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keypusher
Member since Sep-23-04
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The Perseus Project: The classics in Greek, Latin & English--hyperlinked

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper...

A page from the Venetus A, the oldest complete manuscript of the Iliad, courtesy of Harvard's Multitext Library:

http://chs119.chs.harvard.edu/venic...

From Google Books, a link to Tarrasch's book on the 1908 world championship. I've translated his notes on the game pages.

http://books.google.com/books?id=0C...

Lasker's book on St. Petersburg 1909

http://www.google.com/books?id=o3eC...

Tarrasch's <Dreihundert Schachpartien>, which covers his career from the beginning through his match with Chigorin in 1893

https://books.google.com/books?id=9...

Chess-play is a good and witty exercise of the mind for some kind of men, and fit for such melancholy, Rhasis holds, as are idle, and have extravagant impertinent thoughts, or troubled with cares, nothing better to distract their mind, and alter their meditations; invented (some say) by the general of an army in famine, to keep soldiers from mutiny: but if it proceed from overmuch study, in such case it may do more harm than good; it is a game too troublesome for some men's brains, too full of anxiety, all out as bad as study; besides it is a testy choleric game, and very offensive to him that loseth the mate. William the Conquerer, in his younger years, playing at chess with the Prince of France (Dauphine was not annexed to that crown in those days) losing a mate, knocked the chess-board about his pate, which was a cause afterwards of much enmity between them.

--Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

"Just because many great chess players were obnoxious jerks, doesn't mean that if you're an obnoxious jerk you're a great chess player."

--AgentRgent

"You are also a machine, as are Anand, Carlsen, Kasparov, and Fischer. You and the others are just inferior machines. Your idea of beautiful chess is simply faulty chess that is not caught in its faults."

--vsaluki

Of course the Fried Liver is unsound. Everybody knows that, especially once they get home and fire up Fritzy and his Friends. Alas, before the post mortem the gods have placed the game.

Phony Benoni (commenting on a Shirov game)

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   keypusher has kibitzed 18907 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-14-16 A Giri vs Anand, 2016 (replies)
 
keypusher: <offramp> Er, that honor would appear to fall to you.
 
   Feb-14-16 Zurich Chess Challenge (2016) (replies)
 
keypusher: < AylerKupp: I find it interesting that in both of Anand's decisive games his opponents played ...Bc5xe3 (Aronian) and Bc3xe6 (Giri), thus giving Anand a doubled e-pawn (which allowed him to control d4 as White and d5 as Black, plus a semi-open f-file. When I was learning chess
 
   Feb-13-16 Phony Benoni chessforum
 
keypusher: <<wannabe> You're in Dallas instead of Northeast and freezing?! And a chess tournament to boot! Lucky you!!> Unfortunately I'm back in the big city already and it's COLD. First time I had seen a tournament since I met you in Las Vegas back in 2008. Where do the years ...
 
   Feb-12-16 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
keypusher: <hmm> wondering if perp and victim's combined IQ breaks 100. Speaking of breaking 100, it's back to the Chamberlain era in the Rising Stars game: 88-79 at halftime.
 
   Feb-10-16 Levenfish vs Botvinnik, 1937 (replies)
 
keypusher: < ZonszeinP: Hello. Thank you for your interesting post I wonder what Levenfish would have done in AVRO 1938 It would have been interesting> Against the top 8 players in the world? He would have gotten his ass kicked. What is it with you and Levenfish, anyway?
 
   Feb-10-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
keypusher: <Jim Bartle: Right. Except nobody knows the convention will be brokered at the time of the primaries. I think many more states now have primaries instead of state conventions, and having a favorite son win a state primary is tough.> It's because of the primary system that we
 
   Feb-10-16 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
keypusher: < Knightvsbishop: so you guys don't even think Emory could win one game in a 12 game match against Magnus i mean, couldn't Emory's tactical brilliance shock Magnus?> What tactical brilliance? Emory Tate's tactical brilliance would shock you or me. But Carlsen, or any other ...
 
   Feb-10-16 Botvinnik - Levenfish (1937) (replies)
 
keypusher: < Feb-10-16 ZonszeinP: Amazing performance by Levenfish who went on to win the last (!) game and tied the match Botvinnik couldn't demonstrate his superiority in his own country. And this, in spite of being the favourite of the system, and playing against an older (and not ...
 
   Feb-08-16 Hikaru Nakamura (replies)
 
keypusher: <keypusher: <ughaibu: <The Steinitz-Chigorin matches were exciting> I guess I'm missing out as well. I'll take a look myself.> It's like watching two cavemen take turns whacking each other over the head. <john barleycorn: <keypusher: ... The Steinitz-Chigorin
 
   Feb-08-16 Tata Steel (2016) (replies)
 
keypusher: Kind of depressing, there are over 300 pages of kibitzing for Corus 2008 compared to 55 pages for this tournament.
 
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Feb-19-15
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  keypusher: https://chessnumbers.wordpress.com
Feb-21-15
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  keypusher: <morfishine> Thanks, is your course of study with DcGentle on one of your forums?
Feb-22-15  morfishine: <keypusher> Good morning! Most of what we looked at are in emails exchanged between January 2013 - July 2014, at which point <DcGentle> disappeared altogether from <CG>. Sadly, I have not heard from him since that time. A considerable amount of data was posted on <DcGentle>'s forum, which is now closed down.

Our interest in "positional play" stemmed from the Akobian game vs WT: The World vs Akobian, 2012 as well as Carlsen's winning the WC (which ran paralled to a chess project <DcGentle> was working on)

One of the more fascinating aspects of examining Carlsen's games is that what may appear to be a fairly hum-drum, if not boring contest, was in fact all played out in the notes. In other words, the tactics all work out in Carlsen's favor, which goes a long way to explaining why an otherwise 'dry' game evolved as it did. His opponent dared not enter a tactical melee, so it grinded on to its inevitable conclusion.

Which was a revelation in itself: Carlsen is the best tactically. Better than Aronian, better than Topalov, better than all the others. His positional play creates winning tactics, which his opponent dare not risk, and so Carlsen wins "positionally"

Bizarre, isn't it?

*****

Feb-22-15
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  Fusilli: Greetings, <keypusher>! Care to provide your input on the game below?

M Czerniak vs Y Mashian, 1976

Cheers!

Feb-22-15
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  keypusher: <Fusilli> You do me far too much honor even asking for my opinion!
Feb-22-15
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  Fusilli: <Carlsen is the best tactically. Better than Aronian, better than Topalov, better than all the others. His positional play creates winning tactics, which his opponent dare not risk, and so Carlsen wins "positionally">

This reminds me that Spassky said that Petrosian was, first and foremost, a superb tactician. I'm pretty sure I read it somewhere, but you know, there are so many ambiguous and unsourced quotes in the world of chess...

Feb-22-15
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  Fusilli: <keypusher: <Fusilli> You do me far too much honor even asking for my opinion!>

Ha! Not at all!

BTW, are you still active or have you quit competitive play?

Feb-24-15
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  keypusher: <Fusilli: <keypusher: <Fusilli> You do me far too much honor even asking for my opinion!> Ha! Not at all!

BTW, are you still active or have you quit competitive play?>

I never had too much of an OTB career to give up, honestly. I played in 10 or so tournaments in the American South in the 80s, and I played in the Dominican Republic and at Wood Green chess club in London when I lived there. But after returning to the U.S. in 1992 I've played in exactly two events: a NY tournament in 2006 and the National Open in Las Vegas in 2008 (where WannaBe took my picture).

I've played a few hundred games at gameknot over the last 10 years, and a handful of blitz games at chess.com. I'm the world's worst at blitz.

This site has gotten me hooked on chess history. I'm better at reading about chess than playing it. :-)

But tell me about your career. You have collected some impressive scalps!

Feb-24-15  crawfb5: <morfishine: <keypusher> Good morning! Most of what we looked at are in emails exchanged between January 2013 - July 2014, at which point <DcGentle> disappeared altogether from <CG>. Sadly, I have not heard from him since that time. A considerable amount of data was posted on <DcGentle>'s forum, which is now closed down.>

The forum may be closed but the posts are only "hidden." Individual posts may be found with the <search kibitzing> feature.

Feb-24-15
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  Fusilli: <But tell me about your career.>

As it happens, yesterday I heavily edited my profile in a way that answers your question!

All I can add is that when I was a youngster I had some wins against other kids who went on to become titled players, even some GMs. I'm pretty sure I have a positive score against GMs Alejandro Hoffman, Diego Valerga, and Pablo Zarnicki. But I am 4 years older than Valerga and 5 years older than Zarnicki. Of course, when you are 16 or 17 and they are 12, that's a huge advantage! So, no merit in that. But I did beat Hoffman fairly at the 1985 Argentine junior championship.

The only time I did not lose against a GM (I mean someone who was a GM at the time of playing him) was a draw I got against Zenon Franco Ocampos. But I have played only a handful of GMs... less than ten in my life.

Feb-26-15  morfishine: <crawb5> Yes, thats right. Every now and then I will search for <DcGentle> too see if he's re-appeared, and all I get are others mentioning him :(
Mar-08-15
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  keypusher: [Event "Challenge from ottopk4"]
[Site "http://gameknot.com/"]
[Date "2015.03.08"]
[Round "-"]
[White "keypusher"]
[Black "ottopk4"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2012"]
[BlackElo "1763"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. e5 d5 6. Bb5 Ne4 7. Nxd4 Bc5 8. Be3 Bd7 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. Nd2 Qe7 11. Nxe4 dxe4 12. e6 fxe6 13. Nxc6 Qd6 14. Qh5+ g6 15. Qe5 Rg8 16. Bxc5 Qxc6 17. Qg5 Rg7 18. Qf6 Qxc5 19. Qxg7 O-O-O 20. O-O-O Qxf2 21. Rhf1 Qe3+ 22. Kb1 Qe2 23. Qd4 e3 24. Rf7 Qxd1+ 25. Qxd1 Bb5 26. Qf3 Rd5 27. c4 Bxc4 28. Qxe3 e5 29. Qxa7 1-0

Mar-12-15  goldenbear: I think Korchnoi "owned" Tal because he played openings which lend themselves more to specific analysis than to creativity. For example, the Open Ruy Lopez or the French Defense or many of his c4 or d4 openings.
Mar-20-15
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  Shams: How often do you end up in a French Defense, a la this game? Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924
Mar-24-15
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  keypusher: <Shams: How often do you end up in a French Defense, a la this game? Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924>

Never. I have three responses to 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3: 2....d6, 2....e5 and 2....d5. (Three decent alternatives at any stage is a luxury in Alekhine's Defense.) ...d7-d6 generally gets me to a Pirc, which I played before I took up Alekhine's, so that's fine. The Vienna is also fine; quite a few people who play 2.Nc3 don't know the Vienna at all.

The only time I remember that 2....d5 3.e5 came up I played 3....Ne4, though I note that the cool kids meet that with 4.Nce2 and then drive the knight away. Lots of people play 3.exd5, which is harmless.

I used to play the French, but what I knew was the Winawer, so 2....d5 is not a very attractive move for me.

Apr-17-15
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  OhioChessFan: ** Last Call **

** Gashimov Memorial Moves Prediction Contest **

Conducted by the Legendary <chessmoron> and hosted at Graceland, home of Elvis. Click on Elvis for details

Apr-25-15
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  FSR: <keypusher> Did you have Hill and Reese for Torts? I see that Hill is apparently still with us. http://www.law.columbia.edu/fac/Alf... He must be about 100 by now.
Apr-28-15
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  keypusher: <FSR> No, Richard Epstein, who apparently is still just 72. Torts was pretty much a fog after I de S v. whoever the hell it was from 13-whatever.
May-29-15
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  keypusher: <gokusano: So Naka had shown maturity with his style now? The style is to draw with the top guns and pounce on the lower rated. Is this the same tactics being employed by Magnus?> <torrefan: It's not really a style. It's just what happens. For the weaker is easier to beat than the stronger.>

I got curious about this, so I looked at Carlsen's 2015 events: Tata, GRENKE and Gashimov. For Tata I consulted the FIDE rating list; for the other two I took the ratings from the tournament website.

At Tata he beat Van Wely (2667), Aronian (2797), Caruana (2820), Hou (2673), Jobava (2727), and Radjabov (2734). Average rating: 2736.

He lost to Wojtaszek (2744).

He drew with Giri (2784), So (2762), Ivanchuk (2715), MVL (2757), Ding (2732), and Saric (2666). Average rating: 2736.

GRENKE

He beat Adams (2738), Baramidze (2594), and Anand (2797). Average rating: 2710.

He lost to Naiditsch (2694).

He drew with Aronian (2797), Caruana (2820), and Bacrot (2711). Average rating: 2776.

Gashimov

He beat Mamedyarov (2754), Caruana (2802), MVL (2762), Kramnik (2783), and Mamadov (2651). Average rating: 2750.

He drew with Anand (2791), Adams (2746), Giri (2790), and So (2780). Average rating: 2777.

Combining the three events, the people he beat had an average rating of 2736, the people he lost to averaged 2719, and the people he drew with had an average rating of 2757.

Too small a sample to be meaningful, but it's interesting that he scored +2-0=1 against opponents rated over 2800 (in reality, just Caruana) and +4-1=1 against opponents rated under 2700. If we expand to opponents rated over 2790, his score is +4-0=2.

So, for 2015 at least, the answer to gokusano's question is no. But torrefan's point is obviously correct.

Jun-01-15  hv.U.grwnup: <keypusher> , nice post at <rogoff> forum about india population. your contribution at rogoff forum looks very productive from where i see.

thanks.

Jun-05-15
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  Alex Schindler: You had epstein for torts! Hah, he cowrote my casebook with my professor! Small world....
Jun-05-15
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  keypusher: <Alex Schindler: You had epstein for torts! Hah, he cowrote my casebook with my professor! Small world....>

No, sorry, my torts teacher used Epstein's casebook.

Aug-17-15
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  offramp: It's weird how people don't get jokes. YOU DO. But I posted a little harmless and pointless joke about an asteroid on the Smyslov page and one kibitzer took pains to refute it. Thankfully you commented TO THE EFFECT THAT he shouldn't have taken my post so seriously...

A Mad World My Masters....!

Dec-25-15
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  chancho: http://scottsspot.net/wp-content/up...
Dec-25-15
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  wordfunph: <keypusher> Merry Christmas!
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