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<Name: Arno Middelkoop
Sex: Male
Birthdate: 29 May 1988 (25 y.o.)
KNSB (Koninklijke Nederlandse Schaakbond) rating as of July 2013: 1805>

My name is Arno Middelkoop and I live in the Netherlands. I'm currently 25, and I've been playing this wonderful game from the age of seven.

In that year, 1995, I joined the local chessclub here in Zoetermeer, Botwinnik. I enjoyed playing with fellow novice yooth players, and I intended to become a better player than most of them and did that. Even so, in the six years to come I probably only reached an official rating ~1500, not being active in any external competition.

As of May 2013, my KNSB rating is 1805. In the past years my chess progression has been stagnant (from 1793 to just >1800 in two years), and definitely not as solid as I hoped it to be.

Besides chess I'm following a university course: Biomedical Sciences at the University of Leiden. As BSc I am now doing my final internship for MSc in epidemiology, doing research in orthopeadics.

Besides both chess and education I'm a Japanese RPG, Anime and Manga fan, although it has been less and less occupying the last years: I enjoy the franchise more than actually being an addict.

I (still) have a general addiction for World of Warcraft, playing MoP now and my rogue Qoko (Europian Frostmane) is still ahead of the curve raiding wise.

Where you find me here: I am almost always occupied on the daily puzzle, as well as screening and sometimes posting on the GotD. However, aside liking to comment on less common games, I started to lurk the recent tournaments a bit more, refreshing my grandmaster chess knowledge.

[Update: TheaN on 08-07-2013]

   TheaN has kibitzed 2051 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-27-15 Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
TheaN: Hm missed 52....Ra3, it does indefinitely wins f3, so the king march Kf5-g6 must work. It seems still that white has the upperhand regardless. Would have played this OTB.
   Mar-26-15 M Palac vs E Inarkiev, 2014 (replies)
TheaN: In my honest opinion, solvers stopping after 29....Bxg1 miss a crucial move. 30.Ne3 creates some headaches. 30....Qg5+ is mate as well, but is harder to see. 30....Ne2+ is a forced mate in three, Qg5+ is mate in five: 30....Qg5+ 31.Ng4, and now perhaps the nicest mate is 31....Ne2+! ...
   Mar-25-15 Z Kovacs vs Remlinger, 1955 (replies)
TheaN: I would like to underline the destructiveness of this position: [DIAGRAM] The doubled f-pawns play their part here, in the sense that they can co-suppoort the e-pawn in advancing up the board. The queen is a slumbering bystander, whom will viciously destroy the white rooks, either ...
   Mar-25-15 B Khotenashvili vs Zhao Xue, 2015 (replies)
TheaN: <centralfiles: 64...Qe1+ ...Qg3+ ...Qf3+ Qxf3+ Kxf3 and the a-pawn will Q with check then mate.> 64....Qe1+ 65.Kg2 (Kh2 Qg3+ 66.Kh1) Qg3+ 66.Kh1 (Kf1 is # on move 70) Qf3+ 67.Qxf3+ Kxf3 68.c6 a3 69.c7 a2 70.c8=Q (Kh2 is similar as black promotes first) a1=Q+ 71.Kh2 Qa2+ 72.Kh3 ...
   Mar-24-15 S J Hutchings vs R Toran Albero, 1974 (replies)
TheaN: <backyard pawn: two Nice ol' men!> Lawl it took me a while to realize what you meant, given these guys were not old at all when they played this game.
   Mar-24-15 J O H Taylor vs NN, 1874 (replies)
TheaN: A crucial continuation in the Quade seems to be 9.Qh5 Nh6 10.d4, Δ Bxh6, 10....d6 11.Bxh6 dxe5 12.Qxe5+, 12.Kf2!? leads to very long forced line where black ends up material behind but a big chance on perpetual, 12....Be6 13.Qxh8 Nd7 14.Bxf8 Nxf8 15.Qe5 Qf3 16.Qg3 Qxg3+ 17.hxg3
   Mar-23-15 E Garcia vs M Preuss, 2005 (replies)
TheaN: <Chess Dad: <dfcx: Wait! 26...Bh6+ also works, though one move slower 26...Bh6+ 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.R/Qc2 Qxc2#> Actually, it's two moves slower. 26...Bh6+ 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.Qf4 Bxf4+ 29. Rd2 Qxc2#> Neh, 28.Qxc2# is also mate. Qf4 deflects the queen as much as Qxh6 or Qd2 does.
   Mar-18-15 Fischer vs J L Garcia Bachiller, 1970 (replies)
TheaN: <offramp: <piltdown man: He was the greatest. Too bad he turned into such a fruitcake.> I don't know much about him. Except that he was born in 1944 in Spain.> That actually made me laugh out loud.
   Mar-18-15 Robatsch vs Weghofer, 1955 (replies)
TheaN: TheaN: Wednesday 18 March 2015 <17.?> This seems a rather straightforward Wednesday, probably a bit below its regular level: because the black king is in the center with three white pieces viciously aiming at him, the pawn on f6 looks very weak. <17.Bxf6+ Kxf6 (Kf8 18.Rd8#) ...
   Mar-17-15 Yanofsky vs L Joyner, 1965 (replies)
TheaN: One other crucial point I forgot to mention is that after 32.Rd6, white is not just threatening Rb6 but also Rxe6, so it makes Kf7 forced. Otherwise black might be able to stick to the kingside majority with g5 and Kg6. Even that would still be lost, but a tad bit harder to win for ...
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