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Member since Dec-13-07
Welcome, all! This is the place for frivolous commentary, serious commentary, and cogent discussion.


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 and hms123 chessforum

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
   Current net-worth: 900 chessbucks
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   hms123 has kibitzed 12515 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-27-14 hms123 chessforum
hms123: <crawfb5> Nicely done. Knight endings are pawn endings. And so it turned out.
   Jul-26-14 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Annie> I was going to put off birthday wishes but didn't get around to it. Happy Birthday!
   Jul-22-14 Once chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Once> It is still your birthday here in the USA. Happy Birthday!
   Jul-19-14 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <cg> Head's up on the live game page: <Penguincw> <Is it me or whenever I click on Adams' picture, it leads me to a person named just "Adams" (and not "<Michael> Adams")?> I get the same thing.
   Jul-19-14 Caruana vs Adams, 2014 (replies)
hms123: <Penguincw> <Is it me or whenever I click on Adams' picture, it leads me to a person named just "Adams" (and not "<Michael> Adams")?> I get the same thing.
   Jul-16-14 WANSHOE123 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <wanshoe123> Welcome. Feel free to stop at my forum if I can be of help.
   Jul-13-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Jul-13-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
hms123: <pgp> <The Golden Skull> sounds right up my alley. As soon as the temperature here drops below boiling, I will increase my efforts to go beyond simply lying quietly on the sofa dreaming of the Arctic.
   Jul-13-14 TheAlchemist chessforum (replies)
hms123: <TheAlchemist> You are on the right track. Just delete further violations on the <MQ> page as they occur without comment.
   Jul-08-14 chesstoplay chessforum
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Frivolity Rains

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  hms123: <Jess>

I always have great expectations for your forum titles. As we say in jolly old Canada:

Pip, pip, hooray.

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  WinKing: Sent you an email <hms123>.
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  hms123: <WinKing>

Got it. I agree and am on it. Details on their way.

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  MuzioFan: I am honoured to be nominated for the Rinus Award and gladly accept it :)
Jul-08-14  team kids can win: <hms123>, thanks very much to you and the other team members for the Rinus award nomination. I am honored. However, I feel that it would be improper of me to accept because I was gifted a previous Rinus award while using a different CG avatar that is no longer active. I believe that accepting a second award would not be in the true spirit of the gift.
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  hms123: <MuzioFan> Terrific.

<team kids can win>

I understand, however, we do have others who have won twice. I hope you will reconsider.

Jul-08-14  team kids can win: <hms123> I really appreciate the honor, however I wish to respectfully decline and hope you can find a worthy fresh face to receive the award/scholarship.
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  hms123: <team kids can win>

Thanks again. I appreciate your position on the issue.

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  chesstoplay: <team kids can win>

Twice is fine!

Great attitude, sense of humor and best effort was what < Rinus > was all about.

Please accept and continue as an ambassador of chess!

I, too, hope you will reconsider.

Peter / chesstoplay

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  hms123: <chesstoplay>

I think we have to take him at his word at this point.

Jul-08-14  team kids can win: Hi <chesstoplay>, there are a lot of great ways to interact with CG as a community site, but my goal with <team kids can win> was simply to focus on the team games as a dedicated, anonymous member...that is also a way of continuing as an ambassador for chess! So I humbly request that you find some other worthy to support who will also be able to make beneficial use of the premium membership for the CG site and community.
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  chesstoplay: <team kids can win>

I love what you wrote:

< my goal with <team kids can win> was simply to focus on the team games as a dedicated, anonymous member...that is also a way of continuing as an ambassador for chess! >


< H > , I agree.

Also, I saw your message at my forum.

I'll call you in a few days.


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  Fusilli: What to call your professor:

Jul-13-14  Thief: <hms123> So far it's going good over here. The food is pretty delicious (but not great). I just ate a over-a-hundred-dollar dinner where I'm staying, with some exotic, spicy $80-a-pound mushrooms. But then... when was the last time I paid for anything?
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  hms123: <Thief> Glad to hear it. I love exotic mushrooms--esp., Chinese mushrooms.
Jul-13-14  Thief: <hms123> Have you seen the Disney movie Frozen (2014)? One of the most beautiful films I've ever seen.
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  hms123: <Thief> No, I haven't.
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  playground player: <hms123> I know you are a connoisseur of vintage young readers' fiction. Ergo, you gotta read <The Golden Skull>, my favorite entry in the Rick Brant series, copyright 1954. Great stuff!

For those who have read this and don't know what we're talking about, visit my blog today for a more detailed review.

Courtesy of <hms123>

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  hms123: A1 go to game start
B1 move 10 half-moves backward
C1 move 6 half-moves backward
D1 move backward
E1 move forward
F1 move 6 half-moves forward
G1 move 10 half-moves forward
H1 go to game end
A2 stop autoplay
B2 toggle autoplay
C2 autoplay 1 second
D2 autoplay 2 seconds
E2 autoplay 5 seconds
F2 autoplay custom delay
G2 replay up to 6 previous half-moves, then autoplay forward H2 replay the previous half-move, then autoplay forward A3 load first game B3 jump to previous games decile
C3 load previous game
D3 load random game
E3 load random game at random position
F3 load next game
G3 jump to next games decile
H3 load last game
A4 search previous event
B4 search previous round of same event
C4 search previous game of same black player
D4 search previous game of same white player
E4 search next game of same white player
F4 search next game of same black player
G4 search next round of same event
H4 search next event
A5 repeat last search backward
B5 search prompt
C5 repeat last search
D5 search previous win result
E5 search next win result
C6 search previous finished game
D6 search previous unfinished game
E6 search next unfinished game
F6 search next finished game
A7 pgn4web website
B7 undo last chessboard position update
C7 redo last undo
D7 toggle highlight last move
E7 flip board
F7 toggle show comments in game text
G7 toggle autoplay next game
H7 toggle enabling shortcut keys
A8 pgn4web v2.82 debug info
B8 show this position FEN string
C8 show this game PGN source data
D8 show full PGN source data
E8 open/update analysis board
F8 close/pause analysis board
G8 shortcut squares help
H8 pgn4web help

Thanks to <Annie K.>. chessforum

Jul-13-14  Thief: <hms123> I meant 2013. Sorry. It might be fun for Ms. L. to see it, though, if she hasn't already.
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Now in stereo!

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Bad news! There's a rumor going around that you only like music more than 100 years old?

Also, there's a new member telling everyone he's your cousin, but he doesn't have a hispanic name, except for the unos dos tres part.

Does <Arriba!> know about this?

The more I learn about your family, the more mysterious it seems.

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  hms123: <jess> fabulous song! I remember it from when it was played at my 50th birthday party. I almost got in a cane fight when Woody (Woodrow Wilson, a classmate of mine at Hopkins) tried to hit on Arriba! Quite an evening all in all.
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  crawfb5: A little ending that might be of interest, even if I did miss a simpler win.


click for larger view

Black has nothing particular to fear here, except perhaps a tenuous grasp of endgame technique.

32...h6? 33.Nh4 Nf8 34.Ke4 a5 35.a3 Ke6 36.b4 axb4 37.axb4 g5 38.Nf5 h5 39.Ng7+ Kf6 40.Nxh5+ Ke6 41.Ng7+ Kf6 42.Nf5 Ke6 43.Ne3 Nd7 44.Nd5 Kd6

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I was so preoccupied with "my" method of winning, I didn't see the much simpler 45. Nxb6 Nxb6 46. c5+

45.Kf5 b5 46.Ne3 bxc4 47.Nxc4+ Kd5 48.Ne3+ Kd4 49.Ng4 e4 50.Kxg5 e3 51.Nxe3 Kxe3 52.h4 Ke4 53.h5 Nf8 54.h6 Nh7+ 55.Kg6 Nf8+ 56.Kg7 Ne6+ 57.Kg8 Ng5 58.h7 Nxh7 59.Kxh7 Kd4 60.g4 1-0

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  hms123: <crawfb5> Nicely done. Knight endings are pawn endings. And so it turned out.
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