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Member since Aug-11-08 · Last seen Mar-18-18
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 875 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-12-18 Carlsen vs K Holm, 2018 (replies)
TheTamale: <al wazir: I went with the ♕ sac. Why didn't Carlsen play it? Didn't he know it was Monday?> Thanks for starting my week with a laugh!
   Mar-08-18 E Sevillano vs D Lucky, 2012 (replies)
TheTamale: The pun would be even better if the player of the White pieces had been C.M. Punk.
   Mar-06-18 Mandolfo vs Kolisch, 1858 (replies)
TheTamale: Seems that Black had lots of areas to improve here. One would've been 6)... Ne2 instead of burying the knight on a2 as he did. Another would have been to decline the obviously dangerous offer of the bishop on move 14. Perhaps Stockfish or Rybka will reveal me to be a fool. But I ...
   Mar-04-18 H Enevoldsen vs Larsen, 1954
TheTamale: Huh, I no longer understand the comment I left 7.5 years ago.
   Feb-19-18 B Jeran vs D Cawdery, 2017 (replies)
TheTamale: The solution is a garden of forking paths--un jardín de senderos que se bifurcan. iVale!
   Feb-15-18 D T Phillips vs Pillsbury, 1899 (replies)
TheTamale: Lots of disparaging going on against the Chicago Gambit, but here a complete unknown uses it to defeat one of the strongest masters in the world. I'm speculating now, of course, but I believe I could use it to defeat Nakamura.
   Feb-12-18 FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017)
TheTamale: Yay! Sharjah! That's where my in-laws live. I've visited. Nice place, nice people. (I visited in November, though. Don't think I'd like it so much in August.)
   Feb-12-18 Blackburne vs NN, 1898 (replies)
TheTamale: <SpamIAm> That would certainly be punitive, but definitely not corrective.
   Feb-06-18 Joel Benjamin vs Mephisto, 1987 (replies)
TheTamale: Mephis-"d'oh!!"
   Jan-29-18 S Volkov vs Svidler, 2017
TheTamale: Ah, I think <ICCM Bart Gibbons> is right.
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