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arctic tern
Member since Jun-20-06 · Last seen Aug-01-11
I'm a graduate student at Queen's (Kingston, Ontario) studying astronomy. I used to play quite often but drifted away and only recently regained interest in chess. I don't play much anymore, but I like chess puzzles and following the international chess scene and the always colourful world of chess politics.

I'm now a premium member! I feel so...liberated.

QOTD, Friday, Oct. 6: 'The solution of every problem is another problem.' - Goethe

My blog, which sometimes deals with chess issues, is at http://purplepenguin.wordpress.com

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   arctic tern has kibitzed 87 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-08-10 Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
 
arctic tern: <If you search for Fischer v Geller (link below), cg.com tells you that Geller wins 5 v 3, but if you actually count the games, it was 5 v. 4.> That's because one of those four wins was actually against Uzi Geller, not Efim Geller. The 5-3 record for Efim Geller is still ...
 
   Jan-07-10 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
arctic tern: "angstschweiss" in German with eight consonants. A prof of mine (for statistical mechanics) mentioned this to class as the longest sequence of consonants in any language, and it supposedly means to feel anxiety. (This was a few days before the midterm, so the anxiety reference ...
 
   Dec-21-09 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
arctic tern: <chessgames> A bug - you can't get to the pages of players whose names begin with O' (O'Donnell, etc), from the player directory. The error message <Unknown player 'tom o%27donnell'> (or O'Kelly, etc) pops up. I've just tried it with the search box instead and it ...
 
   Nov-28-09 W So vs Kamsky, 2009 (replies)
 
arctic tern: <It's because most of the players are racist. It's just like how Nakamura had so much more talent than Carlsen but Carlsen had the sponsorships due to his race. If it isn't obvious already, the people who are in control of the chess community are very racist and sick.> ...
 
   Nov-06-09 Niebult vs Tal, 1954 (replies)
 
arctic tern: <White must have been out to lunch when he played 29. Ne4 in this game.> White doesn't have many options, as Black is threatening both Bf1+ and Bf5+ and White can't defend against both simultaneously.
 
   Jul-31-09 Kurt Dreyer (replies)
 
arctic tern: From the Wikipedia entry: <Dreyer represented South Africa in Chess Olympiads at Munich 1958, Tel Aviv 1964, Havana 1966, and Siegen 1970 despite being deceased.> Mighty impressive for a deceased player to score 5/10 at the 1970 Olympiad.
 
   Jul-16-09 Sverre Johannes Aarseth (replies)
 
arctic tern: This seems to be the same person who is well known for his work on direct N-body codes (which not far off my own research). Good to see a famous astronomer on CG! http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/n... , S. J.&db_key=AST
 
   Jul-03-09 Rybka vs Shredder, 2009 (replies)
 
arctic tern: <Didn't Shredder beat Michael Adams pretty badly?> You're thinking of Hydra.
 
   May-15-09 M-Tel Masters (2009) (replies)
 
arctic tern: <he dresses bad, very often forgets to shave> <he's socially awkward, borderline autistic> er, and these are legitimate reasons to dislike him?
 
   May-08-09 Kupreichik vs N Rashkovsky, 1986 (replies)
 
arctic tern: <sleepyirv: Oddly, "Nuke Dukem Forever" was recently cancelled after a decade in development. Great pun!> That should of course be "Duke Nukem". My first thought when I saw the pun: Hey, the CG staff are video game nerds!
 
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