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   Maatalkko has kibitzed 1825 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-03-15 C Lauche vs D Koenig, 2001 (replies)
Maatalkko: 5...Nd4 looks uncomfortable for White.
   Feb-25-15 FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015) (replies)
Maatalkko: It really is remarkable that Carlsen is the only player who is a true outlier on the statistical curve. It's not even that he is uber-competitive and consistent, a la Kasparov or Fischer, or invincible, a la Capablanca. Carlsen loses games regularly and even plays dubious openings
   Feb-14-15 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015) (replies)
Maatalkko: <Rolfo> Everything I said was sarcastic, but if he actually is trying to write an earth-shaking academic paper I wish him the best of luck.
   Feb-13-15 Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2015) (replies)
Maatalkko: What a bad score for the Russians. Put their points together and they still tie for last.
   Feb-05-15 GRENKE Chess Classic (2015) (replies)
Maatalkko: I think Carlsen is sandbagging. He's #1 by enough that he can afford to play some peaceful draws and "interesting" games even though it hurts his rating. That has the added benefit of throwing off his closer rivals for when he wants to go full strength on them. He is waiting for
   Feb-04-15 Wei Yi (replies)
Maatalkko: A win or draw as White against Felgaer (2575) tomorrow should keep Wei Yi in the 2700 club for the official March rating list. If so, he will be officially make 2700 at 15 years 9 months.
   Jan-30-15 Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (replies)
Maatalkko: So it should be Nakamura - Adhiban and Wei - Vazquez then?
   Jan-27-15 B Galmandakh vs Motylev, 2015 (replies)
Maatalkko: 25...Nd3?? was a massively flawed tactic. It looks like Black lazily assumed 28. Rxe1 was forced, overlooking that after 28. Ne3 his Knight is trapped. Strange oversight for a nearly 2700 player. Was this perhaps a touch move mistake? If Black grabbed his Knight too quickly, there
   Jan-18-15 Wei Yi vs Potkin, 2015 (replies)
Maatalkko: I don't understand the point of 11...c3 and 12...cxb2. Those moves seem to centralize White's knight and consolidate his position.
   Jan-17-15 Tata Steel (2015) (replies)
Maatalkko: <Wavy: I think Hou would have been better invited at Tata B where she can show her skills better. Tata Masters might be too strong for her.> She did fine last year. Tata Steel (2013)
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  Maatalkko: Hi all,

Just opened my forum. If you'd like to discuss something I said in a long-ago post, this would be the place to do it. Be as polite or impolite as you like. PEACE.

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  wordfunph: first!

hello from Philippines..

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  Maatalkko: Whazzup wordfunph! You're my first guest.
Feb-10-11  pulsar: Hello, <Maatalkko>! Just dropping by. :)
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  moronovich: Just dropping by too ;)
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  paavoh: Hello Maatalkko, just wondering about your username? Any Finnish connections?
Feb-11-11  valiant: <Finnish connections>

Sirkka - Kalakukko

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  Maatalkko: <paavoh> Minun isa ja aiti ovat suomi, mutta mina amerikassa syntyy. Minun nimi on kuvitteellinen, mutta kylla se kuulostaa suomalainen sana.
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  paavoh: Terve Maatalkko, kiitos tiedoista! Kaikkea hyvää!
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  paavoh: @Valiant: Thanks for the clip, hilarious
and tends to stick into your ear!
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  Penguincw: Yah.Same for me.How are you doing?
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  Maatalkko: <Penguincw: Yah.Same for me.> Do you mean parents being Finnish or the youtube clip being catchy? I'm doing good, very busy right now because i work as an accountant and it's tax season. Yourself?
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  Penguincw: Youtube.
Jul-30-11  Xeroxx: Da Zeuhl wortz Mekanïk
May-24-13  stanleys: Hi Maatalkko,
Do you remember the challenge we've set up(jokingly) on Alexandra Wilson page? I managed to get the title the last year, what about you (hope you've got it as well or at leastgetting closer and closer)?
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  Maatalkko: Hah, that's funny. That was a lot of years ago, I didn't remember it at all. Back then I was a freshman in college. Now I work full time and I haven't played a tournament since then, actually. Congrats on becoming an FM!
Apr-11-14  The Last Straw: Hi!  

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