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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.

In my chess 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.

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   perfidious has kibitzed 25294 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-21-17 Jeremy Lim (replies)
perfidious: Marcel who?
   Sep-21-17 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
perfidious: Black regains the pawn, but there is not a lot to play for; Aronian likely reckoned he was better off aiming to win in the rapid phase of the match than trying for victory from this fairly quiet position.
   Sep-21-17 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
perfidious: <HMM>, the father of <big liar> was actually quite a decent man, whom it was my privilege to know; pity the progeny has turned out so very badly.
   Sep-21-17 Aronian vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017
perfidious: <FSR>, as White, my speciality was 4.Nf3 and 5.Bg5: it led to positions which suited me and in those bygone days, avoided the strings of theory which were even then intimately associated with lines such as the Exchange.
   Sep-20-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
perfidious: <big catamite> posts to proclaim that he has no need to post. Imagine that.
   Sep-18-17 Keti Tsatsalashvili (replies)
perfidious: Dang, facing her could spell ruination. Lovely.
   Sep-17-17 F Zita vs Taimanov, 1950 (replies)
perfidious: Hail, man, Ah'm not a big Dylan fan and get scorned for mah leff leaning views alla tahm.
   Sep-16-17 San Remo (1930)
perfidious: 'Tip the croupier'? You must be mad!
   Sep-15-17 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
perfidious: Perhaps also, Pillsbury and Rubinstein might have foundered once they sat opposite Lasker; it is a simple matter to engage in all sorts of conjecture based on the tournament records of each that their chances would have been good, whilst forgetting that a match possesses a ...
   Sep-14-17 Tal vs F Olafsson, 1975 (replies)
perfidious: <fake1900player: Easy one today. Too easy for a Thursday it seems.> Oh, for a player of your surpassing genius, this hardly qualified as an exercise worth getting out of bed for.
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  Abdel Irada: Email should be in your inbox soon if not yet.

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  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.

May-12-16  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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  perfidious: <Boomie> and <luftforlife> This is rather a belated response, but not so much as in some other instances, eg, I posted re Foxwoods, from early action to the final table bubble several pages back, and that in 2013!

The final table was ten punters, rather than the typical nine. Not sure why, but Foxwoods are/were idiosyncratic in their ways to some degree.

We began life at that final table with an average chip count of 36.5k, and I had 37,000.

There was a fairly heavy gunner with us called Frank Rasile whom I had played at the same table with when things were down to two tables. He was, I believe, two seats to the left of TJ Cloutier and mostly played a bit more tightly than he had when matters were shorthanded. Frank eventually reverted to his loose-aggressive ways and was first to bust out at the FT.

For a little while, not much changed with the standard nine-handed table, though one hand came up which featured Cloutier open-raising from the cutoff, with me in the big blind holding ace-ten suited.

While I do not recall the exact blind and ante levels here, they had to be high enough that any action by me would either commit me to the hand or cause TJ to shove himself (I had him covered).

This should have been an easy shove, but I sensed something amiss, thought a little while and mucked. TJ was kind enough to flash AQ my way before dragging the pot.

More to come.

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  Boomie: <perfidious> The AQ was especially painful for TJ as he had lost the 2000 World Series to Chris Ferguson with AQ vs A9.
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  WannaBe: Hi Alan, got some poker questions for ya, local card club offer 3/6 with $20 buy in. What would that mean?

3 raises with $6 max? And house keep th $20 you play with whatever you have in your pocket?

Thanks in adv.

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  Boomie: <WannaBe>

<Perf> doesn't post here regularly so I'll take a swing at your question. A Buy-In usually refers to the entry fee for a tournament. It could also refer to the minimum stack in a cash game although $20 is hardly sufficient for that. In a $3-6 cash game, I would start with around $150. You need enough to cover the maximum possible wager. If there are 3 raises, that would be 12+12+24+24 = 72. Buying in for about twice that gives you a comfortable cushion should you start out slow.

Back in the old days, I played at the Horseshoe in Vegas where there was no limit on the number of raises. I hit a miracle connection in a $20-40 game. Starting with pocket 8s in an unraised pot with 4 opponents, the flop was Q83 off suit. I wanted to knock out gut shots or back door draws, so I decided, dumbly, to check raise. Instant karma got me as everybody else checked. The turn card was an 8. Now I figure nobody has anything so I bet for a mercy killing to get on with the next hand. Everybody folded to the dealer, who raised. It turned out, he had pocket 3s and had made an even greater blunder than I by checking the flop. My betting set him up as the perfect patsy. He lost hundreds and hundreds of dollars before finally deciding to call. I wish I could take credit for it, but I misplayed the hand and just got lucky.

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  technical draw: <Boomie> Pocket 3's with Q83 showing has only moderate chances of winning. After 2 raises I'll assume my opponent has pocket Q's. and fold. I know it's hard hard to fold with any pair but you have to play the odds.
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  WannaBe: <Boomie> Thank you.
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  Boomie: <technical draw: <Boomie> Pocket 3's with Q83 showing has only moderate chances of winning. After 2 raises I'll assume my opponent has pocket Q's. and fold. I know it's hard hard to fold with any pair but you have to play the odds.>

The problem for the 3s here was there was no raise before the flop. Clearly Qs would have raised. Nobody would slow play Qs and survive for long in a tough game at the Horseshoe.

Curiously, I once mucked trip 3s on a flop of Qx3. I knew my opponent had Qs from the betting. He raised before the flop, bet the flop, and reraised my raise, at which point I folded. You see, that was Action Peter. We called him Action because he wasn't.

Aug-22-16  JohnBoy: For some reason I get the impression you are in/around Boston these days? True? I'm heading up there in a few days - son is starting a research project at Ha-vahd & I'll be moving his stuff.
Aug-24-16  mckmac: <Perfidious> Just like to say that I value your thoughts and attitude over on the Rogoff Page. How is the deck falling for you these days?
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I'm back- yes I'd forgotten all about that <> "breast" furor.

I had to look up the word <Pharasaic>, so thanks for adding to my vocabulary!

I guess is not pharasaic enough, whilst is too pharasaic, amirite.

Aug-22-17  Caissanist: Rather than repost my 2006 mini-bio of the "great" Nicolai Shalnev's career on his page (where it would probably get deleted again), I thought I'd put it here, for your enjoyment or posterity or whatever:

<Somewhat mysterious grandmaster from Ukraine, now living in Germany. For most of his career Nicolai Shalnev has been a solid enough master, generally rated in the high 2200s or low 2300s. Then, in his mid fifties, his results improved dramatically, although he seems not to have been playing in very many tournaments. Shalnev finally gained his GM title in 2001 at age 57; his rating eventually peaked in 2003 at an astonishing 2553. It has recently dropped back to 2512, but that still makes him one of the strongest players in the world over 60--he currently ranks fifth among active players, ahead (often way ahead) of many well known GMs. With all these accomplishments, however, he seems to be all but unknown; I couldn't find any information about him at all on the net, except for his birthday.

This is certainly a remarkable story. It might be a story of remarkable late-career development, or it might be one of remarkably brazen title-buying. There doesn't seem to be any way of knowing.>

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  perfidious: <Caissanist>, thanks for posting that here--it will not get removed. (laughs)
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