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Jim Bartle
Member since Mar-07-04 · Last seen Apr-16-19
Revised, in response to overwhelming popular demand!

I am an American, born (gulp) in 1950, who has lived in Peru for most of the past 30 years. I write and publish books on natural areas and archaeological sites around the country, especially in the Andes. Some of my most enjoyable games have chess have been played at campsites beside glacial lakes or at the foot of 6000m peaks. I was not accused of using Rybka during these games.

Reading and posting on chessgames is a great way to postpone the never-ending work of writing and editing.

I'm not a very strong player, and have never played a rated game or in anything beyond informal tournaments. I do play often against my implacable Hiarcs (I've upgraded from MacChess) and am gaining valuable and seemingly endless experience in holding the draw while playing the weaker side. Hiarcs does NOT like to accept draw offers!

I very much enjoy chessgames, and not only on the subject of chess. To those who complain about off-topic discussions, my only answer is that I enjoy chatting with the kibitzers here a lot more than those on sports or politics websites. More civilized.

   Jim Bartle has kibitzed 49855 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-16-19 0 (replies)
Jim Bartle: Is NBC News part of the MSM? <Mark Vaughan, who is both the company's president and chief operating officer and a reserve deputy with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, shot Nolen as he attacked the second victim. Nolen was taken to the hospital, where he is expected to ...
   Aug-20-16 Jeremy Lim (replies)
Jim Bartle: Yeah, well, when Russia beat the US basketball team in 1988, and when Argentina did it in 2004, those were both nothing for me. Don't count.
   Aug-16-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Jim Bartle: The largest audience for rap/hiphop is young white males.
   Aug-10-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Jim Bartle: I had never heard of Monty Stratton. I did notice he his career was really only four years and wondered why, since he was pretty good. Here are Tatis' grand slams. The second one has to be about the fattest pitch I have ever, a hanging curve belt-high over the middle of the ...
   Aug-10-16 Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 (replies)
Jim Bartle: <After 25.N(c)e7+ instead of N(d)e7+ White wins. > That's not clear at all. It's certainly better than Nde7, but I remember Seirawan did a long analysis of the variation and found some spectacular mates for black and no clear win for white. Here Simon Williams looks at it ...
   Aug-10-16 TheFocus chessforum (replies)
Jim Bartle: "The Willows" is beautifully written (so far). It effortlessly transmits the sensations of traveling in the wilderness, on a wild river in this case.
   Jul-06-16 Hans-Joachim Federer (replies)
Jim Bartle: I have had it before, but I do not have a credit card and am in a remote location.
   Jul-05-16 chessforum (replies)
Jim Bartle: <tabanus><The point being of course that the off-topic posters are not ruining the player bios (like I did in two cases), but ruining the players themselves.> There is little or no chess interest on these players used for other subjects. Nobody had posted on the chess
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