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mckmac
Member since Aug-12-06
Addicted to chess and old enough to know better. Still thinks the Vienna Gambit is sound. Digs Lichess and the cheeses of the world. Born in Chester, Cheshire, England, and for many years now, a New Zealander. Trying to learn the correct move order in the London System.

"Since my house burned down
I now own a better view
of the rising moon"

-Mizuta Masahide (水田 正秀, 16571723)

Gens una sumus.

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   mckmac has kibitzed 1338 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-23-19 Domdaniel chessforum
 
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   May-18-19 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
 
mckmac: <Nisjesram> Goodnight.
 
   May-17-19 mckmac chessforum
 
mckmac: <TGA> I've been no more than a sporadic poster over the years, but yeah, I think I joined the same year as <JFQ> and Domdaniel. Thanks for dropping by.
 
   May-16-19 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
mckmac: Classic Harry.
 
   May-15-19 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
mckmac: <Annie:... because it's exactly the sort of thing Gerry would have liked, in general I don't consider keeping his forum active a desirable idea at all...> Agreed:) I think we managed to blow up a few balloons for his birthday, and I hope I'm around next year to do the same.
 
   May-09-19 offramp chessforum (replies)
 
mckmac: <TGA> This is a bit of a worry. Offramp is one of the pillars of the site.
 
   May-06-19 Hector vs Short, 1983 (replies)
 
mckmac: <Count and Perf> Yes, gentlemen, I am now seeing this game in a whole new light. To be frank, the little I actually *know* about the French Defense you could fit on a postcard, leaving plenty of room for the stamp. When facing 1..e6, I chicken out and play the exchange, or ...
 
   May-05-19 E Knopfler vs I Kirkwood, 1953
 
mckmac: 'Six Blade Knife' is another goodie. This clip from '79 features Mark's brother (and Erwin Knopfler's son) David on rhythm guitar. https://youtu.be/l7aLPFlJb9s
 
   May-02-19 V Raicevic vs Keene, 1984
 
mckmac: I was surprised and charmed by the way White forced the win here. 32.Qf2 followed by 33.Qb6 just leaves Black helpless. His position falls apart. Nice play from GM Vladimir Raicevic.
 
   May-02-19 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
mckmac: <Eyal: this needs an update> Fascinating read as it stands.
 
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Oct-01-08
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  mckmac: < Folding Sentences Players > First Tea Break called.Weather fixin' to storm.Players are advised that there may well be no play before the weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cWt...

Oct-01-08  hms123: <mckmac> here's today's quotation:

<It is quite rare that we find a world class player writing a book about an opening that can still be found in his repertoire.

--- Carsten Hansen>

I will respond in the next 24 hours--hms

Oct-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  mckmac: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnuC...
Oct-13-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  mckmac: I was looking for Aretha Franklin's 'Save Me' but here is Nina Simone instead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMI2...

Oct-14-08  hms123: <mckmac> I got your email--I am up for anything as far as the rules are concerned, but I do kind of like the two sentences, one visible version. One thing to consider is how many rounds we need before there is a story.
Oct-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  mckmac: < hms123 > How about six rounds? Each cycle has six sentences,so that would achieve a certain symmetry...

Something else to consider is new paragraphs.Perhaps each player should have one opportunity to start a new one.

< jessicafischerqueen > & < Boomie > Your thoughts,if you please.

Oct-15-08  hms123: <mckmac> fine with me. I'm easy.
Oct-17-08
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  mckmac: < hms123 > & < jessicafischerqueen > & < Boomie >

Okay,we're set then.The 'parameters' are (1) Two sentences each.Only the second shown. (2) One new paragraph each (3) Six Cycles to finish(36 sentences)

Houston,we have ignition,but where's the smoking room again?

Oct-17-08  hms123: <mckmac> ok--now what? are we continuing on where we left off? or starting anew? all is good--hms
Oct-18-08
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  mckmac: < hms123 > ...continuing as we are,if that's okay with all.There were no further suggestions,so we'll stick with the two sentences(only one shown)for this game.

As for 'length',we are doing six cycles(36 sentences in total).

Oct-18-08  hms123: <mckmac> My response should be there by now--I like it--thanks--hms
Oct-21-08
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  mckmac: Hey, all you Bowie fans and fannettes,you know the track 'Facination' from 'Young Americans',well guess who actually wrote it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wHJ...

You got it!

Oct-21-08
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  Domdaniel: <mckmac> "... and discourage casual onlookers ..."

Ah. It's not the filthy lucre you object to, it's the filthy lookers-on.

Oct-23-08
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  mckmac: < Domdaniel > Hey I said that.I guess I should feel flattered.I guess I do.
Oct-23-08
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  Domdaniel: <mckmac> You don't happen to know who said it first, do you? I'm fairly sure it wasn't either of us, but I can't remember where I nicked it from.

*surrounded by heaps of stolen intellectual property, making frantic attempts to pass it off as my own*

*tries one on at random*

"Do my frontal lobes look big in this?"

Nov-13-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  rogge: Thank you for the quote.
Nov-30-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  mckmac: *** Fire and Forget ***

By < hms123 >&< jessicafischerqueen >& < Boomie >

"It is quite rare that we find a world class player writing a book about an opening that can still be found in his repertoire.Secrets should be kept in small boxes.If you see an opening, go for it.For she who hesitates is lost.And yet she who is lost must yet hesitate."

All unintended consequences require contemplation.She meditated on the wreckage of her good intentions. Those same meditations led to a resurgence of intentions that were, of course, less than admirable.

"Admirable intentions... I knew an Admiral Intentions once... he was certainly less than admirable. However, on the Field of Mars we call our beloved chess board, the only progress that can be made is fueled by less than admirable intentions-- by intentions that are forged in Blood and Iron, forged in the reptile brain that wishes nothing other than the utter destruction of the opponent, than to raze him, burn him and sow him with salt so that nothing can grow there till the end of time.Yet even while enjoying the entrails of a fallen foe, the Komodo dragon may glance up at the warmth of the sun."

"In the combat arena, through extraordinary valor and skill, there can arise the sense of a higher purpose, a sweet science.The sweet science is all the sweeter for its rule-based violence.Its primitive nature accounts for its popularity."

"Quite so, Dr. Tarrasch!" interjected the overexcited biology student, who had recently suffered a significant drop in his grade-point average due to a recently acquired, and most unfortunate, fascination with the <English Opening: King's English Variation. Hungarian Attack With 11...kh9>, "But surely you don't propose that the amygdala is some kind of wanton playground suitable for the fancies of young Catholic High School Girl Chess Students in trouble?" Dr. Tarrasch almost imperceptibly lifted his left eyelid, deigning only to remark "Someone get that dirty young man out of this operating theatre."His pince-nez slightly askew, Aron Nimzowitsch nodded his head in approval.

But Frank Marshall intervened saying "You'll have to come through me first!" Madonna immediately piped up with "Ladies first! Ladies first!" just before the tiger ate her for lunch.

That was, of course, a certain chess-playing tiger whose friends called him Petrosian.Petrosian had been awarded this sobriquet by benevolent teachers who regarded his equanimity in class as a sign that he was a friendly, happy, pliable student-- a "rosy" teacher's "pet," if you will-- hence "Petrosian"-- but the hidden truth was almost too awful to apprehend.Young Petrosian secretly hustled all of his classmates' borscht money during recess in forbidden chess games, in which he would often give his hapless prey Knight odds and then proceed to dismantle their hopes, dreams, and very souls, peppering his relentless play with taunts such as "Your Grandmother's farm has spotty raspberries." But his fear of detection rose to paranoiac levels where school lockers contained KGB agents with binoculars, textbooks hid listening devices, and every opponent was assumed to be a snitch.To insulate himself, the master of defense created the Chess Thieves World, a group of young toughs with bishop tatoos and bad attitudes who patrolled the hallways during games, pummelled snitches, and blitz beat down new members including the ingrate who would eventually clip the Tiger's tail.

But then, perhaps a "den of thieves" isn't collective at all, but is merely metaphorical.Or, perhaps it is both.It is neither. It is an art.Bringing order to the chaotic mundane is a worthy goal, but don't let the chaos win.Let the chaos wash over you.

Dec-01-08  hms123: <Matt> Thanks again for doing this.
May-03-19
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  mckmac: 🌍🌎🌏
May-03-19
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  mckmac: 🇮🇪 Attention All French Defense Fans Loyaux 🇫🇷

Looking at Domdaniel's player page, Gerry McCarthy, I see that he would have turned 61 on the 7th of this month. As a small way of noting this, I am inviting my fellow members to nominate the best Black win of the last year in the French Defense.

To the winner of the popular vote goes one year preemie membership. I just checked the cookie jar and I can cover it.

See: Domdaniel chessforum

All entrants will receive a complimentary croissant or breakfast burrito!

May-05-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  mckmac: 🇮🇪 Attention All French Defense Fans Loyaux 🇫🇷 Looking at Domdaniel's player page, Gerry McCarthy, I see that he would have turned 61 on the 7th of this month. As a small way of noting this, I am inviting my fellow members to nominate the best Black win of the last year in the French Defense.

To the winner of the popular vote goes one year preemie membership. I just checked the cookie jar and I can cover it.

See: Domdaniel chessforum

Also seeking nominations for "Best All Time"; French Defense; Black win/draw; All transpositions allowed.

All entrants will receive a complimentary croissant or breakfast burrito!

May-07-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  mckmac: https://youtu.be/Kd9AYDRBht4
May-09-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  mckmac: This is one of those songs to play in moments of doubt.

'Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul' - "Inside of Me"

https://youtu.be/SXw0_l4-kM0

May-15-19
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  thegoodanarchist: Member since 2006? That's a surprise. Thought you were a more recent addition.
May-17-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  mckmac: <TGA> I've been no more than a sporadic poster over the years, but yeah, I think I joined the same year as <JFQ> and Domdaniel.

Thanks for dropping by.

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