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About me[edit]

Hello:

I am a chess player and teacher who contributes what I can to chess-based articles. I am always seeking to add relevant citations and new sources.

As I am an amateur when it comes to formatting, please let me know if and when a citation or source meets the necessary requirements for website publication.

Thank you kindly.

Sincerely,

Sir Mouse

August 2013[edit]

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Cut and past move of John W. Collins[edit]

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Jack Collins (chess player)[edit]

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It seems to me that an article you worked on, Jack Collins (chess player), may be copied from http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/lilly/mss/index.php?p=collins. It's entirely possible that I made a mistake, but I wanted to let you know because Wikipedia is strict about copying from other sites.

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Your recent edits[edit]

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September 2013[edit]

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William Lombardy GA nomination[edit]

Sirmouse, I noticed that the William Lombardy article you nominated for Good Article status has a "more footnotes" template on it.

Basically, if that template is accurate, then the article will not be eligible to be a Good Article, since adequate inline sourcing is one of the required criteria. So, if there is still more inline sourcing to be done, I wanted to recommend that you withdraw the nomination (just revert the addition of the GA nominee template) until it is ready. Also, just so you know going forward, the "subtopic" field in the GA nominee template needs to be filled in; for Chess-related topics, the proper subtopic is "Sports and recreation", which I've added to your Bobby Fischer nomination. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions about such nominations, or you can check the instructions page at WP:GAN/I. BlueMoonset (talk) 03:23, 6 September 2013 (UTC)

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Some writing tips I've picked up[edit]

Starting a sentence: "However, [...]" is considered poor writing style by some of the expert British writers on this site. FYI. Plus there's nothing wrong with word "but" in place of word "however" (in fact it has its advantages). Ok, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 18:34, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

I wouldn't know. I'm an American Idiot. lol Gotcha.
I'm American too. Thanks for your good-faith edits changing "However, ..." to "But, ...", but, that is not what I meant. (There's little difference between those. One of the advantages of "but" over "however" is that usually a comma can be dropped, and the fewer commas the better according to the expert British writers here. For example: "But I told you that before!" is a sensible sentence without comma, but "However I told you that before!" is ambiguous without a comma, so needs a comma that "but" did not require.)

I guess what I'm asking is, that you discontinue changing existing sentence structures *to* the "However, ..." (or "But, ...) format, since it just means work for me to clean it up if the article wants to go to GA/FA some day. The best route when in doubt I think is the structure "[Text], however, [additional text]" which is considered better than introducing sentence with "However, [text]." (That might seem arbitrary at first, but it's really not. You don't wanna introduce a sentence with a cautionary pause or contrary fact, when the reader at that point can't fathom why or what. That is why I believe the introductory "However, ..." is deemed poor form. There can be other reason too, such as implying contrary information follows, when many times that's mistaken.) Ok, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 08:35, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

There are currently 11 "But, ..." structures in the article, that is too many (there s/b 0). It will take some time for me to eradicate them out. Ok, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 09:16, 14 September 2013 (UTC)
I'm half done (will continue later). (On a couple of the edits [re passport revocation, and fugitive status] I noticed you've been edit-warring with me. Please don't revert again, take to article Talk instead if you have a disagreement over that text.) Ok, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 11:02, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

I appreciate the insight. I have no intention to edit war with anyone. Let me know any thoughts or concerns you may have. I am more than willing to fix anything you want me to fix. Thank you. Sirmouse (talk) 19:57, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

 Done. BTW here's an interesting discussion what I was referring. Cheers, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 10:50, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

Good read. Thank you for the link to the discussion. Sirmouse (talk) 15:25, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

Section headings[edit]

Plz put back all the sec heads you removed in Bobby today. Thx. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 18:50, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Done. Sorry about that. Didn't notice that it changes the subheadings in the table of contents section....
It changes the font size in the article body as well. p.s. Remember to use ~~~~ and indenting on Talk page posts. Ok, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 11:11, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

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Revmoving authorlink=[edit]

[1] Are you sure that's the way it's done? MoS talks about wlinking first-occurrences, but that guideline was meant for body text, to reduce annoyance when reading it. The Refs section is not *read* the same way as body text is. You seem to be extending the MoS guideline to Refs section. Those entries w/o authorlink just look "incomplete" to me. I don't see redundant author links as irritating or interfering with research, like you suggested. Are you making up your own guideline here? Ihardlythinkso (talk) 19:20, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

I agree that the Bibliography sub-section of the Refs Section is not *read* the same way. I believe this is the reason that it is generally considered to be okay to have someone who is linked in the body and then linked again in the Bibliography sub-section. The reason I made the linking non-duplicative was so that there wasn't a phallanx of "blue" and that it would, therefore, be easier to read. It seems to me that this is the format that is used on some other GA pages, which is what I based the format on:

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Wikipedia:Articles with the most references[edit]

I just came across this page and you made the most recent edit and I was wondered whether you just collected the updated information as you came across it on Wikipedia or is there some way to search for articles with many references? Thanks for any information you can provide! Liz Read! Talk! 23:11, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

I updated a number of the articles that were currently on the list. I do not know if there are other articles that have over 500 references or 400 references. I haven't come across them, so I don't know. If you can find some and add them, it will be greatly appreciated. With any list, it is very time-consuming plugging in all the most recent updates, so the more people working on such a page the better Wikipedia will become, I believe. Thank you for asking. Sirmouse (talk) 03:36, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Bobby Fischer[edit]

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As much as I disagree with having multiple broken refs and one to a spam site as an external link, I think it fair to say that the article as a whole was good - I simply decided to get off my butt and fix the tiny issues and pass it. I don't think I am being unreasonable, but I wanted that article passed for months - months. There is no point in drama over it. I've passed it to GA status now. Congrats. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 01:10, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

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Sorry to hear about your departure[edit]

Another editor let me know that you're no longer actively involved with Wikipedia, so I thought I would drop by to say that I enjoyed the article you nominated, World Chess Championship 1972. Thanks for your contributions, and I hope you are able to return to editing at some point in the future. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:03, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I must have missed your note in my page for some reason. Thank you for the compliments. I appreciate it. We'll see what the future holds. I hope all is well with you. All best! Sirmouse (talk) 04:20, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

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Lifesign?[edit]

Hi Sirmouse. I'm acquaited w/ your frustrations that led to your retirement. ProjChess IMO is a passive group (single operators w/ rare exception) where wiki-term "community" doesn't reasonably apply. I've criticized two or three of your edits, but really that was detail stuff (style and/or emphasis) which could be worked out in collaboration. (I think you were seeking same; me too in areas of sincere interest.) I've quit editing orthochess articles, but might make exception re Fischer-related articles, if I had someone to collaborate with. What do you think? Sincere, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 05:48, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

I appreciate the message. I just logged on now after months of being off of wikipedia. I am currently working on a chess-related documentary. We'll see what the future holds. All best! Sirmouse (talk) 19:12, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
I recently purchased Bobby Fischer Against the World documentary and watched it several times. (What did you think of it?)

Take a look at these viewership spikes for September 1 anniversary of Fischer becoming world champion: World Chess Championship 1972, Bobby Fischer. Sincere, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 06:06, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I don't really log on too often, seeing as I am no longer editing.

I saw the documentary about a year ago. It presents a partially true story of what happened. Interestingly, they didn't interview the people who knew Fischer best (Joan Targ passed away, as did Regina Fischer, and they wanted Lombardy to be interviewed without paying him; there was another fellow that knew him well, but for some reason he was not interviewed either). I don't believe that Fischer ever went "mad." As Brady says, he was just "angry." And rightfully so. The U.S. wanted to arrest him for playing a chess game. This is absurd. Fischer was a little paranoid because of the Russians and I believe he was being realistic in his assessments. I do believe he overworked his brain, however, (one can kind of do that if one is always playing over the historical chess games, and playing through endgames, all the time) and that allowed negative thoughts and conspiracy theories to creep in later in his life (i.e., his radio interviews). My opinion is that Fischer needed something spiritual to keep him grounded, but because he wound up being persuaded and betrayed by the Worldwide Church, he wound up tossing out anything and everything religious or spiritual, leading him down the road of being perceived as an "anti-semite." Just my two cents... The viewership spikes are intriguing. I think the "Pawn Sacrifice" movie is partly responsible for that spike. Perhaps it being a "this date in history" listing on wikipedia. I haven't seen the film yet, so who knows whether it is truly accurate, or just dramatic. We shall see. Hope all is well with you. Sirmouse (talk) 19:32, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Agreed. Did you notice in the last Brady bio the Icelandic professional psychologist's (who was responsible for Fischer's leg rubdowns and probably accounts for the "human touch" Fischer quote) opinions? I wasn't aware of the Pawn Sacrifice film, thanks for mentioning. Cheers, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 19:57, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

I did notice that. That was interesting to see. I can't say too much about it, except to the extent that I believe it may be an accurate assessment, from what I remember being said in the interview in the documentary. "Rumor" has it that the people that took care of him received a little bit of money when Fischer passed away. Any which way you slice it, the USCF didn't do much to back Fischer for playing after the 1972 World Championship, so I can understand his frustrations with the world at large. It seems that part of what made Fischer so exciting for the chess world was his knowledge of chess, precision of play, attacking style, relentless work ethic, tough-guy Brooklyn personality, and, of course, his phenomenal chess record against his contemporaries. He let little get in the way of what he wanted to accomplish. To him, I believe, chess was art. I hope he and his games will not be forgotten as history progresses. I hope all is well with you and that you have survived the Holidays. Sirmouse (talk) 04:15, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

Agree with all you wrote. Yes, Fischer is an inspiration. (One of my favorite quotes: "Too many times, people don't try their best. They don't have the keen spirit; the winning spirit.") Fischer (like the Beatles in that superlative time - late 60s early 70s) gave us his best. (And again, 20 years later!) By contrast, Anand sort of turns my stomach. (I mean, look how in game 9 of the 2014 match he played for a draw as Black. In a limited match where draws count, and being a point down ... what do you think Fischer would have thought of that decision!?) Good to hear from you, and Happy New Year. p.s. Sorry couldn't reply sooner - I'd been blocked until now. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 03:25, 8 January 2015 (UTC)
Anand met Fischer in 2006 and said "he hadn't lost his sharpness for chess" (see: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2011/dec/02/vishy-anand-small-talk-interview). Fischer was willing to walk out of tournaments and matches if the conditions were not right. Every game was life or death for Fischer. I don't think he would have thought much of anyone who played for draws. He was taught to always play for a win. Fischer did not like playing the waiting game the way modern players do. It's like watching a boxing fight and no one wants to throw the first punch. Anand wasn't obsessed with chess the way Fischer was. It's not the best thing to be obsessed, but Fischer did have an extraordinary knowledge of the game and a work ethic that I don't feel today's players embody. It shows in their play, despite ratings of 2800+....Sirmouse (talk) 23:09, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes. (Except for one thing - the kind of drive Fischer had to win, is something that can be talked about, but not "taught".) Fischer put his idea re playing for wins on the line by conditioning title matches as draws don't count. IHTS (talk) 04:20, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
Yes, the internal drive to want to do something can never be taught. But, the attitude and mindset of always playing for a win (as well as staying ahead on the clock) is something that was shown to him and a philosophy he adopted. The draws not counting was paying tribute to the 1886 Steinitz-Zukertort match conditions. Fischer was the champion. As the champion, the champion chooses the conditions. Fischer's 9-9 clause was not, in my opinion, unreasonable, because for a challenger to be declared world champion, he would have to beat the current world champion decisively. Sirmouse (talk) 05:24, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Hi Sirmouse, just finished watching Pawn Sacrifice for first time, quite liked it (even tho many details were distorted for reg moviegoers). My fav line was Ivanovich in the taxi after his loss: "It was like ... having a building fall on me." :) I think they s/ have included the Bronstein draw for add'l dramatic development, but no. :( Was well-cast/acted I thought; what did you think of Sarsgaard's portrayal of Lombardy? Happy New Year, too. Sincere, IHTS (talk) 08:40, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

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