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Member since Jan-13-05 · Last seen Feb-04-08
Been playing chess for 33 years. Still amazed at how much I still have to learn.

Just a little about me for anyone interested. I'm a mathematician and computer programmer going on over 25 years now. Ever since my mid teens I've been fascinated by the game of chess not so much for it's mechanics but for its mathematical properties. I will sometimes play an opening simply to study the probability of a win, loss or draw against players of various levels. The best way to do this is of course against strong rated chess engines as humans are still just that and prone to make mistakes. Even the best of them do.

My findings over the years have been inconclusive to say the least. This leads me to believe that to truly master the game of chess one needs to go beyond the simple math and logic. There is in actuality an art or imagination to this game. That is what separates the good players from the great players. The best examples of this are games where players seem to make totally illogical moves, making great material sacrifices only to be setting up their victory while totally taking their foe by surprise. These are truly the most enjoyable games to run through the trusty chess engine analysis programs. If you look carefully you will see a dramatic jump in move strength that seems to come out of left field, as opposed to the gradual rise or fall you will see in a typical game. Again, there are great examples of this in the database at this site. All you have to do is look for them.

I am by no means a great chess player as I don't have that special gift that creates the Fishers and Kasparovs. My rating is around 1700. I can hold my own against decent players but get totally demolished by true masters of this game. They make moves that I couldn't see coming if they painted a big red sign over them. These are the players I truly admire.

I hope you've enjoyed reading something about me. If you'd like to write to me I'm sure my email address is on here someplace.

At least I know that for as long as I play this game I don't have to worry about losing my marbles.

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   Kingdumb has kibitzed 108 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-04-05 R Raev vs D Bojkov, 2005 (replies)
Kingdumb: Okay, I can't figure out for the life of me what opening this is. Going through 2 different opening explorers I can't find anything that matches exactly but WannaBe may be as close as you're going to get on this with his guess.
   May-09-05 Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1993 (replies)
Kingdumb: Well, I guess everyone missed my point. Most likely because I didn't state it clearly enough. I'm not suggesting that we don't try to "calculate" our oppenents next move. Believe me, I do. All I'm saying is tbat we cannot with 100% certainty know that the move we're counting on is ...
   May-04-05 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Kingdumb: Not to change the subject, but here's a perfect example of how materialistic and stupid computer chess engines play. I just played this as black against a decently rated chess engine. [Event "Chess Commander"] [Site "STEVE-TOWER11"] [Date "2005.05.04"] [Round "-"] ...
   May-04-05 R Berzinsh vs Pribyl, 2001 (replies)
Kingdumb: Good grief, even a crappy player like myself can see that black played a very poor game. How can you let both the K and Q pawns into the 5th and 6th ranks. Black played way too passively and cautiously and ended up boxing himself in. He literally strangled himself to death in this ...
   May-02-05 Nakamura vs Sasikiran, 2005 (replies)
Kingdumb: I think maybe we might be missing the point. Unless some chess God came down to Earth and proclaimed that Qh5 was a bad move after e4 e5 and that there was no chance of winning with it and should NEVER be played then it is still a valid move and I don't feel any of us are in ...
   Apr-29-05 Kasparov vs Dolmatov, 1979 (replies)
Kingdumb: Think about how young he was when this was played. Simply amazing.
   Apr-28-05 Fritz vs Kasparov, 1992 (replies)
Kingdumb: I'm surprised some of the stronger players did not see GK's genius in this game. He had this calculated right down to the ending you see in front of you. At this point it is a race that white cannot win and black has an easy victory with a rook and queen up. I have noticed in my ...
   Apr-26-05 A Pacis vs E Torre, 1997 (replies)
Kingdumb: I would love to know what white was thinking with move 26. Perhaps he just fell asleep and his hand accidentally pushed his pawn. Any theories to this obvious blunder?
   Apr-23-05 Kasparov vs Gheorghiu, 1982 (replies)
Kingdumb: AW who is this furball? I don't see any posts by him here. Was he banned? Did he use naughty language? Or was he just plain stupid? Granted that's not a serious offense.
   Apr-19-05 V Bradley vs J Bath, 1978 (replies)
Kingdumb: Why would black resign here? This game is far from lost. Any suggestions?
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