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Member since Dec-13-07
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>> (Most Notable Achievement in Correspondence Chess Winner: Brave New World: Human Intuition by Howard Sandler, Ph.D. and the World Team Chess Life August, 2011)

These are links that I find useful:

1. <<<New Search Feature instructions>>> chessforum (kibitz #7705)

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 (kibitz #8716)

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>.>>

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

   hms123 has kibitzed 12693 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-23-17 hms123 chessforum
hms123: <offramp> Yes, I saw that. I have most of his popular logic books. I enjoyed what I understood. Thanks, Hms
   Jan-14-17 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
hms123: No question about it:
   Dec-31-16 WinKing chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-16 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
hms123: Thanks. Merry Christmas!
   Oct-27-16 dakgootje chessforum (replies)
hms123: <dak> hail fellow well met
   Sep-16-16 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
   Sep-06-16 playground player chessforum (replies)
hms123: <pgp> I read all of the Ken Holt series as a child. I am pretty sure I owned most of them. Unfortunately, the books went the way of my comic books, my baseball cards, and the rest of my valuable possessions.
   Jun-02-16 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Annie K.> You must be thinking of the 90 <proof> rum <in the pudding>. ;-)
   Feb-25-16 Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (replies)
hms123: team white <OCF> Is this it? If not you might be able to find it by using search kibitzing on yourself and looking at posts near to that date. This came from page 2030 of your kibitzes. <Dec-09-10 imag ...
   Jan-26-16 ChessBookForum chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Zanzibar> Yes, it would be helpful. <GiuocoPianoMan: Anyone hear care to recommend a book on the English Opening? I have an MCO, but I wouldn't mind a monograph. This a new opening to me- and I have drawn twice with a computer program set at approx. my level 1700. ...
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Gone Fishin' Bisy Backson

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  hms123: <crawfb5>

I should get a very little credit for thinking that there might be a stalemate trick even though I didn't have a clue how to find it.

Mar-11-12  crawfb5: <H> As a numbers guy, feel free to do the math as you see fit. There were <two> stalemate tricks, depending on what White did, but I will leave the scoring in your culpable hands.
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  hms123: <crawfb5>

I did the math and came up empty.


Mar-12-12  benjinathan: Idid not see the game because I was at a chess tournament (temperature outside-17; temp. inside the Kitchener City Hall-bleh).

In contrast to last year I really like their place in the bracket. I think Harvard and Wisconsin are perfect for their style of play. I also think Syracuse are beatable - could be some fun...

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  whiteshark: <hms123> I see it. Nice! :)
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  hms123: Here's an interesting position. Black resigned after White's next move:

click for larger view

White to play <19.?>

Filguth vs A de la Garza, 1980

This was POTD back in October, 2009.

Mar-13-12  crawfb5: <H> As usual, I saw the parts, but did not put them together in the correct way.
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  hms123: <crawfb5> I make no claim to seeing most of them. They are all coming from <Invisible Moves>--hmmm...could that be the reason?
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  Fusilli: <hms> I saw it! I saw it! ... after thinking hard for about 10 minutes just because you said White wins instantly. Odds that I see that on my own, in real OTB game: 1 to... 5?
Mar-13-12  benjinathan: Commodores chances just got better:

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  hms123: <benjinathan> I love it! I liked Vandy's quarter of the draw anyway, but now I am thrilled. Now they just need to beat the only team in the draw with higher SAT scores.
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  WannaBe: I expect Fab Melo to declare himself for the NBA draft any nano-second now.
Mar-13-12  benjinathan: I think they play all good teams, but they are also all beatable, now even more so. As of this moment I have FSU going through but am contemplating a change. The Orange are a bad rebounding team and they just got worse. Ezeli and Taylor could have a field day on the offensive glass.
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  hms123: <WannaBe> I hadn't thought of that, but I will bet you are correct. At least Vanderbilt has seniors who will graduate in a timely manner. I think Ezeli wants to go to Med School.
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  WannaBe: Wanna Be a brain neuro surgeon, aye? Slacker... =)
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  hms123: <WannaBe>. I think he will be able to pay for med school out of his first check after he signs with an NBA team.
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  Jim Bartle: Give me a break. How much will be left over after he buys three Mercedes and a Lexus plus a six-bedroom house?

Of course he could always sell the rights to his name to some WannaBe rapper.

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  dzechiel: <As a PC guy, I wonder how you like the Fire. I am thinking of getting one for my wife ($$ matter). Your opinion would be very helpful.>

Of course it all boils down to what you need the tablet to do.

The Kindle Fire doesn't have GPS, no camera, no 3G, and all apps are purchased from Amazon (but there's a ton of free ones as well).

I installed a wireless router into the house to allow WiFi access for the Fire, and my kids slobbered their thanks, as now their smart phones could piggy back onto the Internet as well.

The Fire plays videos just fine, and I have watched streaming from Netflix with no problems.

I have also downloaded e-books, and they read much easier than I would have expected, even without the e-ink. One thing I noticed (and this would be for all tablets) is that you can read in poor light (since the screen is lighted) and that you never find yourself turning your head from left to right to left. A simple flick of the fingertip turns the page and you just glance to the top to continue.

It's smaller than the iPad, but my wife claims she likes that a lot. My sister has an iPad, and it is noticeably bulkier.

The Fire connects to your Windows box using a USB cable and appears as an external drive. You can copy music and images onto the Fire easily.

The Fire comes with a month free of Amazon Prime, which allows you one free (otherwise paid) app per day (for 30 days), and free two-day shipping on anything ordered from Amazon during that time period.

We bought one of the protective cases along with the Kindle, and I'm very glad we did. It wasn't cheap, but it really works, and doubles as a stand when viewing video. Let me know if you want to know the exact model case, there's a zillion of 'em.

All-in-all, I recommend it, but if you think you are buying an iPad, you will be disappointed. If you think you are buying a versatile tablet, you will be very satisfied.

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  Fusilli: <dzechiel> Thanks for your review! I am not the one who asked about the Fire, but I was wondering about it.
Mar-13-12  crawfb5: From Flear vs G Andruet, 1989:

click for larger view

Black played 66...g5?

Again, what's wrong with this picture and what should have Black done instead (and why)?

Remember, you have nothing to fear but Flear himself...

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  Fusilli: <C> What's wrong with taking the knight?
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  Fusilli: <C> Ah, okay, Be6 is wrong with taking the knight.

Now let me think...

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  Fusilli: <C> Well, after 66...Rxd4 67.Be6 Rxf4 68.Kxf4 g5+, can White win that? And I'm going to bed, so, if it isn't that, I give up!
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  Boomie: "Habent sua fata libelli"

Nice motto. Loosely translated it means "Do you have dead lips", right?

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  Boomie: Have the bracketologists explained why the Pac 10 regular season champion was left out of the dance?

Inquiring dogs want to know.

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