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Member since Dec-23-04
Behold the fiery disk of Ra!

My name is Alan Shaw and I have given up active play in favour of poker, though even that's by the wayside for now-other things take centre stage. One day, I shall again lead with my chin and show 'em how it's done!

In my playing days, one of the most memorable moments was playing fourth board on the team that won the National High School championship at Cleveland, 1977. Another which stands out was having the pleasure of playing a series of rapid games with Mikhail Tal on his first visit to the USA in 1988. Even after facing a number of titled players, including the young Teimour Radjabov when he was 'only' an IM (he still gave me a beating), these are things which I'll not forget.

Fischer at his zenith was the greatest of all champions for me, but has never been one of my favourite players. In that number may be included Emanuel Lasker, Bronstein, Korchnoi, Larsen, Romanishin, Nakamura and Carlsen, all of whom have displayed outstanding fighting qualities.

As a poker player, most of my action has been online, with one victorious live event of the roughly fifteen I have played:

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   perfidious has kibitzed 14152 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-26-14 G Jones vs J P Le Roux, 2014
perfidious: <FSR> That they were.
   Jul-26-14 Kenneth Rogoff
perfidious: <pipi: ** Not being the brightest diode in the LED lamp, (perfidious) is probably totally unaware of his ugly inconsistencies.> Ha ha ha ha! Y'all find any homoerotic imagery in this comment, boy? Would be a tough reach for even you.
   Jul-25-14 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975)
perfidious: There was nothing left to attain for Fischer's fragile ego, once having reached the pinnacle--he had invested everything of himself in his quest for the supreme title. It is unfortunate that in this way, he was psychologically weaker than any of his predecessors. The chess world ...
   Jul-25-14 Jean-Noel Riff
perfidious: Another classic matchup would be any player bearing this surname vs Tomislav Music . Prospects for a whole lot of shindigs to come.
   Jul-25-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014
perfidious: <Rascal> Would you lay odds on that at Ladbrokes?
   Jul-25-14 Julian Michael Hodgson
perfidious: <Everett> The heavy lifting was done by <soldal> a time ago: Kenneth Rogoff Of the recent stuff, it is about pattern recognition, mostly language usage etc.
   Jul-25-14 H Frisk vs D Akdag, 2014
perfidious: Was White Frisked for suspected software assistance after holding his young opponent to a draw?
   Jul-25-14 Vugar Gashimov (replies)
perfidious: It seems a trifle mean-spirited to go on about this; then again, we have come to expect this sort of thing from <Scarlett>, aka <RedShield>, who does not disappoint in any guise.
   Jul-25-14 Fabiano Caruana (replies)
perfidious: <conrag> How 'bout an even score for Caruana at Zurich Chess Challenge (2014) ? At Tata Steel (2014) , he was +1 while Aronian went +5. Seems to an objective observer that such results are not the stuff of which the foremost threat to Carlsen's crown are made.
   Jul-25-14 Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000
perfidious: <Simon> Had to render <u>'s ah, contributions invisible--too much 1200-level horsebleep which he insists on parroting at every turn, in the face of stronger players' ideas and praxis. The classic was from Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 , a thread you may remember.
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  KKDEREK: Merry Christmas bro, happy holidays!
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  TheFocus: Merry Christmas <perfidious>.
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  OhioChessFan: <Outside of chess, Karpov has been linked to the company Petromir, which allegedly found a natural gas field.>

"Reportedly" might be a touch better than "allegedly", which carries a bit of a negative connotation.

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  TheFocus: Happy New Year <perfidious>!
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  Domdaniel: <perf> Good to see you mention Romanishin in your profile. People tend to overlook him today, but he remains one of my favourite players. I've always liked his 3...Be7 line in the French, though I've rarely played it.
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  morfishine: <perfidious> I just received my copy of 'The Chess Mind' and absolutely love it! Thank you very much for this insightful recommendation! I will post a recommendation in the Chess Book forum mentioning you
Jan-31-14  MarkFinan: Spassky vs Larry Evans, 1962

I saw you post a link to this game somewhere earlier and I just went through it. Very good game I must say. Spassky isn't really my cup of tea but I do like that.

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  Benzol: <Alan> The next time I see Tony, which should be soon I'll ask if he ever spent time in the States. He does have a games file here. Anthony James Booth
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  Benzol: The man you met might be A J Booth
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  waustad: <perfidious: <waustad> What do you think of Indians' chances this upcoming season?>

I'm worried about starting pitching most of all. For them to match last year's win total so much has to go right. The "clutch hitting" stats and babip probably aren't sustainable so they'll need more from Cabrera, Swisher and Bourne at least. If Axford and Pestano both return to the performance from a couple of years ago that will be a big help in a rebuilt bullpen. Masterson has to pitch like an ace and everybody needs to stay healthy among starters. Can Bauer get his head screwed on straight? Calloway got Ubaldo straightened out so anything is possible. There are too many ifs to predict a playoff run, but it would be nice.

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  Benzol: <Alan> Had a talk to Tony Booth and he said he was only in the US in 1964 so it must have been someone else you had contact with.

GM Short kicked my backside earlier today. I'll post the game later either in my forum or on my player page.

Cheers matey.


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  Check It Out: Dude, this guy is trolling all your games. User: Moszkowski012273
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  TheFocus: <perfidious> I think that <Moszkowski012273> is a secret fan of yours. He plays through all your games and pretends to not like them.

He may even have a little crush on you. Watch out in case he starts sending you flowers or candy.

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  Karpova: <TheFocus: He plays through all your games and pretends to not like them.>

He doesn't even do that:

<Moszkowski012273: I'm not accomplishing anything and don't care if anybody believes me. In fact you shouldn't I haven't gone through a single game of his.> A Shaw vs E Perelshteyn, 1996

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  morfishine: Pink Floyd #1
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  Fusilli: Hey <perfidious>, it is unusual to see Romanishin listed as a favorite player, when there are scores of objectively stronger players to pick. What do you like about him?
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  WCC Editing Project:

**CURRENT DRAFT UNDER INSPECTION FOR PROMOTION: Game Collection: WCC: Botvinnik-Bronstein 1951

**DUE DATE- THE DAY I WILL SUBMIT THIS DRAFT TO <Daniel>: Submission Day <<<Sunday, 27 April (Korean time)>>>

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  KKDEREK: <perfidious> For obsessive people is never "done". People here should step up more often to make here a nicer place. But cool initiative pal.
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  WCC Editing Project:

**CURRENT DRAFT UNDER INSPECTION FOR PROMOTION: <Game Collection: WCC: Lasker-Janowski 1910>

**DUE DATE- THE DAY I WILL SUBMIT THIS DRAFT TO <Daniel>: Submission Day <<<<two weeks> starting *after* <Daniel> promotes and then finishes correcting any errata for Game Collection: WCC: Botvinnik-Bronstein 1951>>>

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  WCC Editing Project:

Good morning!

The next WCC draft promotion "due date" is now posted in our forum profile.

Botvinnik - Bronstein World Championship Match (1951) has been made an "official page," and we will hand in the next draft on <June 14, 2014>.

The next draft will be Game Collection: WCC: Lasker-Janowski 1910

Jun-05-14  ZoltanBartok: Oh, I see plenty of information here (I am new to this website, I am just learning how to use it).
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  Domdaniel: <perf> ... notes toward a history of perfidiousness ... an article by John Bradley on the Irish Chess Union (ICU) website, describes an Irish chess club in the 1700s. (Bradley is an archaeologist - we played on the same college team, UCD, years ago). Among other details, he quotes "Cuimhnígí ar Luimneach agus ar fheall na Sasanach" -- a line (in the Irish language) supposedly used as a slogan by Irish troops at the battle of Fontenoy -- meaning "Remember Limerick and the Perfidy of the Saxons".

Bradley's article:

Perfidy forever, eh?

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  Domdaniel: PS. I like Romanishin too. Gosh, we're practically twins, ain't we?
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I came over here because my question is off-topic for the "Avian Pele" game page.

I saw a few months back that an 8 year old, or maybe younger, had been given a FIDE master title?

I don't understand this practice, since the ratings are calculated by relative performance against other players, right?

So this player's record featured only games from other children in his age group.

This seems a little silly to me. By that, I mean that a decent older player with no FIDE master rating should be able to wipe the floor with this kid and all of the people he played with? I played through some of his games and there were hung pieces and such. I wish I could remember his name. I do recall that <Phony Benoni> viewed this "title" askance as well.

I'm not sure that it's appropriate to be handing out titles before the children have been tested against actually strong players.

<Bobby> got his USCF and FIDE titles as a child, but he didn't get them by playing other children.

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