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   HSOL has kibitzed 292 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-20-19 Tata Steel Challengers (2019) (replies)
HSOL: Troller: There might have been a hiatus of a B group 1978-1980, other than that I have a B group for every year since 1963 in my database. 1993 and 1995 are sort of exceptions with an Open, but then again there wasn't a round robin for the "top" group either those years.
   Dec-15-18 London Chess Classic (2018) (replies)
HSOL: It's hardly uncommon for a World #1 in sports and games to stagnate or decline after a couple of years at the top even if they're physically and mentally have years left (to even develop). Especially among those who have other interests in life and are not willing to sacrifice ...
   Oct-20-18 Panno vs Ljubojevic, 1973 (replies)
HSOL: Isn't white dead lost? Whoever exchanges queens and black continues with h4 and is I believe one move faster than white. White's king can't stop both pawns.
   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 Spassky - Fischer 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.
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