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Member since Mar-29-07 · Last seen Nov-25-14
<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 1881 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-25-14 Robson vs R Prasanna, 2004 (replies)
TheaN: Back from long gone (again), I'm looking forward at picking up the PotD more often. This Tuesday starter was not necessarily difficult as the position simply screams for mate. White's attack breaks through by means of the thorning e-pawn: <25.e6 Bxh8 (else Qf7#) 26.Rxh8 with ...
   Nov-23-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
TheaN: How over is the two pawns vs the rook after 42....a4 (Kb4) 43.g5 hxg5 44.hxg5 Bxg5 45.e7 Bxe7 46.Re7 Kb4 (a4)?
   Nov-11-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
TheaN: Guess 34.Rc1 still worked the same. Grats to Anand.
   Oct-24-14 Greco vs NN, 1620 (replies)
TheaN: Greco went for the easy and forced option on move 19, of course this move order allows white to grab the queen and get g2 off. Instead, 19.Qh7+ immediately forces ...
   Feb-17-14 J Gustafsson vs R Buhmann, 2003 (replies)
TheaN: Monday 17 February 2014 <19.?> This unique monday involves a help-queen-sac. White's first move induces a Black queen sac, though... it does actually still lose for black. <19.Ng5+> forces a capture on g5. The point is that after 19....hxg5 20.Rh3#, but nonetheless, ...
   Feb-05-14 Aronian vs Van Wely, 2014 (replies)
TheaN: <PB> typically some players seem to overlook 39.Kf1 Qd3#.
   Feb-03-14 Kiril Georgiev vs Y Yu, 2013 (replies)
TheaN: I do have to add to the notion that this is, at least, a very different monday puzzle than usual. Recognizing a mate in two or three with a queen sac is something else than forcing a rook gain via a promotion combo... would have sufficed as a tuesday puzzle as well, but I guess they ...
   Jan-29-14 Wilke vs Priwonitz, 1933 (replies)
TheaN: I was not completely sure, but I think I got the majority of the combination covered. For what it is worth, I did notice 16.Rg1 Qh4#, I should have mentioned that. The nasty part for white in this position is that the e1 rook is also weak after the queen goes; otherwise attacking the ...
   Jan-22-14 Wagner vs Z Hermanowicz, 1933 (replies)
TheaN: <FSR, erniecohen> Whoops, missed that earlier post (guess it's due to the symbols, I tend to skim them too quick). Guess the underlying ideas of 37....Qxh3 do win after all, albeit being a tad bit more complex than Be3. I do have to admit that I've missed the idea of Qh2! after ...
   Jan-20-14 Van der Wiel vs Timman, 1982 (replies)
TheaN: Monday 20 January 2014 <28.?> Not much to blue monday: vd Wiel sacs Timman into mate with <28.Rxa6+ bxa6 29.Qxa6# 1-0>. The only reason why someone would be confused here is to start with Qxa6+ as queen sac, losing.
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