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Member since Jan-28-02
I live in Owen Sound, ON and I have a very, very bad rating and I don't care. My favorite players are Alekhine, Botvinnik, Capablanca, Tchigorin, Shirov, Karpov, Spassky and of course Dolmatov. Among the "young" players I like Leko, Svidler and Radjabov (if you can call Leko and Svidler "young"). Theoretically, I enjoy the Ruy Lopez, Caro-Kann, King's Indian and Botvinnik Semi-Slav as Black ;) On I am "refuter"'.

Nezhmetdinov's Law - "He who analyzes blitz games is stupid"

no one ever learned anything by resigning? sure they did...what about humility? honor? sportsmanship?

i am playing the Sicilian for quote Viktor Korchnoi "is there not a resemblance between the Sicilian defender and the wrestler who begins the fight before he has climbed into the ring?" i'm totally that wrestler ;)

also, like korchnoi, i eat oatmeal every day in the hopes that i can stay mentally alert into my 70s

"Some openings were to be used as a surprise weapon and treated like a condom – to be used once and never again!" - Nigel Short

"When a player is not in a good mood and loses it means his technique is not on a high level" - Geller ?

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I'm now an master (2300) on ICCF!
I'm also the Canadian Correspondence champion or 2016!

My goal for 2018 is to get a correspondence IM norm...and not to avoid the French at all.

"I may yet be forced to admit that the Winawer is sound. But I doubt it!" - Fischer

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   refutor has kibitzed 4756 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-16-23 Duda vs G Gajewski, 2016 (replies)
refutor: fun game
   Oct-13-21 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
refutor: just wanted to say hello to any oldtimers who are still around, it's been a little bit for me, but i am still alive and kicking :)
   May-23-19 FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2019) (replies)
refutor: <The KO table can be deleted if you hate it too much.> I like it
   Nov-15-18 chessforum (replies)
refutor: hope all is well :)
   Nov-15-18 refutor chessforum
refutor: no I don't personally know Daniel Freeman. I just played a lot of chess back in those days and enjoyed kibitzing (poorly) and the internet. I found this site and thought I was in heaven. Speaking of heaven I beat Stockfish on my iPhone 5 today in blitz for the first time. it played ...
   Mar-20-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
refutor: <aylerkupp> check your math regarding krammy's performance rating :)
   Dec-30-17 Carlsen vs Y Yu, 2017 (replies)
refutor: bad blunder by Carlsen, but i'm glad he busted out the Vienna Gambit. I played this myself (at a much lower level mind you) this summer and really enjoyed it.
   Dec-30-17 World Rapid Championship (2017) (replies)
refutor: it's easy to say that from behind a keyboard, but not as easy when you have mouths to feed, mortgages etc. I can imagine there were some tough decisions made
   Dec-30-17 King's Pawn Game (C44) (replies)
refutor: that's a good suggestion. I really don't care for the two knights (as White) so I have avoided the Evans Gambit in the past but maybe time has softened me on playing against that opening :)
   Dec-28-17 AlphaZero - Stockfish (2017) (replies)
refutor: well at least it beat the French twice, makes me happy
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