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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 and hms123 chessforum

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 12568 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-04-14 rinus chessforum
hms123: FYI <Rinus Award>: Activate: gofer Years: 1 New Count: 14 Activate: Cheapo By The Dozen Years: 1 New Count: 13 Activate: patzer2 Years: 1 New Count: 12
   Dec-04-14 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <> I misspelled <gofer> as <gopher>. Please correct it to User: gofer thanks--hms
   Dec-04-14 Blau vs J H Donner, 1958 (replies)
hms123: As a long-time lurker on the <POTD>, I would like to add my personal thanks and congratulations to all three <Rinus> winners. You have all done much to make the site better. thanks, hms
   Nov-27-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Nov-26-14 hms123 chessforum
hms123: <thief, expendable asset> One at a time, please.
   Nov-20-14 Travis Bickle chessforum (replies)
   Nov-13-14 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
hms123: <jess> A distant relative? Perhaps. Martinez Martinez Check this out when you get a chance:
   Oct-25-14 Arkadij Naiditsch (replies)
hms123: Happy birthday from a member of the Chessgames World Team.
   Oct-08-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
hms123: <pgp>. Those are great photos. I check in every day, but have been busy lately with travel, some photography, and more bridge than chess. It's a mental health break.
   Aug-25-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Phony Benoni> From the <PB> archives: <hms123: I used to watch Gus Triandos play in Baltimore. He was the slowest baseball player ever. I once saw him get thrown out at home by a mile (after tagging at third base) on a fly ball to the wall in centerfield. Come to ...
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  Fusilli: I just played this 3-min game on ICC!

I'm black.

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 d6 3. d4 Be7 4. dxe5 dxe5 5. Qf3 Nf6 6. Bg5 Bg4 7. Qg3 Qd1# White checkmated

Isn't that cute? :)

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  hms123: <Fusilli>

Nice quick game. What did you do with the other 2-1/2 minutes?

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  Fusilli: <hms123> I wish they rolled over!
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Be sure to check out this new longer game by <They Call the Wind Mariano> over here: M Sana vs J Sheng, 2014

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  MarkFinan: I know I haven't posted here in a while H but I want you to change this out?? If you go back to February of this year I posted a game in your forum. Now check this game out I Nikolayev vs G Rusyniak, 2004

How close is that?? Look at the pawn structure!?

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  MarkFinan: *check.

Predictive text!

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  hms123: <Mark>

That is amazing. I am impressed.

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  Fusilli: Bad news! I turned on the heat this morning for the first time this season, to discover it's not working! My house is at 64. Forty degrees outside. Luckily, it's not going to get too cold too quickly in Nashville. I'll have it serviced this week.

I hope the heating system in your 32-room manor is working fine. Remember you are hosting the Canadian band <Marianas Trench> next month. See <JFQ>'s forum if you missed this.

Oct-07-14  Thief: <Fusilli> I had nothing to do with it. I swear.
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  hms123: <Fusilli> That's not good. At my house we simply stack our furniture in the middle of the room and start a bonfire. Then we order more furniture.
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  playground player: <hms123> It ain't noir, but it sure is motley. I think you'll love these pictures of simple jobs done hopelessly wrong.

Everything OK with you? Haven't seen much of you lately.

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  Fusilli: For the record, I still couldn't get anyone to come fix my heating. Sometimes I wasn't available, but mostly, the two people I called kept saying "I think I can be there on XXX" and then they didn't follow up on it.

The persistent rainy days make it hard... the furnace is outdoors.

How long do I have before I really need it? I think my absolute deadline is next Monday. But I'm going out of town tomorrow for three days... Stupid conference! Arghhh!!!

Maybe I'll have to borrow some furniture from you.

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  Fusilli: Update: heating fixed!
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  hms123: <Fusilli>

Whew! I can now cancel my order for the furniture to be delivered to your place.

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  Fusilli: Good news! The city championship qualifier this year is one slow game per week, on Friday nights, starting November 7, skipping the Thanksgiving weekend. Five rounds. This to me is much more comfortable than packing five games in a weekend. I wish all the tournaments were at this comfortable pace!

I don't know how the final will be structured... it's generally a 5 or 6 people round robin in a weekend, but maybe it will be slow-paced too, which would be great. First I have to qualify, though. :)

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  Fusilli: Good news!

My glue traps caught two brown recluses!

Bad news!

My glue traps caught two brown recluses!

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  Tiggler: User: Lambda is a non-premium member who does beautiful original work for the WT, but posts his work mainly to the AT without any fanfare on the game forum.

There are several others who do the same, of course: I'm sure you know.

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  hms123: <Tiggler> Thanks. I do try to keep aware, but am glad to be reminded of that sort of thing.
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  playground player: <hms123> In your connoisseurship (?) of young people's literature, I hope you haven't overlooked the <Freddy the Pig> series by Walter R. Brooks. For a brief review of one of them,

Brooks wrote dozens of these, over almost 40 years, and believe me, they are a treat. I discovered them in second grade, and I've been a fan all my life. The stories are great, but I think you have to be an adult to appreciate the subtle, witty humor.

Nov-25-14  Thief: Well, security in that building was pretty tight, so people like them feel safe living all the way up there. I mean, those people just had a simple chain lock on their door. I guess they just wanna have a good look at the pizza guy before they open it all the way.

That's why I brought the bolt cutters. He opens the door, there's a chain there, I slip them in and snip--and guess what? It's not the pizza guy! Hehe.

Nov-25-14  Expendable Asset: <Thief> You got it all wrong. "Staying in the shadows" is all about being quiet and not getting noticed.
Nov-25-14  Thief: <Expendable Asset> Don't worry about my methods.
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  hms123: <thief, expendable asset>

One at a time, please.

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