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Who is this chap?
Compiled by fredthebear

It's not easy to keep up w/all the Russian IMs and GMs. This fellow has been at it awhile.

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Perpetual check feels like nothing else in a dead lost position.

"In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro. (Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book.)" ― Thomas a Kempis

"Better safe than sorry."

"As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love." ― Pythagoras

"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

"Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace." ― Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power

"Any job worth doing is worth doing well."

"Even if things don't unfold the way you expected, don't be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end." ― Daisaku Ikeda

"Leave no stone unturned."

"It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace." ― Aristotle

"Hope for the best, prepare for the worst."

"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." ― Albert Schweitzer

"Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don't know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more." ― C. JoyBell C.

"Better late than never."

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
― William Wordsworth, I Wander'd Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Nov-02-12 Infohunter: Larger databases, because less picky about game quality, can be found at these sites:

And I am sure there must be a host of others.

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Continuing To Live
by Philip Larkin

Continuing to live -- that is, repeat
A habit formed to get necessaries --
Is nearly always losing, or going without.

It varies.

This loss of interest, hair, and enterprise --
Ah, if the game were poker, yes,
You might discard them, draw a full house!
But it's chess.

And once you have walked the length of your mind, what You command is clear as a lading-list.

Anything else must not, for you, be thought
To exist.

And what's the profit? Only that, in time,
We half-identify the blind impress
All our behavings bear, may trace it home.

But to confess,

On that green evening when our death begins,
Just what it was, is hardly satisfying,
Since it applied only to one man once,
And that one dying.

Feb-13-18 zanzibar: I should also mention that I like Black's knight maneuver, Nc6-d7-f5-d6-e4 (moves 46-50), transferring the knight from c6 to the very strong e4-square. Feb-15-18 Member: <zanzibar>--Your diagram of the position after move 42 is incorrect--the white knight should be on e3, not c3. According to The Computer, white's best here was 43 Ng4, with an evaluation of only -0.66, but I suspect that Capablanca would have found a way to win anyway. Lasker played 43 Nd1 in an effort to lure Capablanca into the trap described in the note after move 43 ("Not Nb4..."). Feb-16-18 zanzibar: GSM yes, my mistake, apologies. I got the move wrong I think.

Riddle: What word is always pronounced wrong?

Answer: Wrong!

The Words Of Socrates

A house was built by Socrates
That failed the public taste to please.
Some blamed the inside; some, the out; and all
Agreed that the apartments were too small.
Such rooms for him, the greatest sage of Greece! "I ask," said he, "no greater bliss
Than real friends to fill even this."
And reason had good Socrates
To think his house too large for these.
A crowd to be your friends will claim,
Till some unhandsome test you bring.
There's nothing plentier than the name;
There's nothing rarer than the thing.

"Actions speak louder than words."

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Zvjaginsev vs B Bok, 2015 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Zvjaginsev vs Morozevich, 1995 
(E92) King's Indian, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Cifuentes Parada vs Zvjaginsev, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Zvjaginsev vs Benjamin, 1997 
(A04) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Kaidanov vs Zvjaginsev, 1997 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 26 moves, 0-1

Zvjaginsev vs Seirawan, 1997 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

Zvjaginsev vs S Volkov, 1998 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

Zvjaginsev vs Filippov, 1998 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

Zvjaginsev vs Yagupov, 1998 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Zvjaginsev, 1998 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zvjaginsev vs Van Wely, 1998 
(A28) English, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi vs Zvjaginsev, 1998
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zvjaginsev vs Piket, 1998 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 26 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs Zvjaginsev, 1999 
(A04) Reti Opening, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benko Gambit: Declined. Main Line (A57) 1-0 Fireworks!
Zvjaginsev vs Topalov, 1995 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 48 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations (B50) · 1-0
Zvjaginsev vs Wojtkiewicz, 2004 
(B50) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Desperation resulted in brilliance!
Zvjaginsev vs A Shariyazdanov, 2005 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 31 moves, 1-0

French Defense: La Bourdonnais Var (C00) 1-0 Brilliant!
Zvjaginsev vs P Zhang, 2006 
(C00) French Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Krasenkow vs Zvjaginsev, 1999 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 0-1

Zvjaginsev vs Ponomariov, 2006 
(B20) Sicilian, 58 moves, 1-0

Lautier vs Zvjaginsev, 1998
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 59 moves, 0-1

Zvjaginsev vs A Mastrovasilis, 2003 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 33 moves, 1-0

V Malakhov vs Zvjaginsev, 2004 
(E97) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

Zvjaginsev vs Bareev, 2005 
(A09) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

Zvjaginsev vs Kharitonov, 2006 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Zvjaginsev vs S Slugin, 2008 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Zvjaginsev vs P Zhang, 2007 
(B40) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Zvjaginsev, 2002 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 0-1

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