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dakgootje
Member since Aug-04-05
Mir ist bewusst was Freiheit bedeutet
Folge dem Wege geradeaus,
meide die Tiefen des Meeres,
doch hab ich solch Wort hinter mir gelassen.
Der Mond scheinet auf jedem Wege,
wie die, in der Dunkelheit, wie Diamanten schwimmenden Fische; heiss wie durch Zufall Mensch - und hier bin ich.
Was hatte ich zu befurchten,
mit was zu kampfen,
bald ist es Zeit die Lasten zu legen.
Erteile mir noch mehr Kraft,
Kraft zur Liebe.
Mir ist bewusst was Freiheit bedeutet,
mir ist bewusst was Freiheit bedeutet.

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Bio as it used to be:

<I dont have any favorite players normally, though Josef Emil Krejcik is brilliant =)

call me dakgootje, dakkie, dak, gootje or whatever you like ;-)

Lack any opening knowledge and thus improvise them quite often. well not always, i know some basic e4-openings... But i improvise on d4, sicilian, kings gambit and uhm caro kann and philidor and english etc etc etc =P but hey, i do know some of the names! =)

Improved a lot on openings lately, keep that in mind if you ever play versus me =P

There are three sides to every story-- yours, mine, and the truth

Still dont know what to studie next year but "you should view higher education as more of a matter for your self-development, rather than as training for a specific job." (quote-credits to mojo)

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Walk beside me as a friend.>

Docendo disco, scribendo cogito

My forum name is actually a reference to a childrens song:

<Oh Children, hear the Geese,
its cry will make you shiver.
For yet it knows that we will feas'
on tasty meat, and its liver.>

Cheers ^^

NOTE: I will not accept any fights, drama, name-calling and similar in my chessforum. They will all be deleted, no exceptions and no warnings. As it seems, there are other places to do such things.

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   Nov-20-16 dakgootje chessforum (replies)
 
dakgootje: ..Karjakin is a total bore.. Even when he had really good, potentially better, positions, he doesn't press but simplifies.. Perhaps he came closest to doing something active and forceful in game 5, but even there.. He seems so very cautious. That might actually be his match ...
 
   Nov-17-16 SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum (replies)
 
dakgootje: Oh.. I had missed Mal's passing as well.. :( Anyway, hi guys, I'm somewhat back. Back as in: I check in occasionally ;) I'm backish. Which a number of people here had already discovered, but perhaps others had not. On a side-note, I signed up for leepeter01's services, because ...
 
   Jan-11-15 visayanbraindoctor chessforum (replies)
 
dakgootje: And they are highly trained to look at unusual mental symptoms. So whereas most people would happily agree that they have the occasional crazy tendency, a psychiatrist might immediately recognize and group it as, say, OCD.
 
   Jan-08-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
dakgootje: Can't you automate the fun bet-making, by pushing your spacebar instead?
 
   Dec-25-14 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
 
dakgootje: Now the world is complete.
 
   Dec-23-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
dakgootje: Good luck gentlemen. I'll be off for bed, and I fully expect you'll have solved the clue by the time that I wake up. ;)
 
   Dec-05-14 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
dakgootje: Indeed, 23 was my main numerical alternative to 17. However, I wasn't sure which of them was larger.
 
   Dec-03-14 technical draw chessforum (replies)
 
dakgootje: Yeah, but if he retires for a second time - with a bit of luck nobody notices and he'll cash twice the amount of retirement money :)
 
   Nov-22-14 virginmind chessforum (replies)
 
dakgootje: Ludovico Einaudi is fantastic - but very far from Pink Floyd. ;) His music is very much based around the piano - often solo. Melodic, dreamy, and somewhat minimalistic. Great when you need some peace of mind. I'll just link one of his; I Giorni: ...
 
   Nov-20-14 ahmadov chessforum (replies)
 
dakgootje: <But then your hints imply that Black can draw this :-)> Only if you let black keep his toy. ^^
 
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Aug-19-16
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Time flies...

We still miss you.

Sep-14-16
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  brankat: Maybe got married, and is not allowed to spend time on he Net.
Oct-11-16
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  dakgootje: Hi guys. :)

Guess what, I'm alive. (no, well, let's not be overly dramatic here - I'm really quite healthy, no complaints there)

I heard you'd emailed my previous work-place; as in, my successor had gotten quite a strange email - and I was contacted whether I knew anything about it. I guess it served its purpose ;)

It has been a very long time, hasn't it. Lots has happened. In very VERY short {I guess more details should come naturally, whenever its appropriate in the conversation):

So I moved to near Amsterdam for that research job. Then quit around july last year. For a number of reason, mainly due to my boss & the fairly vague theoretical uninteresting project. I could probably have handled either of them. But with the combination, I was just exceedingly unhappy and stressed out. Quit, moved back.

Afterwards, I did this thing I'm very good at; namely being totally nice and suitable for a job, except for 1 other person, thereby coming in second; even though they insisted I had been really very suitable as well. Hit a lot of new motivational and mental lows.

Doesn't matter either that I'm quite suited for health promotion/research. And the government typically finances the health promotion, but in recent years doesn't really; and that the Dutch research-environment at universities is quite far from ideal. So I didn't know what to do either.

Lately I've tried to branch out a bit. Like, I was quite good at eHealth - the combination of health and ict - from a psychological point of view. What an e-intervention should achieve and how. But now I've also learned HTML and CSS to understand the front-end programming part. And I'm probably going to learn SQL. So who knows, perhaps it opens some doors in eHealth, perhaps in ict in general.. Just any open door would be nice..

And I know you can argue like 'well, perhaps the professional side of life isn't going well - but at least you could've hung out here'. But it's just been juggling balls. I mean, trying to do actually job-finding-related things. Trying to increase my knowledge and abilities. Trying to actually get out every now and then.. Heh, I'm a language buddy for some Syrian guys and this Chinese guy, once a week. That's something. And I became more active on a small different Dutch forum. Which has a few dozen really nice and lovely people, and occasionally we set a date and like 15-20 of us come together and play some board games.

So while juggling I dropped the ball of this forum. I guess I dropped the ball of chess much earlier, and then this forum altogether. Perhaps because I couldn't combine it if I wanted to be quite active over here, play chessbookie as well, et cetera. Perhaps it would've been possible to stay around if I'd just focussed on a few personal forums.. I don't know for sure. But it's worth a try I guess.

Anyway.

Hey guys, what's up? ;)

Oct-11-16
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakkie> You're alive!!!!! I may write strange e-mails, but they work :-) You should really drop by more often and keep us updated - so I don't assume something's happened to you that would mean it's now my responsibility to wipe out mankind. I hate responsibilities.

I'm very sorry (though not very surprised, given your last posts here) to hear you've had such a stressful time :( Still, it's great if you've managed to stay in good physical health despite it; stress and depression can wreak all kinds of havoc on a body. As you presumably know, as a super-grandmaster of health psychology :) With your new programming and juggling skills the world will be your oyster, to be eaten and thoroughly digested and vomited out if you're not happy with it.

At some point I've watched enough old MythBusters episodes to learn the following approved methods of opening a door: repeatedly running into the door at full speed, picking the lock using a light bulb filament, shooting the lock, blowing up the lock, blowing up the door, blowing up the wall, blowing away the wall, and freezing the lock with liquid nitrogen to make it brittle and then smashing it. You can use any or all of these methods to create your own open door. Note that this is not an approved door-opening method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0o...

Life here on Chessgames has been pretty much the same as before - just more lonely. I can't fault you for dropping the Chessgames ball; I haven't spent very much time here lately either, though if there's another Holiday Present Hunt this year I'll probably show up for that. <Annie> is still deeply involved in site activities, and presumably knows a way to enjoy Chessgames so it relieves the stress rather than adding to it.

Good luck! Sounds like you could use an extra-large helping.

And remember we're always ready to help you with our support and deep life-advice.

Oct-12-16
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  OhioChessFan: Well, hello <Daktari> You sound like you need a very wealthy great uncle with no other heirs. You never know what you might find if you start checking your genealogy.
Oct-12-16
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  Boomie: Welcome back to the Monkey House.

As a database programmer from way back, I may be able to give you advice.

My M. O. was to use some language like Visual Basic or C# (I was tethered to Microsoft products) to create the user interface to the database. One important point is never use SQL in the front end. Rather create stored procedures in the database and call them from the code. This helps secure the database. In hindsight, I wish I had used Oracle, but who knew?

Best of luck with your studies. I miss the newness of that.

Oct-12-16
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakkie>'s new theme song...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxU...

Oct-13-16
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  dakgootje: Man, I guess I should read at least the backlog of messages over here. Well, what do we say to the god of Procrastination? Not to-.. not tomorrow either. Good to see the club's still not open @ Annie's. :)

Oh, right, axe jullie, did you know that 'jullie' is Dutch for 'you (plural)'?

But that aside. Thing is, I'm a bit busy with a job interview coming up on monday; so I can't spend too much time reading back yet. Allllso because I'm going to Spiel in Essen tomorrow and the day after; it's the biggest boardgame event this side of the universe. Apparently it attracts around 150k people over 4 days. And me. So it's bound to be good! Fun fact, I've never actually.. been there. So yeah.. interesting new experience!

<I may write strange e-mails, but they work :-)> I don't even know the content - but apparently it was sufficiently weird to be noticed ^^

<I'm very sorry (though not very surprised, given your last posts here) to hear you've had such a stressful time :( > Yeah, it was weird - as happy I had been actually having a job.. after going to your job completely stressed for months on end, and dreading ever time you see your boss, it was fantastic to be free..

< stress and depression can wreak all kinds of havoc on a body. > True.. for me my mind mostly suffered. Lack of hope and purpose isn't good. And I mean, even now my head is in quite a chaos for all the stuff I have to do; or perhaps should've done long ago. But that's different, it's being somewhat stressed in a nearly neutral way - rather than you know.. being down whilst being fairly immoble.

<With your new programming and juggling skills the world will be your oyster, to be eaten and thoroughly digested and vomited out if you're not happy with it.> I'm happy to see that you still have such a delightful and refined way of phrasing your thoughts ^^

<I can't fault you for dropping the Chessgames ball; I haven't spent very much time here lately either> I guess when I became inactive, the forum was already less active then some years prior. Wonder if smaller sites and forums just decrease, while people.. conglomorate at fewer but bigger locations. Or is it just that sites like facebook take up more of the time that was previously reserved for community sites and forums?

That would be a shame..

How's the chess though - both for you and in general?

<Good luck! Sounds like you could use an extra-large helping.> Dear santa, for christmas I would like a nice permanent contract and a highly advanced alien spaceship to travel the stars. Or, if that's too hard, only the spaceship.

Is that actually an international thing? Like, nowadays it's simply impossible to get a permanent contract. You might get a temporary one, for a year, and that could be extended twice. But after that, you'll be dumped. Except you know, when you work in an area with limited labour, like some parts of ict.

There has been a substantial increase in freelance-employees, which has been presented as a win-win-win all around. Except that research among freelancers turned out that many would much rather have the stability of a permanent contract.. But this new law made freelancers potentially tricky for employers, and subsequently they are at risk of being dumped by their employers as well. Yay, flexibility rocks. Who cares about stability and financial security and being able to sleep anyway?!

So yeah.. I'm not specifically made for ict [though it really has some interesting parts], but there are very concrete advantages to the sector..

<And remember we're always ready to help you with our support and deep life-advice.> I know :)

Oct-13-16
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  dakgootje: < You sound like you need a very wealthy great uncle with no other heirs.> So, hey, OCF, did you by any chance win the 100 million lottery since last we spoke?

< You never know what you might find if you start checking your genealogy.> Heh, I'm afraid those chances are.. very very limited. I know that the family on my fathers side has been tracked back like 6-7 generations; and my mother's side is even less likely to bear any wealthy predecessors ^^

<Boommaster><As a database programmer from way back, I may be able to give you advice.> Advice is always good!

I think I'll learn some C-type of language later on. But for the actual workings of the database, don't you need SQL?

I liked the front-end part of css - it's like this little creative process, wherein you can make more or less anything that you want :) And the html to communicate in a nice and ordered way what's what on the page. Also, both were quite easy to learn, so that's good to start off with as well.

What's good about Oracle by the way?

<SQ Revisited> What's the theme song about? ^^

Also, did you know that this here now doubles my knowledges of Finnish songs? Well done there! It's not an achievement I'm likely to gain much more often :)

side note: my god, my English is rusty sometimes.

Oct-13-16
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Thing is, I'm a bit busy with a job interview coming up on monday; so I can't spend too much time reading back yet. Allllso because I'm going to Spiel in Essen tomorrow and the day after; it's the biggest boardgame event this side of the universe. Apparently it attracts around 150k people over 4 days. And me.>

Good luck for both Spiel and the job interview! Don't let meeting 150,000 fans so shortly before the interview make you overconfident :)

<Oh, right, axe jullie, did you know that 'jullie' is Dutch for 'you (plural)'?>

Please don't chop our heads off yet!

<Yeah, it was weird - as happy I had been actually having a job.. after going to your job completely stressed for months on end, and dreading ever time you see your boss, it was fantastic to be free..>

When gods want to punish us, they give us what we want. It goes to show that you should play the Bookie game more and not offend the Lady by running off :-)

(Actually, I've barely played the Bookie game this leg myself... but then, I'm enough of a fool to actually want to be given what I want.

Hey, listen, Lady - <dakkie> and I have been bad boys... could you by any chance punish us both by giving us a highly advanced alien spaceship so we can travel to the stars and make illegal clones of ourselves?)

<Is that actually an international thing? Like, nowadays it's simply impossible to get a permanent contract. You might get a temporary one, for a year, and that could be extended twice. But after that, you'll be dumped. Except you know, when you work in an area with limited labour, like some parts of ict.>

If you think finding an open door is difficult now, think how bad it would be if more of the established employees had permanent contracts and no one was ever dumped :-)

<True.. for me my mind mostly suffered. Lack of hope and purpose isn't good.>

To put it mildly :( I hope you've found something that gives you hope and/or purpose by now.

<<SQ Revisited> What's the theme song about? ^^>

A man who moves to a big city with high expectations, grows increasingly depressed there, feels his life is a mess, and eventually decides to move back home - knowing fully well he isn't guaranteed a job there - so he can get away from the worst stress and try to get his life back on track in a more familiar and peaceful and supportive environment.

<Also, did you know that this here now doubles my knowledges of Finnish songs? Well done there! It's not an achievement I'm likely to gain much more often :)>

Maybe a few times... :)

Should I remember the other half?

<How's the chess though - both for you and in general?>

I won the 2016 FICS Blitz Championship :-)

But I've been trying to play less chess. My new year's resolution this year was to not play any chess at all in January; and I actually managed to stay away from playing chess for the next couple months as well... but the rest of the year has not been easy. A few weeks ago I had to make my browser forget that a site called lichess exists.

I haven't really paid that much attention to what's been happening in the wider chess world lately. I've heard enough to know that the only deserving World Championship Challenger, So, was screwed out of an opportunity to play at the Candidates Tournament by an unfair system; Karjakin won in his absence, and will play Carlsen in New York City next month.

<And I mean, even now my head is in quite a chaos for all the stuff I have to do; or perhaps should've done long ago>

Like returning to this site :)

Oct-14-16
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  TheAlchemist: I thought I detected some unusual activity spike around here :-), nice to see you back. Maybe you don't need it, but still good luck on Monday!
Oct-18-16
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakgootje: Thing is, I'm a bit busy with a job interview coming up on monday; so I can't spend too much time reading back yet. Allllso because I'm going to Spiel in Essen tomorrow and the day after>

What happened?

Oct-27-16
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  dakgootje: Has it been 2 weeks already? My word..

<Good luck for both Spiel and the job interview! Don't let meeting 150,000 fans so shortly before the interview make you overconfident :)>

Spiel was fantastic. The job interview less-so; but more about that later.

But yeah, signing 150k autographs was really an experience. Normally, I hardly get more than an average-sized village following my footsteps. This really was something else. But you do it all for the fans..

<It goes to show that you should play the Bookie game more and not offend the Lady by running off :-)>

It's the age-old story really. With a little more bookie-playing, that whole sad Troyian war wouldn't have been necessary. Just like in that song

Play the chessss; make this a better place //
For you and for me; and the whole gambling populace.

<If you think finding an open door is difficult now, think how bad it would be if more of the established employees had permanent contracts and no one was ever dumped :-)>

They are still there though. People with permanent contract haven't moved, because they won't get another at their new place. And they are very expensive to get rid off; so they are a static and steady workforce ;D

<I hope you've found something that gives you hope and/or purpose by now.> Bits and pieces. Bit of hope by trying to branch out in more of an ict-area. Pieces of purpose with some nice people. But everything just.. comes and goes in waves.

<A man who moves to a big city with high expectations, grows increasingly depressed there, feels his life is a mess, and eventually decides to move back home - knowing fully well he isn't guaranteed a job there - so he can get away from the worst stress and try to get his life back on track in a more familiar and peaceful and supportive environment.>

..

I..

heh.

I will give it another listen.

<Should I remember the other half? > Loituma - Ievan Polkka ;D

<I won the 2016 FICS Blitz Championship :-)>

I don't.. really.. are you pulling my leg here?

<But I've been trying to play less chess. > Why? What do you want to spend time on instead?

<Karjakin won in his absence, and will play Carlsen in New York City next month.> Interesting, I might give it a glance. Then again, I might not - let's be realistic here.

You know, that's also the thing you realize at Spiel, or just any boardgame convention. Brilliant though chess is, it's still only a game. Perhaps a very balanced intricate, complex through simplicity, game - perhaps one of the best, or THE best, ever.. but it's just a boardgame.

At Spiel there was.. I don't know, either the regional, national, or worldwide championship Carcasonne. Very famous modern classic boardgame. And there were some tables cordoned off, even a few televisies overhead to follow the play, and some curious onlookers. And somehow it seemed odd, almost overkill; even though the rather large displays at chess tournaments is normal. For insiders.

Also, it would seem totally strange that someone memorizes all the carcasonne-game pieces; and prepares overall strategic concepts and goals for what to aim for in the opening, middlegame, and final phase of the game. Although so many people spend countless hours on exactly that with chess.

<Like returning to this site :)> Indeed.

<<TheAlchemist: I thought I detected some unusual activity spike around here :-), nice to see you back. Maybe you don't need it, but still good luck on Monday!>>

! :)
Feel free to drop in any time. It's nice to see familiar faces. So many familiar faces actually.. so few new ones..

Oct-27-16
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  dakgootje: <SQ><What happened?> Right. You know the part where they write in the vacancy what the function is about, what you should be capable off, and all those things? It was a phd / junior-researcher vacancy for making/implementing a behavioral intervention to quit smoking. Quite ordinary; properly linked to what I know and can do. Moreover, they wrote about what they aimed for in the 5 articles that the project would consist of. Read them, all seemed really logical, and I was rather confident I could do them.

Scene 2: The interview.
At least half of the time was spend on, basically, managing abilities. Whether I could lead a large and complex research team. My experience in that. If I had natural leading abilities. If I could make, and guard, complex time tables.

No, I can not. I'm a horrible manager. That's why I didn't study to become a manager, but a researcher. I'm a rather good researcher, especially when you're looking for a junior position; rather than someone who has lead research projects for decades. If they had actually written in the vacancy that they actually wanted a manager with additional research skills, I wouldn't have written the bloody letter. So that's how that went.

Oct-27-16
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <<I hope you've found something that gives you hope and/or purpose by now.> Bits and pieces. Bit of hope by trying to branch out in more of an ict-area. Pieces of purpose with some nice people. But everything just.. comes and goes in waves.>

Srsly, you could use something good that gives you strength - either something you like enough that it or the prospect of it makes life worth living even when the whole universe seems to be burying you in shark-crap; or alternatively a life-goal, like winning the Carcassonne world championship, or cleaning up all bad science from the whole field of psychology and making sure everything is based on verified repeatable studies and observations, or spreading the gospel of Nuklu, or building a time-machine, or bringing about Armageddon. (These are not mutually exclusive.)

That will help you through difficult times.

On top of that, you can pick one or both of two approaches to life that can also help. The one approach is where you try to actually solve your problems. If your problem is that you don't have a job, you find yourself a job. If your problem is that life sucks and the universe is burying you in shark-crap, you wipe out life and destroy the universe.

The other approach is to busy yourself with cheap distractions that don't solve any of your problems but make you forget about them for a while, like, say, Chessgames. (I'm doing a really good job helping you forget, right?) These approaches are also not mutually exclusive; it's like having two cakes, you can either pick just one or eat them both. And variety is, after all, the spice of life... which is not to say there isn't a good chance you'll end up puking if you try to eat both cakes at the same time. Which cake is better for you depends on whether you're lucky enough to have problems that are actually solvable.

(Real cakes also give you the additional option of taking photos of both of the cakes, submitting said photos to Cake Wrecks and returning the cakes to the baker with a disgusted "you actually expect me to pay for these?" look. I suspect that returning the universe to its makers and demanding a better one will not work, though, and is almost certainly an option to avoid.)

Oct-27-16
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakgootje: Spiel was fantastic [...] signing 150k autographs was really an experience. Normally, I hardly get more than an average-sized village following my footsteps. This really was something else. But you do it all for the fans..>

Glad to hear you had fun :)

<Loituma - Ievan Polkka ;D >

Heh... that's fairly well-known in Finland, but mostly as the song that's inexplicably popular among non-Finns :)

The melody apparently comes from the area of Savitaipale, otherwise best known as the hometown of legendary javelin thrower <Jonni Myyrä>. Because he was a mythical super-hero of epic proportions, the locals put him in charge of managing the town and its finances... with the result that he stole much of the town's money, threw it all away, took some giant loans to keep both himself and his creditors temporarily happy and then escaped to America, stopping only to win another Olympic gold on the way. I am not making this up.

<<SQ><What happened?> Right. You know the part where they write in the vacancy what the function is about, what you should be capable off, and all those things? Well, this was not that trope.>

Just your luck. Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

(Remind me - did you write that, or was that somebody else?)

I don't know, though. You might not feel like a natural leader - but you're not a natural follower, either, and posts where you don't need to either lead anyone or be led by anyone will be hard to come by. I wonder if you might not be better off as a leader; first of a small group of researchers, maybe, then an army of obedient henchmen. And while you may not have received official training in making life painful for underlings, being followed around by a mob of fans looking for your autograph should look pretty good on your CV when it comes to demonstrating leadership.

<<But I've been trying to play less chess. > Why? What do you want to spend time on instead? >

I suppose spending more time on other things will follow naturally from spending less time playing chess - but that's not the point :)

The thing is that playing chess almost never makes me feel better. Chess makes me angry when I lose in stupid ways or my mouse loses in stupid ways or my opponent is lagging like there's no tomorrow. Chess makes me remember all my aches and pains every time I lose (it's a well-known fact that no one ever lost a game of chess without having some kind of health problem). I can do without my health taking a beating every time my rating does. Pretty much the only times chess makes me <happy> are when I'm watching someone else's games and make a tidy profit. And as evidenced by all too many posters here, playing chess doesn't make people smart.

I'm addicted to chess anyway, of course; and I solve endgame puzzles semi-regularly to stay in form.

<<I won the 2016 FICS Blitz Championship :-)>

I don't.. really.. are you pulling my leg here?>

Straight up :)

http://freechess.wixsite.com/champi...

Oct-27-16
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  hms123: <dak> hail fellow well met
Nov-17-16
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  dakgootje: <H> Long time no chessforum-writ! How is life, still excruciatingly happy with the retired life? :)

<Heh... that's fairly well-known in Finland, but mostly as the song that's inexplicably popular among non-Finns :)>

It's just SO CATCHY. Also, there was this unrelated animation-video added on, with this girl swinging a leek. Instant classic.

<The melody apparently comes from the area of Savitaipale, otherwise best known as the hometown of legendary javelin thrower <Jonni Myyrä>> Two full reasons why I will never again forget the name of Savitapatai.. Savati. Of Savi. Prime among my knowledge of Finnish areas.

But you have to admit it's a good idea to put mythical super-hero of epic proportions in charge of everything. With every muscle they gain comes in-depth additional knowledge of town planning, organisation, and municipal duties. That's why I'm no good at any of them.

<Just your luck. Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

(Remind me - did you write that, or was that somebody else?)> No, that was me. But as I added: Presume not that I am the thing I was. Jesu, Jesu, the mad days that I have spent! Flubberscotch & hamleticity.

<You might not feel like a natural leader - but you're not a natural follower, either, and posts where you don't need to either lead anyone or be led by anyone will be hard to come by. I wonder if you might not be better off as a leader; first of a small group of researchers, maybe, then an army of obedient henchmen.>

I'd wager I'd be a better follower than a leader - but I'd agree that the difference would mostly lie in the number of followers. I could probably cope with the number of followers you'd typically need to, say, storm a small-sized village. Especially when the followers are blunt enough to do that without asking why.

I suppose when you are not clearly leading or following, you'd most often have a position of great freedom, and therefore responsibility.. and probably are self-employed ;D

<The thing is that playing chess almost never makes me feel better.> I can see that. I suppose it only feels good when you win after a long hard fight that was well-played by both sides. As losing is.. as you described, whereas winning due to a blunder by your opponent isn't really all that satisfying.

I'm actually very good at losing at boardgames, I don't mind all that much.. but I rather dislike losing with chess. There's just no bad luck to blame.

< Pretty much the only times chess makes me <happy> are when I'm watching someone else's games and make a tidy profit.> That's the thing with gambling - it makes everything more interesting. Even when the gamble itself doesn't matter in the slightest.

Last week I was with a couple of friends in Ireland. There was a bit of a delay going there, so I made a bet with a friend whether we would leave more than 10 minutes too late, or less. I won, it was 15 minutes - but all of a sudden the exact amount of delay was much more interesting than the delay itself ;D

Also, it won me a free whiskey, so that was nice.

<I'm addicted to chess anyway, of course; and I solve endgame puzzles semi-regularly to stay in form.> Since coming back, I occasionally look at the puzzle of the day. I am SO out of form. Like today, the Thursday-puzzle.. The first move, and response, were logical enough, but I utterly missed the second move.

But that's how it goes.. it's fine :)

<Straight up :)

http://freechess.wixsite.com/champi...

My word! That's fantastic - congratulations!
Did you get anything for it, or just ETERNAL FAME?

--

Speaking of chess, how are you liking The Ogre VS The Machine from Hell (and also from Russia) (and also from Ukraine)

Nov-17-16
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  dakgootje: Oh right, I almost forgot about cake.

<These approaches are also not mutually exclusive; it's like having two cakes, you can either pick just one or eat them both.>

I'm currently trying bits of both. Like, it's hard to choose. Do you go for the one with chocolate, and fruity flavours, and buttery rich textures? Or do you go with the foul stenching pile of crap that's force-fed through your nose? I've never been good at picking two very equivalent options.

I try to pick 2 things for each week to do very explicitly. For instance "writing on vacancies & reading through the enormous amount of newspapers that are piling up". Or "studying a programming language & do some serious cleaning you've been putting off for way too long and look, it's evolving." And while focusing on those two things each week, I ignore all other stuff (possibly by squandering time on cheap thrills)

And I think that approach works better for me, than trying to do everything at the same time, and losing all motivations facing the rising mountain of obligations.

As of now, all problems are still possible to solve.

Nov-17-16
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: You are far too intelligent to make a good follower. Take the job that you did have; sheep can deal with bosses from Hell (and Russia, and Ukraine) just fine, which may be why faithful Christians are viewed as sheep. You are not a sheep; you're a goat, like me, or possibly a werebuffalo. You're independent. You're your own master; you're the master of science; one day you will be the master of the universe, and control the destinies of all the puny mortals in it.

But it's not going to just happen. Someone, preferably a huge army of loyal henchmen, needs to work to make it happen.

<Speaking of chess, how are you liking The Ogre VS The Machine from Hell (and also from Russia) (and also from Ukraine)>

It's been an entertaining match so far, with all games drawn. The Ogre was the favorite, of course, and still is; but the Machine is putting up stiff resistance, a phrase that presumably means he seems to be dead but the Ogre is having problems burying him.

<Did you get anything for it, or just ETERNAL FAME?>

No prizes. Just ETERNAL FAME, and total exhaustion :)

<Last week I was with a couple of friends in Ireland. There was a bit of a delay going there, so I made a bet with a friend whether we would leave more than 10 minutes too late, or less. I won>

Why am I not surprised :-)

What were you doing in Ireland? Touring and giving autographs and basking in the adulation of your adoring fans?

Nov-17-16
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  dakgootje: I'm really curious about how Carlsen will play today. Even besides the fact that chess players are famously cruel to themselves what they should've played, and besides the part where he normally is really good at conversion - I suspect he might be much harder on himself in these cases. Especially twice in a row, especially at such an important and short event.

So I wouldn't at all be surprised if he takes more aggressive and double-edged decisions, even after a rest-day. But that's mainly based on assumptions, in these cases post-game press conferences are very valuable, but I haven't encountered them yet.

In a general sense, I've been really impressed by Carlsens opening prep. I've only seen game 3 and 4, but he went out of the main lines very quickly with Re2-Re1 and the whole ..Nc4 plan. Think the quick draws in the first 2 games weren't all that unexpected. Even in such a short event, I'd wager that it's nice to settle in, especially with a rest-day after the first two games.

I have to admit that Karjakin has been.. slightly disappointing. But perhaps Carlsen just managed to evade all tricky opening novelties. That said, in game 3 and 4, Karjakin just didn't create anything at all at any point. He got into a slightly worse position, and did a very good job holding on.

Also, I have to say I really liked the live videostream at chess24 - have you seen that? It's commentary by Svidler and this young canadian guy called Eric Hansen, who happens to be NOT Scandinavian! With that name! Anyway, young master Eric is about 2600, and seems to really lean on Svidler as the wise old grandmaster - tending to agree with Svidler before he even knows what he is agreeing on. However what surprised me, was that that Scandinavian Canadian has some really good ideas occasionally. So he does actually really add something at times.

And I just really like Svidler. Always seemed like a fantastic guy, and his commentary is very insightful, and how he often talks in ideas and structures, rather than specific moves. So I've wasted quite a few hours on those two games ;D

Nov-18-16
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Also, I have to say I really liked the live videostream at chess24 - have you seen that? It's commentary by Svidler and this young canadian guy called Eric Hansen, who happens to be NOT Scandinavian! With that name! Anyway, young master Eric is about 2600, and seems to really lean on Svidler as the wise old grandmaster - tending to agree with Svidler before he even knows what he is agreeing on. However what surprised me, was that that Scandinavian Canadian has some really good ideas occasionally. So he does actually really add something at times.>

<And I just really like Svidler. Always seemed like a fantastic guy, and his commentary is very insightful, and how he often talks in ideas and structures, rather than specific moves. So I've wasted quite a few hours on those two games ;D>

I'm watching the games at FICS; so I see Svidler quoted at times, but I haven't personally had a look at the chess24 videostream yet. Glad to hear you're enjoying it... but good ideas and structures won't help you much in a game if you make the wrong moves :)

There are plenty of Scandinavians in Canada. It's the appealing climate :-)

<In a general sense, I've been really impressed by Carlsens opening prep. I've only seen game 3 and 4, but he went out of the main lines very quickly with Re2-Re1 and the whole ..Nc4 plan. Think the quick draws in the first 2 games weren't all that unexpected. Even in such a short event, I'd wager that it's nice to settle in, especially with a rest-day after the first two games.>

Neither Carlsen or Karjakin has got much of an advantage from playing with White so far; which is perhaps not surprising considering their lifetime record (Carlsen is +2 as Black against Karjakin in classical games... but only +1 as White), but it's still worth noting. It's also in line with theme of the match so far - every time either side has got an advantage, it's been because the other player got tired of quietly shuffling pieces about and tried to actually make something happen.

I hope they'll keep drawing for another couple games at least... ;-)

Nov-20-16
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  dakgootje: ..Karjakin is a total bore.. Even when he had really good, potentially better, positions, he doesn't press but simplifies.. Perhaps he came closest to doing something active and forceful in game 5, but even there.. He seems so very cautious. That might actually be his match strategy, in which case I couldn't fault him, but it's much less fun for spectators.

<but good ideas and structures won't help you much in a game if you make the wrong moves> But the right moves won't help you the next game ;D

<Neither Carlsen or Karjakin has got much of an advantage from playing with White so far> I've got the feeling that Carlsen mainly tries to get a new position, where the players are on their own, and doesn't mind sacrificing his opening advantage for that. But that Karjakin is mainly trying to not-lose; and says "thank you very much for giving up that advantages", but subsequently doesn't press, because he isn't guaranteed a draw anymore.

HOWEVER, this was my view after the first couple of games. I'm not sure I would've had the same conviction if game-5 had been played earlier. He seemed to actually want to win that game. So yeah, I try to be not overly critical of Karjakin, but he certainly hasn't won me over either.

Nov-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: In games 1 and 2 Karjakin certainly played very dull, boring chess and seemed happy to draw.

Game 4 was where he tried to liven things up:


click for larger view

It's not that 18.Bxh6 was a totally unexpected move; but he had the opportunity to play the boring 18.Ng4, and instead decided to enter a maze of tactics... which very nearly backfired.

In game 6 Karjakin was outprepared in a sharp position, so it's hardly surprising that he did his best to simplify.

<So yeah, I try to be not overly critical of Karjakin, but he certainly hasn't won me over either.>

He's getting the job done. He may be playing dull chess, but he's drawn six consecutive games against Magnus Carlsen :-) You don't get extra points for style.

(Is my background as a Leko fan showing?)

Dec-01-16
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Well, to nobody's surprise, the Ogre came through in the end... but for such a boring match, it was pretty exciting :)

It's scary how many people seemed to think the Machine from Hell would be a pushover - though I'm not sure if it's scary in the sense that it shows how bad people are at estimating such things, or scary in the sense that it shows how people have come to view the Ogre eating his opponents as perfectly normal.

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