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Member since Aug-11-08 · Last seen Dec-02-21
Middle age (edit: now on the plus side of middle age) washout; not much of a chess player, either.

Favorite player: Emmanuel Lasker, author of two of my favorite quotes (not just from chess but from anywhere). I'm quoting both from memory, so they may be a bit off.

1) "The merciless fact, culminating in checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite."

2) Re: his taking the title from Steinitz: "The thinker has been defeated by the player."

Hard not to love the guy. Had interests outside of chess, too.

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   TheTamale has kibitzed 972 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-01-21 J A Torres vs R Gonzalez, 2000 (replies)
TheTamale: An interesting puzzle, but I cast my vote with <al wazir> and <Once>. Fun fact: if you lose to the "Modern Defense" in 20 moves or under, they automatically deduct 500 points from your rating.
   Nov-23-21 H Munoz Sotomayor vs R Gonzalez, 1998 (replies)
TheTamale: I spent five minutes on the Monday puzzle and didn't get it, but I got this in about five seconds. There is just a randomness to the way the inferior brain works that is both terrible and beautiful.
   Nov-01-21 Salov vs Piket, 1991 (replies)
TheTamale: I agree with <Pointtaken>. Nxe4+ is easy to see, and I probably would have played it. But I was <not> able to calculate all the lines if White didn't follow up with Qxf4. As it required speculation, it was not, in my opinion, an optimal Monday problem... but after all ...
   Oct-11-21 So vs Sasikiran, 2015 (replies)
TheTamale: One of those Mondays that's only difficult because you think there should be a mate in there somewhere. If there was a tag that said, "White to play and win the rook," we'd all get it quickly.
   Oct-08-21 H Avram vs Fischer, 1957 (replies)
TheTamale: Well, in most Bibles in the U.S., Abraham's original game is given as Abram. Clearly Avram is an equivalent, but one might be excused for not making the connection.
   Oct-04-21 La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 (replies)
TheTamale: A rule I use to solve Monday puzzles is to look for the move you'd like to play, and that's often it. Then you figure out how to make it work.
   Oct-01-21 Aronian vs Duda, 2021 (replies)
TheTamale: In Aronian's defense, the final move was almost impossible to foresee. (Ah, Levon... I kid because I love.)
   Sep-15-21 D Anton Guijarro vs D Howell, 2017 (replies)
TheTamale: A very enjoyable game, and a pun so silly that it's good.
   Sep-13-21 A Sandrin vs W Shipman, 1946 (replies)
TheTamale: <Phony Benoni>: Yes, in fact I can't BELIEVE how long it took me to see this.
   Aug-30-21 A Stefanova vs M Sebag, 2010 (replies)
TheTamale: I don't love Mondays, but I got the puzzle, so I'm happy about that, insofar as I can be happy about anything.
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