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|May-03-16|| ||virginmind: Hi,
all is good here.
I've been trying to contact Alan Benson (malthrope on CG.com) today, but to no avail. Apparently he has been active up to summer of 2015 on that chess24 account he had. Last time I've spoken to him there in oct. 2014. I've sent him an email on his gmail adress but it was sent back as account not anymore existent. I hope he's alright though.
And what about our former aquaintance <achieve> - do you know anything about him? How was the latest meeting with JWH? How good is he at chess - close to your rating? No, my sister in law hasn't graduated law :), she is a teacher of French in Onesti.
|May-04-16|| ||tpstar: <malthrope> passed away last year = Alan Benson|
|May-04-16|| ||virginmind: Ouch, I didn't know that. R.I.P.
Now I see that I forgot to check his page here on CG.com, entirely my fault. I'm sure he was a nice guy and a precious friend to have around. Unfortunatelly he has suffered a lot in the last years due to his illness.
Rest in peace, <malthrope>...
|May-07-16|| ||moronovich: Good evening !
Juat made a fine long post to you and then I scrolled back and it vanished ):):
Will be back tomorrow or monday and hit the pillow now.
Eveything is fine and I send you all my best wishes!
|May-08-16|| ||virginmind: Hi, I've been fine most of the time and I'm still so. tried to write an article for a review, but managed only one page, they gave me some 2-3 additional days to finish it, so I should be fine, but you never know. It's such a strange and unpleasant feeling, So actually it hasn't been quite ok, but acceptable. Additionaly I caught a bit of cold this week, but to this day I'm cured. tomorrow I should go early morning to give blood for some analysis for my endocrine problems.
Weather has been ok, a bit cold though, but not much. Just seen a movie, I dont remember the name, oh, my wife just told me, it's "84, Charring Cross". It was so-so.|
How about you, any meeting with your friends? So the needle apointments have finished? I take it you are satisfied?
Have fun and keep me tuned.
|May-09-16|| ||moronovich: Here is it almost a heatwawe.20-22 degrees and the neighbours and wife like it,but I found it too hot,but try to stay cool and collected :)|
Yes <malthrope> s death was a loss for CG.He was a gentleman.And came across as a gentle man.I enjoyed very much our conversations.Always was he helpful and curious.
Havent been much too the needleman lateley due to a trip to Japan he made.But he said I was moving in the right direction.So...!?Well meet in less than 3 weeks.And I am satisfied but still a long way to go.So no miracles.For yet ;)
Have seen a couple of friends lately and it is usually a big joy and inspiration I couldnt live without.
Good to hear you are fine mostly.But what is endocrine problems?,if you would like to tell me.
Wife is out in town with friends so now my plan is to enjoy a good movie !
Take care and see you soon.
And best of luck with your bloodsamples !
|May-10-16|| ||virginmind: Indeed, <malthrope> Alan Benson was a gentleman, always ready to help and having a nice/humourist attitude I believe towards anybody here. So sorry for his passing away.|
Ah your acupuncturist went to Japan, ok - but he's not Japanese himself, is he? Truth be told is one of the trips I sometimes like to dream about, Japan and all its culture so different from the European one...who knows, maybe someday will become true.
The blood samples analysis showed good results for the first time in more than 2 years, so hopefully now the doctor will stop the medication, or at least lower it. The endocrine system is concerned with regulating the metabolism, its most important centre being the thyroid gland, located somewhere at the base of throat. This assures a ballance in some of the most important functions of the body - and sometimes this balance is disturbed, like what happened in my case. But apparently now everything's back to normal :) I will have to have the doctor's confirmation when I see her on Thursday.
Other than that the temperatures outside are back to normal and we have a sunny day since a few hours. Just played with black a very epic attacking game on the internet against a Finn, which I finally won and I was very proud of it - only to find out after that from Fritz 11 that in fact the game was marred with 3-4 blunders, both mine and him, just that he commited the last one. Nevertheless, an excellent opportunity we have to verify the real level of play with a computer when the game finishes.
|May-10-16|| ||virginmind: Here's the game I was talking about:
[Event "Friendly Game, 15m + 5s"]
1. f4 7 Nf6 4 2. Nf3 2 g6 1 3. e3 17 e6 2 4. d4 2 Ne4 2 5. Bd3
9 d5 5 6. O-O 9 h5 6 7. Qe2 15 h4 43 8. Bxe4 61 dxe4 4 9. Ng5
1 Be7 4 10. Nh3 2 Nd7 6 11. Nc3 11 f5 23 12. Bd2 44 Nf6 3 13.
Be1 4 Nh5 3 14. Bf2 17 Bd7 4 15. Qe1 1 a6 12 16. Ng5 11 Bxg5 11
17. fxg5 2 Qxg5 55 18. Bxh4 3 Qh6 1 19. h3 63 g5 4 20. Bg3 30
O-O-O 4 21. Be5 10 Rh7 18 22. Ne2 39 Rg8 6 23. Rf2 54 Nf4 10 24.
exf4 42 gxf4 1 25. Kh2 36 Rxg2+ 65 26. Rxg2 28 Qxh3+ 4 27. Kg1 2
f3 88 28. Rg8+ 8 Be8 1 29. Qg3 72 Qh1+ 10 30. Kf2 4 Rh2+ 11 31.
Ke3 11 Rxe2+ 2 32. Kf4 23 Qh6+ 3 33. Qg5 11 Qh2+ 34 34. Qg3 5
Qh6+ 120 35. Qg5 12 Qxg5+ 11 36. Rxg5 6 f2 1 37. Rf1 66 e3 3 38.
Rg8 187 Re1 8 39. Rxe8+ 6 Kd7 2 40. Rh8 24 Rxf1 10 41. Kxe3 1 Rc1
43 42. c3 12 f1=Q Guest2292629 resigns 4 0-1
|May-12-16|| ||moronovich: Hi !
Cross my fingers and verything ells for you today.So far it sounds good!
Has just dusted my board and chesspieces off,litterally,and has been through your game.And I can understand why you are proud of it.Very heavy and interesting sacs on f4 and g2.And with a happy and deserved touchdown on f1 !
Today is spanish lunch.White bread with garlic and oliveoil.Everything is blooming outside.And enjoyed very much an evening in town yesterday.To see PK again and also all the people in the streets and bars and cafes.I think we solved half the problems of the World and agreed upon how foolish our fathers gave acted.Leffe blanc nétais
pas malle :)
Yes I miss <achieve> and I hope he didn´t hit the bottle to hard.And always wellcome back,anytime.
So hope you will come out on top, on this sunny day !
All the best and see you around.
|May-14-16|| ||virginmind: Hi and thanks for the appreciation regarding my game. The doctor halved the medication and I'm due to see her again in 2-3 months.|
This weekend I will work to compensate for the days I've been procrastinating finishing job related stuff. Weather was bit ugly yesterday, but looking good this morning.
I was not aware of the content of a Spanish lunch, interesting. Please send PK my regards. And an excellent weekend ahead! Maybe time for you and your wife to have a glass of wine by the seaside?
|May-15-16|| ||moronovich: Hi !
Sounds like good new from the doctor,no!? And fingers still crossed from here..
Weather a little of this and a little of that.With grey days to come I think.
But that is ok and up my alley :)
Wife was on a little trip and I took the occasion to be with JWH and we had another one of our magic sessions.A tru gift it is.
Do you BTW know when the next big Chess Tournament is taken place ?
Say hello to your wife from here and hope you both have had a lovely weekend !
Ciao und auf wiedersehen.
|May-15-16|| ||virginmind: Well, other than the EICC going on right now, I don't know of any other one to take place in the near future.
Yes the doctor confirmed that the news are good but decided to continue the treatment - on a lower dose.|
Great, I'm glad you have the opportunity from time to time to enjoy those lovely sessions with JWH. Thanks, we had a good enough weekend. Weather was aceptable, morose yesterday byt mostly synny (although windy) today.
Wishing you a great week ahead!
|May-18-16|| ||moronovich: Hi again !
Hope everything is fine on your behalf !
Have had and still have some stomachlike issue,which I cannot really explain in english.So I have laid low in the last couple of days,but hey I am still here and wife and I are waiting for the great final Liverpool-Sevilla to begin.It should make for a big fight and at least on paper they are even paired.
Hope you will enjoy what is ahead of you and I will try to post some more when I am better fit.
Till then : auf wiedersehen and
|May-19-16|| ||virginmind: Oh I see. Good luck soon curing your stomach issue! Finally it was 1-3 at football, the Sevillians are some tough team. Haven't seen that match though.
I'm fine and everything's all right around. Weather's getting great also, no more autumn-like.|
|May-19-16|| ||virginmind: Here's three little ones I've played almost one after the other, against patzers bigger than me, apparently :)|
[Event "Friendly Game, 15m + 5s"]
1. e4 3 e5 2 2. f4 2 Be7 2 3. Nf3 3 exf4 3 4. Bc4 9 Bh4+ 2 5.
Ke2 3 Nc6 2 6. d4 8 d5 2 7. Bxd5 12 Bg4 11 8. Bxf4 13 Nf6 7 9.
g3 24 Nxd5 7 10. exd5 20 Qe7+ 4 11. Be3 34 Bg5 10 12. Qd2 10 Nb4
39 13. Nc3 13 Nxc2 Guest1280618 resigns 12 0-1
[Event "Friendly Game, 5m + 5s"]
1. e4 1 e5 1 2. Nf3 3 Nc6 1 3. d4 3 exd4 2 4. Nxd4 1 Bc5 1 5.
Nxc6 5 bxc6 3 6. Bc4 2 Nf6 2 7. Bg5 9 Bxf2+ 12 8. Ke2 103 d5 12
9. Bxf6 16 Qxf6 5 10. Rf1 1 Bg4+ 2 11. Kd3 39 Qd4#
(Lag: Av=0.31s, max=0.8s) 2 0-1
[Event "Friendly Game, 15m + 5s"]
1. e4 2 e5 1 2. Nf3 1 Nc6 1 3. Bc4 1 Nf6 3 4. Ng5 4 d5 1 5.
exd5 3 Nxd5 0 6. Nxf7 2 Kxf7 0 7. Qf3+ 2 Ke6 0 8. Nc3 2 Ncb4 0
9. O-O 6 c6 2 10. d4 3 Nxc2 13 11. Qe4 2 Nxd4 5 12. Re1 8 Qd6 16
13. Qxd4 3 Qc5 9 14. Qg4+ 10 Kf7 11 15. Qf3+ 67 Kg8 7 16. Bxd5+
26 cxd5 12 17. Nxd5 10 Be6 6 18. Rxe5 18 Rd8 18 19. Nf6+ 38 gxf6
11 20. Rxc5 1 Bg4 3 21. Qb3+ (Lag: Av=1.19s, max=14.1s) 10 1-0
|May-19-16|| ||moronovich: Has just returned after a little walk here around 22.30 and the birds were still singing ! Scandinavian summer is about to start..and more importantly,my stomachlike issue has bettered and the best day today for a long time..feeling somehow alive again .
The highest chessrating doesn´t beat a good health ;)|
Hope you,and your wife will enjoy the upcomming weekend ! And I will have a look on your games later on.
Till then :
|May-23-16|| ||WinKing: Hi <moronovich>!
Coming soon Shamkir 2016 (Gashimov Memorial Tournament)!!!
♘Shamkir 2016♘ Gashimov Memorial ♗Shamkir 2016♗
This tournament will run from May 26th thru June 4th 2016.
Participants include: Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin,
Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov,
Teimour Rajabov, Eltaj Safarli, Hou Yifan & Rauf Mamedov
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|May-25-16|| ||virginmind: Hi, I'm glad you feel better with your stomach issue. 2 days ago I had an episode of strong dizziness which lasted about 7-8 hours. havent been to the doctor though and it aleviated by itself - by the evening it was almost gone. I'm fine now.|
Today I've played a few moves in a simul Against Karpov, he signed my score sheet and we shook hands. I told him it's an honor to play with him and I congratulated him for everything he has done to chess. he smiled and said thank you. And...that was it, the organiser announced that the great champion is feeling tired and will retire, and we will continue the games playing against local champions. I've played against a local guy who I've known from the days when I was going to the chess club, and who is the actual romanian champion at 20 years juniors category. Of course, he beat me.
Didnt manage to get a photo with Karpov, instead they have filmed/photographed the event and in the local newspaper I appear in 2 photos posted, one in which Karpov shakes hand with the guy near me, and another with me and 2 others just seated at the table (games not started yet). It turned out the guy in my left was the Romanian champion at 20 years age juniors - I didn't recognized him at first - when I met him at the club he was about 10-11 years old, and now he's 20-21.
It was fun. Karpov was very affable, smiling, accepting photos with a lot of people etc. Yesterday he participated in a chess symposium (I wasn't there) and also he inaugurated a chess school in Iasi.
Tomorrow he will be in Mamaia resort at seaside to open the Women European Championship taking place there.
All the best!
|May-25-16|| ||moronovich: Hi again !
Good to see you Again !
And hopefully your dizzinessattack was an exception,which it usually is.
Visited the needleman and hopefully he has made the stomach better.Fingers crossed,for you as well.And nice to see
KJ in town after a weeks break.There is more to life than Giro dÍtalia ;)
Wife is doing one of her prawndishes in the background.Her husband is hungry.
And you met the old master and legend !
Congrats.Was it an interesting impression ? And/or was it different from your expectations,if you had any?
He is up there between the absolute best in my book...Imagine if we could catapult Carlsen back to Karpovs prime and have a match between these two!
It sounds like a most inspiring event for you.
The kitchen is calling and Gashimov Memorial is starting up tomorrow.Till then:Take care and enjoY !
|May-26-16|| ||virginmind: Well what can I say, I didn't have much expectations - except for the fact that I was hoping for a full game or at least half of it, practically there was no game at all, just 2 moves. Thinking back though, it would have been too tiresome for him to play a simultan up to 60-70 tables, walking all over the place for maybe more than an hour or so. Other than that, he was warm and gentle all the time, accepting all proposals for selfies etc from absolute unknowns, always with a smile. He behaved in the most casual way, and I remember having had a moment of tender disbelief - hey, he is indeed Karpov, wow, I'm lucky! :)|
|May-27-16|| ||moronovich: Good morning <virginmind> !|
Let me wish you a very happy birthday !
And I hope you will be celebrated in the best possible way.And that you will have many good and healthy years ahead.
It is the early fifties you are in,right?
Here the sun has arrived and we are closer to summer than autum.All is good except my stomach ,and I may perhaps go to see a doctor today...
Wife is beautifull as allways.
Somehow I have not much energy for the
Gashimov Memorial,but I guess that they will play some moves anyway ;).
So are you going to eat at one of your favourite restaurants tonight or will your wife do some magic in the kitchen ?
Take care and all the best.
|May-27-16|| ||virginmind: Hi, and thank you very much <moronovich>! Yes, I turned 52 this morning. It feels rather good and we're gonna go tomorrow at a restaurant with my family. Also preparing to go on a trip with my wife to Vienna and Salzburg. The weather's cloudy and rainy since quite a few days tho, and the forecast is not good for Austria either. but who knows, maybe we'll get lucky.|
So sorry to hear that the stomach is still a bit of a problem for you, yes it's best to go see a doctor today. And I wish you a quick recovery!
All the best!
|May-30-16|| ||virginmind: Here's a winning attack, then again Fritz 11 telling me that would black had captured with the knight instead of queen, there would have been no win.|
1. e4 2 e5 2 2. Nf3 1 d6 4 3. Bc4 1 h6 2 4. d4 4 exd4 11 5.
Nxd4 3 Nd7 11 6. Nc3 11 Ne5 4 7. Bb3 6 c6 16 8. O-O 21 Be7 16
9. f4 2 Ng6 10 10. Kh1 33 Bf6 36 11. f5 21 Ne5 5 12. Qh5 9 Qd7
42 13. Ne6 75 a5 113 14. a3 69 b5 30 15. Bf4 5 g6 107 16. fxg6 14
Nxg6 5 17. Bxd6 91 Qxd6 32 18. Rad1 13 Qe5 89 19. Rxf6 82 Qxh5
15 20. Nc7+ 8 Kf8 72 21. Rxf7# (Lag: Av=0.54s, max=2.5s) 3 1-0
|May-30-16|| ||moronovich: Hi !
Went to see the doctor and he was shure it will go over in a short time.And actually now it is much better,so I feel very rejuvenated rigth now.As the sun is heating outside with temperatures up to 27 somewhere in Denmark.Too much for me,you know but someone are happy :)
Today could be called the first day of summer and spring is then finished.Perhaps I should annonce it officially somewhere...:)
Your game,which I have just been through I liked very much,with a "little" nice Qeensac to end his misery.Anyway you succeeded to profit from his dubious openingplay.And it doesnt IMO have to be perfect to be good.
So are you enjoying the weather and life as such !?
I hope so and send you my best wishes.
|May-31-16|| ||virginmind: Hi! It's great that you feel better! And I'm glad you liked my game and thank you for taking the time to go over some of my games. Of course, it doesn't have to be perfect to be good.|
Tomorrow we're leaving for Austria, yesterday and today was fine here, very warm and no rain. I will most probably be able to write to you over the next 2 weeks, as I believe they provide wifi where we will stay.
Other than that I think I'm fine and hopefully it's gonna last. And the same to you and your wife!
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