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I live in Owen Sound, ON and I have a very, very bad rating and I don't care. My favorite players are Alekhine, Botvinnik, Capablanca, Tchigorin, Shirov, Karpov, Spassky and of course Dolmatov. Among the "young" players I like Leko, Svidler and Radjabov (if you can call Leko and Svidler "young"). Theoretically, I enjoy the Ruy Lopez, Caro-Kann, King's Indian and Botvinnik Semi-Slav as Black ;) On I am "refuter"'.

Nezhmetdinov's Law - "He who analyzes blitz games is stupid"

no one ever learned anything by resigning? sure they did...what about humility? honor? sportsmanship?

i am playing the Sicilian for quote Viktor Korchnoi "is there not a resemblance between the Sicilian defender and the wrestler who begins the fight before he has climbed into the ring?" i'm totally that wrestler ;)

also, like korchnoi, i eat oatmeal every day in the hopes that i can stay mentally alert into my 70s

"Some openings were to be used as a surprise weapon and treated like a condom to be used once and never again!" - Nigel Short

"When a player is not in a good mood and loses it means his technique is not on a high level" - Geller ?

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I'm now an master (2300) on ICCF!
I'm also the Canadian Correspondence champion or 2016!

My goal for 2018 is to get a correspondence IM norm...and not to avoid the French at all.

"I may yet be forced to admit that the Winawer is sound. But I doubt it!" - Fischer

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   refutor has kibitzed 4762 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-15-18 chessforum (replies)
refutor: hope all is well :)
   Nov-15-18 refutor chessforum
refutor: no I don't personally know Daniel Freeman. I just played a lot of chess back in those days and enjoyed kibitzing (poorly) and the internet. I found this site and thought I was in heaven. Speaking of heaven I beat Stockfish on my iPhone 5 today in blitz for the first time. it played ...
   Mar-20-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
refutor: <aylerkupp> check your math regarding krammy's performance rating :)
   Dec-30-17 Carlsen vs Yu Yangyi, 2017 (replies)
refutor: bad blunder by Carlsen, but i'm glad he busted out the Vienna Gambit. I played this myself (at a much lower level mind you) this summer and really enjoyed it.
   Dec-30-17 World Rapid Championship (2017) (replies)
refutor: it's easy to say that from behind a keyboard, but not as easy when you have mouths to feed, mortgages etc. I can imagine there were some tough decisions made
   Dec-30-17 King's Pawn Game (C44) (replies)
refutor: that's a good suggestion. I really don't care for the two knights (as White) so I have avoided the Evans Gambit in the past but maybe time has softened me on playing against that opening :)
   Dec-28-17 AlphaZero - Stockfish (2017) (replies)
refutor: well at least it beat the French twice, makes me happy
   Sep-06-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
refutor: <There's no Russian abroad who does not retain Russian citizenship for himself and for kids.> what about Korchnoi?
   Aug-17-17 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
refutor: he was very luck to draw, but very exciting game
   Aug-13-17 Axel Smith (replies)
refutor: any thoughts on Axel's book "e3 poison" which encourages openings like 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 in order to switch the struggle from preparation to the middlegame? A Smith vs V Sveshnikov, 2016
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  refutor: <:)>
Dec-25-15  Knight13: <refutor> Merry Christmas.
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  wordfunph: ref, Merry Christmas!
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  refutor: merry Christmas to you guys as well :)
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  refutor: returning to OTB chess next weekend (just rapid, but still OTB!) doing tactics but still a little nervous
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  refutor: good return to tournament play, finished with 4/7 played an IM on the top board last round and won the class prize
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  WannaBe: <refutor> !! Y're back!

Yipee!!! =)

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  refutor: two year membership extension!! :)
Premium Chessgames Member We've known each other on this site for 15 years and a month. Crazy isn't it? Daniel
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  refutor: time flies when you're having fun :) keep up the GREAT work!
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  refutor: I thought that the only semi-dodgy gambit I played was 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.b4!? until I played blitz today. do you know what my line is against the Grob? 1.g4 Nf6 - The Alekhine :)
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  Chessical: <Refutor> Your thirteen year old question about Beniamino Vergani may have finally been answered!
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  OhioChessFan: There's no hope for anyone who doesn't enjoy a 13 year old question being answered.
Jul-04-17  Everyone: Rome wasn't built in a day either. Thank you for your patience.
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  refutor: very cool, thanks Chessical :)

Chesswise, I have been pretty busy. Leaving tomorrow for Sault Ste. Marie to take part in the Canadian Open. If I have any interesting games, I may post them. In addition, the 2016 CCCA Canadian Correspondence Championship is finishing up and I am leading with 6.5/9 and the best anyone can do is tie me, so i'm very happy with that.

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  refutor: made it to delightful Sault Ste Marie. Took the ferry across from Tobermory to cut out half the drive, which made things easier. first game is tomorrow night at 6pm.
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  moronovich: Good "luck" in Sault Ste Marie !

With that beautifull name it can not go all wrong ;). And what a privelleged situation you are in before the final games in CCCA !

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  refutor: I'm at 1/2 and am paired up against my brother in round 3. round one, I dropped a piece in the first fifteen moves, tried to pass it off as a sacrifice but I was just beat. second game, I grabbed a pawn in the opening, then two then ground him down in a rook endgame. we will see what today brings.
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  refutor: interesting draw v. my brother in round 3

1.g3 e5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Be6 6.d3 Nc6 7.Nf3 f6 8.O-O Qd7 9.Bd2 Bc5 10.Rc1 Bb6 11.Ne4 O-O-O 12.Nc5 Bxc5 13.Rxc5 h5 14.Qa4 (should have tried to slow things down with 14.h4) 14. ...Nb6 15.Qa3 h4 16.Nxh4 Rxh4 17.gxh4 Bh3 18.d4 (18.f3 was better) 18. ...Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Nxd4 20.Rfc1 c6 21.h3 Nxe2 22.Qxa7

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22. ...Qxd2 23.Rxc6+ Kd7 24.Qxb7+ Ke8 25.Qxg7 Nf4+ 26.Kh1= -

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  refutor: back up to .500 (+2=1-2) Lost to my neighbor where we are staying two days ago. it's tiring defending for 4 hours when you're not used to playing :) my mind went blank and I got my queen trapped in the middle of the board, but these things happen. last night I won

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when things clear up, the passed a-pawn wins. 4 more rounds to go

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  refutor: +3=2-3 lost to a kid today (I hate playing kids, it's almost like they have "junior" tournaments for them). I sacked the exchange and made a mess of it and it turned into a lost position. I had a nice win the other day, and was able to weasel a lost Caro-Kann position into a really it could be worse :) still having fun one round left can make it above .500 :)
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  Domdaniel: Hi, refutor ... good to see you're active again, both in tournaments and in

I enjoyed that game you had with your brother - especially as it opened 1.g3. I've been playing this lately but may have to rethink - I got blown away by former Irish champion Colm Daly after 1.g3 d5 2.f4 h5 3.Nf3 h4 4.Nxh4 Rxh4 etc.

Inspired by his aggression, I sacrificed the exchange in my next three games in that tournament, scoring a win and two draws. Both of the draws 'should' have been wins, of course.

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  jith1207: Congrats on 2016 Championship, and good luck to your goals this year and beyond!
Aug-30-18  Caissanist: Were you a personal friend of Daniel Freeman? You seem to have been a member of this site longer than anyone else.
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  refutor: no I don't personally know Daniel Freeman. I just played a lot of chess back in those days and enjoyed kibitzing (poorly) and the internet. I found this site and thought I was in heaven.

Speaking of heaven I beat Stockfish on my iPhone 5 today in blitz for the first time. it played poorly, but it says it was at highest setting...maybe a sign the phone is breaking down lol

refutor - iPhone 5 [C36]
Blitz g/5, 15.11.2018

1.f4 e5 2.e4 d5 3.exd5 exf4 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.c4 c6 6.d4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 cxd5 8.Bxf4 a6? 9.Bd3 a5> 10.0-0 a4? 11.Re1+ Be6 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.cxd5 Bxe1 14.dxe6 Bb4 15.exf7+ Kxf7 16.Ne5+ Kf6 17.Qf3 a3 18.Bd2+ Ke7 19.Bxb4+ Ke6 20.Qf7# 1-0

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