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Member since Mar-07-06 · Last seen Nov-23-20
Greetings, salutations, and what's up! I'm James. These days I make my living managing government proposals, and playing/composing music on the side; I'm also in love with chess. I believe there is a correlation between chess and art that transcends our current level of understanding. I aim to be creative on the board, and my tendency is to continually present difficult problems for my opponent to test his/her ability. Sometimes I succeed like the great romantic players of old; other times I fail dismally. Such is the life of an artist.

I have an ongoing project, for my own amusement really: Using Chessmaster's Personality Setup, I have been constructing personalities of formidable GMs (and non-GM players of quality caliber) who were not included in the standard Chessmaster lineup. I have spent literally hundreds of hours compiling opening books unique to each personality (based on their winning games -- I obtained my information from the databases of Fritz/Chessbase, Chessmaster, and, and each opening book contains moves from EVERY SINGLE GAME I could find by that player, in which that player won). In addition, I have done intense research on each player's style, which I used to create their various settings (attacker/defender, positional/tactical, piece value, etc.) for Chessmaster. So far, I have complete opening books and personalities (and pictures as well, in all cases but a few) for the following players:

Michael Adams, Evgeny Alekseev, Ulf Andersson, Levon Aronian, Maurice Ashley, Yuri Averbakh, Etienne Bacrot, Evgeny Bareev, Thomas Wilson Barnes, Alexander Beliavsky, Joel Benjamin, Pal Benko, Pavel Blatny, Viktor Bologan, David Bronstein, Walter Browne, Bu Xiangzhi, Magnus Carlsen, Rudolf Charousek, Ivan Cheparinov, Edgar Colle, Emil Joseph Diemer, Leinier Dominguez-Perez, Jan Hein Donner, Alexey Dreev, Vugar Gashimov, Boris Gelfand, Svetozar Gligoric, Florin Gheorghiu, Gioacchino Greco, Alexander Grischuk, Ernst Grunfeld, Boris Gulko, Isidor Gunsberg, Pentela Harikrishna, Vlastimil Hort, Hou Yifan, Robert Huebner, Humpy Koneru, Dmitri Jakovenko, David Janowski, Sergey Karjakin, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Alexander Khalifman, Ratmir Kholmov, Lousi-Charles LaBourdonnais, Joel Lautier, Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Geza Maroczy, Tony Miles, Henrique Mecking, Alexander Morozevich, Hikaru Nakamura, David Navara, Rashid Nezhmetdinov, Ni Hua, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, John Nunn, Alexander Onischuk, Jonathan Penrose, Alexander Petrov, Andre Philidor, Albin Planinc, Ruslan Ponomariov, Lajos Portisch, Teimour Radjabov, Krishnan Sasikiran, Carl Schlechter, Alexander Shabalov, Tal Shaked, Ivan Sokolov, Jonathan Speelman, Rudolf Spielmann, Howard Staunton, Leonid Stein, Sultan Khan Mir, Peter Svidler, Mark Taimanov, Emory Tate, Veselin Topalov, Carlos Torre-Repetto, Wolfgang Unzicker, Loek Van Wely, Milan Vidmar, Alvis Vitolinsh, Andrei Volokitin, Wang Hao, Wang Yue, Gerard Welling, Xie Jun, Xu Jun, Artur Yusupov, and Vadim Zvjaginsev.

If anyone would like an opening book from my collection, or would like the personality file and picture for a player, feel free to email me:

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

   Thrajin has kibitzed 1104 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-19-20 R Ruck vs Mamedyarov, 2019 (replies)
Thrajin: Top tier GOTD title, Cheapo.
   Oct-04-19 World Cup (2019) (replies)
Thrajin: Radjabov throwing a wrench in the status quo. Exciting stuff.
   Apr-29-19 Carlsen vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2019 (replies)
Thrajin: 7.5/9 in this field is incredible. Better than I would have predicted even for Magnus.
   Apr-20-19 Keymer vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
Thrajin: 67. Bf2 and black has serious chances again. Great effort from the 14 year old Keymer in any case.
   Apr-09-19 Carlsen vs Grischuk, 2019 (replies)
Thrajin: You don't beat a player of Grischuk's caliber with pure luck. And you don't get +5 in a top-tier field with pure luck. Or win the world title and defend it 3 times with pure luck. I could go on all day, haters.
   Mar-24-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
Thrajin: Wow. Looks like it’s anybody’s tournament right now. Karjakin gave Magnus a great match last time, so if he does win this it will be interesting to see whether he can keep it close again.
   Mar-13-18 Aronian vs Kramnik, 2018 (replies)
Thrajin: Obviously too early to call the winner of this tournament, but it's always good to see the old guard (perhaps that's a somewhat irreverent way to refer to an ex world champ, but hey...) flexing their muscle against the younger stars. Personally, I'll be thrilled with Kramnik, ...
   Jan-24-18 Carlsen vs So, 2018 (replies)
Thrajin: Always a pleasure watching Carlsen's endgame prowess in action. It's been said his endgame squeeze strategies would no longer work against the top level once they caught on, but it still seems to be working for him.
   Jan-20-18 Mamedyarov vs Wei Yi, 2018
Thrajin: Three wins in a row now for Shak that involved pawn promotion tactics.
   Dec-29-17 World Rapid Championship (2017) (replies)
Thrajin: Every time I think Anand's days at the top are numbered, he goes and does something like this. And TOTALLY REDEEMS himself! :-)
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