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   mistermac has kibitzed 452 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-28-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Jul-24-14 mistermac chessforum
mistermac: Greetings, also. I see the opinions of our largest contributors vary considerably. I also see, mirabile dictu, that you and <John Barleycorn> actually agreed on something in a recent post.
   Jun-20-14 chessforum (replies)
mistermac: The opposite goes for mine. Typos abound!
   Apr-21-14 technical draw chessforum (replies)
mistermac: Mr Magoo has done it again! <TD><What's yjrn?> Look, TD, my typos need exoduses, or is it Exegesis! The Y is next to T, the J is next to H, the R is next to E, and the N is itself. So that makes THEN, Easy when you know how!
   Apr-21-14 Robert James Fischer (replies)
mistermac: Of course you can believe the Internat. At least my bits!
   Mar-26-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
mistermac: Has any ever noticed the amazing resemblance Billy has to Daniel Barenboim? I like both.
   Feb-13-14 LIFE Master AJ chessforum (replies)
mistermac: Well, my youngest daughter, and a bright one, I aver, has her Brithday also on 12th Feb, and made a banana cake. Happy one to you <LMAJ> belatedly. Ad multos annos! Banana Manana.
   Jan-30-14 Beer (replies)
mistermac: Apparently there is no beer in Heaven.
   Jan-22-14 S Williams vs The World, 2013 (replies)
mistermac: My pennyworth is exactly that, but here it is anyway. I am not an expert player by any means, so my vote is not as informed as others. but, it was a mystery to me how the vote was normally decised so quickly. I thus agree with many, but <Robin Gitte> expresses my view ...
   Jan-19-14 Simon Kim Williams (replies)
mistermac: Dear GM Williams, I was apart of the Team which you just played, but with my standard of play was hardly a major factor in the result. I have just read your bio, and see that you were born on exactly the same St Andrew's Day of 1979 as my son who departed this life on June 12 ...
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  DcGentle: <mistermac> Greetings!

Today I bookmarked an interesting page:

<How to Formulate a Plan in Chess>

There was not much new for me, but the points listed might help me with the development of my engine actually.

Maybe it's helpful for you too!

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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.
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  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.

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  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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  mistermac: I can hardly wait until the seventh. That will be Heaven.
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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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  mistermac: Ich Habe Genug.
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  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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  DcGentle: Well, I was too curious, so I signed up. I will keep a low profile for now, though. I hope we'll have a nice game.
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  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: <Dc> I fancy that your post here was prompted by my post to the game thread. So be it. Quite frankly, I have a very hard time trying to figure who has real knowledge, and who does not.

If you think that the post was designed to criticise you, it was not. I actually had someone else in mind.

Egos and personal animosities exist between you and others, as do other animosities not involving you.

One day, I may figure out who the real experts are, and perhaps I will find that you are one of them.

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  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: Greetings, also. I see the opinions of our largest contributors vary considerably. I also see, mirabile dictu, that you and <John Barleycorn> actually agreed on something in a recent post.
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