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Member since Dec-24-06 · Last seen Sep-05-19
I live in Wales, UK, and besides chess, I love rugby union and cricket. My current grade is 1615, going up far too slowly.

Wish I could play this wonderful game properly.

My favourite player is Bent Larsen, ever since I found a copy of his 'Selected Games of Chess' in my local library. I love his attitude to the game, as a struggle, even if I don't always agree with some of his opinions.

My favourite Larsen quote:
"As a matter of fact, I believe Bronstein knows more about the King's Indian than I do but - come on and fight!"

My own chess is better summed up by
"Stupidity got us into this mess. Why can't it get us out?"

I'm a die-hard Alekhine's defence player, despite all the stick the opening seems to attract from people who don't play it, and my results are pretty good with it.

I'm an expert on British spiders - hence my username, and I can't function without a book to read - usually something by Iain Banks, Mary Gentle, Steven Erickson, Sheri S. Tepper, Guy Gavriel Kay, or anyone who can really write (i.e. use language to express themselves properly).

Most of all though, I love the game of chess. I respect anyone who can play the game, particularly if they can do it better than I can (which is plenty).

Regards to all, and thanks for looking at this profile.

   Harvestman has kibitzed 741 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Jun-06-19 Norway Chess (2019) (replies)
Harvestman: Have a blitz tournament, where if the game ends in a draw they have to play classical games continuously until somebody wins. That'll learn 'em :)
   Jun-04-18 American Continental (2018) (replies)
Harvestman: Maybe not the highest echelon players here, but still some very good ones, and a lot of decisive games too.
   Mar-10-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
Harvestman: What has happened to the Aronian - Ding game? Chessdom shows it as aborted
   Jan-04-18 World Rapid Championship (Women) (2017)
Harvestman: <PhilFeeley> my sentiments exactly!
   Jan-22-17 Rapport vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
Harvestman: Anyone else reminded of Bent Larsen when watching this game? Rapport's play had strong echoes, especially in the opening. Also, his play this tournament has been experimental, and I recall larsen saying he played like that in some of his earlier breakthrough tournaments, not ...
   Nov-23-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Harvestman: Uh oh. Carlsen played Qb5, which I would have played. The last time he made a move that I would have played, he lost.
   Nov-14-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Harvestman: As white I want to play Bg2, exchange bishops, and then play Nd5. After Bd8 I would happily exchange on d6 and play the knight versus bishop ending if black has doubled d-pawns. But I'm not a very good player...
   Nov-11-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Harvestman: <Domdaniel> Doobee doobee doo
   Nov-09-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship Match (2016) (replies)
Harvestman: People think chess is just Black and White...
   Nov-09-16 European Club Cup (2016) (replies)
Harvestman: Every year Wales sends its top two teams from the previous year to this event, and most years they are battling to avoid last place, but at least they support the event. Between this year's teams we have three 2300 rated FMs. We won't win, but just for a chance to play top ...
   Mar-22-16 Kmoch vs Prins, 1940 (replies)
   Mar-09-16 Natalija Pogonina (replies)
   Mar-03-16 Muzychuk - Hou Women's World Championship Match (2016) (replies)
   Mar-02-16 M Muzychuk vs Yifan Hou, 2016 (replies)
   Mar-02-16 Short vs P Villegas, 2016
   Mar-02-16 Kamil Dragun (replies)
   Feb-22-16 I Krush vs A Zatonskih, 2011 (replies)
   Feb-08-16 Odd Lie (replies)
   Jan-14-16 I Hatem (replies)
   Dec-16-15 Marcus Bee (replies)
   Nov-19-15 S Milliet vs T Lanchava, 2015
   Oct-05-15 World Cup (2015) (replies)
   Sep-15-15 Nataliya Buksa (replies)
   Sep-02-15 Wesley So (replies)
   Sep-01-15 Caruana vs So, 2015 (replies)
   Aug-30-15 Ori Kobo (replies)
   Aug-25-15 Carlsen vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 (replies)
   Aug-24-15 Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970) (replies)
   Aug-24-15 So vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 (replies)
   Aug-23-15 Sinquefield Cup (2015) (replies)
   Aug-20-15 Aleksandra Goryachkina (replies)
   Aug-19-15 Odd Lie (replies)
   Aug-13-15 Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2015) (replies)
   Aug-12-15 Russian Championship Superfinal (2015) (replies)
   Aug-10-15 Slava Burenkov
   Aug-09-15 Alexandra Kosteniuk (replies)
   Aug-07-15 British Championship (2015) (replies)
   Aug-03-15 Hebden vs J Cooper, 2015 (replies)
   Aug-01-15 Melanie Lubbe (replies)
   Jul-29-15 K Denny vs M Kobler, 2014
   Jul-26-15 Annie Kappel (replies)
   Jul-23-15 Biel (2015) (replies)
   Jul-17-15 USSR Championship (1971) (replies)
   Jul-06-15 T Cagasik vs J Brooke, 2007 (replies)
   Jun-27-15 10th Edmonton International (2015) (replies)
   Jun-21-15 Norway Chess (2015) (replies)
   Apr-12-15 US Championship (Women) (2015) (replies)
   Apr-11-15 US Championship (2015) (replies)
   Apr-05-15 Mariya Muzychuk (replies)
   Apr-01-15 M Romi vs C Staldi, 1954 (replies)
   Mar-30-15 D Dzhangirov vs V Minakov, 2005 (replies)
   Mar-25-15 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015) (replies)
   Mar-23-15 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
   Mar-19-15 Mary Ann Gomes
   Mar-09-15 Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1957 (replies)
   Mar-06-15 Khismatullin vs Eljanov, 2015 (replies)
   Mar-05-15 A Kislinsky vs A Zakharchenko, 2005 (replies)
   Feb-26-15 FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015) (replies)
   Feb-25-15 European Championship (2015) (replies)
   Feb-19-15 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015) (replies)
   Feb-13-15 Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2015) (replies)
   Jan-30-15 Wei Yi vs Ju Wenjun, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-29-15 S Boring (replies)
   Jan-29-15 Gibraltar Masters (2015) (replies)
   Jun-01-14 Nigel Short (replies)
   May-24-14 Short vs C McNab, 2006
   May-16-14 Beer (replies)
   Mar-20-14 V Knorre vs G Neumann, 1864 (replies)
   Jan-23-14 Tata Steel Masters (2014) (replies)
   Aug-23-13 World Cup (2013) (replies)
   Aug-09-13 British Championship (2013) (replies)
   Aug-07-13 Illescas Cordoba vs Rachels, 1987 (replies)
   Jul-20-13 Universiade (2013) (replies)
   Jul-18-13 European Championship (Women) (2013) (replies)
   May-25-13 Sigeman & Co (2013) (replies)
   May-13-13 European Championship (2013) (replies)
   May-12-13 Women Grand Prix Geneva (2013) (replies)
   May-05-13 US Chess Championship (Women) (2013) (replies)
   May-05-13 United States Championship (2013) (replies)
   Apr-23-13 FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013) (replies)
   Mar-20-13 13th European Individual Senior Championship (2013) (replies)
   Mar-14-13 World Championship Candidates (2013) (replies)
   Mar-11-13 G Nakhbayeva vs S Milliet, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-26-13 Reykjavik Open (2013) (replies)
   Jan-25-13 Tata Steel Group C (2013) (replies)
   Jan-22-13 Tata Steel Group B (2013) (replies)
   Jan-20-13 XINIX vs Shredder, 2006
   Jan-19-13 Karjakin vs Aronian, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-18-13 Carlsen vs I Sokolov, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-18-13 N Grandelius vs A Ipatov, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-17-13 Tata Steel Group A (2013) (replies)
   Jan-16-13 Olland vs A Hamming, 1933 (replies)
   Dec-23-12 Yelizaveta Orlova (replies)
   Dec-23-12 S P Tanin vs G Sanakoev, 1960 (replies)
   Dec-19-12 Ralf Christ (replies)
   Dec-18-12 L Schmid vs I Rausis, 1999
   Dec-04-12 FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012) (replies)
   Nov-29-12 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012) (replies)
   Nov-26-12 Anna Ushenina (replies)
   Nov-15-12 World Youth Championship (Girls) (2012) (replies)
   Nov-09-12 Vachier-Lagrave vs A Jerez Perez, 2012
   Nov-08-12 Kings' Tournament (2012) (replies)
   Oct-25-12 Giri vs Nakamura, 2012 (replies)
   Oct-24-12 J Wyss vs B Bellahcene, 2012 (replies)
   Oct-21-12 SPICE Cup (2012) (replies)
   Oct-19-12 Ding Liren vs G Meier, 2012 (replies)
   Oct-11-12 Grand Slam Chess Final (2012) (replies)
   Oct-11-12 V Kolesnikov vs P Piatnitsky, 1994 (replies)
   Sep-10-12 Gisela Harum (replies)
   Sep-09-12 Istanbul Olympiad (2012) (replies)
   Aug-19-12 French Championship (2012) (replies)
   Aug-15-12 Svetozar Gligoric (replies)
   Aug-15-12 World Junior Championship (Girls) (2012) (replies)
   Aug-08-12 Russian Championship Superfinal (2012) (replies)
   Aug-02-12 Wojtaszek - Jobava Match (2012) (replies)
   Jul-25-12 Alexander Morozevich (replies)
   Jul-04-12 Borin Topic (replies)
   Jul-03-12 J Messenger
   Jun-21-12 FIDE Women's Grand Prix Kazan (2012) (replies)
   Jun-17-12 Morozevich vs McShane, 2012 (replies)
   Jun-09-12 Caruana vs Nakamura, 2012 (replies)
   Jun-07-12 B Auger vs S Drolet, 2011
   Jun-07-12 O Bender vs D Benge, 1962 (replies)
   Apr-18-12 F Larsen vs E van Leeuwen, 1991
   Apr-12-12 Ali Farahat
   Apr-04-12 Chinese Chess Championship (Women) (2012) (replies)
   Mar-28-12 Vitiugov vs I Cheparinov, 2012
   Mar-28-12 European Championship (2012) (replies)
   Mar-13-12 Valentina Gunina (replies)
   Mar-13-12 Viktorija Cmilyte (replies)
   Mar-12-12 European Championship (Women) (2012) (replies)
   Feb-17-12 Yuri L Averbakh (replies)
   Feb-01-12 Gibraltar Masters (2012) (replies)
   Jan-21-12 Ivanchuk vs Aronian, 2012 (replies)
   Jan-04-12 Reggio Emilia (2011) (replies)
   Jan-03-12 Fischer vs E Puto, 1964 (replies)
   Dec-29-11 Donostia Chess Festival (2011) (replies)
   Oct-19-11 G Kjartansson vs J P McKenna, 2009 (replies)
   Oct-15-11 Rehan Huda
   Oct-04-11 Michael Basman (replies)
   Aug-19-11 French Championship (2011) (replies)
   May-22-11 Nakamura vs Ponomariov, 2011 (replies)
   May-22-11 World Championship Candidates (2011) (replies)
   Apr-10-11 European Seniors Championship (2011) (replies)
   Apr-04-11 Larsen vs Chandler, 1990
   Mar-29-11 European Championship (2011) (replies)
   Feb-20-11 P Cramling vs E Tsuboi, 1992 (replies)
   Jan-24-11 Tata Steel Group B (2011) (replies)
   Jan-24-11 V Vepkhvishvili vs N Alexandria, 1968 (replies)
   Jan-22-11 Tata Steel Group C (2011) (replies)
   Jan-15-11 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2011 (replies)
   Dec-24-10 K Georgiev vs Lputian, 1985 (replies)
   Dec-10-10 McShane vs Kramnik, 2010 (replies)
   Dec-09-10 London Chess Classic (2010) (replies)
   Nov-27-10 Bent Larsen (replies)
   Aug-15-10 Rising Stars - Experience (2010) (replies)
   Aug-15-10 World Junior Championship (2010) (replies)
   Jun-02-10 H Neergaard vs Simagin, 1965 (replies)
   May-03-10 Anand vs Topalov, 2010 (replies)
   Apr-07-10 Russian Team Championship (2010) (replies)
   Dec-05-09 World Cup (2009) (replies)
   Nov-01-09 E Hurt vs D Baca, 1987 (replies)
   Oct-30-09 European Team Championship (2009) (replies)
   Oct-06-09 Dreev vs F Klein, 2009
   Sep-26-09 Fine vs C F Tears, 1945 (replies)
   Jun-11-09 Louis Stumpers (replies)
   Mar-23-09 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
   Mar-09-09 Robert James Fischer (replies)
   Feb-14-09 Aeroflot Open (2009) (replies)
   Nov-20-08 Dresden Olympiad (Women) (2008) (replies)
   Nov-20-08 Gabriel Sargissian (replies)
   Nov-20-08 Dresden Olympiad (2008) (replies)
   Oct-31-08 Jacob Ost-Hansen (replies)
   Oct-31-08 Magistral Internacional Ruibal (2008) (replies)
   Oct-29-08 Karpov vs Timman, 1993
   Oct-28-08 Larsen vs Korchnoi, 1969 (replies)
   Oct-24-08 Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (replies)
   Oct-23-08 European Club Cup (2008) (replies)
   Oct-21-08 Anand vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-15-08 Russian Championship Superfinal (2008) (replies)
   Oct-02-08 Deep Sengupta (replies)
   Sep-18-08 European Union Championship (2008) (replies)
   Sep-16-08 Paris vs Budapest, 1843 (replies)
   Sep-16-08 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2008) (replies)
   Sep-16-08 V Laznicka vs D Howell, 2008 (replies)
   Sep-15-08 M Sebenik vs Adams, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-26-08 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Aug-25-08 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
   Aug-23-08 Grand Slam Chess Final (2008) (replies)
   Aug-20-08 Mrs. Alekhine chessforum (replies)
   Aug-20-08 Tal Memorial (2008) (replies)
   Aug-15-08 City of Moscow (replies)
   Aug-12-08 William Hartston (replies)
   Jul-27-08 capatal chessforum (replies)
   Jul-26-08 41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008) (replies)
   Jul-25-08 JoeWms chessforum (replies)
   Jul-16-08 Vienna (C25) (replies)
   Jul-15-08 Karpov Poikovsky (2008) (replies)
   Jul-04-08 Dortmund Sparkassen (2008) (replies)
   Jun-12-08 fictionist chessforum (replies)
   Jun-03-08 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   May-30-08 Leonid Bass (replies)
   May-19-08 Shabalov vs Kraai, 2008
   May-13-08 M-Tel Masters (2008) (replies)
   Apr-29-08 Baku Grand Prix (2008) (replies)
   Apr-09-08 Yifan Hou (replies)
   Apr-09-08 Budapest Gambit (A51) (replies)
   Mar-01-08 Morelia-Linares (2008) (replies)
   Mar-01-08 F C Bird (replies)
   Feb-29-08 Leko vs Ivanchuk, 2008 (replies)
   Feb-25-08 Karjakin vs T Metsalu, 2001 (replies)
   Feb-22-08 Aeroflot Open (2008) (replies)
   Feb-20-08 Topalov vs Carlsen, 2008 (replies)
   Feb-08-08 Winsome R Stretch (replies)
   Feb-04-08 Ostrich (Computer) (replies)
   Jan-31-08 Gibraltar Masters (2008) (replies)
   Jan-24-08 Armenian Championship (2008) (replies)
   Jan-23-08 Corus Group C (2008) (replies)
   Jan-22-08 Corus Group A (2008) (replies)
   Jan-22-08 chessforum (replies)
   Jan-17-08 Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-15-08 Corus Group B (2008) (replies)
   Jan-15-08 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-05-08 James Sherwin (replies)
   Jan-04-08 Torneo di Capodanno (2008) (replies)
   Dec-30-07 Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2007) (replies)
   Dec-28-07 Russian Championship Superfinal (2007) (replies)
   Dec-21-07 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
   Dec-07-07 World Cup (2007) (replies)
   Dec-06-07 Carlsen vs I Cheparinov, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-22-07 World Blitz Championship (2007) (replies)
   Nov-19-07 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
   Nov-05-07 European Team Championship (Women) (2007) (replies)
   Nov-03-07 Larsen vs T D van Scheltinga, 1964 (replies)
   Oct-30-07 European Team Championship (2007) (replies)
   Oct-28-07 Ivanchuk - Leko Rapid Match (2007) (replies)
   Oct-27-07 Larsen vs Geller, 1960 (replies)
   Oct-27-07 Geller vs Larsen, 1967 (replies)
   Oct-25-07 Casino de Barcelona (2007) (replies)
   Oct-24-07 Hikaru Nakamura (replies)
   Oct-19-07 T Hillarp Persson vs H Grooten, 2007 (replies)
   Oct-18-07 Budapest Gambit (A52) (replies)
   Oct-16-07 11th Essent Open (2007) (replies)
   Oct-16-07 Guillermo Estevez Morales (replies)
   Sep-18-07 World Championship Tournament (2007) (replies)
   Sep-16-07 Kramnik vs Grischuk, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-16-07 Vladimir Bagirov (replies)
   Aug-16-07 Carlsen vs P Nikolic, 2005 (replies)
   May-29-07 Bacrot vs Kamsky, 2007 (replies)
   May-29-07 Candidates Match: Ponomariov - Rublevsky (2007) (replies)
   May-12-07 Mtel Masters (2007) (replies)
   May-11-07 Russian Team Championship (2007) (replies)
   Apr-08-07 European Championship (2007) (replies)
   Mar-31-07 danielpi chessforum (replies)
   Mar-02-07 Anand vs Topalov, 2007 (replies)
   Mar-02-07 Morelia-Linares (2007) (replies)
   Mar-02-07 Alekhine's Defense (B02) (replies)
   Jan-24-07 Gibraltar Masters (2007) (replies)
   Jan-19-07 Corus Group A (2007) (replies)
   Jan-14-07 Hoi vs Gulko, 1988 (replies)
   Jan-13-07 A Lagunow vs Bernhard Schneider, 1994 (replies)
   Dec-27-06 Efimov vs Bronstein, 1941 (replies)
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