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Member since Jan-12-09
This rapidly declining website is not nearly as good as it once was. Many good chess people of the past are missing. The original creators of this site have passed on. Change was inevitable, and not for the better.

The established posted guidelines are not followed whatsoever. There is very little moderation of content here. Pornographic links were advertised here for about four weeks despite repeated complaints; it was an oversight, not deliberate -- but lack of attention allowed it to happen. Management seems to be amused by open hostility toward others, which may include sexist, racist, homophobic remarks.

The chess aspects of this site are rapidly crumbling. Chess post-participation has dropped, the technology is S L O O O W or dysfunctional, new games aren't being added in timely fashion, internal server errors pop up one after another, another, another, etc. etc. Long-time paying members are leaving for other chess sites that welcome and cater to chess enthusiasts. It's AJ Goldsby magnified. Some of the best operational employees have also left here. Some have changed identities: " We should be so fortunate as to have <Pepperpot>/<RedShield>, in his latest role, that of <MissScarlett> "

There is a grossly disproportional sociopolitical aspect that encourages cyber bullying under the guise of freedom of speech (so long as it's THEIR preferred speech). Many comments are mean-spirited and/or obscene. Schmucks control the dialogue by gang-badgering dissenters w/a barrage of negative comments and deliberate miscasting. Troll S has a massive 1,800 pages, that's PAGES (only God knows how many individual posts that amounts to be) of political attack commentary against the president. BP/GW deliberately flaunts his proud racism and devious immorality. Where's the chess in there?

Do you want to pay to be stalked, harassed on a site that is supposed to be fun? A few attack dogs are "volunteer editors," who otherwise as a group greatly help the site survive. We need our volunteer editors to be neutral editors, not political partisans. For those volunteers like PB who do their duty earnestly, positively, thank you.

If you came here for quality chess interaction, better to invest your paid subscription elsewhere. Until my subscription runs out next year, I'll hold out hope for a new owner to buy this site and take out the garbage.

<Susan Freeman: <I miss <Annie>. Did she get too big for her boots, or did <Miss Susan> drive her away?> <MissS> the short answer is both.>

<Susan Freeman: If we started to ban members for * manners* here, there would be nobody left>

Harassment, sexism, racism, and faulty technology isn't my kind of place.

>> Click here to see fredthebear's game collections. Full Member

   fredthebear has kibitzed 5006 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-08-21 Hebden vs M Stean, 1982
fredthebear: If instead 6.Bc4, opening explorer gives: 1) -0.62 (28 ply) 6...d5 7.exd5 2) +0.12 (27 ply) 6...Qe7 7.Bxf7+ Kd8 8.d4 d6 9.Bxf4 Bd7 10.Nxd7 Qxe4+ 11.Qe2 Qxf4 12.Nxf6 Qc1+ 13.Kf2 Qf4+ 14.Kg1 Bg7 15.c3 Bxf6 16.Bh5 Nc6 17.Nd2 Nxd4 18.Qd3 Nc6 19.Rf1 Qh6 20.Ne4 Be7 21.Bxg4 Ne5 ...
   Dec-08-21 V Keymer vs Martirosyan, 2021
fredthebear: The interference move 44.Nc5 cutting off the defense of the Bf8 is a nice find too.
   Dec-06-21 McShane vs M Lagarde, 2021 (replies)
fredthebear: Black strips off five straight!! Maybe Luke is caught up in that Google ap, "Naked King"?
   Dec-06-21 V Dobrov vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
fredthebear: I surely thought Nepomniachtchi would play the Sicilian or French Defense against 1.e4. Instead, Nepo left his established defensive repertoire and was severely punished for misplaying the opening and early middlegame. The Petrov/Russian Game is a world-class defense, but Nepo ...
   Dec-06-21 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
fredthebear: Underpromotion to rook leads to mate looks correct to me <Ron>. Did you get to play this line in your game?
   Dec-04-21 T Ringoir vs Mishra, 2021
fredthebear: White is a GM, but he must have been expecting 4...e6 or 4...Nf6 instead of 4...Bf5 from his 12-year-old opponent. Here's a logical, classical defense to the London System -- see the video:
   Dec-03-21 Scarden Tesua vs S Press, 2009
fredthebear: Now that king walk up the e-file is a new one! A Black Scotch can do that to a person.
   Dec-02-21 Grigoriants vs Carlsen, 2018
fredthebear: Indeed remarkable that Black's lone queen can force a draw after 69.b8=Q. [DIAGRAM] White has promoted, but cannot prevent the draw.
   Dec-01-21 Benjamin vs Morovic Fernandez, 1992
fredthebear: 72.Kf6 should win as the Black king is hemmed in on the h-file. Black will struggle to find useful moves while White positions the bishop.
   Nov-24-21 Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2021 (replies)
fredthebear: Thank you for the information <VSE>; further investigation needed on Bruno's lines. The Four Knights Italian variation does not have a good reputation for White, in part due to this famous miniature featuring the center pawn fork trick: Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1916 * * * ...
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