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Member since Jan-12-09
This rapidly declining website is not nearly as good as it once was. Many good chess people of the past are missing. The original creators of this site have passed on. Change was inevitable, and not for the better.

The established posted guidelines are not followed whatsoever. There is very little moderation of content here. Pornographic links were advertised here for about four weeks despite repeated complaints; it was an oversight, not deliberate -- but lack of attention allowed it to happen. Management seems to be amused by open hostility toward others, which may include sexist, racist, homophobic remarks.

The chess aspects of this site are rapidly crumbling. Chess post-participation has dropped, the technology is S L O O O W or dysfunctional, new games aren't being added in timely fashion, internal server errors pop up one after another, another, another, etc. etc. Long-time paying members are leaving for other chess sites that welcome and cater to chess enthusiasts. It's AJ Goldsby magnified. Some of the best operational employees have also left here. Some have changed identities: " We should be so fortunate as to have <Pepperpot>/<RedShield>, in his latest role, that of <MissScarlett> "

There is a grossly disproportional sociopolitical aspect that encourages cyber bullying under the guise of freedom of speech (so long as it's THEIR preferred speech). Many comments are mean-spirited and/or obscene. Schmucks control the dialogue by gang-badgering dissenters w/a barrage of negative comments and deliberate miscasting. Troll S has a massive 1,800 pages, that's PAGES (only God knows how many individual posts that amounts to be) of political attack commentary against the president. BP/GW deliberately flaunts his proud racism and devious immorality. Where's the chess in there?

Do you want to pay to be stalked, harassed on a site that is supposed to be fun? A few attack dogs are "volunteer editors," who otherwise as a group greatly help the site survive. We need our volunteer editors to be neutral editors, not political partisans. For those volunteers like PB who do their duty earnestly, positively, thank you.

If you came here for quality chess interaction, better to invest your paid subscription elsewhere. Until my subscription runs out next year, I'll hold out hope for a new owner to buy this site and take out the garbage.

<Susan Freeman: <I miss <Annie>. Did she get too big for her boots, or did <Miss Susan> drive her away?> <MissS> the short answer is both.>

<Susan Freeman: If we started to ban members for * manners* here, there would be nobody left>

Harassment, sexism, racism, and faulty technology isn't my kind of place.

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   fredthebear has kibitzed 4876 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-21-21 Kosten vs Chandler, 1991 (replies)
fredthebear: The position after 35.Kg1 is in Murray Chandler's book "How to Beat Your Dad at Chess". It is position 205) on p. 105 of Deadly Checkmate #46, Pawn on the Seventh Rank. People may scoff at a kiddie book written by a GM for training purposes, but these are masterly moves that win
   Oct-21-21 Fischer vs Greer, 1964
fredthebear: Aside from Alekhine's Defense, there can't be too many games when BF opened with four straight pawn moves, and 5-of-6.
   Oct-21-21 V Eingorn vs Psakhis, 1986
fredthebear: Well, I do have "a worn out tape of Chris LeDoux": No, I am merely a product of my environment, my poor but blessed upbringing (paddling improved my decision-making tremendously), my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, my misfired attempts, my ...
   Oct-20-21 Burke vs Xiong, 2021 (replies)
fredthebear: Looks like the 21st ply was a critical turning point.
   Oct-20-21 Keres vs Opocensky, 1943
fredthebear: I'm a bit surprised that Keres did not play 37.NxBd6, but he had matters fairly under control at that point. Keres goes on to round up Black's two queenside pawns, giving White connected passed pawns. It looks to be pretty much the same course of action with or without the ...
   Oct-20-21 D Menikos vs M Wiedenkeller, 2013
fredthebear: Most underpromotions are with check to gain time, retaining the initiative. In this case, White must use his turn to respond to the new knight check, allowing the Black rook to avoid capture next. Instead, promotion to a Black queen without check is winning for White, who also ...
   Oct-20-21 Blackburne vs NN, 1885
fredthebear: For those that didn't notice the link above, these are the games that Blackburne has annotated, as indicated by a yellow pencil: games annotated by Blackburne Most annotations probably came from Blackburne's book. One can get a paper copy (not the original) of his book here: ...
   Oct-17-21 Kamsky vs Yusupov, 1992
fredthebear: <52...Kg7! the fortress is absolutely rock solid> It's not easy to find progress for White if Black is willing to sit tight and shuffle in place, protecting his backward pawns. Your ...Kg7 plan limits the checks by the White queen. However, 52...Nxh3?? allows 53.d5! and ...
   Oct-17-21 D Warner vs R Mogranzini, 2006 (replies)
fredthebear: Another pretty finish, Bill. White grabs the e4-pawn and pays dearly for it. Due to the presence of the Black bishop (instead of a Black knight), I regard this as a form of Greco's Mate, of which there are multiple varieties. Both mating patterns force the king into the corner ...
   Oct-17-21 Caruana vs Robson, 2021
fredthebear: Fabi says he'd never underpromoted to bishop before...
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