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   mistermac has kibitzed 665 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-22-15 mistermac chessforum
mistermac: Why does the word "Lane" keep coming to mind? And peas porridge, <Shams>? But, you probably need to be very old to figure it out. A clue is that the lane is shady.
   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 ...
   Oct-23-14 DcGentle chessforum (replies)
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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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Nov-08-14  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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  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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  mistermac: Thank you, all.

I wish you a very Happy New Year.

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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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  mistermac: Thanks, <shams>.

I went looking to restore my original avatar of Don Quixote, and his hopeles but brave quest. Windmills are a hazard, especially the ones that litter the ridges of our landscapes.

I could not find it, as someone else has taken it after I deserted it.

I have settled for the lovely lady, whose name I do not know.

She can be my Dulcinea, and I will defend her doubtless honour even if I have to be put to the sword doing so.

She and truth are my quest.

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  mistermac: I have been given the Gen as to identity of the Lady.

I have chosen strangely well, or perhaps more accurately, I have been given a great deal.

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  Shams: Yep, that's our good friend Jen Shahade. I like her a lot.
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  mistermac: Maybe hot, maybe cold, maybe in a pot, maybe a respectable baby of a certain very young age measured in days, not years.

I don't think anyone is going to guess. It predates Elvis, but not quite Haley, his very untalented antecedent.

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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: Why does the word "Lane" keep coming to mind?
And peas porridge, <Shams>?

But, you probably need to be very old to figure it out.

A clue is that the lane is shady.

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