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Dave is my name & playing chess is my game. 8 ) -- I am originally from Laurel, MS, USA but now I live in Jackson, MS. 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 38 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: 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.">

<7 of my puns have been picked for game of the day!<>>: 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 Nielsen, 2014

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

<to see my games & stats/profile page on (username: eternaloptimist): -- 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 this year & 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 2/1/2017 <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>

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   eternaloptimist has kibitzed 1551 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-11-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
eternaloptimist: I'd like to say thanks to <CG> & <Annie> for doing a great job of running the championship leg. <centralfiles> I must say job well done to u for making a great comeback & getting in 1st place in the nick of time before this leg ended! Congrats on winning ...
   Apr-10-17 US Championship (2017) (replies)
eternaloptimist: Congrats to Wesley So, who is truly a genius of the chessboard, for winning the US Chess Championship!
   Apr-06-17 A Meek vs W Fuller, 1857 (replies)
eternaloptimist: I love this pun! This game has a really interesting opening but it's not the most accurate opening in the world. I agree w/ <wwall> 5...Bxf2+ is better than 5...Nxf2
   Mar-28-17 Karpov vs Adorjan, 1989 (replies)
eternaloptimist: After I played over this game, it looks like Adorjan didn't even have an actual plan. I think a logical plan is (starting @ move 12): 12...♙f5 & shortly after that play -> ...♘f6 -> ...♘e4 (to get a good grip on the e4 square & to get a good outpost ...
   Mar-11-17 Joel Benjamin (replies)
eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the 3-time US Chess Champ Joel Benjamin!
   Mar-05-17 Women's World Championship (2017) (replies)
eternaloptimist: I agree w/ u guys; Hou is the *real* Women's World Chess Champion! Tan proved she's a force to be reckoned w/ by winning this tournament but she's no Hou.
   Mar-02-17 Tan Zhongyi vs A Muzychuk, 2017 (replies)
eternaloptimist: This game is a lot more subdued than yesterday's game; off to the tiebreaks they go. Thanks <CG> for the coverage of this match! I'll see you guys tomorrow!
   Mar-01-17 A Muzychuk vs Tan Zhongyi, 2017 (replies)
eternaloptimist: @paavoh: Agreed...when Anand was young, it was amazing how quickly he could figure out positions. Tan is a strong chess player but she's not strong in blitz & rapid chess. Therefore she needs to move a good bit slower.
   Feb-28-17 Anna Muzychuk (replies)
eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to Anna & good luck to her in the Women's World Chess Championship going on now vs Tan Zhongyi!
   Jan-30-17 W So vs Wei Yi, 2013 (replies)
eternaloptimist: Wei Yi is a Super GM but he's not that super in the endgame. This is yet another example of a drawn endgame that he managed to misplay & lose. Here is a ridiculous example of him losing a drawn endgame vs Kobalia. 🤔: Wei Yi vs M Kobalia, 2016
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  perfidious: Something tells me that Darrach's comment was a bit of journalistic licence--I read that book many years ago and did not come away favourably impressed by Darrach's portrayal of Fischer.
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  eternaloptimist: It's quite possible that u r right about that. Some authors figure if they do the journalistic license thing, then their books, magazine articles etc will be more colorful & will sell more copies which will translate to more $ for them. There could be some lies in this book. I haven't read it, but I'll take your word for it.
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  eternaloptimist: I'm curious as to what books r the favorites of the cg community. Listing a top 10 list would be good but u can list more or less if u want. Please mention if u r ranking them in order or in no particular order. Thx in advance!
Jul-25-14  Mr. V: Hi there!
Do you mean only chess books?
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  eternaloptimist: Hi! Welcome to my forum! I want u to mention books preferably but if u would rather list articles on the web then that's ok too.
Jul-26-14  master of defence: Hello eternaloptimist! Do you play chess on any website currently? If so, which one? I would like to play you.
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  eternaloptimist: Hi! I'm not currently playing chess online but I used to play a lot on & Although I've thought about playing online again. Which website(s) do u play on?
Jul-26-14  master of defence: I'm currently on and, playing most correspondence games, actually, but I may play bullet/blitz games as well.

Does you still have active accounts on such sites you mentioned?

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  eternaloptimist: Well my acct is no longer active but my acct still exists. I like both of those websites a lot but I'm in the mood to try something new. I will create an acct on soon & I will be able to play u then...say on Tuesday or Wednesday. Btw what's your username on gameknot? I'll send u an invite shortly after I create my acct. Actually (#1) & gameknot (#2) are the 2 most popular chess websites. is ranked #7. The rankings change daily.:
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): Have you forgot your password?

You can create a new account on if you wish, it's actually have more features than, 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? Nš of members, views, feedback, etc?

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  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 & 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 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!
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  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 in the future.
Aug-02-14  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 !


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  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.

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  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  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
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  OhioChessFan: The member submitted Pawn contest was in, 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.

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  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

Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475

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  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.
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  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for the "ing" thing! U r the king of blue text!
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  wordfunph: <eternaloptimist> Merry Christmas!
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  eternaloptimist: <wordfunph> Thanks & Merry Christmas to you also!
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  wordfunph: <eternaloptimist> happy holidays!
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