chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

 
Chessgames.com User Profile Chessforum

eternaloptimist
Member since Jan-23-08 · Last seen Sep-21-18
Dave is my name & playing chess is my game. 8 ) -- I am originally from Laurel, MS, USA 🇺🇸. I am a Christian & have been a foreign missionary to China, Spain, Morocco & Mexico. I learned to play chess when I was 9 years old in 4th grade in elementary school when my homeroom teacher taught my homeroom class how to play it. Ever since she taught me how to play it, it has been my favorite game. Now 40 years later, I'm still playing it! My style (positional) was heavily influenced by Anatoly Karpov & Salomon Flohr . When I first started studying chess books in my teens, I studied collections of their games. Karpov has been my favorite player ever since then. When I do "Solitaire Chess" in Chess Life magazine I get a low to mid-expert rating (2000-2100) quite often & I can last a long time against National Masters that are rated 2200 -> 2300.

<Tournaments<>><:I haven't played in a tournament since '03 in Denver, where I saw many GMs, IMs & lower rated masters (GMs: a 15 yr old Naka [who became a GM that same yr before this tourney...the U. S's youngest-ever GM at that time!], Shabalov, Stripunsky, Ibragimov & Browne just to name a few players)...tourney results: http://www.chesstour.com/elm03r.htm I met Patrick Wolff (2-time U. S. Chess Champion: '92 & '95) in New Orleans @ a tourney there in '92 after he won the U. S. Championship. He played a simultaneous exhibition vs ~20 players the day before the tourney. I remember that he had only 1 draw & he won the rest of the games. He played in the tourney & won it; he had a Q & A session as well. I asked him who some of his favorite chess players are & he mentioned Emanuel Lasker because: "He epitomized the struggle in chess.">

<13 of the games that I submitted to be game of the day (w/ my puns) have been chosen for it!<>>: Li Shilong vs Ding Liren, 2011 -- Factor vs Gilg, 1928 -- Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 -- Stockfish vs Rybka, 2013 -- N Evseev vs Flohr, 1949 -- Judit Polgar vs A S Rasmussen, 2013 -- D Bit-Narva vs R E Nielsen, 2014 -- L Bruzon Batista vs Zhu Chen, 2004 -- Bagirov vs N Radev, 1976 -- Kramnik vs M Bluebaum, 2017 -- Speelman vs J Horner, 1976 -- L Day vs Nickoloff, 1977 -- Pelletier vs C McNab, 2012

<<<>some of my analysis<>>: Keres vs Korchnoi, 1959 -- N Karaklajic vs Smyslov, 1955 -- I B Odesskij vs P Skacelik, 2001

<to see my games & stats/profile page on gameknot.com (username: eternaloptimist): http://gameknot.com/players.pl -- Type in eternaloptimist in the search box. (You have to have a gameknot acct. to see it.)<<<>>>>

<Right now I'm trying out different chess variants for something different. Please feel free to mention variants that you like in my forum.<<<<>>>>>

<I'm happy w/ the state of affairs in American chess right now b/c we have a lot of really strong players now. 2 very young players really stand out.: When GM Sevian was only 14 yrs old, he finished in the middle of the pack in the U. S. Championship in April '15! GM Xiong also finished in the middle of the pack in the U. S. Championship in '15 & he only lost 1 game at the age of 15!<<<<<>>>>>>

<Some of my favorite chess books are: 1) My Best Games by Anatoly Karpov 2) The Search for Chess Perfection by C. J. S. Purdy 3) 125 Selected Games by Vasily Smyslov 4) Modern Chess Strategy by Ludek Pachman 5) Transpo Tricks in Chess by Andrew Soltis 6) Pawn Structure Chess by Andrew Soltis 7) The Wisest Things Ever Said About Chess by Andrew Soltis 8) The Development of Chess Style by John Nunn & Max Euwe (Nunn added material to the original text that Euwe wrote.) 9) H.O.T. Chess by Paul Motwani 10) Salo Flohr's Best Games of Chess by Salo Flohr (translated by Gregory S. Donges) <<<<<<>>>>>>>

<1 book that helped me improve a lot is "How to Reassess Your Chess" by Jeremy Silman. Although he isn't the most honest guy in the world b/c he makes himself out to be a better chess player than he actually is. (I'm aware that he's an IM so I'm not saying that he's not a strong player.) He does this by giving a lot of his moves in the book a "!" or "!!" that don't deserve them. If you analyze some of his games on a chess engine then you will see that some of his moves that got a "!" or "!!" actually aren't anywhere close to being the best move. In addition to that sometimes he doesn't mention if his opponent plays a move that deserves a "?" to make some of his victories appear brilliant & to show the triumph of the strategical theme in a particular section of the book.<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>

<1 of my favorite chess quotes: "Many of Karpov's intentions become understandable to his opponents only when salvation is no longer possible." Mikhail Tal <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>

<*profile updated on 6/25/2018 <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>

>> Click here to see eternaloptimist's game collections.

Chessgames.com Full Member
   Current net-worth: 1,627 chessbucks
[what is this?]

   eternaloptimist has kibitzed 1629 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-15-18 eternaloptimist chessforum
 
eternaloptimist: I hope heís ok too. I didnít notice that he hasnít kibitzed in a while until u mentioned it. That is sad that Daniel died. Btw did u ever find out y he died? I agree that it looks like Sargon has things running smoothly on CG now
 
   Aug-31-18 morfishine chessforum
 
eternaloptimist: Hey <morf>, Howís it going? I havenít chatted w/ u in a pretty long time so I thought Iíd c how u r doing. I see that youíre doing very well in this leg of Bookie. The previous leg was crazy wasnít it? Itís also crazy that the number of kibitzes that Iíve made is the ...
 
   Jul-30-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: Like a lot of other people who frequent CG, it shocked me to find out that Daniel passed away. He was a generous & kind person who shared his love for chess w/ the rest of us by using his programming & web designing skills. He will be missed very much by us. My condolences &
 
   Jul-26-18 Nick de Firmian (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the 3-time US Chess Champ, Nick DeFirmian!!
 
   Jul-23-18 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: MC showed great technique in winning this endgame! A R♙ is the hardest ♙ to Q in most circumstances b/c itís tougher to keep your opponent from checking u. Thatís just 1 of the reasons why itís tough to ♕ them much of the time. U canít put your ♔ on ...
 
   Jun-25-18 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: Congrats to <Annie K.> on winning the Spring Leg! That was a great come from behind victory! I'd also like to say congrats to the rest of the top 10!
 
   Jun-25-18 Pelletier vs C McNab, 2012
 
eternaloptimist: <Richard Taylor> Cheers to u as well. Indeed it is a difficult & interesting game! I plan to play over the chess engine analysis that <cormier> posted & see what could've been done differently in this game.
 
   Jun-05-18 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: <OCF> That's good that u made most of your c$ on only 2 bets! I use the "all-in" strategy (like in poker) myself sometimes. I use the "pick em as I see em" strategy often also. I'm sure the <rhino> will try to pass u pretty soon. For a really long time he wasn't ...
 
   Jun-01-18 H Hunt vs J W Rogers, 2008 (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: Then again Skatchkov is a GM & Corbin is a FM so we shouldn't be surprised that Skatchkov has beaten much stronger opponents than Corbin has w/ the Elephant Gambit! 🤠
 
   May-27-18 Eduardas Leovich Rozentalis
 
eternaloptimist: Happy Birthday to GM Rozentalis! He found an interesting way to break through on the ♕side in this game! He would've gone after Appel's center ♙s if the game would've continued.: Rozentalis vs R Appel, 1993
 
(replies) indicates a reply to the comment.

Great Reads

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Jul-29-14  master of defence: Hm, isn't this account on gameknot yours? Note it also has the same country as you(United States): http://gameknot.com/stats.pl?eterna... Have you forgot your password?

You can create a new account on chess.com if you wish, it's actually have more features than gameknot.com, to be honest.

I didn't even knew there were a website just to rank the chess websites! But on which bases they're ranked? Nļ of members, views, feedback, etc?

Jul-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Wow! Yes actually it is my acct! I completely forgot that I created that acct! Although on my profile page, it says I created my acct on April '08 & I never played any games. Since that was several years ago & I never played any games, I guess that explains why I forgot about it...LOL! I guess I created this acct just in case I didn't like chess.com & chesshere.com. Although since I liked (& still like) both of these websites, I never played a game on gameknot. I would like to start off by playing 1 correspondence game w/ u. Just send me a game invite when u r ready to start playing a game. As far as how alexa.com works, I did some googling & I found out that it is based off of Internet traffic of people that have downloaded their toolbar. After u download the toolbar to your computer, they can see which websites u r going to. I wouldn't recommend u doing this though since u can get malware on your computer from downloading toolbars. I just found out today that they only base it off of people that have downloaded their toolbar so that makes me question the accuracy of it. Anyway I'm looking forward to playing chess w/ u soon!
Jul-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: I'm able to login to my gameknot acct. I tried some passwords that I use for other websites & the 3rd time was the charm! We can play on gameknot for now & possibly on chess.com in the future.
Aug-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <eternaloptimist> Sure, no problem. I've been highly critical of the pun selection over the past few months. My main point is a GOTD (Game of the Day) should be exactly that. The GOTD should be a high quality game, or why bother calling it "Game of the Day"?

Too often, the game is chosen for some silly, shallow play on word or "pun" without the game being very high quality.

BTW: Today was mine (Purdy) and not a pun at all: just a silly rhyming play on words. But I think the game is good enough

BTW(2): Nice username and avatar: A cat with 9 lives must be an eternal optimist !

*****

Aug-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: I realize it's tough to come up with 365 puns a year, and to be limited to high quality games strikes me as a bit much. I think some great puns aren't used because of low quality games. Why not? Go for the cheap laugh, I say.

I agree the vast majority of puns are shallow/obvious. That's not to cg.c's discredit. When cg.c had 25 or so puns from the kibitzers a few years back, there were a handful that were even remotely interesting.

Aug-07-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: I think both of u guys made some good points.†

<morf>: It's always good when the GOTD is a high quality game. It's more enjoyable to play over it then. <Shams> knocked your Purdy pun but it fits the game as <Mating Net> said in his kibitz. It's a good game & I enjoy playing over his games. His book "The Search for Chess Perfection" is a great book. I've read a good bit of it & played over a lot of the games in it. It's 1 of the best books of all time IMO. U mentioned the voters @ the Purdy game. When I vote in the "pun voting booth", I try to only give the high quality games w/ good/great puns the highest marks. I've only judged 34 of them so far but I plan to keep it up to help out some. The best 1 I've voted for that got picked was this 1: Letelier vs Najdorf, 1954
Thx for the complements about my username & the cat pic. <...A cat with 9 lives must be an eternal optimist !> Indeed! :D †

<Ohio>: It is indeed a tough predicament about the GOTD situation. If cg decided to bypass the voting process & intervene by having some of their employees go through some of the games & pick some of the GOTDs themselves, it would be time consuming so I agree w/ u that it's not to their discredit. Cg does a great job w/ their website! I do like "cheap laughs" as well! There's nothing wrong w/ some levity when it comes to puns. :D Pls elaborate on the "...25 or so puns..." that u were referring to. When did that happen & what were some of the games?

Aug-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <OhioChessFan> The issue is attaching all these "puns" and sub-par games to something called the "Game of the Day". GOTD to me means at least, an exciting, high-quality game. I was going to suggest to <CG> to create a separate column for just fun and puns, while leaving the GOTD for a decent game. However <DomDaniel> dissuaded me as he had already suggested this idea. So we are stuck with the GOTD as it is
Aug-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: The member submitted Pawn contest was in 2009.....wow, that long ago? Anyway, here's a link:

Game Collection: 2009 pun contest

<morf> yeah, I get that GOTD sort of announces a good game. I have thought they should attach a pun once a week and let the other 6 days just be good games.

Aug-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: I had forgotten I've officially submitted 4 puns. I don't think that accomplished much, so I normally just put my pun suggestions in quotes on the game in question's kibitzing section. Here's the official submissions:

Puns submitted by OhioChessFan:

How Low Can You Go?
Timman vs P Limbos, 1969

Dead Poetz Society
F Poetz vs C H Marais, 2008

I'd Like To Buy a Vowel
J Aagaard vs Hoi, 2010

First!
Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475

Aug-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for posting those links! I will check out some of the puns & games. I like your "How Low Can You Go?" & "I'd Like To Buy a Vowel" puns the best.
Nov-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan:

User: ing

User: bling

User: boing

User: ching

User: DING

User: ging

User: jing

User: king

User: ling

User: Ming

User: ning

User: Ring

User: spring

User: Sting

User: thing

User: tring

User: Xing

User: ying

User: zing

Nov-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for the "ing" thing! U r the king of blue text!
Dec-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <eternaloptimist> Merry Christmas!
Dec-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: <wordfunph> Thanks & Merry Christmas to you also!
Dec-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <eternaloptimist> happy holidays!
Jan-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: <wordfunph> Thanks!
Aug-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan:  
User: Aug

User: bug

User: eug

User: jug

User: jugg

User: MUG

User: Pug

Sep-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for the "ug" thing!
Dec-25-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year <eternaloptimist>. (great name by the way)

---

And in response to your response to my comment on the Kibitzer's Cafe, uh, yeah. <wordfunph> is a premium member, surprised he doesn't open his forum.

Hoping he does use Search Kibitzing, and if he does, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year <wordfunph>. :) If not, oh well, but Happy Holidays regardless.

Dec-26-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan:  
User: aot

User: cot

User: dot

User: dott

User: fot

User: hot

User: hott

User: jott

User: lot

User: mot

User: Not

User: pot

User: sot

User: zot

Jan-01-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Thx <Penguin>! Happy New Year to u! This is my favorite time of the year w/ Christmas & the New Year's Day holidays! Thx for the complement on my username. It reminds me to think positive. Yes that is surprising that <wordfunph> decided to end his forum. Haha yes hopefully he uses Search Kibitzing!

<OCF> Thx for the blue text, & I hope u have a Happy New Year!

Sep-01-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <eternaloptimist> Thanks for dropping by my forum! Good to hear from you! Good luck with the bookie game: I hope your chess bucks increase along with your posts!
Sep-03-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: <morf> U r welcome & thx for dropping by my forum! Hardly anybody kibitzes here anymore so I appreciate it when ppl do kibitz here. Thx for wishing me good luck & I wish u good luck in Bookie also!
Sep-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I hope <Morfishine> is okay. He might be on holiday, or taking a break from the site. I can understand if he did take a break because the place went a bit mental after Daniel died. It looks like Sargon is putting it back on track now.
Sep-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: I hope heís ok too. I didnít notice that he hasnít kibitzed in a while until u mentioned it. That is sad that Daniel died. Btw did u ever find out y he died? I agree that it looks like Sargon has things running smoothly on CG now
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific user and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.

You are not logged in to chessgames.com.
If you need an account, register now;
it's quick, anonymous, and free!
If you already have an account, click here to sign-in.

View another user profile:
  


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC