So, i thought to sort out all of these questions that we were having, I would just go straight to the source. Izmet Fekali.
I emailed Mr. Fekali asking him if:
1) he was DERB
2) If he wasn't, was DERB part of his "research group"
3) If he wasn't part of his "research group", the dose he know who he is?
4) If he still frequents twoplustwo.com
He said that he doesn't frequent twoplustwo.com, that DERB isn't part of his "research groups", but he does know the player.
I also asked if he could shed any light on how the player plays, and this is what he said:
"He is a player from our private Ljubljana game where players tend to pick up ideas. He will make a lot of money frome weak players. Solid players should not have problems adjusting to his play."
So, there you have it. Take it if you want, but, my money still says he's a bot.
I had some contact with Izmet and Abdul several years back. Izmet is a cool guy but is capable of spinning so many stories that anything goes. That said, I still put my money on DERB being Abdul Jalib and not a bot.
I have to agree with you. This has been a pretty fun thread for me, a lot of history in this thread.