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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>>

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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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   Sep-21-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
hms123: <pgp> Thanks for the recs. I don't know either film, but will soon.
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hms123: <Thief> If they can get there in time.
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hms123: <New Count: 15> Thanks to <Aug 25, 2014: Donation of 3 years by anonymous member.>
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hms123: <Phony Benoni> From the <PB> archives: <hms123: I used to watch Gus Triandos play in Baltimore. He was the slowest baseball player ever. I once saw him get thrown out at home by a mile (after tagging at third base) on a fly ball to the wall in centerfield. Come to ...
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hms123: <Teem> <Me and Mr. Hohner> is fabulous. I didn't know BD had it in him.
   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!
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hms123: <Once> It is still your birthday here in the USA. Happy Birthday!
   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.
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<gentlemen> I didn't get where I am today by not doling out a few good canings.

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<Martinez> This should bring back some memories. It's the first track produced by your old record label:

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<M> Bad news! It seems <Boomie> is trying to pass himself off as one of your family members, insisting that his name be pronounced "Teeem" instead of "Tim."

I don't want to start trouble, but if we get any, I believe one of your cousins is a lawyer.

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  playground player: <Mr. October> You don't mind if I call you that in August, do you?
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  hms123: <pgp>
Call me anything but "late for dinner".
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Get your order in early.

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  hms123: <crawfb5>

I tried to order it just now, but because it is Saturday, I got this message:

<Checkout will be available in 13:32 hours Feel free to browse our site and add items to your cart or wishlist.>

I will try again tomorrow if I remember. I hope my credit card has a high enough limit.

Thanks for the heads up.

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  crawfb5: It's always something.

I'm not sure they still have one. Canon only made about 20. Supposedly a UK retailer is selling a used one for $167K. The B&H blurb was a link and had a better description of the lens.

A 36-pound, 33-inch long lens with a 9-inch front element? Wowza! The case is even heavier than the lens. I wanted to know if the sherpa to carry it was included in the price.

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  Boomie: <Howard the Duck>

Condolences on the loss of the Nashville Little League a girl!

Bwa ha ha ha ha.

OK. I'm over it now...heh.

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  hms123: <Boomie>

You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out.

Thanks for your empathy.

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  crawfb5: What do you call a cow with no legs?

Ground beef.

Ok, if you didn't like that one, maybe this will amuse you.

Despite the material advantage, I was having trouble figuring out how to break through until I finally had an idea.

NN-crawfb5, Black to move

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37...Qd7 38.Qxe5 Qd6 39.Qc3 Bg4 40.e5 Qd1 41.Qe3 Bxf3 42.gxf3 Qc2+ 43.Kh3 Qf5+ 44.g4 Qxg5 45.Qd3 Qxe5 46.Qd7 Bd6 47.Qc8+ Kg7 48.Qxb7+ Kh6 49.Kg2 Qe2+ 50.Kg1 Bc5+ 51.Kh1 Qf1+ 52.Kh2 Bd6+ 53.f4 Bxf4+ White king mated 0-1

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  hms123: <crawfb5>

Good job! Why do people like to grab that b7 pawn? It doesn't work out well very often.

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  crawfb5: Latest win for Team Chessgames


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. Nf3 c5 6. d5 d6 7. Be2 e6 8. O-O exd5 9. Nxd5 Nxd5 10. cxd5 Bg4 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Bxf3 Nd7 13. Rb1 b5 14. b3 Ne5 15. Bb2 Qa5 16. Bxe5 Bxe5 17. Qc2 Rac8 18. e4 Qd8 19. Qd3 a6 20. Rfd1 Qe7 21. Rdc1 Qf6 22. Bg4 Rb8 23. Qf3 Qe7 24. Qe2 h5 25. Bf3 Qg5

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26. g3 h4 27. g4 Qf4 28. Kf1 Qh2 29. Bg2 f5 30. exf5 gxf5 31. gxf5 Rb7 32. Qg4+ Rg7 33. Qxh4 Rxg2 34. Ke2 Bf6 35. Qh6 Rxf2+ 36. Kd3 Rf3+ 0-1

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  hms123: <crawfb5> Nicely done. <18. e4> seemed like the beginning of the end for White. Why do people give themselves bad bishops for no reason?
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  crawfb5: Bad bishops should be beaten.

I thought it a nice example of opposite-colored bishops aiding the attack.

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  hms123: <crawfb5>

Indeed, it is. I remember being astounded when I first ran across that idea in Euwe and Kramer's <Middle Game....> books forever ago.

Sep-08-14  Thief: But those bloody bad bishops might become useful if they're outside of the pawn chain. Then they become active "bad" bishops.
Sep-08-14  Thief: <hms123> Isn't that right, my good man?
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  hms123: <Thief>
If they can get there in time.
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  playground player: <hms123> Discovered a rather grim little film noir today--<Detour>, made in 1945, with Tom Neal and Barbara Savage. It's on youtube, and this critter is very noir indeed. If you haven't seen it, check it out. I bet you'll like it.
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  playground player: <hms123> And here's another one for you (<Mrs. PGP> is on a roll, picking these): <Guest in the House>, with Anne Baxter and Ralph Bellamy, 1944. This will probably put you off having a devious maniac stay with you for any length of time.

I didn't get where I am today, having devious maniacs staying at my house for any length of time.

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I'm not really a "devious maniacs" person.

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  Fusilli: I just played this 3-min game on ICC!

I'm black.

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 d6 3. d4 Be7 4. dxe5 dxe5 5. Qf3 Nf6 6. Bg5 Bg4 7. Qg3 Qd1# White checkmated

Isn't that cute? :)

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