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Scott Thomson

The Perseus Project: The classics in Greek, Latin & English

A link to a page with downloads from the Venetus A, the oldest complete manuscript of the Iliad, courtesy of Harvard:

From Google Books, a link to Tarrasch's book on the 1908 world championship. I've translated his notes on the game pages.

Lasker's book on St. Petersburg 1909

Tarrasch's <Dreihundert Schachpartien>, which covers his career from the beginning through his match with Chigorin in 1893

The passion for playing chess is one of the most unaccountable in the world. It slaps the theory of natural selection in the face. It is the most absorbing of occupations. The least satisfying of desires. A nameless excrescence upon life. It annihilates a man. You have, let us say, a promising politician, a rising artist that you wish to destroy. Dagger or bomb are archaic and unreliable - but teach him, inoculate him with chess.

-- H.G. Wells

Chess-play is a good and witty exercise of the mind for some kind of men, and fit for such melancholy, Rhasis holds, as are idle, and have extravagant impertinent thoughts, or troubled with cares, nothing better to distract their mind, and alter their meditations; invented (some say) by the general of an army in famine, to keep soldiers from mutiny: but if it proceed from overmuch study, in such case it may do more harm than good; it is a game too troublesome for some men's brains, too full of anxiety, all out as bad as study; besides it is a testy choleric game, and very offensive to him that loseth the mate. William the Conquerer, in his younger years, playing at chess with the Prince of France (Dauphine was not annexed to that crown in those days) losing a mate, knocked the chess-board about his pate, which was a cause afterwards of much enmity between them.

--Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

Just because many great chess players were obnoxious jerks, doesn't mean that if you're an obnoxious jerk you're a great chess player.


You are also a machine, as are Anand, Carlsen, Kasparov, and Fischer. You and the others are just inferior machines. Your idea of beautiful chess is simply faulty chess that is not caught in its faults.


Alas, before the post mortem the gods have placed the game.

--Phony Benoni

A chess engine is a great antidote to human optimism.


[Y]ou have not been mean to me. Being mean to me is accepting my sacrifices and then taking me to a lost ending.

--Sally Simpson

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   keypusher has kibitzed 29336 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-26-23 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
keypusher: Me, from 2014, during the Michael Brown <hands up, don't shoot> nonsense. <I think the DA didn't think he had probable cause and wanted the grand jury rather than himself to announce that fact to the world. Didn't work out too well. But given the way the good people of ...
   Sep-26-23 Simon Kim Williams
keypusher: From the link: <The investments made with the Scheme funds were generally in companies that: had only been incorporated a short while before the investments were made; had been trading at a loss; and/or were companies in which one or more of Mr Williams’ associates had an ...
   Sep-26-23 F Rhine vs D Sprenkle, 1981 (replies)
keypusher: Congratulations FSR! I've known about this game for a long time, thanks to John Nunn. It's terrific, even if I never did learn to <Beat the Sicilian>.
   Sep-25-23 Max Euwe (replies)
keypusher: I gave you my heart The very next day You threw it away
   Sep-24-23 Jeremy Lim (replies)
keypusher: Actually I guess 726 yards is the all-time record, beating the '51 Rams, in the game Van Brocklin threw for 554 yards. Miami had a more balanced attack: 376 passing, 350 rushing. I'll shut up now.
   Sep-24-23 Hans Niemann (replies)
keypusher: < nimh: <anyone of reasonable intelligence> He probably had in mind the mean intelligence of his own acquaintances. Being a philosopher, mathematician and a top-notch chessplayer himself...> A pleasure to "see" you, <nimh>, however briefly.
   Sep-22-23 Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1911
keypusher: <Before the tournament, Nimzovich, along with fellow Russian Empire rep Ossip Bernstein, objected to Capablanca's entry because he had not yet won a master tournament. Marshall supported Capa's entry because Capa had beaten him +8-1=14 in a match two years before.> I've ...
   Sep-21-23 Carlsen vs So, 2023
keypusher: <Atterdag: Yes, it is, but <a piece> after Re8? True, however, that after an exchange of the pieces, white's distant pawn wins easily.> If 42....Re8, Black is so utterly dead after the exchange of all the pieces that SF will prefer 42....Kf6, giving up the bishop. So ...
   Sep-20-23 keypusher chessforum
keypusher: < gezafan: re: The post you made on the Rogoff page about black on White crime. <keypusher>, the liberal, mainstream media refuses to report on horrible crimes committed against White people.> Well, I don't agree that they won't, full stop. But there's a different ...
   Sep-20-23 Lasker vs J Mieses, 1890
keypusher: < FSR: <keypusher: Huebner definitely thought 17....e4 was stronger than what Mieses played.> You must have meant 16...e4.> I must have! Yes, apologies for misquoting Huebner. SF likes 16....Re8 best (which Huebner also thinks would be good). But 16....exd4, which I ...
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Oct-04-21  rbd: Let us expose dogmatic fool <optimal play> some more before I teach sense to dogmatic fools.

Here is a quora user talking nonsense as he explains difference between pantheism and panentheism : <I I think the problem here is that you have left “all” undefined, and used it twice with two different meanings. You say “all is in God”, and “all there is”. In set theory, if one set is greater than another, that does not mean that the two sets are equal. The phrase “all is in God” is a subset relationship, but it could be that the two sets are equal or it could be a proper subset relationship. The phrase “all there is” is the Universal Set or the Universe of Discourse. Different concept.

When you read Panentheism, such as Hartshorne or Whitehead, you realize that there is something more to God than just the Universe.....To a Pantheist, God is the Universe. >

2) so , dogmatic fool <optimal play> you have an opportunity to study/research and fix your stupidity about pantheism/panentheism.

However , as I have asserted before , dogmatic fools like you are too stupid to understand pantheism/panentheism even in hundred years or even hundred lifetimes.

3) this quora user talking nonsense - he saying that pantheism means god is universe and that is all there is to God.

Does that mean if universe is dissolved , god is dead ? That is the question I challenge you to answer simplistic, superficial dogmatic fool <optimal play>

<Put up or shut up > , dogmatic fool <optimal play>

Oct-05-21  rbd: Let us give some time to dogmatic fool <optimal play> - a few days/weeks - to try to redeem himself by doing some study/research about pantheism/panentheism and talk sense for once in life (clarity/depth of thinking/understanding)

Till then I would like to take break from the forum of <keypusher> and when I come back , I would teach teachings of Jesus through Christian non dual mysticism to the dogmatic fools.


Nov-25-21  Rdb: <v> and <v> : <rdb> , you should not come across petty, vindictive , troubled soul

Me : wiser words were never spoken , amigos

<V> : and stay focused ..Do not let your mind get distracted.

Look , life wants to get something huge done through you . That is sattva.

Do not take ownership of that - that would be tamas.

Do not get too involved having fun talking to people excessively - that would be rajas.

Rajas and tamas would stop you from engaging with project in a focused manner while being serene and peaceful. Engage in the project but do not get involved in the project either.

Project is unimportant per se - what is important is to deepen the peace. However , if you do not engage in your life's calling - self actualisation - you won't progress in deepening your peace either.

Me : wiser words were never spoken , amigo.

Hallelujah ! 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Nov-25-21  Rdb: <V>, < v>,< y> : <rdb> , do not come across arrogant , know all , sanctimonious , preaching type either.

Me : wiser words were never spoken , amigos

Hallelujah ! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Nov-25-21  Rdb: <keypusher> : <rdb> always meant well , but he struggled with self control. He should continue practicing teachings of Jesus , eventually he would be there.

Me : wiser words were never spoken , amigo .

Hallelujah ! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Nov-25-21  Rdb: Whole world is my teacher - I learn from everyone.

And I am especially grateful for what I learn from my scientist friend Q in philosophy , psychology , maths and so on - simulation hypothesis , Cartesian demon , objective moral values and so on.

2)my childhood friend s has kindly agreed to teach me gurubani and teachings of Vivekananda , rabindranath Tagore.

What I learn from books and these people , I pass on to others.

3) so I taught all ved upanishad, gurubani , Koran , bible et al in 6 hours to k and k and I am refining that now to teach all that in around 3 hours - there are 10 to 15 people presently learning from me.

When I am done teaching them (in 1 to 3 months from now) , I will post all that in Facebook and give the link of that Facebook page to people in case anyone of them is interested.

The intended goal is to reach highest level of Maslow hierarchy (transcendence) : delta brain wave activity all the time - jagrit sushupti (wakeful sleep ) , level of Krishna/Buddha/Jesus...Infinite bliss/peace , infinite intelligence , infinite compassion , infinite concentration /memory

4) in addition , I am sending recordings to k and later will send to my nephew , nieces on maths , computers - intended goal is that in next 10-20 years they will reach highest level in maths (international maths Olympiad , msc maths) and computers...So, at some point , I might put these recordings in some YouTube channel , though only my old students are expected to make sense of those recordings - those who do maths without using pen and paper.

And at some later point (many years from now), I may make youtube channel about fitness/nutrition too - intention is that I and my nephew , nieces reach high level in fitness/nutrition (yoga, running , weight training) and would share that.

Dr s too has kindly offered to share his inputs and I intend to take him up on his offer.

Dr s, psychologist/therapist , 30 years of experience.

Nov-25-21  Rdb: So , in 1-3 months from now , I would post Christian non dual mysticism in the forum of <John l spouge> and <keypusher> , in case they have some input for me.

2) I would also answer the questions of <playground player> viz. (a) the quoute of Bible 'i am that I am ' - how is this about non personal god Absolute.

(b) if ultimate reality is non personal god and Bible/teachings of Jesus are about non personal god Absolute and there is no God other than us , if we all are eternal Absolute (body dies not us) , then how come homosapiens are so unworthy of being worshipped.

3) I would also explain <pantheism> and <panentheism> for the benefit of <optimal play>

Nov-25-21  Rdb: So I will see you guys after 1 to 3 months from now , post Christian non dual mysticism and then would leave this site forever.

Good bye till then

Nov-27-21  Rdb: < playground player: <Rdb> I have deleted your posts because I don't know what you're talking about and it sounds like gibberish.>

Me : I appreciate that , <playground player> . That is why I like to post in your forum and talk to you.

You are the first dogmatic christian i have come across who deleted <Christian non duality mysticism> stuff because he found it gibberish.

Usually , dogmatic christians find such stuff difficult to face because they are bigoted , but not you.

That is why I have such a high respect for you.

Happy Thanksgiving , <playground player>

Good bye for now.

P.s. here is the post that <playground player> deleted.

<So , in 1-3 months from now , I would post Christian non dual mysticism in the forum of <John l spouge> and <keypusher> , in case they have some input for me. 2) I would also answer the questions of <playground player> viz. (a) the quoute of Bible 'i am that I am ' - how is this about non personal god Absolute.

(b) if ultimate reality is non personal god and Bible/teachings of Jesus are about non personal god Absolute and there is no God other than us , if we all are eternal Absolute (body dies not us) , then how come homosapiens are so unworthy of being worshipped.

3) I would also explain <pantheism> and <panentheism> for the benefit of <optimal play>>

Dec-14-21  Rdb: Part 1

Most of the dogmatic people I have come across are extremely stupid - <big pawn>/<George Wallace> , for instance.

Or <playground player> , <thegoodanarchist>, <optimal play> , <gezafan> , <diceman> , <ohiochessfan> ....

When I try to explain Christian non dual mysticism to these idiots , they find it very difficult to handle the assertion that Bible and teachings of Jesus are about non personal god Absolute - there is no god other than us , body dies not us , we are eternal non personal god Absolute, personal god of dogmatic fools does not exist.

2) these dogmatic , dishonest idiots start saying all kind of things including - "you talking gibberish"

3) so the set of posts that I am compiling now , I am writing each statement in that as a mathematical statement.

4) <a mathematical statement is a sentence which is either true or false. >

5) now , if to these dogmatic fools, even mathematical statements occur as gibberish , then of course , they are too stupid to help.

6) I would post these sets of posts in the forums of <keypusher>/<Johnlspouge> for 'peer review' /inputs.

I hope I would be done within a month.

Dec-14-21  Rdb: Part 2

". Harris is particularly opposed to what he refers to as dogmatic belief, and says that "Pretending to know things one doesn't know is a betrayal of science – and yet it is the lifeblood of religion

Harris holds that there is "nothing irrational about seeking the states of mind that lie at the core of many religions. Compassion, awe, devotion, and feelings of oneness are surely among the most valuable experiences a person can have."[16]

Everything of value that people get from religion can be had more honestly, without presuming anything on insufficient evidence. The rest is self-deception, set to music.

Harris rejects the dichotomy between spirituality and rationality, favoring a middle path that preserves spirituality and science but does not involve religion.[52] He writes that spirituality should be understood in light of scientific disciplines like neuroscience and psychology.[52] Scienc- e, he contends, can show how to maximize human well-being, but may fail to answer certain questions about the nature of being, answers to some of which he says are discoverable directly through our experience"

Dec-15-21  Rdb: Part 3

Whole world is my teacher , including these dogmatic fools

For example , when <playground player> said like "I am pretty certain Bible is about personal god because ..."

Well , I addressed his stupidity and answered his stupid , childish objections in the posts explaining Christian non dual mysticism

2) and then when <playground player> could not handle that he was like "you talking gibberish"

So , I handled this stupidity of his too - by making every statement of mine a mathematical statement in the posts explaining Christian non dual mysticism

3) similarly , stupidity and dishonesty of <big pawn>/<George Wallace> , <optimal play> and other dogmatic fools helped me too.

4) whole world is my teacher including dogmatic fools of this world.

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  Diademas: Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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  Diademas: Thank you for your kind greeting.
It hasn't been the best of years here with Corona restrictions and a declining mother. She's gone from very active and mentally strong woman, "only" 78 years old, to someone that maybe shouldn't be left alone in just a few months.

I'm looking forward to the World Rapid and Blitz Championships (2021) starting today, and I'm grateful for living in a country where Chess is considered top entertainment, so the event is covered on national TV for hours on end.

A very merry Christmas and the very best for the upcoming year to you and all your loved ones from the city of your ancestors.

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  Diademas: A happy new year to you and your family from a rainy Bergen.
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  keypusher: <Diademas: A happy new year to you and your family from a rainy Bergen.>

And to you from a rainy Franklin!

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  Diademas: Hi Scott.

I will be coming to the US in May, June this year with two intentions. Exploring BBQ in the south and driving through the mid-West.

My base will be with a chidhood friend living in Austin, Texas going to Franlins and hearing cool jazz. But it would be nice to have a meet up in Nashville or any other place of your choice.

Leave me a word at if it is of any interest.

Regards from your friend Knut.

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  Diademas: Hi Scott.

Sent you a mail.

Sep-29-22  thegoodanarchist: A question for Scott:

Hans Moke Niemann

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  beatgiant: <keypusher>
When time permits, could you please go to my forum and try posting something with punctuations (curly apostrophe, 3-dot ellipsis, dash) from your mobile device, similar to what you posted here Razuvaev vs J Klinger, 1989 ?

I'm troubleshooting the glitch and could use a test subject.

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  WannaBe: Hi <Keypusher>, sorry to butt-in on your forum, but with the recent events, like FTX (SBF, or Alex Jones), why would a lawyer picked a case where the defendant may not have the money to pay for the work?

Much thanks in advance. Will gladly pay you for a hamburger today next decade.

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  Teyss: <keypusher: Oh I apologize, where are you from? I think I thought you were English based on your spelling, which was stupid of me.> France (answering on your page since it's not related to the game and there might be some anti-cheese-eating-surrender-monkey users). It wasn't stupid but logical, I learned with British teachers and one doesn't get rid of one's education.

Taking the opportunity to say I really appreciate all your posts and found your player page impressive. If you have time you might want to submit more of your games?

Take care, cheerio. I mean, see ya.

May-29-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: Dear <Keypusher>. I don't like communists too, however, I look at chess players as we are, we are artists who do what can to survive.

You are testimony of what lenin, stalin and other criminals like che guevara, castro, etc. killed and all evil they spread along their miserable lives. Today, we have a thief in the power of Brazil, placed there by our own supreme court, which is so corrupt as the bandit' staff which trew back to power.

They are also communists, among robbery and lies, propaganda and fakenews, destruction and spread of misery and persecution against their enemies (anyone who say what they are).

I don't know how much Botvinnik, or other russian players could be manipulated by the cccp government and their interest in some results and their pressure to arrive at that points.

If Botvinnik did used his relationships with the the establishment to keep being the number 1, if other players like Korchnoi said, were pressured to some results that polity-bureau forced or desired. The cruel justice that made suffer several players, like Bronstein among others that we ignore. All these schemes to keep the "power of chess hegemony" is something that we all must be aware and repude.

However, I still look at players more like victims than as criminals, taking some advantage of such intrinsically mud media. The war of power that FIDE has always claimed, making ways to manipulate also chess' careers, looking at their goals... all in all, it made me very sad, it is hard to still believe in chess talent as well as the art involved, when you really don't understand why some players presented some behavior unexplained and their results are combined.

I like the big chess icones: Capablanca, Alekhine (when sober), Lasker... and I can't forget Botvinnik, Smyslov, Keres, Geller, Tal, Petrosian, etc. They did what they could, even though of the socialistic pressure, which now is conquering all the world with their XXX agenda.

Thank you for all your contributions and forgive me if I said something is strictly on chess, the communists (for me) could disappear from the planet and God will be happy again. Be free to delete this post, for security, if you wish.

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  gezafan: re: The post you made on the Rogoff page about black on White crime.

<keypusher>, the liberal, mainstream media refuses to report on horrible crimes committed against White people. Here are two of many examples.

In 2007 Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, a White couple, were kidnapped, tortured, gang raped and murdered by a group of blacks in Knoxville, Tennessee. The mainstream media refused to report it.

On Christmas Eve 2010, in Houston, a 12 year old White boy named Jonathan Foster was tortured to death with a blowtorch by an adult black female. The mainstream media refused to report it.

If the victims were black and the perpetrators White these crimes would have been non-stop national news.

If you want to know what's really going on, and the extent of it, go to a site called American Renaissance (amren) and start reading.

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  keypusher: < gezafan: re: The post you made on the Rogoff page about black on White crime. <keypusher>, the liberal, mainstream media refuses to report on horrible crimes committed against White people.>

Well, I don't agree that they won't, full stop. But there's a different level of sensitivity, I agree.

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