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   Maatalkko has kibitzed 1813 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-30-15 Wei Yi (replies)
Maatalkko: <twinlark> I think that China's dominance being a "top end phenomenon" is what is illusory. China doesn't have a small pool of players; it just has a limited number of FIDE rated tournaments. The result is that there are a lot of players in the Chinese Chess League who are ...
   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)
   Dec-15-14 Sicilian (B32) (replies)
Maatalkko: I really think that 4...e5 should be called the la Bourdonnais variation instead of the "Kalashnikov". Kalashnikov is just a pun, while la Bourdonnais not only played this variation, but played it so brilliantly that MacDonnell switched to 2. f4 for good. Moreover, la Bourdonnais'
   Dec-15-14 London Chess Classic (2014) (replies)
Maatalkko: <chancho: That's the smile of someone who got paid.> Anand makes A LOT of money...not just by chess standards, but by any standard. He may be #7 or whatever by Elo, but as a chess PROFESSIONAL he is second only to Carlsen, and even then not by much. I think people who obsess
   Dec-14-14 Horgen (1995) (replies)
Maatalkko: I believe this was the worst individual tournament performance of Kasparov's entire career. It really puts into perspective how dominant he was, that his worst tournament in 28 years of professional chess would be an unremarkable performance for any other player of his generation.
   Dec-13-14 Chandler vs Arkell, 1988 (replies)
Maatalkko: Why can't White play 11. Qxe6? All I see is 11...Ne5 12. Qxe5, but that looks fine.
   Dec-13-14 Ramesh vs V Parikh, 2005
Maatalkko: Very important game...great example of how to punish 8...fxe6
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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?
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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.
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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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