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|Jul-18-14|| ||docbenway: Mister Spraggett, since you're adroit at heaping criticism on Obama and singing the praise of Putin you're surprising silent on your website about the mass murder in the skies over Ukraine that is being linked to your hero's military support of the separatists.|
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <The ‘‘Russian School’’ training system and the ‘‘Botvinnik’’ training system are both work intensive programs that often require years of collaboration with the trainer to be effective. This effectiveness is not in doubt, and has been proven over and over again throughout the years. However, the student is required to do much independent work at home, just as if he was taking a university course. Therefore any expectations of even short term gains are pure nonsense> - Kevin Spraggett.|
|Sep-06-15|| ||Penguincw: Kevin Spraggett finishes with 6/9, just half a point behind the winners at the Portugal Open.|
|Nov-10-15|| ||Penguincw: Damn it! A few minutes late, but happy birthday to Canadian Kevin Spraggett!|
|Nov-11-15|| ||Nina Myers: I think Canada needs more immigrants. That should be priority number 1.|
|Nov-12-15|| ||PhilFeeley: <AgentRgent> As an addendum, I recently found this in John Watson's "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy: Advances Since Nimzowitsch".|
On page 14, he writes: " It is important to realize that the beginning of his book <My System> is to some extent an introduction to chess. It therefore includes a number of elementary 'rules' for the student, some of which Nimzowitsch himself did not adhere to."
Sounds much like Spraggett.
|Nov-12-15|| ||keypusher: < bravado1: These remarks about "My System" are to say the least unfair. I'm not an expert on chess hisrory, but I think that the work by Nimzowitsch was breakthrough and revolutionary not because of the analyses of specific positions - here obviously Nimzo made mistakes - but in the general "systematic" approach to chess. Before him people either analyzed particular games or limited themselves to laconic observations that 'in this kind of positions white is always better". >|
<not because of the analyses of specific positions - here obviously Nimzo made mistakes>
Accuracy in annotations counts for a lot, I think. Or it should. I enjoy reading Tarrasch's annotations more than Lasker's, but if Lasker is seeing things that Tarrasch is missing, or avoiding errors that Tarrasch is making, I suspect I'm better off studying with Lasker.
This is separate and apart from the notion that in some of his annotations, Nimzowitsch basically misrepresented what was going on in the game.
<Nerwal: <If you don't approve Nimzowitsch's demonstrations of the "My System" concepts in games versus "C-class" players (as Marshall, Teichmann, Tarrasch, Bogoljubov, Rubinstein and some-such>
It was probably a reference to games like this one : Von Gottschall vs Nimzowitsch, 1926. Dvoretsky proved that White could equalize at various points and that black's "deep moves" were actually not that strong objectively. A good grandmaster should be able to hold this as White without breaking a sweat, while Gottschall did everything wrong basically.>
|May-21-16|| ||thegoodanarchist: <Therefore any expectations of even short term gains are pure nonsense> - Kevin Spraggett.|
I prefer my nonsense to be adulterated.
|Jun-26-16|| ||Ron: From Spraggett's blog:
<I am no fan of Cameron. Never was. I always felt he was just another irresponsible yuppie-politician clone like Blair before him. Soon after being elected in 2010 he was in cohorts with the CIA to do away with Kadaffi, which lead to hundreds of thousands of needless deaths. Lybia is still burning today…Cameron then wanted to bomb Syria and do away with Assad, but his own parliament stopped him at the last moment.
Cameron then felt that he could use the referendum tool to impose his will on the British people, betting that he would have the mass-media and infinite government resources at his disposal to create a 1984-inspired climate of fear and anxiety. It worked well in the Fauklands, and in Scotland. But by the time Brexit came around, most people in Britain were tired of his offensive use of fear mongering and directly lying to the people. Even Merkel objected to Cameron’s underhanded tactics.
So now Britain must face the consequences of reality finally catching up to the yuppie-politician. FORTUNATELY, this time it will not be hundreds of thousands of innocents in countries far away who will suffer. This time the British people themselves will pay the consequences of choosing incompetent and scheming leaders.
This time the destruction will really hit home. Every man , woman and child in Britain will suffer. The independence issues of Scotland and Ireland will have be reviewed. As it should be. Cameron was not just elected, but re-elected. Britain will have to be re-built from the bottom up. Perhaps, if there is a lesson to be learned here, it is this: Britain deserves decent leaders, individuals of character and integrity, leaders who will not one day in the near future risk being tried for War Crimes.
But before then, the British people will have to pay the consequences of living in a democracy. I have little compassion for the Scots who feel that their voice was not heard. Did they not just hold their own referendum and voted to remain by Britain’s side? Now they don’t like it…I say that they should have known that their own choice has consequences. You reap what you sow…
But BEST of all, what I like most about the Brexit referendum is the MESSAGE that Britain sends to the unelected leadership in Brussels: @#$% YOU! Many millions of europeans also feel it is time to dismantle an outdated model that is already anti-democratic and even threatening to become fascist in nature.>
|Jul-07-16|| ||posoo: DIS man is VERY attractive. EASALY da prettiest man from CANNADA on dis WEBSITE.|
|Jul-10-16|| ||thegoodanarchist: His name is pronounced "Sprah JAY"|
|Nov-10-16|| ||Ironmanth: Many happy returns of the day, Grandmaster Spraggett!|
|Nov-10-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Kevin Spraggett.|
|Nov-10-16|| ||ketchuplover: I second that emotion|
|Oct-31-17|| ||PhilFeeley: Playing in 11th Figueira da Foz International Chess Festival the Sweet Atlantic Hotel, Figueira da Foz, Portugal this week.|
Won his first round game, drew the second.
|Nov-10-18|| ||Telemus: A tweet by Mr Urcan: https://twitter.com/olimpiuurcan/st...|
|Mar-04-19|| ||Penguincw: (this was in July 2018)
Spraggett competed in the Portuguese League, which is a 10 team, single round robin between teams of 4. He was the only Canadian there, and had a rough tournament, scoring 3/9. His team scored 2-4-3.
|Nov-10-19|| ||PhilFeeley: He's now 65. Happy birthday! Now he can collect CPP just like me.|
|Nov-10-19|| ||perfidious: How time has flown: my first recollection of Spraggett was as first board for the Canadian side in the local match of the celebration of the Bicentennial in October 1976, held at the high school I was then attending, in Burlington, Vermont. He took down Norman Weinstein, already a respected player, that day.|
|Nov-10-19|| ||Everett: Still the best chess website out there!|
|Nov-10-19|| ||Carrots and Pizza: <Everett: Still the best chess website out there!>|
You mean chess24.com?
|Nov-10-19|| ||pazzed paun: Any body have a link to Spraggett suggested repotoire one tactical the other more strategic when he said you are old and ugly?
He suggested the tartakover variation of the qgd|
|Nov-10-19|| ||Everett: <-10-19 Carrots and Pizza: <Everett: Still the best chess website out there!>
You mean chess24.com?>
Nope, I mean his blog 🙂
|Nov-29-19|| ||Everett: <PP>
This was more about the no-repertoire approach. A shame to everyone one in hopes of being different, Carlsen has perfected it like no other before him, much to the bane of all who face him. Until, that is, he locks in on an opening (Sicilian Sveshnikov) and his opponents feel equally as stymied.
It’s not a surprise that Lasker made these observations, and that it took until Carlsen to pick them up. Yet even Fischer saw the importance of varying openings by the final vs Spassky in ‘72.
|Jan-20-20|| ||pazzed paun: <Everett> this not what I was talking about
At one time Spraggett had posted two separate repertoire with about eight different openings
That post seems to have disappeared yet other posts from the same time frame remain|
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