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   HSOL has kibitzed 289 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-28-18 Altibox Norway (2018) (replies)
HSOL: takchess: I would say before the emergence of Carlsen, Finland was probably about as good or maybe even slightly better than Norway in chess. Although I do think Norway had an advantage with the numerous tournaments arranged in Gausdal. Finland seems to have hit a slump the last 15 ...
   Mar-10-18 Harshit Raja vs S Ter-Sahakyan, 2018
HSOL: White could have mated black with 22.Bf6: If 22.- Qxe6 23.Rxg7+ Kf8 24.Bxe6 Nd8 25.Bxd8+ Kxg7 26.Rf7+ Kg8 (26.- Kg6 27.Bf5+ Kh5 28.g4#) 27.Nf5 Bg5 28.Be7 Rh7 29.Rf8#
   Mar-10-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
HSOL: Before Carlsen's debut in the Olympiad 2004, Philippines had placed above Norway in the Olympiad every time since at least 1990. So despite some rants about how easy Carlsen had it, Norwegian was a very unlikely nationality for a future World #1 in chess.
   Jan-08-18 Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972) (replies)
HSOL: A brief check on wikipedia. In 1972, Fridrik Olafsson, later FIDE president, were the only Icelandic GM. Gudmundur Sigurjonsson was their 2nd in 1975 and then in the mid-80s they got several more. If GM norm performance has stayed the same rating-wise, IIRC 2600+ performance basically,
   Jan-03-18 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
HSOL: Presumably because neither Carlsen or Nakamura mind earning a few bucks in the process?
   Dec-30-17 World Blitz Championship (2017) (replies)
HSOL: AylerKupp: has Grischuk gaining 24 points. But Jobava gained 100+ points to close in on 2700. And a Russian FM, Esipenko also gained 100+ points and is close to 2700.
   Dec-23-17 L Engels vs E Eliskases, 1941 (replies)
HSOL: I would say you're both correct, since Eliskases was Austrian BUT he was also German champion and represented Germany in the Olympiad. What I definitely didn't know before checking his chessgames page was that EE also was Hungarian champion.
   Nov-22-17 FIDE Grand Prix Mallorca (2017) (replies)
HSOL: Someone might prove me wrong, but I think the draw frequency now is higher when the GP is Swiss rather than Round Robin format.
   Nov-08-17 Matulovic vs Ulf Andersson, 1972 (replies)
HSOL: According to the 1972 July ELO list which I would guess was published before the zonal, Andersson was already higher rated than Matulovic (2535 vs 2525). Also, Andersson had become a grandmaster during the last year before this game.
   Jul-30-17 Wesley So (replies)
HSOL: IF Carlsen enters and wins the Candidates, he then defends the World Championship by default?
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