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Check It Out
Member since Feb-17-06
My best wishes to Daniel Freeman on his continuing journey; is an excellent legacy.

RIP, <User: Sneaky>, you were always one of my favorites, though I never knew...

"The worship of Caissa is, however, so alluring, so fascinating, that the mind, after an interval of repose, returns to it with renewed vigour, greater hope, and redoubled energy, intent on wresting the palm of victory from the majority of opponents. "

*** The Gentleman's Magazine, 1881


I played competitive chess as a kid inspired by the 1978 match Korchnoi vs. Karpov, and has renewed my enthusiasm for the game. I play occasionally at, with more or less accuracy.

I think the greatest players are/were Kasparov, Fischer, Karpov, Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker, Morphy, and Anand,, but my favorite players are Tal, Nezhmetdinov and Bronstein.

Right now, though, Magnus Carlsen is the king of Caissa. Both his chess and his enigmatic persona wear the crown to perfection. Only 28, he tops the FIDE ratings chart as well as the live rapid and blitz charts. He has dominated the intensely competitive chess tournament scene for the past 10 years, and has defeated Vishy Anand (twice), Karjakin, and most recently, Caruana. He is the reigning, defending, undisputed, World Chess Champion of the world.

I admire his incredible positional judgement and ability to get wins from seemingly dry situations. His mastery of the middle-to-end game transition is second to none. He has also been, at the same time, the undisputed World Champion of classical, rapid, and blitz time controls. This guy is the real deal and in contention for the GOAT.


I love Anand's dynamic chess career and sterling personality; heís been a noble chess king.

Hikaru Nakamura plays the American maverick to perfection, though never quite able to reach the crest. Heís like a modern day Frank Marshall.

Morozevich reminds me of a less stable version of my artistic chess heroes.

Ivanchuk epitomizes that category of player who gets lost in the labrynthian depths of Caissa, reflecting back all the beauty and suffering that goes with her, both on and off the board.

I played a simul against Nigel Short at the 2012 London Chess Classic, and after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 he played 5.d4, looked at me, and said, "You didn't pay attention to my lecture, did you?" Hours prior at a live-broadcast analysis session I attended, Short had detailed the problems associated with playing the ...e6 ...g6 Sicilian setup against a KIA setup prior to white's d3, allowing white to play d4 without losing tempo, creating long-term dark square weaknesses for black. Being schooled* by a super-GM is the highlight of my chess "career".


*The game was abandoned at move 33 because I had tickets to Red Fang, a local Pacific North West heavy rock group I know, who happened to be on tour in London that evening - I could not miss them, their manager got me on the door list. I fought a reasonable game and had a potentially salvageable endgame, though I surely would have lost under the pressure of a quickening pace. Red Fang rocked.

Other interests include:

Family, Martial arts, business, music, reading, food, drink, people, heavy rock, guitars, poker, exercise, performance, competition, action, breathing, lounging, being lazy, gardening, movies, sleeping, and working outside in bad weather.

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   Check It Out has kibitzed 6917 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-13-19 Schlechter vs J Thirring, 1893 (replies)
Check It Out: I detect a bit of a lisp in this pun.
   Dec-13-19 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Check It Out: If you've played chess competitively then the thrill of "slow" classical chess is not lost on you. Your heart races, your mind searches, your ego and will battle...nothing boring about it.
   Dec-11-19 London Chess Classic GCT Finals (2019) (replies)
Check It Out: Wesley So is Asian as well, FR WC.
   Dec-03-19 Lasker vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 (replies)
Check It Out: Great game. Lots of thrust and parry right from the get go, and the action never let's up.
   Dec-02-19 GCT Kolkata Rapid & Blitz (2019)
Check It Out: <HMM> I've been to a lot of metal concerts, including Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest, Queensryche, Ozzy, The Ocean, At The Gates, Converge, on and on.. But one of the best I've been to was by post-metal band Quicksand. So amazing. I've seen Helmet many times and ...
   Nov-27-19 M Sana vs A E Franklin, 2008 (replies)
Check It Out: Tough crowd. Congrats on GOTD, Fusilli!
   Nov-24-19 A Ushenina vs N Dzagnidze, 2019
Check It Out: 32.Qa5 and 33.Nce2 were not good moves. 33...Bxe4! smartly takes advantage of white's precarious queen position.
   Nov-22-19 H Westerinen vs Y Miyasaki, 1972
Check It Out: If you are not familiar with Miyazaki's animated movies, they are amazing, well worth exploring.
   Nov-21-19 Jose Raul Capablanca (replies)
Check It Out: <Otoy> Sorry, you did not pass the quiz, but an A for effort! My dad taught me chess as a boy and the day I finally, legitimately beat him was the last time he wanted to play me.
   Nov-21-19 Reti vs Alekhine, 1925
Check It Out: That got very complicated there. Lots of pieces very close together, with multiple captures available.
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  Golden Executive: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017 to you and yours <Check It Out>!
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  thegoodanarchist: <CIO> I have a question- is it true that "Karate Men " bruise on the inside?
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  Check It Out: <tga> Lol! Our insides are too manly to bruise.
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  OhioChessFan: Carl Douglas-Kung Fu Fighting
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  thegoodanarchist: Morphy vs A Morphy, 1850 (kibitz #72)

Your request, answered!

Game Collection: Mate by Castling

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  thegoodanarchist: Sure, it was almost 8 YEARS!!! to the day, and the answer was provided by <FSR> and not me, but still, I provided the copy-and-paste services.

How are things in your neck of the woods?

I lived in the Portland, OR area from 8/2014 through 2/2016. I wish I had thought to drive up your way for a tour of the dojo and an afternoon of blitz chess.

The missed opportunities in life...

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  Check It Out: <tga> Wow, nice collection!

Things are good. Some day I'll be in your neck of the woods and we can blitz it out!

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  perfidious: <CIO>, hope things are well with you.
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  Penguincw: < <CIO>, hope things are well with you. >

Agree. Happy Holidays as well, <Check It Out>.

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  thegoodanarchist: As Quint in "Jaws" said, quoting a gravestone:

"Here lies the body of Mary Lee
Died at the age of a hundred and three
For fifteen years she kept her virginity
Not a bad record for this vicinity."

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  juan31: <Check It Out> thanks for the information
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  thegoodanarchist: <CIO> congrats on the car purchase!
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  thegoodanarchist: I'm dominating the dojo!

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  thegoodanarchist: CIO,

Just wondering, have you lived in the Seattle area your entire life?

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  Check It Out: Yes, sir, a Seattle-ite as they say.
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  thegoodanarchist: Rubinstein vs S Von Freymann, 1909 (kibitz #16)
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  Check It Out: <tga> That was a few years back and I donít remember. I stopped playing correspondence chess because its too easy to cheat. (That site was a no computer use cc - if their computer detects computer use in the algorithms you get busted. But a clever person can use it very sparingly to get around this.) I didnít trust others to play honestly.
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  Penguincw: Hi <Check It Out>. Enjoy the holidays, whichever one(s) (if any) you celebrate. :)
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  Check It Out: Thank you, Penguincw. My best to you and yours as well.

As for the holidays, I try to celebrate them all!

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  thegoodanarchist: Congratulations on your pun being chosen today!

And Merry Christmas!

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  thegoodanarchist: Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 (kibitz #15)
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  thegoodanarchist: Kenneth S Rogoff (kibitz #390800)
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  thegoodanarchist: < Check It Out: ... I told the guy I didnt want to deal with another monster pallet, especially since it was completely unnecessary. He grumbled, but then said he'd take care of it. He cracked a joke about me making a Norweigan do some work. I said, "Hey, dont complain, the greatest chess player of all time is Norweigan." "He is?" "How do you know it's a male?" "Its a female?!" He said in amazement. "No, but one shouldn't assume these things.">

Since every World Chess Champion has been male, MOST DEFINITELY YES YOU SHOULD ASSUME!

Political correctness has run amok. We now are told we shouldn't assume the most likely. It's better to be delusional, or feign ignorance, don't you know?

Assume the sun won't come up tomorrow. Or assume a healthy Jackie Joyner-Kersee will beat a healthy Usain Bolt in a sprint.

Let me know how it works out! (Hint: I already know! And guess what, you can know too! All you have to do is accept reality.)

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  thegoodanarchist: <that conversation never happened.>

The important thing is, you <thought> it, and promoted the idea publicly.

That's what matters to the ruling elites, conformity of *thought* in direct opposition to observable reality, and promotion of that mindset as well.

Why do you think Hollywood has been doing the same, for the last 40 years?

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  Check It Out: I didn't promote anything. I wrote a humorous anecdote. It's ironic, you trying to give me a "thought" ticket. You're making a mountain out of a mole hill, but continue on if that's your thing. And, just for the record, I do think the very best chess players are men.

Here's the anecdote again, just for clarity:
<I had a guy drop off a new 8' light weight table at my business the other day. It came on a 12' 60 lb. pallet, total overkill. Since it was an exchange for an incorrect delivery they had made, I told the guy I didnt want to deal with another monster pallet, especially since it was completely unnecessary. He grumbled, but then said he'd take care of it. He cracked a joke about me making a Norweigan do some work. I said, "Hey, dont complain, the greatest chess player of all time is Norweigan." "He is?" "How do you know it's a male?" "Its a female?!" He said in amazement. "No, but one shouldn't assume these things." "What's his name?" "Magnus Carlsen" No name recognition. "He's better than Bobby Fischer?!" Ah, now we are getting somewhere! "So, you do know a thing or two about chess!" "That's about all I know." "Well, it's a complicated comparison, and obviously Fischer has had more impact on the world, but yes, I think he's better than Bobby Fischer." "Wow" "So there, don't feel so bad about being Norwegian, you gave the world one of the all time greats!" He drove off with a smile.>Magnus Carlsen (kibitz #85314)

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