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Member since Mar-02-12 · Last seen Jul-20-17
My name is Jim, I live in northern California.
My rating is normally in the 1900-2000 range.

   JimNorCal has kibitzed 942 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-18-17 St Petersburg (1914)
JimNorCal: Yes, this was Rubinstein's first slip, I believe. Nathan Divinsky wrote a fictional "Rubinstein diary" covering the tournament. It's fictional and not everyone's cup of tea but it does IMO give a plausible description of the emotions that must've been swirling.
   Jul-13-17 FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017) (replies)
JimNorCal: Round 7 is underway. Adams accepted an early draw offer in a position where his opponent could grind on him. Good decision. I'm baffled by Mamed vs Nepo. In the final position e7 looks strong but White checks on the 7th and 8th ranks repeatedly instead.
   Jul-10-17 Tartakower vs Spielmann, 1926
JimNorCal: An excellent rivalry over the years: "Classical games: Savielly Tartakower beat Rudolf Spielmann 18 to 14, with 29 draws."
   Jul-01-17 Nimzowitsch - Stahlberg (1934)
JimNorCal: Yes, a wonderful intro. It shows Nimzo in a positive light--full of detailed, generous praise for his victorious opponent.
   Jun-29-17 Seirawan vs Tal, 1988
JimNorCal: <kingfu> "If you played the French Defense almost 400 times in your career, you would be cranky, too." Too true!
   Jun-26-17 Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927) (replies)
JimNorCal: Morph: "I'm sick and tired of reading posts from all these Capa worshipers, especially from <visayanbraindeaddoctor>." Pretty harsh. VBD writes well and supports his ideas with logic not invective.
   Jun-26-17 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 (replies)
JimNorCal: Agree with PB
   Jun-22-17 Grand Chess Tour Paris (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
JimNorCal: Oh! Never mind
   Jun-20-17 Kosteniuk vs Ju Wenjun, 2017 (replies)
JimNorCal: Plus, in this case even if Black can liquidate the remaining white a-pawn's queening square is the same color as the bishop. There are no tricks to hope for. Good effort by Kosteniuk.
   Jun-20-17 A G Ashton vs T Gavriel, 2009
JimNorCal: Is this, perhaps, a "fawn pawn" game? See 14. a6 Game Collection: Fawn Pawns
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