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Member since Jan-23-08
Dave is my name & playing chess is my game. 8 ) -- I am originally from Laurel, MS, USA, 🇺🇸 & I recently moved back there after living in other cities for a really long time. It’s nice to be able to visit w/ my family & my friends in this area more often! I am a Christian & have been a foreign missionary to China, Spain, Morocco & Mexico. I learned to play chess when I was 9 years old in 4th grade in elementary school when my homeroom teacher taught my homeroom class how to play it. Ever since she taught me how to play it, it has been my favorite game. Now 42 years later, I'm still playing it! My style (positional) was heavily influenced by Anatoly Karpov & Salomon Flohr . When I first started studying chess books in my teens, I studied collections of their games. Karpov has been my favorite player ever since then.

<Tournaments<>><:I haven't played in a tournament since '03 in Denver, where I saw many GMs, IMs & lower rated masters (GMs: a 15 yr old Naka [who became a GM that same yr before this tourney...the U. S.' youngest-ever GM at that time!], Shabalov, Stripunsky, Ibragimov & Browne just to name a few players)...tourney results: I met Patrick Wolff (2-time U. S. Chess Champion: '92 & '95) in New Orleans @ a tourney there in '92 after he won the U. S. Championship. He played a simultaneous exhibition vs ~20 players the day before the tourney. I remember that he had only 1 draw & he won the rest of the games. He played in the tourney & won it; he had a Q & A session as well. I asked him who some of his favorite chess players are & he mentioned Emanuel Lasker because: "He epitomized the struggle in chess.">

<18 of the games that I submitted to be game of the day (w/ my puns) have been chosen for it!<>>: Li Shilong vs Ding Liren, 2011Factor vs Gilg, 1928Kasparov vs Anand, 1995Stockfish vs Rybka, 2013N Evseev vs Flohr, 1949Judit Polgar vs A S Rasmussen, 2013D Bit-Narva vs R E Nielsen, 2014L Bruzon Batista vs Zhu Chen, 2004Bagirov vs N Radev, 1976Kramnik vs M Bluebaum, 2017Speelman vs J Horner, 1976L Day vs Nickoloff, 1977Pelletier vs C McNab, 2012Ding Liren vs Wei Yi, 2015W M Byland vs C F Tears, 1951M Diamond vs Santasiere, 1922Bondarevsky vs Smyslov, 1946Leko vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2016

<<>some of my analysis<>>: N Karaklajic vs Smyslov, 1955 -- I B Odesskij vs P Skacelik, 2001

<to see my games & stats/profile page on (username: eternaloptimist): -- Type in eternaloptimist in the search box. (You have to have a gameknot acct. to see it.)<<<>>>>

<Right now I'm trying out different chess variants for something different. Please feel free to mention variants that you like in my forum.<<<<>>>>>

<Some of my favorite chess books are: 1) My Best Games by Anatoly Karpov 2) The Search for Chess Perfection by C. J. S. Purdy 3) 125 Selected Games by Vasily Smyslov 4) Modern Chess Strategy by Ludek Pachman 5) Transpo Tricks in Chess by Andrew Soltis 6) Pawn Structure Chess by Andrew Soltis 7) The Wisest Things Ever Said About Chess by Andrew Soltis 8) The Development of Chess Style by John Nunn & Max Euwe (Nunn added material to the original text that Euwe wrote.) 9) H.O.T. Chess by Paul Motwani 10) Salo Flohr's Best Games of Chess by Salo Flohr (translated by Gregory S. Donges) <<<<<<>>>>>>>

<1 book that helped me improve a lot is "How to Reassess Your Chess" by Jeremy Silman. Although he isn't the most honest guy in the world b/c he makes himself out to be a better chess player than he actually is. (I'm aware that he's an IM so I'm not saying that he's not a strong player.) He does this by giving a lot of his moves in the book a "!" or "!!" that don't deserve them. If you analyze some of his games on a chess engine then you will see that some of his moves that got a "!" or "!!" actually aren't anywhere close to being the best move. In addition to that sometimes he doesn't mention if his opponent plays a move that deserves a "?" to make some of his victories appear brilliant & to show the triumph of the strategical theme in a particular section of the book.<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>

<1 of my favorite chess quotes: "Many of Karpov's intentions become understandable to his opponents only when salvation is no longer possible." Mikhail Tal <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>

<*profile updated on 8/11/2020 <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>

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   eternaloptimist has kibitzed 1745 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Aug-13-20 F Vallejo Pons vs S Williams, 1995 (replies)
eternaloptimist: <OCF> This is an interesting game, & the pun definitely fits it. Williams had a methodical idea for trying to solve the problem of the “problem ♗” in the French. Instead of playing something like ...♙b6 & ...♗a6, he played 17...♗d7, ...
   Jul-29-20 A Timofeev vs D Khismatullin, 2018 (replies)
eternaloptimist: It took me a few minutes to solve it but once I noticed how weak Timofeev’s 2nd rank was then I saw that 26...♘e4! is the correct move!
   Jul-28-20 I Panagopoulos vs Stefansson, 1993 (replies)
eternaloptimist: I saw the variation w/ 29...♕g5+
   Jul-27-20 K McDonald vs Blaine Newcomb, 2020 (replies)
eternaloptimist: As far as I can remember this is the easiest Monday puzzle that I have ever seen on CG. <An Englishman> Yes I saw that unsound ♖ sac. McDonald was very fortunate to win this game
   Jul-27-20 A Zapolskis vs S Maze, 2016 (replies)
eternaloptimist: As for this game, Maze’s style reminds me a lot of Ulf Andersson’s style. By this I mean he likes to exchange pieces pretty quickly, grind down his opponents in the endgame & get at least 1 passed ♙. He also (like Andersson) usually aims for technical positional games ...
   Jul-26-20 Dvoirys vs G Timoshchenko, 1988 (replies)
eternaloptimist: Like some of the other kibitzers here I thought 30. ♘xh6+ -> ♖g3+ would win the game for white but I was wrong. ♕f3!! has to be played 1st before ♘xh6+. Dvoirys also played the opening well. <rodchuck> LOL 😃 Ur kibitz is hilarious! I ...
   Jul-26-20 Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2020 (replies)
eternaloptimist: Actually Leko wasn’t a ♖ up; he was essentially up 2 ♙s (a ♖ for 3 ♙s). Ivanchuk played brilliantly in the late middlegame & endgame in this game! I was really hoping that he was going to beat Carlsen in their match but he came a little short of doing
   Jul-17-20 Anna Vitalyevna Zatonskih
eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the 4-time US Women’s Chess Champ, Anna Zatonskih!!
   Jul-15-20 H Westerinen vs Savon, 1975 (replies)
eternaloptimist: I solved this puzzle really quickly b/c I’ve seen this motif before & b/c it looked like ♖xh7 is about the only way to whip up an attack speedily. The Finnish GM generated a very strong attack against the very underrated & strong Ukrainian GM Savon!
   Jul-15-20 P Hair vs S Yee, 2017 (replies)
eternaloptimist: I’ve looked at some of the games w/ 3...Qb6 in the CG database for the Caro-Kann (Fantasy variation) & it actually looks like it is a good move to play! It poses some problems for white & gives black a pretty good chance to win even against good chess players. Although it ...
   Jul-02-20 Deysi Estela Cori Tello
   Jun-22-20 J Baer vs Lasker, 1913 (replies)
   Jun-21-20 S R Dill vs E McCutcheon, 1875 (replies)
   Jun-16-20 Peter Svidler
   Jun-12-20 V K Neverov vs Negi, 2006
   May-23-20 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
   May-15-20 World Championship Candidates (2020) (replies)
   May-13-20 Ratmir Kholmov (replies)
   May-08-20 L D'Costa vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2009 (replies)
   Apr-23-20 Leko vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2016
   Apr-17-20 Szabo vs N Spiridonov, 1974 (replies)
   Apr-11-20 Alexey Vladislavovich Yermolinsky
   Apr-10-20 A D Green vs D Thomas, 2010 (replies)
   Apr-07-20 L'Ami vs Van Wely, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-06-20 Ragozin vs Taimanov, 1945 (replies)
   Mar-24-20 Vasily Smyslov
   Mar-16-20 Tarjan vs R Shean, 1968 (replies)
   Mar-09-20 NN vs Teichmann, 1890 (replies)
   Feb-05-20 Karpov vs Huebner, 1982 (replies)
   Jan-30-20 eternaloptimist chessforum
   Jan-27-20 Jeroen Piket
   Jan-21-20 C E Murphy vs Justin Tan, 2018
   Jan-18-20 A Firouzja vs J Xiong, 2020 (replies)
   Jan-17-20 Bondarevsky vs Smyslov, 1946
   Jan-14-20 Ljubojevic vs M Gurevich, 1988 (replies)
   Jan-13-20 Carlsen vs J Xiong, 2020 (replies)
   Jan-12-20 Motylev vs Bareev, 2005 (replies)
   Jan-12-20 Tata Steel Masters (2020) (replies)
   Jan-04-20 M Diamond vs Santasiere, 1922 (replies)
   Jan-01-20 W M Byland vs C F Tears, 1951
   Dec-30-19 C F Tears vs A Sandrin, 1951
   Dec-27-19 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
   Dec-17-19 Ding Liren vs Wei Yi, 2015
   Nov-29-19 B Huguet vs Ljubojevic, 1973
   Nov-06-19 Suba vs I Madl, 1987 (replies)
   Oct-22-19 Sznapik vs D Komljenovic, 1987 (replies)
   Oct-21-19 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (replies)
   Oct-20-19 Nakamura vs Aronian, 2019 (replies)
   Sep-26-19 Euwe vs Udo Cawi, 1950
   Sep-18-19 Kiril D Georgiev vs Shirov, 1992 (replies)
   Sep-07-19 Sergey Gennadyevich Kudrin
   Aug-28-19 U Capo Vidal vs E Gonzalez Chavez, 2001
   Aug-28-19 Karpov vs Salov, 1993 (replies)
   Aug-19-19 Tolush vs Keres, 1939 (replies)
   Jul-27-19 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1975
   Jul-22-19 Grand Prix Riga (2019) (replies)
   Jul-19-19 Biel (2019) (replies)
   Jul-19-19 D G Fridman vs L Dominguez, 2019
   Jul-19-19 Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (replies)
   Jul-16-19 Radjabov vs R Rapport, 2019 (replies)
   Apr-27-19 Joao Nuno Baptista Valente vs M Percivaldi, 2017
   Mar-18-19 Vassily Ivanchuk (replies)
   Feb-15-19 E Paehtz vs Kosteniuk, 2019 (replies)
   Feb-11-19 Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov
   Feb-05-19 R Edouard vs T Casper, 2009 (replies)
   Jan-31-19 H Rolletschek vs S Kindermann, 2001 (replies)
   Jan-22-19 Radjabov vs V Fedoseev, 2019 (replies)
   Jan-20-19 A Karayev vs A J Datu, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-09-18 Wesley So (replies)
   Sep-21-18 Mariya Muzychuk (replies)
   Aug-31-18 morfishine chessforum (replies)
   Jul-30-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
   Jul-26-18 Nick de Firmian (replies)
   Jul-23-18 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
   Jun-25-18 Pelletier vs C McNab, 2012
   Jun-05-18 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
   Jun-01-18 H Hunt vs J W Rogers, 2008 (replies)
   May-27-18 Eduardas Leovich Rozentalis (replies)
   Apr-30-18 US Championship (2018) (replies)
   Apr-08-18 Caruana vs Aronian, 2018 (replies)
   Feb-27-18 Yifan Hou (replies)
   Feb-24-18 Chandler vs O I Barkan, 1975 (replies)
   Feb-02-18 L Day vs Nickoloff, 1977 (replies)
   Jan-01-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Dec-27-17 Kateryna Alexandrovna Lagno (replies)
   Dec-19-17 W So vs Nakamura, 2016 (replies)
   Dec-15-17 Speelman vs J Horner, 1976
   Nov-30-17 Barbero vs G Andruet, 1986 (replies)
   Nov-14-17 David Howell (replies)
   Oct-12-17 P Cramling vs A M Galliamova, 1994 (replies)
   Sep-06-17 Kramnik vs M Bluebaum, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-24-17 Shabalov vs W So, 2016 (replies)
   Aug-12-17 Caruana vs Adams, 2013 (replies)
   Jul-29-17 Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954 (replies)
   Jun-25-17 Sally Simpson chessforum (replies)
   Jun-25-17 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
   Jun-23-17 W So vs Shabalov, 2017 (replies)
   Jun-16-17 Fischer vs R W Moore, 1961 (replies)
   Jun-14-17 Paul Motwani (replies)
   Jun-11-17 Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2017 (replies)
   Jun-08-17 V Liublinsky vs Botvinnik, 1943 (replies)
   Jun-02-17 Bagirov vs N Radev, 1976 (replies)
   May-30-17 P Makoli vs F Doettling, 2007
   May-24-17 Viktor Kupreichik (replies)
   May-22-17 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 (replies)
   May-20-17 L Bruzon Batista vs Zhu Chen, 2004 (replies)
   Apr-10-17 US Championship (2017) (replies)
   Apr-06-17 A Meek vs W Fuller, 1857 (replies)
   Mar-28-17 Karpov vs Adorjan, 1989 (replies)
   Mar-11-17 Joel Benjamin (replies)
   Mar-05-17 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2017) (replies)
   Mar-02-17 Tan Zhongyi vs A Muzychuk, 2017 (replies)
   Mar-01-17 A Muzychuk vs Tan Zhongyi, 2017 (replies)
   Feb-28-17 Anna Muzychuk (replies)
   Jan-30-17 W So vs Wei Yi, 2013 (replies)
   Dec-25-16 wordfunph chessforum (replies)
   Dec-22-16 T A Vakhidov vs Kasimdzhanov, 1993 (replies)
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-30-16 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
   Nov-28-16 Kramnik vs Leko, 2004 (replies)
   Oct-29-16 Yuhua Xu
   Oct-28-16 Carlsen-Nakamura Blitz Battle (2016) (replies)
   Sep-26-16 King's Knight Opening (C40)
   Sep-25-16 Chess Olympiad (2016) (replies)
   Sep-20-16 G Lambert vs Nunn, 1977 (replies)
   Sep-20-16 Factor vs F M Currier, 1923 (replies)
   Sep-19-16 Ruy Lopez, Marshall (C89) (replies)
   Sep-07-16 Kasparov vs Wolff, 1988 (replies)
   Aug-03-16 Karpov Poikovsky (2016)
   Jul-27-16 Yu Yangyi vs W So, 2015 (replies)
   Jul-16-16 Ashot Gamletovich Anastasian (replies)
   Jul-08-16 T Gelashvili vs K Tzamtzis, 1997
   Jul-06-16 Melikset Zavenovich Khachiyan (replies)
   Jun-28-16 11th Edmonton International (2016)
   Jun-21-16 V K Neverov vs Khalifman, 1985
   Jun-19-16 Your Next Move (Rapid) (2016) (replies)
   Jun-19-16 SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum (replies)
   Jun-17-16 Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian (replies)
   Jun-12-16 Grand Chess Tour Paris Blitz (2016) (replies)
   Jun-06-16 S Dittmann vs R Fuchs, 1956 (replies)
   May-31-16 David Arutinian
   May-25-16 Aleksandr Karpatchev (replies)
   May-24-16 Krum Georgiev
   May-17-16 M Heinicke vs Seitz, 1934 (replies)
   May-17-16 Alexander Moiseenko (replies)
   May-16-16 Polugaevsky vs H Pfleger, 1978 (replies)
   May-16-16 Equinox vs Joker, 2009
   May-15-16 Benko vs J P Dominguez Sanz, 1972
   May-14-16 A Niemela vs M Kupferstich, 1950
   May-14-16 F Riemann vs A Schottlaender, 1876
   May-14-16 Papp vs I Koszoru, 1982
   May-12-16 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense (C93)
   May-11-16 Ludek Pachman (replies)
   May-10-16 Pavel Eljanov (replies)
   May-08-16 B Ferrufino vs F Akintola, 2006
   May-08-16 Alexander Fishbein
   May-01-16 Josef Lokvenc (replies)
   Apr-30-16 Tal vs Peteris Grave, 1965 (replies)
   Apr-28-16 D Bit-Narva vs R E Nielsen, 2014 (replies)
   Apr-27-16 Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016) (replies)
   Apr-26-16 US Chess Championship (2016) (replies)
   Apr-20-16 A Giri vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2016 (replies)
   Apr-19-16 Carlsen vs Harikrishna, 2016 (replies)
   Apr-19-16 Bondarevsky vs K Lloyd, 1960 (replies)
   Apr-19-16 R Markus vs R Loetscher, 2000
   Apr-19-16 Rublevsky vs M Bluebaum, 2015
   Apr-18-16 US Chess Championship (Women) (2016) (replies)
   Apr-12-16 Joel Lautier (replies)
   Mar-24-16 centralfiles chessforum (replies)
   Mar-23-16 World Championship Candidates (2016) (replies)
   Mar-20-16 C Holt vs L Milman, 2011 (replies)
   Mar-15-16 Veselin Topalov (replies)
   Mar-15-16 Yifan Hou vs M Muzychuk, 2016 (replies)
   Mar-14-16 Denis Rombaldoni (replies)
   Mar-12-16 Yuri Balashov (replies)
   Mar-09-16 M Muzychuk vs Yifan Hou, 2016 (replies)
   Mar-07-16 E Liu vs B Lugo, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-07-16 Kick Langeweg (replies)
   Mar-06-16 Alexander Chernin (replies)
   Feb-29-16 Niclas Huschenbeth (replies)
   Feb-26-16 Petr Velicka
   Feb-23-16 B Belokopyt vs B Standal, 2005
   Feb-23-16 E Neuhaus vs F A Hipp, 1864 (replies)
   Feb-21-16 Gabor Kallai (replies)
   Feb-18-16 Mladen Palac (replies)
   Feb-16-16 Vladimir Fedoseev (replies)
   Feb-12-16 Krzysztof Bulski (replies)
   Feb-08-16 Aivars Gipslis (replies)
   Feb-05-16 Tata Steel Challengers (2016) (replies)
   Feb-01-16 Alexander Galkin
   Jan-29-16 Carlsen vs Yifan Hou, 2016 (replies)
   Jan-13-16 Radoslaw Wojtaszek (replies)
   Jan-01-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Dec-28-15 Emanuel Berg
   Dec-24-15 Koltanowski vs M Defosse, 1936 (replies)
   Dec-24-15 Tomas Oral (replies)
   Dec-20-15 London Chess Classic (2015) (replies)
   Dec-17-15 Alexander Beliavsky (replies)
   Dec-15-15 Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov (replies)
   Dec-08-15 Robert Andrew Hungaski
   Nov-21-15 Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev (replies)
   Nov-20-15 J Barkhagen vs Topalov, 1990 (replies)
   Nov-04-15 Axel Bachmann Schiavo (replies)
   Oct-21-15 Karpov vs Miles, 1980 (replies)
   Oct-16-15 Vsevolod Rauzer (replies)
   Sep-30-15 Milko Bobotsov
   Sep-28-15 Stellan Brynell (replies)
   Sep-28-15 Igor Stohl (replies)
   Sep-26-15 Lev Gutman (replies)
   Sep-21-15 Caruana vs Mamedyarov, 2015 (replies)
   Sep-18-15 Gerald Hertneck (replies)
   Sep-16-15 Ding Liren vs E Inarkiev, 2015 (replies)
   Sep-16-15 Igor Borisovich Efimov
   Sep-10-15 A Lastin vs K Maslak, 2009
   Aug-27-15 Elizbar Ubilava
   Aug-27-15 W So vs Aronian, 2015 (replies)
   Aug-26-15 Sinquefield Cup (2015) (replies)
   Aug-25-15 K Lapinski vs E Sharapov, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-25-15 Vasilios Kotronias (replies)
   Aug-24-15 A Lein vs Taimanov, 1961 (replies)
   Aug-24-15 A Z Kapengut vs Dzindzichashvili, 1966
   Aug-22-15 Ildar Khairullin
   Aug-21-15 Lev Alburt (replies)
   Aug-21-15 D Gong vs Robert Maris, 2015
   Aug-20-15 Leonard William Barden (replies)
   Aug-18-15 Russian Championship Superfinal (2015) (replies)
   Aug-18-15 Adolf Kramer vs O Ruester, 1926 (replies)
   Aug-18-15 Dorian Rogozenco (replies)
   Aug-18-15 Tarjan vs Larsen, 1968 (replies)
   Aug-16-15 Z Almasi vs Khalifman, 1997 (replies)
   Aug-15-15 Harmonist vs NN, 1897 (replies)
   Aug-11-15 F Vallejo Pons vs G van der Stricht, 2005
   Aug-10-15 Frank James Marshall (replies)
   Aug-08-15 Max Lange (replies)
   Aug-04-15 B Donaldson vs R Dowden, 2001
   Aug-04-15 Wang Hao (replies)
   Aug-03-15 P Cerveny vs M Pagerka, 2007
   Aug-02-15 Vladimir Stanislavovich Belikov
   Aug-01-15 Anastasian vs C Wichmann, 2007
   Aug-01-15 I Rogers vs Korchnoi, 1986 (replies)
   Jul-30-15 Fabiano Caruana (replies)
   Jul-30-15 P Poutiainen vs Velimirovic, 1977
   Jul-30-15 L Au vs J Diamond, 1994
   Jul-30-15 P J Batchelor vs A Zhang, 2015
   Jul-30-15 A Wiwe vs S Eddy, 2006
   Jul-29-15 A Belezky vs N Arsenault, 2005 (replies)
   Jul-27-15 E Bankert vs R Ehrler, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-25-15 Dmitry Svetushkin
   Jul-24-15 Tigran Gharamian
   Jul-23-15 Judit Polgar (replies)
   Jul-18-15 Hannes Hlifar Stefansson (replies)
   Jul-13-15 Manuel Rivas Pastor
   Jul-12-15 Zoltan Varga
   Jul-12-15 Shaked vs S Boring, 1991 (replies)
   Jul-11-15 Robert Kempinski (replies)
   Jun-25-15 Walter Shawn Browne (replies)
   Jun-25-15 Aronian vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
   Jun-24-15 Ian Rogers (replies)
   Jun-23-15 Topalov vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
   Jun-21-15 Yuri Kruppa
   Jun-18-15 Andrei Volokitin (replies)
   Jun-17-15 Topalov vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
   Jun-16-15 Carlsen vs Topalov, 2015 (replies)
   Jun-15-15 Alexander Fominyh (replies)
   Jun-10-15 Sergei Yudin (replies)
   Jun-01-15 Mihai Suba (replies)
   May-30-15 G Walker vs Saint Amant, 1836 (replies)
   May-30-15 Igor Kurnosov (replies)
   May-30-15 FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015) (replies)
   May-25-15 Manuel Perez Candelario
   May-24-15 Peter Heine Nielsen (replies)
   May-20-15 Dmitry Frolyanov
   May-20-15 Grischuk vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
   May-18-15 Gennadi Sosonko (replies)
   May-05-15 Rubinstein vs Hromadka, 1923 (replies)
   May-02-15 Igor Alexandre Nataf (replies)
   Apr-27-15 Gennadi Timoshchenko (replies)
   Apr-21-15 Yakov Estrin (replies)
   Apr-21-15 S Arndt vs M Wilde, 1987 (replies)
   Apr-19-15 Antoaneta Stefanova (replies)
   Apr-19-15 US Championship (Women) (2015)
   Apr-18-15 Nukhim N Rashkovsky (replies)
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  eternaloptimist: Wow! Yes actually it is my acct! I completely forgot that I created that acct! Although on my profile page, it says I created my acct on April '08 & I never played any games. Since that was several years ago & I never played any games, I guess that explains why I forgot about it...LOL! I guess I created this acct just in case I didn't like & Although since I liked (& still like) both of these websites, I never played a game on gameknot. I would like to start off by playing 1 correspondence game w/ u. Just send me a game invite when u r ready to start playing a game. As far as how works, I did some googling & I found out that it is based off of Internet traffic of people that have downloaded their toolbar. After u download the toolbar to your computer, they can see which websites u r going to. I wouldn't recommend u doing this though since u can get malware on your computer from downloading toolbars. I just found out today that they only base it off of people that have downloaded their toolbar so that makes me question the accuracy of it. Anyway I'm looking forward to playing chess w/ u soon!
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  eternaloptimist: I'm able to login to my gameknot acct. I tried some passwords that I use for other websites & the 3rd time was the charm! We can play on gameknot for now & possibly on in the future.
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  morfishine: <eternaloptimist> Sure, no problem. I've been highly critical of the pun selection over the past few months. My main point is a GOTD (Game of the Day) should be exactly that. The GOTD should be a high quality game, or why bother calling it "Game of the Day"?

Too often, the game is chosen for some silly, shallow play on word or "pun" without the game being very high quality.

BTW: Today was mine (Purdy) and not a pun at all: just a silly rhyming play on words. But I think the game is good enough

BTW(2): Nice username and avatar: A cat with 9 lives must be an eternal optimist !


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  OhioChessFan: I realize it's tough to come up with 365 puns a year, and to be limited to high quality games strikes me as a bit much. I think some great puns aren't used because of low quality games. Why not? Go for the cheap laugh, I say.

I agree the vast majority of puns are shallow/obvious. That's not to cg.c's discredit. When cg.c had 25 or so puns from the kibitzers a few years back, there were a handful that were even remotely interesting.

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  eternaloptimist: I think both of u guys made some good points. 

<morf>: It's always good when the GOTD is a high quality game. It's more enjoyable to play over it then. <Shams> knocked your Purdy pun but it fits the game as <Mating Net> said in his kibitz. It's a good game & I enjoy playing over his games. His book "The Search for Chess Perfection" is a great book. I've read a good bit of it & played over a lot of the games in it. It's 1 of the best books of all time IMO. U mentioned the voters @ the Purdy game. When I vote in the "pun voting booth", I try to only give the high quality games w/ good/great puns the highest marks. I've only judged 34 of them so far but I plan to keep it up to help out some. The best 1 I've voted for that got picked was this 1: Letelier vs Najdorf, 1954
Thx for the complements about my username & the cat pic. <...A cat with 9 lives must be an eternal optimist !> Indeed! :D  

<Ohio>: It is indeed a tough predicament about the GOTD situation. If cg decided to bypass the voting process & intervene by having some of their employees go through some of the games & pick some of the GOTDs themselves, it would be time consuming so I agree w/ u that it's not to their discredit. Cg does a great job w/ their website! I do like "cheap laughs" as well! There's nothing wrong w/ some levity when it comes to puns. :D Pls elaborate on the "...25 or so puns..." that u were referring to. When did that happen & what were some of the games?

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  morfishine: <OhioChessFan> The issue is attaching all these "puns" and sub-par games to something called the "Game of the Day". GOTD to me means at least, an exciting, high-quality game. I was going to suggest to <CG> to create a separate column for just fun and puns, while leaving the GOTD for a decent game. However <DomDaniel> dissuaded me as he had already suggested this idea. So we are stuck with the GOTD as it is
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  OhioChessFan: The member submitted Pawn contest was in, that long ago? Anyway, here's a link:

Game Collection: 2009 pun contest

<morf> yeah, I get that GOTD sort of announces a good game. I have thought they should attach a pun once a week and let the other 6 days just be good games.

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  OhioChessFan: I had forgotten I've officially submitted 4 puns. I don't think that accomplished much, so I normally just put my pun suggestions in quotes on the game in question's kibitzing section. Here's the official submissions:

Puns submitted by OhioChessFan:

How Low Can You Go?
Timman vs P Limbos, 1969

Dead Poetz Society
F Poetz vs C H Marais, 2008

I'd Like To Buy a Vowel
J Aagaard vs Hoi, 2010

Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475

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  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for posting those links! I will check out some of the puns & games. I like your "How Low Can You Go?" & "I'd Like To Buy a Vowel" puns the best.
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  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for the "ing" thing! U r the king of blue text!
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  wordfunph: <eternaloptimist> Merry Christmas!
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  eternaloptimist: <wordfunph> Thanks & Merry Christmas to you also!
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  wordfunph: <eternaloptimist> happy holidays!
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  eternaloptimist: <wordfunph> Thanks!
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  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for the "ug" thing!
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  Penguincw: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year <eternaloptimist>. (great name by the way)


And in response to your response to my comment on the Kibitzer's Cafe, uh, yeah. <wordfunph> is a premium member, surprised he doesn't open his forum.

Hoping he does use Search Kibitzing, and if he does, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year <wordfunph>. :) If not, oh well, but Happy Holidays regardless.

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  eternaloptimist: Thx <Penguin>! Happy New Year to u! This is my favorite time of the year w/ Christmas & the New Year's Day holidays! Thx for the complement on my username. It reminds me to think positive. Yes that is surprising that <wordfunph> decided to end his forum. Haha yes hopefully he uses Search Kibitzing!

<OCF> Thx for the blue text, & I hope u have a Happy New Year!

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  morfishine: <eternaloptimist> Thanks for dropping by my forum! Good to hear from you! Good luck with the bookie game: I hope your chess bucks increase along with your posts!
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  eternaloptimist: <morf> U r welcome & thx for dropping by my forum! Hardly anybody kibitzes here anymore so I appreciate it when ppl do kibitz here. Thx for wishing me good luck & I wish u good luck in Bookie also!
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  offramp: I hope <Morfishine> is okay. He might be on holiday, or taking a break from the site. I can understand if he did take a break because the place went a bit mental after Daniel died. It looks like Sargon is putting it back on track now.
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  eternaloptimist: I hope he’s ok too. I didn’t notice that he hasn’t kibitzed in a while until u mentioned it. That is sad that Daniel died. Btw did u ever find out y he died? I agree that it looks like Sargon has things running smoothly on CG now
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  eternaloptimist: It’s been a long time since I’ve posted something in my forum so here goes! I did pretty well on “Guess the Move!” for my favorite chess player!: You actually play Ne3.
Full credit awarded for Nd6. Earn 3 points.
You scored a total of 52 points
Karpov vs Huebner, 1982.
Your score: 52 (par = 48)
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