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al wazir
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   al wazir has kibitzed 13659 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-30-14 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
 
al wazir: On further thought I've concluded that my last post wasn't as helpful as I would have liked. Here is a different variant of the two-envelope problem, one that I think is more revealing. You and another individual play a game using some amount of money divisible by 3. As an example ...
 
   Oct-30-14 Rauzer vs Botvinnik, 1933 (replies)
 
al wazir: <keypusher: I think 24.Qxa6 Nxh2+ 25.Ke2 f1=Q+ 26.Rxf1 bxa6 just loses a piece.> I'm forced to agree with you. But in my defense I want to point out that the sensation of pain is highly subjective.
 
   Oct-30-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
al wazir: Warning! If you live in the U.S. and see a banner at The Guardian's site, offering you an opportunity to beta-test their new layout, DON'T DO IT! The new layout is mostly white space. It displays headlines and teasers, not stubs of the articles, which makes browsing and skimming ...
 
   Oct-30-14 A Rodriguez Vila vs G Kanefsck, 2007 (replies)
 
al wazir: <Cheapo by the Dozen: I'm having difficulties in my first pass at the puzzle, as per: 30 Qb4 Qxb4 31 Rxd8+ Bc8 32 Rxc8+> Don't feel bad. I also missed 32. Bxd5+ Kb8 33. Bf4+ Qd6 34. Bxd6#. Well, all right. Go ahead and feel bad. An interesting try is 30...Bc8, which avoids ...
 
   Oct-22-14 Beliavsky vs Vasiukov, 1979 (replies)
 
al wazir: I found 34. Bxg5 hxg5 35. Qxg5 easily enough, but what happens after 35...Rd6 ? My first thought is 36. e5, but the win doesn't look straightforward after 36...Nh7.
 
   Oct-21-14 Stefansson vs Baburin, 1991 (replies)
 
al wazir: I got it, but it took me far too long -- especially considering that 20...Qxf2+ screams to be made.
 
   Oct-21-14 Y Yu vs A Zatonskih, 2013 (replies)
 
al wazir: <sfm: Well, 25.Be8+ instead is still not such a bad move!> You're right, of course, but after 23...Bxd6 24. exd6, black doesn't have to play 24...Rxd6. For example, 24...Qf7 25. Qxc5 Nf6 26. Rxa7 Nd7, with roughly even material. True, white's
 
   Oct-19-14 Nisipeanu vs D Reinderman, 2010 (replies)
 
al wazir: My move was 19. Neg5. I don't have a lot of confidence in my analysis, but here it is: 19...Bf6 20. Bf8 Bxg5 (20...Rxf8 21. Qh7#) 21. Qh8+ Kxf7 22. Qg7#. Black's best might be 20...Qxf7 21. Nxf7 Kxf8, with R
 
   Oct-18-14 A Ivanov vs Christiansen, 1996 (replies)
 
al wazir: <Cheapo by the Dozen: OK, why did Black resign? But on 48 ... Kd5, I haven't found the mate yet, given the Black queen's strong defensive presence.> 49. Qb5+ Ke4 (49...Ke6 50. Re1+ Kf7 Qe8#) 50. Qf5+ Ke3 51. Rf3+ Ke2 52. Rxd3+ cxd3 54. Qf2+ Kc1 55. Qxa2 d2 56. Qa3+ Kc2 57. ...
 
   Oct-18-14 L Meyer vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1981 (replies)
 
al wazir: After 19. Rfd1 white has no problems.
 
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The Joy of LEX

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May-27-10
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  al wazir: <OCF>: You're beginning to get the idea. <AgentRgent> and <SamAtoms1980>: You too.

I vote "no."

It is now 1:43 pm, EDT.

May-27-10
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  Shams: "No."

Wait, let me put a finer point on that:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qbR...

May-27-10
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  SamAtoms1980: <OhioChessFan: Is it uncouth of me to ask what exactly is going on here? Does it amount to a game of Risk?>

Hey, the game has sold a jillion copies, this fundamental flaw and all.

Though my attempt was crude and very thinly veiled, I thought there was a slim chance that it just might work. However, the much larger chance that it would flop was the reality.

May-28-10
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  al wazir: Who's next? <Shams>? Go for it.

It is now 1:04 am, EDT.

May-28-10
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  Shams: It is my opinion that nothing will happen unless circumstances force our cooperation. Let's not forget, among the exigencies that compelled the ratification of the U.S. Constitution was the fact that the Colonies couldn't even get their act together to raise money to fight the damn British. People are simply far more afraid of being taken advantage of than they are hopeful of attaining non-zero sum cooperation.

I therefore propose the following: We give ourselves one week to pass a <BILL OF URGENCIES> detailing: 1.) the calamities that threaten all of us, as well as all the cg members we represent, and 2.) the steps we need to take to create a viable state that can respond to those and other threats.

Rep. Shams

May-28-10
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  al wazir: <Shams> (or should I address you as <Rep. Shams>?): Is that a rule you are proposing? If not, you have lost your turn and <AgentRgent> is coming up to bat.

These are the rules of LEX:

1. Any number can play.

2. Players take turns in alphabetical order.

3. On his or her turn, a player can propose a new rule or a change or repeal of an existing rule.

4. A proposal for a new rule or for change or repeal of an existing rule is adopted if and only if it is approved by a majority of the participants.

5: A player who fails to propose a new rule or rule change or repeal in accordance with rule #3 on his or her turn within 24 hours loses that turn; and a proposed new rule or rule change or repeal is ratified if and only if it is approved by a majority of the players voting within 24 hours after it is proposed.

6. [I]n the next world game with white pieces, all LEX players vow to vote 1. c4.

It is now 3:35 pm, EDT.

May-28-10
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  al wazir: Whether what <Shams> has proposed is a rule or not, it conflicts with rule #5. If we were to adopt it, it would bring on a constitutional crisis. I'm afraid I have to vote "no."
May-28-10
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  OhioChessFan: I find crises exciting, so I vote yes.
May-29-10
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  AgentRgent: I vote Yes
May-29-10
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  SamAtoms1980: I vote "no."
May-29-10
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  Shams: WA State Open this weekend. I'll probably just pop in here once or twice and vote yes on whatever absurdities you all are proposing.
May-29-10
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  al wazir: <Shams>: Unless I have miscounted, it's a 2-2 tie. Your bill of urgencies will have to wait for another season.

<AgentRgent>: It's up to you now.

It is now 9:39 pm, EDT.

May-30-10
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  al wazir: It is now 9:55 pm, EDT. Since we have heard nothing from <AgentRgent>, his turn is over and my turn has begun.

By now all of you must have at least a glimmering of what LEX is about. It's a model of the democratic legislative and political processes. Or if you wish, it is a model of the British constitution. As you probably know, the U.K. doesn't have a written constitution. Their constitution consists of the entire corpus of British law since Magna Carta. Thus, every time Parliament passes a law, it is in fact amending the constitution, but it must do so within the framework of previously existing law. They do have a sort of supreme court, the "Law Lords," but their role in ruling on the constitutionality of laws is much more circumscribed than that of our Supreme Court.

As I said a few days ago, this is the first time I've tried playing LEX online, so this has been in the nature of an experiment. The conclusion I've drawn from the experiment is that in this mode LEX doesn't work very well. In my experience the game works best when everyone meets in a single room to vote or propose new legislation. (I like to use a whiteboard to keep a written record of the current status of the "constitution" and of proposed changes.) But in order to mimic the real-life legislative process, the participants should be able to get together in private to make deals and to form caucuses and conspiracies. (In a sense it is the ultimate "party game.") Because all communication here has been open, we have not been able to do that. When players are able to meet privately and join in cabals, however, that introduces an element of competition that has been lacking in the present game, and the action becomes quite cutthroat. Some individuals can acquire more power than the rest and the democracy can be replaced by a tyranny. (I think you realized that.)

Another conclusion I have drawn is that the game is far too slow when played this way. That too was a consequence of the way we communicated, since the only way to find out if someone had done something was to log into this forum, and none of us stayed logged in continuously.

But to sum it up, I think it's time to end the experiment. I therefore propose the following new rule:

6. This game is now over.

All who vote in favor are winners. I vote "yes."

May-31-10
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  SamAtoms1980: I vote "Yes"

From very early on I could see two things:

(1) There would likely be "pork-barrel politics" involved and that would probably be needed to get anything done

(2) A good illustration of why, in our actual Congress, it is so hard to get things done

But on an open forum, where everybody can see everything that gets proposed, it keeps the "pork-barrel politics" and backroom deals from getting going

I also propose the amendment that all winners go out for a barbecue. But, please, let's stay away from the pork barrels...

May-31-10
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  al wazir: <SamAtoms1980: I vote "Yes"> Damn, I was hoping to be the only winner . . .

Aut Caesar aut nihil. (Maybe that should be "Et Caesar et nihil.")

May-31-10
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  al wazir: It's 11:49 pm, EDT. Finitus est ludus.
Jun-01-10
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  AgentRgent: <al wazir: It is now 9:55 pm, EDT. Since we have heard nothing from <AgentRgent>, his turn is over and my turn has begun.> Was out of town for several days on vacation, hence why I voted against the silly 24hr rule... ;-P

As for ending the game.. I vote NO (mostly to be contrarian).

Jun-01-10
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  OhioChessFan: Well, now that I know the point of the game......

I vote yes.

Jun-03-10
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  SamAtoms1980: <al wazir: Finitus est ludus.>

Ludus? Or iocus?

Dec-01-11  theodor: <<al wazir>: It's 11:49 pm, EDT. Finitus est ludus.> I think it's better to say: ''ora venientibus - ossa!''
Oct-07-13
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  TheFocus: I want you to know that the "roadkill" post was not aimed at you personally. I just meant that I will defend myself when I have to.

I hope you did not take that in the wrong way. It was not meant as an attack on you.

Dec-22-13  MostlyAverageJoe: Hey, you had a good idea here: Kibitzer's Café -- I merged it with some of my old ideas here: chessgames.com chessforum

May I solicit you to provide one more voice of support at the chessgames.com chessforum ?

Jan-03-14
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  jessicafischerqueen: <al wazir>

I wanted to thank you for alerting folks to the Vladimir Petrov biography.

Several of us worked really hard on that over the course of several months, including me, <OhioChessFan>, <twinlark>, and <SwitchingQuylthulg>, so I'm sure the contributors will be happy the bio got some extra exposure.

Also, thanks to an alert post on the "Game of the Day" page in question, I was able to improve the bio's accuracy by changing "lung inflammation" to "pneumonia."

Feb-22-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <al wazir: <thegoodanarchist: You could stand to read up a bit more.> You could stand to identify your sources more>

Source for what statement or statements? I will be happy to identify my source for you if you can give me specifics. Thanks, and I appreciate the debate! Godspeed to you.

Feb-22-14
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  thegoodanarchist: Reply on Rogoff, here, or even my forum. Thanks. I will find you if life doesn't distract me in the next few days. :)
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