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   mistermac has kibitzed 626 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-18-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Dec-17-14 mistermac chessforum
mistermac: <DcGentle: <mistermac>: Thank you. I hope, that I have shown that I am a team player and don't disrespect or insult others. Greetings, <DC>> I think that was evident to most people. Maybe it is time you started thinking about returning. You are not without ...
   Nov-01-14 Richard Taylor chessforum (replies)
mistermac: As a matter of interest, Richard, how long have you been a member of the Auckland Chess Club, more precisely the one which Sarapu used to play at? My wife played there for a short time when she lived there in her maiden days, in the late 60s or early 70s. My wife passed away this ...
   Oct-27-14 Arkadij Naiditsch (replies)
mistermac: Ad multos, GM Naiditsch.
   Oct-26-14 hoodrobin chessforum (replies)
   Oct-24-14 technical draw chessforum (replies)
mistermac: Nada. Nix.
   Oct-23-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
mistermac: < Resignation Trap: Bobby Fischer rarely annotated games other than his own. Here is one of those rare exceptions: .> Unfortunately, this page was no longer available. Not a good start to my attempt to catch up with what is going on ...
   Oct-23-14 DcGentle chessforum (replies)
   Oct-11-14 chessforum (replies)
mistermac: Good on you for fixing the Rxb4 thing. It all happened because some people had voted for it, and then their votes went off the screen. So, to see whether at least ONE person had voted for it, I tried it, as no vote comes up unless it has a companion, which is a bit silly, so I ...
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  mistermac: Thx, <DC>, have started to read it.
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  mistermac: ... ♫

Just a short note.

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  wwall: I just checked Karpov's record. He became world chess champion on April 3, 1975 after Fischer forfeited. Karpov played 29 games as world champion before losing. He played 15 games without a loss at Ljubljana-Portoroz in 1975. Then he played 7 games without a loss at the 6th USSR Spartakiad in Riga. He finally lost in round 8 against Ulf Andersson in Milan on Aug 28, 1975. He did not lose in the first 7 rounds. That makes 29 games as world champion before losing a game. Can Carlsen beat that?
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  mistermac: It looks to me, therefore, as if Karpov gets the guernsey, and John Berleycorn goes to the top of the class, and Bill Wall gets another accolade as a fine researcher.
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  wwall: Former world champion Mikhail Tal played 83 consecutive games without a loss in 1972-73. Capablanca played 63 consecutive games without a loss between 1916 and 1924 (losing to Reti in New York in 1924). He became world champion in 1921.
Feb-25-14  DcGentle: <mistermac>: Hi! I like your new avatar! :-)
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  mistermac: I love Old Bach. I like to play, when I am out of sorts in one way or another to listen to his Cello Suites. It is superbly crafted music for a solo instrument, both lively and serene.

Yo Yo Ma has put out a fine rendition of all six of them.

Feb-26-14  Jim Bartle: <Yo Yo Ma has put out a fine rendition of all six of them.>

thank you for that. Excellent.

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  wwall: More research on world champions with longest unbeaten record. Alekhine may be the winner. As world champion, he did not lose the last 7 games of his 1929 world championship match with Bogoljubow. Then he went unbeaten in 15 rounds at San Remo 1930. Then we went unbeaten in 9 rounds at the 1930 Hamburg Olympiad. He then went unbeaten in 8 games at 1931 Nice. He then went unbeaten in the first 15 rounds at the 1931 Prague Olympiad, finally losing to Mattison in round 16. That makes 54 games unbeaten as world champion.
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  mistermac: I buried my wife last Tuesday.

She was a pretty ordinary chess player, but she liked and was liked by Ortvin Sarapu, who at the Auckland Chess Club, helped her in Chess distress, to his, my wife's, and her opponent's, who willing watched his superior position gradually go down the gurgler with a few improvements in the posting of her pieces, pleasure.

Nice lady was my wife. The game of course was a skittles, and at the time, she was unaware of who Sarapu was, except that he was wearing a NZ Chess blazer, apparently.

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  WannaBe: <mistermac> My deepest condolences.
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  moronovich: Very sorry to hear <mistermac>.

My deepest condolences.

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  Shams: <mistermac> What a heart-wrenching year for you. I'm so sorry.
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Jun-01-14  DcGentle: <mistermac>: Also from me my heartfelt condolences. Life is cruel at times. Losing close relatives is always hard.

We have to deal with it, but time will heal the wounds, I hope.

How about some distraction?

It's starting all over again:

The World vs Naiditsch, 2014

See also here: chessforum

I will not register yet, although I am excited. It's too early for me.


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  mistermac: Thanks, Dc! I am basically doing quite well, given I have lost a fabulous wife. Which means there is a big hole.

I have joined the big game, which begins at the middle of the month. I will not post much, and my attention will be given to the sticky, especially where the action is not, meaning I will try to find the plausible lines which do not work on moves which we may never try or encounter.

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Jul-13-14  DcGentle: <mistermac>: Some people, who have worked really hard for the game in order to get something new on the board to surprise the opponent, get as reward insinuations and disparagement. Even if they have produced some decent but not perfect lines, these critics just say "bad move", instead of looking for possible improvements, which would be work. Then even one of these critics quotes something from other pages for more disparagement.

And this is not the first time something like this happens, I mean the disregard and underestimation of valuable work for the team.

What do you think is a human reaction of these people treated in this way? For sure they are cheered and want to work even harder.

Don't you think so?

Jul-14-14  DcGentle: <mistermac>: Thank you. I hope, that I have shown that I am a team player and don't disrespect or insult others.

Greetings, <DC>

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  mistermac: Aircraft maintenance

After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe sheet," which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas' pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent. S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer. S: Took hammer away from midget.

By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never had an accident. Enjoy!

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  ketchuplover: Condolences on your wife's passing
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  hoodrobin: Hi! This night I'll enjoy an Italian TV documentary on Australia.
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  mistermac: When you have time tell me what you thought.
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  mistermac: <DcGentle: <mistermac>: Thank you. I hope, that I have shown that I am a team player and don't disrespect or insult others. Greetings, <DC>>

I think that was evident to most people.

Maybe it is time you started thinking about returning. You are not without friends, you know.

Anyway, I wish you a happy Christmas, whatever you decide.

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