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Member since Oct-10-05 · Last seen Oct-20-16
Branko Katic. Born and raised in former Yugoslavia, I have been living in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, for the last 30 years. Used to play chess actively when I was a teenager, and was awarded a Candidate Master title in 1970.

I "retired" a year later, mostly due to University studies and never participated in tournaments again. Instead I got a degree in History and Social Anthropology, which didn't do me much good :-)

I had neither played chess, nor followed chess events for more than 30 years. Until, by chance, I discovered this great site: in 2005.


A fellow member, and a friend, WILSON HU User: CHESSMORON, organized a double round-robin tourney: <The MASTERS vs. the MACHINES>, February - April, 2007. It was my privilege and an honour to be on the Masters team with FIDE Master ERIC SCHILLER Eric Schiller and the USCF Master BILL WALL Bill Wall!

The link to the games: Masters vs. Machines Invitational (2007)


<A few of my favourite Chess related quotes>:

"If Acoustics was a science that informed the world about sounds, then Music was an art that revealed the beauty of that science; if Logic was a science that revealed the laws of Thought, then Chess, in the form of artistic images, was an art that illuminated the logical side of thought."


"It is too beautiful to spend your life upon. Many times have I managed to break with Chess, yet I have always fallen in love with it again. I was too captivated by the conflict between ideas and opinions, attack and defence, life and death."

<Emanuel Lasker>

"The chess player who has lost his game - who will describe him? I have seen him unable to move. The public was long gone, the lights were out, and still he sat rigidly in his chair staring at the emptied board, because he had overlooked Bg2. A case of complete petrification, with bystanders whispering and tiptoeing by.

I have heard him begging for punishment in blasphemous language. He had forgotten Nh5, and in his dismay he called down annihilation upon himself. Derisively, he rejected our words of solace, demanding insults and chastisements.

Standing afar and horror-stricken, I have witnessed him swearing in orgiastic fury to rip off his genitals, because he had played Qf6 instead of Qb6."

<Jan Hein Donner>

The one I personally subscribe to:

"Of my 57 years, I’ve applied at least 30 to forgetting most of what I've learned or read, and since I succeeded in this I have acquired a certain ease and cheer which I should never again like to be without.

If need be, I can increase my skill in chess, if need be I can do that of which I have no idea present.

I have stored little in my memory, but I can apply that little, and it is of good use in many and varied emergencies. I keep it in order, but resist every attempt to increase its dead weight."

<Dr.Emanuel Lasker>

"Aspirin can prevent pregnancy. All a woman has to do is place an aspirin between her knees and not let it go."



CHESS related links I often use:

Game Collection: 170 Major Chess Tournaments 1882-2007 compiled by User: RonB52734 Games DATABASE Sarah's Chess JOURNAL

Nasruddin Hodja's Game Collections GAMES COLLECTIONS compiled by User: nasruddin hodja

Game Collection: Nf5 sac against the kingside castled fianchetto RECORDS games Chessville-QUOTES CHESS NOTES by Edward Winter

Petrosian-Spassky World Championship Rematch (1969) All WCC Matches HISTORY of Chess Matches from R.Lopez to V.Kramnik P.Morphy's notes: De La BOURDONNAIS-A.MCDONNELL The famous PLASKETT PUZZLE - Analysis


PHOTO ALBUMS Links: ALEKHINE FAMILY PHOTOS S.RESHEVSKY - "The WUNDERKID" - PHOTOS RUSSIAN MASTERS' PHOTOS, early 20th Century S.GLIGORIC 85th Birthday Celebration S.GLIGORIC, Photos Tribute to Dr.M.Vidmar (in Russian) Photos of all Teams from 1939 Chess Olympiad, Argentina


MISC: S.GLIGORIC Interview: Analyzing by the riverside with Bobby Fischer Dr.Emanuel LASKER Biography S.GLIGORIC Biography Chess on Stamps. B.Fischer-F.Castro, Havana, 1966 ________________________________________________-


User: wordfunph April-24 :-)

SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum: How to link to a specific post!

User: themadhair Carl Sagan on Voyager I

Complete List of BOOKS about <J.R.CAPABLANCA> and <A.A.ALEKHINE>, page 230, this Forum.

Links to <The BEATLES> videos, page 266, this Forum.

Link to <PETER, PAUL and MARY> videos, page 275, this Forum.

Link to <MAHALIA JACKSON> videos, page 276, this Forum.

Link to <PAVEL BURE> videos, page 271, this Forum.


<Events organized and hosted in this Forum>: ________________________________________________-

Consultation game: "MIXED DOUBLES"

Team White: THE BATCHIMEGS <jessicafischerqueen & Eyal>

Team Black: OPENLY DEFIANT CATS <Open Defence & Brankat>

Start: June/27/2007. - End: Aug/19/2007.

ECO: B76 - <SICILIAN, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack>

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Nc6 7. f3 Bg7 8. Qd2 0-0 9. g4 Nxd4 10. Bxd4* Be6 11. h4 Qa5 12. h5 Rac8 13. a3 Bc4 14. h6 Bh8 15. 0-0-0 Bxf1 16. Rhxf1 Rc4 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. Nd5 Qxd2 19. Kxd2 Re8 20. Nxf6+ exf6 21. b3 Rc5 22. c4 Re6 23. Ke3 f5 24. Rd5 Kf8 25. Kd4 fxe4 26. fxe4 Ke7 27. b4 Rc6 28. g5 Rc7 29. a4 Rd7 30. Ra5 b6 31. Rb5 Kd8 32. a5 == Draw offer accepted.


Consultation Game:

< Members vs. MFO (mrfixitonline) Chess Club Members>

<MFO> :

(Akavall, bin, buti_oxa, Ceri, ForceMid, FusterCluck, Joshua, madcat_lives, samurai goroh, Stormboy).


(TheAlchemist, chessmoron, dakgootje, hitman84, jessicafischerqueen, Marco65, Rocafella>, Swapmeet, TTLump, Zebra, EmperorAtahualpa, mckmac, Elixir of Life).

WHITE: < MFO > ---BLACK: < >

Start: Jan/21/2007 - End: May/23/2007

ECO: B90 - <SICILIAN, Najdorf>

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 Ng4 7. Bc1 Nc6 8. h3 Nf6 9. Be3 e6 10. g4 Be7 11. g5 Nd7 12. h4 O-O 13. f4 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 b5 15. O-O-O Rb8 16. h5 b4 17. Na4 e5 18. Qd2 Bb7 19. g6 Bxe4 20. Bg2 Bf5 21. Bd5 Rc8 22. Bb3 Be4 23. gxf7+ Rxf7 24. fxe5 Nxe5 25. Nb6 Rc6 26. Rhf1 Qe8 27. Rxf7 Nxf7 28. Nd5 Bd8 29. h6 a5 30. Re1 a4 31. Bxa4 Bh4 32. Qd4! and Black resigns.


Consultation game: American kibitzers: "ISOLATED PAWNS"
<Akavall, square dance, suenteus po 147>

vs. Canadian kibitzers: "NORTHERN KNIGHTS"
<AgentRgent, Hesam7, THE Pawn>


Start: Sep, 05/2006 - End: Nov, 11/2006.

ECO: B17 <CARO-KANN, Steinitz Variation.>

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Ng5 e6 6. Bd3 Ngf6 7. N1f3 Bd6 8. Qe2 h6 9. Ne4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4 c5 11. Bd2 Nf6 12. Qe2 a6 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. 0-0 0-0 15. c4 e5 16. Bc3 Re8 17. Rad1 Qb6 18. b4 Bxb4 19. Rb1 e4 20. Rxb4 Qc5 21. Bc2 Bg4 22. Qe3 Qxe3 23. fxe3 exf3 24. Bxf6 gxf6 25. c5 Be6 26. Bb3 Bxb3 27. axb3 Rac8 28. Rxf3 1/2-1/2.

Nov. 11/06: Draw offer accepted by "Northern Knights".

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   brankat has kibitzed 18737 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-17-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
brankat: The problem that most of kibitzers on this site have with S.Karjakin is not his chess prowess, but, unfortunately, his nationality. He is not a "westerner", and nobody around here wants to admit it.
   Oct-12-16 Hartlaub vs Lasker, 1908
brankat: To beat Dr.Lasker in 17 moves, even in a simul event, is something else!
   Oct-11-16 Reuben Fine (replies)
brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Fine!
   Oct-07-16 keypusher chessforum (replies)
brankat: Please accept my belated congrats. Happy Birthday!
   Oct-06-16 Grace Freeman
brankat: It appears to be a kiss, otherwise she'd most likely be on her back. Where was Alekhine, Mrs.Alekhine? Was Grace 46, 56, 106? Did they have sex while AAA was still married? You should be writing a Gossip column for a Hollywood magazine :-)
   Oct-06-16 Gregory Simon Koshnitsky
brankat: He did beat some strong players.
   Oct-06-16 Isle of Man Open (2016) (replies)
brankat: Do they have a rest day today?
   Oct-06-16 Tal Memorial (2016) (replies)
brankat: Either way, you lose.
   Oct-06-16 Jose Raul Capablanca
brankat: Right on.
   Oct-06-16 Emanuel Lasker (replies)
brankat: Just re-read Dr.Lasker's Bio. A mind boggling career indeed!
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  brankat: Result-wise? You mean the first decisive score in 15 games? :-)

Thankfully, Wednesday is a rest day!

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  brankat: Yet another Draw-fest :-(
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  brankat: Must be some sort of a conspiracy!

Maybe the next Leg :-)

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  brankat: I wonder if Ahmadov is taking part in the Olympiad? :-)
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <brankat> Happy birthday!
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  WannaBe: It's your birthday?! Happy Boithday!
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  brankat: I'm very glad to see You guys haven't forgotten. Much appreciated. Thank You!
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  moronovich: Happy Birthday <brankat> !

You have never been forgotten.

Cheers !

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  Boomie: I didn't know mice have birthdays. Well, OK. Cheers and many more to come!
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  brankat: Thank You friends!

I've lost my original kitty avatar to an unknown Catnapper. I know for fact cats have birthdays, so I figured why not a mouse. Two sides of the same coin :-)

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  brankat: I do miss the kitty though.
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  TheAlchemist: I can't help but think of <Knight13> when I see your forum in the recent activity :-), the cat was really your thing so to speak. I haven't checked, aren't there other avatars (try Avatar Area perhaps?)

Anyway, belated happy birthday!

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  TheAlchemist: Also:

Avatar Area

Avatar Area (lion)

Avatar Area (tiger)

There seem to be many more dogs, however :-)

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  brankat: <TheAlchemist> Thank You my friend. Good to hear from You. It has been a long time.

Yes, I'll do some research. Since <Switch> doesn't want to do it for me :-)

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  brankat: Got me a cute new little kitty :-)
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  cro777: <brankat> Gojko Laketić is an excellent chess author. By studying his books one can considerably raise the level of positional understanding.

An article on the occasion of his 40 years in chess jubilee you can find here

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  brankat: <Cro777> Thank You 3xLucky :-)

I do not speak Italian, so, are any of his books translated? English, or Croatian?

Btw, if I may ask, why is Your forum closed?

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  Boomie: <brankat: Got me a cute new little kitty>

And she ate the mousy? EW!

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  brankat: <Boomie> When the Mouse saw the Cat he ran away. Looked like the Kitty was quite happy to see him leave :-)
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  Boomie: <brankat: When the Mouse saw the Cat he ran away>

I don't know. She has that "I got away with something" look that kitties get.

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  brankat: So that's why she is hiding behind the sun-glasses!
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  cro777: <brankat> Laketic's main activity is in Italy. His books are written in Italian language, self-published in Ruma and then distributed via "Le Due Torri", the Italian chess books publisher and seller.

At the moment I don't have enough time to maintain my forum regularly. I don't like to do anything by half.

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  brankat: Thank You.

<don't like to do anything by half>, I wish I had the same attitude. Alas :-)

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  brankat: Btw, You are welcome to make Yourself at home here.
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  cro777: Thanks <brankat>. I'd be honored.
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