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Member since Jul-06-04 · Last seen Aug-01-18
I'm a complete patzer. But I find little so relaxing as going through games and trying to reason out why the good moves are good and the bad ones bad. (I also like to read reviews of movies I will never see.)

I love, one of the best little web communities I've run across. I have to be pretty under the weather or otherwise occupied to miss the daily puzzle. If I've learned anything about chess in the last decade, it's been from reading other commenters' posts.

I'm interested in comparisons between human and artificial intelligence, in part because I read Hubert Dreyfus's What Computers Still Can't Do back in the mid-1990s. While Dreyfus was obviously wrong in setting limits on what computes would be able to accomplish in chess, I think he was still right that the way that programs "think" is fundamentally different from the ways humans think. This probably tells us a great deal about what the future will look like in domains outside of chess. But I remain too dim to discern what it is that we are being told. Perhaps our cyborg overlords will clear it all up one of these days.

   mrsaturdaypants has kibitzed 252 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Dec-22-14 Sliwa vs A Beni, 1957 (replies)
mrsaturdaypants: Seems like white threw away the draw by not repeating at move 28. (I suspect he couldn't accept that he was in danger of losing, since he was a rook up.)
   Dec-20-14 S Del Rio Angelis vs B Olape, 2004 (replies)
mrsaturdaypants: I'm probably missing something. 24 Qxh7+ Kxh7 25 Rh5+ Kg8 26 Rh8#
   Dec-16-14 Norfolk City vs New York, 1840 (replies)
mrsaturdaypants: OK, Shams - that comment made milk come out of my nose. (And I hadn't been drinking milk.)
   Dec-08-14 A Giri vs Nakamura, 2014 (replies)
mrsaturdaypants: I don't know if it's forced, but the sequence from move 25 is gorgeous and puzzle-worthy.
   Nov-01-14 M Heidenfeld vs Nunn, 2006
mrsaturdaypants: Thursday puzzle at black's 34th move? I came to this page because it has John Nunn's most recent game prior to his comeback at this year's Senior Chess Championship. Moves 34-40 take him from two pawns down to material equality with a better pawn structure, from which Nunn
   Aug-10-14 Kramnik vs Topalov, 2014 (replies)
mrsaturdaypants: I understood what you meant, Sokrates. (I might have said "character" instead of "calibre.") Please forgive us native English speakers. We forget sometimes that the rest of the world has done us the favor of speaking our language.
   Jul-23-14 E Mirzoeva vs E Kovalevskaya, 2014
mrsaturdaypants: Fun game. Maybe a Wednesday puzzle at black's 29th move?
   Jul-10-14 Caruana vs Adams, 2013 (replies)
mrsaturdaypants: I'm missing something. This seemed too easy for a Thursday. 27...Rx3c 28 bxc3 Ba4+ and black wins back the piece he lost at move 20, ending up two pawns to the good.
   Jul-09-14 D Zaslavsky vs Botvinnik, 1926 (replies)
mrsaturdaypants: Very helpful, <Cheapo by the Dozen>. Thanks. But I think your line 32 ab cb 33 Qd1 Rc1 doesn't work. Black's b pawn is still on the third rank here, isn't it? Instead, I think the refutation of 32 ab is (30...axb3 31 Rxc4 dxc4) 32 ab c3 33 Qe1 c2 34 Qc1 ...
   Jun-18-14 N Rogers vs J Foucault, 2001 (replies)
mrsaturdaypants: Three distinct Foucaults here: the one who did the experiment with the pendelum, the historian who died of AIDS, and the chess player.
   Jun-13-14 M Czerniak vs J Flesch, 1964
   Jun-12-14 Baburin vs Nunn, 2006
   Jun-12-14 A Jakab vs M Goczo, 2001
   Jun-12-14 Botvinnik vs A Khavin, 1944 (replies)
   Mar-29-14 I Johannesson vs S Bergsson, 2007 (replies)
   Mar-14-14 Kramnik vs Karjakin, 2014 (replies)
   Mar-09-14 J Gallagher vs S Conquest, 1988 (replies)
   Dec-19-13 Leko vs Svidler, 1998 (replies)
   Nov-07-13 Carlsen vs S Gabrielsen, 2003 (replies)
   Sep-09-13 Csom vs Yusupov, 1982 (replies)
   Aug-24-13 J Kaplan vs Timman, 1967 (replies)
   Aug-23-13 Korotylev vs V Akopian, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-16-13 Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-26-12 Wemmers vs Metger, 1877 (replies)
   Nov-03-11 F Borges vs A Sandrin, 1954 (replies)
   Oct-08-11 Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2011 (replies)
   Jun-22-11 S Sjugirov vs A Timofeev, 2011
   May-24-11 M Mchedlishvili vs S Volkov, 2011 (replies)
   May-22-11 World Championship Candidates (2011) (replies)
   May-20-11 Gelfand vs Grischuk, 2011 (replies)
   May-17-11 L Ogaard vs J D Tisdall, 1987 (replies)
   May-15-11 Kramnik vs Grischuk, 2011 (replies)
   May-13-11 Spassky vs Portisch, 1980 (replies)
   May-13-11 Kramnik vs Grischuk, 2011 (replies)
   May-08-11 Topalov vs Kamsky, 2011 (replies)
   May-07-11 Plachetka vs Z Basagic, 1979 (replies)
   May-06-11 Kramnik vs Radjabov, 2011 (replies)
   May-04-11 R Fontaine vs A Sokolov, 2007 (replies)
   May-04-11 Nakamura vs A J Goldsby, 2003 (replies)
   Apr-27-11 J A Rubinetti vs S Imbert, 2001 (replies)
   Apr-19-11 L Trent vs Kotronias, 2008 (replies)
   Apr-18-11 Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 (replies)
   Apr-17-11 Bogoljubov vs Spielmann, 1919 (replies)
   Apr-02-11 C Lupulescu vs Judit Polgar, 2011
   Mar-28-11 E Danielian vs Zhu Chen, 2011 (replies)
   Mar-27-11 Judit Polgar vs R Edouard, 2011 (replies)
   Mar-14-11 B Finegold vs Joel Benjamin, 2010 (replies)
   Mar-02-11 Hjartarson vs Van der Wiel, 1984 (replies)
   Mar-01-11 Tal vs Petrosian, 1956 (replies)
   Feb-28-11 J Tambini vs V Jones, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-22-11 Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 (replies)
   Feb-15-11 Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 (replies)
   Feb-14-11 Ivanchuk vs I Nyzhnyk, 2010
   Feb-14-11 V Gashimov vs Ivanchuk, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-14-11 T Warakomski vs E Bronnikova, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-13-11 A Galliamova vs Korchnoi, 2001 (replies)
   Feb-11-11 J Klein vs B Marcussi, 1963 (replies)
   Feb-09-11 Nenarokov vs P Romanovsky, 1927 (replies)
   Feb-04-11 Rublevsky vs Ivanchuk, 2008 (replies)
   Feb-03-11 Spielmann vs Immo Fuss, 1934 (replies)
   Jan-20-11 A Kolev vs Judit Polgar, 1993 (replies)
   Jan-19-11 A Neumann vs Przepiorka, 1904 (replies)
   Jan-18-11 Suttles vs P Ostojic, 1969 (replies)
   Jan-17-11 Jurez vs Gasloi, 1968 (replies)
   Jan-16-11 A Teloeken vs G Welling, 1996 (replies)
   Jan-15-11 Gipslis vs Tal, 1955 (replies)
   Jan-13-11 I Figler vs G Borisenko, 1971 (replies)
   Jan-08-11 Eliskases vs Szabo, 1962 (replies)
   Jan-07-11 Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo vs G Lebredo, 1982 (replies)
   Jan-05-11 H Banikas vs D Kosic, 2008 (replies)
   Dec-18-10 P Carlsson vs Timman, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-17-10 K Hulak vs Barlov, 1987 (replies)
   Dec-16-10 H Ree vs Hort, 1986 (replies)
   Dec-15-10 Guimard vs Najdorf, 1948 (replies)
   Dec-14-10 Robatsch vs F J Perez Perez, 1963 (replies)
   Dec-12-10 S Marder vs J Dlugosz, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-09-10 M Dziuba vs V Onischuk, 2008 (replies)
   Dec-08-10 R Wilms vs H Fraas, 2007 (replies)
   Dec-05-10 Caruana vs F Vallejo Pons, 2008 (replies)
   Dec-04-10 L Hazai vs Szabo, 1983 (replies)
   Dec-03-10 Y Xu vs A Ushenina, 2006 (replies)
   Dec-01-10 G Wainwright vs Blackburne, 1906 (replies)
   Nov-27-10 T Henrichs vs M Prusikin, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-13-10 S From vs A Ros, 1981 (replies)
   Nov-11-10 D Howell vs N Giffard, 2009 (replies)
   Oct-16-10 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
   Oct-13-10 Rubinstein vs Chigorin, 1906 (replies)
   Oct-03-10 Saemisch vs Alekhine, 1936 (replies)
   Sep-22-10 Eliskases vs B Wexler, 1960 (replies)
   Sep-11-10 T Rodshtein vs F Osmanodja, 2010 (replies)
   Sep-08-10 P Cherta Clos vs Guimard, 1946 (replies)
   Sep-07-10 F Vallejo Pons vs A Nunez, 1992 (replies)
   Sep-06-10 L A Tan vs Mecking, 1976 (replies)
   Sep-04-10 Wang Hao vs Aronian, 2010 (replies)
   Sep-04-10 The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (replies)
   Sep-04-10 A Istratescu vs B Amin, 2008 (replies)
   Sep-01-10 Landa vs M Leon Hoyos, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-30-10 Short vs S Wagman, 1986 (replies)
   Aug-24-10 V Lepikhin vs Alekseev, 1959 (replies)
   Jun-11-10 Rybka vs Pandix, 2010 (replies)
   Jun-04-10 Ji Dan vs Zhang Ziyang, 2010 (replies)
   Mar-30-10 Schlechter vs Meitner, 1899 (replies)
   Mar-24-10 A Voltschok vs R Kreslavsky, 1970 (replies)
   Mar-23-10 Y Erturan vs Potkin, 2001 (replies)
   Mar-22-10 Alapin vs Alekhine, 1914 (replies)
   Mar-14-10 Dardo Sergio Botto vs L Christiansen, 1975 (replies)
   Mar-13-10 Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 (replies)
   Mar-07-10 Zuckerman vs L Day, 1979 (replies)
   Feb-23-10 S Horrocks vs G Mancini, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-17-10 Larsen vs Miles, 1979 (replies)
   Feb-16-10 R Mateo vs C Cuartas Bedoya, 1984 (replies)
   Feb-12-10 Shirov vs L Dominguez, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-11-10 J Jirka vs Tkachiev, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-10-10 B Garfinkel vs F M Wren, 1933 (replies)
   Feb-09-10 D Bojkov vs A Bennett, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-08-10 D Andreikin vs Bezgodov, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-07-10 Kasparov vs P Korzubov, 1978 (replies)
   Feb-07-10 J Sloth vs Watson, 1991 (replies)
   Feb-06-10 P Cramling vs Kindermann, 1991 (replies)
   Feb-05-10 Fine vs Keres, 1938 (replies)
   Feb-04-10 Adams vs S Halkias, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-04-10 Aseev vs D de Vreugt, 2001 (replies)
   Feb-03-10 D King vs J Hall, 1998 (replies)
   Feb-02-10 L Dominguez vs Morozevich, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-01-10 Tal vs Koblents, 1965 (replies)
   Jan-31-10 Kengis vs R Djurhuus, 1991 (replies)
   Jan-30-10 Ding Liren vs Ni Hua, 2009 (replies)
   Jan-29-10 Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2010 (replies)
   Jan-28-10 N Kosolapov vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1936 (replies)
   Jan-27-10 Kasimdzhanov vs H Hofstra, 2004 (replies)
   Jan-26-10 A Farahat vs A Surjadnji, 2001 (replies)
   Jan-23-10 Negi vs Harikrishna, 2010 (replies)
   Jan-23-10 Krasenkow vs Miroslav Markovic, 1990 (replies)
   Jan-22-10 Stahlberg vs Najdorf, 1947 (replies)
   Jan-21-10 Macieja vs Aronian, 2005
   Jan-21-10 A Giri vs Sutovsky, 2010 (replies)
   Jan-21-10 Short vs Ivanchuk, 2010
   Jan-21-10 Tiviakov vs T Roussel-Roozmon, 2009 (replies)
   Jan-20-10 Nakamura vs P Hanko, 2001 (replies)
   Jan-19-10 A Greenfeld vs J Redmond, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-18-10 C Airapetian vs T Abrahamyan, 2008
   Jan-18-10 H H Cole vs A W W Tulip, 1946 (replies)
   Jan-11-10 Eliskases vs T Borges, 1946 (replies)
   Jan-05-10 Falkbeer vs NN, 1847 (replies)
   Dec-31-09 Dus Chotimirsky vs Kotov, 1938 (replies)
   Dec-23-09 Miles vs M Nedobora, 1994 (replies)
   Dec-22-09 J Bethmann vs P Leisebein, 1990 (replies)
   Dec-21-09 Gipslis vs Ulibin, 1988 (replies)
   Dec-20-09 Nakamura vs I Ibragimov, 2004 (replies)
   Dec-19-09 Kramnik vs K Moutousis, 1992
   Dec-19-09 R Bator vs Bareev, 1987 (replies)
   Dec-18-09 Y Marrero Lopez vs A Perez Quinones, 2005 (replies)
   Dec-17-09 I Jelen vs Larsen, 1977 (replies)
   Dec-16-09 Van Wely vs A Aleksandrov, 2003 (replies)
   Dec-15-09 L Christiansen vs Short, 1980 (replies)
   Dec-15-09 E Gerigk vs H Teske, 2009 (replies)
   Dec-14-09 T Nyback vs U Von Herman, 2009 (replies)
   Dec-10-09 McShane vs Kramnik, 2009 (replies)
   Nov-18-09 Keres vs Verbac, 1933 (replies)
   Nov-01-09 Stoltz vs H Steiner, 1952 (replies)
   Oct-24-09 G F Topchy vs A Nickel, 1999
   Oct-13-09 Fine vs Dake, 1933 (replies)
   Oct-13-09 Tal vs Petrosian, 1957 (replies)
   Sep-11-09 Shirov vs Karjakin, 2008 (replies)
   Sep-08-09 E Torre vs D Laylo, 2009
   Aug-17-09 Van Wely vs G Jones, 2009 (replies)
   Aug-17-09 L Trent vs T Chapman, 2009 (replies)
   Jul-07-09 I Platonov vs Tal, 1969 (replies)
   Jun-21-09 S Zagrebelny vs A Ponyi, 1992 (replies)
   Jun-19-09 Naiditsch vs M Roiz, 2009 (replies)
   Jun-03-09 Galego vs Topalov, 1996 (replies)
   Oct-13-08 D Vocaturo vs M Alvarez Ramirez, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-11-08 M Szelag vs Wojtaszek, 2005 (replies)
   Oct-02-08 Nimzowitsch vs G Marco, 1920 (replies)
   Sep-29-08 D Kjartansson vs J Ingvason, 2008
   Sep-16-08 T Bjornsson vs Tal, 1964 (replies)
   May-28-08 Morozevich vs Bologan, 2004 (replies)
   May-11-08 T Hillarp Persson vs Axel Smith, 2008 (replies)
   Apr-02-08 Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2008 (replies)
   Mar-19-08 E Formanek vs D Oshana, 1970 (replies)
   Mar-06-08 Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 (replies)
   Feb-18-08 S Feller vs M Rodshtein, 2008
   Feb-17-08 Short vs N Das, 1999 (replies)
   Feb-17-08 F Amonatov vs C Balogh, 2008
   Feb-13-08 Wang Hao vs Efimenko, 2008 (replies)
   Feb-06-08 Keres vs Korchnoi, 1959 (replies)
   Feb-05-08 Shamkovich vs Tukmakov, 1970 (replies)
   Feb-04-08 Reshevsky vs E D Duncan, 1921 (replies)
   Feb-03-08 Portisch vs R Garcia, 1966 (replies)
   Jan-06-08 Geller vs G Kallai, 1993 (replies)
   Jan-05-08 Ahues vs Sultan Khan, 1930 (replies)
   Jan-01-08 F Olafsson vs C H Alexander, 1957 (replies)
   Jan-01-08 J M Hodgson vs Van der Wiel, 1994 (replies)
   Jan-01-08 Shabalov vs R Djurhuus, 1991 (replies)
   Dec-30-07 N Spiridonov vs Tal, 1970 (replies)
   Dec-12-07 Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1973 (replies)
   Nov-11-07 A Nguyen vs Waitzkin, 1994 (replies)
   Nov-10-07 Korchnoi vs G Andruet, 1988
   Nov-10-07 P Piscopo vs N Sulava, 2006 (replies)
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