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Thrajin
Member since Mar-07-06 · Last seen Dec-14-17
Greetings, salutations, and what's up! I'm James. These days I make my living managing government proposals, and playing/composing music on the side; I'm also in love with chess. I believe there is a correlation between chess and art that transcends our current level of understanding. I aim to be creative on the board, and my tendency is to continually present difficult problems for my opponent to test his/her ability. Sometimes I succeed like the great romantic players of old; other times I fail dismally. Such is the life of an artist.

I have an ongoing project, for my own amusement really: Using Chessmaster's Personality Setup, I have been constructing personalities of formidable GMs (and non-GM players of quality caliber) who were not included in the standard Chessmaster lineup. I have spent literally hundreds of hours compiling opening books unique to each personality (based on their winning games -- I obtained my information from the databases of Fritz/Chessbase, Chessmaster, and Chessgames.com, and each opening book contains moves from EVERY SINGLE GAME I could find by that player, in which that player won). In addition, I have done intense research on each player's style, which I used to create their various settings (attacker/defender, positional/tactical, piece value, etc.) for Chessmaster. So far, I have complete opening books and personalities (and pictures as well, in all cases but a few) for the following players:

Michael Adams, Evgeny Alekseev, Ulf Andersson, Levon Aronian, Maurice Ashley, Yuri Averbakh, Etienne Bacrot, Evgeny Bareev, Thomas Wilson Barnes, Alexander Beliavsky, Joel Benjamin, Pal Benko, Pavel Blatny, Viktor Bologan, David Bronstein, Walter Browne, Bu Xiangzhi, Magnus Carlsen, Rudolf Charousek, Ivan Cheparinov, Edgar Colle, Emil Joseph Diemer, Leinier Dominguez-Perez, Jan Hein Donner, Alexey Dreev, Vugar Gashimov, Boris Gelfand, Svetozar Gligoric, Florin Gheorghiu, Gioacchino Greco, Alexander Grischuk, Ernst Grunfeld, Boris Gulko, Isidor Gunsberg, Pentela Harikrishna, Vlastimil Hort, Hou Yifan, Robert Huebner, Humpy Koneru, Dmitri Jakovenko, David Janowski, Sergey Karjakin, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Alexander Khalifman, Ratmir Kholmov, Lousi-Charles LaBourdonnais, Joel Lautier, Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Geza Maroczy, Tony Miles, Henrique Mecking, Alexander Morozevich, Hikaru Nakamura, David Navara, Rashid Nezhmetdinov, Ni Hua, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, John Nunn, Alexander Onischuk, Jonathan Penrose, Alexander Petrov, Andre Philidor, Albin Planinc, Ruslan Ponomariov, Lajos Portisch, Teimour Radjabov, Krishnan Sasikiran, Carl Schlechter, Alexander Shabalov, Tal Shaked, Ivan Sokolov, Jonathan Speelman, Rudolf Spielmann, Howard Staunton, Leonid Stein, Sultan Khan Mir, Peter Svidler, Mark Taimanov, Emory Tate, Veselin Topalov, Carlos Torre-Repetto, Wolfgang Unzicker, Loek Van Wely, Milan Vidmar, Alvis Vitolinsh, Andrei Volokitin, Wang Hao, Wang Yue, Gerard Welling, Xie Jun, Xu Jun, Artur Yusupov, and Vadim Zvjaginsev.

If anyone would like an opening book from my collection, or would like the personality file and picture for a player, feel free to email me: thrajin(at)gmail.com

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   Thrajin has kibitzed 1096 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-20-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
 
Thrajin: <keypusher: Someone on chessbomb suggested that if So and Ding also draw by move 20, the tiebreaks should be chess boxing> My money's on Aronian. He already has experience. Danny Gormally anybody? :-)
 
   Sep-07-17 Anton Kovalyov (replies)
 
Thrajin: Kovalyov just knocked Anand out of the 2017 FIDE World Cup in round 2.
 
   Aug-16-17 Kasparov vs Navara, 2017 (replies)
 
Thrajin: I'm just a patzer, but I'm really shocked at Garry's Ke3 and not Kc3. It's an obvious move without an engine that I feel most club level players would have played without hesitation. Just goes to show you that nerves play a huge part in this. If arguably the best player who ever ...
 
   Aug-15-17 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
 
Thrajin: Likewise, <Keypusher>. Though I've been enjoying your snark and wit from a lurker's perspective for some time now. :-)
 
   Aug-11-17 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
 
Thrajin: <offramp>, Since you are more interested in homing in on grammatical idiosyncrasies than in answering my question, I'll join you on that tangent. "_____, no?" Was a respectfully placed opportunity for you to rebut my disagreement with your oversimplification of Carlsen's ...
 
   Apr-26-17 Gashimov Memorial (2017) (replies)
 
Thrajin: This has been some of the best fighting chess at the top level I've seen recently. Really enjoying this tournament so far.
 
   Jan-31-17 B Ider vs Yifan Hou, 2017 (replies)
 
Thrajin: Brilliant positional queen sacrifice. I'll be analyzing these lines for days. I wonder if she would have trusted her abilities and entered that line if she had been playing higher level opposition. I hope to see such exciting and confident play from her as she continues to climb ...
 
   Jan-27-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies)
 
Thrajin: Van Wely doesn't seem to take chess seriously anymore. While I have respect for his chess accomplishments, I hope they replace him next year with a more serious, "hungrier" player.
 
   Jan-15-17 Carlsen vs R Wojtaszek, 2017 (replies)
 
Thrajin: And a white e pawn passer in the works?
 
   Nov-20-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
 
Thrajin: I'm enjoying Svidler's complete deconstruction of Gustafsson's "Carlsen/Carson" joke.
 
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