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"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

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I played competitive chess as a kid inspired by the 1978 match Korchnoi vs. Karpov, and chessgames.com has renewed my enthusiasm for the game. I play occasionally at chess.com and gameknot.com, 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".

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*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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   Check It Out has kibitzed 4821 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-21-14 Carlsen vs Mamedyarov, 2014 (replies)
 
Check It Out: A few Shredder 12 approved lines if 9Qxa2: 9...Qxa2 10.Bd3 Bd6 11.O-O Qa5 12.Qc2 h6 13.Bh4 Qc7 [DIAGRAM] 9Qxa2 10.Bf4 Be7 11.Bd3 O-O 12.O-O f5 13.Ra1 Qb2 14.c4 c5 [DIAGRAM] 9...Qxa2 10.Rc2 Qa5 11.Bf4 Be7 12.Bd3 O-O 13.O-O [DIAGRAM] All look decent for black to my eye. The
 
   Apr-17-14 V Nielsen vs C F Delcomyn, 1894 (replies)
 
Check It Out: GOOT = Get Out Of Town, maybe?
 
   Apr-17-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
Check It Out: I think <chancho> posted that Bundy stopped paying the federal land fee in 1993 due to tortoise habitat conservation rules newly placed in to effect. (though now I don't see that post now). <FSR> posted that Bundy owes $1.2 M total. If that's the total since 1993 ...
 
   Apr-14-14 Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008
 
Check It Out: Yes, this game has that feel of Magnus coming in to his prime.
 
   Apr-12-14 N Pogonina vs Short, 2014
 
Check It Out: < Natalia Pogonina: Nigel actually said "Checkmate!" after playing b5 :D It was hilarious and had all the spectators laughing.> An amusing anecdote, thank you! Position after move 68b5+ 1/2-1/2: [DIAGRAM]
 
   Apr-10-14 Levenfish vs Taimanov, 1952
 
Check It Out: Taimanov For Lev -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_E...
 
   Apr-09-14 D Frolyanov vs Leko, 2014 (replies)
 
Check It Out: Thanks, <perf>. This ending seems to pop quite a bit, surprisingly. I can't hold the draw because I wasted my youth on drugs, sex, and rock n roll; best to give those things up for superior chess technique, all you youngsters.
 
   Apr-08-14 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
Check It Out: Thanks for the translations, <polarmis>!
 
   Apr-08-14 Reti vs Capablanca, 1928 (replies)
 
Check It Out: Somebody's got to post this in light of the pun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avc...
 
   Apr-08-14 World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) (replies)
 
Check It Out: <AylerKupp: commitment to being a communist is not the same as a commitment to walking.> For sure. You can be a communist walking, sitting, or even lying, but mostly running.
 
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Dec-24-13
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  hms123: <CIO> Thanks. And a Merry Christmas to you.
Dec-24-13
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  wordfunph: CIO, Merry Christmas!
Dec-24-13
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  KKDEREK: Merry Christmas <cio>!
Dec-25-13
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  Check It Out: Thanks <KKDEREK>, to you as well!
Dec-28-13
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  thegoodanarchist: <CIO> Merry Christmas.

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

Dec-29-13
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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.

Dec-29-13
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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!

Dec-31-13
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  Annie K.: <CIO> Happy New Year! :)

And a belated congrats on your Klu. ;)

Dec-31-13
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  TheFocus: Happy New Year <checkItOut>!
Jan-16-14
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  Shams: I'll show this pawn ending on Monday:

Krasenkow vs G Schebler, 2005

Feb-08-14
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  Shams: People have been reporting this all over the country: http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/10...

There's even some footage on youtube.

Feb-08-14
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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.

Feb-08-14
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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.
Feb-23-14
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  Shams: This looks right up your alley! Hope you're having fun in Tahiti, you bastard.

http://bit.ly/1mnburD

Feb-24-14
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  Check It Out: Ugh, you dirty dog.
Feb-24-14
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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.
Mar-07-14
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  Shams: This is how I'd like your Pirc games to look!
T Harutyunian vs A Shomoev, 2014
Mar-07-14
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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!

Mar-07-14
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  Shams: You're all Kan all the time now, right. Disregard.
Mar-07-14
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  TheFocus: If Kan, can. If no Kan, no can. (That is how we would say it in Hawai'i.)
Mar-07-14
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  Check It Out: <TheFocus> When I read that I automatically went in to some strange foreign accent. Pidgin?
Mar-07-14
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  TheFocus: <Check It Out> Yep, local pidgin.
Mar-07-14
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  TheFocus: <parisattack> would appreciate the joke. He plays the Kan, I believe, and he used to stomp around Hawaii.
Mar-07-14
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  Shams: <Focus> Any idea when <parisattack> will darken our door again? Is he off scampering around the globe?
Mar-07-14
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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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