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My favorite wines:

Matted Elk (red), March 2012

Matted Elk (red), April 2012

Matted Elk (red), May 2012

Matted Elk (red), June 2012 (limited bottling, no longer available)

Matted Elk (red), July 2012

I am looking forward to the release of the August 2012 vintage.


Work, the what's-its-name of the thingummy and the thing-um-a-bob of the what d'you-call-it. (P. G. Wodehouse)

You have to bring some funk to get some. You can't just walk in a place and expect to get some funk. If you ain't bring no funk, then you can't get no funk..Another thing is, you can't fake the funk or your nose will grow. (Bootsy Collins)

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base. (Dave Barry)


Here's an article that I wrote:

<Chess Life, August, 2011, <<Brave New World: Human Intuition and Computer-assisted Chess>>

These are links that I find useful:

1. <<<New Search Feature instructions>>> chessforum

2. <<<Wiki info on FEN notation>>>

3. <<<Fen Help>>> FEN Help Page

4. <<<FEN Reverser>>>

5. <<<Zip File Archive>>> Zipfile Archive

6. <<Jan van Reek's site:>>

7. <<ICCF Archives:>>

8. <<iPad shortcuts:>> hms123 chessforum

9. <<pgn4web quickstart:>> Pgn4web Quickstart

10. <<change password:>>

11. <<Internet Archives WayBackMachine:>>

12. <<Avatar sizer>>

13. <<K+B+N vs K:>>

14. <<Collection to check out:>> Game Collection: They were surprised

15. <<Puzzles:>>

16. <<kingscrusher's video spreadsheet>>

17. <<chess.ok online opening book:>>

18. <<PGN reader:>>

19. <<Time zones:>>

20. <<Build an opening repertoire>> FSR chessforum

21. <<Is a website down?>>

22. <<FICS Info>> User: FICS Info

23. <<Map of US dialects>>

24. <<Windows Help Info>>

<<<Caissar Awards>>>

Thanks to User: wannabe for running the contest, and to everyone who voted for me or for any of the other fine nominees.

<<2008 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>. (shared with User: brankat)>>

<<2009 Caissar Award winner for <most constructive kibitzer>.>>

<<2011 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>

<<2012 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>

<<2013 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>


An interesting chess set that my wife gave me many years ago:

>> Click here to see hms123's game collections. Full Member
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   hms123 has kibitzed 12427 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-16-14 wordfunph chessforum (replies)
hms123: <wordfunph> Have you seen this? < Again I apologize for the delay; winners will be announced at midnight tonight. I want to reiterate this final call: <Could positions 3-6 please contact us at, Barok Espinosa wordfunph Midas ...
   Apr-15-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
hms123: <pgp> Yes, "Frank" <Columbo's first name is never explicitly mentioned during the series. Even the opening credits just simply read, "Peter Falk as Columbo". When asked, Columbo always emphatically answers "Lieutenant". In the episode
   Apr-14-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
hms123: <WannaBe> I knew: Women's bowling is very inexpensive. That's why schools add it to meet conference Title IX requirements. there are few scholarships and they rent the lanes locally.
   Apr-13-14 Once chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Sally Simpson> You can't print it out but you can get the Kindle app (free) on your laptop or desktop or phone or tablet (even iPad) and read it there. PC Others
   Apr-12-14 twinlark chessforum (replies)
hms123: <VBD> One more point: physics experiments tend to be <demonstrations> rather than the randomized trials that are more common in other areas, like medicine. Why? Because medicine, for example, includes the notion of individual differences in responses to treatments, where
   Apr-10-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <cro777> Thanks for the game. You have an excellent memory. I haven't heard anything about the next challenge yet but will let you know if I can learn anything.
   Apr-06-14 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <> I still use CVD with Chrome (64-bit). I know what I am doing and uninstalled previous versions of Java, etc. etc. etc. I get the little box asking permission to run Java. I live with it. I use pgn4web on my iPad and it is fine. I tried it on my desktop and got ...
   Apr-03-14 Jambow chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Jim Bartle> <Debunking the "Dinosaurs" of Kachina Bridge>
   Apr-03-14 A Pink vs NN, 1911 (replies)
hms123: <kevin86> <Panthera is a genus within the Felidae family that was named and first described by the German naturalist Oken in 1816.[2] The British taxonomist Pocock revised the classification of this genus in 1916 as comprising the species tiger, lion, jaguar and leopard on ...
   Mar-29-14 Karjakin vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
hms123: <ChemMac> Doesn't 42...Nc4+ answer both?
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Frivolity Rains

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  hms123: <john barleycorn>

I found it in a post by <DcGentle> at <mistermac's> forum:

mistermac chessforum

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  MarkFinan: Can you see the genial trick here Howard? I'll give you 10 secs, lol.. Seriously, check this. I love it and think it's brilliant!.. I still managed to only draw this game because I played it over 2 days, and the first day I was feeling a lot sharper..

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Instead of BxN on f6 and chasing the king to relative safety, I played 1.Bxd6! ..QxB. Now can you see it?

2.Qh8+!! (defo worthy of 2 exlams 😃)

Then Nxf7+ and you're picking up the queen *and* a rook. One of my favourite drawn games because of even reaching this position and having the chance to play that move on 70% strength with 10 mins apiece is a rarity! I realise that it's not just the strength you put droiders on, it's the time limit. It's changing the time limit that makes it play better games of chess imo.

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  hms123: <Mark>

Nicely done. I always enjoy knight moves.

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  MarkFinan: Thanks, I thought you might like it 😃.

And I was just about to download that link you just posted thinking it was an instructional video on knight moves or something, you know, something to watch later... It's a song, lol. Sometimes I have blonde female moments, although I know that's hard to believe ;)

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  playground player: <hms123> I dunno about a luxury car for you just yet; but last night my Book #4, <The Last Banquet>, for the first time appeared on the Top 100 for Fantasy in the Kindle store, with an overall rank under 100,000. No. 3, <The Thunder King>, made its third cameo appearance on the list.

I have no idea what these numbers mean, in terms of sales. But they must mean somebody's buying the books! At least the Kindle versions--nothing at all seems to be happening in paperback. has over 1 million titles in its Kindle Store. So, when <Bell Mountain> reached the 200 mark, it would have been the same as being #2 of 10,000. But at that point amazon was still giving away the book.

The next royalty statement should be interesting.

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  hms123: <pgp> I look forward to a full report--and perhaps a used VW.
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  playground player: <hms123> How badly used?

Now if I could only figure out a way to promote the paperbacks... The shipping costs out of the country are murder.

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  crawfb5: My latest misadventure in the exchange French:

[Event "Let's play chess"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2014.03.17"]
[Round "-"]
[White "rreichman"]
[Black "crawfb5"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1547"]
[BlackElo "1564"]
[TimeControl "1/259200"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bb5 Nge7 6. O-O a6 7. Ba4 b5 8. Bb3 g6 9. Re1 Bg7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bh4 g5 13. Bg3 f5 14. Be5 g4 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Ne5 Nxe5 17. Rxe5 c6 18. f3 Ng6 19. Re3 f4 20. Re1 Qh4 21. Qd3 Bf5 22. Qe2 Kh7 23. Nd1 Rae8 24. Qxe8 Rxe8 25. Rxe8 g3 26. hxg3 fxg3 27. Re1 Nf4 0-1

I'm up another hundred points since the start of this game, but obviously not yet stabilized.

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  hms123: <crawfb5> See how easy it is to play the French. Nice game.
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  benjinathan: The weird thing is that it is both hard to play the French and hard to play against it. In the last two weeks I have messed up both sides.
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  playground player: <hms123> Play the Polish, and you'll never have to face the French again. You have my word on it.
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  Shams: <playground player> That cure is worse than the disease! :)

A less radical option: play 2.b3 against the French (Reti variation) and refuse to push e4-e5. Annoying as heck for Black.

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  playground player: <Shams> I've also had fun with a little move invented (I think) by Steinitz--1.e4, e6 2.e5. It worked well for him. It got me some quizzical looks--and wins--at chess club.
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  Shams: <playground player> I'll be honest, I'd probably wear one of those quizzical looks myself if you played 2.e5 against me.
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  crawfb5: crawfb5-NN

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Black just played 12...e5 in an attempt to embarrass the Bishop on d3. Of course this creates other problems...

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  hms123: <crawfb5> Not quite a Greek gift but close enough. Nice.
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  crawfb5: crawfb5-NN

click for larger view

46. cxb4 cxb4 47. axb4 Bxb4 48. Bd8 a3 49. bxa3 Bxa3 50. Be7 Bc1 51. f7 Bh6 52. Kg6 Ke6 53. Ba3 1-0

Simple, but it has its charms.

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  hms123: <crawfb5> Excellent, straight-forward endgame play. Thanks.
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  playground player: <hms123> I had a nice surprise this morning. <Bell Mountain> was on two of the kindle store's top 100 lists, and <The Palace> made it onto one. It was only a cameo appearance, but then the book has only been out for two weeks.

Also, Homeschool Digest (circ. approx. 100,000) says they will endorse my books, advertise them in their magazine, and review each one in successive issues.

If this nice weather holds up, and nothing comes up to interfere, I think next week I might get started writing No. 8, <The Temple>.

So it looks like the suggestion you made a year ago is bearing fruit! Thanks again.

Please pass this on to our mutual friend <JFQ>. (Did I just blurt out the title of a Dickens novel?)

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  hms123: <pgp> That's terrific news! It was only a matter of time before I was right about something. You can't hide your light under a bushel basket. Well, you can, but it is not the best approach.

Maybe the <Hard Times> are over.

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  playground player: <hms123> A special heads-up to you, my friend: I've begun work on <The Temple>, a new book (No. 8) in my Bell Mountain series. I don't know how to tell you how happy that makes me.

I'm very curious about my sales figures for the first quarter of this year, which I should be getting soon. I still don't know how to interpret the amazon rank numbers (in which I have plenty of company)--but I can see that my own numbers are better than they've ever been.

How much better, that's a mystery.

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  hms123: <pgp> I remain optimistic. I looked up a few kindle books from other folks and you have many of them beat. The only issue is by how much. A few copies makes a lot of difference in that part of the distribution.
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  cro777: Hi <hms123>. Finally, Fort Knox Variation at the highest level. Karjakin - Jobava, top game today at the Russian Team 2014.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Bd7 4. Ngf3 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bc6 6. Bd3 Nd7 7. O-O Ngf6 8. Ng3 g6 9. c4 Bg7 10. d5 exd5 11. Re1+ Kf8 12. Nd4 Kg8 13. Qc2 Nf8 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. Qa4 Qd6 16. cxd5 cxd5 17. Bf4 Qb6 18. Be3 c5 19. b4 Qxb4 20. Qc6 Re8 21. Qxc5 Qxc5 22. Bxc5 Ne6 23. Rac1 h5 24. Bxa7 Ra8 25. Bb6 h4 26. Nf1 h3 27. Bb1 hxg2 28. Kxg2 d4 29. Bc7 Bh6 30. Be5 Bxc1 31. Bxf6 Nf4+ 32. Kh1 Bb2 33. Bxh8 Kxh8 34. Rd1 Bc3 35. Ng3 f5 36. Kg1 Rb8 37. Kf1 Rb2 38. Bd3 Rxa2 39. Ne2 Nxe2 40. Bxe2 Kg7 41. Bc4 Rb2 42. Kg2 Kf6 43. Kf3 Rb4 44. Bd3 Rb3 45. Rb1 Ra3 46. h4 Ba5 47. Ke2 Ra2+ 48. Kf3 Rd2 49. Bc4 Bd8 50. Rb8 Ke7 51. Rb5 Rc2 52. Bd3 Rc3 53. Ke2 Kd6 54. h5 gxh5 55. Rxf5 h4 56. Rf3 Rc1 57. Rf4 Ke5 58. Rf5+ Ke6 59. Rh5 Bf6 60. Bf5+ Kd6 61. Be4 Rg1 62. Rd5+ Ke6 63. Rh5 Bg5 64. Kd3 Ke5 65. Bb7 Kf5 66. Kxd4 Kg6 67. Bf3 Ra1 68. Kd3 Ra3+ 69. Ke2 Rxf3 Draw

Any news about the next Chessgames challenge?

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  hms123: <cro777> Thanks for the game. You have an excellent memory. I haven't heard anything about the next challenge yet but will let you know if I can learn anything.
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  wordfunph: <hms123> saw it my amigo, thanks.
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