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waustad
Member since Aug-26-07 · Last seen Aug-01-14
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 http://www.yelp.com/biz/union-bar-a... and
http://www.yelp.com/biz/smiling-sku...

Here is a fun game I played years ago:

NN vs William Austad
Offhand game
Ohio University
Baker Center (the original one)
197?
1.) d4 Nf6
2.) c4 g6
3.) Nc3 Bg7
4.) e4 d6
5.) g3 Nbd7
6.) Nge2 c5
7.) d5 Ne5
8.) b3?? Nf3#


click for larger view

Some useful links:
Chessbomb: http://livechess.chessdom.com/site/
365chess: http://www.365chess.com/
Chessbase: http://www.chessbase.com/
Chess-results: http://chess-results.com/
FIDE ratings: http://ratings.fide.com/
World clock: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclo...
Diaz cartoons: http://www.chessvibes.com/cartoons
USCF ratings: http://www.uschess.org/content/blog...

Olimpbase: http://www.olimpbase.org/

Olimpbase Old Ratings: http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/player/

Tactical puzzles: http://chesstempo.com/chess-tactics...

PGN Upload Utility

Chess ticker: http://www.chess-international.de/

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.

Games from the Frauenbundesliga (last year): http://teleschach.de/bundesliga/bl-...

FBL: http://www.schachbund.de/SchachBL/i...
http://nsv-online.de/ligen/fbl/

CG Bundesliga page: Bundesliga (2013)

Live: http://bundesliga.liveschach.net/

Austrian Bundesliga:
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr100...

Austrian chess site: http://www.chess.at/
http://www.schach.at/

M60MG: Game Collection: My 60 Memorable Games (Bobby Fischer)

European Women's Champs Plovdiv, BLG July 7-17:
http://www.eiwcc2014.eu/information...

Dortmund: http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting...

ACP Golden Classic Bergamo 2014: http://www.chessdom.com/acp-golden-...

Biel: http://www.bielchessfestival.ch/en/...

Olympiad results: http://chess-results.com/tnr140380....

Some faves, sometimes chosen for search issues, including problems with hyphenated names. If I've spelled it wrong in a search it may be enough reason to make the list:

Eva Moser

Magnus Carlsen

Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov

Victoria Cmilyte

Murray Chandler

Jon Ludvig Hammer

Emil Sutovsky

Irina Krush

Veronika Exler

Robert Kreisl

Davit Shengelia

Peter Schreiner

Anna-Lena Schnegg

Simon Kim Williams

Pia Cramling

Anna-Christina Kopinits

Georg Froewis

Ticia Gara

Georg Danner

Yang Shen

Nils Grandelius

Yangyi Yu

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

Karl Robatsch

Silje Bjerke

Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska

Nodirbek Abdusattorov

Marta Przezdziecka

Paula Kalmar-Wolf

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   waustad has kibitzed 7170 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-01-14 Chess Olympiad (2014) (replies)
 
waustad: The schedule: https://chess24.com/en/olympiad2014...
 
   Aug-01-14 OhioChessFan chessforum
 
waustad: <OhioChessFan: Carlo Bergonzi died a few days ago. Did you like him?>Oh yes. I responded more on my forum.
 
   Aug-01-14 waustad chessforum
 
waustad: I'm sorry to hear that. He was a great singer, who could even do a fine job of the Tosti songs much later in his career than when he had the glorious voice of his youth. If they'd come up with the 3 tenors idea some years earlier, they might have picked Carlo Bergonzi, Jussi ...
 
   Jul-31-14 Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
 
waustad: Here is a link to the tournament I was looking at: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr140...
 
   Jul-31-14 Fischer vs Larsen, 1971
 
waustad: <cwcarlson>That must be a cherished memory.
 
   Jul-30-14 Axel Bachmann Schiavo
 
waustad: He won the V CAMPEONATO IBEROAMERICANO INDIVIDUAL ABSOLUTO: http://chess-results.com/tnr140360.... which netted him some more elo. He's picked up almost 100 pts in the last year and had a performance rating of 2754 at the tournament. Whatever he's doing to improve his game seems to
 
   Jul-30-14 A Kashlinskaya vs K Isgandarova, 2014
 
waustad: See: A Kashlinskaya vs K Isgandarova, 2014 for the real game they played.
 
   Jul-30-14 Politiken Cup (2014) (replies)
 
waustad: <jphamlore>Bu Xiangzhi and Shen Yang are both missing the olympiad right after great results. I guess this shows just how deep the Chinese teams really are.
 
   Jul-30-14 R Hardarson vs McShane, 2003
 
waustad: I know white is worse, but is resignation in order yet, or did he run out of time?
 
   Jul-29-14 G Jones vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2014 (replies)
 
waustad: I've probably seen more decisive games with opposite colored bishops in the last year or so than I ever remember from before. Could it be partly due to the influence of Carlsen, or am I just imagining this?
 
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Jan-02-14
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  TheAlchemist: Thank you, happy new year to you too.

Your post got me thinking... although I've forgotten most of the (English) grammar I've learned at school, it's possible that what we had learned was in fact a little "obsolete", as you mentioned language is always developing. I'm not sure about the current "state" of punctuation in my own language :-), but I have noticed some minor changes in certain phrases and "structures" (I'm not sure how to describe it, I hope you get the meaning) that are now in common use, all probably in the name of simplification - I've always attributed their use to illiteracy :-).

Anyway, in my case it is still the case of mixing up the rules of the two languages more than anything, I haven't studied grammar since high school and although it hasn't been that long I've certainly forgotten most of it, so now I rely on my gut feeling :-).

Feb-22-14
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  perfidious: <waustad> What do you think of Indians' chances this upcoming season?
Mar-08-14
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  waustad: Candidates info: http://en.chessbase.com/post/2014-c...
Mar-10-14
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  waustad: Subtract 10 hours from the time in K-M. Games start at 5 AM EDT.
Mar-11-14
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  scormus: Thanks for your info about La Wally, I suppose that must be the reason. It does seem a shame that should be the reason. I'd love to beat a live performance.
Mar-12-14
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  waustad: Chinese chess champs live: http://www.qipai.org.cn/web/topic/c...
Mar-13-14
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  Alien Math: <waustad> Many thanks for Chinese chess champs live, forget add to calendar before find your link here ^.^
Mar-17-14
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  waustad: Gashimov Memorial 2014, Web (10)
20 - 30 Apr 2014
The website is so far not in a language I can read at all.
Apr-29-14
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  waustad: It's funny. I have now been the person who submitted the GOTD twice. I personally thought that they were some of the worst submissions I've had. Oh well, there is no accounting to taste.
May-06-14
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  waustad: It looks like there will be a new player soon in the database at cg.com: Ashritha Eswaran. At 13 she'll be the youngest player at the US Women's Championships starting this week, and will be the only US born player. Her USCF rating is a lot higher than her FIDE ratings, but many tournaments in the US are not FIDE rated, so her local rating may be more indicative of strength.
May-15-14
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  waustad: I frequently listen to the opera while looking into chess news and games. It is almost impossible to read in German while listening to people singing in Italian or French. Though I can't really claim to speak either of these except German, I've taken classes in both at one time or another and have sung a fair amount in them (paritcularly Italian). It's like in Costa Rica when I would be speaking German (there is a fairly large German speaking population in San Jose - particularly Swiss, which adds other problems) and the waitress would come up and start speaking Spanish. Normally I'd do fine then, but it is much easier to switch from English to another language than from a second to a third language. Sadly I don't speak anything other than English very well, but I can get by with daily life stuff since I have had a lot of practice.
May-21-14
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  waustad: The Cavs won the lottery again. They've had spectacular drafts before, like getting Daugherty, Price, Hot Rod and Harper. With another one that good with some of the kids they have now they could be really good. It is unrealistic expect to get 4 players that good, but one can hope. I pay attention to the Indians even when they stink, but I could get back into Cleveland basketball next year.
May-22-14
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  perfidious: <waustad> Lots of top-notch talent at the top of this year's draft; I have read that other teams have already come sniffing round to see what chance there is of latching on to that coveted first pick.
May-29-14
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  waustad: Lots of pics from Mitropa: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mitr...
Jun-30-14
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  visayanbraindoctor: <waustad: Is he related to Andronico Yap who I met with Murray Chandler when they played in the World Junior Championship in Austria in 1977 or 78?>

I don't think so. IM Andronico Yap (whom I have played in tournaments and whom I believe was one of the strongest players ever produced by the Philippines and could have been potentially as strong as former Candidate GM Torre if he had not fallen to problems of the psyche) was an orphan from Quiapo Manila. From what I know, Campomanes had to virtually adopt him so as to take him off a life of poverty. Kim Steven Yap is a Visayan from Cebu. Yap is a common enough surname among Filipinos with Chinese ancestry, and not all of them are related to each other. (But who knows, I could be wrong!)

Jul-10-14
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  waustad: Drunk post warning: It is so very rare that one get's to use the opera singer voice in something like karaoke or anything in the bar, that I love it when it happens. Sadly, the machine messed up Rogers and Hammerstein badly, but I got to do, "I can't help falling in love with you," and it worked very well, probably the best I've done into a microphone. What the machine did to "Some Enchanted Evening" was truely gruesome. I have no idea what recording they had in mind, since the timing and lyrics were way off compared with either Ezio Pinza or Rosanno Brazzi. There was a version I heard in Krogers that was so awful that I stopped in the aisle and said, "how can you take something that good and schmalz it into something that bad?".

I keep mentioning to my buds that we really need to do a Buddy Holly and contemporaries night, but it hasn't happened yet. Most of the people out after midnight are a bit young for that.

Jul-15-14
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  waustad: In a typical game in the bar, the opponent does something seriously weak early and the game ends. After some of those I wound up as black in a main line Kings Indian. After giving him a Mulligan after one immediate loss blunder, we wound up in a draw. As much as I like to win, even games are a lot more interesting than thrashing a newby. A week ago I wound up drawing a player I randomly ran into who was rated higher than I was when last active. He did win the 3 minute tiebreak on time in a position I'd consider equal. Both flags were teetering and mine fell first. Maybe I'll play again some time while sober. That would be a change, but finding opponents would be harder.
Jul-16-14
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  waustad: It is still early, but I'm in awe of how well Sander Konya is doing as Walter in Die Meistersinger tonight on Viva La Voce. Maybe his studio work was better than live - I don't know - but he's the best Lohengrin I've heard on recording and his Walter is awesome so far. Why isn't he included in some lists of the greatest Heldentenors? All I have heard is recordings, so maybe that's the issue. Bjorling's Otello recordings are magnificent but he never did it on stage. Maybe Konya live didn't do as well.
Jul-16-14
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  waustad: I understand why some conductors live to be very old. Doing something like die Meistersinger takes both sprint work like doing the prelude and the stamina to keep at it for most of 5 hours. There are parts where conducting is a fairly serious bit of very emotional dance.
Jul-17-14
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  parisattack: Arturo Toscanini made 90 or very close. But perhaps the greatest of them all, Carlos Kleiber was 74 when he passed.
Jul-18-14
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  waustad: <paris>I saw Karl Böhm conduct his last performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten in Vienna in the late 1970s. He was in his 80s at the time and was taking longer works out of his repertoire. Sadly, Walter Berry was ill and tried to sing but his voice fell apart and it was not a good performance over all. I'd seen it a few nights earlier and it was fine. They recorded it earlier with Birgit Nilsson, Walter Berry, Leonie Rysanek and James King. That was mostly the same cast.
Jul-19-14
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  parisattack: <Waustad> I've seen clips of some of Klemperer's last performances...somewhat sad. Of course he always interpreted (especially Beethoven) slow because of his emphasis on dynamics. But those final performances were difficult to follow. Toscanini seemed sharp right up to the end, however.
Jul-21-14
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  waustad: Interesting comic: http://xkcd.com/1392/large/
Jul-29-14
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  OhioChessFan: Carlo Bergonzi died a few days ago. Did you like him?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hsy...

Aug-01-14
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  waustad: I'm sorry to hear that. He was a great singer, who could even do a fine job of the Tosti songs much later in his career than when he had the glorious voice of his youth. If they'd come up with the 3 tenors idea some years earlier, they might have picked Carlo Bergonzi, Jussi Björling and Fritz Wunderlich.

Perhaps this is an appropriate way to say goodbye with one of the aforementioned Tosti songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF8Y...

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