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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, 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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   Oct-22-14 Philip Woliston
perfidious: Remember coming across this player's game with Reshevsky in the latter's game collection in my youth and being mystified on never seeing his name appear anywhere else, as was the case with a number of other participants in early US closed championships.
   Oct-22-14 FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014) (replies)
perfidious: It would appear that rumours of the imminent demise of Carlsen's grip on the top spot of the rating list are greatly exaggerated, though at times vastly amusing to read.
   Oct-22-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
perfidious: <WannaBe: More interestingly, these 10 teams (League have 32 teams, so... Roughly one-third of the NFL) have not yet had an hundred yard rusher.> Things have changed these last five years or so: as recently as 2009, most every team had a workhorse at RB, but only a handful ...
   Oct-21-14 Jeremy Lim (replies)
perfidious: <HMM> Not to mention Redskins, who usually won the East when Dallas did not and Rams, who were atop a weak NFC West year after year. Another team only broke that stranglehold on the NFC berth in the big game when Eagles were strong enough to get there in the 1980 season.
   Oct-21-14 Millionaire Chess (2014)
perfidious: <Benzol: I think <AJ> found the fact of other US LifeMasters on the site difficult to deal with. I don't think he liked the presence of <FSR> and <perfidious> somehow.> Lovely stuff. Easy to forget that there is always someone out there who might be ...
   Oct-21-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
perfidious: <dice> is, as so often, projecting in a feeble attempt to cover his trail of mendacity.
   Oct-21-14 Otto Zander (replies)
perfidious: <WCC> Seconded.
   Oct-20-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
perfidious: <honeypot: I reckon we will never see those good old days again when so many giants like Karpov, Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik, Gelfand, Toplaov, Ivanchuk, Shirov and Adams were playing concurrently. It was a very tough world out there back then. New blood has to force the old ...
   Oct-20-14 Parma vs Larsen, 1972 (replies)
perfidious: Robert Huebner vowed never to play again at Wijk aan Zee after losing a crucial last-round game to Korchnoi at about this time, where the final game has always been played in the morning. Guess he needed something else to get upset over, between the nervous tension of his ...
   Oct-20-14 Reuben Fine
perfidious: <FSR: Fine was very strong, there's no denying that - although he somehow never won a U.S. Championship.> True, despite not having to face Reshevsky, his bete noire in those events, in 1944. Arnold Denker defeated him that year in a memorable miniature.
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  Benzol: The man you met might be A J Booth
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  waustad: <perfidious: <waustad> What do you think of Indians' chances this upcoming season?>

I'm worried about starting pitching most of all. For them to match last year's win total so much has to go right. The "clutch hitting" stats and babip probably aren't sustainable so they'll need more from Cabrera, Swisher and Bourne at least. If Axford and Pestano both return to the performance from a couple of years ago that will be a big help in a rebuilt bullpen. Masterson has to pitch like an ace and everybody needs to stay healthy among starters. Can Bauer get his head screwed on straight? Calloway got Ubaldo straightened out so anything is possible. There are too many ifs to predict a playoff run, but it would be nice.

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  Benzol: <Alan> Had a talk to Tony Booth and he said he was only in the US in 1964 so it must have been someone else you had contact with.

GM Short kicked my backside earlier today. I'll post the game later either in my forum or on my player page.

Cheers matey.


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  Check It Out: Dude, this guy is trolling all your games. User: Moszkowski012273
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  TheFocus: <perfidious> I think that <Moszkowski012273> is a secret fan of yours. He plays through all your games and pretends to not like them.

He may even have a little crush on you. Watch out in case he starts sending you flowers or candy.

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  Karpova: <TheFocus: He plays through all your games and pretends to not like them.>

He doesn't even do that:

<Moszkowski012273: I'm not accomplishing anything and don't care if anybody believes me. In fact you shouldn't I haven't gone through a single game of his.> A Shaw vs E Perelshteyn, 1996

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  morfishine: Pink Floyd #1
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  Fusilli: Hey <perfidious>, it is unusual to see Romanishin listed as a favorite player, when there are scores of objectively stronger players to pick. What do you like about him?
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  WCC Editing Project:

**CURRENT DRAFT UNDER INSPECTION FOR PROMOTION: Game Collection: WCC: Botvinnik-Bronstein 1951

**DUE DATE- THE DAY I WILL SUBMIT THIS DRAFT TO <Daniel>: Submission Day <<<Sunday, 27 April (Korean time)>>>

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  WCC Editing Project:

**CURRENT DRAFT UNDER INSPECTION FOR PROMOTION: <Game Collection: WCC: Lasker-Janowski 1910>

**DUE DATE- THE DAY I WILL SUBMIT THIS DRAFT TO <Daniel>: Submission Day <<<<two weeks> starting *after* <Daniel> promotes and then finishes correcting any errata for Game Collection: WCC: Botvinnik-Bronstein 1951>>>

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  WCC Editing Project:

Good morning!

The next WCC draft promotion "due date" is now posted in our forum profile.

Botvinnik - Bronstein World Championship Match (1951) has been made an "official page," and we will hand in the next draft on <June 14, 2014>.

The next draft will be Game Collection: WCC: Lasker-Janowski 1910

Jun-05-14  ZoltanBartok: Oh, I see plenty of information here (I am new to this website, I am just learning how to use it).
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  Domdaniel: <perf> ... notes toward a history of perfidiousness ... an article by John Bradley on the Irish Chess Union (ICU) website, describes an Irish chess club in the 1700s. (Bradley is an archaeologist - we played on the same college team, UCD, years ago). Among other details, he quotes "Cuimhnígí ar Luimneach agus ar fheall na Sasanach" -- a line (in the Irish language) supposedly used as a slogan by Irish troops at the battle of Fontenoy -- meaning "Remember Limerick and the Perfidy of the Saxons".

Bradley's article:

Perfidy forever, eh?

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  Domdaniel: PS. I like Romanishin too. Gosh, we're practically twins, ain't we?
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I came over here because my question is off-topic for the "Avian Pele" game page.

I saw a few months back that an 8 year old, or maybe younger, had been given a FIDE master title?

I don't understand this practice, since the ratings are calculated by relative performance against other players, right?

So this player's record featured only games from other children in his age group.

This seems a little silly to me. By that, I mean that a decent older player with no FIDE master rating should be able to wipe the floor with this kid and all of the people he played with? I played through some of his games and there were hung pieces and such. I wish I could remember his name. I do recall that <Phony Benoni> viewed this "title" askance as well.

I'm not sure that it's appropriate to be handing out titles before the children have been tested against actually strong players.

<Bobby> got his USCF and FIDE titles as a child, but he didn't get them by playing other children.

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  Fusilli: <perfidious: Um, who <is> that guy playing Black, anyway?> Smart ass! :)
Aug-12-14  Rookiepawn: Hi there! <perfidious> Thanks for your background info about some kibitzers's postings; sometimes I engage in answering just for fun, knowing there is no hope anyway.

So you play poker? I tried a couple of times, but that's not for me. You need too much mental discipline for that, more than for chess imho. Dealing with randomness, psychology, probability... big mess.

Aug-12-14  Rookiepawn: <I saw a few months back that an 8 year old, or maybe younger, had been given a FIDE master title?>

I don't get this: isn't there an objective, measurable way of selecting a player for title awarding? Or is it just aliens telling Mr Ilyumzhinov what to do?

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  Fusilli: <Rookiepawn> <Or is it just aliens telling Mr Ilyumzhinov what to do?>

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.

Aug-12-14  Rookiepawn: <Fusilli> lol, I knew about the story, that's why I posed the question.

I think the aliens demanded a ransom threatening to do something horrible. As the ransom was not paid they carried out the threat, releasing him.

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  Fusilli: <R> Darn! We should have paid out!
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  waustad: Tonight has been really up and down watching the Indians vs Tigers. Hunter - Cabrera - Martinez - Martinez is brutal. The Indians usually win close, but have nowhere near that kind of firepower. While writing this the JD Martinez just hit a 3 run homer. Explitive deleted.
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  morfishine: <perfidious> I enjoy Etymology but am easily confused when it comes to the correct pronounciation

For example, referencing the recent discussion on 'Lein', what are the rules and exceptions? For example, I've always pronounced Rubenstein as "Reuben Stine" but perhaps "steen" is correct?

But then there's Bernstein, which I've always pronounced "Burn-steen" but is it "stine" or "stain"?

And then there are examples where the "ei" shows up twice in a name, for example 'Weinstein', which I've always pronounced "Wine-steen" since obviously "Wayne-stain" is wrong, and "Wine-stine" just doesn't sound right.

Thanks for the education



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  MarkFinan: <perfidious: <Mark> In my life, I have known too many cops, mostly bad: one happy exception was Tony Renna, with whom I stayed once while playing in a NY Open.>

I just checked his rating out Perf and he's pretty strong! You ever manage to beat him?

And yes there are a lot of bad cops.. A few years ago this happened to me..

My door came flying off the hinges at 3am, they completely obliterated it. They didn't knock and it was for the most minor offence I've ever been found not guilty of. When they got me to the charge desk to book me in (btw they also put the cuffs on so tight they cut into my wrists and the desk Sargent ended up taking photos!) and they started with a story that went like this..... "Evening Sarge. We attended a property at ************ over a ********** matter. We knocked on the door 3 times (no they didn't) and could see the lights of a television flickering through the window (no they couldn't). Mr Finan was unresponsive so we shouted him through his letterbox 3 times warning him that if he didn't open the door we'd kick it in (This is the good bit!).. He continued to ignore us, well smashed the door in and he was arrested in his bedroom etc etc etc". Just basic standard procedure for anyone being arrested. I asked the desk Sargent if the custody "suite!" was being recorded and he said yes. I asked the arresting officer to repeat the above events carefully, and I asked him twice. I said "Do you swear on the oath you guys take that that really happened like you just said?" He said yes.

I didn't have a letterbox!! My mail went to a communal letterbox round the back of the apartments!

They paid for the door within a week, I got found not guilty, yet *nothing* was done about the officers involved! And that's the good guys.. I see them as a necessary evil. They've done 10 times worse to me when I was in my early to mid twenties, although I probably deserved it, lol. Hate the lot of them. ✌

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