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twinlark
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   Mar-06-15 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
twinlark: <Check It Out: Getting in a d|(k war with <HMM> is playing his sort of lame game. <3.Qh5#>> heh. I'll try anything once.
 
   Mar-05-15 twinlark chessforum
 
twinlark: <visyanabraindoctor> There was a Memorandum of Understanding between the investigating countries, namely Netherlands, Ukraine, Australia and I think Belgium that the results of the investigation could be withheld if they were contrary to the interests of any of the ...
 
   Mar-04-15 Ilia Iljiushenok (replies)
 
twinlark: Iljiushenok is, as of round 8, within the qualifying group of 23. It's interesting to note his playing history. He went from 2112-2426 in a couple of years ending 2009 without gaining an IM (or any other) title, and has basically remained in the low 2400s ever since. ...
 
   Mar-04-15 Abdel Irada chessforum
 
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   Feb-21-15 Biographer Bistro (replies)
 
twinlark: <FSR> Some more minor suggestions, which are in <angle brackets>: "This match was a reprise of the Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) the year before. To the disappointment of Anandís fans, he had decisively lost that match and <therefore> his <world ...
 
   Feb-13-15 Alexander Donchenko (replies)
 
twinlark: <SimonWebbsTiger> Good info. I've updated his bio accordingly.
 
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Feb-15-15
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Feb-16-15
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Feb-17-15
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  visayanbraindoctor: <Ukrainian Army trapped in forward base at Debaltsovo... I have a feeling this war will only continue to grow in size, firepower, viciousness and dangerousness to the region and possibly beyond.>

Fighting according to reports on both sides is still going on. NAF has announced it has captured most of the town. Since this town is strategically important, located hallway between Lugansk and Donetz, the Novorussians can hardy afford to lose it, as that would cut much of road communication between the two Novorussian polities.

I get the idea that the Minsk ceasefire was centered on this town. If a complete ceasefire occurs with Kiev controlling it, it would place the Novorussians at a disadvantage in all future negotiations, their two main cities cut off from one another.

From what I can discern Kiev has deployed its best army units to Debaltsovo. It makes me wonder what kind and quantity of artillery the NAF is using in order to beat back Kiev's army. It must be more mobile and accurate than what Kiev's army is using. It looks as though NAF has ample shells and ammo for whatever they are using.

I have noticed that both Kiev and the NAF generally do not comment on the equipment they are using. This is usual in a war, as such info can turn out to be useful intel to the opposing side. However, one can deduce from the results that NAF is using quality equipment. They have shot down Kiev's airforce and even ballistic missiles out of the sky, and are getting the advantage in the artillery battles.

IMO that indicates all out Russian covert military aid. It seems that the Russian leadership has decided it can't afford to lose the Donbass to a hostile Kiev.

So if US NATO keeps on supplying financial and military aid to kiev, and keep on promising security guarantees, this was might <continue to grow in size, firepower, viciousness and dangerousness to the region and possibly beyond.> One side has to blink first. Russia from her perspective probably sees that she cannot.

Feb-18-15
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  Abdel Irada: <visayanbraindoctor: <Abdel Irada:> Admittedly I am no expert on Asperger's.>

Then perhaps you should hold off on presenting condescending opinions such as the following.

<Among doctors Psychiatrists probably are the one to consult for these cases.>

1) I see no need to "consult" anyone, nor am I in need of a (nonexistent) "cure." Asperger's may mean a more difficult life for those with the condition, but that is not inherent to the condition itself but to the reaction it elicits from the neurotypical mainstream: classical xenophobia with overtones of ignorant contempt.

The truth is that Asperger's seems to be not so much a disorder as an alternative evolutionary path. Its continued presence over the course of human history as we know it seems indicated by retrospective analysis of the behavior of many of the most celebrated scientists and writers known to us. And its association with a spectrum of creative endeavors suggests that in many respects it is more a feature than a bug.

(This sentence is particularly galling, since you almost appear to be telling me I'm insane and in need of psychiatric intervention. I'm pretty sure you didn't really mean to say that, but that is the way it sounds.)

2) Asperger's is not a mental illness. Psychiatrists have no knowledge of the condition; nor is there any reason why they should.

<I do know it's a form of autism.>

Yes, but it's entirely different from classical autism. In fact, far from being unable to communicate, many Aspergians are talented writers, and some are even excellent speakers.

<You would know more I believe.>

I have cause to do so.

<Autistic people AFAIK hardly ever become leaders of a nation such as post Czarist Russia. It needs a lot of talking, oratory, and social skills to get to where President Putin is now. I believe he could not have gotten to where he is if he suffered from any form of clinical autism.>

Here is where I think you confuse "clinical" autism with "classical," which is the kind with which most laymen are familiar.

Let me make it clear: Aspergians often can and do have superior communication skills; some are even charismatic in a quirky sort of way. In other words, there is no inherent reason why they *can't* become leaders; it is only that Aspergians don't typically seek power and aren't given to the conniving necessary to obtain it in conditions of pathocracy.

<From everything I have read of Putin's speeches and his behavior, this guy is a committed and purposeful visionary.>

Now, *that* sounds like an Aspergian.

Not being bound by tribal allegiances or mentally warped by the "need" to fit in, Aspergians often do forge spacious visions and seek to implement them.

<Many US think tank speculators and lobby-dependent politicians seem to have forgotten that occasionally in history, such individuals pop up and become a human anchor of a nexus in history. In brief, they don't know what Putin really is, and end up labeling him an Asperger's case.>

Then they may have done themselves an enormous disservice.

By "labeling" Putin Aspergian, they seek to invalidate him. But more and more people are learning about the condition, and it was interesting to see in the comments after RT.com's "space lizard" satire that many readers hold strong positive views on people with it.

As when propagandists tried after 2001 to malign Islam by associating it with the 9/11 attacks, this may backfire. After 9/11, people started to inform themselves about the real nature of Islam, and the paradoxical consequence has been that more Americans have been converting to Islam than ever before.

I actually hope Putin *does* have Asperger's, although I still consider it improbable. Certainly it would be a refreshing change from the endless parade of self-serving sociopaths. And who knows? We might learn some things about alternatives to the present order; we might even see a leader acting with moral intelligence.

Feb-18-15
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  twinlark: <Abdel Irada>

This discussion reminds me of some other "conditions" that are not, they are simply different ways of being.

The classic is of course homosexuality, and if the LGBT is valid in its evaluations and inclusion of transsexuals (which I don't dispute), then also transexuality. Active and mischievous children have been "diagnosed" as having ADD/ADHD, women as being "hysterical", and so on and so forth. The Soviet apparatus used to lock political dissidents away in mental institutions as being mentally unstable, although I'm reasonably sure that was pure politics.

<The truth is that Asperger's seems to be not so much a disorder as an alternative evolutionary path.>

This may also be true of autism, if the story of Carly Fleischmann is true.

I wonder how many psychiatric/psychological "conditions/syndromes/disorders" are, if not entirely confected or at least misclassified, simply alternative ways of being. Certainly the number of psychiatric conditions listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has mushroomed in recent decades, and there have been some mutterings of medicalising many normal if unruly/socially disapproved childhood behaviours (which often leads to criminalising such behaviour, although from what I can observe, the middle stage is often skipped in the school-to-prison pipeline that seems to have appeared on the US scene in recent decades).

The stats for US children on behavioural medications is alarming: http://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-...

Look at the stats of children <less than one year old> that are on psychiatric drugs, let alone children that are older.

Feb-18-15
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  twinlark: <Abdel Irada>

I said as follows in my previous post here:

<Look at the stats of children <less than one year old> that are on psychiatric drugs, let alone children that are older.>

I meant under 5 years old.

Still awful.

Feb-18-15
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  visayanbraindoctor: <Abdel Irada> As I have said <Admittedly I am no expert on Asperger's.>

You might well be correct in many of your statements.

You of course are very familiar with your own condition. This on a gut and personal level. However, an experienced Psychiatrist may well have diagnosed and seen dozens of Asperger's patients. Their level of knowledge on certain conditions may make it worthwhile to occasionally ask them some info about it.

Here is an analogy. I have never experienced a severe head injury that requires an operation. I do not know how it feels like on a gut and personal level. Yet the fact that I have diagnosed and operated on hundreds of such cases would obviously make my opinion on them count for the individual seeking advise or consult on a severe head injury he has suffered (or his relatives do it for him, since severely head injured patients are in no condition to talk properly at all).

Hope I haven't offended you in my posts, no offense is intended.

<twinlark> Regarding <Diagnostic and Statistical Manual>

Psychiatry was the subject I hated most in Med school. You have to memorize loads of stuff from DSM, and then talk for hours to patients.

In Neurosurgery, you still have to memorize loads of stuff, but at least you don't have to spend hours talking to patients. You can silently operate on them instead.

Feb-18-15
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  twinlark: <Abdel Irada>, <visayanbraindoctor>

CNN is reporting that the question "Has Putin gone completely mad?" is "being debated in serious circles": http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/11/w...

This opening sentence was followed by recycling comments made months ago by Merkel that Putin was "living in another world" (a comment she emphasised was not questioning his mental health or stability) and the Pentagon's "finding" that Putin has Asperger's.

The <mad, bad and Hitler> narrative continues to escalate.

I wonder what Ted Turner thinks of his innovative media spawn now?

Feb-19-15
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  Abdel Irada: <You of course are very familiar with your own condition. This on a gut and personal level.>

Necessarily so, but not exclusively. I have also spent a great deal of time studying this condition for the past 12 years, after it became apparent that there was something "different" in my daughter's development.

She was diagnosed as Aspergian in 2008, but I'd already reached the same conclusion in 2002. And then, by examining my own childhood in the light of what I learned about Samantha, I realized that I probably also had the condition, which indeed was "confirmed" in 2010.

Being able to observe your own condition in someone else enables you to develop a certain objectivity in assessing its characteristics that would be missing from a purely experiential analysis.

At this point, I would be confident in saying I have at least as much combined theoretical and practical knowledge of the condition as anyone. This is in part because the clinical understanding is limited, and in part because the nebulosity of the condition invites quackery, and this means a lot of what is represented as the current understanding of Asperger's is based on the work of unqualified and often unscrupulous opportunists.

<However, an experienced Psychiatrist may well have diagnosed and seen dozens of Asperger's patients.>

I think you must mean "psychologist." Psychiatrists are MDs who are considered qualified to flip through the latest DSM and diagnose a certain range of fairly well-understood disorders, for which they then prescribe drugs. (If you sense that I don't have a lot of respect for this "discipline," you are perceptive.)

It was a psychologist (a PhD, not an MD) who diagnosed both me and my daughter.

But even PhDs in this field are often unreliable. One such testified in court two years ago that "old Aspergians" are, in essence, absolutely inflexible and incapable of learning anything new. This is directly contrary to my own experience; almost as much so as the perjury that this "doctor" uttered next.

Beware the opportunists. Aspergians and sociopaths are natural adversaries, and sociopaths tend to colonize new fields of study. It is therefore predictable that many of the early conclusions about Asperger's offered by such corrupt clinicians will tend to be false and derogatory, because to a sociopath, anything that deviates from the "norm" is a weakness and a pathology, and anyone who appears to be of the moral orientation opposite theirs (as Aspergians generally are) will be a particular target for assorted calumnies.

Feb-19-15
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

I think you'll be interested in this detailed and nuanced analysis by Joachim Flores of Minsk II, and by retrospective extension, Minsk I, and its implications for all the strategic players in this drama:

http://fortruss.blogspot.com.au/201...

Feb-21-15
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

You may also be interested in this linguistic map of post-Soviet Ukraine based on 2009 information from the Kiev National Linguistic University and 2001 Ukrainian census data: http://02varvara.wordpress.com/2015...

Feb-28-15  achieve: <twinlark>

We had a brief conversation on the Ukranian situation, and since I have struck up a relation, musical, with a young man from Ukraine, by email, I thought you might be interested in what he said when i asked how he is doing, if he was relatively safe.

These are a few sentences/excerpts, from his response:

- Yes, this situation with Ukraine looks very favorable to the US... The new Ukrainian government is fully under their influence, well, will see what will be in the future. The economic situation is very bad, and the standard of living will decline.

Geopolitical games, and the usual people are suffering. We can only wait for what it comes finally... -

Unfiltered like this it also hits you with a bang. Pawns in a game. Human suffering not the byproduct, but the currency.

Mar-01-15
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  twinlark: <achieve>

<Unfiltered like this it also hits you with a bang. Pawns in a game. Human suffering not the byproduct, but the currency.>

Maybe also a means to an end. Or merely incidental. I suspect the main aim is to create instability in the region, and a bloody civil war and a totally wrecked economy does that job all too effectively.

Mar-01-15  achieve: <Maybe also a means to an end. Or merely incidental. I suspect the main aim is to create instability in the region, and a bloody civil war and a totally wrecked economy does that job all too effectively.>

To what end, specifically? If the aim is to create mayhem, the personal travesty is NOT incidental; it would and will be an integral part of the destabilizing effort over the backs and lives of people of flesh and blood.

Agreed?

I'd say it is criminal and vile, deciding over human life like that.

The moral downturn to even think like that, is what is bothering me even more.

Mar-01-15
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  twinlark: <achieve>

Agreed.

Mar-03-15
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  Abdel Irada: You do note the conclusion this all leads to?

Mar-04-15
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  visayanbraindoctor: <twinlark> Thanks for the links. I will have to read them.

http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/0...

More demonisation propaganda against Putin.

I find this dangerous. The demonisation of the leader of a country has historically been used to psychologically prepare the masses for war against that country. But Putin is not in the same category as Saddam or Assad. And Russia is not Iraq or Syria. Some of the US and UK based lobby groups of the post Soviet era seem to think that they are immune to the effects of a nuclear war fall-out, by the way they write these warmongering articles.

I maintain that the US government should be concentrating on developing alternative energy sources rather than engaging in such a dangerous foreign policy.

Mar-05-15
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

<I maintain that the US government should be concentrating on developing alternative energy sources rather than engaging in such a dangerous foreign policy.>

I don't think you'll find much disagreement for that proposition. The problem is putting it into action, ie: changing the collective drive for profit from oil by the US and global corporates to a drive for profit from alternative energy sources. I suspect government policy can only be influenced either by changing the corporate mindset, or by overwhelming pressure and demand from the population. The latter becomes less likely by the day as media propaganda maintains the docility of the electorate, while the former is hard to even begin to imagine a solution.

Somehow, the mindset has to change. Threats to the global ecology through climate change and threats to civilisation through an escalation of the war with Russia to the level of nuclear illustrate quite clearly the difficult in achieving a change in collective mindset.

If it was only one corporation, there might be a chance, but the problem is also that the competition for resources and the competition with other corporations inhibits the possibility of any paradigm shift.

Moreover, the sanctions designed to break open the Russian pinata of energy resources also lock Russia into maintaining increasing levels of production of gas and oil, as witnessed by the gargantuan long term deals it is putting into place with China and other countries. Also, it is militarising the Arctic, because as the ice recedes from global warming, there will be a massive scramble for the huge energy resources that have been locked up so far in the far north.

That China is moving towards Thorium reactors is a small light in the gloom, but the extent of pollution from the huge volume of fossil fuels its industry has been consuming has been directly affecting the health of everyone living in its cities, and much of the countryside. Thankfully, China seems to be moving into a period of consolidation that may involve diversifying its energy needs.

But as much as I try to be optimistic, it is hard to be so when the imperial agenda of the West in grinding its rivals into oblivion or total servitude (same thing I guess) is so damned unremittingly remorseless that we won't get the chance to deal with the threats posed by the sinkholes opening up in Siberia and in particular the clathrate guns in the northern oceans signifying a qualitative shift of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere in the form of methane plumes opening up in great volumes.

Mar-05-15
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  Abdel Irada: I think "4. Bxf7#" gives <Hmm> too little credit for self-destructive ingenuity.

Here's a "game" as I see it between <Hmm> (White) and <CM>:

1. g3 ...

White read somewhere that you should always start the game with this move to prevent falling into the Fool's Mate.

1. ... e5

Black takes up the challenge with a forthright counterthrust.

2. f4 ...

White has calculated that, yes, he *can* give Black the Bird, and immediately seizes the opportunity.

2. ... exf4

Black hews the Bird pawn, and White reflects. Something about the position vaguely worries him for several seconds.

Then he remembers: "Oh. That's right. I already decided I could recapture the pawn before I played 2. f4, or I wouldn't have done it."

There followed

3. gxf4 ...

and, as some old books used to politely phrase it, "Black went on to win."

Mar-05-15
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  twinlark: True dat.
Mar-05-15
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

You'll be interested in this analysis of the MH17 wreckage: http://cassad-eng.livejournal.com/1...

Mar-05-15
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  visayanbraindoctor: <That China is moving towards Thorium reactors is a small light in the gloom, but the extent of pollution from the huge volume of fossil fuels its industry has been consuming has been directly affecting the health of everyone living in its cities, and much of the countryside. Thankfully, China seems to be moving into a period of consolidation that may involve diversifying its energy needs>

China has quite a diverse approach to its nuclear energy program. Aside from the old water-cooled reactor types, it's building two commercial pebble bed reactors, and researching and planning to build a molten salt reactor. Both of these types can theoretically use Thorium.

Russia has been using sodium cooled fast reactors http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BN-600... and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BN-800..., and is planning to build more. China has built an experimental one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_...

Russia is also planning to build lead cooled fast reactors, the same type it used for its cold war era Alpha submarines. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead-c...

These advanced fast reactor types can theoretically burn transuranic nuclear waste fuel from water-cooled reactors. So can MSR. Water-cooled reactors have been accumulating these nuclear wastes for decades. It's becoming a colossal problem.

Meanwhile US and Europe are still stuck with their old and dangerous water-cooled reactors.

I feel that water-cooled reactors should be banned. Anything that cuts the water supply would make them explode or melt down, and statistics dictate that one such accident will inevitably occur now and then.

Mar-05-15
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  visayanbraindoctor: Thank for the link.

Regarding <MH17>, all of Kiev, Russia, US, Dutch, Malaysians by now must know what exactly shot it down. Kiev and Russia must have known even on the day itself.

Notice that after the spate of propaganda accusing Putin or Novorussian armed forces of shooting down MH17, MSM has mostly fallen silent. Was there a mute order implemented somewhere?

Mar-05-15
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  twinlark: <visyanabraindoctor>

There was a Memorandum of Understanding between the investigating countries, namely Netherlands, Ukraine, Australia and I think Belgium that the results of the investigation could be withheld if they were contrary to the interests of any of the signatories. Malaysia wasn't even included in the investigating team.

Kind of like a murder suspect being part of the investigation team, with exoneration by silence guaranteed in case he's found guilty.

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