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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 27778 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-19-19 Jeremy Lim (replies)
perfidious: We have already seen one player leave Bawston and turn out to be rather less, with much more gelt, than he was as a Celtic. It was...lemme see...the name will come to me...
   Jan-19-19 J van Foreest vs V Fedoseev, 2019 (replies)
perfidious: One could also say: it mite!
   Jan-19-19 Robert James Fischer (replies)
perfidious: Wot, has the wilfully ignorant <pinhead king> decided to defecate on this page as well?
   Jan-18-19 moronovich chessforum (replies)
perfidious: <morf>, you aren't the only one. Good man, and he will be missed.
   Jan-18-19 Gerry McCarthy (replies)
perfidious: <Parachessus>, I'll sign that.
   Jan-18-19 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
perfidious: Supply and demand, babee!!! The foundation of capitalism, don't you know. Trouble with meth heads such as <kudzu> is that they want a corner on the action.
   Jan-18-19 G McCarthy vs M Kennefick, 1977 (replies)
perfidious: <jith1207: I think both DomDaniel and Maurice are having a rematch together now....> Here's hoping.
   Jan-18-19 A H T dos Santos Fier vs R Aloma Vidal, 2018 (replies)
perfidious: Variation on a theme; the standard clearance idea is brought to its culmination with a pin on the long diagonal enabling the climax.
   Jan-15-19 Reinhard Gunawan Boy
perfidious: Yew heah me, <boy>?
   Jan-15-19 Vincent Livermore
perfidious: Met Vince circa 1976, by which time he was directing events for CCA. Not sure I remember him ever playing.
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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 :)
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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)
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 ;)

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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.

Nov-25-18  JimNorCal: With all due respect, <perfidious>, the Ju WenJun page is being polluted. I won't respond to your comment on that page but in fact your contribution and your determination to debunk Optimal just adds to the pollution. I mean, stating essentially that "he didn't say anything wrong this time but he says lots wrong other times" is pretty weak. Why not just say, "yeah, I got it wrong this time" and let it die?

perfidious: <JimNorCal>, of course you are correct on that point; but that poster's anti-Muslim rants are legion elsewhere.

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  saffuna: <perfidious: <JimNorCal>, of course you are correct on that point; but that poster's anti-Muslim rants are legion elsewhere.>

And his name-calling--<yellowrat>, <Mister Chop Suey>, <Mister Ching Chong>--is truly offensive. But also par for the course, unfortunately.

Dec-30-18  fkohn: Oh so if you were hanging around Cleveland in 1977 you probably knew/know Chuck Schulien. Hence the comment on a Korchnoi/Schulien game on another thread. I can't find any games in the database so I assume there used to be one or more that got removed?
Dec-30-18  fkohn: I played 2nd board on the team that won the High School championship in 1974. Basically that was because no one from Cleveland showed up. They probably would have creamed us. We went on to the National High School Team Championship in New York and place 19th. As I recall the team from Cleveland did much better than we did.
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