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Member since May-29-03 · Last seen Dec-13-17
Greetings from Key West FL USA.

I'm a Vishy fan. In 1985 I was in Madras, India on a field project and played lots of chess at the Tal CC. I also had the opportunity to play at the V.K. Mills Open in Palni, won by 15 year old Vishy Anand. Afterwards Vishy and his friend Manuel Aron (sp?) went over their games in my dorm room and then we played some speed. I took a snapshot. They were just a couple of kids, I was the bigshot visiting scientist. :)

Best published rating USCF 1954 in 1987, highest rated victim 2150, call myself an Expert.

   Rama has kibitzed 875 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-09-17 London Chess Classic (2017) (replies)
Rama: My Averbach "Chess Tactics..." has a wonderful section on drawing combinations.
   Aug-15-17 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
Rama: The little man is wearing an undershirt and drinking a beer, with a blonde on his arm. (Fritz Leiber, "Poor Superman.")
   Aug-10-17 Spassky vs J H Donner, 1966 (replies)
Rama: Surely 33. ... Rc7, is a typo for Rf7?
   Aug-02-17 G Gaygusuzoglu vs R Hardarson, 2007 (replies)
Rama: Heh, thought it said white-to-move and could find nothing!
   Jul-24-17 A Firouzja vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2016 (replies)
Rama: Finally got one!
   Jul-18-17 Borbely vs Kovacs, 1948 (replies)
Rama: I got to the rook-check but forgot I could castle!
   Jun-19-17 Altibox Norway (2017) (replies)
Rama: I estimate TPR by asking: What rating would neither gain nor lose points with my given result? The formula 16(W-L) 4% (R*-R) can then be solved for R*, the rating which balances the equation. (That is the USCF formula as I ...
   May-23-17 B Savchenko vs A Kostin, 2007 (replies)
Rama: I tried to do something with the N and R but they can't do it alone. So I looked at Q-moves and saw Qg6 almost right away. At first I did not see that it works if captured or not, because of the sneaky opening of the 7th rank enabling the Arabian mate. Wasn't hard for me.
   Dec-21-16 V Soultanbeieff vs V Borodin, 1943 (replies)
Rama: morphishine, I did too, in my Averbach "Advanced Tactics..." Rg2 is a nice move, isn't it?
   Dec-16-16 London Chess Classic (2016) (replies)
Rama: Jambow, I agree, a pairwise comparison is most valid ranking. First rank by rating; then adjust individuals upward or downward, first using head-to-head results and then winning percentage against common opponents. Rating beats ties. Do this weekly every year and it would be fun. Does ...
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