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Member since Jun-23-09 · Last seen Nov-30-15
<Never give away for free what someone else will pay you for> - TheFocus.

Leader of the Troop and a charter member of the CG7.

Everyone has that one brilliancy or near-brilliant game inside of him or her. Here is my favorite game. It was played against a very strong postal player, but here he made several weak moves. My scoresheet shows his rating at that time to be 1977, a CCLA rating. His last rating in the USCF is 1951. I did not complete this tournament.

<Focus> – H.W. Gustafson

Torre Attack

CCLA Grand National Preliminaries

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e3 c5 5.c3 Be7 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.Bd3 c4 8.Bc2 Nb6 <Weak.> 9.O-O O-O 10.Ne5 Ne8 <Weak again.> 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.f4 f6? <I was surprised at this weak move. My opponent was rated much higher than me in this postal federation, although we both had Expert ratings in the USCF.> 13.Bxh7+! Kxh7 14.Qh5+ Kg8 15.Ng6 Qd6 <If 15...Qc7 16.Nf3 Qd7 17.Ng5 (Sacrificing a second piece as White threatens mate by Qh8.) 17...fxg5 18.fxg5 Rxf1+ 19. Rxf1 (Threatens mate by Rf8.) 19...Nf6 20. gxf6 Kf7 21.fxg7+ Kxg7 22.Qh8+! (Sacrificing a third piece for mate.) 22...Kxg6 23.Rf6+ Kg5 24.Qh6+ Kg4 25.Rf4 mate.> 16. e4! Kf7 <If 16...dxe4 17. Nxe4 Qc7 18. Ng5! and the mating theme is the same as in the last note: 18...fxg5 19. fxg5 Rxf1+ 20. Rxf1 Nf6 21. gxf6 gxf6 22. Qh8+ Kf7 23. Rxf6 mate. The purpose of 16. e4 as opposed to 16. Nf3 is simply to drive the Black Queen off the third rank and away from f8.> 17. e5 Qc7 18. Nf3 Nd7 19. Ng5+ fxg5 20. fxg5+ Nef6 21.gxf6 1–0. <If 21…Kg8 22. Ne7 mate. If 21...Ke8 22. Nxf8+ Kxf8 23. fxg7+ Kxg7 24. Rf7+ Kg8 25. Qh7 mate; or 21...gxf6 22. Qh7+ Ke8 23. Qe7 mate; or 21...Nxf6 22. Rxf6+ gxf6 23. Qh7+ wins the Queen.>

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   Nov-30-15 Capablanca vs A Schroeder / M Schroeder, 1915
TheFocus: Yikes! Thank you.
   Nov-30-15 TheFocus chessforum
TheFocus: Great!! I just concluded an intense investigation that put our company in the right of a dispute, and saved us a lot of money! Unfortunately, I will not be receiving a bonus for this.
   Nov-30-15 Chigorin vs Tarrasch, 1893 (replies)
TheFocus: <keypusher> Thanks for that description. Now if it would just come out in English. I'm too lazy to learn German.
   Nov-30-15 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
TheFocus: <AsosLight> <Sneaky way of implying that all this late decline was even without getting laid.> My strength declined due to getting laid too much. Of course, I did not make the mistake of telling my girlfriends that I was a chess-player. Didn't want to ruin a good ...
   Nov-30-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
TheFocus: I didn't want to go to work this morning but I did anyway. But I called in sick at some company I don't work for. That should stir some things up. I know Human Resources is probably going crazy. They called me back and asked what department I work in. I said Accounting. I stopped ...
   Nov-29-15 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
TheFocus: <Exactly right. Trump lies, will not back off when it's proved he's wrong, yet pays no price with his supporters.> The very same thing could be said about Hillary or Obama. Don't ask for examples. You watch the news reports same as I.
   Nov-28-15 Capablanca vs Schlechter, 1911 (replies)
TheFocus: The game score here matches the tournament book. Chess Stars is incorrect.
   Nov-27-15 Robert James Fischer (replies)
TheFocus: <harry> You forgot your LOLs.
   Nov-27-15 R Svane vs F Zeller, 2014 (replies)
TheFocus: Rather easy for a Friday puzzle.
   Nov-27-15 chessforum (replies)
TheFocus: <seven trillion stotinki> There's something a little stinky about this "stotinki" offer.
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  parisattack: A six-pack of Primo - and the bong.
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  TheFocus: I post chess quotes by famous players and get criticized.

I post chess trivia/history and get criticized.

Someone posts thousands of Bible verses and silence fills the room.

Someone posts thousands of music videos and the silence is deafening.

Seems to me that a great many posters on this site should put on their big girl panties and shut up about what I do.

Nov-23-15  Jim Bartle: I was going to tell you the quotes are great and some of the jokes are, too. But OK, I'll just shut up.
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<TheFocus> Who was criticizing you for posting chess trivia/history?

Please don't stop doing that- you have a huge library and I think the vast majority of the readers appreciate you sharing that information on the game and player pages.

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  OhioChessFan: <Someone posts thousands of Bible verses and silence fills the room.>

Not true, they are commented on for it, they ignore it and so be it. And they don't regularly fill the entire first page of recent kibitzing. This is a matter of scale.

<Someone posts thousands of music videos and the silence is deafening.>

See the above.

I like the quotes although I think you go a little overboard. Some of the jokes are good. The incessant references to simuls? Meh. It strikes me as minituae, not history. It gives every appearance of wanting to build up a post count.

I disagree with <Jess> and think most people feel the same way about the simul kibitzes as I do. Maybe I'm wrong.

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  Karposian: <OhioChessFan: I disagree with <Jess> and think most people feel the same way about the simul kibitzes as I do. Maybe I'm wrong.>

Yes, you're wrong.

<TheFocus>, please continue posting trivia and quotes, everything you've got. I enjoy reading your posts, and on top of that you're a pretty funny guy too!

Ignore the naysayers. There will always be those who for some (psychological?) reason feel the need to criticize other posters because they don't like their content, they disagree with their views, the topic doesn't interest them, or whatever.

Keep up the good work.

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  TheFocus: Thank you everyone for your comments.

I appreciate both the nays and the yeas.

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  TheFocus: Reposted from Capablanca vs S M Ballou, 1915:

<Miss Scarlett> After mulling it over, I have decided to accept your advice and will stop posting stuff on Capablanca. I am finding that Caparros has many mistakes and he is my major source.

I think you have pointed out three mistakes so far. As a big fan of Capablanca, I don't want to spread false information.

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  TheFocus: Rainy again for the third day in a row.

During the winter in Hawai'i, we don't tan, we rust.

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  TheFocus: If anyone here is into martial arts, my teacher is on the December cover of BLACK BELT Magazine. Also 2015 Black Belt Hall of Fame Self Defense Instructor of the Year.

I come from a good lineage.

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  TheFocus: So far no rain. But I think winter has arrived in Hawai'i. We will probably have plenty of rain. At least it's not snow or ice or sleet.
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  WannaBe: Light sprinkle here at NorCal, should turn into (heavy) rain by late today/tomorrow. Gonna be fun for the holiday travelers.

Taking some co-workers to SFO tomorrow after work.

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  parisattack: Happy TGD <TheFocus>! We're headed up the hill for a few days, see you on the flip-flop.

Enjoy your turkey or huli-huli haole, whichever tradition you follow.

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  TheFocus: <parisattack> I don't think huli huli haole will be served! It will have to be turkey.

Enjoy your mountain retreat!

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  TheFocus: #19th to 19,000.

There must be some good luck to go with that?

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  TheFocus: Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! After this we can all take part in the annual holiday tradition of spending everything that we can to show our love.

Tonight's feast, which will not be eaten until after 10:00 p.m. as the residents in the Focus apartment are working late, will be the following:

Cornbread dressing
French green beans
Collard greens
Deviled eggs
Cranberry sauce
Pumpkin pie
Pecan pie

This is the first time I am cooking everything. We'll add something new each year. Y'all stop by if you're in the neighborhood.

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  TheFocus: Decided to make grits also for Thanksgiving.
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  TheFocus: A haiku I wrote:

Two opponents sit.
Planning battles in their minds.
Neither wins. A draw.

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  TheFocus: Weather is still spotty with rain. I hope it doesn't rain here this weekend. I have outside work that needs to be done.
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  TheFocus: Have the weekend off but have many chores to do and many miles to go before I sleep.
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  TheFocus: Putting up the beginning of the Christmas decorations and the tree today.

Ho, ho, ho.

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  TheFocus: At WalMart today, I bought a box of ninja bread men. It was gingerbread but the cookie cutters were in martial arts poses.

Looks like the icing should be black though to be ninjas.

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The tournament runs from December 4th thru December 13th, 2015.

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  TheFocus: Thanks <WinKing>.
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  TheFocus: Great!! I just concluded an intense investigation that put our company in the right of a dispute, and saved us a lot of money!

Unfortunately, I will not be receiving a bonus for this.

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