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Member since Mar-20-07 · Last seen Dec-17-14
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   Olavi has kibitzed 523 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-17-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Olavi: <Cuba along with the Philippines were purchased from Spain by America around 1898.> Yes, after a colonial war.
   Nov-26-14 Paul Keres (replies)
Olavi: <But do we know for sure that Schlechter was the challenger that early?> The match was agreed on very early. I'll just mention that for instance in five issues of New in Chess 1995 the matter was discussed in length. But of course e.g. ...
   Nov-25-14 Karpov vs Polugaevsky, 1983 (replies)
Olavi: <Besides, you seem to be the lone voice in the wilderness who claims that Fischer-was-leading, is just a "myth".> The one true instance of a player leaving a top tournament while leading is Huebner in Turin 1982. A seven player double round robin, he was on 3/6. Of course ...
   Nov-14-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
Olavi: <Conrad93: I can't believe it. A former 44 year old World Champion is actually outclassing the highest rated chess prodigy in history.> Similar to Fischer - Petrosian Candidates Final (1971) , where Petrosian should even have won the third and was significantly better in the ...
   Nov-03-14 FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948) (replies)
Olavi: But it was 11 years before? They simply decided otherwise, I believe in the 1947 Winterthur congress.
   Nov-02-14 Karpov vs Kurajica, 1994
Olavi: And the earlier quickplay game is also legendary: Kurajica vs Karpov, 1994
   Oct-31-14 Efim Geller (replies)
Olavi: <Yopo> Smyslov's win against Kasparov was a simultaneous.
   Oct-31-14 Mikhail Tal (replies)
Olavi: In his autobiography, originally published in the USSR of course, he simply wrote that he was upset not to have been included. Had he wanted to move to Israel, well he had dozens and dozens of trips abroad...
   Oct-24-14 Karpov vs Yusupov, 1989 (replies)
Olavi: Yes, it is conceivable that Karpov saw Bd4 when startin the combination, since that is very straightforward, and only upon reaching the position looked further. That would be very natural, he knew he wasn't risking anything.
   Oct-15-14 Geller vs Keres, 1951
Olavi: An illuminating example. Keres gave 21.Re4 Rh5 22.Rg4+ Nxg4 23.Qxh5 Nf6 24.Qg5+ Kf8 25.Qh6+ Ke8 27.Bf5 as decisive; such positions were often judged simply by the looks of it. But had he spared a thought for the absolutely forced 27...Nd7, he would quickly had seen that it's not so ...
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