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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 26192 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-19-18 C F Bliss
perfidious: Is ignorance Bliss?
   Mar-19-18 Grischuk vs Mamedyarov, 2018
perfidious: Case in point: Nunn vs Speelman, 1980 . Last round game, which I believe gave Speelman a GM norm into the bargain.
   Mar-19-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
perfidious: <Charlie....How many times a week do you find yourself Worshipping the KKK, Donald Trump, and all things Fascist ?> All the above is everyday action for <kudzu antonin the maleficent>.
   Mar-19-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
perfidious: Carlsen-Mamedyarov is +5-1=8 in classical for the champion; overall, the numbers are +19-3=13 in his favour. Mamedyarov's sole win in classical play was in 2008.
   Mar-19-18 Doll (replies)
perfidious: Jennifer Lawrence over Kaley Cuoco in a walk. Marilyn comes out winner over both, though: always was hawt.
   Mar-18-18 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
perfidious: <baleful pissant....He confirms the post that he is trying to dispute.....> Hahahahaha! <....Notice that I control <perfidious> and cause him to dance to my tune. He allows me to control him....> Only in your addled, narcissistic, meth-fuelled imagination. ...
   Mar-18-18 Aronian vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
perfidious: White's attacking plan beginning with 16.g4 looks a mite dodgy.
   Mar-17-18 Jeremy Lim (replies)
perfidious: Grayson Allen is <kudzu>.
   Mar-16-18 V Malakhov vs Azmaiparashvili, 2003
perfidious: The hand of the master strikes again.
   Mar-16-18 Zurab Alekseyevich Azmaiparashvili (replies)
perfidious: <HMM>, this player, inter alia, was alleged to have fixed the result of Strumica 1995, the games for which will be found here: There have been other shenanigans since.
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  WannaBe: <Boomie> Thank you.
Aug-08-16  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)
Sep-26-17  Dr Winston OBoogie: Perf. Did you get suspended for posting "naughty words?". Don't worry I'll find some of BP's sick puppies quotes and blow the whistle :)
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  perfidious: <Doc W>, nah--<blathering pustule> is at the meth again.
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  Richard Taylor: <perfidious> By meth you mean "on the turps" or methylated spirits? Meths is also short for P which is a big problem in NZ. I was in hospital for a broken leg in 2004 and this young man was in, believe it or not, for arthritis which had caused a saw on his leg (now I think of it perhaps he was pulling my leg, which was, indeed, broken; maybe he had an infection of some sort). But in any case he said his main interest in life was hanging around and taking P...

But to be officious, methylated spirits is used by some alcoholics but it is very dangerous. Here in NZ methylated spirits has a purple colour added to it and it smells worse that 'pure' meths...[Jessicafischerking of me once used the expression "Your lugubrious posts..." fair enough my brain is like 'A slow old barnyard clock....' ]

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  Richard Taylor: I done a mistake. "Sore" not "saw". I am full of foolish saws...
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  perfidious: <Richard>, yew done a mistake?

Dang, this here world's gonna end!

Here's to the odd dose of lugubriousness--or what an old friend instead termed lugubriosity.

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  Richard Taylor: Have some Lugubrious Vinus on meus!
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  moronovich: It as a mistake,not maken mistakes ;)
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  perfidious: As the butler in <The Big Sleep> said to Humphrey Bogart:

<I'm sorry, sir: I make many mistakes>

Sep-30-17  theagenbiteofinwit: Hey perfidious. Have you gotten into PLO much?
I've taken it up a little bit after having to run ranges through GTO software just so I can make a little profit grinding microstakes.


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  perfidious: Not as much as in my early playing days--much less variance in NL holdem cash games, if one can believe that.

Used to play PLO ring games all the time on PokerStars in the high games when they were 5-10 blinds with the likes of Greg Raymer (then WSOP champion), <Chufty> and <Darwinism>, some dang goot players. Tremendous swings, though, some of which I experienced. Still love the game, though.

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  Check It Out: Hey, <perf>, thanks for checking in. Things are ok in my neck of the woods, and I hope for you as well. The fall season is here, I do miss the warm weather!
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  perfidious: World Poker Finals (continued):

Soon after I mucked AT in the big blind, it was time for a blind battle between Cloutier and Seymour.

TJ brought it in after everyone else passed and Bill flatted.

TJ checked the flop, Seymour bet and Cloutier raised all in. After long reflexion, Bill called. TJ had flopped middle pair with a five, but Bill had an overpair to the five and it held up, so Cloutier was out in ninth.

A longish period of fairly desultory action followed, with two other short stacks being eliminated.

To this point, I had played a mostly solid game, especially in the full table action. Once we got to six-handed, that changed.

While I do not recall the hands, I got into a confrontation with Noam Freedman, who had played well and confidently, and managed to finish him off and thereby get a decent stack to operate with for the first time in a long while.

The tendency towards opening up the game continued, as Cope would raise, I would shove over him, and he would fold. This happened four or five times in about forty minutes.

More to come.

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  perfidious: The next crucial hand came up during this period with Buster Jackson, known mostly as a player in the old Texas road games, as I learnt later.

As was typical, I brought it in for a raise to 17,000 of my 105,000 stack from under the gun with A5 of diamonds with the blinds at 2-4K and antes of 500. Buster shoved from the next seat for 92K, not having got involved too often at this final table.

The other players mucked and I called fairly quickly, the worst blunder of my career.

Buster turned over two queens. My luck was in that night, as two diamonds came on the flop, and the flush card hit the river.

Now I had over half the chips at the table, but matters were far from settled, what with three tough players to overcome before any thoughts of victory entered my head.

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  Penguincw: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year <perfidious>.
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  morfishine: Happy New Year <perfidious>!

On the side, where in the world did your username come from? Highly original and must hold some deep, perhaps secret meaning


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  perfidious: <WannaBe: Hi Alan, got some poker questions for ya, local card club offer 3/6 with $20 buy in. What would that mean?>

As <Boomie> has already explained this, I will gracefully step aside. He is right--I do not often post here--but would have been happy to respond had I seen your question of some time ago.

Take care.

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  offramp: I was just looking at the Database Statistics Page:

<13. Ulhumbrus (21,433)
14. Marmot PFL (20,009)
<15. perfidious (20,000)>
16. Open Defence (19,759)>

20,000 exactly! Good one.

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  perfidious: <offramp>, supreme talent, don't you know. (rolls eyes)
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