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   theagenbiteofinwit has kibitzed 1094 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-10-20 NN vs F Rhine, 2020 (replies)
theagenbiteofinwit: A very hard lesson in neglecting one's development for the primrose path. 3.Nc3 or 4.Nc3 safeguards against black's ill intentions, but I like 3.Bg5 where black's only trick is to decide whether they prefer a vacant f7 square, a pinned knight on e7 or a poorly-placed ...
   Dec-10-20 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
theagenbiteofinwit: <the usa cocktail will probably kill even more people, i advised against taking united statesian snake oil. german vaccine remains tried and true, everything else is lemonade.> I unironically say that this is the most American statement about vaccines I've ever ...
   Jul-23-20 Legends of Chess (2020) (replies)
theagenbiteofinwit: <The Henriquez dude grinningly scored a point in a technically completely drawn position (unless you lose half of your brain) and seemed to think that's perfectly A-okay. Do you really think the same?> The position on the board has nothing to do with the position on
   Jul-22-20 Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik, 2020
theagenbiteofinwit: <savage sanctuary: A match between two Russians isn't what it used to be anymore. Very dreadful game by a player of Nepo's calibre but still managed to defeat the retired lion in their series> Do you think the problem might be nerves? The only explanation I can ...
   Jun-18-20 Chessable Masters (2020) (replies)
theagenbiteofinwit: <I posted my last 2 posts on the wrong page and I can no longer delete them so please ignore them. Sorry.> I appreciate the humor in your penultimate post then.
   Apr-29-20 Smyslov vs Tal, 1959 (replies)
theagenbiteofinwit: <wordfunph> The actual source is from Tal's collection "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal, which is better than anything that the cut and paste swindler you cite ever produced in his life.
   Apr-16-20 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
theagenbiteofinwit: <I'm a flexible person. We can nuke Beijing and keep Shanghai. But of course the USA isn't planning to nuke anyone. I was just metaphorically indicating my extreme displeasure with the at-best criminally neligent government of China.> That ship sailed around the ...
   Apr-15-20 Magnus Carlsen Invitational (2020) (replies)
theagenbiteofinwit: <The term 'single round-robin' is a little clumsy in this context, because it normally denotes a single game, wherein here it denotes a single mini-match.> I imagine a lonely, obese bird.
   Apr-10-20 Fischer vs Matulovic, 1970
theagenbiteofinwit: Very interesting Fischer's use of time here. Fischer notes that he might have had a faster win, but felt he didn't have time to calculate it. This is on move 24 with 3/5ths time left on his clock.
   Apr-08-20 Tal vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
theagenbiteofinwit: <Richard Taylor> <I would say that Tal would have been a different proposition for Fischer if it hadn't been for severe illness.> At one point Botvinnik believed that the future of the World Championship for decades was going to be decided by a struggle ...
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May-18-11  fionas88888: I can't believe you actually put the theme as an ARMY. Are you awake??? Do you want war???


May-18-11  fionas88888: Looks like you didn't open your forum before, or weren't you not a Premium Member before?
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  jessicafischerqueen: Nice! Great to see you open a forum, <ageofbiteandwit>.

Very cool Messerschmidt 109.

I used to have that header too. We tried to identify the tank, but even <Mostly Average Joe> couldn't come up with a clear ID. Was he the World War II expert? Maybe it was someone with a similar name... <Life in the Texas Army> maybe?

He named his forum SHOULD KRAMNIK RETIRE? right after <Anand> destroyed him.


Any ideas?

May-19-11  benjinathan: I am 95% sure the tank is a Leopard2.

I know it is important for you to know that.

May-19-11  Nietzowitsch: <benjinathan: I am 95% sure the tank is a Leopard2.> ... as safe as Japanese nuclear power plants. :D
May-19-11  benjinathan: If I was a japanese nuclear official I would have said I am 105% sure the tank is a Leopard2...
May-19-11  Nietzowitsch: <benjinathan> Is this nuclear newspeak? ;

A detailed consideration identifies it as a <Leo 2 A4>, of course. The A6 version has a different turret shape.

May-19-11  benjinathan: Well I am sure that <Jess> can sleep at night now that this quandry has been resolved.
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  jessicafischerqueen: Thanks <benji>= that's a German tank eh? Post- World War II.
Jun-02-11  Albertan: Thank you so much for your kind words regarding the analysis I posted to my blog concerning the Shirov-Alekseev game!They are greatly appreciated! I am glad you enjoyed the analysis! :) It is because of people like you that I enjoy doing this analysis!
Jun-02-11  Albertan: <jessicafischerqueen: Thanks> <benji>= that's a German tank eh? Post-> World War II.>

Yes Jessica it is.It is a Leopard Tank and as you are also a Canadian you might be interested to know that at one time "the Canadian armed forces had 114 Leopard C2s (updated Leopard 1A5),however this total was reduced to 66 in the early 2000s. The Leopard C2 are likely to remain in active service until 2015. The 66 Leopard C2 are gradually replaced with the Leopard 2's purchased from the Netherlands and Germany." (source:

Jun-20-11  et 9: i miss u.
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  theagenbiteofinwit: Sorry for the very very belated reply.

I spend most of 2012 playing poker, and my chess SUFFERED.

Poker is much like life, it's unjust, harsh, and you can be punished for making all the right moves.

It's much like trying to pick up women.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Wesley So> Thanks for posting that VISA horror story in my forum. What a bunch of tools eh?

VISA: We're working for you.

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  Check It Out: <theage..> Just stopping by to say your Rogoff posts have been refreshingly intelligent.
Feb-05-13  Boomie: <PEACE, NOT WAR!!!>

I dunno. There's a lot to be said for war. Perhaps Agent Superball says it best:

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  theagenbiteofinwit: Thanks <Check Tt Out.>

Yeah Jess, it amazes me how companies like that seem to avoid your money sometimes. I'm thinking about traveling to China for a few months, and I won't be using visa.

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  Check It Out: When I traveled to London I had to contact the card companies and banks to let them know my travel dates and countries. I didn't like telling a stranger my travel details but apparently you have to or risk what happened in your case.
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  theagenbiteofinwit: After playing 1.d4 for a year I decided to change it up and go back to 1.e4.

I forgot exactly how much theory you had to learn with this.

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  Check It Out: That's funny. After a lifetime of 1.e4 I decided to change it up to 1.d4 about 6 months ago.

I'm relieved by how much I don't have to know.

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  theagenbiteofinwit: <I'm relieved by how much I don't have to know.>

Yeah, you get more leeway to use your own ideas and build a positional advantage a lot easier, and you don't have to worry about running into everyone's pet Sicilian.

I try to switch up my openings to become a more universal patzer.

Feb-16-13  Shams: <agenbite> Can I ask why you only gave 1.d4 a year? You must have really not liked the positions you were getting. I remember reading once of a player who made a point of changing his openings *every year*. Ay caramba.
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  theagenbiteofinwit: <Can I ask why you only gave 1.d4 a year? You must have really not liked the positions you were getting.>

Actually I <loved> the positions I was getting with 1.d4. I seem to be naturally inclined towards positional maneuvers more than sharp positions that require calculation.

I actually developed my preference for 1.d4 when I first took up chess. Most of my games were against a chess program that came with an old apple computer someone gave me. After trial and error, I found that I lasted longer against the computer with 1.d4 than 1.e4 and so that was my first opening with white.

Then as I got more serious, I started developing a repertoire based on 1.e4 that my coach, Miodrag Perunovic came up with based on the fact that I was pretty good with tactics, despite the fact they were not my preference.

Then last year I decided to build a whole new repertoire based on 1.d4. And I had a lot of success with that, I think I gained about 500 elo that year, which gave me an elo around 2000.

But I decided that i want to do my best to master the game, and to do that you have to play positions that you are not as comfortable with to do that, so I've gone back to 1.e4 again, just to get better at those types of positions.

It's kind of an experiment. Whereas some players like to play to their strengths to maximize their results, I am actually trying to play to my weaknesses, with the goal of hopefully becoming more universally strong in the long run.

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  theagenbiteofinwit: It's about time to renew my membership.

<Guess the Move> makes it completely worth it, IMHO.

I'm trying to guess Petrosian and Karpov games because Dvoretsky recommended studying their games as a way of improving if you are the kind of player who "doesn't give a damn" about your opponent's plans.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Chairman (long may you prosper)>

I can only report on my own experience, but in 6 years I have never heard a single Korean person mention North Korea, ever, for any reason.

I can tell you that they don't consider them "bad people." Everyone I've spoken to it about has simply assumed that the North will be reunited with the South as a democracy, like in the case of Germany.

So there's a curious disjunct. I know more about the details of the North Korean state than do my students or colleagues. You do, too. Everyone does who lives outside of Korea.

Are they burying their heads in the sand? I don't know. Once a month they run an air raid siren over the whole country, but the students don't even hear it anymore. They've heard it their whole lives and nothing ever happens when it blows, so they are "reverse Pavloved" into ignoring it.

There are plenty of old folks in my village who lived through the Korean War- they are all bent over double from rice paddy induced scoliosis. They are also around 2 feet tall on average, because they grew up in a country without food.

Nowadays Korean kids can get up to 6 feet tall, thanks to a few generations of good nutrition.

Personally, I'm not afraid of North Korea simply because both Russia and China have told them, and recently, that they are "not allowed" to invade the south.

China and Russia are more interested in making money in the global economy than any other issue. They will oppose any actions that might threaten their economic progress.

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