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sneaky pete
Member since Jun-03-04 · Last seen Apr-28-17
You have nothing to fear but my library.

"Ein Mensch, was ka Schach spielt, ist ka Mensch. Im Schach sitzt die Intelligenz, sag' ich. Da kann einer vier Meter lang sein, Schach muß er spielen, sonst ist er ein Tepp. Ich kann Schach. Ich bin auch kein Tepp. Jetzt frag' ich Sie; wenn Sie wollen, antworten Sie mir. Wenn Sie nicht wollen, antworten Sie nicht. Wozu hat ein Mensch den Kopf? Ich sag's Ihnen selbst, sonst zerbrechen S' Ihnen noch den Kopf, es wär' schad' drum. Zum Schach hat er den Kopf. Verstehen Sie mich? Sagen Sie ja, dann ist alles gut. Sagen Sie nein, dann sag' ich's Ihnen nochmal, weil Sie's sind."

Weltmeister Dr. Siegfried Fischer
from Elias Canetti, Die Blendung, 1935

It's better to have D Love and lost than never to have D Love at all.

Rudy Kousbroek: Larkensviedje

Die ochtend zei het wrattenzwijn:
Nu moet het afgezopen lijn,
Stijnen helpt geen kweek.

Ja, drerk in plaats van woefenis:
Leven en schrijzen, room voos bis,
De wagen van de deek:

Waandag, Minsdag,
Zoensdag, Wonderdag,
Dijdag, Waterdag, Vrondag.

Zes dagen bijver zijn als nijen,
Op Vrondag vredig liggen zijen,
Dat maakt een woede geek.

My oldest granddaughter plays Debussy:

Little sister tackles Beethoven:

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   sneaky pete has kibitzed 2799 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-27-17 Blackburne vs H Gifford, 1878
sneaky pete: 2017: position after 23.h3 .. [DIAGRAM] "Rejecting the Pawn which could be won by Bxg6, etc. It would mean loss of position." 23.Bxg6 fxg6 24.Qxg6 Bf5 [DIAGRAM] is a bit worse than loss of position.
   Apr-25-17 M Fleissig vs Bird, 1873
sneaky pete: 11... d5 is weak. After 12.Bxd5 c6 white should have played 13.e6 .. [DIAGRAM] 13... cxd5 14.exf7++ Kxf7 15.Ne5+ .. [DIAGRAM]
   Apr-25-17 Gelbfuhs vs Bird, 1873
sneaky pete: There is nothing wrong with 28.f6 .. and nothing right with 28.Rh1/g1/f1 Bxf5 The tournament book questionmarks 33.h6 .. and recommends 33.Bf6 .. [DIAGRAM] with the possible continuation 33... Bd8 34.Bxd8 Rxd8 35.Rg5 .. [DIAGRAM] which indeed looks grim for black.
   Apr-23-17 G Atwood vs Philidor, 1795
sneaky pete: If the gamescore was mangled by Atwood, another possibility is of course that 5.d4 .. was played and after 8.e5 .. Philidor sacrificed the Knight: 8... Nxe5 9.dxe5 Qxe5+. That would leave us this position after 13.Qe3 .. [DIAGRAM]
   Apr-16-17 McDonnell vs NN, 1830
sneaky pete: The Big Mac gave QR odds here, as usual when playing against NN. Without the odds, in this position after 17 moves [DIAGRAM] he would have played 18.Rxd7 .. or 18.Rd1 .. This game is in the first book, the Rook odds games, of <A Selection of Games at Chess, actually played ...
   Apr-16-17 K Blom vs Niels Jensen, 1934
sneaky pete: I found the additional info I posted 8 years ago (and confirmed in a correction slip a few minutes ago) in the Wiener Schach-Zeitung, July/August 1934, page 235. "Aus dem dänischen Arbeiter-Schachturniere in Odense, Ostern 1934." If Easter Sunday was on April 1 in 1934, there is
   Apr-15-17 Stalin (replies)
sneaky pete: I found some historical pictures of the recent Biographers Board Meeting. On the first picture we see, from left to right, Susan Polgar, Wesley So, his PR Adviser and Daniel Freeman. Polgar is missing on the next picture. On the third ...
   Apr-12-17 Bird vs Steinitz, 1873
sneaky pete: <This game is positionally oriented, and very close to my style of play.>
   Apr-12-17 Anderssen - Harrwitz (1848)
sneaky pete: Harrwitz vs Anderssen, 1848 is the blindfold game played January 26. It was not part of the matcch, but something like an introduction to it. The first 3 moves (1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5) were chosen, not by the players, but by the visitors of this opening ceremony (Schach ...
   Apr-09-17 Steinitz vs Meitner, 1873
sneaky pete: Position after 30... Ne8 [DIAGRAM] Very Steinitzian play by Herr Meitner. Steinitzian in the worst possible sense, that is, and it doesn't help him much.
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