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SwitchingQuylthulg
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White: ahmadov
Black: SwitchingQuylthulg

1.d4 Nc6 2.e4 d5 3.e5 h5 4.Nf3 Bf5 5.c3 Nh6 6.Bb5 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.h3 g5 9.Bd3 g4 10.Nh2 gxh3 11.g3 Bg5 12.Kh1 Bxc1 13.Qxc1 Bxd3 14.Rd1 Be4+ 15.Kg1 h4 16.Qf4 f5 17.exf6 hxg3 18.fxg3 Qd6 19.Qxd6 cxd6 20.Nd2 Kd7 21.c4 Rag8 22.Kf2 Ng4+ 23.Nxg4 Rxg4 24.Nf3 h2 25.Rh1 Bxf3 26.Kxf3 Rxd4 0-1

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   SwitchingQuylthulg has kibitzed 9045 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-13-17 SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: The situations did have (and still have today!) some large differences (the relationship between Azerbaijan and Iran now is nothing like the relationship between Finland and Sweden now); but there are still many significant similarities between the conquest of ...
 
   Sep-12-17 brankat chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: Welcome back, and welcome back Jasper!
 
   Sep-05-17 Olga Viewer chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: Looks good now.
 
   Sep-03-17 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: <chessgames.com: <games that don't indicate captures in the PGN> How many of those do you know of? Those aren't really proper PGN, so it may be worth it to write software that processes them and replaces them with correct versions.> I don't have an exact ...
 
   Aug-19-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: <Beholder> Nakamura did have the higher overall score in the blitz section, 10.5 to 9.0, so the market was settled correctly; that Kasparov had the better head-to-head score didn't matter, though it's certainly easy to see why the market's name might make you think ...
 
   Aug-11-17 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: Round 9 games have started.
 
   Aug-11-17 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: Round 9: Vachier-Lagrave - Nepomniachtchi 1/2 52 So - Anand 1/2 30 Nakamura - Karjakin 1/2 31 Svidler - Caruana 1/2 30 Carlsen - Aronian 1/2 54
 
   Aug-02-17 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: 1. Carlsen 2. So 3. Caruana 3. Aronian 3. Karjakin 6. Vachier-Lagrave 6. Anand 6. Nakamura 6. Nepomniachtchi 10. Svidler
 
   Jul-26-17 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: <Annie> Happy birthday! :)
 
   Jun-07-17 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: <SwitchingQuylthulg: Coleman is still fairly unknown because he hasn't competed internationally much, but there are very few faster runners around right now. He won a 60/200 double in 6.45/20.11 at the NCAA indoors; those are really good times, and much faster than he ...
 
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All Hail Nuklu!

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May-17-17
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  Annie K.: Take a coffee break! :)

http://amajeto.com/games/amajeto_co...

May-18-17
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Annie> Thanks :)
Jun-04-17
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  WinKing: Hi SwitchingQuylthulg,

Less than 2 days till Norway Chess!

Countdown to Norway...

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This tournament will run from Jun. 6th thru Jun. 16th 2017. (9 Rounds)

Participants include Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Caruana, Giri, Karjakin, Kramnik, Nakamura, So & Vachier-Lagrave

Average rating: 2797.05 - Category: XXII

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<<> Altibox Norway Chess 2017 <>>

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**User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1. Run & hosted by <Golden Executive>. (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 11th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2017 - 11 years running)**

*User: OhioChessFan - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in). This contest is run by <chessmoron> & hosted by <OhioChessFan>.*

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Jun-29-17
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  Annie K.: Hi <Switch>... I was just wondering if I might try talking you into taking on another Bookie leg sometime? =)

That's *with* a major efficiency improvement suggestion: whenever you need help with anything fast, you wouldn't have to try to flag down Daniel... you could just notify me, and I'd see to it that it gets the most immediate attention possible. ;p

Jun-29-17
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  Annie K.: *Hail Nuklu!*
Jun-29-17
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Let's try an efficiency test... How fast can you get us two forums (one rapid, one blitz) for the Your Next Move tournament?

I think last time it took me about a week of pleading, including at least one text message; with the result that the rapid forum went up after the tournament was half over, and the blitz forum went up after the tournament was completely over. :)

Jun-29-17
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: *All glory to the Nudeities!*
Jun-29-17
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  Annie K.: Your wish is our command... ;)
Jun-29-17
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: User: wow

User: Annie K.

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Jul-24-17
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  OhioChessFan: ** Urgent Announcement **

We are running a Moves Prediction Contest for the Biel tournament at my forum. We got a late start advertising so the first round played earlier today won't count. Get your picks in for tomorrow's round ASAP!

Jul-27-17
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  moronovich: Hi <Switch> !

Just dropped by to say hello and hope that you are all right !?

All the best - moro - .

Jul-27-17
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <moronovich> Thanks for dropping by, and best of luck for your life and the Summer Leg! :)

I'm my normal self, just not spending much time on Chessgames.

Jul-27-17
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  moronovich: Thanks <Switch> !

Good to hear,and good luck with your endeavors.

Jul-29-17
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  WinKing: Hi SwitchingQuylthulg,

Sinquefield Cup 2017 begins Wednesday August 2nd!!!

Countdown to the Sinquefield Cup...

https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

♘Sinquefield♘Sinquefield Cup 2017♗Sinquefield♗

This tournament will run from Aug. 2nd thru Aug 12th 2017. (9 Rounds)

Participants include Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Caruana, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura, So, Svidler & Vachier-Lagrave

Average rating: 2787 - Category XXII

*****
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<<> Sinquefield Cup 2017 <>>

http://grandchesstour.org/2017-gran...

< 3 Prediction Contests: (Win virtual medals - Gold, Silver & Bronze) >

*** User: lostemperor - Predict the order the players will finish. Run & hosted by <lostemperor>. (3 categories to medal in) ***

**User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1. Run & hosted by <Golden Executive>. (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 11th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2017 - 11 years running)**

*User: OhioChessFan - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in). This contest is run by <chessmoron> & hosted by <OhioChessFan>.*

*****
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Also, don't forget about <chessgames> ChessBookie game for this event. She can't wait to take some or all of your chessbucks. ;)

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Aug-30-17  ahmadov: Just recently learned that a Russian wrote an interesting book about his admiration to Finland and about how the Finnish managed to build a great country. That book is titled "The country of white lilies" and was written early 20th century. It is said that Ataturk of Turkey was so impressed about the book that he ordered that the book was taught at schools all over Turkey. I started reading the book and I found that not much has changed since then - Russians still admire and respect the achievements of some small nations, but never manage to make a change in their own country.
Aug-30-17
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <ahmadov> Hi, nice to see you again! :)

It's not easy to change things in a country; countries, and the people in them, have a lot of inertia. Just as well - that's why Finland is still Finland, and Azerbaijan is still Azerbaijan, even after long periods of Russian occupation. But it also means Russia has retained its essential Russianness through times of political upheaval. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Aug-31-17  ahmadov: Well, the very difficult question to answer is who/what is to blame? Is it the people, the historical background, neighbors...? How come the Finnish manage to astonish the world with their education system, but others cannot copy that? Finally, how long shall we, the people's in Russian neighborhood, will live in this difficult situation?
Aug-31-17  ahmadov: Meanwhile, I am also surprised at your conservativeness :-) The world has changed, the Americans elected a president like Mr. Trump, but you are still in this profile picture :-)
Aug-31-17  ahmadov: If you are surprised at me remembering you and coming back to this forum after a long while, note that any time when I read about Finland and the Finnish, this associates with you. So you are the first Finnish for me, due to the very interesting time we spent on this web site a few years back, before facebook completely occupied me and my time :-)
Aug-31-17
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <ahmadov: How come the Finnish manage to astonish the world with their education system, but others cannot copy that?>

No school before the age-7 year, short school days, long recesses - anything to keep the kids from actually spending time in class. Not very much homework. Students who have no respect for their teachers. Teachers who aren't competent enough to deserve the students' respect. Education that's dumbed down enough that retarded ants, and 85% of Finnish schoolchildren, can (eventually) understand what's being said. Remedial education for the other 15%. Such a thing as free lunch. Ice hockey lessons.

Somehow it works for most people, but it does have some deep problems. In any case, it's hardly a mystery if others can't copy it; no one else has the nerve to run their schools that way.

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My approach, historically, has been to always blame peoples. Russia has gone through any number of political systems, but it's always had the same people - and the various political systems in Russia, while in some ways wildly unlike each other, have also had many similarities; which is no coincidence. So it's not surprising the same internal problems have persisted in Russia.

The things that give outsiders more immediate reasons to worry, though - like Russia's tendency to meddle in the affairs of other countries and occasionally conquer or occupy them - probably have an even simpler origin than that: Russia does that stuff because it's strong enough to get away with it. Historically, superpowers nearly always meddle in the affairs of other countries and occasionally conquer or occupy them; and the geography is particularly favorable for Russia to do so, since it's surrounded by many weaker, smaller countries and only one big one, China. Unsurprisingly, Russia deals with China in a very different way compared to its other neighbors.

There's also the great Russian myth, which holds the whole place together; the shared, purely memetic components that tell the people what Russia means, and what being Russian means, and thereby make one people of them and shape them. I'm not entirely sure what the great Russian myth actually <is>; you probably know it better than I do. But I think it has features that reinforce Russia's tendency to meddle in external affairs; features that, again, are not unusual in superpowers. Compare the American notion of "manifest destiny" - which lives on today, as Americans barely blink at the idea of their country telling everybody else what they should do. The basic idea is probably "we can do this stuff because it's us."

<Finally, how long shall we, the people's in Russian neighborhood, will live in this difficult situation?>

I'm counting on something wiping out mankind before the Russians come here again :) I think <dakgootje> looked into it and found that it's surprisingly difficult to actually kill all humans; but I'm confident that we can find a way.

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<facebook completely occupied me and my time :-)>

Sorry about that; we should have warned you about Facebook before it was too late.

Sep-06-17  ahmadov: <Switch>, thanks for sharing your thoughts on Russia and its relations with its neighbors. The problem is that Russia simply cannot be a democracy. As soon as it is a democracy, it will fall apart. And many Russians understand this very well, hence so much love and respect for Putin, IMHO.

Some people find positive consequences of Russian occupation of its neighbors, particularly in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. They say that Russia, particularly, the Soviet Union brought education, cultural development and a lot of knowledge to these regions. But I was surprised at how positively the aforementioned book presents Russia's occupation of Finland in early 19th century. When I read it, I had an impression that in fact, Russia did not occupy Finland, but it liberated this country from the occupation of Sweden. I really find it very interesting. But of course, I am aware that the Finnish are currently very worried about a potential Russian attack on their country and that they even consider joining NATO. At least, this is what I heard from an EU official from Finland, with whom I had a chance to chat about all this a few months ago in Baku.

Sep-06-17  ahmadov: <Sorry about that; we should have warned you about Facebook before it was too late.>

Well, but in our context, facebook is also a great platform for sharing your independent views on political, economic and social life of the country, and get others' views on them. Otherwise, there are not a lot of alternative media where you can get independent information and analysis in this country. I hope it will not be closed down in the future for us. Meanwhile, I still encourage you to register there :)

Sep-06-17
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <ahmadov: Some people find positive consequences of Russian occupation of its neighbors, particularly in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. They say that Russia, particularly, the Soviet Union brought education, cultural development and a lot of knowledge to these regions. But I was surprised at how positively the aforementioned book presents Russia's occupation of Finland in early 19th century. When I read it, I had an impression that in fact, Russia did not occupy Finland, but it liberated this country from the occupation of Sweden. I really find it very interesting.>

You shouldn't take everything in books like that at face value!

That said, while the early-19th-century Russian conquest of Finland was certainly not a liberation from "Swedish occupation", it was also not - to begin with - brutal or oppressive (nothing like the Russian military occupation of Finland in the 1710s had been). After the war had ended and the smoke had cleared, life in Finland continued more or less as it had under Swedish rule; the same laws applied; the old culture was maintained; and Finland did gain some autonomy. The oppression came later, in the late 19th and early 20th century; and it of course had an effect exactly opposite from the intended Russification of Finland.

But few, if any, Finns of the time viewed Finland as being "occupied by Sweden" in the first place before the Russian conquest of 1809; Finland was simply part of Sweden, and not all of it was even viewed as a unit. Finnish nationalism didn't really become a thing until after the Russian conquest.

(Finland did differ from core Sweden in that most of the population was Finnish-speaking; but Swedish was the language of the upper class, even after the Russian conquest. And the boundaries of Finland don't follow linguistic lines; Finland includes Swedish-speaking areas, even the unilingually Swedish-speaking Ĺland, while some parts of Sweden that were then largely Finnish-speaking remained under Swedish control.)

<<Switch>, thanks for sharing your thoughts on Russia and its relations with its neighbors. The problem is that Russia simply cannot be a democracy. As soon as it is a democracy, it will fall apart. And many Russians understand this very well, hence so much love and respect for Putin, IMHO.>

You are probably right; at the very least, it would take a very long time, and much effort, to make a democracy of Russia.

<But of course, I am aware that the Finnish are currently very worried about a potential Russian attack on their country and that they even consider joining NATO. At least, this is what I heard from an EU official from Finland, with whom I had a chance to chat about all this a few months ago in Baku.>

Our whole history is a history of Russian attacks; but while Russia is Finland's main external threat, most people don't see a Russian attack as imminent. The NATO discussion has been brewing for quite a while, and the argument for joining NATO can be pretty much summed up in the one word "Russia"; but so far it hasn't happened, and a slight majority of Finns oppose it. (That in itself shows that a Russian attack isn't seen as imminent; if we thought Russia was seriously planning to invade Finland we would swallow our misgivings and join NATO before you could say Mack Robinson.)

Note that most countries near Finland, including former Soviet republics Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have already joined NATO. To some extent that increases pressure on Finland to join NATO as well - if everybody else joins NATO and we do not, we're left as a natural target if Russia starts feeling expansionist. But apart from the NATO discussion, there's also talk of closer military co-operation between EU countries, which has been picking up in the age of Trump.

Sep-13-17  ahmadov: I am a bit surprised at these different views of relations between Finns-Swedish-Russians in the first half of the 19th century. Indeed, history can be told in different ways, so one needs to read different accounts to make sure that he/she does not fall under the propaganda of any side. As for the Finland's NATO membership and closer EU military cooperation, unfortunately, this is today's bad reality, when in fact, nations should abandon weapons gradually.
Sep-13-17
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: The situations did have (and still have today!) some large differences (the relationship between Azerbaijan and Iran now is nothing like the relationship between Finland and Sweden now); but there are still many significant similarities between the conquest of Swedish-ruled Finland by Russia in the early 19th century and the conquest of Iranian-ruled Azerbaijan by Russia in the early 19th century.

Just as the Finns were an ethnically and linguistically distinct population that had been ruled by Sweden for untold years and had a culture and religion similar to core Sweden (with the expected regional differences), so were the Azeris with respect to Iran; and just as the geographical boundary between Finland and Sweden - leaving much of then-Finnish-speaking Torne Valley on the Swedish side - was set by the Russian conquest, so the boundary between Azerbaijan and Iran - leaving today's Iranian Azerbaijan on the Iranian side - was set by the Russian conquest. And as far as I know, Azerbaijani nationalism wasn't really a thing before that, at least not a big thing, the same way Finnish nationalism wasn't.

Azerbaijan, of course, didn't become an autonomous Grand Duchy under Russian rule like Finland did; but what happened then still set the stage for today's independent Azerbaijan with its modern boundaries.

I'm curious to know how the Russian conquest of Azerbaijan from Iran has been treated in later Azeri - and Russian - historiography, and whether it's viewed as a liberation of the country from Iranian occupation :)

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