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Member since Apr-16-07
I was a Chessgames regular for almost twelve years. A lot of that time was fun; some of it was even edifying and helped me grow as a person. But those times are now long gone, and for the last couple years I've only been visiting this site out of habit and not enjoying it much. Most of my old friends here have left the site or only visit very irregularly, and intelligent newcomers tend to take one look at pages like the Kibitzer's Café and conclude - quite reasonably - that Chessgames isn't their kind of community. The new year 2019 is as good a time as any for me to retire and move on.

I'm sorry that the 2018 Holiday Present Hunt ended up being such a mess. I had no control over most of the things that made it a mess, but I was still associated with it and you had every right to expect better. I know I should have polished #20 more (or just submitted the original version of it, even though I was never fully happy with it); and I probably should have done more to make sure that hints were released in a timely manner, even if it meant posting them personally in the Kibitzer's Café where some solvers might miss them. Certainly I owe you all an apology for the atrocious puns.

Game Collection: Unusual themes III is back up, after almost nine years offline.

It feels appropriate that I should retire with the spruce avatar, which was my first and original avatar on this site. It's a fitting bookend, and a memory from happier days. (I was deeply depressed in the "happier days", of course; but at least I could be depressed together with friends, and temporarily forget about it all, one smile and one joke at a time, and it would help me cope. Not anymore, not on this site; which is a pity, this was a good site for it.)

Some people here still know where to find me outside Chessgames. If you ever find out whether <dakkie>'s okay and what he's been up to lately, I would appreciate the news. Other than that, please don't try to contact me about anything related to this site.

Perhaps one day I will return for a quick look and find that there's more friendly banter and constructive discussion and actual chess content, and less fighting and lying and harassment and acrimony and stupidity. I don't think that's very likely, not the way the site's been heading, but stranger things have been known to happen. Until then: goodbye, thanks for the good times, and may Nuklu be with you.

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   SwitchingQuylthulg has kibitzed 9406 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-31-18 SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum
SwitchingQuylthulg: Happy New Year everybody, and thanks for the good times! Time for me to retire from this site, if not permanently then at least for the foreseeable future; but last thing I'll do, before leaving, I'll put the original Unusual Themes collection back online. I will combine ...
   Dec-30-18 brankat chessforum (replies)
SwitchingQuylthulg: <brankat> Thanks, and Happy New Year to you as well! In case you missed it, Daniel Freeman passed away in July; and ever since then, all the people who never had anything nice to say to him while he was alive (except when they wanted something from him) have been ...
   Dec-30-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
SwitchingQuylthulg: <Domdaniel: It is very unfortunate that this cheating attack should happen in the first year when Daniel isn't around to nip it in the bud.> I remember one year when Daniel blocked all traffic from my IP address because I was opening too many pages. I wasn't ...
   Dec-26-18 Boleslavsky vs Dzindzichashvili, 1967 (replies)
SwitchingQuylthulg: While it is more than a bit strange that Boleslavsky and Lilienthal aren't in the short list of players, they are both included in the longer list of players that appears if "Longer list of players on homepage" is selected in the User Preferences.
   Dec-24-18 chessforum (replies)
SwitchingQuylthulg: Merry Christmas to all members of the Chessgames team!
   Nov-28-18 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
SwitchingQuylthulg: Thanks to <chessmoron> and <OhioChessFan> for running the contest, and congratulations to the other winners and medalists!
   Nov-09-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
SwitchingQuylthulg: <OBKing> There are no evals here since many people prefer watching without an eval; but you can click the "Stockfish Analysis" link at the top right for CG evals, or for superdeep analysis by a strong Stockfish.
   Nov-07-18 Eric Schiller (replies)
SwitchingQuylthulg: RIP Eric.
   Oct-07-18 Vladas Mikenas (replies)
SwitchingQuylthulg: The Estonian newspaper was <Esmaspäev>, spelled with an Ä and a V. They spelled it <Esmaspäew> (with a W) in the nameplate, which is a quirk of older Estonian orthography: W used to be frequent where V is used now, and practically always replaced V in ...
   Sep-28-18 Susan Freeman chessforum (replies)
SwitchingQuylthulg: 43rd Chess Olympiad (W) (2018)
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