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mrsaturdaypants
Member since Jul-06-04 · Last seen Aug-01-18
I'm a complete patzer. But I find little so relaxing as going through games and trying to reason out why the good moves are good and the bad ones bad. (I also like to read reviews of movies I will never see.)

I love chessgames.com, one of the best little web communities I've run across. I have to be pretty under the weather or otherwise occupied to miss the daily puzzle. If I've learned anything about chess in the last decade, it's been from reading other commenters' posts.

I'm interested in comparisons between human and artificial intelligence, in part because I read Hubert Dreyfus's What Computers Still Can't Do back in the mid-1990s. While Dreyfus was obviously wrong in setting limits on what computes would be able to accomplish in chess, I think he was still right that the way that programs "think" is fundamentally different from the ways humans think. This probably tells us a great deal about what the future will look like in domains outside of chess. But I remain too dim to discern what it is that we are being told. Perhaps our cyborg overlords will clear it all up one of these days.


   mrsaturdaypants has kibitzed 250 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-22-14 Sliwa vs A Beni, 1957 (replies)
 
mrsaturdaypants: Seems like white threw away the draw by not repeating at move 28. (I suspect he couldn't accept that he was in danger of losing, since he was a rook up.)
 
   Dec-20-14 S Del Rio Angelis vs B Olape, 2004 (replies)
 
mrsaturdaypants: I'm probably missing something. 24 Qxh7+ Kxh7 25 Rh5+ Kg8 26 Rh8#
 
   Dec-16-14 Norfolk City vs New York, 1840 (replies)
 
mrsaturdaypants: OK, Shams - that comment made milk come out of my nose. (And I hadn't been drinking milk.)
 
   Dec-08-14 A Giri vs Nakamura, 2014 (replies)
 
mrsaturdaypants: I don't know if it's forced, but the sequence from move 25 is gorgeous and puzzle-worthy.
 
   Nov-01-14 M Heidenfeld vs Nunn, 2006
 
mrsaturdaypants: Thursday puzzle at black's 34th move? I came to this page because it has John Nunn's most recent game prior to his comeback at this year's Senior Chess Championship. Moves 34-40 take him from two pawns down to material equality with a better pawn structure, from which Nunn
 
   Aug-10-14 Kramnik vs Topalov, 2014 (replies)
 
mrsaturdaypants: I understood what you meant, Sokrates. (I might have said "character" instead of "calibre.") Please forgive us native English speakers. We forget sometimes that the rest of the world has done us the favor of speaking our language.
 
   Jul-23-14 E Mirzoeva vs E V Kovalevskaya, 2014
 
mrsaturdaypants: Fun game. Maybe a Wednesday puzzle at black's 29th move?
 
   Jul-10-14 Caruana vs Adams, 2013 (replies)
 
mrsaturdaypants: I'm missing something. This seemed too easy for a Thursday. 27...Rx3c 28 bxc3 Ba4+ and black wins back the piece he lost at move 20, ending up two pawns to the good.
 
   Jul-09-14 D Zaslavsky vs Botvinnik, 1926 (replies)
 
mrsaturdaypants: Very helpful, <Cheapo by the Dozen>. Thanks. But I think your line 32 ab cb 33 Qd1 Rc1 doesn't work. Black's b pawn is still on the third rank here, isn't it? Instead, I think the refutation of 32 ab is (30...axb3 31 Rxc4 dxc4) 32 ab c3 33 Qe1 c2 34 Qc1 ...
 
   Jun-18-14 N Rogers vs J Foucault, 2001 (replies)
 
mrsaturdaypants: Three distinct Foucaults here: the one who did the experiment with the pendelum, the historian who died of AIDS, and the chess player.
 
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