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Member since Aug-26-07 · Last seen Feb-07-16
I was USCF 1739 the last time I played tournament chess, but I always preferred playing blitz. I quit playing tournament chess when I hurt my back, since sitting on those horrid folding metal chairs at a weekend Swiss for hours at a time was no longer an option.

I started taking the game seriously during Fischer vs Spassky like so many of my countrymen, but I was already 22 so it was a little late to get all that good. I was in my mid 30s when I played in my first tournament and my last rating change happened in 1988.

I now regularly play in bars, particularly (closed due to fire) and

Here is a fun game I played years ago:

NN vs William Austad
Offhand game
Ohio University
Baker Center (the original one)
1.) d4 Nf6
2.) c4 g6
3.) Nc3 Bg7
4.) e4 d6
5.) g3 Nbd7
6.) Nge2 c5
7.) d5 Ne5
8.) b3?? Nf3#

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From here on it is likely that things will change a lot. Faves will be more likely added than dropped, but who knows. Anybody I have trouble finding via the search facility is likely to be added to the faves list. I'll try to keep links for tournaments that interest me so they'll show some of my preferences. This is mainly for my convenience but anybody who wishes is welcome to use this as a convenient way to find things. If you me want to add something to the profile, post something in the forum and I'll think about it.

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Some faves, sometimes chosen for search issues, including problems with hyphenated names or spelling. If I've had trouble finding the player in a search it may be enough reason to make the list:

Eva Moser

Magnus Carlsen

Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov

Viktorija Cmilyte

Richard Rapport

Bent Larsen

Rudolf Spielmann

Murray Chandler

Jon Ludvig Hammer

Alexander Grischuk

Emil Sutovsky

Irina Krush

Veronika Exler

Baadur Jobava

Robert Kreisl

Davit Shengelia

Peter Schreiner

Yifan Hou

Anna-Lena Schnegg

Simon Kim Williams

Pia Cramling

Duncan Suttles

Anna-Christina Kopinits

Georg Froewis

Ticia Gara

Helene Mira

Georg Danner

Shen Yang

Valentin Dragnev

Nils Grandelius

Lisa Hapala

Yu Yangyi

Andreas Diermair

Carl Schlechter

Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez

Markus Ragger

Elisabeth Paehtz

Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

Hans Multhopp

Daniel Malek

Grzegorz Gajewski

Natalia Pogonina

Anna Zatonskih

Zdenko Kozul

Katharina Newrkla

Vasily Smyslov

Alina L'Ami

Samuel Sevian

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian

Karl Robatsch

Silje Bjerke

Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska

Nodirbek Abdusattorov

Marta Bartel

Paula Kalmar-Wolf

Johannes Kerschbaumer

Richard Singer

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   waustad has kibitzed 8540 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-06-16 Arnold Aurbach (replies)
waustad: When I saw his name I though of a cigar joke, but I hate cigars, so I won't even go there.
   Feb-06-16 Pia Cramling
waustad: She's playing in Tehran in a few days. After the last very busy month I can hope she'll do well, but her form in Gibraltar does not make one feel good about her chances.
   Feb-06-16 Svidler vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 (replies)
waustad: OK, that's probably where they were going. I'm a geezer, mea culpa.
   Feb-06-16 Carlsen vs Li Chao, 2015 (replies)
waustad: This game was lots of fun to watch in real time.
   Feb-06-16 waustad chessforum
waustad: I've always liked the iconoclastic sort of player. I am in awe of the Fischer, Morphy, Smyslov, ..., sort of player who play fairly orthodox chess excedingly well. However, Nimzowitsch, Larsen, Suttles, Rapport, Jobava, and Moser among others, are a lot more fun. Carlsen ...
   Feb-05-16 Jackson Whipps Showalter
waustad: This is both his birth day and his death day. Considering when he was born 76 years was quite a long life.
   Feb-05-16 Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov
waustad: If you haven't done so, look at <jessicafischerqueen>'s videos about him on youtube. I suspect some of her excellent work has sadly been axed due to copright issues, probably due to the music. In any case she has put together some good stuff about many players, with some of ...
   Feb-05-16 Tradewise Gibraltar (2016) (replies)
waustad: People are saying players never quit because they are doing badly. That would be the case in a round robin event, but that assertion is preposterous in a Swiss. Many people stop playing if they are not doing as well as they want. I've seen a player quit a tournament after he lost to
   Feb-05-16 P V Vishnu vs M Ragger, 2016
waustad: There is commentary on this game here (German):
   Feb-05-16 Yifan Hou (replies)
waustad: <wannabe> Thanks. I was just going to post the official site's site(Spanish):
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  wordfunph: <waustad> Merry Christmas!
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  Fusilli: Best wishes for 2015!
Jan-01-15  ketchuplover: ditto!
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  waustad: Thanks folks! The sun is slowly returning.
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  waustad: I remember trying to buy this recording but finding that it was not available at that time in the US. How could they not have Fritz Wunderlich in a show with both Von Apfelblüten einen Kranz and Dein ist mein ganzes Herz? Here it is on youtube:
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  technical draw: Speaking of Deis is mien ganzes Herz:

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  waustad: <td>Yes, Lehar at a pops concert or as an encore sounds like a great choice.
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  waustad: Yesterday was a bad day to be one of my faves. Let's hope tomorrow is better. I suppose it is today now since it's after midnight.
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  waustad: This year's SABR convention:
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  waustad: Bullpens are so volatile! The Indians are getting good starting pitching most nights but the pen is not holding the lead even if they get one. When you aren't hitting very well, this can be fatal. I know it is very early and everything can change, but KC and Detroit are both looking like the class of the division.
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  waustad: I'm not sure what to think about Klaus Florian Vogt. I bought a Finnish production of Die tote Stadt with him singing Paul. I've also checked out some other recordings of him and the one that seems to fit his voice the best is Tamino. He has a much more comfortable sounding top than most people who try many of these parts and that puts him more in the Sandor Konya end of the Heldentenor realm say Lauritz Melchior. Most tenors, ever since Tauber seem to struggle at least some at the top doing Paul, including King and Kerl. I haven't heard Jay Hunter Morris do it yet, but I very much want to. I've also heard parts of the Rene Kollo performance that was what turned me on to this opera to begin with, and that was very nice. With Vogt it seems more like nice singing than an actual operatic performance. If he were to perform in a town nearby I'd go in a heartbeat, but in the production I saw he seemed a bit wooden. Then again, they said that about Bjorling too, though the similarity doesn't go much beyond that.
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  waustad: Seeing different productions does help understanding what is going on in an opera. The Finnish production I mentioned below makes a lot more sense than the Denoke - Kerl production I've seen before. Maybe spending less on the sets was a help here, though a lot of props specifically mentioned were ignored.
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  waustad: While looking to see if rosters are out yet for the German Bundesliga and FBL I noticed that they have OSG Baden Baden playing the same teamin rounds 1 and 2. That should be fixed. Also, no rosters yet. The start is over a month away so they have time.
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  waustad: I'm rather embarrassed at having asked about why Tina Kopinits (as she is often called in the Austrian press) was on a fixed board in the Austrian championships this year. I stopped playing tournament chess because of how uncomfortable chairs were for somebody with back problems. I should have just assumed it was something like that and stopped asking.
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  WannaBe: Hello <waustad>,

I saw your posts regarding the game submission and the follow up post on my forum. I understand your frustrations.

When I come across a PGN, or just moves, and I have to manually transcribe them to PGN, I use a regular text editor, Microsoft Notepad, or TextPad (free download).

I avoid any word document software that may add invisible 'thingys', after I have the PGN entered, the next thing I do is to make sure they are all on one-long run-on line, no carriage/line feeds.

Then I high-light the whole PGN, open up a game using Deluxe Chess Viewer II (which require Java, but that's another story, all together) and paste it into the viewer.

(If you have a chess engine, you can do the same thing, save the file as .PGN and open that file using Shredder/Stockfish/Fruit...)

This will automatically verify the fact that all moves and the text that was entered is correct. Then I go to the PGN submission page and paste it into the text box.

I don't submit games, often, the last one I did was when <shams> posted a link to a game, and I had to manually transcribe the moves to PGN, and that took 6-month to be entered into the DB.

(I did verify the moves, and still took some prodding from me on forum to get it going)

The other person that I know of, that submit a lot of games is <Benzol>, bless him, his patience would put Job's to shame. He would wait, and wait, and wait, and wait, well, you get the idea.

I hope these info helps, with your frustrations. =)

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  waustad: There is a Mongolian teenager making great strides: Nomin-Erdene, Davaademberel Total change: 125.00 She's a 15 year old who has applied for an IM title. She doesn't have a page here yet, unless my search attempt failed, which does happen.
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  waustad: This round pits all of the German FBL travel partners:

That's a great idea for how to do scheduling for a round robin league that plays 2 games per weekend. All they have to do is hook up pairs of teams for n/2 -1 weekends and have one weekend set aside for the travel partner match near the middle of the season. Since partners are in the same place every active weekend they can, if they so choose, play their match earlier at their convenience.

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  waustad: With no more baseball starting at West Coast times, maybe my sleep cycle will get back to something a bit more normal. Days when one doesn't get to sleep before 9AM are inconvenient. Reading all night and sleeping all day wouldn't be bad, but it makes it hard to actually do any chores. Few places are open at 4AM.
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  waustad: The way German tends to concatenate multiple words to create a more specific term sometimes leads to very long words. Here is an example: Jugendschnellschachlandesmeisterschaft.
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  waustad: Now that baseball season is over, I find that my sleep cycle switched to a much more typical one. I don't stay up to see West Coast games so I'm bored and go to bed quite early. Basketball isn't every day and I mostly ignore American football. I'm now getting up a little after dawn and making breakfast. I always did that while working, but during baseball season I usually sleep through that meal.
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  waustad: There are times when it is a delight to hear from some of the greatest voices: and The later is a recording I've been looking for. I've gotten several recording by these two including a patched together entire Tristan und Isolde, but this recording takes the emotions to the max. 40 years ago I didn't miss Brangena's part, but knowing the opera much better now I am aware of it.
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  OhioChessFan: "She Visits my Grob When the Knight Winds Wail"

Is that the pun you meant on the Caissars page? Fantastic, and I forgot it. The Frizzell and murder angle make yours that much better. But this year I had pretty much sworn off the Caissars, hoping they'd sort of fade away. They've clearly gotten very long in the tooth, to the point of silliness. <MarkFinan> is correct in the cliqueishness of the voting. And I really don't get someone winning a category more than one time. Whatever category, exactly how many times do we have to recognize the same person for the same thing? It's not like there aren't a whole lot of people who really should be recognized. And I really, really don't get people pandering for votes, overtly or subtly.

Last year, I can safely say I had 2 puns far better than the winner, and one of them wasn't nominated. Which means nothing, really. But I get a little bit of disappointment at not having a nice creation not recognized. In any case, the 2 nominated this year were the 2 best ever, and I think people felt it was a foregone conclusion one would win. Yours would have won some years, and was also much better than last year's winner.

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  Octavia: hi, are you enjoying your retirement? I never worked much so I wouldn't know what its like to retire

<Jugendschnellschachlandesmeisterschaft> I always tell my German students that German has mostly short words! If you see a long word, you must seperate it into many short onces like this: Jugend & schnell & Schach & Land & Meister. "schaft" is just an ending like in "kindness" the "ness".

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  waustad: <OCF>That's the one. The Tal quip was a very good one though.

<Octavia> It would be a lot easier to read if they capitalized the start of each of the component words, like I always suggested students do when inventing identifiers in computer programs, like "retirementAge" or something like that. I realize that doesn't fit with normal linguistic standards, but it makes the words easier to parse. I only capitalized the first letter if it was a constant, though C programmers typically would do all caps and do more like "RETIREMENT_AGE". I usually wrote in Java later on in my career so I followed Java standards more.

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  waustad: I've always liked the iconoclastic sort of player. I am in awe of the Fischer, Morphy, Smyslov, ..., sort of player who play fairly orthodox chess excedingly well. However, Nimzowitsch, Larsen, Suttles, Rapport, Jobava, and Moser among others, are a lot more fun. Carlsen occasionally dips his toe into this pool, but results are too important, so he usually plays for equality in known lines and grinds. That is impressive, but not as much fun. Very strong players often get off the beaten path earlier against lower rated players too. I find imaginative play more fun than seeing a draw at move 32 where there was a TN at move 23. The obvious problem with originality is that it is very hard to play quickly in unknown positions, so time pressure is typical in these games. Playing black against any of the group I mentioned would be impossible to prepare for.
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