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Member since Mar-07-06 · Last seen Apr-13-09
From Ireland. You can find out more about my country here (

My all time favourite quote:
“ We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you know, everyone you love, everyone you've ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines. Every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity -- in all this vastness -- there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish this pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known. ” – Carl Sagan commenting on a picture of the earth taken by Voyager 1.

My all time favourite quote:
<SirBruce> et al... yours is the language of a fascism that says: "You are for us or against us" that divides the world into good and evil, that equates the personal with the ideological, the sporting with the political, people with states and contact with support. It is a black and white philosophy of unnuanced hatred that burns bridges when they need to be built, and turns acts of integration and reconciliation into complicity and appeasement. It, frankly, scares me.” - User: Chesschatology

The secret to good chess? Good moves. The secret to finding good moves? Patience, dedication, focus. But above all - love for this great game.

Chessgames Challenge: The World vs A Nickel, 2006 For that glorious dancing rook.
Online tablebases.
Chessgames Challenge: Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 For that glorious dancing rook.
Who knows why?
Chessgames Challenge: The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 For that glorious dancing rook.
Everyone needs a little irony.
Chessgames Challenge: A Nickel vs The World, 2008 The current prey.
May we all be touched by his noodly appendage

A kibitzing tip that I have given out literally dozens of times on this website. If you want to use symbols in you text then use character map. You can find this via start->programs->accessories->system tools->character map. Alternatively you can type charmap into the run box in the start menu. All unicodes are available from

"What science has done for us spiritually, and it has been the only thing that I know of [to do this], has been to compell us to wean ourselves off our infantile need for centrality." – Ann Druyan

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   themadhair has kibitzed 2351 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-02-08 Anand vs Ivanchuk, 2008 (replies)
themadhair: Rf6 seems new here. This could be a liguidation to draw....
   Aug-29-08 A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (replies)
themadhair: Nc6. Any of the proposed moves are fine with the exception on Nf6.
   May-31-08 themadhair chessforum
themadhair: <Apologies if my approach on this issue is competitive.> You have nothing to apologise for. <I always like a good discussion, but I have to acknowledge that the difference between that and argument is a fine one. I try not to cross that line, especially with my friends,
   Jan-22-08 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
themadhair: Too slow to get in my comment. You have to be quick - chess is, after all, a speedy game :)
   Jan-22-08 Leko vs Carlsen, 2008 (replies)
themadhair: To be fair I think people are on CG for the kibitzing. The link to the official feed is beside the board for those who want to follow other games. I don't think policy should be abandoned so quickly -particularly when kibitzers will provide any notable updates on the other ...
   Jan-20-08 Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2008 (replies)
themadhair: "And yes, may still be a draw, but a strange risk to take against the tourney leader who has demonstrated excellent endgame technique." Agreed.
   Dec-29-07 Thrajin chessforum (replies)
themadhair: After 24...Rc8 I thought black was winning. Maybe 29...Ra2 was an error. Seemed like a foregone conclusion since its where the rook wants to be - although it doesn't move for another ten odd moves. Up until 37.Re3 this followed from analysis I had done on 29...Ra2 and my ...
   Dec-28-07 Deep Breath chessforum (replies)
   Dec-08-07 Two Knights (C57) (replies)
themadhair: <keypusher> I have had another look at the position after 14.Qg1 and I think you may be right. Black has better than I thought and there was a few lines I had missed. The following line seems best to me - 16.Qxd4 Nxd4 17.Rh5! Raf8 18.Rxg5+ Kh8 19.Nd1! Nf3 20.d3! Ne1+!
   Dec-01-07 M Bosboom vs J Brenninkmeijer, 1995 (replies)
themadhair: 19...Bd7 is terrible here. I don't see anything wrong with nabbing a pawn with 19...Bxa2 where blacks queenside passer guarantees a long term advantage.
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