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Member since Mar-02-12 · Last seen Feb-25-18
My name is Jim, I live in northern California.
My rating is normally in the 1900-2000 range.

   JimNorCal has kibitzed 1212 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-23-18 Janowski vs K Geus, 1913 (replies)
JimNorCal: Nice finish. Instead of trading down, White assembles a mating net.
   Feb-23-18 Neil Falconer
JimNorCal: Met Mr Falconer a time or two back in the 1990s. A lawyer and influential citizen as well as a lover of chess. Key member of the team that organized the Pan Pacific set of chess tournaments.
   Feb-22-18 Aeroflot Open (2018) (replies)
JimNorCal: It's a good question, <PhilFeeley>. Moscow in winter may have little appeal, though Canadians would be hardy one imagines. Perhaps the tough field makes it unlikely to win a prize. Political tension may have slowed granting of visas, at least for Americans. All speculation ...
   Feb-20-18 Berlin (1920) (replies)
JimNorCal: <GrahamC> posts a quote about the high quality of the games of this tourney, which very well be true. But note also that 5 games, about 10%, were 25 moves or less.
   Feb-19-18 Duras vs S Van Dam, 1910
JimNorCal: Black blunders and loss the exchange but Duras flubs the followup play
   Feb-17-18 E Cohn vs Nimzowitsch, 1907
JimNorCal: Move 10 drops a pawn, so I guess the futile 16. h4 is White lashing out. At the final move, the tournament book echoes PB: "Gegen die Drohung Ta8-h8 ist nichts zu machen."
   Feb-15-18 Tata Steel (2018) (replies)
JimNorCal: <perfidious>: "the posts do not count towards one's numbers overall" Wait. What? How many posts do I need to make before I get a discount at Starbucks or something?
   Feb-10-18 Tradewise Gibraltar (2018) (replies)
JimNorCal: <Wow, I like GM So so much more, now that I blocked some annoying commenters!> The downside is that when you go to the "Wesley So" page the comment section is nearly empty! j/k
   Feb-08-18 Diocletian chessforum (replies)
JimNorCal: Not everyone has a collection of most "hated" games!
   Feb-06-18 Michael Greengard (replies)
JimNorCal: <Petrosianic>: what a terrific story!
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