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morfishine
Member since Feb-01-09 · Last seen Apr-22-18
Chess is a wonderful exercise for the mind, even for a late starter like myself

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Highest rating: 1959
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Nez info: Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 (kibitz #359)

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   morfishine has kibitzed 14053 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-22-18 Topalov vs Mamedyarov, 2018 (replies)
 
morfishine: They should use a more endearing picture of Topalov for the dancing rook, at least one that has him smiling. The picture used is a classic 'Deer in the headlights' look or even worse, one taken the moment of beheading
 
   Apr-22-18 P Lafuente vs H H Hernandez, 2004 (replies)
 
morfishine: My mouse wore out trying to go over this game
 
   Apr-22-18 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
morfishine: <FSR> Possibly the Bookies duties are strained due to <Winking>'s loss. Someone was supposed to fill in for him while he was away attending to family matters. Maybe I'm wrong on that
 
   Apr-22-18 I Rogers vs V Arapovic, 1985 (replies)
 
morfishine: <23.d6> seems the most natural move because it does so much. The diagonal is opened hitting <g8>, <d5> is cleared as a useful transfer square for the Knight, Black's Knight on <e7> is attacked so Black must take time to deal with the pawn on <d6> Of ...
 
   Apr-21-18 GRENKE Chess Classic (2018) (replies)
 
morfishine: Dear <Tiggler> I have taken you off my ignore list I am making an effort to uphold gentlemanly standards at all occasions Good day sir, best always, morf *****
 
   Apr-21-18 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
 
morfishine: <Dr Winston OBoogie> drop me an email later, morf *****
 
   Apr-21-18 Gashimov Memorial (2018) (replies)
 
morfishine: <ajile> Go Benoni! Go Benoni! Go Benoni! Go Benoni! Go Benoni! *****
 
   Apr-21-18 US Championship (2018) (replies)
 
morfishine: Regarding 'patriotism': Some old Nazi was asked "Just how in the world was Hitler able to control the populace?" ans: "Oh, thats simple, appeal to their patriotism, then lie like hell" *The above quote may not be perfectly accurate *****
 
   Apr-21-18 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
morfishine: I'm out of chessbucks. What happens next?
 
   Apr-21-18 R Mamedov vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
 
morfishine: 39 moves and White's a & b pawns have not moved...its time to advance! "Forward, he cried from the rear, and the front rank diiiiiied"
 
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Feb-01-18
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  diceman: <thegoodanarchist:

My favorite fighter of WW2 is the Me-262 Schwalbe>

Mine was Joe Louis.

Feb-01-18
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  morfishine: <diceman> lol

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Feb-02-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <morf>: I just saw your note about your Superbowl trip - sounds great! I'm sure you and your old friend will have a blast.

Let us know about any humorous anecdotes that occur.

Feb-18-18
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  morfishine: Well, I guess the next discussion revolves around the Antietam campaign and how it relates to the Gettysburg campaign

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Feb-23-18
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  thegoodanarchist: < morfishine: Hey <Nisjesram> you moronic cheap-skate: Why don't you fork over 30 dollars to purchase a premium membership. That way, you can crap all over your own forum. Imbecile UR just another brain dead zombie relegated off to ignore-land bye bye

lol >

Hey <morf>!

I traveled to Japan, and forgot to close my forum before the flight. Been working and entertaining the customer 16 hours a day since I got here, and just now had time to check my forum.

I took out the trash and swept it clean.

Feb-24-18
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  thegoodanarchist: < morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> How was your trip to Japan? I love Japan! I spent almost 4 years in Japan while in the Navy from 1992 - 96 & met my wife there. I've only been back once. I love the people, culture, food and landscape. Just a great place! >

I had a great time! Thanks for asking.

Got back to US at 8 AM today, and took a 4 hour nap.

The visit was better than expected because I stayed in a much better hotel this time.

Unfortunately, we had to have 2 meals of international (non-Japanese) meals. It was disappointing to have to miss out for half the dinners, because the Japanese cuisine is amazingly good.

Does your wife return to see her family from time to time?

As for <Nisj> spamming my forum, well, I know about the ignore function but this was never a problem until recently.

Mar-06-18
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  perfidious: <morf>, most of your guesses were bang on.

In order, the players were as follows:

Yusupov, Ribli, Andrei Sokolov, Timman, Tal, Spassky, Belyavsky, Smyslov, Vaganian, Seirawan, Portisch, Short, Korchnoi, Chernin, Nogueiras and Spraggett.

Mar-06-18
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  morfishine: Thanks <perfidious>! The picture is remarkable and to think it was 33 years ago! Spassky's picture surprised me, but yes, its him

And to think, from the side, Spraggett looks like Lennon (at least to me) lol

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Mar-14-18
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  thegoodanarchist: < morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> I've had that idiot <Travis Bickle> on ignore forever it seems. What a numb skull>

Not a bad idea!

Mar-28-18
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  Jambow: <morfishine> The reason I inquired as to when you started playing chess was because I too started playing in my thirties and advanced fairly well just by playing alot of A and B quality players. Then it became too much of an obsession and I didn't play for 5-7 years by choice. Recently I started playning alot again online and just started with short time controls.

A man at work got me playing 5 minute blitz and I have what I consider a decent record agains titled players in blitz. Although I just went 1 for 8 against a WIM which isn't very impressive score wise :0[ However almost everygame it was very close and I never got blown off the board. I felt like she kept challenging me because the games were tough enough to not be a waste of her time.

Just think that even in my fifties there is room for advancement only because I never peaked...

Mar-28-18
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  morfishine: Hi <Jambow> I had a detailed time line in my bio about my path in chess, but erased it awhile ago.

Basically, I really got interested in chess at about age 23 when a bunch of us waiters and bartenders would get together after work and play chess til 4 or 5 in the morning. This was around 1983 - 1989. I caught the bug and bought a bunch of books. I played in a few Orlando Opens in the mid 1980's and did good in the 1700 - 1800 section. Once, I won all 3 games on Saturday and was tied for 1st, but lost a heartbreaker in the 1st game Sunday and that was that.

Now I play exclusively Chess960 at Chesscube.com. My highest rating at that site is 1959 and reflects both regular and Fischer games.

I noticed in your bio you were in the Navy. Thats exciting stuff serving on Big Mo! I joined the Navy at age 30 (am now 58) during Desert Storm and spent almost 4 years in Japan from 1992 - 1996. Once, I spent an entire month at Pearl Harbor for special training classes. I could look out the room window and see the Arizona memorial. Big Mo was not setup as a memorial yet at that time. This was in 1995.

Take care, happy chess!

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Mar-28-18
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  Jambow: Thanks <morfishine> will do and thanks for serving BTW.
Mar-28-18
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  morfishine: <Jambow> You are welcome, drop by any time! There's always an opportunity to improve at chess, if you want to. I recommend set your precise goal(s), then start right out. With <Patriot>'s assistance here at <CG> from about 2011 - 2014, I worked heavily on tactics and problems and elevated my rating from ~1700 to approximately 1900. This was a daily commitment but it showed I could improve between age 50 - 55. It finally became too much, so I stopped. I think I was a bit disappointed/frustrated since my goal was rating 2000 but plateaued at ~1900.

There is the fun side to chess though which is why I enjoy Chess960 so much. I stopped having fun with standard setup but will play this setup from time to time.

Short time controls are a great tool for improving time mgmt and increasing analytical speed. Very useful

Thanks for your service too! I'd love to get back to Hawaii and tour Big Mo. SS Bowfin memorial is really cool and especially touching is the Arizona memorial.

Later, morf

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Mar-29-18
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  Jambow: <Thanks for your service too! I'd love to get back to Hawaii and tour Big Mo. SS Bowfin memorial is really cool and especially touching is the Arizona memorial.>

Yes I too would love to go to Hawaii and walk the decks of the Big Mo again, which is how I arrived the first time. Of course revisit the other sites as well.

1900 OTB is pretty solid... I was in the 1950 range on instant chess along while back but never broke 2000. Recently hit 1700 at ICC 5 minute blitz. I run into some titled players in that range. Went on a streak where I was getting some of them. I also had two better positions agains IM's but lost anyway, and have scalps from several FM's now. 5-7 with a WIM in there too, did get an IM at bullit but... Since I never had a training routine and my locks are mostly battleship grey I'm happy enough and didn't expect I could.

I have a strange way of playing vs the French defence that has given a few of these victories. I don't fight to regain the pawn and instead clog up the middle with it and fight on the flanks, usually the king side. By the time my oppenent realizes I don't care about the pawn he has his forces stuck on the queens side and I'm in position for a broadside ;0]

Mar-30-18
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  morfishine: <Jambow> That is some nice playing, so you must have some natural talent to offset having "started late". Did you ever participate in any Armed Forces tournaments? I participated in 1 chess tournament at Yakota Air Base, Japan during my short stay there. (Most of my time in Japan I was stationed at Kama Seya).

Interesting how you handled the French

Mostly, I was playing golf at Tama Hills golf course. I actually won the open section of the 1995 annual military golf tournament. That was a close call but it sure was fun!

BTW: One thing I'd really like to see is that WWII plaque on Battleship Missouri where the WWII surrender was signed. That is an iconic photo

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Mar-31-18
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  diceman: <Jambow:

I have a strange way of playing vs the French defence that has given a few of these victories. I don't fight to regain the pawn and instead clog up the middle with it and fight on the flanks, usually the king side. By the time my oppenent realizes I don't care about the pawn he has his forces stuck on the queens side and I'm in position for a broadside ;0]>

Them's fighting words!
I play the French. :)

You should have entered ZBoris tournament:

User: zborris8

Mar-31-18
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  morfishine: BTW: <diceman> Nice work over at the thematic game. I never really was in that game. I like <kwid> as a teammate, he's very objective
Apr-05-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <BTW: One thing I'd really like to see is that WWII plaque on Battleship Missouri where the WWII surrender was signed. That is an iconic photo>

The Japanese delegation showed up in top hats and coat tails. They looked like Japanese Monopoly men!

IIRC, Nimitz was not present for the ceremony. In case of a Japanese double cross and attack on the Allied delegation, he would be around to prosecute the land invasion.

Apr-05-18
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  WannaBe: That would be interesting, Nimitz Navy guy doing the invasion.

D-Day was Eisenhower, army guy. I think North Africa was Montgomery, army guy. Can't remember invasion of Italy, Anzio, or what branch ran that operation. Was it an American job or Brit? MacArthur ran the invasion (back) to Phillipines, correct?

All the island invasions were done by Marines, so that would be under Navy...

In'r'sting...

Apr-05-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <WannaBe> The Pacific Theater was divided in 2 sections by the US, one for MacArthur and one for Nimitz.

Each of those guys had both Army and Navy flag officers running operations for them. However, MacArthur was definitely more "hand on" than Nimitz, and would quickly go to the foreward areas that his units were conquering, when offensives were active under his command.

I think one of his subordinate commanders complained about it, saying he didn't want to lose MacArthur to getting shot by some "3-dollar-a-month Jap aviator". Or was it $5?

By contrast, I think Nimitz mostly hung out in Pearl Harbor, and radio'd orders to his operational commanders, Halsey and Spruance.

Apr-05-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <WannaBe> One more thing - US Army did their share of island invasions as well. If not in the first wave, at least as part of the same invasion armada.

For the tiny pacific atols we didn't have huge landing forces, but in the Philippines we did. Going by memory, I think Army units waded ashore there. I know MacAthur certainly did, with photographers in tow!

Apr-05-18
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  WannaBe: Well, the famous photo was a reshoot, if I remember correctly, otherwise the caption of "I have returned" would have been Mac's arse!!!
Apr-06-18
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  morfishine: I'm not a huge fan of MacArthur. He had retired from the army in 1937 and became Military advisor to the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines. Free from US military constraints, Mac cemented his relations inside the upper level PI political machinery while acquiring much wealth while in this role (grafts, kickbacks)

A major problem arises when Mac was called back to active duty, he was in the awkward position of having 2 distinct loyalties: The US & PI

Mac learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor at 330am local time. As part of the War Plan, an air attack against the Formosa air base(s) was to be automatically launched if war broke out. But even after chief of staff George C. Marshall ordered Mac to execute the war plan, Mac did nothing. Mac's air chief Brereton practically begged 3 times to launch the strike, but was denied by Mac's chief of staff Sutherland. Finally, 9 hours after Pearl, Mac assented, but it was too late as a Japanese bomber force, taking advantage of US dawdling around, appeared over Clark Field and destroyed Mac's air force. This was a strategic disaster since a timely US air strike would've secured air superiority over the South China Sea, at least for awhile.

Mac's loyalty to the PI government no doubt influenced his decision making process as well as his desire to secure his own personal assets (which were considerable for those times: 500,000 dollars US).

Whats particularly reprehensible is Mac "bent over backwards" to ensure the two Pearl Harbor commanders, Kimmel & Short, were scapegoated for the disaster while he remained untouched and not held accountable. But the Loss of the far east air force and the resulting loss of air superiority in the region were a far more serious result than the temporary loss of a few old battleships.

Thats why I never much liked Mac (though I supported his actions in the Korean War, but thats another story)

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Apr-06-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <morf>

I agree 100% inre MacArthur. He totally botched the first 12 hours after Pearl Harbor, despite the Japanese having no element of surprise whatsoever in the Philippines.

He died as all men do, without his money being able to save him. And I've never read any historian with an overall positive view of MacArthur, for good reason.

He is, and should be, remembered adversely for his personal arrogance and his faulty leadership leading to the US Air disaster you described above.

He is no Nimitz!

Apr-06-18
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  diceman: I've also heard he thought
(incorrectly) China would never
interfere in the Korean war.
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