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Check It Out
Member since Feb-17-06
"The worship of Caissa is, however, so alluring, so fascinating, that the mind, after an interval of repose, returns to it with renewed vigour, greater hope, and redoubled energy, intent on wresting the palm of victory from the majority of opponents. "

*** The Gentleman's Magazine, 1881


I played competitive chess as a kid inspired by the 1978 match Korchnoi vs. Karpov, and has renewed my enthusiasm for the game. I play occasionally at and, with more or less accuracy.

I think the greatest players are/were Kasparov, Fischer, Karpov, Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker, Morphy, Anand, and Kramnik, but my favorite players are Tal, Nezhmetdinov and Bronstein.

Right now, though, all eyes are on Magnus Carlsen. Only 23, he tops the FIDE ratings chart with an historical all-time high rating, has dominated the intensely competitive chess tournament scene for the past 3 years, and has defeated Vishy Anand to become the undisputed World Chess Champion. I admire his incredible positional judgement and his ability to get wins from seemingly dry situations. His mastery of the middle-to-end game transition is second to none.

Others: I love Anand's dynamic chess career and sterling personality. He's been a noble chess king. He's experiencing the inevitable slide in power that comes with age, but I look forward to the chess he plays when no longer the World Champ - go for it! Hikaru Nakamura plays the American maverick to perfection, and Fabiano Caruana has huge potential. Morozevich reminds me of a less stable version of my artistic chess heroes, and Ivanchuk epitomises that category of player who gets lost in the labrynthian depths of Caissa, reflecting back all the beauty and suffering that goes with her both on and off the board.

I played a simul against Nigel Short at the 2012 London Chess Classic, and after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 he played 5.d4, looked at me and said, "You didn't pay attention to my lecture, did you?" Hours prior at a live-broadcast analysis session I attended, Short had detailed the problems associated with playing the ...e6 ...g6 Sicilian setup against a KIA setup prior to white's d3, allowing white to play d4 without losing tempo, creating long-term dark square weaknesses for black. Being schooled* by a super-GM is the highlight of my chess "career".


*The game was abandoned at move 33 because I had tickets to Red Fang, a local Pacific North West heavy rock group I know, who happened to be on tour in London that evening - I could not miss them, their manager got me on the door list. I fought a reasonable game and had a potentially salvageable endgame, though I surely would have lost under the pressure of a quickening pace. Red Fang rocked.

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Karate, music, reading, food, drink, people, business, hard rock, guitars, poker, exercise, performance, competition, action, breathing, lounging, being lazy, gardening, movies, sleeping, and working outside in bad weather.

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   Check It Out has kibitzed 5165 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-17-14 Mikhail Tal
Check It Out: I've been pouring through The Life & Games of Mikhail Tal. What a treasure trove of great anecdotes and great games.
   Dec-14-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Dec-12-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Check It Out: Haven't been following things here so this might already have been posted. In any case, it's a nail in the coffin for those who still think Bill Cosby is a nice guy.
   Dec-12-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Check It Out: <TheHeavenSmile> Nice job!
   Dec-11-14 Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2014 (replies)
Check It Out: Knock out!
   Dec-11-14 Anand vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
Check It Out: <1300patzer> It would be very difficult to judge what games should receive negative points. It would also get political depending on the players, the tournament/match, and the judges. I agree this game is lame in fighting terms, but there are large numbers of terrific ...
   Nov-29-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
Check It Out: Pointless? I wouldn't go that far. It's more fun to speculate than to stop talking.
   Nov-26-14 Karpov vs Hort, 1971
Check It Out: Bounced here from the Karpov discussion on the Carlsen-Anand II rematch forum. Good stuff!
   Nov-24-14 C F Tears vs R Llorens, 1962 (replies)
Check It Out: No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne
   Nov-22-14 A Kovchan vs A Korobov, 2014 (replies)
Check It Out: Good one.
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  wordfunph: CIO, Merry Christmas!
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  Check It Out: Thanks <KKDEREK>, to you as well!
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  thegoodanarchist: <CIO> Merry Christmas.

I was just wondering, do you pronounce "karate" as "KAR a tay" or "Ku ROT ee"?

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  Check It Out: <tga> Thanks, to you as well!

In answer to your question, neither, really.

It's more like, kah rah tay, where the r in rah is almost like a soft "d" sound, and close to equal emphasis on all three syllables, with maybe just a touch more on the middle one.

Though I sense you might be pulling my leg, in which case, wax on, wax off.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Check It Out: ...

Though I sense you might be pulling my leg, in which case, wax on, wax off.>

LOL although I was indeed trying to be humorous, it is also a sincere question I have had ever since the Seinfeld episode where Kramer dominated the Dojo full of children.

The few Japanese words that I know are fun to pronounce, so I have some curiosity about the language.

Thanks for the detailed answer!

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  Annie K.: <CIO> Happy New Year! :)

And a belated congrats on your Klu. ;)

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  TheFocus: Happy New Year <checkItOut>!
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  Shams: I'll show this pawn ending on Monday:

Krasenkow vs G Schebler, 2005

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  Shams: People have been reporting this all over the country:

There's even some footage on youtube.

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  Check It Out: Do you mean similar descriptions have been reported all over the country, or that this particular incident has been?

The report is written like a high schooler which throws me a bit.

Interested in the footage if you find it.

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  Shams: Many different reports, all on different days and times. My brother told me he saw it over this last holiday break. I can't find the youtube clip just now.
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  Shams: This looks right up your alley! Hope you're having fun in Tahiti, you bastard.

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  Check It Out: Ugh, you dirty dog.
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  perfidious: <CIO> In the 1990s, I won a brevity from Taylor Kingston in similar fashion to your Sicilian misadventure against Short. Believe it actually arose after 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3, though he also played ....e6 and ....g6 and got the shock of his life when I played d4 and converted it to an open Sicilian.
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  Shams: This is how I'd like your Pirc games to look!
T Harutyunian vs A Shomoev, 2014
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  Check It Out: Nifty double exchange sac, and 34...Bg1 is an excellent capper.

But, *my* Pirc games? I'm already patzer-ish enough; I'm not sure I should exacerbate the problem!

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  Shams: You're all Kan all the time now, right. Disregard.
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  TheFocus: If Kan, can. If no Kan, no can. (That is how we would say it in Hawai'i.)
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  Check It Out: <TheFocus> When I read that I automatically went in to some strange foreign accent. Pidgin?
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  TheFocus: <Check It Out> Yep, local pidgin.
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  TheFocus: <parisattack> would appreciate the joke. He plays the Kan, I believe, and he used to stomp around Hawaii.
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  Shams: <Focus> Any idea when <parisattack> will darken our door again? Is he off scampering around the globe?
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  TheFocus: He is probably in Dubai right now. I'll drop him an e-mail on Monday.
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  Check It Out: Pretty happy with this 5-minute blitz game. I missed the big blow, 23…Rxe4, and if 24.dxe4 Qg6+ 25.Kh1 Qg2#,

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Otherwise white has to give up the queen. My consolation prize is that I actually looked at the exchange sac for a number of precious seconds.

[White "bigtop2"]
[Black "checkit_out"]
[ECO "B20"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Bf4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Nf3 a6 7.O-O b5 8.Bb3 O-O 9.a4 b4 10.Na2 d5 11.exd5 exd5 12.c4 d4 13.Nc1 Bd6 14.Ne2 a5 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.Ng3 Bg4 17.Qd2 Bxf3 18.gxf3 Ne5 19.Bd1 Rae8 20.f4 Ng6 21.Bf3 Nxf4 22.Ne4 Nxe4 23.Bxe4 f5 (23...Rxe4 24.dxe4 Qg6+ 25.Kh1 Qg2#) 24.Bf3 Qg6+ 25.Kh1 Nh3 26.Bg2 Qh5 27.Rae1 Qh4 28.Bxh3 Qxh3 29.Rd1 Qf3+ 30.Kg1 Rf6 31.h4 Rg6+ 32.Kh2 Qg2# 0-1

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  Check It Out: Another fun 5 minute game. My opponent gave me a few pawns early on.

[White "checkintheblind"]
[Black "checkit_out"]
[ECO "B20"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 e6 3.Nh3 Nc6 4.O-O Nf6 5.c3 Nxe4 6.d3 Nf6 7.d4 d5 8.Bb5 Bd7 9.Bxc6 Bxc6 10.Bg5 Be7 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.b4 Be7 13.Nd2 O-O 14.Nf3 Ne4 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Ne5 Nxc3 17.Qd3 Qxb4 18.Ng5 Ne4 19.Nxh7 Kxh7 20.f3 f5 21.fxe4 dxe4 22.Qh3+ Kg8 23.Ng6 Qd4+ 24.Kh1 Rfd8 25.Qh8+ Kf7 26.Qh5 Qf6 27.Nf4+ Ke7 28.Ng6+ Kd7 29.Rac1 Qb2 30.Qd1+ Kc7 31.Qh5 e3 32.Rg1 Rd2 33.Qg5 Rad8 34.Qe7+ Kb8 35.Rce1 R8d6 36.Nf4 e5 37.Nh3 Rd7 38.Qf8+ Kc7 39.Qxf5 Rxg2 40.Rb1 Rxh2# 0-1

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