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keypusher
Member since Sep-23-04
Scott Thomson

The Perseus Project: The classics in Greek, Latin & English--hyperlinked

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper...

A link to a page with downloads from the Venetus A, the oldest complete manuscript of the Iliad, courtesy of Harvard:

http://www.homermultitext.org/manus...

From Google Books, a link to Tarrasch's book on the 1908 world championship. I've translated his notes on the game pages.

http://books.google.com/books?id=0C...

Lasker's book on St. Petersburg 1909

http://www.google.com/books?id=o3eC...

Tarrasch's <Dreihundert Schachpartien>, which covers his career from the beginning through his match with Chigorin in 1893

https://books.google.com/books?id=9...

Chess-play is a good and witty exercise of the mind for some kind of men, and fit for such melancholy, Rhasis holds, as are idle, and have extravagant impertinent thoughts, or troubled with cares, nothing better to distract their mind, and alter their meditations; invented (some say) by the general of an army in famine, to keep soldiers from mutiny: but if it proceed from overmuch study, in such case it may do more harm than good; it is a game too troublesome for some men's brains, too full of anxiety, all out as bad as study; besides it is a testy choleric game, and very offensive to him that loseth the mate. William the Conquerer, in his younger years, playing at chess with the Prince of France (Dauphine was not annexed to that crown in those days) losing a mate, knocked the chess-board about his pate, which was a cause afterwards of much enmity between them.

--Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

"Just because many great chess players were obnoxious jerks, doesn't mean that if you're an obnoxious jerk you're a great chess player."

--AgentRgent

"You are also a machine, as are Anand, Carlsen, Kasparov, and Fischer. You and the others are just inferior machines. Your idea of beautiful chess is simply faulty chess that is not caught in its faults."

--vsaluki

"Alas, before the post mortem the gods have placed the game."

--Phony Benoni

"A chess engine is a great antidote to human optimism."

--johnlspouge

"[Y]ou have not been mean to me. Being mean to me is accepting my sacrifices and then taking me to a lost ending."

--Sally Simpson

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   keypusher has kibitzed 25920 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-23-20 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
 
keypusher: <pawn to QB4>. I do not answer to your description of me, truly, but it is always a pleasure to ďseeĒ you. If you quote me, donít feel like you need to include the bit about ACBís posterior. :-)
 
   Oct-22-20 Ulf Andersson vs Ivkov, 1979
 
keypusher: After 25.Be5+: <But if 25....Kg5, the computer gives 26.Qe7+ Kh5 27.h3!! which is pretty hard to see in the heat of battle with your clock ticking.> Just to finish the thought, if 27....f5, then 28.g3! (threatening Qh4#) g5 29.Qf7#. Really striking.
 
   Oct-22-20 F Gaspard vs Charles R Miller, 2007 (replies)
 
keypusher: Some interesting insights from SF: Black screwed up the opening, but White's 7.e5 was inaccurate. Instead 7.Nc3 and if 8.....Nc6, 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d6 10.h4 gives White a strong attack. After 7....Nc6 8.Qc3?!! (SF slightly prefers 8.Qf4) Black's 8....Bb4 was actually a blunder, ...
 
   Oct-22-20 Jesus Maria De La Villa Garcia (replies)
 
keypusher: [DIAGRAM] <Retireborn: Basically Black plays ...Nd5-f4. When/if White plays Kg1, then ...Ke2. Then White plays Kh1 and Black replies ...Nh3! Then gxh3 is forced and Black plays ...Kf2 and promotes his pawn.> I think ...Nc4-d2 works also, e.g. 1....Nc4 2.Ke1 Nd2 3.Kd1 Kf2, or
 
   Oct-21-20 W D Collins vs J A Curdo, 2001
 
keypusher: How can this be <rookfile>'s only game in the database, and it's not even him? <rookfile>, you should upload some.
 
   Oct-21-20 J A Curdo vs D Kopec, 1969
 
keypusher: Position after 27.Rfa1: [DIAGRAM] 27....Ra8 speeded things up, but Black was lost anyway: 27....Bb6 28.Qf3 Qd4 (28....Rb8 29.Rxb4 with lots of winning continuations; 30.Kg2 to be followed by 31.Ra6 is one of them) 29.Rd1 Qc5 30.Rxb4 Rb8 31.Ra1 and if ...Rb7, then 32.Rxb6! Rxb6 ...
 
   Oct-21-20 Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1938 (replies)
 
keypusher: <HeMateMe: this must have appeared in Botvinnik's <100 selected games>?> Yes, along with his other two wins from the tournament, Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938 and Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 . But this one might be my favorite.
 
   Oct-20-20 Tim Krabbe
 
keypusher: Been a while.
 
   Oct-19-20 keypusher chessforum (replies)
 
keypusher: thanks both
 
   Oct-17-20 Morphy vs de Riviere, 1863
 
keypusher: Shibut puts this game first in his Morphy book in support of his argument that Morphy collected his wins against top opponents <thanks not so much to his "brilliance" but, rather, the fact that at moments of crisis, he was a tougher infighter than any of his rivals.>
 
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Jul-18-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: 34... c4 35. Ra1 c3+ 36. Kb1 d3 37. Rf1 dxc2+ 38. Kxc2 Bb5 -+
Jul-24-20  Nisjesram: <wtpy: TGA, I am not disappointed in you. You have always seemed to be a supercilious twat, but I try to be civil. You are the one who went to the gutter as your default response.>

<Wtpy> - i have a question for you ...kind of in the domain of cognitive therapy , your field

1)how do we know that <johnlspouge > and <keypusher> are not idiots but i am idiot . Answer : anyone who spends 'inordinate ' amount of time in the cacophonous loony bin called rogoffland is an idiot , generally speaking ...<shout show> and <'monkey throwing faeces ' show >

2) how do we know that <johnlspouge> and <keypusher> are sane and i am loony ? same answer.

3) let us see if i can become smart and sane like <jls> and <kp>

..and let us see if you become idiot and insane like me by talking to far right racist idiots or you retain your sanity , <wtpy>

Cheers :)

Jul-25-20  Nisjesram: Another reason why <johnlsoouge> and <keypusher> are smart and i am an idiot :

<Keypusher> has repeatedly said <you are trying to have a rational conversation with a troll/idiot. Let me know how it goes >

Now , that is very , very smart and i think that finally i am ready to apply this in life : to size up situations and people very , very quickly and take that into account when we choose to respond ....usually , people keep talking with a lot of energy/passion and in their mind they talking very smart - without talking into account level/state of receiver....if we talk post graduation level stuff to a fifth grader and everytime end up frustrated and as a result becoming ever more impatient and aggressive every time...if so , we need to increase our level of maturity....not everyone is ready for that level of maturity ...hopefully , i am ...

.

Jul-25-20  Nisjesram: If this time i increase my maturity level and stop wasting time in rogoffland , if i stop indulging in shout show like idiots , then gratitude to <johnlspouge> and <keypusher> in advance.

<Saffuna> is beyond help , however, i hope i would keep increasing my maturity level all my life to reach level of <nisargadatta> and beyond

2) it is time i start acting my age and talk only to mature people like <johnlspouge> and <keypusher>

.

Jul-31-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: [Event "Challenge from keypusher"]
[Site "https://gameknot.com/chess.pl?bd=29..."] [Date "2020.07.31"]
[Round "-"]
[White "greenwich"]
[Black "keypusher"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1534"]
[BlackElo "1961"]
[TimeControl "1/1209600"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 b6 3. e4 Bb7 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Nb4 6. O-O Nxd3 7. Qxd3 Ne7 8. Bg5 f6 9. Bh4 Ng6 10. Bg3 Be7 11. Nc3 O-O 12. Nd2 f5 13. f3 Bg5 14. exf5 Rxf5 15. Ne2 Qf8 16. Ne4 Bf4 17. d5 exd5 18. cxd5 Bxd5 19. Ne4c3 Bc6 20. Bxf4 Nxf4 21. Nxf4 Rxf4 22. Ne2 Qc5+ 23. Kh1 Bb5 24. Qd2 Bxe2 25. Qxe2 Qc4 26. Qe3 c5 27. b3 Qf7 28. h3 d5 29. g3 Rf6 30. Rae1 Rd8 31. a4 c4 32. bxc4 dxc4 33. Qe7 Qxe7 34. Rxe7 Rc6 35. Rfe1 c3 36. Re8+ Rxe8 37. Rxe8+ Kf7 38. Re1 c2 39. Rc1 a6 40. Kg2 b5 41. Kf2 b4 0-1

Aug-03-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: 18...Bxd5 19.Nxf4, and if 19....Bxe4 20.fxe4 Nxf4 21.Bxf4 Rxf4 22.Rxf4 Qxf4 23.Qd5+
Aug-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: [Event "Challenge from keypusher"]
[Site "https://gameknot.com/chess.pl?bd=30..."] [Date "2020.08.06"]
[Round "-"]
[White "keypusher"]
[Black "greenwich"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1961"]
[BlackElo "1534"]
[TimeControl "1/1209600"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3 dxc3 5. Nxc3 d6 6. Bc4 Be6 7. Bxe6 fxe6 8. Qb3 Qc8 9. Ng5 Nd4 10. Qa4+ Nc6 11. Qc4 Nd8 12. O-O Be7 13. Nb5 c6 14. Nd4 b5 15. Qb3 Bxg5 16. Bxg5 Nf6 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. f4 Qd7 19. Rad1 a6 20. f5 e5 21. Ne6 Qe7 22. Rf3 c5 23. Qd5 Nb7 24. Rg3 Qd7 25. Rg7 Qc8 26. Rc7 1-0

Aug-08-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: 20. e5
( 20. f5 e5 21. Ne6 Qe7 22. Rf3 c5 ( 22... Nxe6 23. fxe6 O-O 24. Rc3 Rfc8 25. h3 ) 23. Qd5 Nb7 24. Rg3 Qd7 25. Rg7 Qc8 26. Rc7 Qxc7 27. Nxc7+ Kd7 28. Nxa8 Kc8 29. Qc6+ Kb8 30. Rxd6 Nxd6 31. Nb6 Rd8 32. Qa8+ Kc7 33. Nd5+ Kd7 34. Qa7+ Nb7 35. Qxb7+ Ke8 36. Qe7# )

20... c5
( 20... fxe5 21. fxe5 d5 22. Qh3 Qe7 23. Rf6 Kd7 24. Qc3 b4 ( 24... Kc7 25. Rc1 Qd7 26. a4 Kb7 27. Nb3 Kb8 28. Nc5 Qa7 29. Kh1 Qe7 30. Qa5 Ra7 31. Nxa6+ Rxa6 32. Qxa6 ) 25. Qc2 Rc8 26. Rdf1 )

21. Ne2

( 21. Nf5 exf5 22. Rxd6 c4 23. Qg3 Qa7+ 24. Kh1 fxe5 25. fxe5 Qe7 26. Rxf5 Rf8 27. Rdf6 Ne6 28. Qf3 O-O-O 29. Rxe6 Qxe6 30. Rxf8 Rxf8 31. Qxf8+ )

( 21. Nxe6 Nxe6 ( 21... Qxe6 22. Qf3 d5 ( 22... Qc8 23. Rfe1 O-O 24. Qg3+ Kh8 25. exf6 Ra7 26. Re7 Rg8 ( 26... Rxe7 27. fxe7 Re8 28. Qc3+ Kg8 29. exd8=Q Qxd8 30. Rd3 Re6 31. f5 Rf6 32. Qxc5 dxc5 33. Rxd8+ Kf7 34. g4 ) 27. f7 Nxf7 28. Qc3+ Ne5 29. Rxa7 ) 23. exf6 Qxf6 ( 23... Kf8 24. Rfe1 Qxf6 25. Qxd5 Qc6 26. Qe5 Nf7 27. Qe7+ Kg7 28. Re6 Qe8 29. Qf6+ Kg8 30. Rxe8+ Rxe8 31. Rd7 Rf8 32. Re7 b4 33. Qe6 b3 34. Qg4+ Ng5 35. Qxg5# ) 24. Qxd5 Ra7 25. Rfe1+ Kf8 26. Qxc5+ Re7 27. Rxd8+ ) 22. Rxd6 c4 23. Qd1 Qf7 24. f5 Ng7 25. exf6 O-O 26. fxg7 Qxg7 27. f6 Qa7+ 28. Kh1 Rf7 29. Qg4+ Kh8 30. Rfd1 Qb8 )

21... fxe5 22. fxe5 d5 23. Qh3 Nc6 24. Rf6 O-O-O 25. Nf4

Aug-08-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: ( 11. Nd5 exd5 12. exd5 Ne7 13. dxc6 Nxc6 14. Qe4+ Be7 15. O-O Qd7 16. Rd1 Ne5 17. Qxb7 Qc6 18. Qxc6+ Nxc6 19. Ne6 Kd7 20. Nxg7 )

11... Nd8 12. O-O

( 12. Nb5 c6 13. Nd4 e5 ( 13... d5 14. exd5 cxd5 15. Qe2 Bb4+ 16. Bd2 Bxd2+ 17. Kxd2 Nf6 18. Ndxe6 Ne4+ 19. Nxe4 Qxe6 20. Qb5+ Qc6 21. Qxc6+ Nxc6 22. Nc5 O-O-O ) 14. Nde6 Nxe6 15. Nxe6 Nf6 16. Nxf8 Rxf8 17. O-O Qd7 ) ( 12. f4 Be7 13. f5 c6 14. fxe6 Nf6 15. O-O O-O 16. Bf4 )

Aug-28-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: [Event "Challenge from keypusher"]
[Site "https://gameknot.com/chess.pl?bd=30..."] [Date "2020.08.28"]
[Round "-"]
[White "greenwich"]
[Black "keypusher"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1534"]
[BlackElo "1961"]
[TimeControl "1/1209600"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nf3 d6 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. O-O a6 8. h3 Rb8 9. e4 b5 10. c5 dxc5 11. d5 Na5 12. Qc2 Nd7 13. Rb1 Nb6 14. b4 cxb4 15. Rxb4 c5 16. dxc6 Nxc6 17. Rb1 Nc4 18. Rd1 Qa5 19. Nd5 f5 20. Bf4 e5 21. Bc1 fxe4 22. Ng5 Nd4 23. Ne7+ Kh8 24. Qxe4 Nf5 25. Nxh7 Kxh7 26. Nxg6 Kxg6 27. Qg4+ Kf6 28. Qg5+ Ke6 29. Bd5+ Kd6 30. Bxc4+ Kc7 31. Bb3 Bd7 32. g4 Bf6 33. Qg6 Nd4 34. Qe4 b4 35. Rxd4 exd4 36. Bf4+ Kb6 37. Bxb8 Rxb8 38. Bd5 Ka7 39. Qf3 Rb6 40. Ba8 Qc5 41. Re1 Bc6 42. Qxf6 Bxa8 43. Qd8 Qc6 44. Re8 Qg2# 0-1

Sep-03-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: [Event "Challenge from keypusher"]
[Site "https://gameknot.com/chess.pl?bd=30..."] [Date "2020.09.03"]
[Round "-"]
[White "keypusher"]
[Black "greenwich"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1961"]
[BlackElo "1534"]
[TimeControl "1/1209600"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O e6 5. d4 Nf6 6. c4 dxc4 7. Na3 cxd4 8. Nxc4 Bc5 9. Bg5 b5 10. Nfe5 Nxe5 11. Nxe5 Qc7 12. Bf4 Nd5 13. Bxd5 exd5 14. Ng6 Qc6 15. Nxh8 Bh3 16. Re1 Kf8 17. Qc2 d3 18. exd3 d4 19. f3 Qxf3 20. Qxc5+ Kg8 21. Qc2 Kxh8 22. Qe2 Qc6 23. Rac1 Qd7 24. Rc7 1-0

Sep-27-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: [Event "Challenge from keypusher"]
[Site "https://gameknot.com/chess.pl?bd=30..."] [Date "2020.09.27"]
[Round "-"]
[White "greenwich"]
[Black "keypusher"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1534"]
[BlackElo "1961"]
[TimeControl "1/1209600"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bf5 5. Bf4 e6 6. a3 Bd6 7. e3 O-O 8. c5 Bxf4 9. exf4 Bg4 10. Be2 Nd7 11. O-O Bxf3 12. Bxf3 Qf6 13. Ne2 Rfe8 14. Qd2 Nf8 15. Bg4 Ng6 16. g3 Nge7 17. Rad1 Nf5 18. b3 a6 19. Bh3 h5 20. f3 Rad8 21. g4 Qh4 22. gxf5 Qxh3 23. f6 gxf6 24. Ng3 Kh7 25. Kh1 Rg8 26. Rg1 f5 27. Qf2 Rg6 28. Ne2 Ne7 29. Rg3 Rxg3 30. Qxg3 Qxg3 31. Nxg3 Kh6 32. Rg1 Nc6 33. Ne2 f6 34. Rg3 e5 35. fxe5 fxe5 36. dxe5 d4 37. Nf4 d3 38. Rg6+ Kh7 39. Rg1 Nxe5 40. Ne6 Nxf3 41. Rd1 Rg8 42. Nf4 d2 43. Nh3 Re8 44. Kg2 Re1 45. Nf2 Rxd1 46. Nxd1 Nd4 47. b4 f4 48. Kf2 Kg6 49. Nc3 Kf5 50. Kf1 Kg4 51. Kf2 Kh3 52. Kf1 f3 53. Kf2 Kxh2 54. Kf1 Kh3 55. Kf2 Kg4 56. Kf1 h4 57. Kf2 h3 58. Kf1 h2 59. Kf2 Nc2 60. Kf1 h1=Q+ 61. Kf2 Qe1# 0-1

Oct-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: [Event "Challenge from keypusher"]
[Site "https://gameknot.com/chess.pl?bd=30..."] [Date "2020.10.06"]
[Round "-"]
[White "keypusher"]
[Black "greenwich"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1961"]
[BlackElo "1534"]
[TimeControl "1/1209600"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. g3 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d3 d5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. O-O Bc5 6. Nxe5 Nxe5 7. d4 Bxd4 8. Qxd4 Nc6 9. Qh4 h6 10. Bg5 Bf5 11. Nc3 Bh7 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Qxf6 gxf6 14. Nxd5 O-O-O 15. c3 f5 16. f4 Rd6 17. Rad1 Re6 18. Bf3 Rhe8 19. Rd3 f6 20. b4 Nd8 21. b5 b6 22. c4 Nb7 23. Ra3 Na5 24. c5 Kb8 25. Rc1


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25....Bg8 26. cxb6 cxb6
27. Nc7 Nb7 28. Na6+ Ka8 29. Rc7 1-0

Oct-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <keypusher>, in the game you posted from 3rd September, it was generous of your opponent to allow you a second chance of playing a line which is known to be very good for White (1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.d4), while after 4.0-0, ....e5 has long been known to be a strong retort (qv Savon vs Spassky, 1961).
Oct-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <perfidious> Thanks! As you can see, neither I nor my opponent is much at openings, or anything else. That is a powerful game by Spassky.
Oct-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <keypusher>, I should mention that the idea of trading the good bishop for an enemy knight to force off the opponent's good bishop in this Saemisch structure was seen before Savon-Spassky; forget which strong grandmaster essayed Bxc5 and Ba4 in a Saemisch KID some time in the 1950s, but it made an indelible impression on me as a 1700 player.
Oct-07-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <perfidious> Maybe this one? Petrosian vs B Milic, 1954
Oct-07-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <keypusher>, could well be; the other striking feature of Petrosian-Milic is the manoeuvre Bg1 in response to Black's relieving try ....Bh4, which I believe I first saw in Pachman's <Modern Chess Strategy>.
Oct-12-20  Ybr: <keypusher: <OhioChessFan: <key: think Trump did a lousy job on corona, and it's one of the reasons he's going to get walloped in a few weeks. > You think Biden would have done better?> Yes, somewhat. It's a low bar.

1. He wouldn't have gone against the consensus on masks, once it emerged.

2. He wouldn't have gotten in pointless stupid endless fights with the governors or his own health agencies.

3. He wouldn't have modeled the stupidest behavior possible during a pandemic and almost certainly wouldn't have gotten himself infected.

4. He wouldn't have touted dubious treatments and then gone with regeneron when his own health was at stake.

<I'm running out of people who I think can be honest about this. <jls> and <Everett> are still standing. Can't think of anyone else.>

Yeah, you got me. Secretly I think Trump did a great job.

<He was dealt a bad hand in some ways>

<You think? Great economy, spectacular job numbers, terrorism hasn't been an issue, Arab countries playing nice with Israel.>

I don't give him a scintilla of credit for the first three, and don't care about the fourth.

<As for Covid, he did ban the flights from China>

That particular myth has been exploded, hasn't it? The pseudo-ban did no good anyway.

<, got 30,000 (unneeded) ventilators to NYC>

"unneeded"

<and has facilitated a record smashing vaccine development.>

Yeah, no incumbent but Trump would have cared about getting a vaccine done. What does this facilitation consist of, anyway?

< That vaccine is what'll take care of all this anyway, maybe for Biden, who'll take credit for it. >

I don't think the vaccine will take care of all this, actually. And if it does, well, so it goes. Some countries have managed to do pretty well against corona without one.>

Hey , <keypusher> , you made my day , amigo.....this post of yours is what i call clarity/depth of thinking

Regards.

Oct-14-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: [Event "Challenge from keypusher"]
[Site "http://gameknot.com/"]
[Date "2020.10.14"]
[Round "-"]
[White "greenwich"]
[Black "keypusher"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1534"]
[BlackElo "1961"]

1. d4 c5 2. d5 Nf6 3. Nf3 c4 4. Nc3 Qa5 5. Qd4 b5 6. e4 e6 7. d6 Nc6 8. Qd2 b4 9. Ne2 Nxe4 10. Qf4 b3+ 11. c3 Qxa2 12. Rxa2 bxa2 13. Qxe4 a1=Q 14. Qxc4 Ba6 15. Qf4 Bxd6 16. Qd2 O-O 17. g3 Ne5 18. Nxe5 Bxe5 19. f4 Bb7 20. Rg1 Bc7 21. g4 d5 22. Rg3 e5 23. f5 f6 24. Rh3 d4 25. b4 a5 26. Ng3 axb4 27. cxb4 Ba6 28. Nh5 Bxf1 29. Rh4 Ra2 30. Qd1 Bc4 31. g5 Re2+ 0-1

Oct-18-20  Ybr: <al wazir: <keypusher: So youíre serious. Pull up a chair, then, because class is in session.> Good post>

Indeed. Regards

Oct-19-20  Ybr: <al wazir > is dispassionate , always ready to listen and learn and therefore very useful ppster of <rogoff> land along with <johnlspouge> and <keypusher> - the two ppsters whose posts i find most rewarding because of clarity/depth of thinking

Thank you . Regards

Oct-19-20  wtpy: Keypusher, Just wanted to note that I appreciated your recent posts on Rogoff in defense of First Amendment. I thought the discussion was both interesting (which happens occassionally) and useful/informative (which is a rarer occurrence. ) Thanks
Oct-19-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: thanks both
Oct-23-20  Ybr: < keypusher:
To answer HMM's original question a little more fully: I don't know much about ACB. I find the modern obsession with the Supreme Court, as manifested by things like the *Notorious RBG* cult, pathetic and sad. I don't pay the Court much mind.

But if she's confirmed, I think ACB is going to matter less than many liberals fear and many conservatives hope. To see why, let's examine the current Court lineup through the lens of a case decided last term, <Bostock v. Clayton County>.

There are three solid liberals: Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan

Three conservatives: Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh. I left out <solid> because I suspect Kavanaugh is going to start drifting left, and I think that's a good chance Barrett will too. But I'm not asking anyone to trust me on that. Let's assume there will be four conservatives.

That leaves Chief Justice Roberts and Gorsuch, who are centrist or conservative depending on your priors.

In <Bostock>, the Court held that discrimination against gays and transgender people fell within the definition of "sex discrimination," which is prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

No one who voted for or against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 thought it prohibited discrimination against homosexuals or cross-dressers, which are the closest terms to gay and transgender in use 56 years ago. In particular, the notion that there might be a category of persons called "transgender" that were entitled to the special solicitude of the law, as opposed to a small group of depraved and mentally ill men who enjoyed wearing dresses, was not even on anyone's mental horizon.

The conservative, "originalist" holding for <Bostock>, then, would have been that gays and transgenders were outside the coverage of the Civil Rights Act, because the legislators at the time had not intended to protect them. If Congress wanted to place gays and transgenders within the scope of the Act, of course, it was free to do so by amending the Act, but the Court wouldn't do it on its own.

But that's not what happened. The Court voted 6-3 that gays and transgenders <were> within the coverage of the Civil Rights Act. Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion and the Chief Justice joined it, along with the four liberals (Ginsburg was still alive). Thomas, Alito, and Kavanaugh voted no. (Kavanaugh nevertheless offered gushy congratulations to the gays and transgenders he'd just voted against -- I've never seen such a thing. That, along with his record of hiring large numbers of female and non-white clerks (he far outdoes the Notorious You-Know-Who in the latter category) and the general *sinister* hydraulic pressure on Supreme Court justices, see Roberts below, is what makes me think Kavanaugh is going to start drifting left.)

Gorsuch's opinion was sophisticated and well-reasoned, but its lodestar was not "what did people mean by sex discrimination in 1964?" but "what do people mean by sex discrimination more recently/now?". With that framing, the answer was foreordained. I'm not saying his approach is right or wrong (the truth is, originalist readings of the Civil Rights Act have not been too common in prior Supreme Court cases); I'm saying it's not conservative. I think his opinion didn't come as a surprise to people who have followed his career closely; I'm not one of those people.

Roberts has been drifting left, measurably and consistently, for a decade or so. I can track down a graph illustrating this (really!) if anyone doubts it. He is on record for caring a great deal about the "institutional legitimacy" of the Supreme Court. Those words strike the cold chill of death into the heart of any judicial conservative, for what they mean in practice is trying to gain the favor of the small number of law professors, legal journalists, and interest groups that pay really close attention to what the Court does. Since all of them skew overwhelmingly left, anyone concerned about "institutional legitimacy" is going to tugged that way himself, herself, or itself.

So, assuming ACB gets on, and even assuming that neither she nor Kavanaugh drift left, I think there is going to be a working 5:4 moderate-to-liberal majority on cases the left really cares about. In particular, I think <Roe v. Wade> (abortion) and <Obergefell> (gay marriage) are completely safe>

Calm , dispassionate analysis/observation

It is all about dispassion/detachment.

If we have dispassion , clarity/depth of thinking follows spontaneously

Thank you

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