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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.

Top 20 vandal. Hey, it's something, at least.

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   TheAlchemist has kibitzed 6842 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-13-18 TheAlchemist chessforum (replies)
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?
   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,
   Jun-19-17 playground player chessforum (replies)
TheAlchemist: How much do you get for wearing this t-shirt then: And do you just back away slowly when someone says to you "Hey, did you just like assume my gender?"
   Jun-16-17 brankat chessforum (replies)
TheAlchemist: Fine, I give up.
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  moronovich: A fine read <TheAlchemist> !

A pro pros "rambling": Do you know the song "Rambling Boy" by Tom Paxton ?

It is one of my all time favourites.

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  TheAlchemist: No, but I gave it a listen just now. I'm not much of a fan of folk, so it's not really my cup of tea, but the lyrics are pretty good.
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  moronovich: Yes,I also find the lyrics pretty good.
I heard it for the first time when I was 19 and travelling in France and working there.So the sentimental value is dear to me.As well as rambling can be very positive.
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  TheAlchemist: There are also these:

Apr-08-18  Knight13: <TheAlchemist> Long time no see, yes. :-) I "ramble" as well. :p

I was thinking along the lines of people not applying the same logic consistently across the board.

I meant Nazis as in The Third Reich, the National Socialist German Workers Party. Sorry for not clarifying. Not all Nazis were bad. Most of them were probably just normal people. Nazis are viewed so negatively compared to other authoritarian ideologies today because of what the people in power did, not the Nazi citizens that went about their day to day lives not knowing Jews were being gassed.

So people are willing to throw the entire Nazis under the bus for the morally indefensible #$% that people in power--very likely less than 10% of people in the Third Reich--did. "Not all Nazis". But when it comes to feminism, they are quick to say, "Not all feminists" even though the feminists with power and influence have damaged the relationship between men and women so much and made laws and policies biased against men in favor of women in the name of "equality." People call them "feminazis" and say they're not real feminists. With that logic, was Hitler and his cohorts not real Nazis? Regular Nazi citizens probably would've thought what Hitler & Co. did were pretty damn extreme if they were informed of what was actually going on. But we don't pull the "they were not real Nazis" or "not all Nazis" card when it comes to the National Socialists. However, we do when it comes to feminists, even though the feminists with power and influence--the equivalent of Nazi leaders--are comprised mostly of what many like to call "feminazis".

Do feminists have to kill millions of people based on race or gender before people stop saying "not all feminists" like they have with Nazis? Because you don't need that to apply the "not all _____" logic to any group.

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  TheAlchemist: <Knight13> Sure it is inconsistent, maybe it has something to do with one being a contemporary thing, while the other isn't (and history has judged)? Also, I suppose if you look at it pragmatically, one really has nothing to gain and much to lose by saying "not all Nazis", while saying "not all feminists" gets you social points and approval on social media. As I've said, of course the "not all" defense is technically valid because you will always find exceptions, but when talking about groups anecdotal evidence isn't a valid counterargument. Also the No True Scotsman fallacy.
Apr-10-18  Knight13: <TheAlchemist> Good answer. Thanks!
Apr-14-18  Knight13: <TheAlchemist> What kind of bloody games are you playing lately?
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  TheAlchemist: <Knight13> Surprisingly, I have actually managed to finish a few. In the last 6 months or so I have completed Stellaris, Spellforce 3 and Prey, a bit before that Torment Tides of Numenera and Tyranny, while I didn't finish Elex because I got frustrated with the terribly slow progression.

I am currently replaying Pillars of Eternity with the expansion to have a save ready to import when the second one comes out, while still playing Divinity Original Sin 2 on the side.

Other than that not much, the problem is that my tastes haven't really changed much in that I have always liked games that have a lot of (good) content and require a long time to complete, while having less time to actually do that. So it gets frustrating when I need months for what took me weeks 10 years ago and sometimes I just quit. And having a mile long backlog doesn't help :-).

Apr-18-18  Knight13: <TheAlchemist> I don't know what to say. I have no idea what those games are. :-(

(P.S. Thought I should at least respond and say something--anything--instead of just not replying, since you took the time to write the response. :-$)

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  TheAlchemist: <Knight13> Haha, don't worry :-). There's always the option above, if you're unsure.
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  WannaBe: Just curious, have you heard, or are you familiar with American TV show 'Breaking Bad'?
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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.

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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?

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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.
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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? :-)
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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.

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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>.

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