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Member since Mar-20-07 · Last seen Oct-23-19
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   Olavi has kibitzed 1105 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-23-19 Alireza Firouzja
Olavi: It's also high time the World Championship returned to Persia after some 1100 years. As every Russian schoolboy knows, the greatest player of all time is Al-Suli.
   Oct-16-19 Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 (replies)
Olavi: Keene did the right thing.
   Oct-12-19 Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966)
Olavi: <Cibator: <EdZelli: <offramp>: Tigran got his revenge later in 1966 Havana Olympiad by winning the first place gold medal at table 1 with Larsen, Bobby, Portisch, etc present.> Petrosian might have won that gold medal ahead of Fischer but it was only by a whisker ...
   Oct-05-19 USSR Championship (1962) (replies)
Olavi: <zydeco: <Fusilli>> Beliavsky even did it in consecutive years, 1973 and 1974.
   Sep-29-19 Niksic (1983) (replies)
Olavi: Not Gligoric. Seirawan, Timman and Roshal yes, Razuvaev - well perhaps, but why would he be there. A busy second of course. The one on the right might just be Ivanovic. There's a good group photo of the players, reproduced in many places, none of which I can find right now.
   Sep-29-19 World Cup (2019) (replies)
Olavi: Sokolov made it to the superfinal, becoming third in the World, in 1987, he was 32th and 34th on the 1985 lists before the Montpellier candidates. But really, at the moment after the top three, the next 20 players are equal in any practical sense. Elo's cork metaphor comes to mind.
   Sep-28-19 Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929
Olavi: Jonathan Speelman was a consultant to the movie. Maybe they didn't check every detail with him - getting the atmosphere right is more important, after all - or perhaps Jon's sense of humour got the better of him.
   Sep-16-19 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Olavi: <Tabanus> Almost all CG stats for top players past 1990 are wrong. Many rapid games are classified as classical, the graphic example being the Frankfurt and Mainz Chess Classics series of tournaments, which were 25 minute games.
   Aug-26-19 Karpov vs Ftacnik, 1988
Olavi: Although this particular game was played in the last round, so probably straight to finish.
   Aug-24-19 Sinquefield Cup (2019) (replies)
Olavi: <<AylerKupp: The experiment of not allowing players to offer draws at all and only allow draws by repetition or stalemate (and, presumably, insufficient material) certainly did not succeed in reducing the number of draws.>> I suggest that this very rule is the reason for ...
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