Personal Notes

Still a primary school teacher, still balding. Now bearded. SLIGHTLY greying - yet. Still wearing glasses. Still male. Still healthy

A special salute to Apocalyptic Tortonpion, knightrunner, Undadog, Molton, ratty, Borovnia, neeltje2, cristoforo, SwedenForces, Lisebeth and JahNow!!

SwedenForces(280): I think bullet players are funny. When they lose it is always 1.Someone at the door 2. The phone rang. 3. The opp lagged. 4. I lagged. 5.Bad mouse. 6. Was chatting with someone else during the game. 7. slip. 8. My opponent bagged. 9. My sister annoyed me. 10. Opp was lucky.

Silk is averaging 53 ms latency (241 samples, std dev 95 ms)Ping time to Silk: 13 milliseconds. There are certain advantages to visiting New York :)

Married to the wonderful Kristy, whom I love very much :) Father of Cassandra Holly, born 15th December 2009!!!

Apocalyptic tells you: I seem to play more chess when I am either A) Stressed, B) Upset, C) Tired. A) It takes my mind off it. B) I get to make other people upset with me. C) It wakes me up!

Endgames are hard. It's difficult to look at my now old finger notes and accept that most of those people are no longer online or I rarely talk to them.

ICC not being what it was, I find myself renewing my love affair with the game itself, I'm trying to improve my skills for the 1st time in over a decade and I am interested in whether it can be done.

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Server Ratings Details

Type Wild Rating 1457 Best 1617 (18/Apr/2000)
Type Blitz Rating 1647 Best 1959 (15/Jan/2006)
Type Standard Rating 1607 Best 1925 (31/Jul/2002)
Type Bullet Rating 1536 Best 1946 (20/Mar/2005)
Type Bughouse Rating 1488 Best 1751 (25/May/1999)
Type Loser's Rating 1267 Best
Type Crazyhouse Rating 1401 Best 1812 (13/May/2002)
Type 5-minute Rating 1722 Best 1744 (29/Jan/2020)
Type 1-minute Rating 1759 Best 1842 (08/Mar/2021)
Type 15-minute Rating 1759 Best 1759 (27/Jul/2019)
Type 3-minute Rating 1671 Best 1756 (03/Aug/2019)
Type 25-minute Rating 1667 Best