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Annie K.
Member since Apr-02-04 · Last seen Jul-21-18
Annie Kappel

My YouTube channel, featuring pronunciations of non-English chess player names:

I'm 43 y/o, of Transylvanian origin, living in Israel since childhood. I speak English (no, really), Hungarian (great language!), and Hebrew (if I must, which is often, for some reason).

Afflicted with an uncontrollable sense of humor and other highly controversial characteristics.

I learned chess as a child, but had no further opportunities to practice the game. Returned to it seriously around 2004, and have been hanging out here since.

Note: if I am not home (i.e., here), you can probably find me at the Domdaniel chessforum, the SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum, the visayanbraindoctor chessforum, or the chessforum! :)


<My City of Moscow skits:>

<<<<<<>>>>> Kramnik's Party -> City of Moscow (kibitz #752)

<<<<<<>>>>> Sochi 2008: An F-Files Production -> City of Moscow (kibitz #774)


<Game Collection: My GotD Puns>

<My favorites:>

All Your Baze Are Belong To Us - L Baze vs T Palmer, 2004 - GotD Mar-21-10

Y Yu No Claim Repetition? - Yu Yangyi vs M R Venkatesh, 2012 - GotD Jun-30-12

He Who Has E Tate is Lost - E Tate vs Y Shulman, 2001 - GotD Sep-22-16

How Many Roads Must Aman Walk Down? - S Shankland vs A Hambleton, 2014 - GotD Dec-23-16 (besides the obvious reason for the pun - a long King walk - note also the terms 'shank' and 'amble' embedded in the player names)

So me the Wei - W So vs Wei Yi, 2013 - GotD Jan-29-17

This Won't Borya Ider - B Ider vs Wei Yi, 2014 - GotD Apr-01-17 (follow-up to previous day's GotD, 'This Won't Borya')

Injun vs Engin' - Anand vs REBEL, 1997 - GotD Jan-06-2018


<My other (linkable) site contributions:>

* The Player Names Pronunciation Project: (or look for names with a loudspeaker icon in the Player Directory)

* Created on my suggestion: Biographer Bistro

* The first (now retired) Carlsen Dancing Rook:

* The Caruana Dancing Rook:

* The Hou Dancing Rook:


<<<<<<< MAJOR CHESS SITES <<>>>>>>>>>

<< Correspondence chess <<<<<<>>>>>>>>

< ChessWorld ->

ChessWorld is my new main chess playing base. It's a rather restrictive site for non-paying members, but one of the best sites for paying members. The full features include excellent interface options and first class study and analysis resources. Nice community, likeable admin. Paid membership recommended.

< Update: while I will leave the original entry for ChessWorld as-is, I have by now been a member of the site for 2 years, and am now an admin there. I still think the site is one of the best, and the <other> admins are nice. :p >

My ChessWorld profile:

< Queen Alice ->

Queen Alice is a charming site - well behaved players, decent admin, site design visually very pleasant. It is also completely free. Unfortunately, it lacks team play, the interface and resources are relatively simple, and it can be frustratingly slow (loading times). Nevertheless warmly recommended.

My QueenAlice profile:

< GameKnot ->

GameKnot is technically an excellent site, however I would not recommend it to the serious player who is looking for a site to settle in, due to an anti$ocial admin with ju$t one $ingle intere$t in hi$ $ite... oop$, $orry about the typo$.

My GameKnot profile:

<< Other chess sites <<<<<<>>>>>>>>

< FICS - the Free Internet Chess Server ->

FICS is a great site to play chess at various faster time controls. There are a few difficulties getting started with it - first, it can be hard to find an email they will accept for registration; and second, there's a lot of site code to learn. But it's worth the hassle. :)

< ChessCube ->

ChessCube is quite good for fast time control games - provided you have a strong computer with broadband, as the site is entirely Flash based, which means it takes considerable computer resources to load. The site is nominally free, but heavily commercialized with all sorts of frills that can be purchased on it.

< Emrald Chess Tactics Server ->

Emrald is not a playing site - it is an invaluable tactical training asset. The only problem with it is also the difficulty of finding an "acceptable" email address to register with; but once past that hurdle, the site deserves nothing but praise.

It's a completely free site. You can play (practice) there as a guest, but they recommend registering, so that their program can keep track of your progress, in order to assign you puzzles best suited to your current level. I strongly second that recommendation. Register and always play logged in! It will make a huge difference in the site's ability to help you improve. An issue that scares some people off Emrald is that your progress is tracked via a "rating system", and because of the high importance they assign to speed, if you are not used to finding tactics fast, your rating will be very low at first - and many people are simply embarrassed to play logged in for that reason. Don't let it bother you! If you let embarrassment hold you back from letting the site help you improve to the best of its ability, you are only shooting yourself in the foot, and nobody else really cares that much anyway. ;p

A few of the people I've recommended Emrald to, had dropped it after a brief trial with remarks along the lines of "Oh, it's a blitz training site. I don't play blitz, so I don't like their obsession with speed." That reaction is absolutely wrong - and it's also one that many people who try the site out for only a short time are likely to have, if only because players who are used to being rated, say, 2000 and above, at corr. chess sites, are going to be annoyed and put on the defensive about finding themselves rated as low as 1200-1300 at Emrald, and will wish to dismiss the "insulting" site.

Yes, the Emrald rating system is heavily influenced by speed. But thinking that the site's purpose is blitz training is a complete misunderstanding of the lesson taught. The real purpose of Emrald practice is not to improve your blitz skills, but to train you to recognize dozens of tactical themes and opportunities AT A GLANCE - which will not only save you time in games of any time control, but is often the only way you will catch them AT ALL. Those brilliant tactical shots that can be seen in anyone's collection of "most memorable games", are often moves that will either occur to you as soon as you glance at the position, or you will miss them altogether. That's what Emrald really teaches - tactical chess intuition.

<Intuition in chess can be defined as the first move that comes to mind when you see a position. --- <Viswanathan Anand>>

<Personally, I am of the view that if a strong master does not see such a threat at once he will not notice it, even if he analyses the position for twenty or thirty minutes. --- <Tigran Petrosian >>


^ TL;DR.

Any other questions, feel free to ask. I might even answer. ;p

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   Annie K. has kibitzed 7405 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-21-18 Chessgames Bookie chessforum
Annie K.: The round recap at the official site says it was a draw: <Die 6. Runde des Sparkassen Chess-Meetings war an Dramatik kaum zu überbieten. Jan-Krzysztof Duda spielte gegen Ian Nepomniachtchi groß auf und sah schon wie der sichere Sieger aus, verpatzte aber seine Gewinnstellung zum
   Jul-18-18 chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: <Robed.Bishop: <<offramp> Perhaps we should use the iconic three monkeys - one covering its eyes, one covering its ears, and one covering its mouth.>> Has my vote! :)
   Jul-07-18 Annie K. chessforum
Annie K.: <priyamvada munjal> Hello. In a regular leg, only first place gets a prize, but all of the top 10 qualify to start the next Championship (Winter) leg with 10,000 chessbucks instead of 1,000. You won't have to do anything to claim your 10,000, we keep track of who the ...
   Jun-24-18 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: Heey!! I object to the term "girl". ;p
   Jun-24-18 SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: <Switch> thanks! :D BTW, you know, just because you retired as Bookie, doesn't mean you can't play there... ;)
   Jun-15-18 Your Next Move (Rapid) (2018) (replies)
Annie K.: OK, when a player actually changes their name, that's a different story. :) For another example, so did Susan Polgar, which is why even I don't call her Zsuzsa anymore. ;p But Judit didn't change her name, so, not to lose the point, she shouldn't be called "Judith", just like ...
   May-21-18 Eero Einar Book
Annie K.: Heheheh... :D OK, that would be Daniel Freeman , AKA User: , the owner and admin of this site. :D
   Apr-30-18 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: ♕ User: Hey User: jess User: ... User: deed User: someone User: revoke User: Your User: artist User: EeEk User: lies User: sense ? (i.e., how about some new chess movies?) ;)
   Apr-04-18 Borya Ider
Annie K.: Just for the record, 'Borya' is a nickname for 'Boris'. :)
   Apr-03-18 M Bluebaum vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Annie K.: Well, Israelis only include vowel marks in books for children and newspapers for new immigrants (not sure those still exist, mind you). Nrml dlts r jst sppsd t knw wht mst vwls shld b. ;p Just click on my avatar, and you'll get to my user forum. :)
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  Annie K.: Happy New Year - this is the Procrastinators' forum after all, so that's fine! :)
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  visayanbraindoctor: <<Annie K.: Happy New Year, doc! :)>>

Mauswagong bag-ong tuig. May you have a prosperous new year <Annie>!

Jan-23-18  ketchuplover: Shalom ye rascal :)
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  Annie K.: Hi... hmmm... what have I done?
(that you can prove, that is) ;p
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  WannaBe: There is a tournament for member in the works. If you are interested... zborris8 chessforum
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  Annie K.: <WannaBe> thanks, but I only play rapid and blitz these days, don't have the patience for correspondence games anymore. ;s
Mar-14-18  Alien Math: Happy New Year!!!!!!1

i'm a bit excited about the improving the Chinese to English machine translation efforts,

while the Try the system out for yourself part still stumbles on some chinese news webpages, it has improved and hopefully they will find a way to improve work with the read/write of chinese webpages

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  Annie K.: Just happened on this interesting article, saving it for <VBD>... :)

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  thegoodanarchist: Hey hey <Annie K.>

I made more tuna salad for lunch today. I used turmeric this time, and chopped red grapes in place of the chopped sweet pickle chips.

It was an improvement, but a subtle one. I think I will be ok with or without turmeric.

Next time - paprika!

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  Annie K.: <thegoodanarchist> Paprika goes particularly well with mustard! :)
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  thegoodanarchist: < Annie K.: <thegoodanarchist> Paprika goes particularly well with mustard! :)>

As a sauce, or all by itself?

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  Annie K.: Just add both the mustard and the paprika powder to the tuna salad and mix them in. With the mayo and salt (that you said you are already using), they give a piquant taste.
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  thegoodanarchist: Interestingly, I've had the idea to put some mustard in my chicken salad, and I like it a lot.

Now I am wondering why I never tried it before in tuna salad.

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  visayanbraindoctor: <Annie K.:> Been busy with some things lately.

How are things there? I read that Trump has again bombed Syria. I think it's a cosmetic showbiz strike, but if it's not I hope it won't escalate too much. Be safe.

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  Annie K.: <Doc> Hey! Good to see you back here. :D

My attitude toward news is basically that I completely ignore them, so that maybe they will ignore me back. ;p

Check a few posts back, saved an interesting link for you. :)

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  visayanbraindoctor: <Annie K.:> Glad to find out things are relatively fine. I just read General Mattis in the net announcing that it's a one shot strike. I got worried because I have been listening to Russian generals and a member of the Duma very seriously promising retaliatory strike if Russian servicemen got killed both on the missiles and their platforms (meaning they'll shoot down the planes and sink the ships from where the missiles come from). Plus Russian TV has been lecturing civilians on what to take into bunkers. The strike though did not kill anyone and damaged very little. So I've concluded the US strike must been a cosmetic Punch and Judy show.

Regarding the croc, that was amazing. I did not think it was possible because reptiles are not supposed to have a neo-cortex (gray matter = neuronal cell bodies surrounding the cerebral hemisphere) which is the anatomical basis for a mammal's plasticity/learning. Apparently even the deep gray matter alone gives a crocodile the ability to learn 'loyalty' behavior. In mammals, the deep gray matter (neuronal cell bodies adjacent to the ventricular system deep in the procencephalon) is supposed to mediate instinctive behavior and emotions, not plastic learned behavior.

The croc was supposed to have been brain damaged by a bullet. I do not know how that would affect its behavior if that's true. I actually doubt if the bullet did penetrate the brain, or there would have been high chances for the croc dying because of infection.

I've decided to extensively edit the sci fi novels before continuing with a 4th book. I've started placing glossaries after each chapter as you suggested. I've begun work on Book 1.

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  Annie K.: Well, according to the article, it took a lot of work to nurse the croc back to health, so I'd guess it may have included treatment against infection. The case seems to be well-documented, well-known locally, so I'm taking those details at face value. Since a bullet to the brain isn't likely to "improve" anything, maybe there is something to the theory that it could have "helped" by damaging the croc's aggression drive. Or maybe the bullet was mostly irrelevant, and reptiles <can> be tamed, just with the rudimentary brain they have, after all? That would be amazing indeed. It would be interesting to follow up and see how well Chito does with his second adopted croc. :)

Also, I wonder, have any circuses ever used crocodiles or other reptiles? If anybody tried this before, a circus would be the most likely place for it.

Glad to hear that you're working on your novels again! =) If you'll want to repost anything here, you are of course very welcome - let me know if you'll want any previous versions deleted.

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  visayanbraindoctor: <Annie: Or maybe the bullet was mostly irrelevant, and reptiles <can> be tamed, just with the rudimentary brain they have, after all?>

I would favor this hypothesis. Even if antibiotics were given, Chito probably would not have known how to give it properly or kept the wound clean. The croc would have been exposed to dirty conditions in his environment. Penetrating bullet wounds to the skull carried a very high mortality rate in WW1 when surgeons still did not know how to properly clean it and repair the dura. Most of these resulted in meningitis and brain abscesses, followed by death. (I am assuming the croc's treatment never extended to being operated on by a Neurosurgeon, followed by a strict antibiotic regimen.)

<have any circuses ever used crocodiles or other reptiles? If anybody tried this before, a circus would be the most likely place for it.>

I checked, and indeed circuses have featured tame crocs!

So I have to conclude that crocodilians indeed can be 'tamed'. Apparently the deep gray matter of the crocodilian brain allows it.

Perhaps we should not have been too surprised. Birds from what I have read have practically the same type of brain structure as crocodilians. (In fact, they are regarded as both belonging to the same clade - Archosauria.) Birds can be domesticated and tamed. Logically, the same should apply to crocodilians.

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  visayanbraindoctor: <Glad to hear that you're working on your novels again! =) If you'll want to repost anything here, you are of course very welcome - let me know if you'll want any previous versions deleted.>

Yes, on re-reading it, I found out that I had inadequately explained the underlying physical and philosophical themes. Mostly I just kind of assumed the reader would comprehend them. But they are not that easy to comprehend I think, especially concepts such as the Tela, the end point of what an increasingly powerful AI would be if it had no limits, the shifting of reality and timelines, the attempt to explain and characterize the rather abundant Zelazny-type gods, demons, and superhumans in the novels. I shall post a revised Chapter 1 and 2, with glossary for your comments.

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  Annie K.: Great!

Hmm, come to think of it, if you can stand to change any of the "too-descriptive" character names, you could do that at this time too... but I understand that you may be too attached to them by now. :) the croc, I just did a little looking around and thinking too. ;)

Wiki says that many types crocodiles are capable of living in groups even as adults, or at least close proximity with others of their kind, which indicates that social behavior is not beyond them. Also, there was a mention of a possible homing instinct, which reminded me of the account of Pocho returning to Chito's home after the attempt to set him free. :)

An independent theory I have been developing on the side ;) - I would guess that just about any animal could be tamed if it belongs to a species that has parenting behavior in nature; i.e., any species, even the oviparous ones, where the eggs are not simply abandoned by the parents and the young must fend for themselves. If the young are familiar with the concept of a parent, such animals should be able to accept a human "substitute parent", as recognized by "parent-like" protective behavior. Conversely, animals belonging to non-parenting species may be the only ones truly impossible to tame.

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  morfishine: Congratulations <Annie K.> for winning the spring leg of the bookie game!

I am glad you caught that cry-baby, whining <OhioCluelessFan>


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  Annie K.: <Ohio> is a friend of mine.
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  morfishine: Dear <Annie K.> I apologize for any transgression and will always honor your obedience to your loyal friend <OCF>


Jul-07-18  priyamvada munjal: hello annie k i am priyamvada munjal i was qualifying runner up in spring leg 2018 will i get any prize ??if yes then how?? please reply.
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  Annie K.: <priyamvada munjal> Hello. In a regular leg, only first place gets a prize, but all of the top 10 qualify to start the next Championship (Winter) leg with 10,000 chessbucks instead of 1,000.

You won't have to do anything to claim your 10,000, we keep track of who the qualifiers are. :)

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