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Member since Mar-20-07 · Last seen Mar-24-17
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   Olavi has kibitzed 843 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-24-17 Fischer - Reshevsky (1961) (replies)
Olavi: <Could they not have offered Reshevsky this 1935 solution?> Reshevsky had become more orthodox. Botvinnik tells in his 1978 memoirs (Achieving the Aim in English, I believe) about the negotiations in 1948: "Excuse me, but earlier you played on saturdays?" "Yes, but then I lost ...
   Mar-17-17 Ulf Andersson vs Kunsztowicz, 1973
Olavi: <some players weaker than he got there only when the format allowed more than six qualifiers, which began in the late 1980s.> Adorjan in 1979 and Torre in 1982 were also clearly weaker.
   Mar-17-17 Capablanca vs Janowski, 1911 (replies)
Olavi: The Dover edition of 1966 has it as quoted.
   Mar-16-17 Curacao Candidates (1962) (replies)
Olavi: <beatgiant: <Olavi> <five players at most>...<contradicting Roosendaal> It's no contradiction, if you interpret the <five> as three from the interzonal plus two seeded players.> Taken literally, it is a contradiction. No four Hungarian, American, ...
   Mar-16-17 Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 (replies)
Olavi: It's funny that Karpov did not include this wonderful game in his 50 best games in 1977.
   Mar-10-17 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Olavi: Technically, as E. Winter will not tire to point out (missing the point as usual), Lasker retained in only five.
   Mar-10-17 Short vs Speelman, 1988
Olavi: A good example of what can happen in mutual timetrouble. According to Larsen, the Speelwolf was so shocked after 30.Ngxf5 that he offered a draw after 30...exf5. After 31.Rxf4 Rh6 white could have resigned.
   Mar-03-17 Ljubojevic vs Ulf Andersson, 1976
Olavi: The usual problem about nomenclature. It says Bastrikov variation, but after ten move it's the most classic Scheveningen possible.
   Feb-26-17 FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017) (replies)
Olavi: This tournament is part of the World Championship qualifiers, so no favouritism can be tolereted. Draw specialists must have the same chance as everybody else, they musn't be in- or outvited just for that. Of course, this being FIDE, one can trust that all sorts of shady deals will be
   Feb-23-17 Tradewise Gibraltar (2017) (replies)
Olavi: In fact it so happened that Ljubo himself played a countryman in the last round, but they had the same score. A bloodthirsty draw: Damljanovic vs Ljubojevic, 1990 eliminating them both. Either one would have qualified with a win. Now why wasn't there a late blunder?
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