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Shams
Member since Oct-21-04 · Last seen Feb-01-15
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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 18386 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-31-15 E Frisk vs S M Shyam, 2015
 
Shams: Only two other games here with <3...g5!?>: T Markowski vs Navara, 2011 E Iturrizaga vs S Sulskis, 2014
 
   Jan-31-15 FSR chessforum (replies)
 
Shams: I know you hate football, but if you need a rooting interest: http://www.thenation.com/blog/19660...
 
   Jan-30-15 Jonathan Penrose
 
Shams: Fascinating audio interview with Roger Penrose. http://www.sciencefriday.com/segmen...
 
   Jan-30-15 Shams chessforum (replies)
 
Shams: <Fusilli> I deleted my post (and your answer) because I had the wrong FEN.
 
   Jan-30-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Shams: <WannaBe> http://www.5dimes.eu/livelines/live... I'm not sure if they're still taking American customers.
 
   Jan-30-15 Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (replies)
 
Shams: <He certainly seems to have the most professionalism.> Well, there was that one time he pissed off Vishy enough for him to leave the stage. To each their own. Personally I find Geuzendam really bland.
 
   Jan-29-15 Oliveira chessforum (replies)
 
Shams: Hi Oliveira-- a couple more games for your collection Game Collection: Immortal Games . E Korchmar vs A Poliak, 1931 (Ukrainian Immortal) B Molinari vs L Roux Cabral, 1943 (Uruguayan Immortal) Carlos Torre vs Lasker, 1925 (Mexican Immortal) Cheers from Seattle, USA
 
   Jan-29-15 E Korchmar vs A Poliak, 1931 (replies)
 
Shams: <tpstar> Thanks. Maybe I'll submit a couple more games for that collection.
 
   Jan-29-15 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
Shams: <keypusher> <What's funny is how the British throw Americans into their fictions gratuitously to increase sales, from Arthur Conan Doyle to Downton Abbey.> Don't forget Supertramp.
 
   Jan-28-15 Karpov vs Campora, 1994
 
Shams: <Fusilli> Thanks. Apparently Karpov was in Argentina for an unrated thematic supertournament. I'm surprised there isn't a tournament page for it, though it wasn't rated. H Spangenberg vs Karpov, 1994 Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1994 Karpov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 <Jim ...
 
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Dec-30-14
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  FSR: btw, the Amazon reviews of Aveskulov's book are extremely positive: 8 5-star reviews and 2 4-stars, nothing else. (The other books have a lot fewer reviews.) One reviewer says that the Kindle edition is updated from the paperback to address the analysis in Kaufman's repertoire book. That reviewer claims that the Kindle edition is a "must-have."
Dec-30-14
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  FSR: To correct myself slightly - I see that I really have <four> recent books on the Benko, the most recent being <Benko Gambit: Move by Move> by FIDE Candidate Master Junior Tay (I think that translates to around 2200 FIDE). The author of that book is weaker than the other authors (two GMs and an IM). His book lacks theoretical depth, concentrating more on explaining his illustrative games than on up-to-the-minute theory, and appears to be aimed at weaker players than the other books. I don't recommend it to you.
Dec-30-14
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  Shams: <FSR> Thanks much for that! This is a bit embarrassing but it turns out I already have the Aveskulov book, and I have gone through it quite a bit. For some reason I didn't put two and two together; or I assumed that he had a second book that was just on the Benko gambit and not a comprehensive guide to 1.d4 for Black.

And I agree, it is great. Solid coverage of the Blumenfeld and Vaganian gambits too.

Sounds like too many games in the Sergey Kasparov book.

Dec-31-14
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  Fusilli: Best wishes for 2015!
Dec-31-14
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  Shams: <Fusilli> You too, you crazy bastard! =)
Jan-01-15  ketchuplover: joy to ye in 2015
Jan-01-15
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  Shams: Thanks <ketchuplover>, you too.
Jan-01-15
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  Shams: Ok so I gotta ask, what is it with you and ketchup? You have a thing for Theresa Heinz or something?
Jan-02-15
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  perfidious: <Shams> Don't see any problem there--Teresa is well preserved and must have been a looker in her day.
Jan-13-15
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  FSR: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/...
Jan-15-15
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  Shams: <FSR> If they can train dogs to drive the buses I might ride more often.
Jan-16-15
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  Shams: I can't tell if Diana Krall is really good or if she's just decent and I think she's really good because she's so beautiful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sx...
Jan-16-15
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  technical draw: <Shams> Diana Krall is very good. However she needs a bass player to carry her through some awkward chord changes. She's more a pianist than a singer.
Jan-17-15
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  Shams: <td> Thanks. I almost posted that on your wall so I'm glad you commented.
Jan-17-15
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  Shams: Kind of stoney but also kind of amazing:
http://vimeo.com/116582567
Jan-18-15
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  kellmano: <shams> you ordered yourself Krzhizhanovsky yet? If not, then get on it and have an existential start to 2015
Jan-18-15
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  Shams: <kellmano> I can't order any more books until I pay down my library fines. :)

Did you ever see "Waking Life"? If so do you remember the professor (Linklater's in real life as it happens) giving his brief defense of existentialism?

Jan-19-15
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  Fusilli: Greetings, <Shams>. The three games I submitted from the Nashville city championship are up, including my win over IM Burnett:

M Sana vs R Burnett, 2015
T D Andrews vs M Sana, 2015
D Justice vs M Sana, 2015

(I had played all these players before, and all those games are in the database. I hope next time I play Todd Andrews or David Justice I get white!)

Jan-28-15
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  Fusilli: Greetings, my friend. I went over Korchnoi vs Short, 1997 again. Short makes it very clear that black has to develop his kingside knight to e7.

Then I found this one:

C McNab vs P Roberson, 2008

... where black does that, but white develops his knight to e2 (as did I against Burnett) and gets the upper hand. It's an interesting game.

Cheers!

Jan-28-15
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  Fusilli: Also, I posted a reply to your question on the Karpov - Campora match.
Jan-28-15
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  Shams: <Fusilli> Yes, Black's pieces were made to look stupid in that game. Perhaps he's just on the back foot in this variation.
Jan-29-15
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  Shams: Fun with the bishops. Final positions of mine from 15/10 games of the past couple days:


click for larger view

http://www.chess.com/livechess/game... (Rubinstein French)


click for larger view

http://www.chess.com/livechess/game... (Nh3 Budapest)

Jan-30-15
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  technical draw: <Shams>< Kind of stoney but also kind of amazing: http://vimeo.com/116582567>

That's cool. It's mesmerizing. It could probably hypnotize if it were longer....TD

Jan-30-15
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  Shams: <Fusilli> I deleted my post (and your answer) because I had the wrong FEN.
Jan-31-15
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  Fusilli: <Shams: <Fusilli> I deleted my post (and your answer) because I had the wrong FEN.>

That explains it!

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