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Member since Mar-21-05 · Last seen Dec-05-16
Hi! I am a 36 year old chess player from Michigan, USA. I am an average player (USCF 1600-1700). I like chess, guitar, reading, and many other things.

<Until now, you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (John 16:24)> :)

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   micartouse has kibitzed 2390 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-05-16 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
micartouse: <patzer2> I think it is partly due to a twist on the old Marxist concept of alienation. Outsourcing manufacturing work was supposed to correspond to the US becoming a high skill economy. But the results are mixed. While we have been very creative and resourceful, those old ...
   Dec-01-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
micartouse: I think Carlsen is a good openings player. He can memorize with the best of them, but he focuses instead on achieving his practical goals. He knows how to steer the battle; he's a clever general. There's reciting moves, and there's genuinely commanding your forces.
   Dec-01-16 Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969
micartouse: I've always found Petrosian's play very unnerving. The position after 15. f5 is so typical in his games. The pawns are warring on the light squares; they can exchange, they can press forward, they can just stay put. I can't tell if I think it's unaesthetic or if I just can't ...
   Nov-30-16 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
micartouse: A real genius with a crown to prove it.
   Nov-30-16 Sergey Karjakin (replies)
micartouse: Congrats to Karjakin on his monumental achievement - holding the world champion to a drawn match. Bravo!
   Nov-26-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
micartouse: Another thing to bear in mind regarding wild tactical play is that it's always been uncommon at the WC level; only 3 of the 16 classical champs had a reputation for playing this way consistently. I think it's just harder to do. I'm sure there will eventually be another. Someone ...
   Nov-24-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
micartouse: Congrats to the Norwegian. Brutal display of perseverance.
   Nov-23-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
micartouse: Not easy to be white here. He is under pressure and has a lot of attractive tactics. It's always tempting to look for something passive that keeps up the threats.
   Nov-18-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
micartouse: Surprised fans get so worked up about the draws. World championships are basically boring. Carlsen is sort of boring. Being world champion is always a smart career move, so they should focus on that and not worry how we feel. That means always having a solid position and active ...
   May-31-16 Louis Stumpers (replies)
micartouse: <al wazir> I don't mean to imply that it's obvious. Rather to note that we as an advanced society must not work very hard to grade people whose job it is to make predictions. I can't think of the last time I saw mutual funds, economists, sports analysts, weather people, ...
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