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Member since Mar-02-12 · Last seen Jun-18-18
My name is Jim, I live in northern California.
My USCF membership has lapsed so I haven't played rated games for some years. My "retirement rating" is just over 2000. Keep that in mind when my kibitzing proves I'm not specially gifted LOL.

   JimNorCal has kibitzed 1339 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-17-18 A David vs A Fominyh, 2012
JimNorCal: To say the least it is not clear why White won.
   Jun-14-18 Duras vs Spielmann, 1912 (replies)
JimNorCal: I was about to ask for help on the game's pun ... but then it came to me. There is a US company "DuraCell" that makes (presumably) "durable" batteries. Duracell has become Duras Hell to make the pun.
   Jun-10-18 Raymond Keene (replies)
JimNorCal: <MissS>: "Must every West End musical have a black woman in it!?" Yes. But it's a fashion not an eternal verity so it will pass with time.
   Jun-09-18 Capablanca vs M Karff, 1941 (replies)
JimNorCal: Thanks MissS!
   Jun-08-18 Caruana vs W So, 2018 (replies)
JimNorCal: In their post game interview both Magnus and MVL brought attention to 12. ... Ng4. GM Svidler also pointed out out this move in his comments on the game.
   Jun-07-18 Alekhine vs Euwe, 1921 (replies)
JimNorCal: That movie is intriguing! Alekhine's pinky-finger extension is so delicate, then the way he puts his hand under his chin is quite precious. It's wonderful to have the chance to see historical figures in action. AA is quite aware of the surroundings while Euwe is 100% focused on ...
   Jun-07-18 Altibox Norway (2018) (replies)
JimNorCal: After game interview with MVL and Carlsen. Looks like MC thought there would be playoffs.
   Jun-07-18 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
JimNorCal: <morf>: something's fishy about this game Yes! Maybe there'll be an explanation in the post game conference. Otherwise ...
   Jun-06-18 AVRO (1938) (replies)
JimNorCal: Yes, Poland's suffering is notable, I think higher death count per capita than other participants in the War. Poland's recovery is an inspiring one.
   Jun-03-18 W So vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
JimNorCal: Of course after e5, Bxe5 because if BxB then RxQ Thus a bit more prep is needed.
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