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Member since Dec-24-06 · Last seen Sep-05-19
I live in Wales, UK, and besides chess, I love rugby union and cricket. My current grade is 1615, going up far too slowly.

Wish I could play this wonderful game properly.

My favourite player is Bent Larsen, ever since I found a copy of his 'Selected Games of Chess' in my local library. I love his attitude to the game, as a struggle, even if I don't always agree with some of his opinions.

My favourite Larsen quote:
"As a matter of fact, I believe Bronstein knows more about the King's Indian than I do but - come on and fight!"

My own chess is better summed up by
"Stupidity got us into this mess. Why can't it get us out?"

I'm a die-hard Alekhine's defence player, despite all the stick the opening seems to attract from people who don't play it, and my results are pretty good with it.

I'm an expert on British spiders - hence my username, and I can't function without a book to read - usually something by Iain Banks, Mary Gentle, Steven Erickson, Sheri S. Tepper, Guy Gavriel Kay, or anyone who can really write (i.e. use language to express themselves properly).

Most of all though, I love the game of chess. I respect anyone who can play the game, particularly if they can do it better than I can (which is plenty).

Regards to all, and thanks for looking at this profile.

   Harvestman has kibitzed 742 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-06-19 Norway Chess (2019) (replies)
Harvestman: Have a blitz tournament, where if the game ends in a draw they have to play classical games continuously until somebody wins. That'll learn 'em :)
   Jun-04-18 American Continental (2018) (replies)
Harvestman: Maybe not the highest echelon players here, but still some very good ones, and a lot of decisive games too.
   Mar-10-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
Harvestman: What has happened to the Aronian - Ding game? Chessdom shows it as aborted
   Jan-04-18 World Rapid Championship (Women) (2017)
Harvestman: <PhilFeeley> my sentiments exactly!
   Jan-22-17 Rapport vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
Harvestman: Anyone else reminded of Bent Larsen when watching this game? Rapport's play had strong echoes, especially in the opening. Also, his play this tournament has been experimental, and I recall larsen saying he played like that in some of his earlier breakthrough tournaments, not ...
   Nov-23-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Harvestman: Uh oh. Carlsen played Qb5, which I would have played. The last time he made a move that I would have played, he lost.
   Nov-14-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Harvestman: As white I want to play Bg2, exchange bishops, and then play Nd5. After Bd8 I would happily exchange on d6 and play the knight versus bishop ending if black has doubled d-pawns. But I'm not a very good player...
   Nov-11-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Harvestman: <Domdaniel> Doobee doobee doo
   Nov-09-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship Match (2016) (replies)
Harvestman: People think chess is just Black and White...
   Nov-09-16 European Club Cup (2016) (replies)
Harvestman: Every year Wales sends its top two teams from the previous year to this event, and most years they are battling to avoid last place, but at least they support the event. Between this year's teams we have three 2300 rated FMs. We won't win, but just for a chance to play top ...
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