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Member since Oct-10-05 · Last seen Jun-13-18
Branko Katic. Born and raised in former Yugoslavia, I have been living in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, for the last 30 years. Used to play chess actively when I was a teenager, and was awarded a Candidate Master title in 1970.

I "retired" a year later, mostly due to University studies and never participated in tournaments again. Instead I got a degree in History and Social Anthropology, which didn't do me much good :-)

I had neither played chess, nor followed chess events for more than 30 years. Until, by chance, I discovered this great site: in 2005.


A fellow member, and a friend, WILSON HU User: CHESSMORON, organized a double round-robin tourney: <The MASTERS vs. the MACHINES>, February - April, 2007. It was my privilege and an honour to be on the Masters team with FIDE Master ERIC SCHILLER Eric Schiller and the USCF Master BILL WALL Bill Wall!

The link to the games: Masters vs. Machines Invitational (2007)


<A few of my favourite Chess related quotes>:

"If Acoustics was a science that informed the world about sounds, then Music was an art that revealed the beauty of that science; if Logic was a science that revealed the laws of Thought, then Chess, in the form of artistic images, was an art that illuminated the logical side of thought."


"It is too beautiful to spend your life upon. Many times have I managed to break with Chess, yet I have always fallen in love with it again. I was too captivated by the conflict between ideas and opinions, attack and defence, life and death."

<Emanuel Lasker>

"The chess player who has lost his game - who will describe him? I have seen him unable to move. The public was long gone, the lights were out, and still he sat rigidly in his chair staring at the emptied board, because he had overlooked Bg2. A case of complete petrification, with bystanders whispering and tiptoeing by.

I have heard him begging for punishment in blasphemous language. He had forgotten Nh5, and in his dismay he called down annihilation upon himself. Derisively, he rejected our words of solace, demanding insults and chastisements.

Standing afar and horror-stricken, I have witnessed him swearing in orgiastic fury to rip off his genitals, because he had played Qf6 instead of Qb6."

<Jan Hein Donner>

The one I personally subscribe to:

"Of my 57 years, I’ve applied at least 30 to forgetting most of what I've learned or read, and since I succeeded in this I have acquired a certain ease and cheer which I should never again like to be without.

If need be, I can increase my skill in chess, if need be I can do that of which I have no idea present.

I have stored little in my memory, but I can apply that little, and it is of good use in many and varied emergencies. I keep it in order, but resist every attempt to increase its dead weight."

<Dr.Emanuel Lasker>

"Aspirin can prevent pregnancy. All a woman has to do is place an aspirin between her knees and not let it go."



CHESS related links I often use:

Game Collection: 170 Major Chess Tournaments 1882-2007 compiled by User: RonB52734 Games DATABASE Sarah's Chess JOURNAL

Nasruddin Hodja's Game Collections GAMES COLLECTIONS compiled by User: nasruddin hodja

Game Collection: Nf5 sac against the kingside castled fianchetto RECORDS games Chessville-QUOTES CHESS NOTES by Edward Winter

Petrosian-Spassky World Championship Rematch (1969) All WCC Matches HISTORY of Chess Matches from R.Lopez to V.Kramnik P.Morphy's notes: De La BOURDONNAIS-A.MCDONNELL The famous PLASKETT PUZZLE - Analysis


PHOTO ALBUMS Links: ALEKHINE FAMILY PHOTOS S.RESHEVSKY - "The WUNDERKID" - PHOTOS RUSSIAN MASTERS' PHOTOS, early 20th Century S.GLIGORIC 85th Birthday Celebration S.GLIGORIC, Photos Tribute to Dr.M.Vidmar (in Russian) Photos of all Teams from 1939 Chess Olympiad, Argentina


MISC: S.GLIGORIC Interview: Analyzing by the riverside with Bobby Fischer Dr.Emanuel LASKER Biography S.GLIGORIC Biography Chess on Stamps. B.Fischer-F.Castro, Havana, 1966 ________________________________________________-


User: wordfunph April-24 :-)

SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum: How to link to a specific post!

User: themadhair Carl Sagan on Voyager I

Complete List of BOOKS about <J.R.CAPABLANCA> and <A.A.ALEKHINE>, page 230, this Forum.

Links to <The BEATLES> videos, page 266, this Forum.

Link to <PETER, PAUL and MARY> videos, page 275, this Forum.

Link to <MAHALIA JACKSON> videos, page 276, this Forum.

Link to <PAVEL BURE> videos, page 271, this Forum.


<Events organized and hosted in this Forum>: ________________________________________________-

Consultation game: "MIXED DOUBLES"

Team White: THE BATCHIMEGS <jessicafischerqueen & Eyal>

Team Black: OPENLY DEFIANT CATS <Open Defence & Brankat>

Start: June/27/2007. - End: Aug/19/2007.

ECO: B76 - <SICILIAN, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack>

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Nc6 7. f3 Bg7 8. Qd2 0-0 9. g4 Nxd4 10. Bxd4* Be6 11. h4 Qa5 12. h5 Rac8 13. a3 Bc4 14. h6 Bh8 15. 0-0-0 Bxf1 16. Rhxf1 Rc4 17. Bxf6 Bxf6 18. Nd5 Qxd2 19. Kxd2 Re8 20. Nxf6+ exf6 21. b3 Rc5 22. c4 Re6 23. Ke3 f5 24. Rd5 Kf8 25. Kd4 fxe4 26. fxe4 Ke7 27. b4 Rc6 28. g5 Rc7 29. a4 Rd7 30. Ra5 b6 31. Rb5 Kd8 32. a5 == Draw offer accepted.


Consultation Game:

< Members vs. MFO (mrfixitonline) Chess Club Members>

<MFO> :

(Akavall, bin, buti_oxa, Ceri, ForceMid, FusterCluck, Joshua, madcat_lives, samurai goroh, Stormboy).


(TheAlchemist, chessmoron, dakgootje, hitman84, jessicafischerqueen, Marco65, Rocafella>, Swapmeet, TTLump, Zebra, EmperorAtahualpa, mckmac, Elixir of Life).

WHITE: < MFO > ---BLACK: < >

Start: Jan/21/2007 - End: May/23/2007

ECO: B90 - <SICILIAN, Najdorf>

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 Ng4 7. Bc1 Nc6 8. h3 Nf6 9. Be3 e6 10. g4 Be7 11. g5 Nd7 12. h4 O-O 13. f4 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 b5 15. O-O-O Rb8 16. h5 b4 17. Na4 e5 18. Qd2 Bb7 19. g6 Bxe4 20. Bg2 Bf5 21. Bd5 Rc8 22. Bb3 Be4 23. gxf7+ Rxf7 24. fxe5 Nxe5 25. Nb6 Rc6 26. Rhf1 Qe8 27. Rxf7 Nxf7 28. Nd5 Bd8 29. h6 a5 30. Re1 a4 31. Bxa4 Bh4 32. Qd4! and Black resigns.


Consultation game: American kibitzers: "ISOLATED PAWNS"
<Akavall, square dance, suenteus po 147>

vs. Canadian kibitzers: "NORTHERN KNIGHTS"
<AgentRgent, Hesam7, THE Pawn>


Start: Sep, 05/2006 - End: Nov, 11/2006.

ECO: B17 <CARO-KANN, Steinitz Variation.>

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Ng5 e6 6. Bd3 Ngf6 7. N1f3 Bd6 8. Qe2 h6 9. Ne4 Nxe4 10. Qxe4 c5 11. Bd2 Nf6 12. Qe2 a6 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. 0-0 0-0 15. c4 e5 16. Bc3 Re8 17. Rad1 Qb6 18. b4 Bxb4 19. Rb1 e4 20. Rxb4 Qc5 21. Bc2 Bg4 22. Qe3 Qxe3 23. fxe3 exf3 24. Bxf6 gxf6 25. c5 Be6 26. Bb3 Bxb3 27. axb3 Rac8 28. Rxf3 1/2-1/2.

Nov. 11/06: Draw offer accepted by "Northern Knights".

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   brankat has kibitzed 18784 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-12-18 Svetozar Gligoric (replies)
brankat: There should be a much simpler and a more valid method of comparing the relative playing strength of players from different eras. Never mind all the possible mathematical complexities. During the 1957-1959 period S.Gligoric may have been behind Botvink, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, ...
   Mar-05-18 Von Gottschall vs Tarrasch, 1888 (replies)
brankat: Possibly the ugliest game I've ever seen.
   Feb-01-18 Bronstein vs V Mikenas, 1941 (replies)
brankat: Apparently this game was played on June-23-1941. No mention in which city of the USSR. Germany attacked Soviet Union on June-22.
   Dec-31-17 brankat chessforum (replies)
brankat: Happy New Year!
   Dec-24-17 chessforum (replies)
brankat: Happy Holiday season everyone!
   Dec-24-17 moronovich chessforum (replies)
brankat: Wishing You a very happy Holiday season my friend!
   Dec-24-17 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
brankat: Dear Jess, Wishing You a very happy Holiday season!
   Dec-24-17 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
brankat: Wishing You the best of the Holiday season! Thank You for the card.
   Dec-24-17 SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum (replies)
brankat: Happy Holidays old friend!
   Dec-04-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
brankat: <Chessgames Bookie> Thank You. The thing is working now.
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  brankat: <moronovich> "Chelsea - Napoli"? Never heard of them! Sounds like English and Italian. Are they new, young Super GMs? :-)
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  brankat: <sleepless in seattle> Hi again! I usually visit Seattle during summers. This year most likely sometime in late August. Will let You know.

Starbucks sounds good. I've not been to the original branch yet!

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  brankat: $100,000 short :-)

Mar-14-12  sleepless in seattle: Ok Brankat I will look forward for that. Chat with you later.
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  wordfunph: <brankat: An investment opportunity: a Town for sale :-)>

no bees, no honey; no work, no money..

$100k makes around 20,000 used chessbooks, that would jack up my library to 20,458 volumes :)

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  wordfunph: Fil-Am wins ‘Top Chef: Texas’

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  brankat: <wordfunph> <..Paul won $125,000 cash and a car, ..>

Now he can afford to buy the town:-)`

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  brankat: <no bees, no honey; no work, no money..>

Some girls say: No money, no honey:-)

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  brankat: Quote(s) of the Day:

"According to Nigel “Romeo” Short, this move is more solid than 15….b5, which he describes as being similar to a playboy’s concept of marriage: ‘too committal’."

– D. Ebrahim Al Mannai

"Short was struttin’ his hot stuff with some of the attractive ladies in attendance. They somehow managed to resist his studly hands-in-pockets-with-shoulders-hunched in mating stance as he worked his mojo."

– D. Ebrahim Al Mannai :-)

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  brankat: Good night.
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  brankat: And good evening!
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Good morning :-)
Mar-15-12  sleepless in seattle: Good afternoon Brankat!
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  brankat: Good afternoon <s-in-S>, good evening <SQ>. For other time zones, also good evening, good morning and good night.

To all: Good Day :-)

I guess this covers it. For today.

Mar-15-12  Memethecat: <brankat> OK you've dragged your B back so i've got some thinking to do.

How do you manage so much kbzin? A couple of hours on this thing kills me. I've spent most of the day trying to work out how to record stuff from youtube, mission accomplished through a LOT of trial & (mostly) error.

Get back to you with move after a bit o thinkin

Mar-15-12  sleepless in seattle: 2:22 PM Seattle. I think you got it covered Brankat.
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  brankat: <Memethecat>

<How do you manage so much kbzin?..>

Because I usually manage to avoid:

<...some thinking to do...> :-)

<..trial & (mostly) error...>

This method is. more or less, the only one we have at our disposal.

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  brankat: This has been a very long day for me. Actually, make it three long days in a row, with almost no sleep at all. Good night once again.
Mar-16-12  Nemesistic: Hey.. <Brankat> If you've got a problem, strap on a pair and come to me first in future..

Otherwise just keep your mouth shut.

Mar-16-12  Nemesistic: <KKDEREK> I call it self defense, just like now.. Someone attacks me or interfere's in my business i'll go at them hard!

My problem with the admins, is exactly that.. MINE! Nobody elses.

And how can you talk about AJ, your always on his case but that dont bother me, because its not my business..

So what would you do? Seriously, what would you personally do??

And yes my name is Mark im well aware lol

Mar-17-12  quantum.conscious: <brankat: This has been a very long day for me. Actually, make it three long days in a row, with almost no sleep at all. Good night once again.>

meditation will definitely help.

i don't know if you understand the mechanism of meditation (why is meditation effective etc.). if you don't and want to understand , we can talk.

medicines also work but not very consistently and they work just like painkiller (i mean analgesics gives relief by suppressing the symptom. don't cure)

however, one should get into meditation only if there is a call from within (if it seems right for one intuitively , that is).

<achieve> was talking about schema therapy a while back and that is good . it does not have to be schema therapy or any other specific therapy. the point is just to understand one's mind and whatever process works for one to that end is good. now, someone like you who is very wise and mature (that is the impression i get reading your posts) obviously knows one's mind very well . however, there are always deeper and deeper levels of understandings and every one usually has some blind spots. understanding one's mind and meditation/mindfulness is the way, imho.

sorry if my unsolicited (and public) suggestions sounded irrtating. won't do again.

i am praying for your well being.

best wishes.

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  brankat: <quantum.conscious> Thank You very much for this post. Very kind and informative. I will have to give the whole thing some serious thought, which I have not really done so far.
Mar-17-12  quantum.conscious: <brankat: <quantum.conscious> Thank You>

you welcome.

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  brankat: J.R.Capablanca on Lasker, Tarrasch and Teichman:

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  brankat: Quote of the Day:

(applicable to a number of my games)

"Just the kind of blunder with which this very wretched specimen of a game ought to finish." :-)

-– William Norwood Potter

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