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   Maatalkko has kibitzed 1800 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-18-14 Alexander Alekhine (replies)
Maatalkko: Good post Visayan. Actually, Alekine's record against Keres during the war years was 3 wins 3 draws. I was not even aware of that. It just does not compute that a reigning Champion trounces a top challenger like that, yet is considered uncompetitive against the next generation. It
   Nov-18-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
Maatalkko: I think that the difference between a regular World Champion and a Great Champion is that a Great Champion totally surpasses all players his age and older. If the following players had "pulled a Fischer" and categorically refused to play younger opponents, it is not likely that ...
   Oct-21-14 Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 (replies)
Maatalkko: 33...d5!! was the best move in an excellent game. It's worth two exclamation marks just for the alertness. Even among GMs, a triple en prise move like this usually ends up as a computer's footnote on how Black might have won a drawn game. Or, perhaps 32...Rc8!! actually deserves ...
   Oct-16-14 J Rejfir vs K Skalicka, 1927
Maatalkko: Surely this is not the complete game score.
   Oct-12-14 Nigel Short (replies)
Maatalkko: Congratulations on your stellar 7.5/9 at PokerStars, and on your re-entry to the top 100! You happen to be most senior player on that list as well!
   Oct-09-14 A Volokitin vs Caruana, 2014
Maatalkko: Queenside castling in the French Advance seems unorthodox. Seems it was badly punished. 15...h5 loses the knight, but it was already tough to find good alternatives.
   Oct-09-14 Fabiano Caruana (replies)
Maatalkko: <Appaz> Caruana, in anticipation of his 2015 World Championship match, played the Scandinavian Defense to gain experience playing an opening in which he has no experience. Thus, though he lost, he took the art of chess preparation to a new level by <preparing> to hide ...
   Oct-07-14 Stockfish vs Houdini, 2014
Maatalkko: Was 55...Nxf6 the losing move? Could black have just continued to shuffle?
   Oct-07-14 Houdini vs A Celander, 2012 (replies)
Maatalkko: Strength versus computers is not transitive to strength versus humans because computers don't understand the concept of intent. Back in 2001, a psychologist and amateur chess player named Ernest F Pecci learned to score almost 100% against the then-current version of Fritz. His ...
   Sep-10-14 Sinquefield Cup (2014) (replies)
Maatalkko: I think that, if we use the default ELO formula with 400 points added for perfect scores, and make no adjustments for inflation, Caruana's 3103 TPR was the highest of all time. Some sources add 800 points for a perfect score, giving Fischer 3460 vs Larsen. Granted, there's ...
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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 ;)
Feb-11-11  paavoh: Hello Maatalkko, just wondering about your username? Any Finnish connections?
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  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.
Feb-16-11  paavoh: Terve Maatalkko, kiitos tiedoista! Kaikkea hyvää!
Feb-16-11  paavoh: @Valiant: Thanks for the clip, hilarious
and tends to stick into your ear!
Mar-15-11  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?
Mar-18-11  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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