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TheAlchemist
Member since Feb-23-05
Hello! My name is Uros and welcome to my forum. If you have time, you can also visit (and contribute to) User: Memorable Quotes.

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   TheAlchemist has kibitzed 6847 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-19-18 zanzibar chessforum (replies)
 
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   Oct-19-18 TheAlchemist chessforum (replies)
 
TheAlchemist: chessgames.com chessforum (kibitz #31266) <RE: <Memorable Quotes> <rogge: Why ask when you know the answer?> But my dear <rogge>, I don't, at least not with 100% certainty. I suspect it's <The Alchemist>, but that should be confirmed by <admin>.
 
   Oct-17-18 optimal play chessforum (replies)
 
TheAlchemist: <optimal play> It's not ideal the way I acted, I know. It's nothing against you or anyone else, but I won't allow it to become a venue of bickering when that can easily be done anywhere else, especially since it often seems like spillover from other pages. When I had a ...
 
   Aug-02-18 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
 
TheAlchemist: If they really are one and the same, it shows some next-level dedication, as if we needed more proof of that, a truly elaborate trolling (I'm not using this negatively, but I really don't know what other word to use) of the community for the ages. Building a distinct enough ...
 
   Jul-30-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
 
TheAlchemist: Damn, I am shocked, this is terrible, terrible news. You will be missed, Daniel. Condolences to his family and friends. Hopefully his legacy will live on, the site has brought many good times and spread the love for the game to so many around the World.
 
   Jul-16-18 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
 
TheAlchemist: Thanks, <WannaBe> and congratulations, <Nako>!
 
   Jan-02-18 Short vs E Blomqvist, 2017 (replies)
 
TheAlchemist: It's Short, shouldn't it be Kg3-h4-h5 etc.
 
   Dec-27-17 Anna Muzychuk (replies)
 
TheAlchemist: Saudi Arabia too often gets a free pass, it's good there are principled people who dare stand up against it. I wish we would see it more often with politicians, but that's a utopian dream.
 
   Aug-21-17 Deep Fritz vs BlackMamba, 2015 (replies)
 
TheAlchemist: I guess playing against the White Mamba would have been unfair.
 
   Aug-17-17 Memorable Quotes chessforum (replies)
 
TheAlchemist: Two consecutive posts ten years apart: Seidman vs G Kramer, 1946 (kibitz #1) <Phony Benoni, Jan-28-07>: Unless you're Reti, it's probably best to keep your queen out of the corner. 24.Nf6+ would be a nice shot for an early-part-of-the-week puzzler. <Phony Benoni,
 
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Apr-18-18
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  TheAlchemist:  
Apr-18-18
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  TheAlchemist: <Knight13> Haha, don't worry :-). There's always the option above, if you're unsure.
May-21-18
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  WannaBe: Just curious, have you heard, or are you familiar with American TV show 'Breaking Bad'?
May-22-18
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  TheAlchemist: <WannaBe> Yes, but I never took the time to watch it all. I haven't really been watching any series lately. But it's in my backlog somewhere, so someday... :-)
Jul-16-18  NakoSonorense: <TheAlchemist>,

I agree with <WannaBe>. Your avatar looks like Heisenberg.

Jul-17-18
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  TheAlchemist: Yeah, but I've had it before the series even began, so if anything, they copied me :-)
Sep-11-18  Parachessus: <TheAlchemist> Whereeee areeee youuuu? (I'm in the Cave of Centuries Past with eerie echoes all around).

Thanks for critiquing my doggerel on the poemhunter site, Uros. Much appreciated. What is your rating, you seem to be a very strong chessplayer- you pretty much destroyed me on Queen Alice. Say, are you done with your studies and now gainfully employed?

Sep-11-18
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  TheAlchemist: Hey! Long time no see. Heh, seems like ages ago, I have more or less quit since I've finished college for various reasons and even then, I've always done poorly OTB. Well, technically you have the continuous education thing :-), but yeah, it's been 8 years since I started.
Sep-13-18  Parachessus: By the way, I got a draw against an IM in a simul in 2017!

Scanlon vs. IM David Ross (simultaneous exhibition, 2017)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6.e4 (QGD, Slav, Alekhine variation) dxe4 7.Nxe4 Be7 8.Bxf6 gxf6?! (weird move played just to throw the amateur) 9.Qd2 f5 10.Nc3 b6 11.g3 Bb7 12.Bg2 Qc7 13.O-O-O O-O-O?! (a weird move on my part, abandoning the fianchettoed Bishop) 14.Qe2 Rhe8 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Rxd1+ 17.Rxd1 Rd8 18.f4 Rxd1+ 19.Qxd1 Qd8 20.Qxd1 Kxd8 (I just wanted queens off to feel safer) 21.Kd2 f6 22.exf6 Bxf6 23.b3 Kc7 24.Kd3 Bc8 25.Ne2 Kd6 26.Nd4 Bd7 27.Nc2 a5 (Stockfish says 27. h5---lol) 28.a3 Be8 29.Bf3 Bg6 30.Nd4 Be8 31.Nc2 h6 32.Nd4 Bd7 33.Nc2 e5 34.fxe5+ Bxe5 35.Nd4 Kc5 36.Nc2 Be8 37.b4+ axb4 38.axb4+ Kd6 39.Nd4 Bd7 40.Ne2 Be6 41.Nd4 1/2-1/2

Only 4 people have drawn him in the last 8 years he has conducted simuls in my area. No one has yet beaten him. He played in an invitational in Saint Louis, Missouri, this year against other IMs and ended up in the middle of the group.

Sep-13-18  Parachessus: IM Ross allowed us to decide what color we wanted to play. Before the game I asked him a question that has always plagued me and given me many sleepless nights...what direction should the knights face at the start of the game? He said that he points his to the left. I realized that that does conform to the direction they face in chess diagrams.
Sep-13-18
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  TheAlchemist: Wow, congratulations, great job (and anecdote :-)). Now that you mention it, it is a logical solution. I think I had mine facing forward usually, but I wasn't too meticulous about it. I remember people that had to place the pieces in the exact center of the square and spent several minutes readjusting pieces before the start (perhaps even the opponent's). I was usually done in about 10-15 seconds, was I being disrespectful to the game? :-)
Sep-13-18
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  TheAlchemist: Oh, and I forgot to give kudos for the creative handle.
Sep-13-18  Parachessus: Thanks, I meant to say that my move 13. O-O-O was weird since you usually castle kingside when you fianchetto your king bishop.

So you sometimes adjust your opponent's pieces? Very bold of you! I am a stickler for perfectly centered pieces myself.

"Parachessus" of course, was inspired by Paracelsus, The 16th century Swiss physician and alchemist and astrologer.

I decided to retire my old "homie" handle since I got a new e-mail account and dropped my old one.

About my folk lyrics--- I wrote some folk lyrics after I visited a local "folk museum" as a fun challenge to see if I could write in that genre for a change. I did well enough that they decided to frame them and exhibit them in the museum! The folk genre is not my favorite by any means.

Sep-13-18
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  TheAlchemist: So you're more or less a traveling bard, visiting towns and villages leaving songs in your wake to delight the local populace?

BTW, was that the Casey Jones one?

Sep-13-18  Parachessus: Yes, I'm still seeking a wealthy patron, a monarch or noble or even a small town mayor to sing my praises to.

Aren't there any legendary Slovenian folk heroes for YOU to compose songs about?

Do you believe the stories that Melania is using a body double? Trump could use one and get in more rounds of golf.

I'm working on a chess comedy routine. I may post it on <City of Moscow>.

Oct-16-18
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  TheAlchemist: Copied before deletion, you may continue your conversation here if you so choose. The formatting is so-so, but it should be readable. I forgot to do this a week or two ago, though I'm not sure anything of significant value was lost.

For the umpteenth time, you are all kindly invited to keep your nonsense off of MQ. Thank you for your cooperation.

<Oct-11-18 optimal play>: <Oct-11-18 OhioChessFan: Okay, you can't seem to do me the courtesy of responding to me, so I will move on.>

playground player chessforum (kibitz #15890)

<Oct-13-18 Z truth>: <opty> as usual in any/all <OCF> quotes showing up here to settle the score, there's nothing witty, humorous, or off-beat to be found.

In other words, there's nothing memorable in your post - and this isn't the place for it.

<Oct-13-18 Z truth>: chessgames.com chessforum (kibitz #29488)

<Oct-13-18 Keyser Soze>: < Z truth: <opty> as usual in any/all <OCF> quotes showing up here to settle the score, >

For the last time <zanzibar>: Spare us from you hypocrisy and buy a mirror.

You <<did the same>> with <diceman> few weeks ago and got your feelings hurt when I pointed that out.

Quit lecturing people about how and what to post, ASAP.

<Oct-13-18 TheFocus>: When you picture <zanzy> in your mind, do you see an older David Hogg?

<Oct-14-18 thegoodanarchist>: <TheFocus: When you picture <zanzy> in your mind, do you see an older David Hogg?>

Yes. But he is fat & pimply, wearing a red & white striped t-shirt that has cheez doodles stains on it.

<Oct-14-18 diceman>: <TheFocus:

When you picture <zanzy> in your mind, do you see an older David Hogg?>

Didn't know Boss had a daughter?

<Oct-15-18 zanzibar>: <<opty> as usual in any/all <OCF> quotes showing up here to settle the score, there's nothing witty, humorous, or off-beat to be found.

In other words, there's nothing memorable in your post - and this isn't the place for it.>

<Oct-16-18 rogge>: And you quoting your sockpuppet, that's memorable? LOL!

<Oct-16-18 diceman>: <rogge: And you quoting your sockpuppet, that's memorable? LOL!>

Zanzy squared.

<Oct-16-18 zanzibar>: Sorry rogge, it's not sock-puppetry so much as plain old laziness.

Didn't really have that much time for the poodle pack nipping at my ankles, so I just cut-and-pasted.

Here's a more apropos quote about the sock issue, courtesy of <perf>:

<<zed> has freely acknowledged his alt account, which is not used for malicious purposes, same as <saffuna> has never hidden the fact that he long posted under the handle <Jim Bartle>. Whether or not one agrees with these posters or their views, they have displayed no ill will towards others, very much unlike <free speech>'s original account, which has been in the business of disseminating hatred for years upon years and, regrettably, was given free rein to do so. Even in this last post, the venom and prevarication are plain as day.

All decent people may hope the likes of such maleficence is gone.>

Kenneth S Rogoff (kibitz #352242)

Oct-17-18
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  rogge: <MQ> is a treasure, sorry for polluting it :)
Oct-17-18
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  TheAlchemist: <rogge> Thanks and don't worry about it, I don't remember you ever being a "troublemaker" :-), but I understand the pull of the dark side can be strong :-).
Oct-17-18
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  rogge: Ha ha, thanks :)
Oct-17-18
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  OhioChessFan: Agree with your decision.
Oct-18-18
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  zanzibar: Oh, you're the moderator?!

Thanks for cleaning/clearing all that up.

Oct-18-18
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  zanzibar: (Although I'm still a bit squeamish about the Kieseritzky quote. Can't we get another quote added sometime soon?)
Oct-19-18
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  TheAlchemist: chessgames.com chessforum (kibitz #31266)

<RE: <Memorable Quotes>

<rogge: Why ask when you know the answer?>

But my dear <rogge>, I don't, at least not with 100% certainty.

I suspect it's <The Alchemist>, but that should be confirmed by <admin>.

In addition, there's several other questions that come to mind...

1) How long has it been moderated in such fashion.

2) Shouldn't there be notice about removed posts.

(E.g. <oppie> knew somehow, but I only noticed by accident)

3) Will there be an appeal process?

E.g. I really think my quote about <Diceman> qualifies rather nicely for <MQ>-land. I'd like to see the rationale for why it doesn't.>

I have always been upfront about MQ being my alternate account and thus me being the manager, it's always been advertised in my profile.

1. Until 2014 I didn't do any moderating because it wasn't needed, i.e. people knew what the forum was intended for (it was conceived as a repository/collection not a discussion forum). I've never explicitly laid down the rules in great detail besides the header in MQ's profile and just assumed it was understood, so that may have been unfair to newer users or those that frequent CG more sporadically. As I've said it was smooth sailing for almost 10 years, so maybe I got a bit complacent :-).

2. I have no obligation to do so, but I will try to copy them here. I have done so a few times already, but have forgotten on other occasions, so I may still be inconsistent on this. It's not a value judgment, though, I have always been deleting off-topic posts because I didn't want it getting flooded by conversations etc., but I've had some rather unpleasant incidents since, so I became a bit more vigilant.

(if you're up for some reading, though fair warning, one user's posts were purged by CG: first thread starts about here: TheAlchemist chessforum (kibitz #3051), second one: TheAlchemist chessforum (kibitz #3317))

3. You can always contact me here if you wish, I'm happy to hear out your concerns. I do acknowledge I can go a bit too far sometimes (e.g. I delete the whole "thread" including the opening post) and things can get caught in the crossfire. I apologize for that, again it's not meant as a value judgment or picking on anyone in particular. And it's certainly not meant as censorship, just keeping things on topic.

Oct-19-18  sceptic: <And it's certainly not meant as censorship, just keeping things on topic.>

No need for you to censor Memorable Quotes. If an Unperson, like <Tiggler> for instance, should ever be mentioned here, then <Sargon> stuffs it down the memory hole faster than you can say "I LOVE BIG BROTHER".

Oct-19-18
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  zanzibar: <The Alchemist> I just posted over on <chessgames.com>, explaining my confusion.

I better understand now the situation, thanks mostly to your kind explanation.

The fact that the <CG MQ> forum is actually your doing is one of the many wonderful quirks of <CG>! Thanks for sponsoring one of more fun <CG> features.

The fact that I wasn't aware of your moderation is actually a testament to how well a job you've been doing, imo. This feature certainly deserves a mention in my brief history of <CG> series.

I want to keep this post largely positive for the moment, and will stop here. Tomorrow, maybe, I'll come back to mention a (small?) concern I have given this recent episode. No big worries though.

Again, thanks, both for the <MQ> forum, and your helpful explanation given above.

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