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   Olavi has kibitzed 509 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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-23-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Olavi: <LucB: <Donkey Cult: So...the Canadian shooter was a Muslim?> Hmmm.. less than certain. We need to wait for the inquiry to proceed.> The New York Times: Law enforcement authorities in Washington said their Canadian counterparts had identified the assailant as Michael ...
   Oct-16-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
Olavi: <HeMateMe: Rematches have been won by the underdog, but not when the other player is someone like Carlsen. We aren't talking Max Euwe, here.> It being a rematch may well add something to the equation, but as a match pur, Anand winning would not be the biggest upset in history.
   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 ...
   Oct-14-14 Vaganian vs Ulf Andersson, 1987
Olavi: Ulf will be surprised to learn that he once played in the Soviet championship. This tournament was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Revolution.
   Oct-02-14 FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) (replies)
Olavi: <mkrk17: Thats the point. He is your nephew, a male. Anything males do in Iran is fine. Anything females do in Iran - gets them thrown into jail> Like serving as ministers, diplomats, members of parliament? Funny how the two special delegates that Khomeini send to the USSR, to ...
   Oct-02-14 Charlie Chaplin (replies)
Olavi: The two bodynappers intended to bury the body deeper in the same grave, but they chose a very wet night and it proved impossible, too heavy. Sad clowns.
   Oct-02-14 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
Olavi: <perfidious: <Whitehat> Probably 1988 or 1989.> January 1988.
   Sep-22-14 Keres vs Geller, 1962 (replies)
Olavi: <Petrosianic: <I think that from about 1952 Keres would have had an even chance against Botvinnik,> Why do you think so?> Looking at their ganes with each other, and the tournaments they played. I am convinced that 1937-39 Botvinnik would have won comfortably, even more ...
   Sep-22-14 Bilbao Masters (2014) (replies)
Olavi: <mkrk17: Never heard of a player retiring while he is either the WC or the WC challenger.> Lasker tried to do that in 1920.
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