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Welcome, all! This is the place for frivolous commentary, serious commentary, and cogent discussion.


My favorite wines:

Matted Elk (red), March 2012

Matted Elk (red), April 2012

Matted Elk (red), May 2012

Matted Elk (red), June 2012 (limited bottling, no longer available)

Matted Elk (red), July 2012

I am looking forward to the release of the August 2012 vintage.


Work, the what's-its-name of the thingummy and the thing-um-a-bob of the what d'you-call-it. (P. G. Wodehouse)

You have to bring some funk to get some. You can't just walk in a place and expect to get some funk. If you ain't bring no funk, then you can't get no funk..Another thing is, you can't fake the funk or your nose will grow. (Bootsy Collins)

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base. (Dave Barry)


Here's an article that I wrote:

<Chess Life, August, 2011, <<Brave New World: Human Intuition and Computer-assisted Chess>>

These are links that I find useful:

1. <<<New Search Feature instructions>>> chessforum

2. <<<Wiki info on FEN notation>>>

3. <<<Fen Help>>> FEN Help Page

4. <<<FEN Reverser>>>

5. <<<Zip File Archive>>> Zipfile Archive

6. <<Jan van Reek's site:>>

7. <<ICCF Archives:>>

8. <<iPad shortcuts:>> hms123 chessforum

9. <<pgn4web quickstart:>> Pgn4web Quickstart

10. <<change password:>>

11. <<Internet Archives WayBackMachine:>>

12. <<Avatar sizer>>

13. <<K+B+N vs K:>>

14. <<Collection to check out:>> Game Collection: They were surprised

15. <<Puzzles:>>

16. <<kingscrusher's video spreadsheet>>

17. <<chess.ok online opening book:>>

18. <<PGN reader:>>

19. <<Time zones:>>

20. <<Build an opening repertoire>> FSR chessforum

21. <<Is a website down?>>

22. <<FICS Info>> User: FICS Info

23. <<Map of US dialects>>

24. <<Windows Help Info>>

<<<Caissar Awards>>>

Thanks to User: wannabe for running the contest, and to everyone who voted for me or for any of the other fine nominees.

<<2008 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>. (shared with User: brankat)>>

<<2009 Caissar Award winner for <most constructive kibitzer>.>>

<<2011 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>

<<2012 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>

<<2013 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>


An interesting chess set that my wife gave me many years ago:

>> Click here to see hms123's game collections. Full Member

   hms123 has kibitzed 12498 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-09-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Jul-08-14 chesstoplay chessforum
   Jul-08-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <chesstoplay> I think we have to take him at his word at this point.
   Jul-08-14 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <cg> FYI <Rinus Award>: Activate: MuzioFan Years: 1 New Count: 14 There is a second possible award still under discussion.
   Jul-08-14 rinus chessforum
hms123: FYI <Rinus Award>: Activate: MuzioFan Years: 1 New Count: 14
   Jul-07-14 morfishine chessforum (replies)
   Jul-05-14 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Annie> <Switch> It is a question of appearances. The Bookie has decisions to make about how to handle late bets, when to cancel bets, possible cheating, which bets to offer, etc. Even if the Bookie were (like <Switch>) above reproach, there still might be ...
   Jul-02-14 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
hms123: <jess> BTW, photos galore are on their way.
   Jun-30-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
hms123: <pgp> <I will mention Mary Stewart's trilogy.> That was meant to be a very slightly humorous reflection of your blog comment <not to mention...>. I can't believe I didn't < mention> <The Sword in the Stone>--a real favorite.
   Jun-26-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
hms123: <WannaBe> Obviously the links work for me. Odd.
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Jun-22-14  Thief: <hms123> You've been a good friend to me. That means something.
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  hms123: <Thief>

Thanks. I'll be back in touch soon. RL is hectic.

Jun-29-14  Thief: <hms123> So how's real life now?
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  hms123: <Thief>

As real as ever.

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I had long suspected this, since your wife's name is <Arriba!>.

Here is a song Bruce Springsteen wrote about <Arriba!>:

Thanks for the raft of photos! I'm making a separate "sub folder" of my already impressive collection of <Martinez> photos just to hold them.

I gave the subfolder a suitably long name, too. It's labeled

<Halle DSV International 1974> (13 Sept - 1 Oct) Martinez finished 1st over Knaak, Smejkal, Savon, Malich, Vogt, Uhlmann, Liebert, Mueller, Moehring, Ciocaltea, Boensch, Paehtz, Fichtl, Gonzales and Filipowicz, with +8 -0 =7.

-"Martinez Tal - 8th World Champion" (PC-CD) Event Index, p.12

-"The Life and Games of Martinez Tal," p.12



Seriously <M> you've outdone yourself. I hope <Big> isn't too jealous of your latest array. He's recently put up an award winning raft of daring bird photos.

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  hms123: <jess> I know. He sent me some wonderful <egretious> photos.

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Good heavens!

I was completely taken by surprise by the <We Haven't Actually Discovered Anything Yet Except That "Documentaries" About Real Vampire Skulls Sell Tickets Channel> bird documentary you posted!

I had been expecting to see that <Big> had made some <screw you tube> photo montages of his fine birds, which is a good idea. He has already posted many fine <dogumentaries>, as you know.

Here is a little known track from <Big's> short lived, but infamous, garage band:

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  crawfb5: <Jess> Even earlier:

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<Big> That is an OUTSTANDING slide show, featuring some of your very best bird shots.

I hope <Martinez> isn't jealous.

Did you know his brother used to pitch for the <Baltimore Orioles>?

It's a fact!

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<M> Good news!

I found this peppy video that celebrates your literary career:

Did <Arriba!> put that together? If so, please extend my compliments for a job well done.

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  hms123: <jess>

Ah! Cousin Marty. Did you realize that <Marty> is short for <Martinez>?

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So your cousin and you are both <Martinez>. That's some alert naming from your family, <M>. Well done.

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I'm not even sure if you noticed my earlier new forum title, but I began worrying that it might blow your "webanonymity."

We can't have people knowing that you live in <Milford, Connecthedots>.

All manner of jackanapes might pitch up on your front lawn with cameras and such.

At any rate, I have since concealed your identity, with the help of my good friend <Charles Dickens>.

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  hms123: <Jess>

I always have great expectations for your forum titles. As we say in jolly old Canada:

Pip, pip, hooray.

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  WinKing: Sent you an email <hms123>.
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  hms123: <WinKing>

Got it. I agree and am on it. Details on their way.

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  MuzioFan: I am honoured to be nominated for the Rinus Award and gladly accept it :)
Jul-08-14  team kids can win: <hms123>, thanks very much to you and the other team members for the Rinus award nomination. I am honored. However, I feel that it would be improper of me to accept because I was gifted a previous Rinus award while using a different CG avatar that is no longer active. I believe that accepting a second award would not be in the true spirit of the gift.
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  hms123: <MuzioFan> Terrific.

<team kids can win>

I understand, however, we do have others who have won twice. I hope you will reconsider.

Jul-08-14  team kids can win: <hms123> I really appreciate the honor, however I wish to respectfully decline and hope you can find a worthy fresh face to receive the award/scholarship.
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  hms123: <team kids can win>

Thanks again. I appreciate your position on the issue.

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  chesstoplay: <team kids can win>

Twice is fine!

Great attitude, sense of humor and best effort was what < Rinus > was all about.

Please accept and continue as an ambassador of chess!

I, too, hope you will reconsider.

Peter / chesstoplay

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  hms123: <chesstoplay>

I think we have to take him at his word at this point.

Jul-08-14  team kids can win: Hi <chesstoplay>, there are a lot of great ways to interact with CG as a community site, but my goal with <team kids can win> was simply to focus on the team games as a dedicated, anonymous member...that is also a way of continuing as an ambassador for chess! So I humbly request that you find some other worthy to support who will also be able to make beneficial use of the premium membership for the CG site and community.
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  chesstoplay: <team kids can win>

I love what you wrote:

< my goal with <team kids can win> was simply to focus on the team games as a dedicated, anonymous member...that is also a way of continuing as an ambassador for chess! >


< H > , I agree.

Also, I saw your message at my forum.

I'll call you in a few days.


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