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Member since Dec-23-04
Behold the fiery disk of Ra!

My name is Alan Shaw and I have given up active play in favour of poker.

In my chess playing days, one of the most memorable moments was playing fourth board on the team that won the National High School championship at Cleveland, 1977. Another which stands out was having the pleasure of playing a series of rapid games with Mikhail Tal on his first visit to the USA in 1988. Even after facing a number of titled players, including Teimour Radjabov when he was 'only' an IM (he still gave me a beating), these are things which I'll not forget.

Fischer at his zenith was the greatest of all champions for me, but has never been one of my favourite players. In that number may be included Emanuel Lasker, Bronstein, Korchnoi, Larsen, Romanishin, Nakamura and Carlsen, all of whom have displayed outstanding fighting qualities.

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   perfidious has kibitzed 25722 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-09-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
perfidious: <HMM....Stuff costs money. A used glock in Chi-town, even if it's been stolen six times and is on it's sixth owner still costs someone money to buy....> As one of the droogs in <A Clockwork Orange> said to Alex: <....If we need pretty polly, we ta-a-a-ake it.> ...
   Dec-09-17 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
perfidious: <frogbert....this is a combination of math and facts, and those artifacts aren't compatible with people that deny reality for a living and feed on fiction and free imagination.> If one wishes to dignify those mindless rants with the term imagination--monumental foolishness ...
   Dec-09-17 Adams vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017 (replies)
perfidious: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Played a few of these "drawn" 4 vs. 3 on the King side Rook endings in my career. Not one of them ever ended in a draw. I don't care about the theory--in real life the 4 pawns win almost every single time.> <Marmot: Most of the time the ...
   Dec-07-17 Jeremy Lim (replies)
perfidious: Brees comes a cropper by getting intercepted late at the Atlanta 11, down three. Those who laid 2.5 and played the under can book their wins.
   Dec-07-17 A Shaw vs V Bellas, 1998
perfidious: <waustad: It seems ironic that the ad I got when I went to black's page was one about recognizing signs of a heart attack.> Lovely.
   Dec-07-17 Smyslov vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
perfidious: <RookFile....As was said before, Smyslov knew when to press the "random" button and complicate matters.> Nunn once wrote that some players are better at understanding when to do just that when annotating a game in which an opponent failed to take that decision and drifted ...
   Dec-05-17 London Chess Classic (2017) (replies)
perfidious: <frogbert: In the final position against Anand, there was nothing to press for. Carlsen still presses if there is anything in the position worth persuing. That amateur players think they can assess this as well as him, is simply funny....> On the one hand, you deride ...
   Dec-05-17 G Chandler vs B Tauren, 1989 (replies)
perfidious: <CIO....Is that bishop sac book?> This is indeed a standard line, with 10....Qd7 a defensive idea attributed to the Icelandic player Stefan Briem: R Hardarson vs S Briem, 1982 .
   Dec-04-17 Klaus Schultz
perfidious: <zed: <CG>/<CG> editors - can anybody tell me how a player whose only game is from 1903 gets a (FIDE) rating?> Supreme talent, plus that longevity I noted a time ago. (laughs)
   Dec-02-17 William James Lombardy (replies)
perfidious: <Howard....Give me a few minutes, and I can post a totally fictitcious account of, say, how I met with Fischer himself back in August, 1992 to help him prepare for his match with Spassky. I don't need no computer or nothing to tell a tall tale like that....> C'mon, man, ...
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  perfidious: <Boomie> and <luftforlife> This is rather a belated response, but not so much as in some other instances, eg, I posted re Foxwoods, from early action to the final table bubble several pages back, and that in 2013!

The final table was ten punters, rather than the typical nine. Not sure why, but Foxwoods are/were idiosyncratic in their ways to some degree.

We began life at that final table with an average chip count of 36.5k, and I had 37,000.

There was a fairly heavy gunner with us called Frank Rasile whom I had played at the same table with when things were down to two tables. He was, I believe, two seats to the left of TJ Cloutier and mostly played a bit more tightly than he had when matters were shorthanded. Frank eventually reverted to his loose-aggressive ways and was first to bust out at the FT.

For a little while, not much changed with the standard nine-handed table, though one hand came up which featured Cloutier open-raising from the cutoff, with me in the big blind holding ace-ten suited.

While I do not recall the exact blind and ante levels here, they had to be high enough that any action by me would either commit me to the hand or cause TJ to shove himself (I had him covered).

This should have been an easy shove, but I sensed something amiss, thought a little while and mucked. TJ was kind enough to flash AQ my way before dragging the pot.

More to come.

Jul-25-16  Boomie: <perfidious> The AQ was especially painful for TJ as he had lost the 2000 World Series to Chris Ferguson with AQ vs A9.
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  WannaBe: Hi Alan, got some poker questions for ya, local card club offer 3/6 with $20 buy in. What would that mean?

3 raises with $6 max? And house keep th $20 you play with whatever you have in your pocket?

Thanks in adv.

Aug-08-16  Boomie: <WannaBe>

<Perf> doesn't post here regularly so I'll take a swing at your question. A Buy-In usually refers to the entry fee for a tournament. It could also refer to the minimum stack in a cash game although $20 is hardly sufficient for that. In a $3-6 cash game, I would start with around $150. You need enough to cover the maximum possible wager. If there are 3 raises, that would be 12+12+24+24 = 72. Buying in for about twice that gives you a comfortable cushion should you start out slow.

Back in the old days, I played at the Horseshoe in Vegas where there was no limit on the number of raises. I hit a miracle connection in a $20-40 game. Starting with pocket 8s in an unraised pot with 4 opponents, the flop was Q83 off suit. I wanted to knock out gut shots or back door draws, so I decided, dumbly, to check raise. Instant karma got me as everybody else checked. The turn card was an 8. Now I figure nobody has anything so I bet for a mercy killing to get on with the next hand. Everybody folded to the dealer, who raised. It turned out, he had pocket 3s and had made an even greater blunder than I by checking the flop. My betting set him up as the perfect patsy. He lost hundreds and hundreds of dollars before finally deciding to call. I wish I could take credit for it, but I misplayed the hand and just got lucky.

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  technical draw: <Boomie> Pocket 3's with Q83 showing has only moderate chances of winning. After 2 raises I'll assume my opponent has pocket Q's. and fold. I know it's hard hard to fold with any pair but you have to play the odds.
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  WannaBe: <Boomie> Thank you.
Aug-08-16  Boomie: <technical draw: <Boomie> Pocket 3's with Q83 showing has only moderate chances of winning. After 2 raises I'll assume my opponent has pocket Q's. and fold. I know it's hard hard to fold with any pair but you have to play the odds.>

The problem for the 3s here was there was no raise before the flop. Clearly Qs would have raised. Nobody would slow play Qs and survive for long in a tough game at the Horseshoe.

Curiously, I once mucked trip 3s on a flop of Qx3. I knew my opponent had Qs from the betting. He raised before the flop, bet the flop, and reraised my raise, at which point I folded. You see, that was Action Peter. We called him Action because he wasn't.

Aug-22-16  JohnBoy: For some reason I get the impression you are in/around Boston these days? True? I'm heading up there in a few days - son is starting a research project at Ha-vahd & I'll be moving his stuff.
Aug-24-16  mckmac: <Perfidious> Just like to say that I value your thoughts and attitude over on the Rogoff Page. How is the deck falling for you these days?
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I'm back- yes I'd forgotten all about that <> "breast" furor.

I had to look up the word <Pharasaic>, so thanks for adding to my vocabulary!

I guess is not pharasaic enough, whilst is too pharasaic, amirite.

Aug-22-17  Caissanist: Rather than repost my 2006 mini-bio of the "great" Nicolai Shalnev's career on his page (where it would probably get deleted again), I thought I'd put it here, for your enjoyment or posterity or whatever:

<Somewhat mysterious grandmaster from Ukraine, now living in Germany. For most of his career Nicolai Shalnev has been a solid enough master, generally rated in the high 2200s or low 2300s. Then, in his mid fifties, his results improved dramatically, although he seems not to have been playing in very many tournaments. Shalnev finally gained his GM title in 2001 at age 57; his rating eventually peaked in 2003 at an astonishing 2553. It has recently dropped back to 2512, but that still makes him one of the strongest players in the world over 60--he currently ranks fifth among active players, ahead (often way ahead) of many well known GMs. With all these accomplishments, however, he seems to be all but unknown; I couldn't find any information about him at all on the net, except for his birthday.

This is certainly a remarkable story. It might be a story of remarkable late-career development, or it might be one of remarkably brazen title-buying. There doesn't seem to be any way of knowing.>

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  perfidious: <Caissanist>, thanks for posting that here--it will not get removed. (laughs)
Sep-26-17  Dr Winston OBoogie: Perf. Did you get suspended for posting "naughty words?". Don't worry I'll find some of BP's sick puppies quotes and blow the whistle :)
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  perfidious: <Doc W>, nah--<blathering pustule> is at the meth again.
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  Richard Taylor: <perfidious> By meth you mean "on the turps" or methylated spirits? Meths is also short for P which is a big problem in NZ. I was in hospital for a broken leg in 2004 and this young man was in, believe it or not, for arthritis which had caused a saw on his leg (now I think of it perhaps he was pulling my leg, which was, indeed, broken; maybe he had an infection of some sort). But in any case he said his main interest in life was hanging around and taking P...

But to be officious, methylated spirits is used by some alcoholics but it is very dangerous. Here in NZ methylated spirits has a purple colour added to it and it smells worse that 'pure' meths...[Jessicafischerking of me once used the expression "Your lugubrious posts..." fair enough my brain is like 'A slow old barnyard clock....' ]

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  Richard Taylor: I done a mistake. "Sore" not "saw". I am full of foolish saws...
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  perfidious: <Richard>, yew done a mistake?

Dang, this here world's gonna end!

Here's to the odd dose of lugubriousness--or what an old friend instead termed lugubriosity.

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  Richard Taylor: Have some Lugubrious Vinus on meus!
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  moronovich: It as a mistake,not maken mistakes ;)
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  perfidious: As the butler in <The Big Sleep> said to Humphrey Bogart:

<I'm sorry, sir: I make many mistakes>

Sep-30-17  theagenbiteofinwit: Hey perfidious. Have you gotten into PLO much?
I've taken it up a little bit after having to run ranges through GTO software just so I can make a little profit grinding microstakes.


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  perfidious: Not as much as in my early playing days--much less variance in NL holdem cash games, if one can believe that.

Used to play PLO ring games all the time on PokerStars in the high games when they were 5-10 blinds with the likes of Greg Raymer (then WSOP champion), <Chufty> and <Darwinism>, some dang goot players. Tremendous swings, though, some of which I experienced. Still love the game, though.

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  Check It Out: Hey, <perf>, thanks for checking in. Things are ok in my neck of the woods, and I hope for you as well. The fall season is here, I do miss the warm weather!
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  perfidious: World Poker Finals (continued):

Soon after I mucked AT in the big blind, it was time for a blind battle between Cloutier and Seymour.

TJ brought it in after everyone else passed and Bill flatted.

TJ checked the flop, Seymour bet and Cloutier raised all in. After long reflexion, Bill called. TJ had flopped middle pair with a five, but Bill had an overpair to the five and it held up, so Cloutier was out in ninth.

A longish period of fairly desultory action followed, with two other short stacks being eliminated.

To this point, I had played a mostly solid game, especially in the full table action. Once we got to six-handed, that changed.

While I do not recall the hands, I got into a confrontation with Noam Freedman, who had played well and confidently, and managed to finish him off and thereby get a decent stack to operate with for the first time in a long while.

The tendency towards opening up the game continued, as Cope would raise, I would shove over him, and he would fold. This happened four or five times in about forty minutes.

More to come.

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  perfidious: The next crucial hand came up during this period with Buster Jackson, known mostly as a player in the old Texas road games, as I learnt later.

As was typical, I brought it in for a raise to 17,000 of my 105,000 stack from under the gun with A5 of diamonds with the blinds at 2-4K and antes of 500. Buster shoved from the next seat for 92K, not having got involved too often at this final table.

The other players mucked and I called fairly quickly, the worst blunder of my career.

Buster turned over two queens. My luck was in that night, as two diamonds came on the flop, and the flush card hit the river.

Now I had over half the chips at the table, but matters were far from settled, what with three tough players to overcome before any thoughts of victory entered my head.

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