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Scott Thomson

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

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

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

Lasker's book on St. Petersburg 1909

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

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."


"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."


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

--Phony Benoni

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


"[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 28360 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-25-22 Jeremy Lim (replies)
keypusher: I didn't see this. <Morstead helped save the day with his free kick that traveled to the Buffalo 6-yard line and was returned to the Bills 23-yard line. Buffalo needed a game-winning field goal and the Dolphins defense held>
   Sep-25-22 Saint-Amant vs Staunton, 1843
keypusher: What I don't get about blunders like 59....Kg8 is that Staunton and St. Amant were playing without clocks. I mean, I understand, I sympathize, I'm sure poor Staunton was ready to fall out of his chair after Qg6+. But he could have just sat on his hands and endeavored to regain his
   Sep-25-22 Taimanov vs Kaidanov, 1988
keypusher: Wonderful game -- some engine lines after 10.Bxc6 [DIAGRAM] <lost in space: <abaduba>: 10. Bxc6 Bg4 11. f3 Rc8 12. Bxd5 Nxd5 13. fxg4 Qh4. No forced line, but the idea is clear: Black gets initiative for one pawn> Here SF thinks it's all even after 11.Bxf6! Qxf6 ...
   Sep-22-22 Alekhine vs E Serracino Inglott, 1935 (replies)
keypusher: What a wonderful, wild game! And it's nice to be reminded of <Phony Benoni>.
   Sep-21-22 Gelfand vs Carlsen, 2022
keypusher: <ndg2: Magnus did waste tempos though, with c6, c5> But since Gelfand had played Bd3, losing a tempo on his side, after ...c5 they were in a standard QGA.
   Sep-21-22 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
keypusher: <chancho> Glad to hear it. <HMM> The Germans found the mass graves, though not, I was surprised to learn, until 1943.
   Sep-21-22 Julius Baer Generation Cup (2022) (replies)
keypusher: < Shamot : <Casr> Could you please translate your post in English?> It was English, some of it pretty interesting. But Casr, do yourself and your readers a favor and use paragraphs.
   Sep-18-22 J Kaplan vs O'Kelly, 1969
keypusher: 8....Ng4 9.0-0 Bxf2+ 10.Rxf2 Ne3 11.Qe2 Nxc2 12.Rb1 Bxa2, with Black emerging with a rook plus several pawns for two pieces, gives him a much better position.
   Sep-14-22 Sinquefield Cup (2022) (replies)
keypusher: <Gypsy: <The US, rightly or wrongly, has a reputation of being litigious.> I like your cautious choice of words.> I'll see you in court!
   Sep-09-22 Nona Gaprindashvili (replies)
keypusher: <"Lawyers of both parties are quoted saying they are "pleased the matter is resolved."> As if any lawyer was ever happy that he had to stop billing.
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Sep-29-21  rbd: Me : <GSM> , if a child is raped , tortured , murdered then everybody says that it is wrong . So what do you mean when you say that "objective moral values do not exist "

Gregor Samsa Mendel:--Even with things that are so obviously repugnant to seemingly everyone, people find rationalizations and exceptions. Genital mutilation of infants, without anesthetic, is regularly performed for religious reasons; if the Bible is to be believed, God murdered almost everyone in the Flood, children included, and killed the firstborn sons of the Egyptians; abortion is infanticide to some and not to others. All morality is subjective.

Me : See , there are psychopaths ...There are people who never reach higher level of Moslow hierarchy...There are people who are not 'evolved' /mature. All 'evolved'/mature people have compassion and intelligence and therefore they do not rationalize stupid, 'sinful' behaviour. 2) all 'evolved'/mature people have compassion and intelligence and they all would find rape/torture/murder of a child wrong and almost everyone capable of reaching that level of maturity- hence some moral values are objective. 3) what do you think , <GSM> P.s. you and I both agree that concept of personal god is stupid..I believe that personal god does not exist ..There is no god other than us..We are eternal Absolute , body dies not us...So let us not talk about stupid concept of personal god.

Gregor Samsa Mendel--Perhaps you have heard the expression, "There are no atheists in foxholes." I doubt that evolved people, or objective moral values, exist in foxholes either.

Me :  your argument/reasoning is very messed up ,chaotic <GSM> Let me bring some order , sanity to this conversation. 2) simulation hypothesis : this universe could be a computer simulation and homosapiens and everything else in it computer program - kind of like 'matrix ' movie. If you disagree then I would explain the reasoning behind this hypothesis. For now , I assume that you are in agreement with this hypothesis. 3) now question is - if you or I (or some far more intelligent species - aliens , may be ) create such a simulation , can they create objective moral values as a computer program in that simulation . A simple yes or no would suffice for now . 
Thank you. Regards.

Simulation hypothesis

Oct-02-21  rbd: Dogmatic fools lie so very often. Exhibit A : lie of <optimal play> about pantheism/panentheism ...A dogmatic fool like <optimal play> can not understand difference between pantheism and panentheism even in hundred years even though I had explained the difference.

Hey , dogmatic fool <optimal play> - tell the difference between pantheism and panentheism . Put up or shut up.

Oct-02-21  rbd: <<playground player: <rbd> Enough is enough. I AM sounds like a pretty personal God to me. "We are gods"--I'd be hard put to find a less worthy object of worship. I'd rather this discussion continue somewhere else.>

<Playground player> does not know what he is talking about .

He does not even know the difference between personal god and non personal god Absolute.

I will explain all this here in this forum including his point about 'i am '. By the way , his point about 'i am ' related to highest level of Moslow hierarchy , transcendence.

Usually , dogmatic people do not have brains to understand all this - let us see if <playground player> is an exception.

In general , dogmatic fools are massive drag on civilization - dogmatic fools like <optimal play> , <big pawn>/<George Wallace> , <ohiochessfan> , <diceman>, <thegoodanarchist> et always have

Oct-03-21  optimal play: <Nozzle the Parrot: Hey , dogmatic fool <optimal play> - tell the difference between pantheism and panentheism . Put up or shut up.>

Kenneth Rogoff (kibitz #430062)

Kenneth Rogoff (kibitz #437285)

Kenneth Rogoff (kibitz #437290)

Nozzle, I've put up now you shut up.

Oct-04-21  rbd: <optimal play><Pantheism is believing the rocks are a god, the trees are a god, etc

Panentheism is believing God is in the rocks, God is in the trees, >

What an idiot !

That is absolutely wrong dogmatic fool <optimal play>

You have no clue what the hell you talking about.

You do not even know what non personal god Absolute is.

Both pantheism and panentheism are about non personal god Absolute with a subtle difference. Later on , I will explain and provide the link also.

Unlike dogmatic fool <optimal play> who vomitted some made up nonsense about pantheism/parenthesis without giving any link.

Dogmatic fools <optimal play> and <big pawn>/<George Wallace> are gigantic fools - once they were babbling about Monte hall problem talking complete nonsense. I taught them solution in such an easy manner that even a 12 year old would understand but these two fools still did not understand. Dogmatic fool <ohiochessfan> was very happy that day to realize that he is only a fool whereas these two clowns are gigantic fools.

Oct-04-21  rbd: Dogmatic fool <optimal play> just gave a demonstration for the saying :

<It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are a fool , than to open your mouth and remove all doubts>

Bravo dogmatic fool <optimal play> . Attaboy!

2) and now I would start teaching these dogmatic fools teachings of Jesus as learned through Christian non dual mysticism and none of these dogmatic fools would understand - not even <playground player>, let alone king of dogmatic fools <thegoodanarchist>


Oct-04-21  rbd: Let us expose dogmatic fool <optimal play> some more.

Hey dogmatic fool <optimal play> - all these years you kept babbling about god without knowing what you talking about . Do you know after all these years what non personal god Absolute is , what Christian non dual mysticism is ?

Fool , you vomited nonsense about pantheism and panentheism without even realizing that they both are about non personal god Absolute , without giving any link , without knowing difference between two , you just mouthed a superficial made up nonsense.

The reason that you have not been able to understand/learn non personal god Absolute and Christian non dual mysticism all these years and never will , is that like other dogmatic fools , you too are very stupid. You can not grasp complex ideas , you need simplistic fairy tales of personal god meant for 5 year olds as bedtime nonsensical stories.

Oct-04-21  rbd: Let us expose dogmatic fool <optimal play> some more before I teach sense to dogmatic fools.

Here is a quora user talking nonsense as he explains difference between pantheism and panentheism : <I I think the problem here is that you have left “all” undefined, and used it twice with two different meanings. You say “all is in God”, and “all there is”. In set theory, if one set is greater than another, that does not mean that the two sets are equal. The phrase “all is in God” is a subset relationship, but it could be that the two sets are equal or it could be a proper subset relationship. The phrase “all there is” is the Universal Set or the Universe of Discourse. Different concept.

When you read Panentheism, such as Hartshorne or Whitehead, you realize that there is something more to God than just the Universe.....To a Pantheist, God is the Universe. >

2) so , dogmatic fool <optimal play> you have an opportunity to study/research and fix your stupidity about pantheism/panentheism.

However , as I have asserted before , dogmatic fools like you are too stupid to understand pantheism/panentheism even in hundred years or even hundred lifetimes.

3) this quora user talking nonsense - he saying that pantheism means god is universe and that is all there is to God.

Does that mean if universe is dissolved , god is dead ? That is the question I challenge you to answer simplistic, superficial dogmatic fool <optimal play>

<Put up or shut up > , dogmatic fool <optimal play>

Oct-05-21  rbd: Let us give some time to dogmatic fool <optimal play> - a few days/weeks - to try to redeem himself by doing some study/research about pantheism/panentheism and talk sense for once in life (clarity/depth of thinking/understanding)

Till then I would like to take break from the forum of <keypusher> and when I come back , I would teach teachings of Jesus through Christian non dual mysticism to the dogmatic fools.


Nov-25-21  Rdb: <v> and <v> : <rdb> , you should not come across petty, vindictive , troubled soul

Me : wiser words were never spoken , amigos

<V> : and stay focused ..Do not let your mind get distracted.

Look , life wants to get something huge done through you . That is sattva.

Do not take ownership of that - that would be tamas.

Do not get too involved having fun talking to people excessively - that would be rajas.

Rajas and tamas would stop you from engaging with project in a focused manner while being serene and peaceful. Engage in the project but do not get involved in the project either.

Project is unimportant per se - what is important is to deepen the peace. However , if you do not engage in your life's calling - self actualisation - you won't progress in deepening your peace either.

Me : wiser words were never spoken , amigo.

Hallelujah ! 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Nov-25-21  Rdb: <V>, < v>,< y> : <rdb> , do not come across arrogant , know all , sanctimonious , preaching type either.

Me : wiser words were never spoken , amigos

Hallelujah ! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Nov-25-21  Rdb: <keypusher> : <rdb> always meant well , but he struggled with self control. He should continue practicing teachings of Jesus , eventually he would be there.

Me : wiser words were never spoken , amigo .

Hallelujah ! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Nov-25-21  Rdb: Whole world is my teacher - I learn from everyone.

And I am especially grateful for what I learn from my scientist friend Q in philosophy , psychology , maths and so on - simulation hypothesis , Cartesian demon , objective moral values and so on.

2)my childhood friend s has kindly agreed to teach me gurubani and teachings of Vivekananda , rabindranath Tagore.

What I learn from books and these people , I pass on to others.

3) so I taught all ved upanishad, gurubani , Koran , bible et al in 6 hours to k and k and I am refining that now to teach all that in around 3 hours - there are 10 to 15 people presently learning from me.

When I am done teaching them (in 1 to 3 months from now) , I will post all that in Facebook and give the link of that Facebook page to people in case anyone of them is interested.

The intended goal is to reach highest level of Maslow hierarchy (transcendence) : delta brain wave activity all the time - jagrit sushupti (wakeful sleep ) , level of Krishna/Buddha/Jesus...Infinite bliss/peace , infinite intelligence , infinite compassion , infinite concentration /memory

4) in addition , I am sending recordings to k and later will send to my nephew , nieces on maths , computers - intended goal is that in next 10-20 years they will reach highest level in maths (international maths Olympiad , msc maths) and computers...So, at some point , I might put these recordings in some YouTube channel , though only my old students are expected to make sense of those recordings - those who do maths without using pen and paper.

And at some later point (many years from now), I may make youtube channel about fitness/nutrition too - intention is that I and my nephew , nieces reach high level in fitness/nutrition (yoga, running , weight training) and would share that.

Dr s too has kindly offered to share his inputs and I intend to take him up on his offer.

Dr s, psychologist/therapist , 30 years of experience.

Nov-25-21  Rdb: So , in 1-3 months from now , I would post Christian non dual mysticism in the forum of <John l spouge> and <keypusher> , in case they have some input for me.

2) I would also answer the questions of <playground player> viz. (a) the quoute of Bible 'i am that I am ' - how is this about non personal god Absolute.

(b) if ultimate reality is non personal god and Bible/teachings of Jesus are about non personal god Absolute and there is no God other than us , if we all are eternal Absolute (body dies not us) , then how come homosapiens are so unworthy of being worshipped.

3) I would also explain <pantheism> and <panentheism> for the benefit of <optimal play>

Nov-25-21  Rdb: So I will see you guys after 1 to 3 months from now , post Christian non dual mysticism and then would leave this site forever.

Good bye till then

Nov-27-21  Rdb: < playground player: <Rdb> I have deleted your posts because I don't know what you're talking about and it sounds like gibberish.>

Me : I appreciate that , <playground player> . That is why I like to post in your forum and talk to you.

You are the first dogmatic christian i have come across who deleted <Christian non duality mysticism> stuff because he found it gibberish.

Usually , dogmatic christians find such stuff difficult to face because they are bigoted , but not you.

That is why I have such a high respect for you.

Happy Thanksgiving , <playground player>

Good bye for now.

P.s. here is the post that <playground player> deleted.

<So , in 1-3 months from now , I would post Christian non dual mysticism in the forum of <John l spouge> and <keypusher> , in case they have some input for me. 2) I would also answer the questions of <playground player> viz. (a) the quoute of Bible 'i am that I am ' - how is this about non personal god Absolute.

(b) if ultimate reality is non personal god and Bible/teachings of Jesus are about non personal god Absolute and there is no God other than us , if we all are eternal Absolute (body dies not us) , then how come homosapiens are so unworthy of being worshipped.

3) I would also explain <pantheism> and <panentheism> for the benefit of <optimal play>>

Dec-14-21  Rdb: Part 1

Most of the dogmatic people I have come across are extremely stupid - <big pawn>/<George Wallace> , for instance.

Or <playground player> , <thegoodanarchist>, <optimal play> , <gezafan> , <diceman> , <ohiochessfan> ....

When I try to explain Christian non dual mysticism to these idiots , they find it very difficult to handle the assertion that Bible and teachings of Jesus are about non personal god Absolute - there is no god other than us , body dies not us , we are eternal non personal god Absolute, personal god of dogmatic fools does not exist.

2) these dogmatic , dishonest idiots start saying all kind of things including - "you talking gibberish"

3) so the set of posts that I am compiling now , I am writing each statement in that as a mathematical statement.

4) <a mathematical statement is a sentence which is either true or false. >

5) now , if to these dogmatic fools, even mathematical statements occur as gibberish , then of course , they are too stupid to help.

6) I would post these sets of posts in the forums of <keypusher>/<Johnlspouge> for 'peer review' /inputs.

I hope I would be done within a month.

Dec-14-21  Rdb: Part 2

". Harris is particularly opposed to what he refers to as dogmatic belief, and says that "Pretending to know things one doesn't know is a betrayal of science – and yet it is the lifeblood of religion

Harris holds that there is "nothing irrational about seeking the states of mind that lie at the core of many religions. Compassion, awe, devotion, and feelings of oneness are surely among the most valuable experiences a person can have."[16]

Everything of value that people get from religion can be had more honestly, without presuming anything on insufficient evidence. The rest is self-deception, set to music.

Harris rejects the dichotomy between spirituality and rationality, favoring a middle path that preserves spirituality and science but does not involve religion.[52] He writes that spirituality should be understood in light of scientific disciplines like neuroscience and psychology.[52] Scienc- e, he contends, can show how to maximize human well-being, but may fail to answer certain questions about the nature of being, answers to some of which he says are discoverable directly through our experience"

Dec-15-21  Rdb: Part 3

Whole world is my teacher , including these dogmatic fools

For example , when <playground player> said like "I am pretty certain Bible is about personal god because ..."

Well , I addressed his stupidity and answered his stupid , childish objections in the posts explaining Christian non dual mysticism

2) and then when <playground player> could not handle that he was like "you talking gibberish"

So , I handled this stupidity of his too - by making every statement of mine a mathematical statement in the posts explaining Christian non dual mysticism

3) similarly , stupidity and dishonesty of <big pawn>/<George Wallace> , <optimal play> and other dogmatic fools helped me too.

4) whole world is my teacher including dogmatic fools of this world.

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  Diademas: Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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  Diademas: Thank you for your kind greeting.
It hasn't been the best of years here with Corona restrictions and a declining mother. She's gone from very active and mentally strong woman, "only" 78 years old, to someone that maybe shouldn't be left alone in just a few months.

I'm looking forward to the World Rapid and Blitz Championships (2021) starting today, and I'm grateful for living in a country where Chess is considered top entertainment, so the event is covered on national TV for hours on end.

A very merry Christmas and the very best for the upcoming year to you and all your loved ones from the city of your ancestors.

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  Diademas: A happy new year to you and your family from a rainy Bergen.
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  keypusher: <Diademas: A happy new year to you and your family from a rainy Bergen.>

And to you from a rainy Franklin!

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  Diademas: Hi Scott.

I will be coming to the US in May, June this year with two intentions. Exploring BBQ in the south and driving through the mid-West.

My base will be with a chidhood friend living in Austin, Texas going to Franlins and hearing cool jazz. But it would be nice to have a meet up in Nashville or any other place of your choice.

Leave me a word at if it is of any interest.

Regards from your friend Knut.

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  Diademas: Hi Scott.

Sent you a mail.

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