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drik
Member since Oct-25-06 · Last seen Nov-15-14
I'm a UK player ~ ELO 2090 & an admirer of Anand, Kramnik & Ivanchuk.

   drik has kibitzed 1437 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-15-14 Carlsen - Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
 
drik: <perfidious: <drik> To the discredit of these pages, <MissScarlett> (that poster's latest nom de guerre) is the point man for the British National Party.> Thanks ... in that case, I'll ignore her/him/it.
 
   Jun-06-13 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
drik: <keypusher: Probably because he was about as strong as Tal for maybe ten times as long.> Tal was No.1 in 1960 & reached No.2 (behind Karpov) in 1978. I doubt that Botvinnik maintained this level of play for a 180 years. If you count blitz, Tal won the World blitz in 1988 - ahead ...
 
   Apr-20-13 World Championship Candidates (2013) (replies)
 
drik: <Olavi: This is quite normal; for instance, Spassky was surely the best player 1964-70.> I would say from 1964 to 1968 - from the Sousse Interzonal onwards, Fischer was at least his equal.
 
   Jan-23-13 Tata Steel (2013) (replies)
 
drik: <csmath: "I'll beat him anyway."> Do you know that Tal was famous for his sense of humour? <Well, he lost convincingly.> Do you know that Tal was seriously ill before the rematch & his Latvian doctors told him that the match had to be postponed. But Botvinnik refused to ...
 
   Jan-16-13 Aronian vs Anand, 2013 (replies)
 
drik: <perfidious: <torreAC: Going by the records, only So could have defended this.> Really?> Surely! So has perfected the art of prophylaxis .... by never turning up!
 
   Dec-30-12 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
 
drik: <<Would Hubner have been able to play at that level at 61? Where was he in 2008?> Who knows...> With respect, I was comparing him with Smyslov's performance in reaching the Candidates final in 1983. Being 6th-10th in the German rankings, is not quite the same as reaching ...
 
   Dec-20-12 Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984) (replies)
 
drik: <Honza Cervenka: The only real issue, which was highly problematic from the perspective of even and fair conditions was just the three days gap between the end of Groningen and the start of the match in Lausanne. As the fatigue can be key factor in the chess match, this schedule was
 
   Dec-20-12 London Chess Classic (2012) (replies)
 
drik: <nok: If that is your only source, you're clearly not going anywhere.> ... at least I have a source.
 
   Dec-13-12 alexmagnus chessforum (replies)
 
drik: <alexmagnus: <drik> My weight looked quite dangerous to you, huh?> No - I'm Bangladeshi in orgin, so I've seen people of that weight pulling rickshaws & working on building sites. I know it is viable - but normally requires intense discipline or deprivation! I'm 165 cm tall
 
   Dec-09-12 Wesley So (replies)
 
drik: <kardopov: His time will come. Maybe next year> ...maybe. But until his time comes, why waste time thinking about him?
 
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