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Currently I spend most of my chess time playing 3/2 and 2/1 games on and FICS as "TyroLoco", at a 1300 level. I will never play a game of tournament chess again due to health issues, but I still love the game in small doses. When I get too tired to play anymore (i.e. after 10-15 minutes) I dip into Batgirl's history archives, I particularly enjoyed "Flea House Blues": .

I have now moved all my FICS information to the account User: FICS Info . I also update that page if there is a change in the status of the FICS server. I use Babaschess as my interface, but the product seems to be dead now--if anyone knows of an alternative, please let me know.

Currently experimenting with Lawrence Day's 30 year-old "clamp" against the Sicilian: .

Favorite player: whoever was really good 40 years ago, now that I've had time to figure out what he was doing. Fischer used to be my favorite, but now I am starting to enjoy Karpov's and Korchnoi's games. Not sure what to make of Kasparov yet. I also have a soft spot for Benko, since his 10-move blowout of me in a 1976 simul gave me a Morphy number of 4 (Mortimer>Tartakower>Benko).

Favorite book: Fischer's My 60 Memorable Games. I have found it more helpful to read a few books over and over than to read many books, at least when you're at my level!

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<I have tried to adopt the philosophy that I'd rather hold a clear belief loosely than a fuzzy believe tightly. One of the reasons I feel I tend to get along pretty well with good chess players is that I've found that they tend to share this philosophy with regard to just about anything be it religion, politics, or chess positions. So I suspect this Mrs. Pogonina did not think that her comments were descended from Mount Sinai. This reminds me of a conversation I had with GM Nakamura. I asked him if he thought there was any advantage for White in the Wing Gambit Sicilian. He said, "Don't be an idiot! MAYBE White can draw." I said, "Are you sure about that?!" And he said, "No."> GoldenBear, in a 6-Oct-09 comment on Carlsen vs Wang Yue, 2009

<One of the things that appeals to me about competitive chess ... is that it is, as games go, very fair. There is quite a lot of luck in chess over the short term. But on the whole it tends to cancel out. Certainly chess compares very favourably with all the things that go under the designation 'real life', with all the stacked decks, silver spoons, nepotism, favouritism and disastrous misfortunes that attend. In comparison with the crazy unpredictability and uncontrollability of most of human existence, playing chess (even in a time-scramble!) is like a paradise of rationality.> - George Botterill.

The thing I learn best from chess is myself. I learn how I think, what I do well, what I don't do so well, and how best to structure my thinking to effectively solve problems and deal with different tasks. Of course it helps that I love the game but have very little natural ability for it--you learn more about yourself doing things that you are bad at.

I'm the one who took the name, but User: Resignation Trap is the real Caissanist Como se dice <kibitzer's cafe> en Espanol: User: NakoSonorense

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   Caissanist has kibitzed 2181 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-24-16 Vivek Rao (replies)
Caissanist: After stepping away from competitive chess, Rao got a job as a quant in a derivatives firm, per Business INsider: .
   May-23-16 Jeremy Silman
Caissanist: Silman writes an article a week on, almost all of them are entertaining and/or instructive: .
   May-17-16 Arianne Caoili
Caissanist: I think it was international relations.
   May-02-16 Anthony Santasiere
Caissanist: Batgirl (aka User: SBC ) has a fine article on Santasiere on, with many photographs I hadn't seen before: .
   Apr-28-16 Aronian vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Caissanist: Ouch, engines say that Carlsen blundered big time. It sure looks like it to this human too.
   Apr-23-16 Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907)
Caissanist: Marshall's <My Fifty Years of Chess> is now online, on Google Docs ( ), including <ranny>'s version of the match quote.
   Apr-23-16 A Melekhina vs I Krush, 2016 (replies)
Caissanist: Sometimes the cheapo works.
   Apr-23-16 US Chess Championships (Women) (2016) (replies)
Caissanist: Melekhina is trying to continue playing at this level while also competing for a partnership at a top New York law firm. This is basically impossible, as her result so far confirms. The only thing surprising about it to me is that she was able to get a winning position against ...
   Apr-23-16 Alisa Melekhina
Caissanist: Trying to maintain your standing as a top-level chess player while competing for a partnership at a top NYC law firm is basically impossible, as Melekhina's current result in the US Women's Championship demonstrates (+0 -6 =2). Hope she enjoys her last three rounds of play there,
   Apr-22-16 N Grandelius vs Aronian, 2016
Caissanist: What was this about? Does Aronian try to win with the Berlin, or has winning with black become so hard that even a 135-point rating difference isn't enough to convince a GM to try to mix things up?
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  moronovich: <Caissanist> One way could be, if you play more dull openings. Another(and can be combined off course) way is to hold back,just a little.And/or deliberattely making a wild sac,where you can,more or less figure out that he gets fine/better counterplay.

I have a son who is 35 and got a braindamage 4½ years ago and went from about 2000 to 14-1500.

So when I see him once every week I let him win around one third of the games to encourage him.And that works well for us.

I wish you good luck and all the best with your project !

And one last thing : Nimzowitsch had great succes in giving kids small exercises he made up himself.

Jan-27-11  laskereshevsky: Hello Cais. Just see your "answer" to my kibitz on Fischer's page...

<Jan-12-11 Caissanist: <laskereshevsky: Cause Bobby was always a straight man>.....

I understand your point, all in all the opinion U expressed about him in that kibitz its enough agreable.....

But i didnt want to say that he was ALWAYS a "straight man"... Probably, U didnt got the "humor" in MY kibitz...

( cause my poor English?! ) :-D


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  Caissanist: <laskereshevsky> Oops, sorry, no I didn't get that it was a joke! Bobby was so weird that it's hard to really tell when anybody's joking about him.
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  Caissanist: The Evans Gambit is a great way to learn tactics for a patzer wannabe like myself, here's the kind of fun you can have:

[Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2011.04.09"]
[Round "?"]
[White "TyroLoco"]
[Black "kaestamos"]
[Result "*"]
[WhiteElo "1267"]
[BlackElo "1315"]
[ECO "C51"]
[TimeControl "180"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. O-O Nf6 7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4 Bb6 9. e5 Ng4 10. Bg5 f6 11. exf6 Nxf6 12. Re1+ Ne7 13. Ne5 d6 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15. Qh5+ Ng6 16. Nxg6+ Kd7 17. Re7+ Qxe7 18. Nxe7 Kxe7 19. Qf7+ Kd8 20. Qxf6+ Kd7 21. Be6+ Kc6 22. Qxh8 Bxe6 23. Qxa8 Bxd4 24. Qe8+ Bd7 25. Qe4+ Kc5 26. Nc3 Bxc3 27. Rc1 Bc6 28. Rxc3+ Kb6 29. Rxc6+ bxc6 30. Qxh7 c5 31. Qb1+ Kc6 32. h4 d5 33. h5 d4 34. h6 c4 35. h7 d3 36. h8=Q c3 37. Qh6+ Kd5 38. Qxd3+ Kc5 39. Qxc3+ Kd5 40. Qh4 c5 41. Qd3+ Kc6 42. Qdc4 a5 43. Qh5 Kd7 44. Qcxc5 Ke6 45. Qb6+ Kd7 46. Qh7+ Ke8 47. Qb8# *

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  Caissanist: My son is ten now. Last night we were talking about his Little League baseball practice (he's not doing so well there), and what's been going on in his life in general. Or, to be honest, I was asking him about these things and he was squirming. He seems to be unhappy a lot of the time, but won't or can't talk about what's happening. I try to let him know that I understand and won't judge him; sometimes I can get him to say something, not so often lately.

Then, out of the blue, he said "Dad, do you want to play chess?", which surprised me. I of course taught him to play five years ago, but we haven't played often since then. From time to time I ask him if he would like to play a board game and sometimes he chooses chess, but I haven't had as much time for him since his little sister arrived three years ago, especially during the school year when so much revolves around homework. He's still very much a beginner, he seems to like chess a lot but is a slow learner, very much like me at that age. I encourage him to take back moves and give him hints. Most of the time I have him win.

Somehow it was more fun last night than I remember before. I didn't really know how to play against him before, but now I've got the hang of it more, which helps. Basically I treat the game as a series of problems to solve, but I try to get him light with joking banter ("Aha, now I'm going to take your pawn, what are you going to do about that?" or "Oh, you saw that, that's cheating, you weren't supposed to see that!") When he makes a mistake I like to try to frame it as a lesson that applies to broader life without being too obvious ("What was I trying to do with that last move? You know you can't just think about what you're doing, the other guy is trying to do stuff too.") He was able to solve most of the problems I gave him over the chessboard, so he won. He was a better player at the end of the game than the beginning.

We didn't directly talk about whatever it was that was keeping him quiet before the game, but I felt a strong conviction that this was helping him--he came out of the game knowing that he could solve these problems, and if he could solve them, he could solve bigger problems too.

Reuben Fine said that most boys don't really take to chess until they are about ten, and I can sort of see why. He's at a preadolescent stage in his life, where he wants help in doing things better and solving the problems he has to deal with, but he doesn't want people telling him what to do, and he doesn't even want to talk directly about what's happening. Playing chess doesn't teach you about the world, but it teaches you about yourself, which at that age is probably more important. There was something like male bonding going on during the game that made me feel very good.

Apr-22-11  therealbenjinathan: very nice! I have 2 12 year old boys who have been playing fairly seriously for 3 or 4 yrs and a 10 year old daughter who seems to where your son is now.

With my daughter I try not to win too much. I give her things to spot and allow lots of take backs where I say either "that is not the best move, try another look" or "that is not a good move, can you see why?". She really is improving. In addition she has been taught how to mate with two rooks, a Queen etc.

Good luck!

If you ever want to chat about it I am normally here:

benjinathan chessforum

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  Caissanist: In a somewhat related vein, here is a story in Wired UK about a man who taught his 8 year-old daughter chess, and was surprised shortly afterward to have his daughter present him with the rules for "plastic animal chess":
Jul-15-11  Albertan: <Hi Wayne - I went to your blog to> see your analysis of an old Georg Meier game, but when I went to and clicked on the 2010 archive link, Internet Explorer closed the tab with the following error message: " A malfunctioning or malicious add-on has caused Internet Explorer to close this webpage." It would appear that IE thinks you've got a virus/Trojan on your site. Just thought you'd like to know. ---

Thanks for this message! Yes I know something is wrong with my blog however I do not know what. I do not think it is a virus or spyware, but rather like you say it is something wrong with an add-on that you and I both seem to have using Internet Explorer. I have not had this problem when I use web-browsers such as Opera or Google chrome so this could not be a virus. If you have one of those browsers please use them instead.

Jul-15-11  Albertan: <Hi Wayne>

Hi thanks so much for telling me exactly what was happening when you tried to use Internet Explorer at my blog! I believe I found out what was wrong and corrected it using a solution I found at the website.

<- I went to your blog to> see your> <analysis of an old Georg Meier > <game, but when I went to > <>; < and clicked on the 2010 archive> <link, Internet Explorer closed the> <tab with the following error> <message: " A malfunctioning or> <malicious add-on has caused Internet> <Explorer to close this webpage." > <It would appear that IE thinks > <you've got a virus/Trojan on your> <site. Just thought you'd like to> <know. --- >

My friend, Thanks again! When you get time could you go to my blog at one more time and see if this time it loads for you and you can access Chessviewer Deluxe on my first page? I believe the problem was with a Java script add-on I had engaged. Could you them post a message on my forum if you now can access Chessviewer Deluxe? Thanks and have a great weekend! :)

Jul-15-11  Albertan: Hi I think you need to disregard the last messages I have posted. I believe the problem is that you have the following add-on activated in Internet explorer Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper Publisher Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Status Activated
Load time (0.04 s)

For some reason there is a bug with th is add-on in relation to Chessviewer Deluxe. To use Chessviewer Deluxe on my blog you have to temporarily de-activate the plug in above using these commands: (1)Click on the Internet Options tab in the "Tools" menu. Then (2)click on the "programs" tab then click on the "Manage add-ons" tab, and disable: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper

(3)Then after you have viewed the games you will have to activate this add-on. I am sorry for this inconvenience I am going to email the designer of Chessviewer Deluxe and see if he can provide a solution to this problem. I understand if you do not want to engage in all of this behavior to see the games. Maybe if you have another internet browser you can try it.

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  Caissanist: Thanks for the response! I decided to just use Firefox, which I use for most sites anyway.
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  Caissanist: <FICS>: TyroLoco
Oct-22-13  ketchuplover: BOO!!
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  Caissanist: A recent game of mine that my patzer self enjoyed:

[Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2014.01.30"]
[Round "?"]
[White "TyroLoco"]
[Black "cdecde"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1287"]
[BlackElo "1238"]
[ECO "C50"]
[TimeControl "180"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 f6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Ne5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. Nf5 Bf8 8. f4 Ng6 9. Qd5 cdecde resigns 1-0

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  Caissanist: Another fun one:

[Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2014.02.13"]
[Round "?"]
[White "TyroLoco"]
[Black "luisguillermo"]
[Result "*"]
[WhiteElo "1326"]
[BlackElo "1387"]
[ECO "B12"]
[TimeControl "180"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d6 3. c4 Bd7 4. Nc3 e5 5. Be3 exd4 6. Bxd4 Nf6 7. f4 Qa5 8. Nf3 Nxe4 9. Qe2 d5 10. O-O-O Be7 11. cxd5 Nxc3 12. Bxc3 Qxa2 13. dxc6 Bxc6 14. Qc4 Qxc4 15. Bxc4 O-O 16. Rhg1 Bxf3 17. gxf3 g6 18. f5 Bc5 19. fxg6 Bxg1 20. gxf7+ Rxf7 21. Rd8# *

Feb-14-14  alan517: Hello, I see that you play on FICS, but I wonder if you have an opinion about the ICC and What is the best site for 1300 rated player? I understand that playing blitz helps you think faster, but every time I play I just go crazy :-) I really enjoy playing slower chess, and I think that I should jump in and play blitz (5 min is fast enough). Thanks for your help!!
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  Caissanist: Hi Alan,

For a player at our level who just wants to go online on his PC and play, say two or three quick games a day, I don't know of anything that ICC or has to offer that makes them worth paying for. Those sites have a lot of extra capabilities that make them worthwhile for stronger players (notably safeguards against cheating) and/or players who want more features (e.g. opening theory). But nobody bothers to cheat at the 1300-1400 level, so FICS with the Babaschess interface on Windows works fine for me. I've never played a game on a smartphone or a tablet, though.

Feb-18-14  alan517: Hi Caissanist, thanks for your info. I started playing on FICS with Babaschess a few days ago.I like it very much. I won my first blitz game yesterday! It was a back rank mate!! My Handle is BrooklynTN. I was active in the 80s and 90s until 1995, playing in USCF tournys.I decided to start playing again, found the online sites. I might play in monthly USCF rated tourneys. Thanks again!!
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  Caissanist: Glad that you're back and having fun! Send me a challenge sometime--it'd be fun to play somebody from Chessgames.
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  Caissanist: Another game I played on FICS. I'm sure it doesn't stand up to analysis, but it's an example of what I'm trying to do. As age and health problems continue to reduce my ability to calculate, I am increasingly relying on pattern recognition (aka "understanding of the game") to make decisions that I used to calculate out:

[Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2014.02.22"]
[Round "?"]
[White "TyroLoco"]
[Black "raouf"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1327"]
[BlackElo "1279"]
[ECO "B00"]
[TimeControl "180"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. f3 g6 4. Bd3 Bg7 5. c4 O-O 6. Be3 h6 7. Ne2 Kh7 8. Nbc3 b6 9. Qd2 c5 10. d5 e5 11. O-O-O a5 12. g4 a4 13. a3 Bd7 14. g5 Ng8 15. gxh6 Nxh6 16. h4 f6 17. Ng3 Qe8 18. h5 g5 19. Rdg1 Na6 20. Nf5 Nxf5 21. exf5 Rb8 22. Bxg5 fxg5 23. f6+ Kg8 24. fxg7 Rf7 25. Qxg5 Qd8 26. Qg6 Bf5 27. Qh6 raouf forfeits on time 1-0

I did not calculate out the consequences of 20. Nf5, although I did plan 22.Bxg5. Instead I trusted that the greater mobility of my pieces, and the open lines against black's king, would at some point enable me to at least recover the sacrificed material. That seems to have been the case here; even against the best defense (probably 21.. Bh6), one more sacrifice should do the trick: 22. Bxg5 Bxg5 23. Rxg5 fxg5 24. Qxg5 and now f6+ will lead to mate unless black plays 24.. Kh8 25. Qh6+ Kg8 26. Rg1+ Kf7 27. Rg7++.

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  Caissanist: I am no longer able to calculate more than one or two moves ahead, at any time control, so I only play very fast games (3/0 or less) and play the game as 99% pattern recognition. Of course I will never again play at the 1700 level that I once did, but it is still encouraging to see what you can do just from "understanding the game" without being able to work through anything:

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Even without knowing exactly what would happen, I was able to correctly guess that Bxf6 wins in a few seconds. My thought process went something like this: whether or not black accepts the sacrifice, I am opening up a lot of lines against a king that has very few flight squares. If black accepts the sac, I should be able to queen the e-pawn and at a minimum get more than my sacrificed material back; if he refuses, then he can't block the discovered check and the king can only run to white squares (g8 and h7) where I should be able to mate him, since I can control e8 and and g8 white my king bishop, h7 with my queen, and f8 with my knight.

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  moronovich: <Caissanist> !

I like to follow your logic.But Bf7 threatening Ng6# is also a very logic approach and seems to win on the spot.

All the best.

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  Caissanist: Hmm, thanks for that. You're right, of course, it is simpler. And in fact this looks like another pattern that is worth mastering! My first inclination is always to look for moves that open lines when my opponent is cramped and not organized for defense. But this is also a type of position where I control the light squares, but his king does not have access to the black squares either, so you can look for an immediate mate without opening lines. A good example of how valuable a well-placed knight can be in a closed position.

Many thanks for your feedback, today I learned something!

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  wordfunph: <Caissanist> Merry Christmas!
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