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Member since Aug-26-07 · Last seen Aug-23-16
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, but reopened May 25, 2016! I haven't been up to play yet, but next week it will be more like the bar instead of a grand opening) and

I occasionally play at but it isn't as easy to find a game there.

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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chess-results live games:

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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

User: jessicafischerqueen

User: Domdaniel

User: technical draw

User: mateo


User: malthrope

User: Phony Benoni

User: Benzol

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   waustad has kibitzed 8820 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-23-16 Volodymyr Vetoshko (replies)
waustad: Another player, who doesn't have a page on yet, who did very well is the untitled Vincent Keymer. He got an IM norm the hard way, by going +6 =3 -0 in the tournament while playing GMs in the final 5 rounds. He was born in 2004.
   Aug-20-16 Georg Froewis
waustad: He has a decent shot at a GM norm at the Vienna Open this year. After 6 rounds he has a tpr of 2613 and has already played 2 GMs.
   Aug-17-16 Duras vs Marshall, 1913 (replies)
waustad: Noch einmal.
   Aug-17-16 Olaf Barda (replies)
waustad: Wow, being POTD with the same birthday as Botvinnik!
   Aug-17-16 Veronika Exler
waustad: Tomorrow in the Vienna Open she'll be on board 4 playing GM Evgeny Vorobiov 2586. She has held Markus Ragger to a draw, so there is a chance. For me, having players I follow on the DGT boards is fun. The games are broadcast on chessbomb and, with webcam (probably) at ...
   Aug-15-16 World Junior Championship (Girls) (2016) (replies)
waustad: It seems that Laura Hiebler had her luggage and laptop in airline limbo. The usual caveat is that my German is nowhere near perfect, but that's what I gleaned from the official Austrian chess blog. I suspect she's learned that the laptop needs to be a carry on item. ...
   Aug-15-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
waustad: European Junior champs start tomorrow:
   Aug-15-16 Markus Ragger
waustad: Starting tomorrow, he's the top rated player at the Vienna Open. Live games are available here:
   Aug-01-16 Elshan Moradiabadi
waustad: He's playing in the Trinidad and Tobago IM tournament and he is listed as FIDE for federation. I don't recall seeing that before.
   Jul-31-16 Anna-Lena Schnegg
waustad: Congratulations on winning the Austrian Women's Championship for 2016!
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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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  waustad: I've been looking for a DVD of Tristan und Isolde. Among the newer singers, I want Nina Stemme as Isolde. Her Liebestod is right up there with Flagstad and Birgit Nilsson. I'm nowhere close to as sold on Robert Gambill. I suppose it could be like the LPs I have with Flagstad and Suthaus, but one can hope for more. I probably need to buy something to transfer the old LPs onto another medium, since I haven't used the turntable in many years. Vinyl will not make my next move.
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  waustad: While waiting for some eggs to pasteurize (sous vide devices are wonderful!) I was listening to the greatest hochdramitsch Sopran I've seen live, Gwyneth Jones. I heard Birgit Nilsson when she turned 60 and she was still impressive, but Jones was still in her latter 30s. My live opera has a very narrow window, since it is a lot easier to go see great singers in Vienna than it is in Athens, Ohio, so most of my live experience is in 1977-78. I did once have the opportunity to sing in a choir with Kathleen Battle performing and have seen some other name singers outside of that window (Pavarotti, Domingo, ...), but most of what I've seen since returning to the US in '78 has been through media instead of live. One of the main reasons I picked Wien is that it is a city the size of Columbus, Ohio that is artistically a match for anywhere on earth, from my personal perspective. Now that I'm retired, returning is appealing, but in my 60s I dislike winter a lot more than I used to.
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  waustad: A busy time, since right as things are winding down in Tehran they'll start going in Graz:
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  waustad: Zurich too!
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  waustad: Chessbomb has become seriously unreliable of late.
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  waustad: Watching a reprise performance of the Met The Tempest, I'm again impressed by Audrey Luna. Ariel is an amazingly difficult role that is very high and all over the place. She seems to have a mouth like Julia Roberts or Martha Raye, which is probably good for an opera singer. Enrico Caruso was said to be able to fit two eggs in his mouth, if I recall.

I haven't heard her in anything else. perhaps I should look around.

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  waustad: She does several roles I love like Zerbinetta, the Queen of the Night and Gilda. I would love to see more of her work.
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  waustad: Amazon Prime is doing lots of opera at the moment. At the moment (I'll be back shortly) I'm watching Lohengrin. Vogt is a bit at the lyrical edge, but my favorite Lohengrin is Sandor Konya so I'm not asking for Melchior in this role. Asking for the vocal ring of a Bjorling, Melchior, Domingo or their recording engineers is difficult. In this recording the name star is Ortrud, with Waltraud Maier. From what I've read she has had the sense to blend her singing career with having a real life. Ske's sounded wonderful and in character so far. Rita Gorr did not impress in the recording I learned the opera from.
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  waustad: I think the reason I became so interested in Austrian chess is I was looking at several players and needed a project. I'd just retired and have long admired the level of aggression I'd seen in "women's chess." After looking around for awhile, the two most interesting I found were Viktoria Cmilyte and Eva Moser. I've always liked the aggressive attacking players and the imaginative ones. Since I read German somewhat and I'm totally illiterate in the Slavic languages, I picked Moser. I hope she eventually ends her break from playing. Please accept my appology if I've butchered spelling. Editing on a tablet is nearly impossible.
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  waustad: I've recently seen a lot of the work of Klaus Florian Vogt. He's an interesting singer who is a Heldentenor who is even more on the lyrical side than Sandor Konye or Jonas Kaufman ever conceived of being. He did Paul in die Tote Stadt in Helsinki too if I recall.
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  waustad: From the point of view of somebody who lives in USA I was hoping for Caruana vs Carlsen. My reason for this is simply that I remember what happened in '72 and would be delighted to see a whole new crop of players. I was already an adult, but I got swept up in the craze. With Karjakin vs Carlsen, it will barely make the news in the US. Everybody will be watching the idiocy the media will be spewing about the election. A kid who grew up in Brooklyn might have added some kind of interest to counteract the moronic bombast ruling the media.
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  waustad: By next week, the Union reopening will be over and I'll probably be able to get a table and set up. Usually I now go to the wine bar, since I much prefer the grape for a beverage, but I haven't had a lot of luck getting games together. I'll occasionally go uptown, have a few beers, wander down to the skull and see if I can pick up a game there and then probably wander home. If nothing else, after being laid up for a while, I really need to walk around more to get into good enough shape to travel.
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  Kev: Dec-25-12
Premium Chessgames Member waustad: I wonder if they are the same person. What person you are referring to?
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  waustad: <kev> I don't know what you mean for sure. I suspect it might have something to do with my interactions with via email. Sometimes I got answers immediately that were helpful. Sometimes they blew me off completely. Of late they stopped even considering any games I have submitted. I see very little reason to even consider giving them any more money when my membership runs out.
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