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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 (kibitz #7705)

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 (kibitz #8716)

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>.>>

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

   hms123 has kibitzed 12693 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-23-17 hms123 chessforum
hms123: <offramp> Yes, I saw that. I have most of his popular logic books. I enjoyed what I understood. Thanks, Hms
   Jan-14-17 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
hms123: No question about it:
   Dec-31-16 WinKing chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-16 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
hms123: Thanks. Merry Christmas!
   Oct-27-16 dakgootje chessforum (replies)
hms123: <dak> hail fellow well met
   Sep-16-16 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
   Sep-06-16 playground player chessforum (replies)
hms123: <pgp> I read all of the Ken Holt series as a child. I am pretty sure I owned most of them. Unfortunately, the books went the way of my comic books, my baseball cards, and the rest of my valuable possessions.
   Jun-02-16 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Annie K.> You must be thinking of the 90 <proof> rum <in the pudding>. ;-)
   Feb-25-16 Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (replies)
hms123: team white <OCF> Is this it? If not you might be able to find it by using search kibitzing on yourself and looking at posts near to that date. This came from page 2030 of your kibitzes. <Dec-09-10 imag ...
   Jan-26-16 ChessBookForum chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Zanzibar> Yes, it would be helpful. <GiuocoPianoMan: Anyone hear care to recommend a book on the English Opening? I have an MCO, but I wouldn't mind a monograph. This a new opening to me- and I have drawn twice with a computer program set at approx. my level 1700. ...
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  WinKing: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays <hms123> to you & yours! :)
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  chancho: Feliz Navidad, Amigo!!
Dec-25-15  chess4games: <hms123> Merry Christmas!
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  hms123: <chess4games>

Merry Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by.

Dec-30-15  Sularus: Happy holidays <hms>!
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  playground player: <hms123> Two cannibals were eating a clown, when the one turned to the other and asked, "Does this guy taste funny to you?"

Happy New Year

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  hms123: <Sularus> Thanks.
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  WinKing: Thanks for the vote in the Caisar Awards for Most Helpful <hms123>. It's always nice to be considered for such an Award. Hope all has been well with you. :)
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I'm in Canada and I'm locked out of every email account because of "enforced two step verification."

I won't be able to read any emails until I return to Korea at the end of February.

If you have time, might you email <Big> and let him know? He sent me an email and a passel of bird photos that I didn't even look at yet, just before I left Korea.

Please tell him I won't be able to reply until the end of February?

While I'm here, you may be pleased, or horrified, to know that Korean College Administrators are every bit as crazy and erratic as they are in Canada.

<The Nashville Institute for Southern Catholic Girls in Trouble>, your prestigious previous place of employment, was surely lucky to have you.

I bet you were one of only a handful of sane university administrators in the history of the Excited States.

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  hms123: <Jess>

Done. Easy enough. Welcome back.

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  Fusilli: <hms123> You are back in business! How's bridge?

I've been lying low, knee deep in work lately. Resurfacing today briefly. Made third place in the Nashville championship... drew Burnett again, lost to Andrews. (They drew each other and Andrews won the championship.) I won my other three games. Dan Fleetwood played. He made the final but then didn't do well. My rating is up to 2215, fifth in the state now (although the 5-10 group is a tight pack). The same rating in New York state would buy me only 95th place!

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  hms123: <Fusilli>

Congrats on going back past 2200.

Bridge is going quite well. I am playing better than ever. And without all the late night studying that chess used to take.

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  Domdaniel: <H> That may be because bridge is about communication but chess is about secrecy.

Hope all is well with you.

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  playground player: <hms123> Greetings, earthling! Long time, no see.

I have just received the first book in Grosset & Dunlap's "Ken Holt Mystery" series, boys' adventures published in the 1950s. These are said to be similar to the Rick Brant books, so I'm expecting to enjoy a treat.

As a connoisseur of vintage kid-lit, are you familiar with these?

Nov-14-16  chesstoplay: Hi Howard,

Two days late, but - - - Happy Birthday!!

I'll try to give you a call in the next few days.



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  hms123: <Peter>

Thank. All is well.

Dec-18-16  Skisuitof10: Just stumbled onto hms123's games collections. A great resource, especially as I have a lot of the books referenced.. Thanks.
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  playground player: <hms123> Hi, Mr. Bridge Player!

If you're interested in reading any more of them, <Bell Mountain No. 9>, <The Throne>, is to be published next month.

How've you been?

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  WinKing: Merry Christmas to you <hms123>! Hope all has been well with you. :)
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  Penguincw: Hope all is good for you <hms123>. Happy Holidays to you. :)
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  WinKing: Happy New Year <hms123>! 😊
Jan-26-17  mckmac: <Howard> Greetings!

Breaking News from Winegrowers Weekly Magazine ... Matted Elk is back!! After years of difficulty, 2016 was a good growing season, and there are bottles going onto the shop shelves even as we speak.

The sad news is that heavy demand means the price has almost doubled and The Elk cannot be had for less than US$7.00. Still good budget drinking imo.

(Available online through BiPolar Bear Wholesalers)


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  hms123: <mckmac>

Greetings and thanks for the important economic news. I still have an adequate supply of the 2015 vintage. Now if I could just find my boxcutter all would be well.

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  offramp: RAYMOND SMULLYAN is now dead. He was 97 and a half.
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  hms123: <offramp>
Yes, I saw that. I have most of his popular logic books. I enjoyed what I understood.


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