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Member since Aug-11-08 · Last seen Jan-15-18
Middle age (edit: now on the plus side of middle age) washout; not much of a chess player, either.

Favorite player: Emmanuel Lasker, author of two of my favorite quotes (not just from chess but from anywhere). I'm quoting both from memory, so they may be a bit off.

1) "The merciless fact, culminating in checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite."

2) Re: his taking the title from Steinitz: "The thinker has been defeated by the player."

Hard not to love the guy. Had interests outside of chess, too.

   TheTamale has kibitzed 862 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-14-18 Ursula Kueng vs T Claret, 1991
TheTamale: I like it, <MissScarlett>!
   Jan-12-18 H Taylour vs G W Baynes, 1905 (replies)
TheTamale: In Taylour's defense, 11)... Qh2# is almost impossible to foresee, especially if you're nearsighted, as was Taylour.
   Jan-09-18 D Shapiro vs Silman, 1987 (replies)
TheTamale: Super easy! 35) Qh8+!! Kxh8 36) Rh2 mate! Only problem is, it <isn't >mate. This is a fairly typical "solution" I come up with. Gotta admit, it's at least more daring than White's actual play.
   Jan-08-18 J Cori vs F Benediktsson, 2009 (replies)
TheTamale: So, a weak GOTD and a Monday puzzle rehashed from two weeks ago. I blame the Freemasons, of course.
   Jan-06-18 L Levy vs Fischer, 1971 (replies)
TheTamale: I also see just 13.
   Dec-30-17 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Y Benmessaoud, 2004
TheTamale: Black won a special creativity prize for this game. 8)... Nd3+!!
   Dec-30-17 Stephen E Meyer
TheTamale: The saddest thing is that they give his full name. A simple "S Meyer" would be far less humiliating.
   Dec-27-17 Sam Bender
TheTamale: He came He got destroyed by Phony Benoni He vanished
   Dec-27-17 D Reinderman vs A Greenfeld, 2013
TheTamale: Thanks, <FSR>. I find as I get older that I tend to overlook pieces that aren't right in the fray... in this case, the White rook on f2. Sigh...
   Dec-26-17 Spielmann vs Levenfish, 1911
TheTamale: I'm playing through the various scenarios that come to me, and the best I've come up for White is one in which he winds up a pawn to the good. A search machine like Stockfish would probably set me straight.
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