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

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   kellmano has kibitzed 4384 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-02-14 Caruana vs Topalov, 2014 (replies)
kellmano: Topalov is very gracious in defeat. Nice he can laugh about it.
   Sep-02-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
kellmano: <petrosianac> you are effectively citing the Euthyphro dilemma as applied to the state. I suspect that statists will appeal to utility to justify the belief that the state's opinion is the right one. Not that it really matters for situations like the one you describe as it's ...
   Sep-02-14 Sinquefield Cup (2014) (replies)
kellmano: Too many people in the tournament hall so there is not enough air to go around (see Olympiad).
   Aug-31-14 Nakamura vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
kellmano: This is a long think on move 14. Both players are running the risk of time trouble. I hope Caruana tries Ashley's suggestion of .....Bd6
   Aug-30-14 Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
kellmano: Magnus in trouble according to the commentators
   Aug-28-14 Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 (replies)
kellmano: They take long breaks in the online commentary
   Aug-27-14 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
kellmano: <ajile> Lawrence Trent?
   Aug-21-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
kellmano: This person is not Goldsby. No way, unless he has disguised his style with a cunning beyond that ever shown shown by the Floridian.
   Aug-21-14 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
kellmano: Thanks <al wazir> so it turns out the numbers I gave did make it moderately close. You're obviously a statistician, but I think the statement <A 0.2 probability of scoring once in ten minutes translates to 0.02 goals per minute> is wrong as it will be higher than that. ...
   Aug-14-14 I Saric vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
kellmano: <He did note that he thinks the air was thick inside the hall in Troms where 650 chess matches are being played simultaneously. Its fine that there are lots of people and that the prime minister is looking on, but its different conditions than what Im used to, he told ...
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  Fusilli: Thanks for your kind note, <kellmano>.
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Morning all. I had this position in a quick game yesterday and played 7. Ne5. I haven't got a chess computer to check, anyone see a flaw?

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  tpstar: <kellmano> Fritz 7 gives 7. Bxf7+! Kxf7 (7 ... Kd7?? 8. Ne5+) 8. Ne5+ Kg8 9. Qb3+ e6 10. Nxg4 Qd7 (10 ... Nxg4?? 11. Qxe6#) 11. Nxf6+ [0.81] winning a Pawn and ruining Black's Kingside. Second choice is 7. Qb3 e6 8. Qxb7 Nbd7 9. Nd4 [0.44], and third is 7. Ne5 Be6 8. Bxe6 fxe6 9. Qa4+ [0.38].

Black usually plays 5 ... Nc6 Opening Explorer followed quickly by ... e6 to prevent any tricks against f7.

I tried the Smith-Morra Gambit as White a few times back in the day, but just didn't get anything for the Pawn.

Sincere apologies for the previous claptrap. Some people would do anything to ruin the site awards. =)

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  kellmano: Thanks <tpstar>. As black I am peemanently focusing on the threats to f7 in the Smith-Morra - not always successfully :-)
Oct-13-12  Blunderdome: Hard to pick a favorite of the 69; even a top 5 required some reflection and I'm not sure if I got it right.

Washington, D.C.
Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
Sweet-Lovin' Man
All My Little Words
Papa Was a Rodeo

Not in any order. Yeah! Oh, Yeah! has the most plays according to iTunes.

Oct-13-12  Blunderdome: Hmm, the way I wrote that makes it look like I was replying to something. Actually it was totally unsolicited and it's not totally clear how I ended up on this forum.
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  kellmano: <blunderdome> not sure how I noticed that, but I very much like your numbers 1,2,4 and would add grand canyon, epitaph for my heart, abigail belle of kilronan and busby berkeley dreams. I love the whole thing, but unfortunately have lost disc 2, which contains loads of my favourites.

Oh, and 'i don't believe in the sun'. Great title for a song.

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  Check It Out: He <kellmano> I'll be in London for the chess classic this year. If you have time perhaps we can hook up for a beer, chat, chess, whatever.

Best, <Matt>. You can reach me at mattdday at gmail dot com

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  kellmano: <Check it out> Sorry i just saw that message. I'll be at the Classic on 1 December (Saturday). I'll email you later with some details. Should be good!
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  wordfunph: Merry Christmas!
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  Shams: Congratulations to you and the mare! Mazel tov!
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  kellmano: Cheers <shams>! I met your mate <check it out> at Christmas, and he spoke highly of you.
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  OhioChessFan: Candidates Moves Prediction Contest, sponsored by the legendary <chessmoron> and hosted in my forum, is now open. First round begins Friday. Click on Elvis for details.
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  Shams: <kellmano><I met your mate <check it out> at Christmas, and he spoke highly of you.>

Matt's from that island where every inhabitant half the time speaks lies. And his brother is from the neighboring island. It's three kinds of hoot when you get them together.

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  Abdel Irada: I know your moral problem was addressed to <Softpaw>, but I would be interested in your response to the answer I gave.

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  tpstar: <Someone who trusts you is on their deathbed and asks you if their wife was faithful to them throughout their life. If you know that they were not, what should you say? I find that this question roughly divides opinion.>

As a doctor who has held several deathbed discussions over the years, the most common theme I encounter is wishing they accomplished more with their lives, leaving a bigger legacy behind (as in memory, not money). The second is they should have spent more time with their family, and third is regretting some personal dispute which could have been satisfactorily resolved but wasn't. I would hope that such an intensely personal question like "Did my wife cheat?" wouldn't even be on the radar.

If I were asked, and I knew the spouse was unfaithful, I would reply, "I don't know that, but I do know that you spent so many good years together and brought several beautiful children and grandchildren into this world" - something positive, without necessarily answering their question but without lying. No I would not reveal any infidelity, as I know cases where someone was outright lying ("Yeah, I bagged her") only to reveal later that they were just playing games, usually just to play games. I would not risk having my patient or my friend die with such a lie weighing so heavily on their mind. Having said that, I can easily see how a good friend would politely lie in that situation, and probably not even think twice about it.

The statistics on cheating are truly frightening: 50% of married men and 25% of married women. For my male patients who cheat on their wives, I typically advise them to disclose their mistake/s and work toward saving their marriage, otherwise the guilt will consume them indefinitely. And the wife usually knows about it. It is not so much the cheating itself (easy) but the multiple factors which led them to cheat (hard).

By the way, you can delete the previous pseudolegal stuff whenever. That case was closed long ago. =)

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  perfidious: <kellmano>: The question you posed is far from easy to answer and poses a dilemma, for I should have to weigh the consequences of telling the plain truth vis--vis the alternative.

Being raised by a single parent who was wont to use truth as a weapon to inflict hurt, rather than for its own sake, has left me with an understanding that even that concept is very often amorphous, and I have tried to avoid inflicting emotional distress on others, while hewing to the truth.

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  kellmano: <perfidious> I agree with what you say regarding the infliction of painful truth. That's why I said that they asked (and trusted you). I certainly don't think that 'it's the truth' can be a justification for an offence. I was more wondering whether utility is the <only> measure of morality. I think it isn't.

<tpstar> I also agree with you, but I could always ask - What if on being fobbed off the patient insisted on the truth because they wanted to know it.

Thanks for the replies both. I have found pleasantly engaging recently, rather than just containing crude insults and dogmatism. It's nice.

Nov-13-13  MarkFinan: <kellmano: Just goes to show that the enemy of my enemy truly is my friend. I remember you boys saying that you had co-opted the other's username for a different word. Focus referred to lies as 'goldsbies' and AJ referred to number twos as 'The Focus'. I remember AJ saying that he told his kids he was just nipping to the loo to 'lay a Focus' or something like that. It made me laugh. Perhaps I have misremembered but I think not. I think it was in the period of the great Nakamura - Goldsby page. Makes me nostalgic to think of it.>

Lol. I remember that one too. I swear, when I was living with my ex we used to talk about so and so's Goldsby's whilst dropping a Focus haha

Nov-13-13  MarkFinan: Whilst Sat on the Robed.Bishop loool

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  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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