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"Play the board AND the man ! ".
But mostly the board.
Was born in Elsinore,Denmark,1953.And I am still proud of it.As I hope everyone is proud of hers/his startingpoint.

In many aspects life and chess do mirror each other IM experience.As science and belief goes hand in hand.So many "rules of thumbs" and many "exceptions" from the rule. I do agree with Bent Larsen who once said that someone who cannot contain a paradoxe is not using the full capacity of his brain.Actually I am convinced that there are no parodoxes,but perspectives which are more bright or flexible than others...

Though some obviously are borned under more easygoing circumstances than others,I will second our esteemed fellowkibitzer <zarg> who underlines that "luck" is also somehing that we create ourselves. Ourselves,but also together IM experience.
I try to live my life as if Jesus or Buddha knocked on the door , I would wellcome them as friends . And if they didn´t show up, it would be fine anyway. Full Member
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   moronovich has kibitzed 6773 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-12-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
moronovich: <Capablanca vs Blake> Guess who won that game ?
   Feb-11-16 moronovich chessforum (replies)
moronovich: Hola ! Correction : It seems like they first start in Zürick on saturday.Perhaps this will give you more time to watch !?.. My new accupunturist sense there is some inbalance in my pleen(I think it is called)causing too much liguid in the upper part of my body-the head as ...
   Feb-11-16 S Geller vs Larry Evans, 1955
moronovich: <Phony Benoni: The Grandmaster experts an easy game in the first round of a Swiss System tournament. I wonder what Evans thought upon finding out he was playing Geller!> Or was it Geller who found out he was playing Larry Melvyn ? ;)
   Feb-05-16 Spassky vs Hjartarson, 1988
moronovich: Wow-haven´t seen this game before and 8.Bxd4!! is indeed very impressive.
   Feb-05-16 Anatoly Karpov
moronovich: <That is a big surprise. I thought he would sell his Kasparov stamps first.> At the Post-Mortem ? ;)
   Feb-05-16 Octavio Troianescu
moronovich: <FSR> Please dont say more ! I just turned 63 yesterday ;) OTOH,many fine moments can occur in one year...
   Feb-05-16 Berg vs Tal, 1951
moronovich: Yes,very tight indeed.And perhaps it is only the top of the iceberg !?
   Feb-05-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
moronovich: *geocentric* ?? sounds like someone who has travelled a lot
   Feb-01-16 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
moronovich: I´ll go with Svidler : Kasparov,Fischer and Carlsen top 3. This is my little jihad <rogge> & <barleycorn> :)
   Feb-01-16 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
moronovich: Candidates will be held in Moscov 10th of March to the 30th. 3 rounds of play and then 1 free day.
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  WinKing: Two More Days!!!

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This tournament will run from January 16th thru January 31st 2016.

Participants include: Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Sergey Karjakin, Ding Liren, Pavel Eljanov, Shakhryar Mamedyarov, Michael Adams, David Navara, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan & Loek van Wely.


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  moronovich: Hi <virginmind !

Hope everything is fine !?...

Haven´t really got much time for Tata today,but tomorrow I´ll be glued to the seat :)

Hope to see you around & all the best !

Jan-16-16  virginmind: Hi <moronovich>, I'm fine. My mother in law died last week of kidney complications and Alzheimer, she was 83. The funeral was held in the village they've lived in the past 25 years.

I didn't follow much Tata either, although I did participate in result prediction contest.

We are having a calm winter up to now, at least our region, while in other half of country snow and wind came up.

And you? How are you doing?

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  moronovich: Hi´<virginmind> !

Very good to hear from you again ! Sorry to hear about your mother in law,but it sounded like it was "the right time" !? Please correct my if I am wrong.And please give my condolences to your wife.

And I am fine,thank you.The health is all in all in a good shape and I am still enjoying life and has "small" moments of a kind of happiness.

Looking forward to go deep into Tata.Always some twists and turns.Same actors, but not same script ;)

Weather here is a little frosty 3-4 cm´s snow.Kind of afterchristmas show, better late than not...But I can imagine you prefer your calm winter as you like the warm weather in the summertime ?

Take care et a bientot !

Any ideas about tomorrows games/results ?

Jan-19-16  virginmind: Hello, thank you for your condolences to my wife (I did tell her). As about age and dying...I guess there is never the right time, even if some think it is. Over 80 years old one would think you have already lived a lot, but you get used to it, you know. The only way I think of death as being good is when it ends suffering.

I've followed Tata a bit but not much, and mostly on the video relay. Pretty good performance by Hou so far, what do you think? Looks like it's frosty there too - a bit like all over Europe. In Iasi cold, but no snow.

Stay in touch.

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  moronovich: Hi <virginmind> !

Yes I also think Hou has made a great performance so far and today she has a clear advantage vs Navara.And now it is interesting if she can convert !?

Yesterday I went to the bookies,paid for my bills, lost them somewhere in the snowy landscape,made some duplets,paid for them too,found the first set in the snow and cashed double in today !! ;) Tripleluck in the keygame where Eljanov was supposed to win as he duly did ;)... Life is funny sometimes isn´t it ?

All is good here and I am looking forward to tomorrow where I have for the first time to see my new acupunktourist (dont know if it is the prober way to spell it,but I suppose you know the meaning).Meanwhile things are getting tense in Wijk an Zee.

Take care and see you around.

Jan-21-16  virginmind: Funny your story with the bookies! :)
And Hou winning her first game, while the world champion still doesn't escape the row of draws! Let's see if Van Wely can make something today in this respect :) He has two victories against the Norwegian, the last in 2007 when Carlsen was already in the 2700 Elo group.

Hou ahead of Carlsen in standings after 4 rounds! Carlsen not able to beat Wei Yi and now they're equal, in the middle of the pack - is this a sign of a future rivalry?

More answers in just a few hours. Get ready for the joy! And I hope you will have a gentle encounter with your acupuncturist needles :) - mind you, I did have an acupuncture session myself, some 15 years ago. The trick was to inspire (inhale) deep and fast right in the moment when the doctor pushes the needle into your skin. In my case it had effect, almost no pain at all.

Take care.

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  moronovich: Good afternoon !

Yes,a very funny story with the bookies.Think it is first time for ages I have felt so Lucky ;)As normally I focus on skills..

Smart play by van Wely so far.After Bc7-Bg3.Same with Hou after Rg8(which I dont fully understand.But those deep profylactic moves show the difference between the very best and the average player.)And let us not forget to cogratulate Hou for her game of the tournamnet,so far.She seems to appear very relaxed in the best sense of the Word IMHO.Smart play by Giri after -Qc5!? and may be time for Wei to burn some time.

<Carlsen not able to beat Wei Yi and now they're equal, in the middle of the pack - is this a sign of a future rivalry?> Lol ! But a bit funny as it may sound you may have a point.In 3-5 years Wei may be the best bet for a contender...At least the place for the next contender seems wide open,unless Caruana makes another(sorry):Caruana :)

So you also tried an acupuncturist !?
Did it work on you ?
My new one yesterday turned out to be extremely plesant and occured highly qualified and as a sort of bonus the needleds (not needless to mention;)did not hurt at all.He is taught in a seldom japanese tradtion and knows a special technique.His mentors were blind so he uses a technigue were he uses the sense in his fingertips to make the diagnosis !...Well if that isn´t interesting,then...

So high spirits yesterday and things are heating up in Tata meanwhile.

See you around and let us enjoy the show and the snow,including the always present Yasser and the fine way he communicates with his/our guests.

P.s.: I have not heard how it goes with your applications !? applications(?)

Jan-25-16  virginmind: Hi!
So Magnus did make his fifth draw. Well, it's true that, in between, he also won three games in a row...:)

And Anne Haast, after beating Nisipeanu, won again yesterday! Such is Caissa!

I'm glad you have no problems with the acupuncture. I hope they will also have the desired effect.

But what application are you referring to? Maybe you meant the papers for symposiums I was preparing, or some other stuff I need to write for my research work - they are still going on, hopefully I will manage to finish them in due time. Actually, I will, because I have to.

No other hews here, other than my brother in law came to Iasi to stay in the hospital for a few days, for liver and tension related problems. He's been a chain smoker since some 40 years and he really needs to quit. He did it, twice, for one-two weeks, but started again.

Still no snow here. And a pleasant evening for you and your wife!

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  moronovich: Hi <virginmind> !

Nice to hear from you again.

Here the weather is grey/sometimes a little sunshine and the snow we had almost totally gone.Just a few spots here and there,perhaps telling a story about a short winter.

Yes,Carlsen in the front in Tata and may very well stay there till it is over.with 3 fine wins in a row.Especially the one vs Eljanov IMHO. And the game vs Tomashevsky was interesting for me as I had the same postion as Carlsen twice(!!)tll move 14 and both times won rther easily.
But I haven´t followed thr B-Group very closely,but will have a peek today.

<Maybe you meant the papers for symposiums I was preparing, or some other stuff I need to write for my research work - they are still going on, hopefully I will manage to finish them in due time. Actually, I will, because I have to.> Yes,I think these were the ones I had in mind and hope you will succes....Papertigers can be the most annoying ones,can´t they !? ;)

And I hope your Brother in law will find the energy to quit ! But saying goodbye to cigarettes can be so tough. At least he seems to be in good cmpany for now.

Now back to Tata.My keygame (at the bookies)is Eljanov-Giri which shall NOT end in a Draw :)

Take care and see you around.

p.s.: my keyboard was in sabotagemood,hence the outfalls here and there.

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  moronovich: Good morning <virginmind> !

Strange round yesterday.Several winning positions that were not converted.And it seems that Carlsen is cruising for for (a welldeserved)first place.He has been very impressive IMHO and right now the challengers spot in the candidates seems to be "everyones" claim.

Going to town to have brunch with wify,but will be back to see the final moves of todays round.

Hope that you will have a fine and joyfull weekend and that your brother in law will find a way.Nicotinedependence can be so difficult to quit.

All the best and see you around.

Jan-31-16  virginmind: Hi <moronovich> and sorry for not keeping pace with you. It's just that I got nervous with Batsiashvili not being able to beat Adhiban, I mean who could have predicted by move, say, 33, that she will draw that game? And what kind of play for a 2650+ was that for Adhiban in that game? He did manage to salvage a draw alright, but that thanks to (possible) black's belief that the game was already won so that she could afford to sacrifice a lot.

In addition to that nerves came from the fact that I don't like what I am doing, as a job, law that is, and that I would have preferred a thousand times more stuff like history, literature, philosophy, geography, music, cinematography, whatever...! But that's another story for another time....

Yes, Tata going into the last round with chances intact for Carlsen, Caruana and even Ding Liren to grab the crown, exciting hours ahead.

Thank you for your thoughts regarding my brother in law, during stay at the hospital he is not smoking, so we will see if he can continue this decision after that too.

See you around.

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  moronovich: Good morning <virginmind> !

Sorry to hear about your situation right now.It really sounds like an awfull feeling and I sincerely hope that you may find the energy to,either change direction,or find a new acceptance of the circumstances. If we were younger I would have mentioned how important it is to feel(at least a kind of) love and compassion for ones profession and that you should choose what feels the most right thing to do,but it sounds like you are fully aware of that and this awareness certainly doesn´t make it easier.For the moment being.Please correct me if I am wrong and please let me know if I can be of any help/inspiration to your further steps in this process.

So Tata is over.Day one after the big clashes and Carlsen showed that no one is close to his level at the moment.Lots of kudos to him.I am not gonna miss Seirawan, but he was a fine commentator during the event and it is not the last time we have seen him.His friendliness with the guests maybecome legendary in times to follow. And with more people like him in the World,it would most likely be a safer and nicer place.

Wei didn´t show something special(concernig his possibilites in a match against the great norwegian),but nor the opposite.Time will tell.Time as 3-5 years in this case IMHO.

< It's just that I got nervous with Batsiashvili not being able to beat Adhiban, I mean who could have predicted by move, say, 33, that she will draw that game? And what kind of play for a 2650+ was that for Adhiban in that game? He did manage to salvage a draw alright, but that thanks to (possible) black's belief that the game was already won so that she could afford to sacrifice a lot.>

Well,I guess I now this frustrating experience.With some of my own games as well.I had some of the same with Karjakins loss vs Adams."How could such a worldclassplayer misshandle the London in such an amateurish way-grr" Chess is a cruel game...

Let us have a glass of scotch and share some poetry !

I send you all my best hopes and wishes
and all my bientots !

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  moronovich: P.s.: There is an interesting masterclass lecture by Vishy Anand at Chessbase.
Feb-01-16  virginmind: Hi.

A glass of scotch? But I don't drink anymore hard alcohol, only wine or beer. Yes, Magnus is still up there, the best. Doing what you like...I think either Lao Tze or Confucius said something along: do what you like and you will not have to work a single day in your life. It's a long story, of course, and it's going nowhere, most of the times. Unless you don't care much for those around you.

Good night.

Feb-05-16  virginmind: Ouch, Anand shed 22 rating points in Gibraltar...
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  moronovich: Yeah,not a perfect warmup for the candidates ): Unless...he is bluffing on a high level ;)Which I dont think we believe !? Or has age finally caught him? But we remember when he won 2 years ago and was counted out by most people.But that was 2 years ago. Shipov in NIC, which arrivedd 3-4 days ago, hold Caruana and Karjakin as the favorites and then Giri and Aronian with almost no chance for the elderly. I haven´t mad up my mind,but it may be close to Shipov.

Had a fine birthday yesterday and enjoyed the extra space as wife was on a seminar.But she is back now after a fine experience with her colleques.

It is a little springlike,but also greyish and wet.

All is well and how about you ?

In any case I wish you a fine weekend !

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  moronovich: Plus,off course ,Nakamura as dark horse.
I simply forgot,in the heat of the writing.
Feb-06-16  virginmind: Happy birthday, and many happy returns of the day! :)

Yes, I believe it was just one of those bad tournaments for Anand, and age could have an influence too, but it's also possible that in a month or two he will make another 20 points jump and "surprise" people around.

A great weekend for you and your wife!

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  moronovich: Good morning <virginmind> !

Thanks for your birthdaywishes.It was as mentioned a good day and 63 is not that bad ;)And your birthday is somewhere in June,or ?

I am really looking forward to the Candidates starting the 10th(or 11th) next month with IMO a very even field. But before that Caissa has placed "Zürich Chess Challenge" with several of the candidates,but also ´with the participation of Kramnik who I miss in the Moscow field.So may be he will play more freely and make a sligth surprise !?

Here things are all in all fine,but the weather is becomming a bit tiresome to me.Like television broadcasting the same, the same,old recycled stuff over and over.May it be Winter the classic way or real springtime,please:) (Yeah,I know it is only February).

Hope all the best for you.Any news about your brother in law ?

Take care and see you around.


Feb-09-16  virginmind: Heya hola!

The scan for my brother in law showed nothing wrong and he is out of hospital since quite a few days, thanks for asking. In the mean time, my father in law had a light comotion and was hospitalised, but he is alright now.

Yes, Zurich and the Candidates coming up, good to hear it :) As about my birthday, it's on May 27.

Tiresome weather, huh? Well, I guess it's all due to the Atlantic proximity, it brings both good and bad. TV broadcast I think it's about the same everywhere - a lot of rubbish just to fill the needed requirements for rating, commercials or whatever reason. Fortunately, there are some programs (few though) that sometimes give some interesting programs - for example some documentariea on Viasat History channel, and there may be others too. Also some good movies from time to time, especially on Cinemax channels. At least for us, anyway it's much better compared to what the tv broadcast looked like in the times of Ceausescu.

And a good night sleep to you!

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  moronovich: Good morning <viginmind> !

Sorry for not keeping pace,but I have been a bit occupied the last two days.E.g.with the second visit to my new accupuncturist(?)yesterday.He occurs like a very plesant guy and I have this basic feeling that I can tell him "everything" and he understands or at least recieves it in a good way.But if he can cure (at least some off)my dizziness is still a very open question.

Good to hear that your brother in law is out of hospital.And I hope for him that he can quit the cigarettes,which can be a real hard task,as you probably are very aware of.But usually it is never too late and it is surprisingly how quickly the smelling sense and other senses come back.

We were quite a lot here in DK who cheered when Ceaucescu(s)were excecuted and felt a lot of solidarite with your country....(I think one cartoonist called him CIAOcescu:)But yeah a lot of rubbish on the channels,also (unfortunately)for the reasons you mentioned.We can take something like 45 and hence are able to find something interesting much of the time.BBC is one of the best in our package.Can you take it ?

And now Zürich tomorrow.Kind of mixture between rapid and classical,mixed with blitz.Especially interesting it will be, to see how the 4 candidates will fare.And perhaps they will go all in with the new timecontrol,not fearing to reveal too much about their preparation !?

Well,time flies dear virgin.It almost feels like I say have a nice weekend every second day to you.But I mean it never the less and I am still young enough to know : it is still and "only" thursday" ;)

See you around the next corner !

Feb-11-16  virginmind: Hi again

so you still have no idea what could be the reason for your dizziness, hm...I wonder what kind of feeling/condition is this that you have, I mean, is it just like when you're drunk or it's a special dizziness? Is it more difficult to deal with, more bothersome? Or it's a light sensation and it goes away rather quicly? Does it go away by itself, you do you have to do something - like taking a pill or whatever?

Brother in law started smoking the day he got out of the hospital. Also he doesn't seem to want/be able to eat less salty food - which is not good for his blood pressure. Not much I can do about it, although I did try a few times to convince him, but to no avail. He's 58.

I don't think we have BBC anymore on our cable pacckage, although there were at lest 2 channels a few years ago, don't know why they took them out. But the provider does compensate qith quite a generous choice of other, foreign channels, in addition to the Romanian ones. I don't know, it's relaxing/fun from time to time to spend one or 2 hours, but I wouldn't waste more on it. I prefer the internet, books, music, whatever. What about you?

Big chess starting up tomorrow, but it remains to be seen how much time I can afford to spend watching the games. I sure hope the players are gonna give the usual thrill to the kibitzers though :)

See you!

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  moronovich: Hola !

Correction : It seems like they first start in Zürick on saturday.Perhaps this will give you more time to watch !?..

My new accupunturist sense there is some inbalance in my pleen(I think it is called)causing too much liguid in the upper part of my body-the head as well,so he will try to work from there. And yes I dont know what causes it and it is almost impossible to describe in Danish.It is like something is hindering my bodymovements as e.g. it is more difficult to put on my clothes and all other movements alike,of which there are a lot a lot ,during the day.Finding the keys in the pocket and so on.I am not dizzy like drunkenness or after a ride in the carrusell.I can sit on a chair without and feel almost 100% "normal" and watching tele(or chess;)is great and it is close to being without any symptons.Take a walk is also all right,perhaps because it is a lot of repetition in movements.
No medicine pills or whatever.So I try to live with it and do find life very amusing and my basicconditions very privelledged..But I would love to get rid of it,but trying to face the possibilite that it is a lifelong thing.

Sorry about your brother in law.But if you have done your best...A smoker shall be determined to stop,otherwise it(usually) doesn´t work).One tip could be to smoke homerolled real virginia tobacco which is less poisend with chemicals and the like !?And tastes better;just ask yours truly ;)

Thanks for asking.I hope it gives you an idea and it may even be kind of helpfull to myself trying to put words on it.Something I have done almost in vain for 1o years.And in danish I am usually not lost behind a dictionary :)

Take care and see you around!

Feb-12-16  virginmind: Virginia tobacco, eh? I might try one of those someday :) Is that what sailors smoke? By the way, is it possible to q smoking while on a boat long journey? I reckon not.

It does sound like an odd condition , the one you're describing. But like you said, it's good that you've managed to somehow got used to it, or at least learned to tollerate it. When I used to have periods of dizziness (those related to MS) they were mostly simmilar to the condition we all experience from time to time (out of drunkness or whatever), but without any other symptom. I used to have it both while walking and staying still. I also remember it had a (bad) impact on my chess playing abilities - worse concentration. So just like a drunkeness state.

A great weekend to you! - and yes, Zurich starts tomorrow.

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