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Member since Feb-27-05 · Last seen Dec-13-19
Currently I spend most of my chess time playing 3/2 and 2/1 games on and FICS as "TyroLoco", at a 1300 level. I will never play a game of tournament chess again due to health issues, but I still love the game in small doses. When I get too tired to play anymore (i.e. after 10-15 minutes) I like to read the most popular blogs at (

"Legacy" top 100 ratings (much better than FIDE's new version)" Currently experimenting with Lawrence Day's 30 year-old "clamp" against the Sicilian: .

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[[Some chess links I'm currently using:]]
Most popular chess sites:

List of online computer chess resources:

Names and definitions of most common tactical themes, often seen in chess puzzles:

Page for querying endgame tablebases:

Set of links to various online chess DBs: http://www.chessgameslinks.lars-bal....

Most recent articles on

Online PGN player:
Online PGN viewer and editor at the defunct site:

live ratings:

List of top 10 players by year 1971-1999: All FIDE rating lists (click on "Elo Lists" in the Players and Teams section) or viewable at .

"Nuestro Circulo", Argentine chess magazine: .

PDFs of some old books (mostly in Spanish):


2008 performance ratings:

Performance versus players above 2700:

Performance against players below 2700:

Crosstables from many of history's top tournaments:

Crosstables from USA and USSR championships:

The Chess Mind:

Favorite Spanish-language chess sites: probably the best overall Spanish-language chess site, with many regular columns from GMs and excellent writers. Ajedrez Magico (abandoned in 2010, still with much interesting legacy content): Ajedrez Espectacular: http://www.mipaginapersonal.movista... Chessville's links to Spanish-language sites http://comentariosdeajedrez.blogspo... Argentine chess newsletter, through 2009 Peruvian chess news
List of Spanish chess jargon (R-rated):

Endgame tablebase:

Chess tournament results:

Other online databases:

Opening search: Nimzo-Indian, Samisch (E25)

Game Collection: Logical Chess: Move By Move (Chernev) - COMPLETE

Game Collection: GM RAM Game Selection

William Ewart Napier

Sicilian Alapin:

FIDE world and national rank for a given player: You need to replace ABCDEFG with the code from that player's FIDE player card (e.g. 5000017 for Viswanathan Anand). FIDE top rating statistics:

FIDE top player list history, including for inactive players: For example to get a list of Xie Jun's top player list rankings, I searched for her record, got the ID 8600147 from the "event=" value in the URL, and then typed in

USCF lowest rated players:

Bunch of old chess links:

Goddess chess blog:

Random stuff:

You can email me on Yahoo, username oneeyedman99.

<I never said computers can't figure out.

I said I hated them.

Although I use mine on a daily basis.

It's kind of the same as having a boyfriend that way.> JessicaFischerQueen, 12-Dec-08 in KIbitzer's Cafe.

<I have tried to adopt the philosophy that I'd rather hold a clear belief loosely than a fuzzy believe tightly. One of the reasons I feel I tend to get along pretty well with good chess players is that I've found that they tend to share this philosophy with regard to just about anything be it religion, politics, or chess positions. So I suspect this Mrs. Pogonina did not think that her comments were descended from Mount Sinai. This reminds me of a conversation I had with GM Nakamura. I asked him if he thought there was any advantage for White in the Wing Gambit Sicilian. He said, "Don't be an idiot! MAYBE White can draw." I said, "Are you sure about that?!" And he said, "No."> GoldenBear, in a 6-Oct-09 comment on Carlsen vs Wang Yue, 2009

<One of the things that appeals to me about competitive chess ... is that it is, as games go, very fair. There is quite a lot of luck in chess over the short term. But on the whole it tends to cancel out. Certainly chess compares very favourably with all the things that go under the designation 'real life', with all the stacked decks, silver spoons, nepotism, favouritism and disastrous misfortunes that attend. In comparison with the crazy unpredictability and uncontrollability of most of human existence, playing chess (even in a time-scramble!) is like a paradise of rationality.> - George Botterill.

The thing I learn best from chess is myself. I learn how I think, what I do well, what I don't do so well, and how best to structure my thinking to effectively solve problems and deal with different tasks. Of course it helps that I love the game but have very little natural ability for it--you learn more about yourself doing things that you are bad at.

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   Caissanist has kibitzed 2543 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-07-19 Igors Rausis
Caissanist: Sadly, this is going to kill classical tournament chess. Virtually the only open tournaments 20 years from now will be rapid and blitz where you are not allowed to leave the board.
   Nov-23-19 Malcolm Barker (replies)
Caissanist: I found it interesting that Barker achieved what he did while receiving, by his own account, very little "study and advice", and only playing half the year (he preferred tennis during the warm months). I can't imagine such a thing happening today. He must have had an ...
   Nov-23-19 ChemMac chessforum
Caissanist: Hello ChemmMac, You may be interested in reading the recent three-part bio on about Malcolm Barker, who I understand was your teammate in his last tournament. Final installment here: .
   Nov-15-19 Jude Frazer Acers
Caissanist: I don't think relations between Jude and the USCF were <that> bad. He was suspended for a while in the mid seventies becase the federation thought some of his results were fake, but he was later readmitted. He didn't play in many tournaments after that, but I recall that ...
   Nov-14-19 Valery Salov (replies)
Caissanist: Are any of Salov's forums still online? At one point in the above interview, he refers to <the "Heroes of Chess and Checkers" board. We have a topic about Fischer there, in English and Spanish mostly.> That sounds like it might be interesting, at least after a couple of ...
   Oct-29-19 Carissa Shiwen Yip (replies)
Caissanist: She's only played in three FIDE-rated blitz events ever, the last one two years ago.
   Oct-26-19 D Goodman vs Benko, 1977 (replies)
Caissanist: This is the last classical game in the database where Benko plays the Benko gambit. According to Jeremy Silman, Benko told him that he originally started playing this opening to avoid mainstream theory, but it eventually became so popular that it accumulated a large body of ...
   Oct-26-19 Pal Benko
Caissanist: Jeremy Silman wrote a two-part obituary of Benko for that includes many games annotated by Benko: .
   Oct-26-19 James Gore
Caissanist: According to a 1972 Bobby Fischer article in <Rolling Stone>, Jim Gore was one of Fischer's two closest friends at the time, "a once-strong player who abruptly stopped competing years ago and now works as a bank teller":
   Oct-19-19 Alfonso Ferriz Carrasquedo
Caissanist: Update to the updated link: https://axedrezmexiquense.blogspot....
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