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|Mar-27-12|| ||jessicafischerqueen: Hello- I'm very interested to hear your singing and original music? Do you have any of it uploaded on the internet? Can you pass any to me in an email?|
|Apr-03-12|| ||wordfunph: <waustad> happy 62nd birthday!|
|Apr-06-12|| ||Albertan: Here is an article which will answer some of your questions regarding the message you left on Natalia Pogonina's memberpage at Chessgames:|
|Apr-21-12|| ||technical draw: Thanks for those links <waustad>. Bayreuth sure puts on a spectacular (and expensive) production. But still Lauritz Melchior sounds great in those old recordings.|
|Apr-21-12|| ||technical draw: BTW have you noticed that in every Wagner video on YouTube there is always a debate on Wagner's antisemitism in the comments? You have to dig deep to find comments about the singers.|
|Apr-22-12|| ||technical draw: It's also strange that one of the most recognizable pieces of music is Wagner's Bridal March from Lohengrin. It's supposed to be taboo in Jewish weddings. Most people would say they never heard of Wagner but have heard the wedding march dozens of times!|
|Jun-18-12|| ||waustad: I've just started a collection of Austrian Chess games. This is not for the old time greats like Schlechter or Gruenfeld or others from the old Austro-Hungarian empire like Steinitz and many others. This is about Austrian chess now. I've been playing through games of Eva Moser and Markus Ragger and will add more as time goes on.|
|Jul-25-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: <waustad: A few years later he actually looked like himself.> I know what you mean!|
Thanks for posting on LoveThatForum, it's good to hear from you, and please don't let too much time before you come back and post there again!
|Aug-04-12|| ||waustad: I don't know if this expression is local or more widespread, but William J Foo really has to play Roman Bar|
|Sep-10-12|| ||waustad: There is even a collection of games with the Camperdown, or as he calls it Anglo-Dutch, opening: Game Collection: A10 English : Anglo-Dutch Defense [White]|
|Sep-16-12|| ||waustad: Oh my. I finally got it together to close the bar playing chess with all commers at the place where I did this with regularity during the Nixon administration. It was fun. If nothing else it reminds me that most people are much weaker than the folks I run into on the net either are or claim to be. I brought a clock, but came to the conclusion that it wasn't necessary.|
|Sep-16-12|| ||coolchess1: You are one of the best kibitzers here at chessgames.com. I like your posts and respects your views. |
Wish you all the best.
|Sep-30-12|| ||waustad: Here's a chess oriented XKCD: http://xkcd.com/1112/|
|Oct-04-12|| ||mckmac: Greetings from Station Square, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand. I thank you for that. Do you ever play chess on the internet. I am a member of FICS and play casually at ChessHere. Would you be interested in having a game sometime? email@example.com|
|Oct-08-12|| ||hoodrobin: <you've been on a lot from the look of it.>
You too. ;)
|Oct-08-12|| ||hoodrobin: <technical draw: Wagner's Bridal March from Lohengrin. It's supposed to be taboo in Jewish weddings.> Also, all Wagner was taboo in Israel for decades after the ww2. Enjoy lots of good operatic music btw!|
|Oct-24-12|| ||Phony Benoni: <Waustad> I probably don't do anything different when submitting games than you do, since it will sometimes take weeks or months for some of my submissions to be added as well|
Personally, I try to remain patient. It's a lot of work to run a site like this, and there are projects which the majority of members would consider far more important than adding games from long ago. There's plenty of other stuff to do while I'm waiting.
I find it amusing to watch someone complain bitterly that the game they submitted last week isn't added yet, when I've had several hundred games in the pipeline for a month or two. Yes, I guess I am weird.
|Nov-05-12|| ||waustad: Years ago I wanted to either post my notes online or burn CDs and charge $1 over the cost to students in my class. I didn't much care if they pirated them. The price of textbooks is offensive, so I was looking for alternatives. When talking to an acquisitions editor from Kendall/Hunt I was talked into turning my website into a book, mainly due to worries about copyright and such. My only gripe is that I was told that I would own the copyright, but when the contract came (it was delayed by about a month bouncing around OUs mail system) that was not the case. Due to the timing, I didn't have time to respond to this issue before responding. I doubt that I'd actually want to write another book on Java, but I was miffed. My book cost about half as much as a typical college text, but it could have been so much cheaper. Accreditation is one of the things that keeps the price so high. The accrediting agencies are serious good old boys clubs that are really into maintaining the professional clubs and status quo.|
|Nov-06-12|| ||waustad: I mentioned something recently about people posting operatic things here. Please do, but please avoid politics in any of these. As a friend of mine once mentoned, poly-ticks breaks down to poly = many, ticks = blood sucking parasites.|
|Nov-08-12|| ||technical draw: <waustad> Back in October I posted this:|
technical draw chessforum
technical draw: <hoodrobin><I like the Ring above all, perhaps.> That makes two of us. As an added coincidence right now I'm listening to the first part of Meistersinger. I don't think Bryn Terfel is doing a good job as Sachs in this BBC broadcast. He sounds so weak.:>
Maybe I should listen again.
|Nov-23-12|| ||Fusilli: <waustad> Here's an operatic question for you. What does Lucia di Lammermoor die of? An attack of madness is not a valid cause of death! :)|
|Nov-29-12|| ||waustad: There must be a lot of lower rated people getting into the game in the US. When I was rated 1742 almost 25 years ago, that was about the 67th percentile. I just looked up somebody now rated in the 1670s and it said he is in the 84th percentile. I wonder what the median is for a typical weekend Swiss nowdays. I was usually right near the pivot point back when I was playing in tournaments. Of course, higher rated players play more than lower rated ones most of the time so the 50th percentile player is usually in the lower half of a Swiss.|
|Nov-29-12|| ||waustad: I guess that's so: http://archive.uschess.org/ratings/...
As of the last posting of ratings/percentiles there are a lot more lower rated players, by percentage, than there were in the 1980s.|
|Dec-01-12|| ||scormus: Just saw your post on my forum (I dont get many so I dont look there very often)|
I'll see what I can find out about Jim O'Dell, but there might not be so much
|Dec-01-12|| ||Fusilli: <waustad> I think the explanation for the bloated lower section of the US rating distribution is scholastic chess.|
The trend is toward more and more scholastic chess, which produces a living for a lot of chess players who teach kids. I think I read somewhere that in the US a million kids have chess as an extracurricular activity in school, and if memory serves the USCF executive director told me a few years ago that half of the USCF membership is scholastic.
I have my own local example, the Nashville Chess Center. The NCC has contracts with 33 local schools, which gives work to several local chessplayers. Most tournaments organized by the NCC are for kids. Maybe as many as 75 percent of them.
In his book "American Grandmaster" GM Joel Benjamin complains that chess is becoming not only an activity for kids in the US, but an activity for "little" kids, to the detriment of adult chess and high-level chess. He himself has to make a living by teaching kids... at a level way below what he could be teaching.
Scholastic tournaments have sections for very young children... I think I saw a section for 6-8 year olds recently. Of course, most young children have ratings below 1000, which I think explains the trend in percentiles that you observed.
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