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Member since Aug-26-07 · Last seen Jan-26-15
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 nearing 40 when I played in my first tournament.

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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Gibtel: http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.c...

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

Victoria 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

Georg Danner

Yang Shen

Nils Grandelius

Yangyi Yu

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 Przezdziecka

Paula Kalmar-Wolf

Johannes Kerschbaumer

Richard Singer

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User: Domdaniel

User: technical draw

User: mateo


User: Benzol

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   waustad has kibitzed 7904 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-26-15 Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (replies)
waustad: The Muzychuk sisters played Saturday in the Frauenbundesliga but didn't play Sunday. I suspect that they were already en route to Gibraltar. Then again the opponent Saturday was stronger, so they weren't needed so much.
   Jan-25-15 Eva Moser
waustad: The Muzychuk sisters didn't play today, so Eva Moser was white on board 2 against WGM Elena Levushkina. With her victory today she is now 6/6 so far in the league, picking up 44 points on her German (DWZ) rating. OSG Baden Baden scored 5.5/6 today and now lead with 14 match points, ...
   Jan-25-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
waustad: <jim bartel>Thanks for the tip.
   Jan-23-15 Yang Shen
waustad: Happy b'day! Her results in Las Vegas, where she went 5.5/9 in the Northamerican Open there during December, haven't made it to the FIDE site yet. doesn't yet keep up with the whole list of top 100 men or top 50 women like they do the 2700+ and 2500+ groups, so Wesley ...
   Jan-21-15 Alojzije Jankovic
waustad: He just won the Croatian championship:
   Jan-21-15 Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
waustad: Already?
   Jan-19-15 Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2015 (replies)
waustad: I certainly don't expect it, but how much fun would it be if he ran the table?
   Jan-19-15 Oliver Reeh
waustad: Isn't he the guy who posts lots of endgame studies? I have to salute anybody who uses chess to pay the bills,
   Jan-19-15 Gennadi Kuzmin (replies)
waustad: I guess there is little kibitzing since Russia was and is so very deep. Happy b'day. I'd heard the name but never studied the games.
   Jan-18-15 Tata Steel (Group B) (2015) (replies)
waustad: Anne Haast is doing reasonably well considering her rating. Wins over Gunina and Timman must feel good. She seems to be doing well in all of her games, but then there is often that one big mistake, usually when clocks are getting short or else in the endgame. She will have a lot of ...
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  waustad: Here is the guy I mentioned above: He often performed in Wien while I lived there. I recall him doing an aria in Faust where they stopped and nobody applauded. He wasn't bad, but perhaps it was a claque issue. His Boris was by far the best role I ever saw him in.
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  waustad: Continuing this stream of conscience musical rant, here is some of Nicola Ghiuselev's Boris:
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  waustad: While sitting and musing I just thought that, despite having played through thousands of Ruy Lopez games, I don't remember having played one. That being said, I mostly play these days in bars and usually play black, unless I know that the opponent is a lot stronger than most random opponents. I usually play the Sicilian if they play e4 and have now for around 40 years. maybe I ought to give it a go. I've seen so much analysis, but in the real world of playing mostly fish, that isn't much help. One of these years I'll make it to either Gibraltar for Gibtel, Bunratty, or the Chess Train. Another thought is to make it to one of the New Zealand tournaments organized by the only GM I've ever played, Murray Chandler.

I could have played the Ruy many times decades ago while playing blitz in the bar, but I don't recall them. Amazingly enough, one of my more frequent places to play now is the same bar I played in so much in the '70s. It is a lot easier to find opponents later than I'm usually out at this stage of my career though.

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  waustad: Greinke pairings:
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  scormus: Thanks for the link, La Wally a favourite opera of mine. I thought there might be a public performance but it seems a radio production, but no doubt I will listen anyway.

It would be great to be at a performance. A few weeks after there is one in Mannheim, but I'll be in England at the time. Schade :(

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  waustad: I remember one day in Wien in 1977/78 when I had lunch with my boss at Hostel Ruthensteiner and several other people. When Walter Ruthensteiner (my boss) asked (in German naturally) "What is Stefaniebraten?" I answered giving details of how it was made. Since my job there was painting, doing plaster, moving furniture, and spraying for bedbugs, he was taken aback that the American was telling him how to make an Austrian speciality. FYI it is basically a meatloaf with hard boiled eggs in the middle. It can also be more done like a baked Scotch egg in individual portions, which was what I was used to from Gastwirtschaft Rakoshan(sp?) where this and many other meals happened in those days. After a year people finally answered what I said to them in Viennese dialect, though my German is only good enough to do daily life. I'd become a part of the furinture! The location of one bakery (Vienna is a great city for baking - bakeries were everywhere in the late 70s) that I went to is now the Bank of America office.
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  waustad: Bilbao masters time control: The rate of play will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes to finish the game, with 10 extra seconds per move from move number 41.
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  waustad: A close friend in Boston went to this: and loved it. I'm delighted to hear that Jay Hunter Morris, one of the two tenors I'd hoped might take on Paul, has done so at least in a concert version. The other one is Jonas Kaufmann since the part is a tough one and takes a real world class singer to do it justice. My friend said that the audience members all were asking each other why it isn't performed more. Maybe it'll make it to the Met for the first time in decades.
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  scormus: I managed to source a DVD of La Wally, got it today and looking forward to viewing it. I'm not sure the soprano will be at the level of Callas/Tebaldi/Georgiou but it will be good to see as well as listen. Shame I'm away time of the performance at Mannheim.
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  waustad: Considering his name, since Asdrubal Cabrera will be a free agent this offseason, I'd like to see him sign with the A's. Their mascot is an elephant and, at least in English, the main names of generals in the Carthaginian armies were Hanibal and Hasdrubal. Reading hisory from then, it is like reading a Russian novel where name and person get often confused.
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  Fusilli: Hi there my friend! I went to see La Boheme last night, a production of Nashville Opera. I am still in the clouds. What a superb opera.

Here's the cast:

Rodolfo had a warm voice, but it lost a bit of its warmth in the high notes. Mimi was sweet. La Boheme does not overwhelm the singer with heavy orchestration, so she was able to shine. Marcello and Musetta were terrific, as both singers and actors.

The production overall was delightful.

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  waustad: After running out of my usual plonk I had a bottle of "special occasion" wine today. It was quite nice, though if it hadn't been on sale I doubt that I'd be willing to pay as much more as they ask than my usual swill often. I didn't have a really special occasion in mind to bring it to (I have several more similar bottles and very little social life) so I thought, tonight you're a spaghetti red. It was a Dry Creek Valley Redemption Zin 2007. Quite nice actually.
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  Fusilli: My problem is that I like wine with dinner, but:

1) I rarely eat proper "dinner". Most days a sandwich or a smoothie do it

2) When I do, I can drink no more than one glass of wine anyway.

#2 means that, if I open a 750cc bottle of wine to go with dinner, most of it will go wasted... that is undrunk, and it's not that I'll drink the rest the next day. I'll forget about it and it will go bad, or at least substantially decrease in quality.

I tried buying the little 350cc bottles, but only a few wineries bother to produce those, and they are generally cheap, bad wine.

So, there, I can only drink wine with dinner if dining with other people. Wine drinking requires social life in my case. I have a housemate now, but that doesn't seem to increase my wine intake.

Life is full of incentives and disincentives. Who can sort them out!

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  waustad: <fusilli>There are now some quite palatable box wines available, unlike a few years ago. The best part of a boxed red wine is that it will keep after opening for quite a while without oxidizing. These are not top of the line fancy wines, but at around $20 for 3 liters they are good value for table wines. I have a Black Box Chilean Cab open now, though there are also some nice Australian and California wines available here using a boxed bladder pack.
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  waustad: We all like games that go sac sac mate, but most of us don't get to play them very often against players of approximately equal strength. Yesterday was one of those rare occasions. It was a Sicilian that turned into some flavor of Rossolimo with opposite side castling. I pointed everything at his king, opened some lines and when he grabbed material I sacced a rook, figuring it was at least good for a perp. I'd be horrified to see what the computer would say about some of our moves, but it was fun.
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  waustad: The bar I've played chess in since the 70s had a major fire last night. It will be some time before the Union is open again. Several other close businesses were also damaged.
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  parisattack: Not happy news for you <waustad>! That is a long time to be frequenting the same establishment.I hope it reopens quickly.
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  waustad: The owners stated that they'd open again. They may have to start from scratch considering the damage.
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  waustad: I just read that Magda Olivero died a month later than Carlo Bergonzi at the same medical facility in Milan. She was 104. Here's a recording of her, though I suspect most of what we find on youtube is from when she was rather long in the tooth for an opera singer:
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  juan31: Waustad; sorry the intromision

LEON = Lion in english

TXO dont have traslation but the pronunciation is similar to starting " tuxedo", without "do"

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  waustad: During a recent house cleaning I ran across my complete set of the American Chess Quarterly. It is strange seeing English discriptive notation again. That's one reason I so rarely look at my old books and almost exclusively look at professional chess on the computer.
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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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