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Member since Dec-27-07
Open for business -- well, sort of.

I finally renewed my membership, and I am popping in fairly often, but life outside CG is still busy, so my visits are usually brief. No big or long projects for me for at least the short term future.

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   crawfb5 has kibitzed 4636 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-16-17 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: <An execution is more final than its threat.>
   Sep-04-17 chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: A photo of the Menchiks at the 1927 London Girls' Championship, where they placed 1-2:
   Aug-06-17 Biographer Bistro (replies)
crawfb5: Most chessplaying and database programs will generate a FEN. They usually call it something like "copy diagram" which will put a FEN in the clipboard which in turn can be pasted in a post. It's more foolproof than trying to create a FEN from scratch. There are various FEN generators
   Jun-24-17 John Henry Smythe (replies)
crawfb5: <offramp: <crawfb5: <z> Yes, my current photography is mostly dogs and birds, although I've done landscapes and flower closeups in the past.> Which smartphone gives the best results?> Don't know. I hate the things and have never owned one.
   Feb-05-17 crawfb5 chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: <offramp> Thanks for your concern, but as I explained to <The Focus> over in the Bistro the other day, Sloan <did> ask if he could use the material. It didn't seem like that much content or the result of laborious research, so I said yes. Apparently Winter didn't ...
   Dec-23-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
crawfb5: <shrdlu: Just wondering - is there a reason Donald Duck isn't found by searching for "Donald" ?> I think it has to do with <Donald> being too common a name and the search won't pull up more than about 40-45 players. Try a search for another common name like <John> ...
   Nov-21-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
crawfb5: That's because we are all fun guys.
   Nov-06-16 technical draw chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: <Where's Steve Job?> He forgot his password.
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  Fusilli: <c> I think a problem with the biographers bistro, as well as many other popular pages on <CG>, is that messages tend to get buried and discussion threads then get dropped. This is a result of both a large number of messages and some posts being too long. (I am guilty of the latter but not of posting too much.)

I do think a link to the 1948 FIDE world championship tournament is needed, in the first reference you make to that tournament. In the present version of the text, having the whole story about preparations for that tournament without having the link to the tournament feels incomplete.


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  TheFocus: To <Fusilli>: Perhaps <CG> should give their editors Premium Membership, then the editors can talk directly to each other via Forums and things may not get lost.

That would be a nice benefits for you Editors.

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  Fusilli: <The Focus> That would be a sensible solution. Say, a page for us users to propose things, suggest corrections to content, etc., and a different page for all the technical stuff on how to make things happen.
Jul-30-16  The Chess Express: Hi <crawfb5>, I'm just letting you know I'm around again. I hope all is going well with you. I finally broke down and bought the Chess King software, so now at least I have a descent program :)
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  crawfb5: <TCE> Welcome back! I'm recently back myself after being mostly absent for almost a year. Things are settling back down some, but life outside CG is still busier than it was. Hope things are good on your end. I see you have your old avatar again. I always think of you when I see that shot of Leko.
Jul-31-16  The Chess Express: Heh, yeah, Leko is a class act. I figured some of my previous comments would make no sense if I changed it. My play has actually become more Leko like over the years. Say, have you heard from <zanshin>?
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Welcome back <Big>!

I had no idea you knew Peter Leko, but it doesn't surprise me. I know Magnus Carlsen eh?

Well I know who he is.

Does that count?

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  crawfb5: <TCE> He seems to have left some years ago based on when he last posted.

<JFQ> Sure. On the internet, anything counts.

Jul-31-16  The Chess Express: Hi <JFQ>, it's good to hear from you again. I know Leko about as well as you know Carlsen :D
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  Boomie: <crawfb5: On the internet, anything counts.)

Even my puns?

Only back a day and he's already sprung a Leko.

Welcome back, Big.

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  crawfb5: Thanks, Boomie.

Jul-31-16  The Chess Express: Thanks for the welcome <Boomie> :)
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<Peter,> right? The Chess Express isn't your real name Peter?


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  Boomie: <crawfb5: Babylon>

Chicks dig things that go Boom.

Aug-02-16  The Chess Express: <JFQ>, actually, it's not.
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  WannaBe: Congrats on solving Holiday Present Hunt!! =)
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  crawfb5: <WannaBe> Thanks. One of the easy klus just happened to coincide with one of my bouts of insomnia while the site was relatively quiet. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than be good. :-)
Premium Chessgames Member Craw, just out of curiosity, did you solve the clue by listening and saying immediately "Oh, that's Hannibal by Miles Davis (or Marcus Miller)!" or was some other trick involved?

I always take great care to "scrub" mp3 files of meta-data, plus I use proprietary tricks to fool certain modern applications that can identify songs by just listening. But technology is so advanced these days last year's tricks don't always work this year.

Of course there's no shame in using technology, but I'm curious how my efforts are doing to curtail it. Truth be told, I wanted a jazz fan to win that prize.

Anyhow, congratulations.

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  crawfb5: <chessgames> I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is I <am> a jazz fan, although perhaps not the biggest on site. I have albums by Davis, Parker, Coltrane, Monk, Brubeck, etc., although not the one containing "Hannibal." The Davis album I listen to most is <Kind of Blue>, which many consider his best.

The bad news is I did not immediately recognize the track. I could have gone to Davis' discography as a search tool, but it was much faster to use, which was able to recognize the sample playing over my computer speakers. I know I may have betrayed the Brotherhood of the Klu, but you <did> ask. And so the arms race continues. :-)

Premium Chessgames Member Wow, I think they must be sampling YouTube tracks to gather that data now. OK, thanks for the info, and don't regard it as betrayal.
Premium Chessgames Member And yes, <Kind of Blue> is not only his best album, it's THE best album.
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You have been exploited by Sam Sloan! Profoundly wrong!

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  crawfb5: <offramp> Thanks for your concern, but as I explained to <The Focus> over in the Bistro the other day, Sloan <did> ask if he could use the material. It didn't seem like that much content or the result of laborious research, so I said yes.

Apparently Winter didn't think much of Sloan's version of the book, but as I played no role in its production, that's an issue for Sloan, not me.

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  offramp: Aye; Winter does not like the book. I quite like Sam, FWIW, and I think Ishi Press does a reasonable job.

I am certain that the best part of the book will be your section. You should be proud to have a contribution included in Capablanca's only tournament book.

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  offramp: ... I mean apart from Capablanca's notes, of course. Although I remember them as being quite terse.
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