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perfidious
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 27084 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-19-18 Huebner vs Timman, 1981 (replies)
 
perfidious: <WorstPlayerEver> could certainly answer the question.
 
   Sep-18-18 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
 
perfidious: <HMM: ...and, the now typical refrain from Trump He's [latest person in trouble] is a VERY good person who has been treated VERY unfairly!"> The flip side of this, of course, is that those who commit even the most trivial of offences in Trump's mind are evil incarnate and ...
 
   Sep-18-18 W So vs Caruana, 2018
 
perfidious: QGD? rofl
 
   Sep-18-18 Short vs Kasparov, 1993 (replies)
 
perfidious: Yet so much is made of this silly exhibition, same as the obsession with Geller's wins from Fischer and various other matchups. Yawn.
 
   Sep-18-18 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
perfidious: <penguincw>, Red Sox hit Dwight Evans leadoff late in his career for a while; in fact, it was he who hit the homer on the first pitch of the 1986 season at Detroit.
 
   Sep-18-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
perfidious: <CIO>, in my opinion, Seahawks' struggles on the offensive side were masked a little by that outstanding defence, but with their defensive play not quite at the level it was when they came within an ace of back to back titles, it is harder for them to overcome.
 
   Sep-17-18 Stefan Fazekas (replies)
 
perfidious: <Nosnibor: <Roberts partner> Are you a Mr.Attenborough who lost to Tartakower in round 2 at Southsea 1950and finished on 3 points?> Tartakower vs L Barden, 1950
 
   Sep-17-18 Unzicker vs Tal, 1975 (replies)
 
perfidious: One could be forgiven for suspecting that the players were misattributed here and that Tal's hapless opponent was on the receiving end, as the Wizard of Riga meted out retribution for an incautious pawn snatch.
 
   Sep-17-18 Anand vs Kramnik, 2016
 
perfidious: One can well imagine what <uluseless> thinks of the Tartakower QGD for Black, what with that dreadful move ...h6 adopted by numerous top players and all.
 
   Sep-16-18 Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 (replies)
 
perfidious: No top player could ever go down at the hands of the Scotch, either....
 
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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?
Mar-22-17
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  jessicafischerqueen:

I'm back- yes I'd forgotten all about that <chess.com> "breast" furor.

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

I guess cg.com is not pharasaic enough, whilst cheese.com 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.>

Aug-23-17
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  perfidious: <Caissanist>, thanks for posting that here--it will not get removed. (laughs)
Sep-26-17
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  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 :)
Sep-27-17
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  perfidious: <Doc W>, nah--<blathering pustule> is at the meth again.
Sep-28-17
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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....' ]

Sep-28-17
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  Richard Taylor: I done a mistake. "Sore" not "saw". I am full of foolish saws...
Sep-28-17
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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.

Sep-30-17
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  Richard Taylor: Have some Lugubrious Vinus on meus!
Sep-30-17
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  moronovich: It as a mistake,not maken mistakes ;)
Sep-30-17
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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.

It's...different.

Sep-30-17
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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.

Oct-17-17
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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!
Nov-06-17
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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.

Nov-06-17
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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.

Dec-25-17
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  Penguincw: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year <perfidious>.
Dec-31-17
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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

*****

Jan-04-18
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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.

Jan-08-18
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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.

Jan-11-18
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  perfidious: <offramp>, supreme talent, don't you know. (rolls eyes)
May-08-18  theagenbiteofinwit: In 2012 I won my cities amateur chess championship and took my 500 winnings to the local casino to play some 1-3.

Turns out I met the 1972 chess champ there at the table. I asked him if he still played chess, and he told me "no, poker is more profitable."

That statement marked the exact moment that I peaked in chess, as I began to study poker seriously and now I'm a live pro at 3-5 NLHE.

Still, I love the chess and I'm studying it again because I've got the time to do what I please.

Do you think it's possible to find a balance between serious chess, which pays very little, and serious poker?

Grischuk seems to have briefly struck that balance, although he's given up poker, since it demands just as much serious study with GTO solvers and a constant need to improve one's game.

Anyway good luck with your high variance donkaments ;)

Jul-31-18
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  Diademas: Thank you for your kind words <perfidius>. I try to stay out of the Rogoff page, but sometimes I act against my better judgement.

If the discourse seen in there are representative for the U.S. in general, I think you're in deep doo-doo.

Aug-03-18  Nisjesram: Hey , <perfidious> I am learning English grammar these days - SAT English grammar book by Erica Meltzer and a lot of googling. I have spent a lot of time googling on the first topic that I have studied - 'part of speech'. However, I am still left with a few questions unanswered.

Can you please help me with those questions ?

Thank you.
Regards

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