SRPickles
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55-year-old  Hobby player. playchess.com id is SRP178 (same avatar)

Learned the moves at age 7. Played in a chess craze at school for a month with my peers in 1973 and scored 85%. Only the boy Murphy beat me (he had read 3 Chess books, and I had read none). He left town, and I stopped playing the royal game. Started playing at the old Cairns chess club aged 21 for 12 months. the chess club folded. dropped the game and only began playing every day online since 2001 I have only played in 3-week enders (I usually score 1.5 on day one then have 3 losses on day two) back then  I was rated 1284  *provisional). when I was aged 21

Apart from 2 lessons from a friend. I have NEVER been coached. I am now studying a chapter of a course every day on chessable.com. So I'm doing chess activity for at least 3 hours daily.

FIDE chess Chinese Shogi Backgammon and Poker are my favourite strategy games ( FIDE chess is best.)  as for video games, the PS4 Madden gridiron series is my favourite.

I HAVE A POLICY OF SITTING OUT TOURNEYS AND MATCHES WHERE I AM A MEMBER OF BOTH CLUBS. I DONT PLAY ONE CLUB AGAINST THE OTHER. ALL THE BEST TO BOTH TEAMS...........

HANDSHAKE TO ALL PLAYERS GOOD LUCK

I've had a library of 140 books and 80 DVDs 20 downloads (supporting the Masters while helping others). Read very little. But starting to go through them, I started my library when I was 21  years old I really recommend chessable, com...

current goal is 1650 >>> ultimate goal is 1800 then 2000 ELO.

My rapid rating on playchess is 1685 elo PBA is 1701 elo. (by just guessing moves) headway. 35 points max for a win on playchess compared to 15 on chess.com. I don't ply by ply calculate enough (i rely on pattern recognition. If I estimate I get into time pressure. I have a hard time playing sub 10 mins. The competition is much harder on chess.com than the playchess.com site.

My favourite Victorian Player (Romantic era) is Englishman GM Joseph Henry Blackburne.

He learned chess at the age of 19 and beat WCh Lasker in the same year in a tournament game.

I have his book written by himself in my library.  JHB was ranked 2nd  to 5th in the world throughout his entire career. Known as the "Black Death" in tournament play. He was much weaker in Matchplay (he would find moves that worked not the best move.) and He was supreme in simultaneous play even in his late seventies..     (with his bottle of Scotch whiskey and glass at each end of the room.

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MY FAVORITE PLAYERS  circa. 1950-2000 AD

Attacking Kasparov (GOAT greatest Queen exponent at turning the tide))  one big bite or two small bites the best approach with white.  

Hypermodern Karpov (THE best with black pieces compared to Kasparov) 

 Prophylactic  and nibbles  (putting small lasting advantages together) best approach with black

Classical Fischer ( only Top 20 had a chance to beat Fischer. ) 

Destroyer of weaker players  Only the top 20 in the world had a chance to beat Fischer.

.A legend best to study first.

Innovative Korchnoi (the best fighting spirit and counter attacker) prefers minor pieces.

And Powerplay Bronstein (the sorcerer) who's going to be the apprentice?

Judit Polgar is the best women's player in history and no reason why men and women can't play the same tournaments. at least at the IM level

My favourite Australian Player is Ian Rogers, who was ranked 5 to 10 before he retired.

I judge players at the 40+ year of age mark Example being the 136 game world championship between Kasparov and Karpov >>> Karpov did extremely well against a younger Kasparov/

IT will be interesting to see Magnus Carlsen and the others' performance once they reach 40. I wish them all a long prosperous life. I agree Carlsen is the Mozart of chess. The most versatile of this  21st century.

Of the Americans, I like Hikaru Nakamura best. He is supreme at blitz. 

The only thing an OTB World Champion has not done is also to win the World Correspondence title.   

 GENS ANU SUMUS