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Philosophy teacher - Brighton - England. Love 69 Love Songs. Love Mulholland Drive.

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   kellmano has kibitzed 5582 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-30-16 Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016) (replies)
kellmano: It's a great achievement, but quite absurd to say he should have won, because he had good positions and blundered in a blitz match. There's a guy called chessexplained who plays 5 minute games on youtube, and he often cries when someone flags him in a worse position, but the reason
   Apr-28-16 Norway Chess (2016) (replies)
kellmano: I think it's reasonable to distinguish between understanding and practical playing strength.
   Apr-26-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
kellmano: It really is as boring as when someone openly hates all White people because of the colour of their skin and says it's not racism because the dominance aspect of racism is absent
   Apr-23-16 US Chess Championships (2016) (replies)
kellmano: <shams> I agree it is an experiment that has shown it doesn't add to the format. Nice interview with So on now though
   Apr-22-16 A Giri vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2016 (replies)
kellmano: <Shams: Following on <kellmano>'s comment, Giri was also the picture of grace in the post-game press conference. For a guy whose track record suggests a strong dislike of losing Giri was remarkably blithe after getting stomped.> <shams> I think he's a cocky young ...
   Apr-20-16 Topalov vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
kellmano: <offramp: <Knight13: <offramp: ... In fact most players seem to have two or three or more peaks before the final levelling off and death.> It'd be cool if you can provide a source for this.> There's no source I'm afraid> It rings true I think
   Apr-19-16 Carlsen vs Harikrishna, 2016 (replies)
kellmano: Why do we have to watch this also-ran play Harikrishna?
   Mar-25-16 Caruana vs Aronian, 2016 (replies)
kellmano: <and while your at it, I'd appreciate it if your King got a bit closer to harassing my Rook.>
   Mar-24-16 World Championship Candidates (2016) (replies)
kellmano: <varishnakov: Amazingly at this point it's still anyone's game (excepting Naka and Topa). One point back can be tied in one round.> Yes it's been a great tournament from a sporting perspective. A bit of a shame that no-one has clearly stamped their name on the right to ...
   Mar-19-16 Karjakin vs Aronian, 2016 (replies)
kellmano: If White's position is worse, then Black has to do something about the 'threat' of 17. Bxh6 here.
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  MarkFinan: Whilst Sat on the Robed.Bishop loool

Dec-03-13  ketchuplover: Happy Holidays to you and your kin :)
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  Shams: <kellmano> <Following my wife's pregnancy and subsequent birth.>

I've heard of virgin births but this is ridiculous!

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  kellmano: <shams> ha ha good point. A joke - I was out with some high school friends the other day. It was going really well until one of them said I should hang about with people my own age.
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  waustad: You are right. I got the DST off by a week. That will just affect the last round and tiebreaks, if any.
May-11-14  Expendable Asset: <kellmano> Are you a horse-back rider?
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  OhioChessFan: ** World Chess Championship Moves Prediction Contest **

Conducted by the Legendary <chessmoron> and hosted at Graceland, home of Elvis. Click on Elvis for details.

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  Shams: <kellmano> Have you read this book? Your idea of an existentialist murder mystery made me think of it.

(I have no idea why they have that classified under 'economics'.)

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  kellmano: <shams> yes I have. Or rather, I've started it. I noticed that there were lots of 'z's in it early on and this irked me so much that I couldn't finish it. Some of the philosophy was decent, but that constraint, once noticed, stopped me enjoying it. I could no longer be a reader, but also someone looking out for that letter.

The man I'm looking to emulate (with a different focus) is Krzhizhanovsky (sp?). Are you familiar? Bloody brilliant stuff on the whole. He deals with the 'I' wonderfully.

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  Shams: Never heard of him. Google suggests "Autobiography of a Corpse" as a starter; do you agree?


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  kellmano: <shams> I can only strongly recommend a read. Won't be everyone's cup of tea, but the eponymous tale is entertaining and then when I was reading a few of the others I was just in a state of disbelief that I had got to the age of 34 without coming across them.

If you get round to reading it drop me a note to tell me what you think. If you like Borges I think you'll like this.

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  kellmano: <OCF> I thought best to reply here so not to clog up another's forum.

You and I disagree about pretty much everything politically, but as far as I have seen you conduct yourself well. I know the left have a tendency to use sheer number to support their position, and also a tendency to dictate what is, and is not, open to discussion. Even though I'm a lefty myself I cringe when the people I broadly agree with employ such methods.

I would guess you broadly agree with <Big Pawn> and, like I said, I don't think he's an idiot. But his methods are appalling. Consider the problem of evil. Though not a theist, I wouldn't be too worried about it if I was, so it's probably a reasonable example.

Now, if I said,:

1. God is perfectly good and omnipotent
2. Evil occurs

Therefore God does not exist

and when a response is offered I just said 'Are you saying the Holocaust was not an evil? Another fly swatted. I've beaten all the buffoons on this page. NEXT!'

Wouldn't it annoy you? Particularly if attempts to genuinely engage were met in similar fashion?

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  OhioChessFan: <Even though I'm a lefty myself I cringe when the people I broadly agree with employ such methods.>

Yeah, I have a few cringers on my side. I probably am a cringe creator for some who agree with me generally. <HMM> sometimes causes cringes for both sides depneding on the topic at hand.

I will agree about the annoying tactics of <BP> I think that is mitigated to some degree by the tactics of those who disagree with him.

I will say that this past week, if a person doesn't agree <jls> lost a really unimportant skirmish with me, they are either dishonest or incapable of rational thought. I mean, he does x, I respond to x, and then he repeats x. When I call him on it, he accused me of doing x and he had just responded to my x. I showed him how he started it, again, small issue, and he gets quiet for a week. Not a big deal, really, though I think it smacks of intellectual dishonesty. And the cheerleaders on the left congratulated him for winning our battle. I let it go, but I assure you, I majorly wanted to get purposely annoying in response. I am sure you've noticed the right has been pretty quiet for quite a while now. I think it's because of the realization that when you are discussing things with people who are either dishonest or incapable of rational thought, you're just bleating in the wind and wasting bandwidth. Anyway.

I do agree there are some who try to genuinely engage and think <BP> has sometimes not distuinguished between the genuine and non.

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  OhioChessFan: You have only 6 games selected for Round 3. Still time to fix that.
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  tpstar: <kellmano> Thank you for voting in the Best Games of 2014 contest. You may choose up to 9 more games by January 14, if you like; just post them in order please. =)
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  chessmoron: <kellmano> You are doing great at the prediction contest. Tomorrow is round 4 and not a rest day.
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  OhioChessFan: ** Gashimov Memorial Moves Prediction Contest **

Conducted by the Legendary <chessmoron> and hosted at Graceland, home of Elvis. Click on Elvis for details.

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  Big Pawn: <kellmano: Now, if I said,:

1. God is perfectly good and omnipotent
2. Evil occurs

Therefore God does not exist >

The philosophy teacher? I can't believe you tried to express the Problem of Evil like this. There is NO explicit contradiction here. Not only that, but where is the logic here?

Compare this weak argument with the strong moral argument:

1. If not A then not B
2. B
3. Therefore, A

That is

1. If God does not exist then objective moral values do not exist.

2. OMV do exist.

3. Therefore, God exists.

This is in a nice, neat, textbook example of a valid deductive argument. Your argument above fails in form and fails to draw out the explicit contradiction you are trying to express.

However, you do provide evidence for the moral argument!

Neat huh?

See, you affirm the existence of Evil in your "argument" above. Evil is an objective moral value. In this case, objective means that evil is wrong EVEN IF I (or you, or someone, or many, or few) don't agree.

So, by affirming the existence of objective moral values (by trying to formulate a "problem of evil" argument), you've unwittingly affirmed the second premise in the moral argument - providing evidence for theism!

Isn't it amazing to think that the existence of evil counts as evidence for God?

See Alvin Plantinga's work on this for a good start.

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  kellmano: <big pawn> You really need to learn to read material you comment on. My point was about your style of argument. In the rest of the post I clearly say that I am not making that argument and that I don't consider it an effective one.

It's a bit like when you posted that link about the declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness, not realising it was directly opposed to your views. That was funny, but at least you admitted your mistake. Actually, now I think about it, you didn't, you just kept repeating yourself about how disgusting homosexuality is. And this from such a skilled debater.

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  kellmano: <shams>, <abdel> Either of you care to discuss Psychopaths with me? I've done some reading.

Won't bother posting my thoughts unless you care to read them and contribute your own. I'll happily start with my view if you're up for it though. My reading is limited for reasons I'll explain.

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  Penguincw: Hi <kellmano>. A bit late, but you can participate at the Moves Prediction Contest for the Sinquefield Cup: User: OhioChessFan. You were doing well at Tata Steel, why did you stop? There's also the ChessBookie Game!

Actually, I'll just copy and paste the invitation card:

Sinquefield Cup 2015 Tournament starts tomorrow (actually today) -

The tournament runs from August 23rd - September 2nd, 2015.

< Prediction Contests: (Win virtual medals - Gold, Silver & Bronze) >

User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 (3 categories to medal in)

lostemperor chessforum - Predict the order the players will finish. (3 categories to medal in)

User: OhioChessFan - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves for each game. (4 categories to medal in)

All three contests will be active!


Also don't forget about <chessgames> ChessBookie game for this event. He can't wait to take some or all of your chessbucks. ;)

ChessBookie Introduction

Don't miss out on the fun for this Super Tournament!

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  morfishine: <kellmano> We haven't engaged in conversation much over the years, but I felt compelled to send this heart felt thank you regarding that goof-ball <Karne>. Your comments in the Anand vs Topalov game Anand vs Topalov, 2015 are just what are needed. I have had this dufus on ignore for quite awhile

From your profile, you like OTB like myself...Lately, I've been getting into Chess960

Highly entertaining and fun too!

Happy Chess, morf


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  kellmano: <morfishine> thanks for the message. I think the quality of discussion on this site is its main strength. I generally watch the live stream via chess24 and when I glance down at the comments thread it's really a reminder of how nice it is here :-)

Not that I particularly mind it when a particular type of character (including me) receives sarcastic comments on the Rogoff page, but I think someone needlessly making mean comments to people who are contributing positively to a live game might put them off.

Aug-30-15  ketchuplover: Go Naka Go!
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  juan31: To <kellmano>

In < Golden Executive forum > <Game Prediction Contest> for the <London Chess Classic 2015> tournament. Round 1 will be played next Friday December 4 16:00 GMT(UTC +0:00).

Carlsen, Caruana, Nakamura, Anand, Topalov, Grischuk, Giri, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Adams.

Rounds: 9

The full pairings are released; the game prediction contest is open right now.

Just post your predictions before each round begins.

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