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Member since Jan-23-08 · Last seen Dec-01-22
Dave is my name & playing chess is my game. 8 ) -- I am originally from Laurel, MS, USA & now I live in Hattiesburg, MS (about 30 minutes south of Laurel). It’s nice to be able to visit w/ my family & my friends in this area more often! I am a Christian & have been a foreign missionary to China, Spain, Morocco & Mexico. I learned to play chess when I was 9 years old in 4th grade in elementary school when my homeroom teacher taught my homeroom class how to play it. Ever since she taught me how to play it, it has been my favorite game. Now 44 years later, I'm still playing it! My style (positional) was heavily influenced by Anatoly Karpov & Salomon Flohr . When I first started studying chess books in my teens, I studied collections of their games. Karpov has been my favorite player ever since then.

<Tournaments<>><:I haven't played in a tournament since '03 in Denver, where I saw many GMs, IMs & lower rated masters (GMs: a 15 yr old Naka [who became a GM that same yr before this tourney...the U. S.' youngest-ever GM at that time!], Shabalov, Stripunsky, Ibragimov & Browne just to name a few players)...tourney results: I met Patrick Wolff (2-time U. S. Chess Champion: '92 & '95) in New Orleans @ a tourney there in '92 after he won the U. S. Championship. He played a simultaneous exhibition vs ~20 players the day before the tourney. I remember that he had only 1 draw & he won the rest of the games. He played in the tourney & won it; he had a Q & A session as well. I asked him who some of his favorite chess players are & he mentioned Emanuel Lasker because: "He epitomized the struggle in chess.">

<20 of the games that I submitted to be game of the day (w/ my puns) have been chosen for it!<>>: Li Shilong vs Ding Liren, 2011S Factor vs Gilg, 1928Kasparov vs Anand, 1995Stockfish vs Rybka, 2013N Evseev vs Flohr, 1949Polgar vs A S Rasmussen, 2013D Bit-Narva vs R E Nielsen, 2014Bruzon Batista vs Zhu Chen, 2004Bagirov vs N Radev, 1976Kramnik vs Bluebaum, 2017Speelman vs J Horner, 1976L Day vs Nickoloff, 1977Pelletier vs C McNab, 2012Ding Liren vs Wei Yi, 2015W M Byland vs C F Tears, 1951M Diamond vs Santasiere, 1922Bondarevsky vs Smyslov, 1946Leko vs Nepomniachtchi, 2016Anderssen vs Mayet, 1855J Turn vs Petrov, 1929

<<>some of my analysis<>>: N Karaklajic vs Smyslov, 1955 -- I Odesskij vs P Skacelik, 2001

<to see my games & stats/profile page on (username: eternaloptimist): -- Type in eternaloptimist in the search box. (You have to have a gameknot acct. to see it.)<<<>>>>

<Right now I'm trying out different chess variants for something different. Please feel free to mention variants that you like in my forum.<<<<>>>>>

<Some of my favorite chess books are: 1) My Best Games by Anatoly Karpov 2) The Search for Chess Perfection by C. J. S. Purdy 3) 125 Selected Games by Vasily Smyslov 4) Modern Chess Strategy by Ludek Pachman 5) Transpo Tricks in Chess by Andrew Soltis 6) Pawn Structure Chess by Andrew Soltis 7) The Wisest Things Ever Said About Chess by Andrew Soltis 8) The Development of Chess Style by John Nunn & Max Euwe (Nunn added material to the original text that Euwe wrote.) 9) H.O.T. Chess by Paul Motwani 10) Salo Flohr's Best Games of Chess by Salo Flohr (translated by Gregory S. Donges) <<<<<<>>>>>>>

<1 book that helped me improve a lot is "How to Reassess Your Chess" by Jeremy Silman. Although he isn't the most honest guy in the world b/c he makes himself out to be a better chess player than he actually is. (I'm aware that he's an IM so I'm not saying that he's not a strong player.) He does this by giving a lot of his moves in the book a "!" or "!!" that don't deserve them. If you analyze some of his games on a chess engine then you will see that some of his moves that got a "!" or "!!" actually aren't anywhere close to being the best move. In addition to that sometimes he doesn't mention if his opponent plays a move that deserves a "?" to make some of his victories appear brilliant & to show the triumph of the strategical theme in a particular section of the book.<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>

<1 of my favorite chess quotes: "Many of Karpov's intentions become understandable to his opponents only when salvation is no longer possible." Mikhail Tal <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>

<*profile updated on 7/15/2022 <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>

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   eternaloptimist has kibitzed 1890 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-16-22 Taimanov vs A Model, 1945
eternaloptimist: I chose 19...♗g5 like some of u guys did. It gets the job done just like 19...♗xe5 does
   Nov-14-22 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
eternaloptimist: <cormier> I agree w/ u 💯%! God is very worthy of our love, worship & time!
   Nov-08-22 Stoltz vs Flohr, 1931 (replies)
eternaloptimist: It was obvious to me that a ♕ sac would need to b played & I saw the ♘ fork threat as well. B/c of that I solved it pretty quickly
   Oct-31-22 G Schwartzman vs H A Gretarsson, 1992
eternaloptimist: Schwartzman made Gretarsson look like an ass in this game lol! 😃 I solved this puzzle easily b/c I saw the smothered mate threat
   Oct-30-22 Y Hou vs C Li, 2011 (replies)
eternaloptimist: I found the right moves for every move of this puzzle until I played 33...♗b4? instead of 33...♗a5!. I had the right idea 💡 but I was just a little off...smh. The move that I chose would’ve led to an = game. I’m disappointed that I came so close to solving
   Oct-18-22 A Murillo vs Iturrizaga Bonelli, 2009
eternaloptimist: I saw the deflection sac w/ 42...♘f3+ & solved this puzzle
   Oct-14-22 Chigorin vs G Marco, 1905
eternaloptimist: <raymondhow: Like others, I went with 29. Bxe5 so I'd say that's a fairly easy Friday.> agreed...this is a fairly easy Friday. Btw I also chose 29. Bxe5!
   Aug-26-22 T Bond vs A J Goldsby, 2008
eternaloptimist: You are welcome my friend! So he’s beaten you more than once. I’m still willing to bet that you have a winning record vs him. Surely you have defeated him at least five times in tournaments
   Aug-22-22 NN vs F Rhine, 2019 (replies)
eternaloptimist: <FSR> lol that makes sense since u played this game!
   Aug-08-22 W Springe vs H Gebhard-Elsass, 1927 (replies)
eternaloptimist: I solved this puzzle w/ the 1st line that I looked at. This is the epitome of a Monday puzzle...very easy indeed
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Aug-20-14  morfishine: <OhioChessFan> The issue is attaching all these "puns" and sub-par games to something called the "Game of the Day". GOTD to me means at least, an exciting, high-quality game. I was going to suggest to <CG> to create a separate column for just fun and puns, while leaving the GOTD for a decent game. However <DomDaniel> dissuaded me as he had already suggested this idea. So we are stuck with the GOTD as it is
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  OhioChessFan: The member submitted Pawn contest was in, that long ago? Anyway, here's a link:

Game Collection: 2009 pun contest

<morf> yeah, I get that GOTD sort of announces a good game. I have thought they should attach a pun once a week and let the other 6 days just be good games.

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  OhioChessFan: I had forgotten I've officially submitted 4 puns. I don't think that accomplished much, so I normally just put my pun suggestions in quotes on the game in question's kibitzing section. Here's the official submissions:

Puns submitted by OhioChessFan:

How Low Can You Go?
Timman vs P Limbos, 1969

Dead Poetz Society
F Poetz vs C H Marais, 2008

I'd Like To Buy a Vowel
J Aagaard vs Hoi, 2010

Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475

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  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for posting those links! I will check out some of the puns & games. I like your "How Low Can You Go?" & "I'd Like To Buy a Vowel" puns the best.
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  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for the "ing" thing! U r the king of blue text!
Dec-25-14  wordfunph: <eternaloptimist> Merry Christmas!
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  eternaloptimist: <wordfunph> Thanks & Merry Christmas to you also!
Dec-27-16  wordfunph: <eternaloptimist> happy holidays!
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  eternaloptimist: <wordfunph> Thanks!
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  eternaloptimist: <Ohio> Thx for the "ug" thing!
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  Penguincw: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year <eternaloptimist>. (great name by the way)


And in response to your response to my comment on the Kibitzer's Cafe, uh, yeah. <wordfunph> is a premium member, surprised he doesn't open his forum.

Hoping he does use Search Kibitzing, and if he does, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year <wordfunph>. :) If not, oh well, but Happy Holidays regardless.

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  eternaloptimist: Thx <Penguin>! Happy New Year to u! This is my favorite time of the year w/ Christmas & the New Year's Day holidays! Thx for the complement on my username. It reminds me to think positive. Yes that is surprising that <wordfunph> decided to end his forum. Haha yes hopefully he uses Search Kibitzing!

<OCF> Thx for the blue text, & I hope u have a Happy New Year!

Sep-01-18  morfishine: <eternaloptimist> Thanks for dropping by my forum! Good to hear from you! Good luck with the bookie game: I hope your chess bucks increase along with your posts!
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  eternaloptimist: <morf> U r welcome & thx for dropping by my forum! Hardly anybody kibitzes here anymore so I appreciate it when ppl do kibitz here. Thx for wishing me good luck & I wish u good luck in Bookie also!
Sep-10-18  offramp: I hope <Morfishine> is okay. He might be on holiday, or taking a break from the site. I can understand if he did take a break because the place went a bit mental after Daniel died. It looks like Sargon is putting it back on track now.
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  eternaloptimist: I hope he’s ok too. I didn’t notice that he hasn’t kibitzed in a while until u mentioned it. That is sad that Daniel died. Btw did u ever find out y he died? I agree that it looks like Sargon has things running smoothly on CG now
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  eternaloptimist: It’s been a long time since I’ve posted something in my forum so here goes! I did pretty well on “Guess the Move!” for my favorite chess player!: You actually play Ne3.
Full credit awarded for Nd6. Earn 3 points.
You scored a total of 52 points
Karpov vs Huebner, 1982.
Your score: 52 (par = 48)
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  eternaloptimist: It had been a pretty long time since I’ve played “Guess the Move” so I thought I would play it. I did pretty well.:

Guess The Move
Shirov vs Psakhis, 1988.
Your score: 119 (par = 114)

Shirov vs Psakhis, 1988

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  eternaloptimist: Guess the Move
Turov vs K Szabo, 2005.
Your score: 58 (par = 56)

Turov vs K Szabo, 2005

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  eternaloptimist: Guess the Move
V Sherbakov vs G Ilivitsky,?1955.
Your score: 26 (par = 22)

V Sherbakov vs G Ilivitsky, 1955

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  eternaloptimist: Guess the Move
Tseshkovsky vs Dorfman, 1982.
Your score: 181 (par = 190)

Tseshkovsky vs Dorfman, 1982

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  eternaloptimist: I?m pretty happy w/ my score on this Guess the Move game & actually Paul Motwani is a friend of mine on Facebook that I chat w/ some. I'm a big fan of his chess books! They?re unique & very interesting!

Adams vs P Motwani,?1990.
Your score: 125 (par = 118)

Adams vs P Motwani, 1990

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