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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 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 20858 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-24-16 G Arnlaugsson vs V Vukovic, 1936
perfidious: Black's fifth move has long been known to be dubious; notwithstanding the result of this game, 5....cxd4 has not fared well and 5....Ne7 is far more common and considered stronger. An improvement may well be found in Jones vs S Surak, 1991 .
   May-24-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
perfidious: <moronovich: <rogge: <al wazir: If Clinton is dishonest, what does that make Trump? Is there a word for it?> A narcissistic sociopath.> Right.And no wonder <Big Pawn Star!!> is attracted to this "man".> Like mixing with like, don't you know.
   May-24-16 J H Sarratt vs NN, 1810
perfidious: <WhiteRook48: were the names reversed?> Even NN got on the scoreboard now and again.
   May-24-16 Vivek Rao
perfidious: Lot of familiar names from my past in that link. About the last time I saw Vivek, he was first board for the Harvard side in a Boston Met league match in the 1988-89 season, losing to Colm Daly, while I lost to Dan Edelman on board two.
   May-24-16 Jeremy Lim (replies)
perfidious: <chancho> We should simply term that Westbrook's iso-outfit; after all, who would want to be seen around someone wearing that sort of rubbish?
   May-24-16 Flohr vs Reshevsky, 1937
perfidious: It likely was not an offer at all: I came across another version of the game score which features 12....b6 instead. Will submit a correction.
   May-23-16 whiteshark chessforum (replies)
   May-23-16 Short - Gretarsson (2016) (replies)
perfidious: <LuckyChucky: Incoherent nitwit> Who has a thing about Short for some ridiculous reason; he appears to regard himself as Tony Miles' avenger, now that that fine player has gone to his grave.
   May-23-16 Stewart Reuben
perfidious: <mack: One of the nicest men you'll ever meet.> Have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Stewart on the circuit, but perhaps one day I will get to London for some poker. Judging from comments here, Reuben is another example of someone who is perfectly agreeable to spend ...
   May-23-16 L A Tan vs Smyslov, 1973
perfidious: <drukenknight: yeah white is really not that good....> The fish was strong enough to defeat a <pretty> good player in the next cycle: L A Tan vs Browne, 1976 . <....w/o even doing the calculations it is clear that white needs to attack since she is behind in ...
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Nov-14-14  carterd253: Good info Alan, thanks. In both 1996 and 1997, Matt and Steven are listed as "SC" and "MA." I'm missing 1973-1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, and 1989. Who is Louis Pouliot?
Nov-15-14  carterd253: Alan, can you send me your email so we can correspond outside the forum? If I were to organize a "rusty old man" quad with you, Chris Richmond, Tony Salgado and Dave Virzi would you play? None of you have played in years so it'd be all fair.
Dec-24-14  brankat: <perfidious> Wishing You all the best for the coming Holidays!
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  moronovich: Merry Christmas <perfidiuos> !
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Dec-25-14  ketchuplover: You go guy!
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  wordfunph: <perfidious> Merry Christmas!
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  Fusilli: Best wishes for 2015 my perfidious friend!
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  ChemMac: Alan - I see that you played both Dlugy and Walter Browne. I beat Maxim the two times I played him in Manhattan C.C. championships, and drew with Browne (ending with Q+N vs Q and two pawns, which was unwinnable once my last pawn was exchanged). I think I posted one of the Dlugy games, but here it is again in case you didn't see it.

W. Neil McKelvie B. Maxim Dlugy
Manhattan Club Championship May 12, 1984

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.Be2 Bd7 9.a4 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Nb3 Qc7 12.Rad1 Ne5? 13.f4 Ng6 14.e5 Qb6 (?) 15.Kh1 Ne8 16.a5 Qb4 17.Bxe7 Nxe7 18.f5 Qh4 19. fxe Bxe6 20.Rf4 Qh6 21.exd Nf5 22.d7 Nf6 23.Nc5 Rad1 24.Bd3 Qh5 25.Qe1 Ng4 26.h3 Nfe3 27.Nxe6 fxe 28.Rxg4 Nxg4 29.Qxe6 Kh8 30.Qxg4 Qxg4 31.hxg Rxd7 32.Ne4 Rd5 33.b4 Rf4 34.Re1 Rg4 35. Nc5 Rd8 36.Re4 Resigns

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  Fusilli: Hey, <perfidious>, your input is needed here:

M Czerniak vs Y Mashian, 1976

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  Abdel Irada: I recently received an email that claimed to be from you, but given some of the behavior on this site lately, I want to verify before replying that it really *is* from you.

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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> Yes, it was--by all means respond to the question if you wish.
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  Abdel Irada: Email should be in your inbox soon if not yet.

Jun-16-15  crawfb5: I have a draft introduction for Game Collection: 0 Prague 1946. If you have any corrections or additions to suggest, let me know. I only included a few games so far. <zanzibar> submitted missing games, so I will finish that section after they are processed.
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  perfidious: <Fusilli: No no, that's not how it works. It's Ilyumzhinov who tells aliens what *they* should do. It's been that way ever since they abducted him in 1997 (see Wikipedia entry on him), a move they forever regretted, of course.>

Ha ha ha!!

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  morfishine: <perfidious> Just a heads up, that miscreant <Overgod> posted some garbage at one of your games: A Shaw vs W Kelleher, 1984 (kibitz #1)


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  Domdaniel: Miscreant? More like a foetus who plans to be a terrorist if he grows up...

Oh, hi <perf>. All well, I trust?

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  john barleycorn: <perfidious> have your best christmas ever.
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  wordfunph: <perfidious> Merry Christmas!
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  chancho: Merry Christmas, Mr. Shaw!
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  Domdaniel: <perf> It seems that Bernie Sanders is a chessplayer, of sorts - there's a story about him in the current issue of New in Chess.

Have you any further info?

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  perfidious: <Dom> Back in spring and summer 1978, Sanders brought his son Levi to our club in Burlington for a time.

Never met either, but recall Bernie: the same curly hair, though it had not yet gone white, resonant voice with the distinctive New York accent.

Was rather a shock when, two years later, he beat the five-term incumbent Democratic mayor to get his start in politics.

One thing sure: Sanders is a man who has known how to pick his spots. After his tenure as mayor, he won a seat in Congress.

While I have not the slightest idea whether Sanders contemplated higher office than the US House of Representatives in those days, he had not a snowball's chance of winning a Senate seat from Vermont, popular though he was in Burlington and Chittenden County, with Patrick Leahy holding down one spot and Robert Stafford, followed by Jim Jeffords having a firm grasp on the other.

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  Domdaniel: <perf> Thanks, that's very innaresting.

Though I tend to think that, since chess is of no conceivable use to any politician, the ones who express an interest in the game are to some extent genuine.

Either that, or playing a very long game.

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  Boomie: <perfidious>

I just looked at your tournament win and was surprised to see T. J. Cloutier in 9th. He was arguably the best tournament player of his generation.

I had the great pleasure of playing many hours of $20/40 with Johnny Moss, who I consider the Babe Ruth of poker. We enjoyed each other a lot and he told me stories about the "old days".

For example, he was once invited to a game in Kansas City to play Harry Carey. Aside from the baseball announcer, he's never heard of it. But they assured him it was poker and he knew he could thrash the line-up. So he goes to KC and the game starts. The dealer gives everybody 2 cards and there's a round of betting. Then he deals 3 cards face up in the center of the table. Johnny asks him how the game proceeds. He said there's a bet now, then one card and another bet, and finally the last card and a bet. Then he turned to me with a hand shielding his face and said in a stage whisper, "Ya know, I think at that time I was the best Holdem player in the world." I loved that guy.

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  luftforlife: <perfidious>: It's great to hear from you on <Tab's> forum. I always enjoy your posts, and I admire your success in no-limit Texas hold-'em. I've long loved the game as a spectator; I guess it was <Rounders> that put the hook in me, but I really enjoyed watching the WPT coverage for many years with Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, and it was by watching and listening to Mike and following the action that I learned a bit about the game and its long-time history and players. I admire the rapid-fire calculations and sangfroid of the greats; it seems too the ability to read others (a Daniel Negreanu specialty) is a hallmark of continued success. Your 2002 WPT Foxwoods win was no mean feat. I'd love to learn more about your experiences, and about your love of the game. Happy to hear from you. Best regards.
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