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Member since Dec-13-07
Welcome, all! This is the place for frivolous commentary, serious commentary, and cogent discussion.


My favorite wines:

Matted Elk (red), March 2012

Matted Elk (red), April 2012

Matted Elk (red), May 2012

Matted Elk (red), June 2012 (limited bottling, no longer available)

Matted Elk (red), July 2012

I am looking forward to the release of the August 2012 vintage.


Work, the what's-its-name of the thingummy and the thing-um-a-bob of the what d'you-call-it. (P. G. Wodehouse)

You have to bring some funk to get some. You can't just walk in a place and expect to get some funk. If you ain't bring no funk, then you can't get no funk..Another thing is, you can't fake the funk or your nose will grow. (Bootsy Collins)

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base. (Dave Barry)


Here's an article that I wrote:

<Chess Life, August, 2011, <<Brave New World: Human Intuition and Computer-assisted Chess>>
(Most Notable Achievement in Correspondence Chess
Winner: Brave New World: Human Intuition by Howard Sandler, Ph.D. and the World Team – Chess Life – August, 2011)

These are links that I find useful:

1. <<<New Search Feature instructions>>> chessforum

2. <<<Wiki info on FEN notation>>>

3. <<<Fen Help>>> FEN Help Page

4. <<<FEN Reverser>>>

5. <<<Zip File Archive>>> Zipfile Archive

6. <<Jan van Reek's site:>>

7. <<ICCF Archives:>>

8. <<iPad shortcuts:>> hms123 chessforum

9. <<pgn4web quickstart:>> Pgn4web Quickstart and hms123 chessforum

10. <<change password:>>

11. <<Internet Archives WayBackMachine:>>

12. <<Avatar sizer>>

13. <<K+B+N vs K:>>

14. <<Collection to check out:>> Game Collection: They were surprised

15. <<Puzzles:>>

16. <<kingscrusher's video spreadsheet>>

17. <<chess.ok online opening book:>>

18. <<PGN reader:>>

19. <<Time zones:>>

20. <<Build an opening repertoire>> FSR chessforum

21. <<Is a website down?>>

22. <<FICS Info>> User: FICS Info

23. <<Map of US dialects>>

24. <<Windows Help Info>>

<<<Caissar Awards>>>

Thanks to User: wannabe for running the contest, and to everyone who voted for me or for any of the other fine nominees.

<<2008 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>. (shared with User: brankat)>>

<<2009 Caissar Award winner for <most constructive kibitzer>.>>

<<2011 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>

<<2012 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>

<<2013 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>


An interesting chess set that my wife gave me many years ago:

>> Click here to see hms123's game collections. Full Member

   hms123 has kibitzed 12603 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-21-15 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Jan-20-15 hms123 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Fusilli> Thanks. Interesting response to your comment on the cg forum. Mr. G is apparently no rose. <Switch> is a constant source of amazement.
   Jan-20-15 chessforum (replies)
hms123: Thanks. It really was a team effort. So many people sent me paragraphs and comments and songs (<OhioChessFan>). People like <zanshin> and <crawfb5> and <kutztown46> and others edited draft after draft. Daniel Freeman did the same. <chesstoplay> got me ...
   Jan-17-15 The Caissars chessforum (replies)
hms123: I vote for <Carlsen> for Player of the Year. <Annie> said it all (and then some). I vote for <The World vs. Naiditsch>. I still marvel at this position: [DIAGRAM] Naiditch played <24...c6> [DIAGRAM] and his position collapsed soon after.
   Jan-04-15 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Annie> I wanted to "like" your post to <Abdel> But I couldn't, then I decided I should "love" your post. So I just did.
   Jan-01-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Annie> Good luck. I expect that this quarter I will get the <rockin' pneumonia and the bookie wookie flu>.
   Dec-25-14 morfishine chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-14 chesstoplay chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-14 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
hms123: <OCF> Merry Christmas!
   Dec-25-14 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Jess> Merry Christmas!
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  Travis Bickle: Merry Christmas hms!!

Because of your avatar I thought it only fitting to send you a Dr Suess Christmas message... ; P

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  WinKing: Merry Christmas to you & yours <hms123>! :)
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<Martinez> Merry Christmas!

The latest single from your label has dropped:

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  hoodrobin: Hi <hms>. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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  wordfunph: <hms> Merry Christmas!
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  Penguincw: Happy Holidays <hms123>!
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  OhioChessFan: 50 days ago:

<I have played through the lines dozens of times so I understand what's about to happen after move 24. Keeping with the theme of marveling at the position, we will first put a pawn on g4 (blocking the WB's path), then move it to <g5> where it is unprotected. Meanwhile, <d1> becomes a transit stop for the WR and the WB.

<All> we get is a nasty passed pawn on the e-file. Astounding, really.>

26. Rd1 27. g4 28. g5 30. Bd1

Not bad predicting there.

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  hms123: <Penguincw>

Thanks. I hope the coming year is wonderful for you.

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  hms123: <OCF> Thanks. I really was just marveling.
Dec-25-14  Open Defence: Merry Christmas!!!
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  hms123: <Deffi> Thanks and the same right back at you. How are things going? Taking pictures right and left, I'll bet.
Dec-25-14  chesstoplay: < H >,

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your wife!


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  morfishine: <hms123> I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a great New Year!

And something new this year: Homemade eggnog Dee-lish :)


Dec-26-14  cormier: Joyeux Noël ...
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  hms123: <cormier> Merci bien. Je espère que votre année sera merveilleux.
Dec-30-14  brankat: Happy New Year!
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  playground player: <hms123> Happy New Year, Mr. October!
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  Fusilli: Best wishes for 2015, H!
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  Annie K.: Happy New Year! :)
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  hms123: Thanks to all. I am looking forward to a great 2015 for all of us here at
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  hms123: <World Team>

The CJA is proud to present to

Howard Sandler, Ph.D. and the World Team

<The 2012 Chess Journalist Award for

Most Notable Achievement in Correspondence Chess

Brave New World: Human Intuition
Chess Life – August, 2011>

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  Fusilli: Cheers!!
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  hms123: <Fusilli>

Thanks. Interesting response to your comment on the cg forum. Mr. G is apparently no rose. <Switch> is a constant source of amazement.

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  Fusilli: <hms123> I know! Did you look at those old posts too? I wonder if DF deleted his own posts... Sometimes it's not clear what G means, though. That reference to Obama was indecipherable to me.

In other news, I played the city championship final a few weekends ago, a 6-player round robin. My score was +2 = 1 -2. I beat Ron Burnett (M Sana vs R Burnett, 2015). As it turns out, I have a positive score against him at this point (+2 -1 =1). Then I lost again to Todd Andrews (T D Andrews vs M Sana, 2015). My score with him is -3 =1, with all the losses playing black. The draw was with me handling white. I hope I have white in my next game against him. I also uploaded an interesting draw: D Justice vs M Sana, 2015.

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  playground player: <hms123> In 2011 there was a rash of TV personalities uncontrollably speaking gibberish while on the air. You'll find some video in here:

In 1957, in one of his Rick Brant Science Adventures, <The Electronic Mind Reader>, Hal Goodwin seems to be describing how this might be done to someone on purpose. For more, see my blog today.

I've told you these Rick Brant books are way cool. This one (a Christmas present from <mrs. pgp>) is setting my brain on fire.

How've you been, kimosabe? Haven't heard much from you lately.

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