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Member since Aug-11-08 · Last seen Mar-25-17
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 828 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-20-17 D B C Prasad vs V Samolins, 2017 (replies)
TheTamale: Thanks to <ChessHigherCat> for explaining why Black doesn't just play 24) Rxe8.
   Mar-17-17 Stefansson vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
TheTamale: Thanks, <Boomie>. That's what I wasn't seeing.
   Mar-07-17 J L Hammer vs M Rodshtein, 2007 (replies)
TheTamale: Wow, I'm really bad at playing things out in my head. I saw the move immediately, but then I thought the king could capture the pawn before it could queen. And I'm not even drunk yet.
   Jan-23-17 K Pan vs I Mjatezs, 2016 (replies)
TheTamale: This is a great Monday puzzle. OTB, people like me would be harping on how to effect mate on g7. Here instead, Pan steps just a wee bit outside of the box. Easy puzzle to solve, but a move that would escape me in an actual game.
   Jan-10-17 Fischer vs W A Nyman, 1964 (replies)
TheTamale: Thanks, <ughaibu>. That seems to be the ticket. And actually, it ends on move 21, as 21) Ng5 is mate! But indeed, your 18) Be5 threatens mate and thus forces the end.
   Dec-16-16 J Mieses vs NN, 1933
TheTamale: NN rolled out reams of prepared analysis on Mieses, taking him out of the book immediately. Mieses escaped by the skin of his teeth, eking out a win on move 5.
   Dec-06-16 I Bahgat vs Rodolfo Cardoso, 1957 (replies)
TheTamale: Haha, got me. I even tried to find a refutation from Black, which I don't generally do. I should have been suspicious that a Tuesday puzzle would solve with a one-move singer, however...
   Nov-29-16 Mark Taimanov (replies)
TheTamale: The New York Times linked to an interesting picture today of Che Guevara watching Taimanov play. RIP, GM Taimanov.
   Nov-28-16 F M Teed vs E Delmar, 1896 (replies)
TheTamale: I think the "Hopton Attack" needs to be renamed. Maybe the "Hopton Helpmate" would be more apt.
   Oct-17-16 P Doggers vs S Bjarnason, 1996 (replies)
TheTamale: A disheartening end for Black. 24) Qxg6 would've taken the wind right out of my sails.
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