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Member since Aug-11-08 · Last seen Oct-25-21
Middle age (edit: now on the plus side of middle age) washout; not much of a chess player, either.

Favorite player: Emmanuel Lasker, author of two of my favorite quotes (not just from chess but from anywhere). I'm quoting both from memory, so they may be a bit off.

1) "The merciless fact, culminating in checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite."

2) Re: his taking the title from Steinitz: "The thinker has been defeated by the player."

Hard not to love the guy. Had interests outside of chess, too.

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   TheTamale has kibitzed 969 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-11-21 So vs Sasikiran, 2015 (replies)
TheTamale: One of those Mondays that's only difficult because you think there should be a mate in there somewhere. If there was a tag that said, "White to play and win the rook," we'd all get it quickly.
   Oct-08-21 H Avram vs Fischer, 1957 (replies)
TheTamale: Well, in most Bibles in the U.S., Abraham's original game is given as Abram. Clearly Avram is an equivalent, but one might be excused for not making the connection.
   Oct-04-21 La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 (replies)
TheTamale: A rule I use to solve Monday puzzles is to look for the move you'd like to play, and that's often it. Then you figure out how to make it work.
   Oct-01-21 Aronian vs Duda, 2021 (replies)
TheTamale: In Aronian's defense, the final move was almost impossible to foresee. (Ah, Levon... I kid because I love.)
   Sep-15-21 D Anton Guijarro vs D Howell, 2017 (replies)
TheTamale: A very enjoyable game, and a pun so silly that it's good.
   Sep-13-21 A Sandrin vs W Shipman, 1946 (replies)
TheTamale: <Phony Benoni>: Yes, in fact I can't BELIEVE how long it took me to see this.
   Aug-30-21 A Stefanova vs M Sebag, 2010 (replies)
TheTamale: I don't love Mondays, but I got the puzzle, so I'm happy about that, insofar as I can be happy about anything.
   Aug-16-21 A Bodnaruk vs Z Abdumalik, 2019
TheTamale: The hardest part about this puzzle is the time you spend trying to find something better than the obvious move that any 1200 player would play.
   Aug-02-21 Robatsch vs A Kostjoerin, 1960 (replies)
TheTamale: A defractalization sacrifice.
   Jul-09-21 Karpov vs Timman, 1988 (replies)
TheTamale: Okay, I'm going to need some clarification here. IS it a safety pin, or is it NOT a safety pin? I'm going to need more regular reinforcement of the message than this to fully fathom such a complex idea.
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