep the leg!
 
   Nov-18-14 FSR chessforum (replies)
 
Shams: <FSR> It's funny you mention that about the Rubinstein-- I had the exact same thought process recently and have decided to take it up for the reason you mention. Thanks for the book tip. As for 3.e4 in the other line, I feel like there was some reason I didn't like it but I ...
 
   Nov-17-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
 
Shams: <I remember when NASA used to do things like that.> What about the Curiosity Rover on Mars? That was just two years ago, and it has been a smash hit. Still driving around up there, lapping the field and using all its toys like a champ. Tough crowd!
 
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Nov-02-14
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  FSR: <Shams> Don't you love it when the guy has weak pawns and they fall like ripe apples? If the guy refuses to resign, I've been known to promote five or so pawns to knight and mate him with them. (Just be careful not to stalemate - I did that once.)
Nov-02-14
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  FSR: I'm reading <The Diamond Dutch>, and it's annoying for White players to read. Moskalenko really likes 2.Bg5! (duh) and recognizes that it's difficult for Black. But in the rest of the book, the impression I get from him is that White is struggling to survive against the Dutch. That can't be right. Specifically, I'm looking at the Leningrad lines with 7...c6 8.d5 e5 9.dxe6 Bxe6 (a main line, which scores well for White). You'd think from his discussion that poor White is hanging on for dear life.
Nov-05-14
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  Shams: This is my new favorite thing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sle...
Nov-07-14
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  Shams: [Event "WA Challenger's Cup"]
[Site "Seattle Chess Club"]
[Date "2014.10.25"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Shams"]
[Black "R.F."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteELO "1892"]
[BlackELO "2297"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 O-O 5.e4 <(White forgets his prep-- 5.a3 is better)> d5 6.e5 Nh5 <(6...Nfd7)> 7.Nh3 c5 8.a3 Ba5 9.dxc5 d4 10.b4 dxc3 11.bxa5 Qxa5 12.Be3 Rd8 13.Qc2 Nc6 14.Rc1 Nxe5 15.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 16.Rxc3 Bd7 17.Bd3 Bc6 18.Ke2 f6 19.Rb1 Rd7 20.Nf2 f5 21.Nh3 Nf6 22.Bc2 h6 23.Nf4 Kf7 24.Nd3 Nxd3 25.Rxd3 g5 26.Rbd1 Rxd3 27.Rxd3 f4 28.Bd4 Nd7 29.Bf2 Re8 30.Rd6 Ne5 31.Bd3 Kf8 32.Rd4 Ke7 33.Kd2 Rc8 34.Kc3 Nf7 35.Bg6 Ne5 36.Bc2 Nd7 37.Rd2 Rd8 38.Rd6 a6 39.Bh7 Nf6 40.Rxd8 Kxd8 41.Bg6 [DIAGRAM] e5 42.Kd3 Ke7 43.Bf5 g4 44.Ke2 gxf3+ 45.gxf3 e4 46.fxe4 Nxe4 47.Bd4 Ng5 48.Bg7 h5 49.Be5 Ne6 50.h4 f3+ 51.Ke3 Nxc5 52.Bg6 Nb3 53.Bc3 Nc5 54.Bb4 Kf6 55.Bxh5 f2 56.Kxf2 Ne4+ 57.Ke3 Ng3 58.Bg4 Nf5+ 59.Bxf5 1/2-1/2

Position after 41.Bg6:


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After the game Black told me he was 90% sure he was winning at this point. As it turned out White was the one who ended up with winning chances.

Nov-10-14
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  boz: <Shams> I've dropped out of the Islam/Koran discussion over at Rogoff because it's just too toxic over there. Impossible to have a rational discussion in that climate.

But I did promise some kind of a follow up to my assertion that the roots of terrorism, especially suicide-terrorism, are to be found in religion far more than in socio-economic factors. I won't unload a tonne of links but here are a couple that started me thinking a few years ago:

http://www.meforum.org/1003/the-rel...

and

http://www.informationclearinghouse...

Nov-10-14
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  Shams: <boz> Yeah it's pretty bad over there. Thanks for the links. If you ever want to talk politics on my forum you are welcome to. Cheers.
Nov-10-14
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  Colonel Mortimer: Yep, a lot of axes to grind and inflated egos to parade on Rogoff..

No point in saying anything there at the moment..

Nov-11-14
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  moronovich: Sometimes mentioning words like islam and gay is pouring water on gremlins.

Unfortunately.

Nov-11-14
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  perfidious: <FSR: Incidentally, another approach to 1.d4 d6 is 2.e4 Nf6 (2...e5!? 3.Nf3 is a Philidor) 3.f3!? trying to transpose to a Saemisch King's Indian. Kasparov once did this against Seirawan. Black's best might be 3...d5!?....>

Actually had this as White in 1983 against the New Hampshuh master Gary A Nute with yet another order of moves: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.f3 d5. Remember the game ending in a draw after a fairly complex fight.

Nov-11-14
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  perfidious: <FSR....(I)n the rest of the book, the impression I get from (Moskalenko) is that White is struggling to survive against the Dutch. That can't be right. Specifically, I'm looking at the Leningrad lines with 7...c6 8.d5 e5 9.dxe6 Bxe6 (a main line, which scores well for White). You'd think from his discussion that poor White is hanging on for dear life.>

Had that main line as White in two crucial games with John A Curdo: the first was played in a must-win game at the 1982 Boylston Masters. John blundered in a level middlegame and I converted without difficulty.

The second outing was in the final round of the 1984 Vermont championship; this time John played better than I from another even middlegame.

If I ever locate the scores, will certainly post the latter game--have not played through either in may years, but it seems silly to submit a game decided on a blunder by a strong master.

Nov-11-14
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  perfidious: <boz: <Shams> I've dropped out of the Islam/Koran discussion over at Rogoff because it's just too toxic over there. Impossible to have a rational discussion in that climate.>

Sorry to say, but this is bang on.

Nov-11-14
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  Shams: <Actually had this as White in 1983 against the New Hampshuh master Gary A Nute.>

She turned me into a newt!

/looks around

I got better...

Nov-11-14
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  chancho: Gary Nute, Larry Tapper, Joe Fang, Hal Terrie, Eric Godin...

Remember walking by and seeing those names in the open section.

And of course: John Curdo.

Max Dlugy once showed up in one of those tournaments.

Nov-11-14
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  perfidious: <chancho> All old foes; even Godin and I met once as 1900-2000 players.
Nov-11-14
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  Shams: Bill Cosby (or his publicist) invites Twitter to 'meme' him. Baaaaad idea (language NSFW):

http://www.dailydot.com/lol/bill-co...

Nov-11-14
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  Check It Out: Yeah, someone's getting fired and I'm betting it's not Cosby.
Nov-12-14
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  perfidious: Hubris has been the downfall of more than a few public figures, but Cosby may be one exception; besides, he has banked his money and can simply say 'Bleep you!' to the world.
Nov-12-14
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  Check It Out: Bill Cosby is one of those guys, like Mr Rogers, I want to believe has a good moral compass, probably due to my love of childhood shows like Fat Albert. Alas, our heroes can let us down. Not Mr Rogers though. I think he's okay.
Nov-12-14
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  perfidious: <CIO> Your prop on Cosby getting chopped is off the board at Ladbrokes.
Nov-12-14
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  chancho: Camille, remember our first date when you could not remember anything after the drinks?

Yup, you too.

http://www.new-york-city-travel-tip...

Nov-12-14
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  perfidious: <chancho> One note re your post on New England events: bit surprising to see Tapper's name, for he never played much. Larry and I met thrice (1-1-1) with White managing one draw from those games, a 4....Nd7 Caro-Kann I essayed in our first meeting, at the '82 Boylston Masters.
Nov-12-14
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  chancho: <perfidious> I saw him playing at that Armenian place in Watertown in the 1990's.
Nov-13-14
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  perfidious: <chancho> Our three meetings were in 1982-83 and I hardly saw Larry in regular events thereafter--he was typically at Au Bon Pain or would show up for the Tuesday night blitz events at Harvard. Those were tough.
Nov-13-14
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  carterd253: I think Perfidious was a bit too modest in assessing his Vermont State Championships; I have been trying to research past champions 1973-1992; I believe I have them all for 1993 on.

My tally has outright wins for you in 1979, 1982, 1990, 1996, and 1997 and ties for first in 1981, 1986, 1995, and 1998.

Any thoughts? Know any other winners?

Nov-14-14
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  perfidious: Dave, if you read this, I have responded at my page.
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