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Member since Jun-23-09 · Last seen Nov-25-15
9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)

<Never give away for free what someone else will pay you for> - TheFocus.

Site record holder for most posts in a day with 500. Of course, the Admins deleted most of them, but my second record of 300 posts in a day still stands.

Leader of the Troop and a charter member of the CG7.

Everyone has that one brilliancy or near-brilliant game inside of him or her. Here is my favorite game. It was played against a very strong postal player, but here he made several weak moves. My scoresheet shows his rating at that time to be 1977, a CCLA rating. His last rating in the USCF is 1951. I did not complete this tournament.

<Focus> – H.W. Gustafson

Torre Attack

CCLA Grand National Preliminaries

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e3 c5 5.c3 Be7 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.Bd3 c4 8.Bc2 Nb6 <Weak.> 9.O-O O-O 10.Ne5 Ne8 <Weak again.> 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.f4 f6? <I was surprised at this weak move. My opponent was rated much higher than me in this postal federation, although we both had Expert ratings in the USCF.> 13.Bxh7+! Kxh7 14.Qh5+ Kg8 15.Ng6 Qd6 <If 15...Qc7 16.Nf3 Qd7 17.Ng5 (Sacrificing a second piece as White threatens mate by Qh8.) 17...fxg5 18.fxg5 Rxf1+ 19. Rxf1 (Threatens mate by Rf8.) 19...Nf6 20. gxf6 Kf7 21.fxg7+ Kxg7 22.Qh8+! (Sacrificing a third piece for mate.) 22...Kxg6 23.Rf6+ Kg5 24.Qh6+ Kg4 25.Rf4 mate.> 16. e4! Kf7 <If 16...dxe4 17. Nxe4 Qc7 18. Ng5! and the mating theme is the same as in the last note: 18...fxg5 19. fxg5 Rxf1+ 20. Rxf1 Nf6 21. gxf6 gxf6 22. Qh8+ Kf7 23. Rxf6 mate. The purpose of 16. e4 as opposed to 16. Nf3 is simply to drive the Black Queen off the third rank and away from f8.> 17. e5 Qc7 18. Nf3 Nd7 19. Ng5+ fxg5 20. fxg5+ Nef6 21.gxf6 1–0. <If 21…Kg8 22. Ne7 mate. If 21...Ke8 22. Nxf8+ Kxf8 23. fxg7+ Kxg7 24. Rf7+ Kg8 25. Qh7 mate; or 21...gxf6 22. Qh7+ Ke8 23. Qe7 mate; or 21...Nxf6 22. Rxf6+ gxf6 23. Qh7+ wins the Queen.>

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   Nov-25-15 Robert James Fischer (replies)
TheFocus: <harry> Quit mooning over <Miss Scarlett> and give us your Top Ten Fischer games based on the endgame.
   Nov-25-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
TheFocus: I must have the stupidest brother-in-law in the world. Popcorn in the toaster?!
   Nov-24-15 TheFocus chessforum
TheFocus: #19th to 19,000. There must be some good luck to go with that?
   Nov-24-15 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
TheFocus: <Domdaniel> <Focus> < *Irish* slang? Nah, it's English. 'The Bog' does admittedly feature in Irish slang -- 'bogmen' for rural types, 'the bog' for country areas outside Dublin, etc. But I think 'bog off' is different -- a euphemism for other "--- off" terms.> I ...
   Nov-24-15 optimal play chessforum (replies)
TheFocus: <50% of the cabinet is female!> The end of Canada as we know it, eh?
   Nov-24-15 Stasch Mlotkowski
TheFocus: <MissScarlett><The game scores are fine; the game data is not to be trusted.> You are right.
   Nov-24-15 Odd Lie
TheFocus: <Karposian> <WannaBe> <41 years ago, Lucy was discovered in Afar Depression,> <That's sad news. I hope she is feeling better now.> I think she's feeling better now. I just saw her pull a football away from Charlie Brown and he went flat on his back. That ...
   Nov-24-15 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
TheFocus: Who determined that Kasparov had a "fear of losing"? He might not have liked losing, but I doubt that he had any fears about losing. He had too much confidence in himself.
   Nov-24-15 Y Sakharov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1957 (replies)
TheFocus: Nice puzzle. h5+ was a good move that wins a piece. <Beside Bxe3, what is the only winning move for white?> Kh6
   Nov-23-15 Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973 (replies)
TheFocus: <mikrohaus> I think Smyslov was one of the greatest in history.
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  TheFocus: Well I saw <TheAngryTaxiDriver> and knew it was <Bickle>. I wasn't going to say anything to him but today he had to run his mouth and then he got his girlfriend <harriet> stirred up again.

I don't think either of them farts unless the other one has given him permission to.

Two sick little puppies.

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  TheFocus: Ronda Rousey got knocked put by Holly Holm!

As an MMA teacher, I could see some mistakes in Ronda's game plan, but that's the way the fight game goes.

Come back and get your belt back!

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  TheFocus: <parisattack> <Big article here this week about homeless people on Oahu>

It is getting worse all the time. One problem is there is no rent control. People have jobs but rents are getting too high. Many of them live along the Waianae coast so I consider them houseless. They work and send their kids to school but come home to a tent on the beach.

Your other set of homeless are the dregs that do not want to work. They are the drunks and drug users, or they stand on the corner yelling at the world, stinking of urine.

They infest the parks and ruin it for everybody.

Where I come from, there are vagrancy laws that keep people from living on the streets. Many a vagrant has been escorted to the county line and given a warning not to return. When I was there on vacation, there were no one sleeping on the streets, or panhandling.

We are not hurting, owning a house in Pearl Highlands. In a few years, we are selling out and leaving "Paradise."

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  TheFocus: Well, today I had to say good-bye to some Native Americans who were working on a construction project at my job.

"May your journey upon the Red Road be interesting and may you see many summers."

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  TheFocus: So many relatives coming through the house today has my nerves frazzled.

I don't know whether I should bang a gong or bong a gang.

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  WannaBe: Saw you have a new title for your forum, North Dakota Navajo? Didn't realize them Navajo lived that far north. =))
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  TheFocus: <Two Years Ago>

Every night for the last two years, my cat scratches at my front door.

I thought the scratching would end when he died.

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  TheFocus: Burritos and champagne?
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  TheFocus: Boring Saturday ending soon.

Rain was pouring down so I stayed home. Got a lot of work done around the apartment. Purging and cleaning.

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  TheFocus: Another rainy day. May become Beer Sunday.
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  parisattack: A six-pack of Primo - and the bong.
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  TheFocus: I post chess quotes by famous players and get criticized.

I post chess trivia/history and get criticized.

Someone posts thousands of Bible verses and silence fills the room.

Someone posts thousands of music videos and the silence is deafening.

Seems to me that a great many posters on this site should put on their big girl panties and shut up about what I do.

Nov-23-15  Jim Bartle: I was going to tell you the quotes are great and some of the jokes are, too. But OK, I'll just shut up.
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<TheFocus> Who was criticizing you for posting chess trivia/history?

Please don't stop doing that- you have a huge library and I think the vast majority of the readers appreciate you sharing that information on the game and player pages.

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  OhioChessFan: <Someone posts thousands of Bible verses and silence fills the room.>

Not true, they are commented on for it, they ignore it and so be it. And they don't regularly fill the entire first page of recent kibitzing. This is a matter of scale.

<Someone posts thousands of music videos and the silence is deafening.>

See the above.

I like the quotes although I think you go a little overboard. Some of the jokes are good. The incessant references to simuls? Meh. It strikes me as minituae, not history. It gives every appearance of wanting to build up a post count.

I disagree with <Jess> and think most people feel the same way about the simul kibitzes as I do. Maybe I'm wrong.

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  Karposian: <OhioChessFan: I disagree with <Jess> and think most people feel the same way about the simul kibitzes as I do. Maybe I'm wrong.>

Yes, you're wrong.

<TheFocus>, please continue posting trivia and quotes, everything you've got. I enjoy reading your posts, and on top of that you're a pretty funny guy too!

Ignore the naysayers. There will always be those who for some (psychological?) reason feel the need to criticize other posters because they don't like their content, they disagree with their views, the topic doesn't interest them, or whatever.

Keep up the good work.

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  TheFocus: Thank you everyone for your comments.

I appreciate both the nays and the yeas.

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  TheFocus: Reposted from Capablanca vs S M Ballou, 1915:

<Miss Scarlett> After mulling it over, I have decided to accept your advice and will stop posting stuff on Capablanca. I am finding that Caparros has many mistakes and he is my major source.

I think you have pointed out three mistakes so far. As a big fan of Capablanca, I don't want to spread false information.

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  TheFocus: Rainy again for the third day in a row.

During the winter in Hawai'i, we don't tan, we rust.

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  TheFocus: If anyone here is into martial arts, my teacher is on the December cover of BLACK BELT Magazine. Also 2015 Black Belt Hall of Fame Self Defense Instructor of the Year.

I come from a good lineage.

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  TheFocus: So far no rain. But I think winter has arrived in Hawai'i. We will probably have plenty of rain. At least it's not snow or ice or sleet.
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  WannaBe: Light sprinkle here at NorCal, should turn into (heavy) rain by late today/tomorrow. Gonna be fun for the holiday travelers.

Taking some co-workers to SFO tomorrow after work.

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  parisattack: Happy TGD <TheFocus>! We're headed up the hill for a few days, see you on the flip-flop.

Enjoy your turkey or huli-huli haole, whichever tradition you follow.

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  TheFocus: <parisattack> I don't think huli huli haole will be served! It will have to be turkey.

Enjoy your mountain retreat!

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  TheFocus: #19th to 19,000.

There must be some good luck to go with that?

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