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eternaloptimist
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: http://www.chesstour.com/elm03r.htm 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 gameknot.com (username: eternaloptimist): http://gameknot.com/players.pl -- 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 1764 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-18-20 Dolmatov vs Polugaevsky, 1988 (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: This is a really good combination by GM Dolmatov! He did a good job of opening up the f-file & the c1 -> h6 diagonal. IM Dvoretsky was 1 of the main reasons that Dolmatov became such a strong player. He trained him for years. <Honza> I like those moves also!
 
   Oct-14-20 Volha Malatsilava vs E Diakonova, 2018 (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: <stacase>: I’m willing to bet that <noads4me> got the idea for his kibitz from my kibitz. Although it should be obvious to people that’s the case as long as they observed the position just thoroughly enough to see that (which doesn’t take very long)
 
   Oct-13-20 A Planinc vs H Gerenski, 1970 (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: What a nifty combination by Planinc! It didn’t take too long for me to solve it. After I saw the decoy sac, it was obvious what to do after it
 
   Oct-11-20 Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: Wow I played the same moves Kramnik played from 29. -> 32. & then I chose 33.♙c6 (which Kramnik chose for his 34th move)! It looks like ♕e6 & ♙c6 r interchangeable for move 33.. I hardly ever get the 1st few moves of an “Insane” puzzle right so I’m ...
 
   Oct-07-20 J A Grefe vs Mednis, 1973 (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: I meant “gets to the point“. <PawnSac> I think your pun suggestion <Overcome by Grefe> would’ve worked well for this game!
 
   Oct-06-20 J Baules vs Nakamura, 2018 (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: At first I looked at 25...♖xg1+ lines but when I couldn’t make that work, I decided to keep the ♘ on h4 to cover the g2 square & keep the white ♔ bottled up. Then I saw 25...♕e1
 
   Oct-05-20 Ulf Andersson vs A Lahti, 1969 (replies)
 
eternaloptimist: <Brenin> Indeed this puzzle is harder than most Monday puzzles! I didn’t envision a # by ♕h8 until I saw 32. ♘f6+. At first I kept thinking that moving 1 of the ♖s was the correct 1st move in this puzzle. After several minutes of thought I solved it ...
 
   Sep-30-20 Zhang Xiaowen vs Yu Ruiyuan, 2009
 
eternaloptimist: I solved this puzzle faster than I thought I would! The fact that I saw the ♘ fork threat on the ♔ & ♕ was 1 of the main reasons for that. Also I saw that if 26. ♔d3 then ...♕c3#. I’m 3 for 3 this week so far.
 
   Sep-30-20 W Arencibia Rodriguez vs Z Franco Ocampos, 1990
 
eternaloptimist: I looked at 29.♘xf6+ 1st but I decided to go w/ 29.♘h6+ instead. After that I figured I had to play a move that would keep black’s ♔ bottled up on the ♔side so I went w/ 30.♕xh6 next. I’m 2 for 2 so far this week
 
   Sep-28-20 Tibet Kagan Ozgur vs John Marvin Miciano, 2018
 
eternaloptimist: I solved this 1 quickly. I noticed the weakness of Ozgur’s back rank & saw that 33...♕xg2 is the best move. The move 33.♗e1 blocked his ♕ from protecting his back rank
 
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Jul-29-14
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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 chess.com & chesshere.com. 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 alexa.com 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!
Jul-29-14
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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 chess.com in the future.
Aug-02-14
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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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Aug-03-14
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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.

Aug-07-14
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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?

Aug-20-14
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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
Aug-20-14
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  OhioChessFan: The member submitted Pawn contest was in 2009.....wow, 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.

Aug-20-14
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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

First!
Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475

Aug-24-14
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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.
Nov-16-14
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  OhioChessFan:

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Nov-25-14
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  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for the "ing" thing! U r the king of blue text!
Dec-25-14
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  wordfunph: <eternaloptimist> Merry Christmas!
Dec-25-14
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  eternaloptimist: <wordfunph> Thanks & Merry Christmas to you also!
Dec-27-16
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  wordfunph: <eternaloptimist> happy holidays!
Jan-04-17
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  eternaloptimist: <wordfunph> Thanks!
Aug-22-17
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  OhioChessFan:  
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Sep-05-17
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  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for the "ug" thing!
Dec-25-17
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  Penguincw: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year <eternaloptimist>. (great name by the way)

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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.

Dec-26-17
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  OhioChessFan:  
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Jan-01-18
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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!

Sep-01-18
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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!
Sep-03-18
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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!
Sep-10-18
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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.
Sep-15-18
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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
Jan-30-20
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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.
GAME OVER 1-0
You scored a total of 52 points
WE ARE NOW FOLLOWING
Karpov vs Huebner, 1982.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF KARPOV.
Your score: 52 (par = 48)
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