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Count Wedgemore
Member since Oct-02-17
"Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. And yet, on the other hand, unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye. Many a man lives a burden to the earth; but a good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. 'Tis true, no age can restore a life, whereof perhaps there is no great loss; and revolutions of ages do not oft recover the loss of a rejected truth, for the want of which whole nations fare the worse."

--John Milton


I am a proud Norwegian, from a relatively small town not far from Oslo, our nation's capital. My name is Bjørn (not an easy name to pronounce for the non-natives), which means 'bear' in English. In Old Norse: Biǫrn. It's a really old name here in Scandinavia, dating back to the Viking Age. I've never really liked my name, it's too common for my tastes, because I like to be extraordinary in everything I do. But I am proud of the Viking connection: our great ancestors were superior warriors and shipbuilders:

I am honored to be the 12th Chessgames Chessbookie Champion of the World. Here is my name in the illustrious Hall of Fame, forever recorded in the glorious annals of Chessgames History:

ChessBookie Hall of Fame

I plan to win more Chessbookie World Championship titles in the future, since my not so very modest goal is to be the best Bookie player ever. As you may rightly suspect if you read this, I may come across as a bit full of myself sometimes..but there's nothing wrong with that if one has a reason to (like I have!)..right?

Norway is the new powerhouse of chess. After all, we have the reigning undisputed World Champion (Magnus Carlsen), the 2017 Junior World Champion (Aryan Tari), and the 2018 Chessbookie World Champion (Yours Truly)!

I love chess, it has been a lifelong passion for me. But it has been very much a private matter for me: I played a couple of minor tournaments when I was a teenager and I won two scholastic tournaments when attending the Norwegian equivalent of 'Junior High School'. Scholastic chess was (and still is, I suppose) a rare phenomenon in Norway. The only reason that my school had it was because I organized the tournaments myself! And won, both times. But this was a long time ago, nowadays I only play chess online.

When serving in the Norwegian Armed Forces, I met and befriended GM Simen Agdestein (the 2nd best Norwegian player of all time, our country's first GM and an early mentor for Magnus Carlsen), who came to our camp in Northern Norway to play and promote chess, this was back in the 1980s and not long before he had finished 2nd at the World Junior Championship. We played only one game against each other, a Ruy Lopez that ended in a draw after Simen, uncharacteristically, misplayed a completely won endgame. So my overall score against Simen is 50%, I'm content with that. He is also a really, really great guy:

I've never played (not yet anyway) chess with our beloved Champion, Magnus the Magnificent, but I do have a small personal letter from him where he wrote me some encouraging words (long story). It is one of my most prized possessions. I guess you could say that I'm an avid chess collector: I have a relatively small, but alluring collection of chess books, and some other minor stuff, some rare chess sets, a postcard signed by Karpov (which one of my daughters procured for me), you know, that sort of things.

One of my interests for many years has been memorization: I've been a National Champion in memory sports. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of memory sport you can read about it here:

A pet project of mine in recent years has been cryptography: I've been working on inventing a form of code that can be quickly learned by a human and easy in practical use, but difficult (or, perhaps rather optimistically, impossible) for a computer to crack/decode. You can read more about cryptography here:

Another great interest of mine is old radio shows, primarily US shows, but also some British and Norwegian shows. I love collecting and listening to shows from The Golden Age of Radio, OTR as we call it (Old-Time Radio), a broadcasting era that lasted throughout the 30s, the 40s and the 50s..

I also love classic TV shows (50s, 60s, 70s), mostly US shows, but also some Canadian and British shows, and I have recently discovered the magical and wonderful world of Film Serials! So not so long ago I started to collect them as well (I love collecting things just as much as I hate throwing things away). Here is Wikipedia's article on Serial Film:

And I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan, so naturally I collect Sherlock-related stuff also! Now, the problem is that my wife also loves to collect stuff, like me, all kinds of stuff: books, perfume, boxes, you name it, so naturally we no longer have much space for all of our things! Oh well..

My wife and I both have a lifelong affection for books. Like her, I used to read 100+ books a year when I was younger. Today my poor eyesight prevents me from such excesses. I prefer listening to audio books nowadays.

Another interest of mine is Geneaology, the study of family lineage and history, an interest I developed from my grandfather who was a leading researcher in the field back in the day. My username is partly due to the fact that I actually have some noble ancestry (which is not so common in Norway as it is in many other European countries), going back to British nobility, even royalty (although most of my nearest ancestors were farmers and fishermen).

Since I am a non-native English speaker I sincerely apologize for my numerous grammatical errors. I do, however, speak several languages. My wonderful wife of almost 25 years is from Italy (although she has lived in Norway for about 30 years now), so naturally I learned to speak in her beautiful native tongue, the most romantic language in the world. We watch a lot of Italian television together. I love Italian movies, TV shows, Italian cuisine, everything really.. I also speak a little German and I learned some basic Russian so I could read Russian chess literature: so many of their books have never been translated into English. For me, being an expert on memorization, learning a new language is not very difficult.

Another major point of interest throughout my life has been politics: mainly Norwegian, Italian and European politics, of course, but American politics has always fascinated me deeply. When I was younger I planned to go to the USA and finish my academic studies there (however, life intervened: I met the love of my life, got married and chose to remain in Norway).

I love both classical and popular music (I play a little guitar, piano and other instruments, but I haven't really practised it regularly in decades). I've written some songs over the years, but lately I've been concentrating on writing poems (I can always add a musical arrangement to some of them at a later date).

I have some serious health issues, so I try to live a rather calm life (in fact, I have to) so me and my wife, we seek to take delight in the simpler things in life, including mental, intellectual pursuits and such (we seldom travel anywhere). So what better than chess? It's an important part of my life, it really is.

Still, the biggest source of joy in our lives are our three children and two grandchildren. And our two gorgeous cats..

I am what you could call a Slav/Caro-Kann aficionado. My favorite chess players (besides Magnus, of course) are Lasker, Capablanca, Smyslov, Petrosian, Karpov and Kramnik. My own playing style is defensive, positional, so no wonder that some of the guys I mentioned are my personal favorites!

For a glimpse into my playing style, here is a recent online blitz game that I played (the time control was 5+3):

White:NN Black:Count Wedgemore

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 e6 10.Nf3 Nd7 11.Be3 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Qc7 13.Rhe1 0-0-0 14.Kb1 Bd6 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 Nf6 17.Qh4 Nd5 18.g4 Bf4 19.g5 Bxe3 20.fxe3 Qb6 21.Rd3 hxg5 22.Nxg5 Qc7 23.Rf1 Nf6 24.Qf4 Qxf4 25.Rxf4 Rxh5 0-1.

I think the <Chessgames> community is a fascinating and highly interesting microcosm, featuring so many different and intriguing, captivating personalities. A big thank you to the late and great Daniel Freeman and the co-founder, the late Alberto A Artidiello for having created this wonderful meeting ground for chess players. All the best, Bjørn. Full Member
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   Count Wedgemore has kibitzed 5292 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-30-20 World Championship Candidates (2020) (replies)
Count Wedgemore: <Diademas> There you go :) Thanks for the correction.
   Mar-29-20 Count Wedgemore chessforum (replies)
Count Wedgemore: <moronovich> That story reminds me that I really should have been to see the dentist, but now is not the time to go anywhere unless if one really has to. So I procrastinate. Anyway, I have to go see my cardiologist tomorrow. To minimize the risk of exposure from the ...
   Mar-28-20 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Count Wedgemore: <HeMateMe: I loved that reboot movie <The Fugitive>> Yeah, me too. It was like a Hitchcock movie. Masterfully orchestrated suspense. And like you said, Tommy Lee Jones in particular was terrific.
   Mar-27-20 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Count Wedgemore: I too was about to gain quite a bit on the Overall Winner bet. (Well, probably). I would have won app. 6,000 cbs if MVL had ended up the winner and around 4,000 if Nepo had won. So given these two guys were +2 after seven rounds I was very optimistic that I would win another
   Mar-27-20 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
Count Wedgemore: I think it's great that Joe Biden is the Democratic nominee for President. It helps to break the social stigma regarding dementia in the United States. To embrace real diversity in the society it's important to open up the highest and most powerful offices in the land to ...
   Mar-26-20 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
Count Wedgemore: Good evening, <OCF>. I wish to give you my heartfelt thanks for your kind words and for keeping my beloved daughter in your prayers. She is feeling a whole lot better now! She no longer has a fever, still coughing but in much better shape. So it seems she is already ...
   Mar-25-20 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
Count Wedgemore: Round 8: Caruana - Vachier-Lagrave 1-0 Wang - Ding 1/2 Nepomniachtchi - Giri 1/2 Alekseenko - Grischuk 1/2
   Mar-25-20 M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2020 (replies)
Count Wedgemore: 18...c4 has its drawbacks. Now 19.Rb4 looks good for White.
   Mar-17-20 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
Count Wedgemore: My predictions: 1. Caruana 2. Ding 3. Giri 4. Vachier-Lagrave 4. Grischuk 4. Nepomniachtchi 7. Wang 8. Alekseenko
   Mar-06-20 moronovich chessforum (replies)
Count Wedgemore: Dear <moronovich>, I've sent you an email.
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Count your blessings!

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  keypusher: Me too, Count!
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  Count Wedgemore: <mckmac>, <virginmind>, <Diademas>, <keypusher> I thank you so much for all your warm greetings and well wishes! I wish you guys all the best. Take care.
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  morfishine: Please leave Dear <Count Wedgemore> alone, you are taking away from his reading time

Just kidding! lol

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  Count Wedgemore: <morfishine> Well, I was just sitting at my kitchen table making some notes about a brilliant journalist. You see, right now I'm reading a summary of a book by Gaeton Fonzi: 'The Last Investigation'. This Fonzi guy must have been a hell of a researcher. A very credible contribution to the JFK assassination mystery. He particularly strengthens the case for what is basically a government cover-up. The evidence keeps piling up.

<OCF> and <keypusher> should read Fonzi :)

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  morfishine: Hello Dear <Count Wedgemore> I still have that book 'The Last Investigation' by Fonzi. Your take as its "A very credible contribution to the JFK assassination mystery" is exactly how I stand on this book. When I bought the book, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was not disappointed with the theme and was very much drawn to Fonzi's no nonsense way of writing. I don't want to spoil anything for you if you plan on reading this book
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  Count Wedgemore: All right, <morf>. I've downloaded the whole book to my kindle. I've given up on ordering physical books for the time being. Given the current global crisis, I'm afraid I would have to wait a LOOOOONG time to get books ordered from the US. I know that goods are still transported, but the recent massive reduction of commercial flights between North America and Europe will most certainly have an impact on the delivery of goods and merchandise.

And the good thing about ordering audiobooks and kindle editions is that I get it straightaway since I just download the desired material.

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  moronovich: Good morning Dear <Count Wedgemore> !

And many congratulations on your second
place in the bookie standings ! Well played and I hope your are satisfied after all.

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  Count Wedgemore: Thanks, my dear <moronovich>. And congrats to you for the taking the Bronze! We're pretty good at this, right? :)

Well, I'm not really very satisfied with coming in 2nd. I wanted to win! And I think I had very good chances since I was about to add several thousand chessbucks more to my tally when the Overall Winner Bet would come in.

So, no: NOT SATISFIED. "Silver is Defeat!!", as a famous Norwegian Sportsman once said.

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  moronovich: <So, no: NOT SATISFIED. "Silver is Defeat!!", as a famous Norwegian Sportsman once said.>

Some of you norwegians have a very strong winning gene ;)… I think I have too(on chosen occasions),but I have also a deep belive,that it is important to be satisfied with what is,when it can not be otherwise.

And thanks for your congrats.We may say
I profitted on the situation,since I had 7K on Ding and 2.3 on Grischuk.So in that perspective it was the best Putin didn´t ground the country 24 hours earlier !

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  morfishine: Good evening Dear <Count Wedgemore>!

Here is a video from Lt Colonel Dan Marvin. As a special forces Green Beret, he was specially trained in overseas assassinations of foreign Leaders. He was offered an opportunity to assassinate an American, William Bruce Pitzer, which he refused

Pitzer had footage of the autopsy of JFK and was about to retire in 1966 and expose this film

He was murdered and his homicide classified as a "suicide"

Just one of those things, according to the WC apologists

I have more details if you want them, and I much appreciate your ability to decipher and make your own decisions


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  Count Wedgemore: Very interesting revelations from this whistleblower, <morf>. In the comments section it is said that it's taken from a television documentary. Have you seen it?

<I have more details if you want them>

Well yes, of course. I take notes of everything. Already assembled quite a bit of material. Thanks in advance!

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  morfishine: Good evening dear <Count Wedgemore>! Do not worry in the least, the books I've read on the JFK assassination span 40 years

I have digested the most pleasure from cross referencing notes between books or documents; Warren Apologists seem to not have the time for this, which makes them less credible

Why accept the Warren Commission's conclusions without even bothering to read the Warren Report??

I read it 3 times


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  moronovich: Good evening gents !

It is a pleasure to see you going so deep into this subject.

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  OhioChessFan: Pitzer:
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  morfishine: Good morning Dear <moronovich>! I was pretty much done with reading about the JFK assassination, I vowed last summer 'no more books, I've had enough'; but the <Count> has reinvigorated my interest so I've been reading up on some of those books I never read, for example, Accessories after the fact, Inquest and Legend. So I blame the <Count>

Just kidding of course

The thing that keeps this subject alive is there are so many aspects that books have been written on. There's books that try to narrow down who done it; books about the Mafia; books that focus on witnesses; books that focus on specific evidence; books that discuss just firearms; books that analyze actions by the Police and/or Secret Service; books that analyze film and photos; books that discuss actual investigations; books on the Dallas Doctors; books on the autopsy and the autopsy Doctors; books about the unexplained deaths of key witnesses; books about the Texas school Book depository; Books about Oswald and his family; books about politics; and books about books!

Personally, I like books about evidence, for example "Crime of the Century" by Michael Kurtz is an excellent short read, maybe 200 pages. This one is highly recommended, especially pages ~40 - 60 where he analyzes and dissects the bullet casings. Thats a powerful segment where he concludes that of the 3 casings found in the TSBD, only 1 could possibly have been fired that day

There's so much subject matter that would appeal to practically everyone I think

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  moronovich: Good morning to you too Dear <morfishine>!

It is a really impressive list you mention and it must have taken you so many hours.But sounds like excellent food for your inner detective!?But beware of the tricky Count from the Scandinavian outskirts who try to lure you back in bussiness ;). Here the weather is simular to how it was the day Kennedy was assasinated. I was 10½ and will never forget it.After all it was just a few weeks ago he had saved the world from WW3.

But I am not much of a book man,so I´ll stay put and leave further investigations to you.

All the best,-moro-

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  morfishine: < Count Wedgemore: Very interesting revelations from this whistleblower, <morf>. In the comments section it is said that it's taken from a television documentary. Have you seen it?> I believe its part of the documentary series 'The Men Who Killed Kennedy' which I've seen in pieces over the years:

In the US, the series would be shown usually over a week on the History channel or possibly the Discovery channel

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  morfishine: Interesting Dear <moronovich>! They say the earliest a human can hold memories is from the age of 4. I was 4 when the assassination happened and thats the earliest thing I can recall. We were living in Fort Worth, Texas which is about 30 miles west of Dallas. All I remember is that weekend it was very quiet, very somber. There was no laughing or fun time it seemed. My brother was 2 and my sister 6 and we loved to play, but there didn't seem to be much playing that weekend.

I recall the state funeral on Monday because my parents made me watch it

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  moronovich: <All I remember is that weekend it was very quiet, very somber. There was no laughing or fun time it seemed. My brother was 2 and my sister 6 and we loved to play, but there didn't seem to be much playing that weekend.>

Perhaps here it was quite simular to your experience. It was like the world was very quite and many things stood still.Some did cry too.

But I can not avoid the ten billion dollar question : Who,to the best of your conscience and knowledge,did the assassination ?

My only semi qualified bet is:It was a cuban connection.But my insight is very limited compared to yours.It is only based on a TV documentary I once followed.

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  morfishine: Dear <moronovich> I've been dreading this question <Who,to the best of your conscience and knowledge,did the assassination ?> Just kidding as I very much appreciate this question

Based on all the available evidence, I would say organized crime undoubtedly was involved, but these assets had to be supported by and endorsed by high-level intelligence elements

There's no way this could've been "pulled off" without a strong intelligence element involved

No way

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  moronovich: Thanks for your answer Dear <morfishine> !

Much appreciated and I have faith in your conclusion(s).

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  moronovich: <<savagerules: Bob Dylan just released an almost 17 minute song called Murder Most Foul about the Kennedy assassination. He more talks than sings with some piano and violin accompaniment. I think the song lasts longer than the Dallas motorcade lasted. Here it is>

Speaking about the sun..
This is from The Kibitzers Café.

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  moronovich: A man at the dentist is looking very nervous.
"Ar you nervous?",asked the dentist.
"Yes,because it is very seldom I go to the dentist". And now the man sees that the dentist is looking nervous.Trembling and shaky hands. "Are you also nervous" asked the man.
"Yes,I am.It is very seldom someone comes here".
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  Count Wedgemore: <moronovich> That story reminds me that I really should have been to see the dentist, but now is not the time to go anywhere unless if one really has to. So I procrastinate. Anyway, I have to go see my cardiologist tomorrow. To minimize the risk of exposure from the Black Plague that is ravaging our towns and villages at the moment I have planned the trip in every detail with protective gear, etc. It's like I had planned for a dangerous expeditition into the Unknown. Welcome to 2020, folks. It's the Coronapolypse.
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  moronovich: Good morning Dear <Count> !

I wish you the best of luck to your trip to the cardiologist and it seems you have done every thing possible to avoid the Plaque.And then you can not do it any better.

It was our common friend Storm P. who came up with the dentist story !

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