I had the unpleasant experience today of reading multiple posts ascribed to me, but were not written by me.
The site is USCL Blogspot and I get the sense that it’s moderated, but clearly not too carefully.
Here is an example of the imposter’s post at
This post was basically part of a silly USCL Game of the Week Debate.
Notice the imposter’s attempt to imitate my “fantastic” writing style. 🙂 But his ending (last sentence) is too strident.
- Mark Ginsburg said…
- I do not question a player’s choice to play an inferior or speculative line feeling that it may give him the most likely chance of achieving victory. Some of the best in the world have done so before.
But when a player uncorks a fair lemon (4. g4?) and succeeds due to his opponent’s failure to take the appropriate measures to punish him, that does not make the game worthy of receiving a prize. One can praise the player’s tenacity and fighting spirit as much as they wish, but it does not alter the facts.
This is my final post on this subject. Reality is reality no matter how many wish to try to distort it.
Here’s another fake-me post.
Mark Ginsburg said…
- 4. g4 IS a blunder – this is not just my theory, it has been shown in countless games. No matter what the result of the game happened to be when players trade errors this it casts a cloud of doubt upon the whole affair. Those who are saying otherwise, what is YOUR evidence, as the database and engines support my conclusions.
Giveaway that it’s an imposter: the use of the dreaded CAPS LOCK to make a “point”.
I have to object to people using my name to submit their own opinions. It was probably some New Englander posting fake stuff in order to attack it! The USCL GOTW really brings all kinds out of the woodwork. I think there’s also a fake Yaacov Norowitz posting there!
Postscript: the USCL is now aware of the issue, which is good!
PPS: the USCL went ahead and deleted the fake-me posts. However, they left the anonymous attacks on me that resulted from the fake posts. As hard as this is to fathom, the fake posters (using similar grammar to personal e-mails I received from New England IP numbers) did so in order to attack … themselves… to build themselves up! Now the site contains GM Erenburg defending himself against absurdity plus a bunch of scattered anonymous attacks on me, minus my original fake posts. Good times. 🙂