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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, Iíve 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: Time for a morning nap :-)
Mar-24-12  quantum.conscious: i would be interested to know what <brankat> and <tpstar> think about the following:


I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for 20 years, and have found medication that works very well to keep me grounded, yet able to pursue spirituality. I am generally happy with my life as it is. When I see homeopathic doctors, they always mention getting off my medication, and it feels that there is an urgency or certainty to their opinion. Is there a benefit to seeking the path on which to reduce my medication now that I feel stabilized? Is there a way to do this sensibly? Answer:

Ideal healing for a mental problem such as bipolar disorder would be to correct the underlying imbalance in the mind and body and so eventually eliminate the need for drugs. Given that your situation is stabilized and you are fairly happy, looking for a way to gradually wean yourself off the medication would seem like the natural next step. Now that you have established some balance, you want to see how much of that job your body can take over by itself now. I would say it is urgent that you get off right away. You should talk to your prescribing doctor and let her know what your thoughts are and ask for her guidance to see if it is time to ease you off gradually.



Mar-24-12  quantum.conscious: i read 'ask deepak' blog daily and today i found the question i posted above
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  Robed.Bishop: <Brankat> I have posted an overview of my doctorate thesis on my forum and I thought you might find it interesting.
Mar-24-12  frogbert: <TP is right, as usual. Let's leave the past alone, and focus on Now.>

brankat, while i agree with tpstar's supposed view on this, i fail to see much adherence to it from the man himself. my opinion is obviously a coloured one, but currently i fail to see anyone on who digs up old dirt on such a consistent and frequent basis as tpstar himself; he makes partial quotes from way back when (and out of context) again and again.

1) do you disagree that tpstar has dug up (really) old dirt as recently as this month and in both previous months of 2012?

2) do you disagree that now, in 2012, tpstar's partial quotes of me (and others) from 2006-2007-2008 and so on represent quite the <opposite> of leaving the past alone and focusing on now?

3) do you disagree that it then, given the above, sounds a bit hollow when tpstar presumedly recommends leaving the past alone and focusing on now?

question 1 is actually a factual question, but please still answer it. question 2 is partly factual and partly a matter of opinion. question 3 is predominantly an issue of opinion/consideration.

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  brankat: <Q.Conscious> <Robed.Bishop> <frogbert>

It so happens that all of the above posts really require a lot of thought. At the moment, quite frankly, I've had too much booze. Can't think. Other than make a move in an odd CC game. Maybe that's why I've been loosing so much lately :-)

So, I'll get back to the issues raised here. Hopefully, things will not get out of hand.

Overall, at this stage in my life I usually do not concern myself any more with things like the Truth, Honesty, Morality, Justice etc.

Right or wrong, I'm just trying to have a bit of "fun" ...

Mar-24-12  MarkFinan: Hi <brankat> 1.e4
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  tpstar: <all of the above posts really require a lot of thought> A good thing.

<At the moment, quite frankly, I've had too much booze.> Another good thing, depending. ;>D

Since you are in the middle, some clarity:

1) Don't Look Back was a useful device for the Carlsen page in the days when certain misunderstandings and disagreements would spiral out of control in a recurrent circular course between the same principals. Except if someone cyberstalks your chessforum, all bets are off.

2) "We must be strong for Magnus" is a code term for when <angslo> left the site after being repeatedly attacked and bullied. The adults here were concerned that someone would take on his handle or veneer, plus everybody got a fresh start across the board. Except if someone used that second chance to cyberstalk your chessforum, all bets are off.

3) Wear the Bra was an innovative initiative whenever a Carlsen Fanboy would take off their bra and start attacking sensible posters with their bra. Unfortunately it only works on the C-A-R-L-S-E-N page, but thanks to a highly successful public education drive, almost everybody can tell whenever a Carlsen Fanboy needs to put their bra back on.

4) Sulsol is a Tagalog term for Instigate, and there was a time when Outsiders and Intruders were unwelcome on one player page because of their race. Thanks to my outstanding leadership skills, I won a hard-earned entry into the Barangay Wesley where I can really help them make things better for Wesley So and his page. (You more than anyone can appreciate that. ;>D) Anyway, lately some clueless wonders keep trying to bring back the old fight, without even appreciating how some major problems have melted away.

5) I disapprove of lying, and I strongly disapprove of revisionist history, and I strongly strongly disapprove of false accusations plus hysteria. Lately someone has been bragging to the entire chess world how they have ignored my posts for months, only to quote them word-for-word on other pages, and only to copy them word-for-word on his own player page to critique and study. What an unrepentant rulebreaker.

6) "Now" refers to the last three months, like the Site Awards Complainer, and the Nefarious Rubbish Guy, and the cyberstalkers and cyberbullyers whom I clearly identified on my chessforum, again thanks to my outstanding leadership skills. Here is a powerful testament to the dangers of Internet bullying = User: TheGladiator

I am glad you are in good spirits! =)

Mar-24-12  frogbert: i'm all for having fun, brankat. but i'm also very skeptical to having fun at the expense of someone else.

enjoy your evening the best you can! :o)

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  brankat: <frogbert> < the expense of someone else...>

Unless it happens to be an LM :-)

Btw, did You know that all of his games' pages have been shut down? Wonder why :-)

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  brankat: A few more shots and I'll sleep like a baby :-)
Mar-24-12  MarkFinan: <brankat> I'll be back tommorow mate, we'll get this game started (i just played 1.e4), i can't be reading Tony Palmers site lectures on *your* page too lol..

Speak/play later mate :)

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  brankat: Get some sleep mate :-)
Mar-25-12  MarkFinan: Are you ready to play then <Donnybrankat>??

BTW, do you have a rating? Am i about to get thrashed here, or what lol..

I'll keep popping in to see if you've moved :)

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  tpstar: <Question: I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for 20 years, and have found medication that works very well to keep me grounded, yet able to pursue spirituality. I am generally happy with my life as it is. When I see homeopathic doctors, they always mention getting off my medication, and it feels that there is an urgency or certainty to their opinion. Is there a benefit to seeking the path on which to reduce my medication now that I feel stabilized? Is there a way to do this sensibly?>

The original answer was terrible. If I had a patient with Bipolar Disorder for twenty years, and they were perfectly stable on medication therapy, I would never even consider "weaning" them off. What could possibly be the goal?

Statements like "correct the underlying imbalance in the mind and body and so eventually eliminate the need for drugs" and "looking for a way to gradually wean yourself off the medication would seem like the natural next step" and "I would say it is urgent that you get off right away" are shockingly dangerous. Laypeople and supposed experts need to stop considering mental illness in some special category where "mind over matter" does the trick. Moreover, the alleged dangers of medications are way overstated, and patients often do much worse off of them.

The patient needs to follow their doctor's treatment.

Mar-25-12  quantum.conscious: intersting answer, tpstar.

"correct the underlying imbalance in the mind and body" - well , some people think that there is 'shadow energy ' (carl jungian term) within everyone and in some that shadow energy manifests as depression , bipolar disorder and such .

transmuting that shadow energy is ofcourse possible . so, it is not some 'mind over matter' trick but rather trasmuting shadow energy through counselling and meditation.

deepak chopra is a doctor (an M.D.) but , yes, his speciality is not psychiatry . however, deepak did suggest the patient to discuss it with his psychiatrist.

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  tpstar: <quantum.conscious> The original answer was also contradictory. First he says "get off right away" and then says "ease you off gradually" instead. Which is it?

I refuse to follow the link. I can already detect this New Age cynicism and complacency regarding the current standard of care for Psychiatry, and I half expect to see Tom Cruise jumping up and down on a couch. This century has already brought about great advances in Neuropsychiatry and Neuropharmacology, and things will only get better from here. In the meantime, enlightened activists trying to sell books should stop bashing the Establishment just to score easy points.

Psychotherapy and counseling have always been crucial, along with a positive outlook. No argument there. =)

Mar-25-12  dakgootje: psychotherapy hasn't proven to be very effective for bipolar disorders - so I think it is still treated almost solely with medicine.

Moreover, bipolar disorder has a very high chance of relapse [around 80% if memory serves] - so I'd say decreasing medicine is a very bad idea. Especially if it works well currently.

So I'm with tpstar in this case - no real reason to change.

Mar-25-12  quantum.conscious: <dakgootje: psychotherapy hasn't proven to be very effective for bipolar disorders - so I think it is still treated almost solely with medicine.>


what about depression?

can psychotherapy , counselling and meditation be effective enough so that one does not have to take medicine for depression?

Mar-25-12  dakgootje: Can psychotherapy be effective enough? Yes - cognitive behavioral therapy is much used. Roughly as effective as medicine - though sometimes both are needed.

I'm not sure whether the choice between the two options is a matter of preference of the doctor - or whether it has been found some methods are better in some situations.

Do note that both methods are not very good - which is partly why many new methods are being tested. Various forms of psychotherapy, but also for instance light-therapy and even fitness.

Interestingly enough, fitness may work quite well - but much more research is needed there. Which is the bottom-line of most treatments: much more research is needed. So perhaps meditation is effective [why not - if fitness seems to be] - but I don't know, and perhaps it is simply not known yet.

Mar-25-12  Memethecat: Deepak Chopra is not the way forward in a realistic, down to earth, debate about mental illness. Demigods & spiritual gurus are not gonna get us anywhere, in fact it'll probably confuse matters.

I've been living with agoraphobia & acute panic attacks for nearly 20yrs, I've spoken openly about it to friends & new acquaintances alike. This has helped, its also made me aware that psychological problems are far more common than people think, but people are afraid to talk in an open & frank manner about it, especially men, who see it as a weakness.

Over the years I've tried countless remedy's, mainstream medicines, holistic medicine, meditaion, visualization, aromatherapy, yoga, reiki, psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioural therapy, herbal medicines & on & on.

<brankat> I cant offer you medical advice, I'm not qualified. But I'm happy to join in with a "patients" point of view. If you would prefer to discuss this solely with your older more familiar friends, I wont be offended.

Mar-25-12  dakgootje: <<brankat> I cant offer you medical advice, I'm not qualified.>

I'm not sure how the internet works with regards to whose laws are used - but here in the Netherlands it is illegal to give medical counsel without seeing the patient face-to-face.

Giving information and all is obviously fine - but nothing official.

But of course - your point is more that you're speaking from the patient-pov than the practitioner-pov. As branko knows quite well [so just in case], I'm not officially qualified for the latter either. Got my bachelors degree in psychology with some subjects taken on the matter - but I'm nowhere near an official clinical psychologist.

Neither do I qualify as patient-pov actually. Don't seem to have any interesting mental problem - and haven't found any uninteresting ones either yet ;)

Mar-25-12  quantum.conscious: thanks for reply, <dakgootje>

and thanks for the post, <Memethecat> .

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  brankat: <dakgootje> As far as I'm concerned You are totally qualified. Now, if You could just give me a hint about round #9, I'd follow Your advice :-)
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  brankat: <Memethecat> I did read some of Deepak Chopra's works, although I don't know why, since I'm not really able to estimate the validity of his opinions. Usually, when I find myself in such a situation, I summarily dismiss the whole thing, until something verifiable, something I'm capable of relating to, comes along.

Btw, what is "agoraphobia"? Does it have to do with the Angora Cats? :-)

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