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Alan Shaw
Number of games in database: 74
Years covered: 1982 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2186
Overall record: +29 -27 =18 (51.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jul-10-1960, 59 years old) United States of America

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Alan Shaw was born on July 10, 1960. He became a National Master in 1981 and a Life Master in 1986 and won three Vermont championships outright (1979, 1982 and 1990) while sharing four others (1981, 1986, 1995 and 1998). On, he is User: perfidious. A poker player, he lives in Vermont.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Shaw vs S Elowitch 0-1401982Portland OpenE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
2. B Warnock vs A Shaw 1-0461982Queen city OpenA04 Reti Opening
3. W Lukowiak vs A Shaw ½-½411984Boylston CC ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
4. A Shaw vs J Shipman 1-0241984Boston College OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. R D Campbell vs A Shaw 0-1251984Massachusetts OpenA25 English
6. A Shaw vs D Sarkisian 1-0241984Massachusetts OpenE46 Nimzo-Indian
7. A Shaw vs C Chase 1-0281984Boylston Chess Club ChampionshipA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
8. A Shaw vs M Ginsburg 0-1301984Toronto InternationalA40 Queen's Pawn Game
9. S Boyd vs A Shaw 0-1481984Toronto InternationalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. R Messenger vs A Shaw 0-1391984Boylston August OpenE83 King's Indian, Samisch
11. A Shaw vs M Turnbull 1-0421984Au Bon Pain InvitationalA55 Old Indian, Main line
12. A Shaw vs W Kelleher 1-0441984Au Bon Pain InvitationalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. R Hough vs A Shaw 0-1381984Framingham OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. A Shaw vs B Downing 1-0371984Framingham OpenA53 Old Indian
15. A Shaw vs A Slive 1-0271984Cambridge InvitationalB10 Caro-Kann
16. A Shaw vs J J Felber 0-1361984Greater Boston OpenB10 Caro-Kann
17. D Glueck vs A Shaw  ½-½331984Greater Boston OpenB10 Caro-Kann
18. A Shaw vs J R Stopa ½-½1919847th Monadnock MarathonD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
19. Bisguier vs A Shaw 1-0481984Central New England Fall OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. D Bartley vs A Shaw 0-1301984Cambridge InvitationalE83 King's Indian, Samisch
21. W Chapman vs A Shaw 0-1401984Cambridge InvitationalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. A Shaw vs L Mercuri 1-0341986Mark Bond ClassicD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. A Shaw vs J R Godoy  1-0461986Mark Bond ClassicE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
24. J A Curdo vs A Shaw 1-0551986Mark Bond ClassicC17 French, Winawer, Advance
25. J A Curdo vs A Shaw ½-½311987Framingham opC01 French, Exchange
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Jul-25-17  john barleycorn: Sometimes I have a feeling that CG installed the "Ignore" button to compensate for their inefficient management of the posting guidelines.
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  Tactical Wizard: I know Alan from Vermont days. He stayed at my place in 1984 while playing Toronto International that summer. A very friendly guy and a good chess player. Happy belated birthday Alan.
Jul-25-17  Dr Winston OBoogie: Oh I didn't realise it was Perfs month of the year. A belated birthday birthday to a nice fella :)
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  morfishine: <DrWinston OBoogie> the former member <DcGentle> had a yahoo email address with a url in Germany, which made sense, since he claimed to live in Germany. He signed his numerous emails 'Thomas'.

I don't think <DcGentle> had a huge beef with <AJ> but I may be wrong about that. There were many people who were not happy with his analysis, and he was quite obstinate, but I think his work was brilliant and we got along fine. I've always been struck how his emails ceased the instant he stopped posting at <CG>


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  morfishine: Happy belated Birthday <perfidious>! You have a remarkable chess record. I would like to see your bio expanded into something more colorful, deep and worthy


Jul-26-17  Dr Winston OBoogie: <john barleycorn: Sometimes I have a feeling that CG installed the "Ignore" button to compensate for their inefficient management of the posting guidelines>

You hit the nail on the head! I've told Daniel the same, I don't like hitting someone in their pockets because I don't wish any man less money but it's cost him 3 memberships so far (that's about $90 right?) because if he enforced the rules I'd stick to them.. I spent 10 weeks talking about chess and nothing else yet still got the odd suspension! Now I'm acting like a loud mouth again I don't get one single suspension!? Daniels a nice enough fella but his judgement of people is lousy and just like Donald Trump the New York socialite lol, I he has a tendency to over reward his "friends" (aka favs) and over punish his "enemies" (aka people who stand up to him and tell him both publicly and privately what their grievances are)..

I Mean everyone from nice folks like Domdaniel, Perf and Annie should be treated the same as Keyser Soze, big pawn and harrylime. This is a business and there should be no bias whatsoever, take each "case" as it comes.

And that's my two Penneth :)

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  TheFocus: Daniel's bias caused me to stop buying gift memberships for others, also.

But now that the flame wars are over, I am sure Daniel has less headaches.

But why <AJ> was given preferential treatment was always a mystery to me.

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  Richard Taylor: I never figured out what was wrong with A J.
I thought some of his analysis was good. I had feeling that he was, hard to say, kind of disconnected. But apart from that he seemed o.k. I felt he was more sinned against.

I met the user, actually I now forget his name, who was attacking A.J., and he was an average chess player, youngish man, and quite a nice person. I asked him why he didn't like A.J. But his reasons outlined a person we find everywhere in the world! I still couldn't see why his -- <Benzo> will know his name -- (often quite funny) vitriol was directed at A.J.

I actually followed some of A.J.'s analysis of games and it was very thorough. But I didn't take as much notice of him as some on here actually did.

I would stay on this site as despite the flames or the silly things said by us all there are a lot of benefits. Chess24 has a different function: it would be more attractive I think to younger players wanting to improve. I am older but I was tempted to join as it is interesting seeing the live blitz, the opening lectures etc but it's just stretching it financially for me. But it wouldn't be an either or thing. So I would stay on here.

I can't see myself leaving here because of Big Pawn.

I play games on FICS which is good enough for the odd 3 minute game and some 1 minutes.

Re the Trump effect. It is strange. His appeal is partly to the disgruntled US working class. I say working class as in the world, except perhaps in Europe, it is elided that we are all in economic classes. But he also appeals to those who are aggressive, and have moved "up the ladder" from the lower socio-economic levels. He also appeals to people bitter about the sometimes holier than thou people they call liberals.

I find myself arguing against both extreme or middle right wing and the left wing (silly terms deriving from the Assembly set up just before the French Revolution). So I tend always to be the Devil's Advocate.

If the whole site was flooded with Big Pawnism I might leave.

Daniel? I think he is doing a good job overall. Sometimes on here it must seem he has to sort out the ranting of a class of crazy teenagers in a school classroom. And everyone knows teenagers at schools in our wonderful "Western world" are all crazy, and basically impossible to control or do anything with...Some of them actually become decent people when they grow up! How does that happen?

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  Richard Taylor: The user whose obsessive hobby was to attack A.J. had an avatar that looked like the truculent and "fighting" Winston Churchill...the man the British loved to hate, or hated to love...
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  Big Pawn: <dick: I can't see myself leaving here because of Big Pawn.>


<dick: If the whole site was flooded with Big Pawnism I might leave.>

I live in this guy's head rent free.

He's another hateful, intolerant liberal that CAN'T STOMACH any disagreement.

I mean, this guy goes on and on like a nut about enjoying watch the 9/11 attack, and then he takes MAJOR OFFENSE at me for calling him out on it.

What do you call that?


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  Benzol: <...intolerant liberal...> sounds like a contradiction in terms.


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  perfidious: Ah, but that merely emphasises the contradictions inherent in that, um, poster's approach.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Richard Taylor: I never figured out what was wrong with A J. >

<LMAJ> was way too quick to take offense. And he seemed to instigate situations in which he <could> take offense.

One time he asked for suggestions about a game of his. I made one. And he accused me of taking a shot at him!

Another time, he posted something about his (and I quote) "autistic daughter" needing help getting to school or something.

I mentioned it innocuously, and he ripped into me! "Don't you talk about my family" and stuff like that. I tried to point out to him that *he* was the one who brought up the subject, but that concept never registered.

I also made another innocuous suggestion about how he could do something in his forum, and he ripped me for it! (That post of his is still in *my* forum, if you want to read it).

<Check It Out> and I are contacts on a social media website. <CIO> e-mailed me after <LMAJ> did some of this stuff. He wrote something like "sorry, I forgot to tell you about LMAJ"

The guy is just not wired for interacting on the internet. He takes everything the wrong way, it seems.

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  Richard Taylor: < thegoodanarchist: <Richard Taylor: I never figured out what was wrong with A J. > <LMAJ> was way too quick to take offense. And he seemed to instigate situations in which he <could> take offense. >

I wonder if he himself was suffering from psychological problem or issue. I have such and with medication it sometimes makes me say things I cant understand I said.

I also had problems as a boy and so on so I can see that AJ may have had difficulty with internet communication.

I didn't have any problems with him. Some of his analysis was good.

There was a NZ Poet called David Mitchell who was legendary. Once, friend told me, it was about 1970, he was at a poetry reading and he threw a glass at an American poet. But that poet actually was sympathetic to David's views! My friend saw it. He had a problem. When I met him he was good as a reader and poet and his daughter was very good also. He was mostly o.k. But one day I asked (I had heard about this) about how he had got on with his efforts to get a job as teacher and he ripped into me.

I have met such people. They are tormented by perhaps a separation or some thing in their lives and it comes out in this way...

I sensed there was, as I put it, something disconnected about AJ. But I felt people should have left him alone.

But I understand that you were pretty much upset by AJ's strange reaction. No matter how patient a person is that kind of thing can be frightening or upsetting.

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  Richard Taylor: The point about the US poet was that he suddenly associated all Americans with the Vietnam war. Mitchell wrote poem after poem that centred on the My Lai Massacre. The American, and I am making a wild guess, but it could have been the bloke I once billed as "Wild Bill Millet" who wrote poems about the nuclear bombing of Japan and his other poem was "Jesus Christ Was a Black Man"...he was an eccentric but I only heard of him in those days, he knew my ex wife, he used to make posters...later in the 90s I got to know him. But Mitchell was anthologised and held in high regard even by academics. Bill was interesting also...he had actually been in the US Airforce...but he was also involved with the Beat poets and others, some in the pop scene in the mid 60s I think it was.

The other curmudgeon I met at my chess club about 1986. He played some blitz games so some how I invited him home and we played some more games. My daughter then asked if he wanted some coffee etc and he said: 'Yes, with soft cheese.' as if it was a command! When the coffee came there were crackers with butter and ordinary cheese which he rudely complained of. 'I said soft cheese!' It turned out he was the leading violinist in the NY Symphony Orchestra (Philharmonic I think). He invited my wife and myself to his wife's house (his wife was then in Auckland). On the day and date we went expecting a concert, a recital at his home here with piano and violin I think it was to be, but when we arrived there was no one there!

A day or so later I saw a headline in the news (in Auckland NZ): it was about him, he had caused a scandal and uproar as he had molested women in the NZ Symphony orchestra!!

That was a strange experience. He was clearly "not right in the head" to quote Robert Lowell....

Nov-04-19  pinoy king: I can destroy this guy in speed chess
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  perfidious: <pinhead king: I can destroy this guy in speed chess>

Stick to points you can prove.

Um, wait: there are very few, other than looking a fool. You're 2900 level in that, shall we say, discipline.

Nov-06-19  pinoy king: You wouldn't stand a chance, old man. All your energy has been wasted on defending the overrated pampered goldfish.
Nov-06-19  torrefan: But he can do golf now---

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  perfidious: 'Fraid I never could play golf.

<pinhead king....All your energy has been wasted on defending the overrated pampered goldfish.>

As opposed to underrated pampered goldfish?

Nov-06-19  wtpy: Pinoy King, Are you just a talker or are you willing to put your money where your mouth is? (I would be interested in a little side action.)I am sure you are willing to give some odds in deference to Perfidious's advanced age.
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  perfidious: <wtpy>, 'advanced age'? I'm just an old bugger. (laughs)
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  perfidious: What <TheFocus> posted here long ago is true: <DrMAL> was a fine analyst and strong master.

He and I had our battles, but it is CG's loss that he has gone. I wish <DrMAL> well and hope he returns one day.

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  Richard Taylor: Some good games.
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  perfidious: <Richard>, as well as, in all candour, some which are not so hot. (laughs)
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