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Annie K.
Member since Apr-02-04
Annie Kappel

This profile needs an update badly, but I don't have the time... :)

My YouTube channel, featuring pronunciations of non-English chess player names:

I'm 45 y/o, of Transylvanian origin, living in Israel since childhood. I speak English (no, really), Hungarian (great language!), and Hebrew (if I must, which is often, for some reason).

Afflicted with an uncontrollable sense of humor and other highly controversial characteristics.

I learned chess as a child, but had no further opportunities to practice the game. Returned to it seriously around 2004, and have been hanging out here since.

Note: if I am not home (i.e., here), you can probably find me at the Domdaniel chessforum, the SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum, the visayanbraindoctor chessforum, or the chessforum! :)


<My City of Moscow skits:>

<<<<<<>>>>> Kramnik's Party -> City of Moscow (kibitz #752)

<<<<<<>>>>> Sochi 2008: An F-Files Production -> City of Moscow (kibitz #774)


<Game Collection: My GotD Puns>

<My favorites:>

All Your Baze Are Belong To Us - L Baze vs T Palmer, 2004 - GotD Mar-21-10

Y Yu No Claim Repetition? - Yu Yangyi vs M R Venkatesh, 2012 - GotD Jun-30-12

He Who Has E Tate is Lost - E Tate vs Y Shulman, 2001 - GotD Sep-22-16

How Many Roads Must Aman Walk Down? - S Shankland vs A Hambleton, 2014 - GotD Dec-23-16 (besides the obvious reason for the pun - a long King walk - note also the terms 'shank' and 'amble' embedded in the player names)

So me the Wei - W So vs Wei Yi, 2013 - GotD Jan-29-17

This Won't Borya Ider - B Ider vs Wei Yi, 2014 - GotD Apr-01-17 (follow-up to previous day's GotD, 'This Won't Borya')

Injun vs Engin' - Anand vs REBEL, 1997 - GotD Jan-06-2018


<My other (linkable) site contributions:>

* The Player Names Pronunciation Project: (or look for names with a loudspeaker icon in the Player Directory)

* Created on my suggestion: Biographer Bistro

* The first (now retired) Carlsen Dancing Rook:

* The Caruana Dancing Rook:

* The Hou Dancing Rook:


<<<<<<< MAJOR CHESS SITES <<>>>>>>>>>

<< Correspondence chess <<<<<<>>>>>>>>

< ChessWorld ->

ChessWorld is my new main chess playing base. It's a rather restrictive site for non-paying members, but one of the best sites for paying members. The full features include excellent interface options and first class study and analysis resources. Nice community, likeable admin. Paid membership recommended.

< Update: while I will leave the original entry for ChessWorld as-is, I have by now been a member of the site for 2 years, and am now an admin there. I still think the site is one of the best, and the <other> admins are nice. :p >

My ChessWorld profile:

< Queen Alice ->

Queen Alice is a charming site - well behaved players, decent admin, site design visually very pleasant. It is also completely free. Unfortunately, it lacks team play, the interface and resources are relatively simple, and it can be frustratingly slow (loading times). Nevertheless warmly recommended.

My QueenAlice profile:

< GameKnot ->

GameKnot is technically an excellent site, however I would not recommend it to the serious player who is looking for a site to settle in, due to an anti$ocial admin with ju$t one $ingle intere$t in hi$ $ite... oop$, $orry about the typo$.

My GameKnot profile:

<< Other chess sites <<<<<<>>>>>>>>

< FICS - the Free Internet Chess Server ->

FICS is a great site to play chess at various faster time controls. There are a few difficulties getting started with it - first, it can be hard to find an email they will accept for registration; and second, there's a lot of site code to learn. But it's worth the hassle. :)

< ChessCube ->

ChessCube is quite good for fast time control games - provided you have a strong computer with broadband, as the site is entirely Flash based, which means it takes considerable computer resources to load. The site is nominally free, but heavily commercialized with all sorts of frills that can be purchased on it.

< Emrald Chess Tactics Server ->

Emrald is not a playing site - it is an invaluable tactical training asset. The only problem with it is also the difficulty of finding an "acceptable" email address to register with; but once past that hurdle, the site deserves nothing but praise.

It's a completely free site. You can play (practice) there as a guest, but they recommend registering, so that their program can keep track of your progress, in order to assign you puzzles best suited to your current level. I strongly second that recommendation. Register and always play logged in! It will make a huge difference in the site's ability to help you improve. An issue that scares some people off Emrald is that your progress is tracked via a "rating system", and because of the high importance they assign to speed, if you are not used to finding tactics fast, your rating will be very low at first - and many people are simply embarrassed to play logged in for that reason. Don't let it bother you! If you let embarrassment hold you back from letting the site help you improve to the best of its ability, you are only shooting yourself in the foot, and nobody else really cares that much anyway. ;p

A few of the people I've recommended Emrald to, had dropped it after a brief trial with remarks along the lines of "Oh, it's a blitz training site. I don't play blitz, so I don't like their obsession with speed." That reaction is absolutely wrong - and it's also one that many people who try the site out for only a short time are likely to have, if only because players who are used to being rated, say, 2000 and above, at corr. chess sites, are going to be annoyed and put on the defensive about finding themselves rated as low as 1200-1300 at Emrald, and will wish to dismiss the "insulting" site.

Yes, the Emrald rating system is heavily influenced by speed. But thinking that the site's purpose is blitz training is a complete misunderstanding of the lesson taught. The real purpose of Emrald practice is not to improve your blitz skills, but to train you to recognize dozens of tactical themes and opportunities AT A GLANCE - which will not only save you time in games of any time control, but is often the only way you will catch them AT ALL. Those brilliant tactical shots that can be seen in anyone's collection of "most memorable games", are often moves that will either occur to you as soon as you glance at the position, or you will miss them altogether. That's what Emrald really teaches - tactical chess intuition.

<Intuition in chess can be defined as the first move that comes to mind when you see a position. --- <Viswanathan Anand>>

<Personally, I am of the view that if a strong master does not see such a threat at once he will not notice it, even if he analyses the position for twenty or thirty minutes. --- <Tigran Petrosian >>


^ TL;DR.

Any other questions, feel free to ask. I might even answer. ;p

>> Click here to see Annie K.'s game collections. Full Member
   Current net-worth: 990 chessbucks
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   Annie K. has kibitzed 8212 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-15-20 S Mariotti vs A Geller, 1990
Annie K.: The Black player in this game has been corrected from Efim to Alexander Geller. Thanks. :)
   Sep-14-20 chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: <MissS> ah, yes, the key term "I challenged her" - that pretty much describes the previous post too, which was a blown out of all proportion tirade about the severity of the Player of the Day (not the entire homepage as claimed, which I check on almost every midnight, ...
   Sep-12-20 Champions Showdown Chess 9LX (2020) (replies)
Annie K.: Note: if you can't see the games, please set your game viewer to pgn4web (in the box under the game score) - but remember to set it back to our default viewer Olga in the end, as it is about to be upgraded soon, and will be the best of our viewers. :)
   Sep-04-20 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: The logs have been checked, and the top places are cleared. Congratulations to winner <moronovich>, the other 5 qualifiers, and the rest of the top 10! :) We have opened the Fall Leg, so if anything turns up, betting can start immediately, but we have no official schedule for
   Aug-01-20 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Annie K.: <Tab> The WCC pages are tied in with some special functions, and changing them can cause far-ranging problems at this time (remember when merely changing the WCC page titles caused stats to disappear from the pages of participating players?), so let's take this up again after
   Jul-29-20 Ding Liren vs Leko, 2020
Annie K.: Identical to K Stupak vs E Shtembuliak, 2020 .
   Jul-24-20 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: A fun conversation from 2016... :) <Daniel:> I’ve come to learn a lot about what sports broadcasting must be like. Actually I learned about it long before CG when I worked at a newspaper. If there is a sporting event you MUST be excited about it, from a business ...
   Jul-22-20 Biel (2020) (replies)
Annie K.: It gets worse - the chess24 intro says "In case of a tie for first place chess960 rapid games will be played", but in fact the official site specifies that the chess960 tiebreaks in question are the ACCENTUS 960 games - which have already been played on the 18th, the event's first ...
   Jul-21-20 Csom vs Yusupov, 1982
Annie K.: The only requirement for this excellent pun is to pronounce Csom correctly. Which means, as "Chom". :)
   Jul-17-20 K Pedersen vs G F Kane, 1972 (replies)
Annie K.: <jith> thank you for the always helpful directions. :) So all 12 Pedersen games we have in Chess Olympiad Final-A (1972) games are about to be reassigned from Eigil to Karl.
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  juan31: < Miss Annie K.> sorry to write here, now is " guess the move".
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  juan31: < Is fixed now > thanks !!
Jun-15-20  jith1207: While we are at it, let's add some music therapy, political commentary and troll complaints to this forum. ;)
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  OhioChessFan: Don't forget that Saturday is the solstice.
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  Annie K.: <jith> oh noes... ;s

<Ohio> yep! :)

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  Annie K.: A fun conversation from 2016... :)

<Daniel:> I’ve come to learn a lot about what sports broadcasting must be like. Actually I learned about it long before CG when I worked at a newspaper. If there is a sporting event you MUST be excited about it, from a business perspective. There is no room to say "Oh gee, this game promises to be slow and boring." No, every event must be billed as the "huge event we’ve all been waiting for."

<Annie:> It could be hilarious to advertise an upcoming tournament as "folks, this is going to be totally boring, don't bother to watch live" - I think everybody would show up just to see if it's REALLY going to be that boring! :D

<Daniel:> That’s actually a very funny idea. Send out a newsletter with copy like this:


Scared of combinations? Wild tactics give you the jitters? Have no fear, today’s game promises to be completely stodgy and cramped without the slightest possibility of anything interesting happening. So sit back, relax, and watch the draw slowly unfold before your very eyes! Game starts at 7:00am, get there early for extra boredom!

Jul-31-20  jith1207: ; )


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  juan31: < Miss Annie K.> :I do not know the reason for your departure, I hope you reflect, I ask you very soon to recover from what has happened, do not pay attention to little ones
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  chancho: <Annie> I hope when Ms. Freeman said you were leaving that it was only in relation to your duties in maintaining the site. You have always been seen as a valued poster and it would be a very sad thing not seeing you posting.
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  moronovich: I´ll second what <chancho> said.
Oct-01-20  Caissanist: No idea what happened, but I am very sorry to see Annie go.
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  technical draw: Although I had my differences with Annie I hope all is well. She is or was a member of a literary club where I was a lurker. Her brother is a member here under the name <cat lover>. I was hoping in the future to play a live game against Annie is the chess club in Haifa but she may have retired from chess altogether.
Oct-02-20  realdumptrump: <<Caissanist>: No idea what happened, but I am very sorry to see Annie go.>

A sorry episode indeed. We're all 'shrooms as concerns the details.

But at least <Ohio> composed a nice sendoff, even if it took a few days to finally get adopted!

Nov-09-20  realdumptrump: (Last comment has a measure of my typical tongue-in-cheek humour, in chance one was wondering)
Nov-09-20  realdumptrump: Or should that be humor?
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<realdumptrump> Your man has won now!

<Z> any chance you might resume your chess history work? Your loss was felt by many, including me and <chesshistoryinterest>, to name just two people who said so in public.

Nov-10-20  realdumptrump: <JFQ> We shall Z... !
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<realdumptrump> heh...

If you return I bet <MissScarlett> will secretly be happy as well.

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  Diademas: Happy New Year Annie!

I wish you luck and happiness whatever you're doing.

לשנה הבאה בירושלים

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  moronovich: Also a Happy New Year to you <Annie>,whereever you are these days.

And thanks for all your efforts on CG !

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  TRoosevelt1858: Hello. Hope you are well. You left a note on the Eugene Levin page referencing his son. I am working on a piece in which Eugene will be mentioned and I would like to talk to his son, in particularly I am looking for information/pictures about the summer of 1946 and the first US Junior/US Open of that year.
Oct-04-21  Caissanist: Congratulations on getting pun of the day for Anand vs Adams, 2012! Hope all is well.
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  Diademas: Come back! PLEASE...
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  chancho: <Annie K.> still has an open forum.

I wonder if she still checks in...

What <Diademas> said.

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