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Catfriend
Member since Nov-24-03 · Last seen Oct-22-14
<<< Who am I ? >>>

I am a graduate student. My current areas are combinatorics and knot theory, particularly finite-type invariants. I'm also a part-time algorithmist, working on image processing, computer vision and data mining.

<<< Anything else besides? >>>

I enjoy hiking and reading. In addition, I'm good at wasting some of the precious time we've been allotted at this valley of tears playing computer games :)

Obviously, I like cats.

I like my humor intelligent, quirky and language-related. For instance, I admire Fry and Laurie and recommend them heartily.

I'm an avid follower of http://xkcd.com, http://www.smbc-comics.com/#comic, http://abstrusegoose.com/ and a few others.

A fancy, nay, an obsession of mine is writing parody songs. One of those, the most chess-related one, can be found further below.

<<< Are you any good ? >>>

My strength varies in the 2050-2100 area. My highest chess achievement is a photo with Vishy Anand (both words are now marked as spelling errors, but then, so is "chessgames.com") back in the 90s when I was a little kid.

<<< Who am I as a chess-player? >>>

In the last few years, my style was heavily biased towards the positional, technical side. I play against pawn-weaknesses, I like rook-endgames and bishop pairs. I try to keep my pawns on the right color, just like they used to do, damn it!

Of late, however, I'm working on becoming more universal and on risk-taking. I have weaknesses in sharp, irrational positions, and would like to employ more varied tools to apply pressure. In particular, I have much to learn about positional sacrifices.

For the rest - read the next section and my page!

<<< Why should you read this page? >>>

Oh no you shouldn't! Really, don't. Go away! You too! AAA they're all around me! ... gulp... yeah, aaaanyway.

Many of the kibitzes focus on a few openings I enjoy analyzing, for now mainly the Larsen variation in the Philidor defense.

I also post analyzed games I deem worthy enough.

<<< Why do I frequent chessgames.com? >>>

There are three main reasons:

The people - <Annie K.>, to name the worst of them :)

The Guess-The-Move feature is, in my eyes, the best
way to improve beyond 1800 I've met online.

Finally, I follow (and sometimes participate in) the chessgames.com challenge. The team, armed with incredible calculating power as well as the ideas of a dozen strong analysts, might well be the strongest chess entity ever.

<<< The promised song >>>

"Black queen" - Pawn must go on

Empty squares - what we are playing for?
Abandoned chairs - I guess we know the score..
On and on!
Does anybody know what piece I知 looking for?

Another bishop - another mindless sac
Behind the pawn-line, in the wild attack
Hold the f-line!
Does anybody want to queen it anymore?

The pawn must go on!
The pawn must go on!
Inside my king is hiding
The tactics may be blinding
But my knight still stays on..

Whatever happens, I値l leave it all to chance
Another Spanish, another failed advance
On and on!
Does anybody know what we are drawing for?
I guess I知 learning
I must be calmer now
I値l soon be playing French and Dragon now
On the board the pawn is crying
But inside the db I知 dying for h3..

The pawn must go on!
The pawn must go on!
Inside my king is hiding
The tactics may be blinding
But my knight still stays on..

My board is painted like the wings of dragonflies
Losing games of yesterday, will draw but never die!
I can play, my friends!

The pawn must go on!
The pawn must go on!
I値l face it with a pin
I知 never giving in
On with the pawn!

I値l play the mill,
I値l overkill!
I have to find the will to carry on!
On with the,
On with the pawn

The pawn must go on

>> Click here to see catfriend's game collections.

   Catfriend has kibitzed 3570 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-22-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
 
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   Oct-16-14 Analysis Forum chessforum (replies)
 
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   Oct-12-14 FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) (replies)
 
Catfriend: When I said that Andreikin and Grischuk were likely candidates for point collection, for Caruana, I didn't mean losing points...
 
   Oct-12-14 Caruana vs Grischuk, 2014 (replies)
 
Catfriend: Incredible. It looks like two rounds before the end, we'll have 6-way tie at 5/9 points.
 
   Oct-08-14 Fabiano Caruana (replies)
 
Catfriend: Counting classical games in strong tournaments (not exhibition ones), we have Carlsen: +17 =21 -5 63% Caruana: +35 =32 -8 68% with Caruana's results being far more numerous and his losses against far stronger opponents. Certainly, it's too early to de-throne Carlsen. However, ...
 
   Oct-08-14 Caruana vs Svidler, 2014 (replies)
 
Catfriend: <chessdgc2> dxe6 Qxd4 loses a rook with no compensation.
 
   Oct-02-14 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
 
Catfriend: A minor quibble re <Gdel>: It is not <any logical system>. It is specifically first-order theories (sets of propositions) that: A. are satisfied by the standard model of number theory B. are recursive. So it is these theories that were shown by Gdel to be ...
 
   Oct-02-14 Dr. S (replies)
 
Catfriend: He could not, would not change his name. He could not, should not in a game.
 
   Oct-02-14 Karjakin vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
 
Catfriend: <Caruana again> This one wasn't a great example of his power. He stood worse for quite a while and just got this point served to him on a silver plate with trimmings.
 
   Oct-01-14 S Williams vs O Vasiliev, 2004
 
Catfriend: <Everyone> I must admit I had no idea it was a blitz game. Someone smart once said (was it Nezhmetdinov?) <he who analyzes blitz games is stupid>. Anyway, the main interest for me was the position, purely chess-wise, no matter what the circumstances were. Vasiliev was ...
 
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