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Member since Jan-28-02
I live in Owen Sound, ON and I have a very, very bad rating and I don't care. My favorite players are Alekhine, Botvinnik, Capablanca, Tchigorin, Shirov, Karpov, Spassky and of course Dolmatov. Among the "young" players I like Leko, Svidler and Radjabov (if you can call Leko and Svidler "young"). Theoretically, I enjoy the Ruy Lopez, Caro-Kann, King's Indian and Botvinnik Semi-Slav as Black ;) On FICS I am 'threeminutewarnin'.

Nezhmetdinov's Law - "He who analyzes blitz games is stupid"

no one ever learned anything by resigning? sure they did...what about humility? honor? sportsmanship?

i am playing the Sicilian for quote Viktor Korchnoi "is there not a resemblance between the Sicilian defender and the wrestler who begins the fight before he has climbed into the ring?" i'm totally that wrestler ;)

also, like korchnoi, i eat oatmeal every day in the hopes that i can stay mentally alert into my 70s

"Some openings were to be used as a surprise weapon and treated like a condom to be used once and never again!" - Nigel Short

"When a player is not in a good mood and loses it means his technique is not on a high level" - Geller ?

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I'm now an master (2300) on ICCF!

My goal for 2015 is to get a correspondence IM norm...and not to avoid the French at all.

"I may yet be forced to admit that the Winawer is sound. But I doubt it!" - Fischer

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   refutor has kibitzed 4721 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-15-15 Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2015 (replies)
refutor: nice win by Ivanchuk. he got a slightly better position and simply turned the screws. after 21.Nf4 I think anyone would be happy to play White
   Feb-07-15 King's Gambit Accepted (C33) (replies)
refutor: Shaw's book recommends Nc3 as the key move in almost all the lines (lots transpose into a Vienna with f4)...if so, why not just spend time working out a + v. 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 and save 500 pages or so :)
   Jan-27-15 Stockfish (Computer)
refutor: I have toggled around with stockfish at home and has anyone noticed how much it dislikes King's Indian-type positions?
   Jan-01-15 E Berg vs Jobava, 2014
refutor: i think this is a good line. if it works in the Najdorf (...h5 after f3) why would it not work in the Dragon theoretically a tempo up (doesn't necessarily have to play ...a6). not an expert on the line, but it definitely worth a try over the board as something to throw out against ...
   Dec-10-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
refutor: Happy birthday
   Nov-30-14 Efimenko vs Nisipeanu, 2010
refutor: Amazing knight work by White to tactically win the game at the end!
   Nov-21-14 Carlsen - Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
refutor: <old players> the world of chess changed when they got rid of's a completely different game when you have to finish it in one sitting. it's quite possible that different players would be stronger
   Nov-09-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
refutor: the whole game revolves around whether 16.Nh4 is good, or if it was all a bluff. if I was anand (and anyone who has seen me play chess KNOWS I'm not) I would be okay playing this line again. to everyone who has declared Anand buried, there's a reason why these matches aren't just ...
   Oct-24-14 Leko vs Anand, 2004
refutor: it looks like the whole conception with 34.Bg3 was wrong, allowing Anand to triple his pawns. he had no weaknesses at that point, and Anand had no chance to attack he was stuck defending his d5 pawn. I guess the question when the clock is ticking is how can I up the pressure...there
   Sep-14-14 refutor chessforum (replies)
refutor: i live two hours north of Toronto, so I'm probably not the best person to ask :)
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Jul-18-10  Open Defence: how is the Open shaping up though ? Best of luck!!!
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  refutor: here's a game v. a strong opponent in ICCF that i'm happy that my prep stood up

NN (Refutor's rating + 400) - Refutor
Slovenia (2) ICCF 2010

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.h4 h6 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Qc7 11.Rh4 e6 12.Bf4 Bd6 13.Bxd6 Qxd6 14.Ne4 Qe7 15.Qa3 Qxa3 16.bxa3

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he had played this position in a previous game and I hadn't intended to play the Caro-Kann in this tournament, but I thought that, despite the fact that White has a *huge* score in this line, with the queens off Black had to be as good if not better.

16. ...Ke7

of course around this time the Anand-Topalov game took place where Anand had the doubled a-pawns and won a nice game and i was second guessing my positional judgement. Anand vs Topalov, 2010

17.Rb1 b6 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.dxe5 f6 20.Nd2 fxe5 21.Rg4 g5 22.hxg6 h5 23.Rc4 c5 24.Nf3 Kf6 25.Re4 Ne7 26.Nxe5 Rhd8 27.Rb3 Rd4 28.Rf3+ Nf5 29.Rff4 Rd5 30.Nd3 Rg8 31.Rf3 Rd4 -

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i held it pretty easily and may have even been better in the final position. he was the correspondence champion of his country so I was very happy with this game.

open is shaping up nicely i think...trying some different positions...i have got some junk as Black v. 1.e4 e5 while is good for me :)

Jul-21-10  Open Defence: I feel I should devote more time to my family right now so I will scale back and eventually break off from chess, hopefully I can return to it sooner rather than later
Sep-22-10  benjinathan: How is the baby? Babies?
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  refutor: <benjinathan> babies are good...don't get on here nearly as much as before (as you can tell by my late response)
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  refutor: either white or black invoked duncan suttles...i definitely don't play chess like this...

NN (2456) - NN(2325)

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c5 4.d5 g6 5.Nh3 Bg7 6.O-O O-O 7.Nc3 Na6 8.d6 e6 9.a4 Nb4 10.e4 Nc6 11.exf5 gxf5 12.Nf4 Ng4 13.Nh5 Bh8 14.Nb5 Rb8 15.Re1 b6 16.h3 Nge5 17.c3 Rf7 18.Bh6 Bb7 19.f4 Ng6 20.Qe2 Ra8 21.Rad1 Na5 22.Nc7 Bxg2 23.Qxg2 Rb8 24.g4 fxg4 25.Nxe6 dxe6 26.Rxe6 Qd7 27.Qxg4 Nc4 28.Rd3 Re8 29.Rxe8+ Qxe8 30.d7 Qe1+ 31.Kh2 Rxd7 32.Rxd7 Qf2+ 33.Qg2 Qxg2+ 34.Kxg2 Nxb2 35.Kf2 Nxa4 36.Rxa7 Nxc3 37.f5 Bd4+ 38.Kf1 Ne4 39.fxg6 hxg6 40.Nf4 Ng3+ 41.Ke1 Ne4 42.Nxg6 b5 43.Ne7+ Kh8 44.Nf5 Bf6 45.Rb7 b4 46.Ke2 Nc3+ 47.Kd3 1-0

Jan-16-11  therealbenjinathan: <refutor> Me too. I have twins as well. I am glad to hear it is going well.
Jan-31-11  Open Defence: hi! I am playing in the National Open!

if this is a different event than the one you are referring to let me know

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  refutor: Crud I missed it..I thought it started in February...send me a reminder next year when it starts up :)

Hope all is well

Feb-02-11  Open Defence: yup! things are great!!
Aug-08-11  midknightblue: Refutor, how come no posts on your forum in so long? By the way, your blog is nice. I should document more of my games. I want to figure out how to post on a blog with a board so readers can play through the moves. I think there is one called chess publisher. They also have one on rybka/aquarium but it was kind of complicated to figure out how to use the publisher thing. Have you had any luck with posting a board that allows u to play through the games in a blog/?
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  refutor: thanks for compliments on the blog...i think i used to use chess publisher a while ago...i don't mind it, but it's slow to start up and not everyone has java. i'm happy with the setup...

haven't posted much because i haven't been playing much chess! too much dad stuff :)

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  refutor: i haven't completely retired from chess :) got to put my Morphy hat on...

Refutor - NN, Lunch at work 2011

1.e4 e5 2.f4 couldn't count on getting all the way to the Evans Gambit 2...exf4 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Nc3 d5 5.d3 dxe4 6.dxe4 Bg4 7.Be2 Qb4 8.0-0 Bc5+ 9.Kh1 Nf6 10.e5 Ne4 11.Nd5 Qa5 12.a3 Nf2+ 13.Rxf2 Bxf2 14.b4 Qa4 15.Bb5+! Qxb5 16.Nxc7+ Ke7 17.Qd6# lack of development and queen on open d-file = checkmate 1-0

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  refutor: <midnightblue> you were asking about a pgn is a good one that works with blogger and others...

Oct-18-11  bronkenstein: Haha , had real good laugh reading that bio of yours xD

PS I`ll consider oatmeal tip seriously.

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  refutor: Happy 10th anniversary to me (in 20 minutes)...what a great website!
Nov-27-12  Memethecat: I have been enjoying your "Minority attack" game collection very much, thank you for assembling it.
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  refutor: woo hoo member for 2 more years...starting date January 28, how time flies :)

Peace and love

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  wordfunph: ref, Merry Christmas!
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  refutor: 2014 chess resolution(s)
1 - get an ICCF norm
2 - play one rated OTB game
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  wordfunph: ref, happy 2014!
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  Mating Net: Cheers <refutor>

I am going to be in Toronto at the end of October for a few days. Perhaps I can get the wife a couple of hours at the spa and we could play a few games. If you can't make it, perhaps you could direct me to a chess friendly coffee shop. Thanks and hope to hear from you.

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  refutor: i live two hours north of Toronto, so I'm probably not the best person to ask :)
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  Mating Net: Thanks for responding, I appreciate it. I just found out that my wife has us pretty well booked up with shopping/family so it would have been tough to get together ;(
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  wordfunph: <refutor> Merry Christmas!
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