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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 4549 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-26-21 A Arribas Lopez vs M Leon Hoyos, 2016
fredthebear: Two GMs do battle here. 3.d4!? is not common, but more common than I would have guessed: Opening Explorer White is on the run. Castling short seems better (not possible), but White has been off-kilter throughout. Can't recommend this approach for White, at least not before ...
   Jul-26-21 S Shankland vs J Xiong, 2019
fredthebear: Links (some video, some not) of this 2019 battle: - (analysis is in the written notes) - - -
   Jul-26-21 M Bosiocic vs T Gareyev, 2018
fredthebear: The king is a poor defender (23...Qa5), for he must run from a fight (intermezzo 25...Nf4+). The defendant falls next (26...QxNf3), 0-1.
   Jul-25-21 Shcherbakov vs A Haik, 1994
fredthebear: White to play, 22.? [DIAGRAM] 22.Bxf5! If accepted 22...RxBf5, Black has weakened his back rank. This allows 23.BxNc5 getting the piece back. Black dare not recapture w/the d-pawn, opening the d-file to the hostile White battery.
   Jul-25-21 L Witt vs K B McAlpine, 1966
fredthebear: 34.? is another case of Removing the Guard (Deflect the King from his role as a defender). See the diagram, White to move: [DIAGRAM]
   Jul-25-21 Sokolov vs Dobosz, 1970
fredthebear: Yep. A double knight sacrifice is very nice!
   Jul-25-21 O Badelka vs A Matnadze, 2021
fredthebear: Some people break the rules because they don't know the rules. Some teenagers break the rules because the think it's a right of passage. Better to make corrections/complaints during the game (and request time be added to one's clock). Once it's over, it's over. Is this ...
   Jul-25-21 I Schneider vs A Donchenko, 2015
fredthebear: White pays the price for not getting fully developed. 13.Bd3 was an improvement over 13.b4? If 23.axNb5? Qxb5#. Thus, the Black knight must be allowed to penetrate, as do additional Black pieces. 28.f3?? was a clunker.
   Jul-24-21 Duras vs Rubinstein, 1907 (replies)
fredthebear: <0ZeRO> There are a couple great chess posters just above us, still with us! Let's hope the improvements keep coming in time. Oh, those self-inflicted weak squares!
   Jul-24-21 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
fredthebear: Of course Christianity IS true!! Read this and this if you truly want to know: - - - - - ...
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