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JimNorCal
Member since Mar-02-12 · Last seen Dec-12-18
My name is Jim, I live in northern California.

   JimNorCal has kibitzed 1820 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-11-18 10th London Chess Classic (2018) (replies)
 
JimNorCal: As the old joke goes, at the end of round 1 Naka and Aronian are tied for first place while MVL and Fabi are tied for last.
 
   Dec-11-18 Moulaye Brahim Hemam vs G Berardi, 2018
 
JimNorCal: This game comes highly recommended by <Sally Simpson>. A potential Monday or a Tuesday puzzle, I daresay.
 
   Dec-11-18 S Shankland vs Gulko, 2009
 
JimNorCal: Precise, counterpunching defense.
 
   Dec-10-18 Grünfeld - Tartakower (1922) (replies)
 
JimNorCal: Thanks, <whiteshark>. My German is nonexistent but I see a ref on that page to a Special Prize for Best Played Game. Possibly none of the games was "brilliant", so the prize money was awarded as a different category.
 
   Dec-07-18 Moscow (1971)
 
JimNorCal: Wow. Tough field. Just read the names of the finishers with 50% or more.
 
   Dec-07-18 Emanuel Lasker (replies)
 
JimNorCal: We can hope that Car/Car generate a historical rivalry like the two Ks being discussed above. The Challenger level is SO competitive right now, though, that Caruana has no lock on being Challenger next cycle. Indeed, he is unlikely to be even the favorite, IMO
 
   Dec-06-18 Wolfgang Heidenfeld
 
JimNorCal: "which players have or had a reputation, deserved or not, for being "drawing masters"?" My understanding is that Giri can be added to the list. I'll leave it to the other readers whether or not to recommend Caruana and Carlsen
 
   Dec-05-18 Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter (replies)
 
JimNorCal: <MissScarlett>, let's give <hemy> a chance to read it first, eh? And, c'mon, let's be appreciative that the tentacles of chess history have been extended to include documenting Kurt Richter. Surely you'll agree that there's reason for celebration there? A positive note
 
   Dec-05-18 Lisitsin vs I Rabinovich, 1934
 
JimNorCal: Each player got a chance to play a pawn up, neither could convert
 
   Dec-04-18 Lombardy vs J Sherwin, 1959
 
JimNorCal: Yes, Nc6, Qd7 NxQ allows mate. And Nc6 Qd7 Re7 Qd6 the queen escapes
 
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