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Member since Mar-23-06
Occasional club player, based in Germany but originally from the UK. Besides western chess I am also interested in Japanese chess (shogi) and Chinese chess (xiangqi).

In real life I am involved in linguistics, logic and computing, and my hobbies, besides chess, include history, astronomy, classical music, curries and good wine.

My nickname comes from the colours of my favourite football team, but it seemed kind of suitable for chess as well ( :-)

Like several others around here (User: GameKnot) I play correspondence games on-line at GameKnot, under the name "orangutan".

My chessforum is now open again for business. I intend it to be used chiefly for the following areas:

1. My favourite openings, especially the Open Sicilian (will shortly put up a list of others).

2. Endings. These have always been a great weakness in my play, and I am trying to work on them. To my surprise, I am finding them interesting.

3. Almost anything to do with Russia and Eastern Europe.

4. Game theory and chess variants (especially traditional Asian variants such as shogi and xiangqi).


I have started to make a collection of links to bookmark certain common positions in Opening Explorer, for my convenience but hopefully for others as well. It can be found at Tabiya chessforum.

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

   Zebra has kibitzed 1444 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-22-09 Zebra chessforum (replies)
Zebra: <Jess> that is all extremely helpful; <many> thanks. This isn't certain yet, but would be in the public system. It is beginning to sound quite attractive. And don't worry, I will bring my whisky with me. Kamsahamnida!
   Apr-21-09 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Apr-16-09 radu stancu chessforum (replies)
Zebra: Nice to finish with a win against such a strong player - but to tell the truth I have felt heavily outgunned throughout this tournament. I enjoyed it though - thanks to all participants.
   Feb-26-09 brankat chessforum (replies)
Zebra: Me too. Long time no see.
   Feb-26-09 acirce chessforum (replies)
Zebra: I thought it was quite a good title, but missed the allusion. Maybe you could include it in your profile at the top?
   Feb-24-09 Open Defence chessforum (replies)
Zebra: Hi <OD>. Can you recommend any good websites for curry recipes?
   Dec-31-08 ahmadov chessforum (replies)
Zebra: Iyi yillar S novym godom Z novym rokom Kali khronia Bliadhna mhath ur Guten Rutsch ...etc. :)
   Dec-05-08 sentriclecub chessforum (replies)
Zebra: <JFQ: the grammar is byzantine> You mean it's Greek to you?
   Aug-23-08 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
Zebra: <WannaBe: Have MADD ever compared European (drunk driving) statistics against U.S. ?? I personally would like to see some numbers here.> They could take a look at Greece.
   Jul-14-08 chessforum (replies)
Zebra: <chessgames> Thanks for the reply. I hadn't noticed the alternate spellings feature, probably because I (usually) use an antiquated browser. Btw the idea of an American bias had not crossed my mind :). I think in the cases I was thinking of (y/j/i for the Slavonic palatal ...
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