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Member since Sep-23-04
Scott Thomson

The Perseus Project: The classics in Greek, Latin & English--hyperlinked

A link to a page with downloads from the Venetus A, the oldest complete manuscript of the Iliad, courtesy of Harvard:

From Google Books, a link to Tarrasch's book on the 1908 world championship. I've translated his notes on the game pages.

Lasker's book on St. Petersburg 1909

Tarrasch's <Dreihundert Schachpartien>, which covers his career from the beginning through his match with Chigorin in 1893

Chess-play is a good and witty exercise of the mind for some kind of men, and fit for such melancholy, Rhasis holds, as are idle, and have extravagant impertinent thoughts, or troubled with cares, nothing better to distract their mind, and alter their meditations; invented (some say) by the general of an army in famine, to keep soldiers from mutiny: but if it proceed from overmuch study, in such case it may do more harm than good; it is a game too troublesome for some men's brains, too full of anxiety, all out as bad as study; besides it is a testy choleric game, and very offensive to him that loseth the mate. William the Conquerer, in his younger years, playing at chess with the Prince of France (Dauphine was not annexed to that crown in those days) losing a mate, knocked the chess-board about his pate, which was a cause afterwards of much enmity between them.

--Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

"Just because many great chess players were obnoxious jerks, doesn't mean that if you're an obnoxious jerk you're a great chess player."


"You are also a machine, as are Anand, Carlsen, Kasparov, and Fischer. You and the others are just inferior machines. Your idea of beautiful chess is simply faulty chess that is not caught in its faults."


"Alas, before the post mortem the gods have placed the game."

--Phony Benoni

"A chess engine is a great antidote to human optimism."


"[Y]ou have not been mean to me. Being mean to me is accepting my sacrifices and then taking me to a lost ending."

--Sally Simpson

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

   keypusher has kibitzed 24603 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Oct-15-19 A Reif vs Lasker, 1889
keypusher: <FSR: This is the only game in the database with the weird 2...f6. Opening Explorer A strong response would have been 3.e4! when Black cannot regain the pawn with 3...fxe5 because of 4.Qh5+. After, say, 3...Nc6 4.d4 Black has a terrible game a pawn down.> Surprisingly, it ...
   Oct-15-19 Grand Swiss IoM (2019)
keypusher: <Messiah: Sorry I meant Alekseenko.> Nobody cares. You're making a fool of yourself in the most boring way possible.
   Oct-15-19 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
keypusher: <johnlspouge> I've lived in the UK, various places in the USA, and the Dominican Republic. I'd probably rate the cops in the three countries in roughly that order. But they varied a lot from place to place. Dominican police were a mixture of crooks-with-badges and ...
   Oct-15-19 Jeremy Lim (replies)
keypusher: < saffuna: From the story: <Ottavino had thrown 399 sliders to righthanded hitters, held them to a ridiculous .124 batting average and did not allow a home run.> How do you determine what batters hit against a certain pitch? If a batter swings and misses at a slider for ...
   Oct-15-19 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2018
keypusher: < Messiah: What a 'beautiful' game... I am sorry, my godess CaÔssa, that this exists.> I'm not. The first 45 moves are pretty thrilling. I suspect you didn't actually look at the game.
   Oct-15-19 Carlsen vs Shirov, 2019 (replies)
keypusher: <Ulhumbrus: Let us try some loss of time on the part of Black: 6...Nxc3 7 bxc3 Nxe5 8 dxe5 Be6 9 O-O Qd7 10 Rb1 O-O-O. Now what is White going to do?> Play 11.Bg5 with a winning position, since 11....Be7 12.Bb5 c6 13.Bxc6! bxc6 14.Qd3 is crushing.
   Oct-14-19 Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958
keypusher: <cunctatorg: which Black's move is the error? I thought that he should play (instead of 9... Ne8?) 9... Nxb3 but he must lose one piece then...> Not that much after 9....Nxb3 10.ef Nxa1 11.fg Nxc2+ (or 11....Kxg7) 12.Nxc2 Kxg7 (two pieces for a rook). But he's still in very ...
   Oct-14-19 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
keypusher: <Chess4849: I thought the whole idea of this site was to talk about chess and not politics. Why can't people put politics aside? This site is called after all. What are your thoughts of this line in the ruy Lopez? E4 e5 nf3 Nc6 Bb5 a6 Bb3 Nf6 c4.> I think your
   Oct-14-19 keypusher chessforum (replies)
keypusher: <Fusilli> <diademas> Yes, it is! Of course once I finally got it I wondered why it took me so long. I saw the stalemate after 1.Ba2 h6 2.Bxc4 early, and it was also pretty quickly apparent that White couldn't abandon his pawn on h4, so you'd think 2.Qxc4 would have ...
   Oct-13-19 R Felgaer vs Rublevsky, 2004
keypusher: [DIAGRAM] 37.Qxg4 Nxg4 38.Bd2 Rxc2 and itís still a game at least.
   Oct-13-19 Morphy vs A Meek, 1855 (replies)
   Oct-13-19 Murey vs Hebden, 1988 (replies)
   Oct-12-19 Petrosian vs Larsen, 1966
   Oct-12-19 Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971)
   Oct-09-19 Smyslov - Botvinnik World Championship Rematch (1958) (replies)
   Oct-09-19 World Cup (2019) (replies)
   Oct-08-19 Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1958
   Oct-06-19 Bird vs Blackburne, 1895 (replies)
   Oct-06-19 Korchnoi vs V Mikenas, 1962
   Oct-04-19 Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1953 (replies)
   Oct-03-19 Pilnik vs Graf-Stevenson, 1942
   Oct-02-19 Stellwagen vs V Cmilyte, 2001
   Sep-30-19 W Winter vs Capablanca, 1919 (replies)
   Sep-30-19 Fischer vs Spassky, 1966 (replies)
   Sep-30-19 Gunsberg vs Steinitz, 1891
   Sep-27-19 Veresov vs Lilienthal, 1940 (replies)
   Sep-26-19 Beniamino Bison
   Sep-24-19 C Costello vs M Fogg, 2011 (replies)
   Sep-24-19 Smyslov vs Kotov, 1953
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   Sep-23-19 J Xiong vs J K Duda, 2019
   Sep-23-19 W Michel vs Spielmann, 1926
   Sep-23-19 Ulf Andersson vs E Limp, 1985
   Sep-19-19 F Felecan vs F Rhine, 2019 (replies)
   Sep-18-19 Leonhardt vs Rubinstein, 1911
   Sep-18-19 Petrosian vs Simagin, 1956 (replies)
   Sep-18-19 G Marco vs Lasker, 1904
   Sep-18-19 Ulf Andersson vs Salov, 1987
   Sep-18-19 Carlsen vs S Randjelovic, 1999 (replies)
   Sep-17-19 Morphy vs F Perrin, 1857 (replies)
   Sep-17-19 Morphy vs G Hammond, 1859
   Sep-16-19 Rustem Khazitovich Dautov
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   Sep-15-19 Zsofia Polgar vs C Selles, 1991
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   Sep-13-19 Hromadka vs Tarrasch, 1922
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   Sep-10-19 Dale A Brandreth (replies)
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   Sep-07-19 Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander
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   Sep-07-19 Kasparov vs Gheorghiu, 1982
   Sep-07-19 Beliavsky vs Ulf Andersson, 1982
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   Sep-06-19 A C Palmer vs C Boyce, 1908
   Sep-06-19 Scott Thomson
   Sep-06-19 Botvinnik vs C H Alexander, 1958 (replies)
   Sep-05-19 Nimzowitsch vs Leonhardt, 1911
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   Sep-04-19 Bill Wall (replies)
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   Aug-26-19 Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1916
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   Aug-25-19 Spielmann vs Moewig, 1904
   Aug-14-19 J Tamargo vs Fischer, 1956 (replies)
   Aug-10-19 J Song vs E Hadet, 2013
   Aug-01-19 Spassky vs Keres, 1955
   Jul-30-19 Estrin vs Koptev, 1941 (replies)
   Jul-30-19 Stahlberg vs Bronstein, 1950 (replies)
   Jul-28-19 Simon Kim Williams (replies)
   Jul-28-19 Tarrasch vs Schlechter, 1911
   Jul-26-19 Daniel Freeman (replies)
   Jul-24-19 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
   Jul-23-19 Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1980
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   Jul-23-19 Grand Prix Riga (2019) (2019) (replies)
   Jul-20-19 Mariano Sana (replies)
   Jul-20-19 S Nyman vs K Skold, 1943
   Jul-20-19 Botvinnik vs A Buslaev, 1963
   Jul-20-19 Ghizdavu vs Ulf Andersson, 1969
   Jul-19-19 Kasparov vs Sax, 1982 (replies)
   Jul-18-19 AlphaZero - Stockfish Match (2018) (replies)
   Jul-18-19 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2018
   Jul-18-19 Alatortsev vs G Goldberg, 1932 (replies)
   Jul-18-19 Kaissa vs Chaos, 1974 (replies)
   Jul-17-19 G Chandler vs V Slaven, 1991 (replies)
   Jul-17-19 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2018 (replies)
   Jul-16-19 Keres vs V Mikenas, 1968
   Jul-16-19 Radjabov vs R Rapport, 2019 (replies)
   Jul-16-19 Alan Turing (replies)
   Jul-15-19 Fischer - Spassky (1992) (replies)
   Jul-13-19 O Field vs O Tenner, 1922 (replies)
   Jul-12-19 D Gormally vs Emms, 1999
   Jul-12-19 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2018 (replies)
   Jul-11-19 Carlsen vs K Holm, 2018
   Jul-11-19 Carlsen vs A Sharafiev, 2018
   Jul-11-19 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2018 (replies)
   Jul-10-19 Kasparov vs B Ivanovic, 1983 (replies)
   Jul-08-19 W So vs Nakamura, 2019 (replies)
   Jul-08-19 Mamedyarov vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2019
   Jul-07-19 Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2019 (replies)
   Jul-07-19 Ding Liren vs Carlsen, 2019
   Jul-05-19 GCT Croatia (2019) (replies)
   Jul-05-19 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2019 (replies)
   Jul-05-19 I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Jul-04-19 A Giri vs Mamedyarov, 2019 (replies)
   Jul-01-19 Ding Liren vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-28-19 A Giri vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-28-19 Marshall vs Lasker, 1907
   Jun-28-19 Korchnoi vs D Keller, 1984 (replies)
   Jun-27-19 Carlsen vs Anand, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-27-19 Norway Chess (2019) (replies)
   Jun-26-19 I Aloni vs Bronstein, 1956
   Jun-26-19 Evgeny Zagorjansky
   Jun-24-19 Fischer vs I Ibrahimoglu, 1970 (replies)
   Jun-24-19 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
   Jun-23-19 Tarrasch vs Janowski, 1914
   Jun-22-19 Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 (replies)
   Jun-21-19 Karpov Poikovsky (2019) (replies)
   Jun-21-19 Sasikiran vs V Artemiev, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-20-19 Tarrasch vs H W Trenchard, 1898 (replies)
   Jun-20-19 Duchamp vs V Kahn, 1924
   Jun-19-19 K Spraggett vs E Macskasy, 1975
   Jun-19-19 Spassky vs E Macskasy, 1964 (replies)
   Jun-19-19 Alekhine vs Marshall, 1914 (replies)
   Jun-18-19 T M Avery (replies)
   Jun-17-19 N Dennis vs A Rudolf, 2013
   Jun-17-19 Siegbert Tarrasch (replies)
   Jun-16-19 Peter Svidler
   Jun-15-19 Alekhine vs Janowski, 1914 (replies)
   Jun-15-19 Alekhine vs O Bernstein, 1914 (replies)
   Jun-14-19 Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-13-19 Carlsen vs Yu Yangyi, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-13-19 Carlsen vs Kasparov, 2004
   Jun-13-19 Ding Liren vs Mamedyarov, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-12-19 W So vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-12-19 W So vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-11-19 Petrosian vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
   Jun-10-19 Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-10-19 Capablanca vs Ed. Lasker, 1915
   Jun-09-19 Morphy vs E Morphy, 1856
   Jun-08-19 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
   Jun-07-19 Bogoljubov vs Capablanca, 1928
   Jun-06-19 Aronian vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-06-19 Mamedyarov vs Aronian, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-05-19 Grischuk vs W So, 2019
   Jun-05-19 Aronian vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-04-19 Carlsen vs W So, 2019
   Jun-01-19 V Tukmakov vs Tal, 1973
   May-31-19 Tal vs Karpov, 1973 (replies)
   May-29-19 P Clarke vs Gligoric, 1968 (replies)
   May-27-19 FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2019) (replies)
   May-24-19 T Rodshtein vs A Van Poucke, 2013
   May-24-19 M Torre vs B Wall, 1971
   May-24-19 Kasparov vs Csom, 1980
   May-22-19 Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (replies)
   May-22-19 Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972) (replies)
   May-22-19 Morphy vs S Lewis, 1859
   May-22-19 Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935
   May-22-19 Sosonko vs Karpov, 1979 (replies)
   May-20-19 Lasker vs Bird, 1890
   May-20-19 Tal vs Koblents, 1957
   May-20-19 Chigorin vs Tinsley, 1899
   May-15-19 Carlsen vs Nikita Petrov, 2018
   May-12-19 L Shamkovich vs P Dely, 1962 (replies)
   May-11-19 B Amin vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   May-10-19 Grand Chess Tour Cote díIvoire (Rapid & Blitz) (2019) (replies)
   May-10-19 A Planinc vs Robert E Byrne, 1975
   May-09-19 Carlsen vs W So, 2019 (replies)
   May-08-19 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   May-02-19 Svidler vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   May-02-19 Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938
   May-02-19 Yasser Seirawan (replies)
   May-02-19 Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky, 1945
   May-01-19 Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2019 (replies)
   May-01-19 GRENKE Chess Classic (2019) (replies)
   Apr-27-19 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-27-19 Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1961 (replies)
   Apr-26-19 G Meier vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-25-19 V Keymer vs G Meier, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-25-19 Yanofsky vs Fischer, 1962
   Apr-24-19 Carlsen vs Naiditsch, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-24-19 G Meier vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-23-19 Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852
   Apr-23-19 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2018
   Apr-23-19 Emanuel Lasker (replies)
   Apr-23-19 Robert James Fischer (replies)
   Apr-23-19 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-23-19 I Nei vs S Makarichev, 1974 (replies)
   Apr-22-19 Carlsen vs Anand, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-21-19 Anand vs V Keymer, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-21-19 F Vallejo Pons vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-20-19 G Meier vs F Vallejo Pons, 2019
   Apr-20-19 V Keymer vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-19-19 Rudolf Spielmann (replies)
   Apr-19-19 Gashimov Memorial (2019) (replies)
   Apr-19-19 Beer (replies)
   Apr-19-19 Morphy vs Richard Dawson, 1859 (replies)
   Apr-18-19 H E Atkins vs W Schwan, 1899
   Apr-18-19 Odd Lie (replies)
   Apr-17-19 Staunton vs E Williams, 1851
   Apr-16-19 Staunton vs Anderssen, 1851
   Apr-15-19 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
   Apr-15-19 H Caro vs Steinitz, 1898
   Apr-14-19 M Judd vs Steinitz, 1897 (replies)
   Apr-11-19 Carlsen vs Rainn Wilson, 2014
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   Apr-09-19 Paulsen vs Anderssen, 1877
   Apr-09-19 Carlsen vs Grischuk, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-08-19 Carlsen vs A Giri, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-07-19 NN vs F Rhine, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-06-19 A Zapata vs Anand, 1988
   Apr-05-19 R Ault vs J A Curdo, 1963
   Apr-04-19 Carlsen vs Anand, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-03-19 Mamedyarov vs Navara, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-03-19 Topalov vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-02-19 Navara vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Mar-31-19 A Zatonskih vs Jennifer Yu, 2019 (replies)
   Mar-31-19 T Gelashvili vs A Liang, 2017
   Mar-26-19 Oldrich Duras (replies)
   Mar-20-19 Gurgenidze vs Tal, 1957
   Mar-20-19 Paul Keres (replies)
   Mar-20-19 Botvinnik vs Hort, 1968
   Mar-12-19 M Jelic vs J Copie, 2000 (replies)
   Mar-12-19 Fischer vs R Barry, 1964
   Mar-09-19 Charousek vs Maroczy, 1895
   Mar-07-19 Fischer vs O Celle, 1964
   Mar-07-19 Fischer vs E McCaskey, 1964
   Mar-04-19 Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch, 1925
   Feb-17-19 D Rensch vs John Dould, 2001
   Feb-16-19 Stockfish vs AlphaZero, 2018 (replies)
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   Feb-15-19 Cairns Cup (2019) (replies)
   Feb-15-19 chessforum (replies)
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   Feb-11-19 S Boden vs Morphy, 1858 (replies)
   Feb-11-19 Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1914 (replies)
   Feb-10-19 Fischer vs M Green, 1957
   Feb-06-19 Capablanca vs T A Carter, 1909 (replies)
   Feb-06-19 Saemisch vs Bogoljubov, 1926
   Feb-05-19 Mackenzie vs J Mason, 1882
   Feb-04-19 M Damjanovic vs Botvinnik, 1967
   Feb-03-19 V Kovalev vs S Kuipers, 2019
   Feb-03-19 Gibraltar Masters (2019) (replies)
   Feb-01-19 E Cohn vs Schlechter, 1909 (replies)
   Feb-01-19 Aronian vs D Howell, 2019 (replies)
   Feb-01-19 Steinitz vs Sellman, 1885 (replies)
   Feb-01-19 V Artemiev vs A Gallego Alcaraz, 2019 (replies)
   Jan-31-19 Mamedyarov vs V S Gujrathi, 2019
   Jan-31-19 Botvinnik vs L Savitsky, 1932
   Jan-31-19 Fischer vs V Pupols, 1955 (replies)
   Jan-30-19 Anderssen vs Paulsen, 1873
   Jan-29-19 Mikhail Botvinnik (replies)
   Jan-29-19 Tata Steel Masters (2019) (replies)
   Jan-28-19 S Shankland vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2019 (replies)
   Jan-27-19 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2018
   Jan-27-19 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2017 (replies)
   Jan-26-19 A Giri vs S Shankland, 2019 (replies)
   Jan-26-19 Carlsen vs J K Duda, 2019 (replies)
   Jan-26-19 Taimanov vs Petrosian, 1953
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   Jan-25-19 Carlsen vs A Giri, 2017 (replies)
   Jan-24-19 G A Thomas vs Rubinstein, 1922 (replies)
   Jan-24-19 V Fedoseev vs A Giri, 2019 (replies)
   Jan-22-19 Carlsen vs Van Wely, 2013
   Jan-20-19 Carlsen vs R Rapport, 2019 (replies)
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   Jan-19-19 V Fedoseev vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
   Jan-18-19 Short vs G Sargissian, 2008
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   Jan-11-19 Walter Shawn Browne
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   Jan-10-19 Paul Morphy (replies)
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  keypusher: [Event "September Correspondence Tournament"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2006.09.05"]
[Round "-"]
[White "keypusher"]
[Black "Phony Benoni"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C41"]
[WhiteCountry "USA"]
[BlackCountry "USA"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bd6 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nc3 Bxe5 13.dxe5 Qxe5 14.Be3 Be6 15.Qd4 Qxd4 16.Bxd4 Bd5 17.O-O-O Nd7 18.Nxd5 cxd5 19.Bc3 Nc6 20.Rxd5 O-O-O 21.Bxg7 1-0

Sep-02-19  Tiggler: Hi <keypusher>! I see you are coming up to your 15-year anniversary this month. Last year I read, on one of their fora a post from <technical draw> congratulating <offramp> on his 15-year anniversary and saying the his (<technical draw>'s) would be coming up in Nov 2018. Since then, both have departed, seemingly, from the site. <technical draw> said he would be going away (to Israel) and has not been heard from since, and the in May 2019 <offramp> left the simple message <Goodbye, friends> on his forum. <offramp> has been heard from once since, however, in August, and his forum is still open.

I hope you will leave us a salvete, before you go if, like so many others recently, you decide to do so.

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  keypusher: <tiggler> well thanks for telling me about that anniversary, about which I was wholly unaware. :-) Not planning on leaving, but I'll certainly say something if I do.

I sure hope technical draw and offramp come back.

Sep-02-19  paavoh: For <offramp>, one sighting on the Miss Scarlett page:

<Aug-17-19 Premium Chessgames Member offramp: There is a horse named Miss Scarlett running in the 1:55 at Perth today.>

Hoping for his full return...

Sep-03-19  Tiggler: I tried to be clever using the latin word salvete. Of course, I made a fool of myself instead. I should have used valete.

salvete - welcome
valete - farewell

Sep-12-19  Nisjesram: <keypusher> , a question , if you please :

<Bobsterman3000: < keypusher: <My question - if Mueller had indeed found a smoking gun of Trump emailing Putin to say "please have your orthographically-challenged Internet trolls post as many Bernie Sanders speedo memes as it takes to flip the election, and here's $50 bucks to accomplish it" - what do you think Mueller would've done?> Wrapped it in swaddling clothes, and laid it at the doorstep of the House Judiciary Committee.> Exactly!!

In the form of clearly delineated and outlined <recommended charges> - just like Ken Starr did.

That didn't just happen with obstruction (or anything else), obviously.


You did not respond to this post of <bobsterman>. Does that mean you have conceded <keypusher > ?

Thank you . Regards.

Sep-12-19  Nisjesram: <keypusher> <I sure hope technical draw and offramp come back>

Well , in different phases of life people may want to do different things. May be they want to do something else now.... ..

For example , a friend of mine used to enjoy solving puzzles on this site earlier , however , now he likes learning singing more and he is very happy with the progress he making in learning singing and as a result he does not have much time for this site any more.


Sep-12-19  Tiggler: <Well , in different phases of life people may want to do different things. May be they want to do something else now.... ..>

<Nisjesram> This post ignores the elephant in the room: this site is not the same as it had been for the preceding 15 years.

Sep-12-19  Nisjesram: <Tiggler: <Well , in different phases of life people may want to do different things. May be they want to do something else now.... ..> <Nisjesram> This post ignores the elephant in the room: this site is not the same as it had been for the preceding 15 years.>

Point noted.

Which are the areas where you would want improvement ?

Thank you.


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  keypusher: < Nisjesram: <keypusher> , a question , if you please : <Bobsterman3000: < keypusher: <My question - if Mueller had indeed found a smoking gun of Trump emailing Putin to say "please have your orthographically-challenged Internet trolls post as many Bernie Sanders speedo memes as it takes to flip the election, and here's $50 bucks to accomplish it" - what do you think Mueller would've done?> Wrapped it in swaddling clothes, and laid it at the doorstep of the House Judiciary Committee.> Exactly!!

In the form of clearly delineated and outlined <recommended charges> - just like Ken Starr did.

That didn't just happen with obstruction (or anything else), obviously.


You did not respond to this post of <bobsterman>. Does that mean you have conceded <keypusher > ?

Thank you . Regards.>

No, I just got busy. We just finished a motion and now there's something else. It's Friday night and I'm taking a break from work to write this.

Maybe I shouldn't get involved in Rogoff discussions unless I can see them all the way through, but that's hard to do.

What struck me on reading Bob's post was that that the Starr Report came out in 1999 and the opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel that a special prosecutor couldn't indict a sitting president, which Mueller referred to in his own report, came out in 2000 -- quite possibly as a reaction to Ken Starr's investigation, which I think is regarded as a low point for special counsels. So, the rules were probably different in 1999, Mueller didn't think he could or should do what Starr did.

But it would take some research to substantiate that point, which I haven't done. So, I've kept silent. Apart from posts that are (hopefully) obvious jokes or sarcasm, I try not to argue in Rogoff unless I think I know what I'm talking about.

Sep-14-19  Nisjesram: Thanks a million , <keypusher> . Much appreciated.


Sep-17-19  Nisjesram: <keypusher> , what you called 'brain cell killing rogoffian argument ' applies to the 'collusion issue ' between <saffuna> -<bobsterman>/<colonel mortimer> as well and I wish someone puts an end to it before more brain cells are killed.

2) <saffuna> considers <bobsterman> partisan and dishonest apparently .

But apparently, he considers you not only non partisan , honest , objective but sharp as well (sharp as in able to see deeply as opposed to seeing superficially)

3) now , as I see it - <saffuna> claimed <collusion has been proven >.

May be <saffuna> did not mean it in the rigorous/literal sense , may be <saffuna> simply meant that there is a lot of evidence ...

4) nonetheless , as I see it , there was not sufficient evidence , Mueller report said

5) and therefore <saffuna> should concede and own up his mess and move on.

6) however , I have not read report - I am not going to spend so much time on American politics...I don't care that much.

So may be I am missing something.

7) so , tell me if you please , <keypusher>. Do you agree with me that :

<<saffuna> should concede and own up his mess and move on.>

Thank you. Regards


Sep-19-19  Nisjesram: Reposted from rogoff

Thank you , <keypusher>. I have had my fill. I wish god gives me strength to take some break from <rogoff> forum and focus on my projects.... .... Thanks again <keypusher> for the voice of sanity and your contributions....they were very helpful.

Your posts were very timely and badly needed



Sep-20-19  Nisjesram: Jambavan Jagori​​ : why do you think you may take 10 more years for enlightenment

Me : 1)because I am an idiot .....
.....compared to ramana/Nisargadatta

Enlightenment is intelligence and love/compassion in action. Love and intelligence , dispassion of Jesus

Hell , I am an idiot compared to even <keypusher> and <johnlspouge>

Look at the intelligence , clarity/depth of thinking of these two. And dispassion too.

And they are compassionate too. Always willing to help. And they have strength/capability to help too

2)I said it may take 10 years or more or less....

...talking to you kills my brain cells. So , I took break from you and morning session was very productive - intelligence , clarity/depth of thinking increased a lot. Dispassion too.

If I have such produactive sessions very frequently if not incessantly , then I may reach mountain top of meditation very fast.

3) within a week , I will send you those 20 posts . If you don't hear from me by 27 Sep 2019 , feel free to get in touch , but stay away from me till then , I need to focus a lot for a week at least , I need to be alone and quiet for a week at least .

Thank you . Regards.


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  keypusher: kp-whatthefat, gameknot 2007

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 e5
6. Ndb5 d6
7. Nd5 Nxd5
8. exd5 Nb8

7. Nd5 seems like a good way to avoid the heavily booked lines and lead to a quieter, more closed position.

9. c4 Be7
10. Be2 a6
11. Nc3 O-O
12. O-O Bf5

I think this is all book, but ...Bf5 seeems questionable to me. Black wants to play ...f5, and the bishop move doesn't help him do that. On the other hand, where else is the bishop supposed to go?

13. Be3 Nd7
14. Rc1 Rc8
15. Qd2 Bg6
16. b4 h6

Black's last move seems like a waste of time. ...Bg6 is also slow, but seems necessary to get out of the way of the f-pawn.

17. c5! f5?

17...dxc5 18. d6 Bg5 19. Nd5 Bxe3 20. Qxe3 gives White a clear advantage. But now he is nearly winning by force.

18. c6! f4

18...bxc6 19. dxc6 Nf6 (19...Rxc6?? 20. Qd5+) 20. Bxa6 f4 21. Bxc8 Qxc8 22. Bb6 gives White a winning advantage.

19. cxd7 Qxd7

19....fxe3 20. dxc8/Q exd2 21. Qxd8 dxc1/Q 22. Qxf8+ Kxf8 23. Rxc1 wins.

20. Bb6

A piece down with no compensation, Black resigned here. What's that you say? He didn't resign? Hmmm...

20. ... f3!
21. gxf3 Rf4
22. Rfe1? Qh3!

As my opponent pointed out afterwards, the strongest defense is Kh1 and Rg1 followed by Rg2, when White's king is impregnable. This never occurred to me. But I thought I had it all worked out...

23. Bf1 Qxf3
24. Ne2 Rxc1
25. Rxc1?

This loses! White's only hope is 25. Qxc1, where 25...Rg4+ 26. Ng3 Be4 27. Qc8+ Kh7 28. Qxg4 Qxg4 29. Rxe4 staves off mate and leaves White with three pieces for the queen. I avoided this because I thought I had a better defense, but it turned out there was a pretty big hole in it.

My opponent showed me a stronger line for Black afterwards than the one given above that he thought would have ended in a draw, but I don't remember it. <whatthefat>, are you around?

25. ... Rg4+
26. Ng3 Be4!

With dawning horror, I realized that, since my knight was pinned, I had no defense against Qh1#. I played 27. Rc3 and resigned.

Sort of embarrassing to go from a win to being mated by force in six short moves, but still, a pretty funny game, even if the last laugh was on me...

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  keypusher: NN-kp, gameknot 2006

After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Nge2 a6 8. Qd2 Rb8 9. h4 h5, somebody on gameknot astonished me with 10. Nd5. Has anyone ever seen this before? The game continued 10....e6 (apparently 10...e5 and ...b5 have been played before. 10...e5 doesn't look logical to me since it just invites 11 Bg5.) 11. Nxf6+ Bxf6 12. Bg5 b5 13. g4 (I was convinced I would be mated in a few more moves at this point) 13...hxg4 14. fxg4 Bxg5 15. hxg5 f5?! 16. Qe3? fxg4 17. Qg3? Qxg5 18. Rh4 Rf3 19. Qh2 Rh3! (now Black can relax) 20. Rxh3 gxh3 21. Bxh3 e5?! (a little too relaxed) 22. Bxc8 Rxc8 23. Qh3 Rf8 24. Qe6+ Kg7 25. Qd7+ Ne7 26. Qxc7 Rh8 27. Qxd6 Rh1+ and Black won. Still, I thought 10 Nd5 was pretty frightening.

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  Diademas: <1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Nge2 a6 8. Qd2 Rb8 9. h4 h5, somebody on gameknot astonished me with 10. Nd5. Has anyone ever seen this before?>

15 games in the database. Opening Explorer

The only one with the continuation 10...e6 is Murey vs F Wong, 1997

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  keypusher: <diademas> Wow, thanks, some amazing games in there. If you go by the numbers pretty much nothing seems to work for Black. It's striking that Gunawan wins wonderfully with Black against Tarjan, but after that you find him on the White side. Ernst clobbers's a little surprising that you don't see 10.Nd5 more. I really don't belong on either side of lines like this.

Checking OE, the two most common moves are 10.0-0-0 and 10.Nc1, about equally well represented in the database. But castling scores about 30% for White and Nc1 scores about 70% for White. How often does <that> happen?

Opening Explorer

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  Fusilli: Hey <keypusher>, for your entertainment:

V.I.Chepizhny 1996
Mate in 3

click for larger view

Difficult. It took me quite a while.

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  keypusher: <Fusilli> I'm ashamed of you. It only took me two weeks!
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  Fusilli: <keypusher> lol
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  Diademas: Hey, got it too. And in less than three weeks!
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  Fusilli: OK, everybody, let's just confirm:


If 1...Kh6 2.Qg2 Kh5 3.Qg5#

If 1...h6 2.Qxc4 Kg6 3.Qf7#

A beauty, isn't it?

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  keypusher: <Fusilli> <diademas> Yes, it is! Of course once I finally got it I wondered why it took me so long. I saw the stalemate after 1.Ba2 h6 2.Bxc4 early, and it was also pretty quickly apparent that White couldn't abandon his pawn on h4, so you'd think 2.Qxc4 would have occurred to me by simple process of elimination.

For a long time I was convinced that the first move had to be a queen move for some reason.

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  Fusilli: <keypusher> Same process here, only that once I saw the mate on f7, I stayed stuck for a while on how to respond to 1...Kh6. Kept seeing only 2.Qg4 with stalemate and not the simple 2.Qg2.
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