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Caissanist
Member since Feb-27-05 · Last seen Feb-18-18
Currently I spend most of my chess time playing 3/2 and 2/1 games on chess.com 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": http://www.chess.com/blog/batgirl/t... .

Currently experimenting with Lawrence Day's 30 year-old "clamp" against the Sicilian: http://fam-lysgaard.dk/data/TBC1008... .

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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[[Some chess links I'm currently using:]]
Most popular chess sites: http://chess-links.org/

List of online computer chess resources: http://www.techsupportalert.com/con...

Page for querying endgame tablebases: http://www.k4it.de/index.php?topic=...

Set of links to various online chess DBs: http://www.chessgameslinks.lars-bal....

Most recent articles on chess.com: http://www.chess.com/articles

Online PGN player: http://www.pgnplayer.com/
Online PGN viewer and editor at the defunct caissa.com site: http://www.caissa.com/chess-tools/

live ratings: http://chess.liverating.org/

List of top 10 players by year 1971-1999: http://www.chessmaniac.com/top-fide...

"Nuestro Circulo", Argentine chess magazine: http://www.tabladeflandes.com/nuest... .

PDFs of some old books (mostly in Spanish): chesspdf.blogspot.com

Chesskid: https://www.chesskid.com/

2008 performance ratings: http://members.aon.at/sfischl/cl200...

Performance versus players above 2700: http://members.aon.at/sfischl/po270...

Performance against players below 2700: http://members.aon.at/sfischl/pu270...

Crosstables from many of history's top tournaments: http://storiascacchi.altervista.org... https://web.archive.org/web/2008122...

Crosstables from USA and USSR championships: http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp....

The Chess Mind: http://www.thechessmind.net/

Favorite Spanish-language chess sites:

http://www.tabladeflandes.com/: probably the best overall Spanish-language chess site, with many regular columns from GMs and excellent writers. Ajedrez Magico (abandoned in 2010, still with much interesting legacy content): http://ajedrezmagico.blogspot.com/ Ajedrez Espectacular: http://www.mipaginapersonal.movista... http://www.tabladeflandes.com/frank...
http://www.ajedrezenmexico.org/
http://www.ajedrezdeataque.com/01%2... http://www.chessville.com/links/lin... Chessville's links to Spanish-language sites http://comentariosdeajedrez.blogspo...
http://www.chessbase.com/espanola/i...
http://www.capablanca.co.cu/
http://www.chessville.com/Espanol/N... Argentine chess newsletter, through 2009 http://www.torneosajedrez.com
http://www.torre64.com Peruvian chess news
List of Spanish chess jargon (R-rated): http://members.fortunecity.es/unich....

Endgame tablebase: http://www.k4it.de/index.php?topic=...

Chess tournament results: http://chess-results.info/Default.a...

Other online databases: http://www.365chess.com http://chesstempo.com/
www.chessdom.com

http://paulhoffman.wordpress.com/

Opening search: Nimzo-Indian, Samisch (E25)

Game Collection: Logical Chess: Move By Move (Chernev) - COMPLETE

Game Collection: GM RAM Game Selection

William Ewart Napier

Sicilian Alapin:

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

FIDE world and national rank for a given player: http://www.fide.com/ratings/topl.ph... You need to replace ABCDEFG with the code from that player's FIDE player card (e.g. 5000017 for Viswanathan Anand). FIDE top rating statistics: http://ratings.fide.com/toplist.pht...

FIDE top player list history, including for inactive players: http://ratings.fide.com/top_files.p.... For example to get a list of Xie Jun's top player list rankings, I searched for her record, got the ID 8600147 from the "event=" value in the URL, and then typed in http://ratings.fide.com/top_files.p....

USCF lowest rated players: http://main.uschess.org/datapage/to...

Bunch of old chess links: http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/...

Goddess chess blog: http://goddesschess.blogspot.com/20...

Random stuff: http://onemansblog.com/author/admin/

You can email me on Yahoo, username oneeyedman99.

<I never said computers can't figure out.

I said I hated them.

Although I use mine on a daily basis.

It's kind of the same as having a boyfriend that way.> JessicaFischerQueen, 12-Dec-08 in KIbitzer's Cafe.

<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.

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   Feb-15-18 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
 
Caissanist: I have heard variations of the hair-washing story from other sources as well. This page mentions a few: https://chess.stackexchange.com/que... .
 
   Feb-15-18 Jude Frazer Acers (replies)
 
Caissanist: I am reposting the following from judeacers.com in case someone here knows something (or somebody): <As you probably know, we have been making a documentary about Jude Acers these past 5 years or so. One item we have had some difficulty nailing down is archival news footage ...
 
   Feb-01-18 A Gupta vs Ivanchuk, 2018 (replies)
 
Caissanist: Ivanchuk seemed to not be focused on this game, leaving the board often and, according to Gupta, blitzing out most of his moves. The whole game lasted less than 90 minutes. Afterward he said <"With Ivanchuk you never know. He can be the best player on the planet. But sometimes
 
   Jan-29-18 Tata Steel (2018) (replies)
 
Caissanist: <frogbert> according to the chess.com article about this tournament, Carlsen <hadn't lost a single playoff he played in over a decade>.
 
   Jan-28-18 Edward Lasker (replies)
 
Caissanist: Where'd you hear that? I didn't know that any of his blood relatives survived the holocaust.
 
   Jan-25-18 Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (replies)
 
Caissanist: This was only eleven years ago, but already it seems like this match was played in a totally different world. I don't know what anti-cheating rules are in place nowadays, but it's unimaginable that anybody would be allowed to do anything like what Kramnik did.
 
   Jan-25-18 FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)
 
Caissanist: It's a shame that Topalov will probably be remembered as "just another name in the roster of questionable FIDE Champions," because he really was the best player in the world in 2005. His time at the top was short, but quite impressive.
 
   Jan-19-18 B Adhiban vs Mamedyarov, 2018 (replies)
 
Caissanist: Adhiban goofed again, blew another pawn in an already lost position. If Mamedyarov can't win this, no way does he deserve his #2 ranking.
 
   Jan-17-18 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (replies)
 
Caissanist: Now world number two, per 2700chess.com.
 
   Jan-17-18 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
Caissanist: It's been kind of amusing to watch the top of the rating list the last six years. Carlsen has kept the number one spot the whole time, while nine(!) different players have taken turns in the number two position--Anand, Aronian, Kramnik, Caruana, Topalov, Nakamura, ...
 
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