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Ben de Cat
Number of games in database: 10
Years covered: 1989 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 1904 (1974 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 1936
Overall record: +1 -5 =4 (30.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-01-1962, died Apr-21-2020, 58 years old) Belgium

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Last updated: 2020-10-28 12:09:56

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Tate vs B de Cat  1-0361989NATO-chA34 English, Symmetrical
2. B de Cat vs R Mollekens  ½-½172001BEL-chT 2000/01A00 Uncommon Opening
3. B Lacroix vs B de Cat 1-0302001BEL-chT 2000/01A07 King's Indian Attack
4. A Foulds vs B de Cat 1-0512001NATO ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
5. B de Cat vs J F Farrell  0-1332001NATO ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
6. N McInnes vs B de Cat ½-½222001NATO ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
7. B de Cat vs T Arcasoy 1-0352001NATO ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
8. J Engelen vs B de Cat  ½-½562001NATO ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
9. B de Cat vs J D Adkins  0-1712001NATO ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
10. D Alaslar vs B de Cat ½-½322001NATO ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
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Dec-23-09  I play the Fred: Oooh, deep. Wow, Aurobindo really opened my eyes with that piffle.
Jan-11-10  Raisin Death Ray: His parents were Felix the Cat and Ben Gay.
Jan-14-10  JaneEyre: <There is no difference there between a cat or a man.>

I think this should give us all paws for thought.

<BOSTON -- Duty calls for an East Boston resident.

Someone is getting called for jury duty...but it's no human.

A family is trying to figure out how their pet cat was summonsed for jury duty.

�I said, Sal, what�s this? You know, I don�t believe it I was shocked,� said Guy Esposito, Sal�s owner.

Sal�s owners, Guy and Anna Esposito, think they may know the source of the mix up: Sal really is a member of the family, so on the last Census form, Anna Esposito listed him under �pets�.

�I just wrote �Sal Esposito�, scratched out the �dog,� and wrote, �cat,�� said Anna.

Anna filed for Sal�s disqualification of service. However, the jury commissioner was unmoved and denied the request.>

Jan-14-10  ILikeFruits: is it...
wrong to...
microwave a...
Jan-27-10  Raisin Death Ray: <ILikeFruits>
it is...
use a BBQ grill...
Jan-28-10  ILikeFruits: indeed...
Apr-09-10  BobCrisp: <Royal Mail has stopped deliveries to a house in Leeds after postal workers came under attack from an elderly cat.

Tiger is said to have scratched postal workers and chased them down the garden path at his home in High Bank Street, Farsley, over the past few weeks.

Owner Tracy Brayshaw, who must now pick up mail from the nearest sorting office, said the ban was "a bit silly".

She added: "We're talking about a 19-year-old geriatric cat here who likes lazing out in the sun."

Mrs Brayshaw, 43, a pharmacy dispenser, said the black-and-white cat slept for 20 hours a day but was always ready to pounce on unsuspecting staff.>

Jan-06-11  Raisin Death Ray: Has he ever played against Dog the Bounty Hunter?
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  whiteshark: Nao Ben De Cat iz out ov teh bag, no mattr how hard ull try u cant stop him nomoa.
Mar-20-13  andrewjsacks: He had a brother, Fritz de Cat.
Mar-20-13  TheFocus: And a cousin, Felix de Cat.
Mar-20-13  TheFocus: We have a funny cat at the corner store.

I opened the refrigerator to get some beer and the owner's cat climbed in and laid down. I told the owner and she said, "Yes. He likes to sit there. When he's ready to get out, he'll let us know."

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  perfidious: 'JR, I thought you loved to play cat and mouse'.

'Only when I'm De Cat.'

May-04-14  waustad: Since he's from Belgium, his name placard could even look like Bel De Cat. It isn't likely that any newer games will be posted due to his rating.
May-04-14  GumboGambit: If you check out his opening here, you will see that De Cat must have nine lives:

D Alaslar vs B De Cat, 2001

Aug-29-14  catlover: Can't believe it took me this long to find this. From the results of the games here, it looks like Ben could use a few fans.

So he's Belgian. Then his last name is French? I wonder if "Cat" in French has some other meaning other than feline.

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  Stonehenge: Catte or cat is old Dutch for kat = cat in English.
Aug-30-14  ljfyffe: <til he finds his mouse> Not bad, not bad at all. <I taught my cat how to play poker, but every time he got a good hand, the damn thing would start to purr!>
Sep-02-14  ljfyffe: <There is no difference between a cat or a man.>

Not true -- <a man is not scared by the sound of a vacuum cleaner!>

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  perfidious: One of my cats does not like the sound of the vacuum at all.
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  HeMateMe: I have a cat, named Boo Boo. He'll knock over or drag anything that can be moved. If it can't be moved, he'll eat it.

This cat should be cloned and used as a weapon, like those creatures from the "Alien" movies.

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  Breunor: I wonder if he played the computer Dark Horse:

Dark Horse (Computer)

May-28-19  TheaN: All puns aside, eludes me why someone Dutch or Flemish native would name their son Ben with such a last name: could be that they're Walloon but then it's still unfortunate.

For those that don't get this, 'ben' essentially translate into 'am', so a literal translation of this man's name is <am the cat>. Well.

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  Stonehenge: Cat pushes skateboard himself:

Oct-28-20  login:

Ben 'Delcatto' de Cat

In Memoriam

Courtesy of De Torrewachter, Volume 35, Nr. 2, by Yves Surmont (in Dutch)

'.. With pain in our heart we have to inform you that Ben De Cat passed away unexpectedly on April 21st 2020.

Ben has participated almost continuously in the NATO Chess Championship since 1986 and with a total of 28 participations, the International Military Chess Committee has to say goodbye to its recordholder. Ben was 58 years old and had already indicated that he would participate in the NATO Chess Championship 2020 for the first time as a Lifetime Member. ..'

from Belgian Military Chess Club vzw, 2020


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