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Member since Sep-03-05
I like the Kiribati flag, it's so cheerful! It belongs to a sunny country with lots of islands. Did yous know that there are 15 countries without soldiers? K is one of them :)

Why do we smile? We show that our weapons (teeth) are harmless. People have been called all sorts through the ages - how about the friendly animal or homo comis?

I know it doesn't look like it when you listen to the media - but when you look around you, your neighbours, friends & family - what do you see?

we can't stop people from exploiting the weak. But we can show our contempt for rich people: When they can't show off with their ill gotten gains, they'll want to share them.

Philanthropist: someone who shares his/her ill gotten gains with others.

let's fight ageism: chess is like art, philosophy, story telling. The only difference is that in chess you're told you're too old, in the other subjects you get better with age. It will be the same in chess, when the news gets around!

what would happen if all the people had money all the time? Before you give me your answer here is what others suggested:

people would be happy; free; become ill; be lazy; stop working; nothing is done for you; money is not needed; it'd be a catastrophe, chaos & the worst: nothing left to buy, lol. We'd run out of frivolous things to buy & people would grow their own food. Since the farmers wouldn't need all that precious land, it'd be there for everyone.

Anything we left out?

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   Octavia has kibitzed 2436 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-03-21 Richard Taylor chessforum (replies)
Octavia: i spotted a remark of yours on the chat page - great to see you're still around & doing well! I used to follow your erudite remarks for a long time. But now I'm hardly here. Are you following the Olympiad? I'm surprised that neither this site nor chessbase mention it. Scotland is ...
   Jul-31-21 Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
Octavia: haven't been here for ages. I see that Keti played in the online Olympiad last year & won all her games, except for 2 which she drew! Hope she's playing again this year & that I can watch her games. She's great! Hope also that she had a nice birthday & that she's healthy & stays fit
   Apr-30-21 World Championship Candidates (2020/21) (replies)
Octavia: I used to watch those competitions, but not this one. From the comments on the last two pages I detect that other people also were bored. And I thought I was getting old!
   Mar-02-21 Arkadij Naiditsch (replies)
Octavia: 2018 he was 1st equal in IoM!!! diagonal: the link you are talking about in 2016 doesn't exist anymore
   Jan-20-21 Hans Bohm (replies)
Octavia: I won against him in a simul today!!! I'm 5 years older than him!!!
   Dec-01-20 Skilling Open (2020) (replies)
Octavia: well done, Wesley So!!! I'm proud of being a chessplayer - we are basically NOT into making money. Carlsen is turning into a business man by buying chess24 - not a good idea
   Sep-28-20 Keres vs Korchnoi, 1952 (replies)
Octavia: ""...originating from a group of Leningrad masters" Egon Varnuz, Paul Keres best games
   Sep-13-20 K Junge vs Keres, 1942 (replies)
Octavia: They played the same opening again & had a draw in München a few months later
   Sep-12-20 Keres vs Levenfish, 1947 (replies)
Octavia: the man was called Löwenfisch! It took me some time to find the game - in 1986 they still knew how to spell his name
   Sep-12-20 Keres vs E E Book, 1937
Octavia: Varnusz in his book on Keres closed games: 3 Nc3 does not fit into the closed system. Black's best reply would have been 5...dxc4 since he could have then completed his development whilst white was busy regaining the pawn. why bother if he could have been world champ? He played ...
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