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Member since Dec-16-02 · Last seen Apr-05-17
About me and my chess:

I've been getting a bit better lately- but still merit the appellation "fish."

The term "Fish," according to this article:

... refers to a "Patzer or and Easy Mark." That be me.

Fischer himself was known to employ the term when refering to his opponents. He, the Fischer, caught "Fish."

I'd like to say that my OTB rating is decent (~1800 USCF) but frequent blunders, passive play in superior positions, not taking lower-rated players seriously enough, and a constitutional inability to maintain focus at important moments have prevented my obvious innate talent and deep learning from being fully reflected by my numerical score. <You too??>

Along with chess, I am an avid amateur astronomer, insane bicyclist, budding triathlete, discerning moviegoer, music buyer, scattershot concert attendee, low-budget gourmand, underweight weight lifter, habitual worrier, and world traveler. More time could be devoted to chess if my other hobbies didn't get in the way. Sadly, I am also an overly enthusiastic devotee of slumber- requiring an inconvenient 8 hours in order to function at an mental level greater than that of the average grouper.

I'm from Columbus, Ohio... (a less soul-sucking place than you would imagine)

I'm generally reluctant to pick a favorite player, but, if pushed against a wall and forced to cough up a name, I'd have to say "David Bronstein". Amongst today's crop I have really enjoyed watching Nakamura's and Nigel Short's games when they're on fire. They're both pretty boring when they're not, though. Of Lev Aronian and (recent) Carlsen, I have to say that I prefer to watch Aronian's games. Carlsen is amazing, of course- Karpov-like- but Aronian's games are more fun.

I play a few times per week on or ICC or Chess24 mostly 5 minutes blitz games, though I enjoy classic time control OTB the most (I suck at blitz, BTW.) I do a lot of Tactical puzzles on, but it doesn't seem to be doing me any good.

I am past president of the 200+ member Columbus Astronomical Society (I left the room and the rest was history...) and proud owner of a back-breaking 18-inch Obsession telescope and much more manageable, homemade 8-incher affectionately known as "Cannon".

I am happily married to a lovely wife who, for the most part, allows me to indulge my hobbies...

My Forum

As a "Fish", I am a connoisseur of bad chess games. As such, I propose a chess forum dedicated to the "fish" in all of us. Post your most embarrassing moments, your horrible blunders, that slow frittering away of a significant advantage, or simply that moment in your chess life that you'd rather forget.

But no! Don't forget it! Turn that dusty old score sheet into a kind of fame, just not the sort of fame that you had intended when sitting down at the chessboard.

>> Click here to see JustAFish's game collections.

   JustAFish has kibitzed 1577 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-28-16 Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 (replies)
JustAFish: Anyone else having trouble with the official site? I've reloaded the page several times, and all I get is yesterday's games and video.
   Mar-25-16 Caruana vs Aronian, 2016 (replies)
JustAFish: Doubling the rooks will also force the trade of one pair of rooks, giving Fabi the A file, which could be used to penetrate to the 7th.
   Mar-17-16 Caruana vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
JustAFish: I love the analysis on
   Mar-16-16 Topalov vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
JustAFish: Is anyone else finding the "official" coverage almost impossible to watch with all the interruptions and ads?
   Mar-11-16 Anand vs Topalov, 2016 (replies)
JustAFish: Is there a delay between the actual moves and the official broadcast as an anti-cheating measure?
   Mar-09-16 Fischer vs M Bedford, 1964 (replies)
JustAFish: I too looked at 1. Be6+ for a while, but then noticed after 1... Qxe6 2. Rxg7 Kxg7 3. Bh6+ Kf7!!, white is simply down a piece. One piece of advice I've seen for solving tactics puzzles is "if at first you don't succeed, switch up the move order." Employing this, Viola!, Bh6 ...
   Feb-23-16 H Tikkanen vs K Engstrom, 2014 (replies)
JustAFish: Oh darn. I made the mistake of: 1) ... Rxg2 2) Rxg2 f3 3) Rg3 e2 4) Rxf3 e1=Q (illegal move) I didn't see that Rxf3 was check!
   Dec-22-15 Santa Claus (replies)
JustAFish: Dear Santa, banana, avocado, rubber baby buggy bumpers, foo.
   Nov-25-15 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
JustAFish: <Well, for example it is a known fact Kasparov didn't allow "strong" players in simuls against him (where the limit was, sources differ - some say 1900, some 2000).> Perhaps this is the case later in his career. However, he did take on a team of the top US Juniors in the ...
   Jul-07-15 D Mackenzie vs D Pruess, 2006 (replies)
JustAFish: And a nice article with more depth:
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