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   mistermac has kibitzed 661 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-27-15 playground player chessforum (replies)
mistermac: <<Jim Bartle>: It doesn't matter whether mandatory voting would be good or bad. It's unconstitutional.> It is NOT Mandatory to vote in Australia, but you have to get your name crossed off the roll of electors, which means you have to take the trouble to obtain voting ...
   Mar-27-15 mistermac chessforum
mistermac: Well, I did return, and Queenstown was all that the pictures say it is and more.
   Jan-23-15 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Jan-23-15 chessforum (replies)
mistermac: <<Domdaniel>: <(And you know what happens when you have two wabbits....)> Fibonacci is what happens: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987 ... (x^2 - x - 1 = 0) > These are the coefficients of 1/(x^2-x-1) which takes into account the ...
   Jan-22-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
mistermac: I would go to Hellium and back for my lady. See you all at the Unexcelled Owl where the Atmosphere will be great, and hopefully standard. But don't hold your breath.
   Jan-20-15 hoodrobin chessforum (replies)
   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-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 ...
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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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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?

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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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Nov-08-14  ketchuplover: Condolences on your wife's passing
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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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  WinKing: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you & yours <mistermac>! :)
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  hoodrobin: Best wishes!
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  wordfunph: <mistermac> Merry Christmas!
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  hoodrobin: <mistermac> ...and an excellent singing all over the year!
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  Shams: Hope you have a good year sir. I dig your forum name.
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  morfishine: <mistermac> Good morning sir! You are too kind to mention me over at the World vs Naiditsch game. I hardly contributed having found our opening congested and unpleasant, which are not to my tastes. I thank you nonetheless.

I enjoyed reading your posts as do many others

I noticed this comment: <I should be better at Chess, and why I am not I cannot figure. I am probably just not organised in my mind enough> I am certain your mind is well organized enough to improve at chess. Do you have a real desire to improve? Are you dedicated enough to invest a certain amount of time each day? If the answer is 'yes' to both questions, then you can improve starting right now.

Short story (1): A couple of years ago, I was in the situation of wanting to improve at chess, but was pressed for time due to family concerns. Many are in this same situation. I found a 'happy medium' by solving 10-15 tactical problems each day and playing a few 5-min games. Solving problems helps one sharpen their board vision (ie: pattern recognition) which reduces calculating time. Playing speed chess (5-min) improves time mgmt, which also saves time, thus increasing the amount of variations one can calculate, and hopefully improves accuracy too. And in preparing to play, learn a few openings, but learn them very well. For example, I play the Slav vs 1.d4 and either a Sicilian or 1...e5 in reply to 1.e4

The point is I only had 1-2 hrs per day that I could dedicate to chess. But after about 18 months, my rating had increased by 200 points (went from 1700 to 1900).

Short story (2): I played professional golf 'off and on' in the 1980's & 1990's, stopping when short of funds. I found my game didn't suffer too much during the down times. However, when I ceased daily practice in chess, the drop-off was much more precipitous and immediate. So beware of what may happen to your progress in chess, if you decide to cease daily training.

I would like to see you dedicate yourself for a least a short time, perhaps 6 months of 1-2hrs per day of chess-related study/training. I think if nothing else, you will have a clearer vision of just how good you really are.

Happy Chess!



Feb-19-15  JailBelgium: Hello there! :D
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  mistermac: Hello, Etienne. I will have more to say when I return to Aust 10 days from now. I enjoyed my time in jail.
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  mistermac: Well, I did return, and Queenstown was all that the pictures say it is and more.
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