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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 didnīt show up, it would be fine anyway. Full Member
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   Mar-20-18 moronovich chessforum
moronovich: Good morning <virginmind> ! Still some snow here,but the blackbird has begun singing,so the spring can not be that far away ;) Which makes me think of <achieve> and wonder what happened to him.Still missses his contributions...Do you btw have his e-mail adress ? So ...
   Mar-20-18 Charles Maurian
moronovich: He is certainly one of the candidates.
   Mar-20-18 Caruana vs Ding Liren, 2018 (replies)
moronovich: <HeMateMe: what do you open with, against someone who's happy to draw?> If you mean the choice is between 1.e4 and 1.d4,then 1.d4 at least avoids the Berlin and the Petrov.
   Mar-19-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
moronovich: <morfishine: Ding - Aronian drew Anybody have an update on Gris - Kramnik?> Slight edge to Grischuk.But likely Kramnik will hold.
   Mar-18-18 Aronian vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
moronovich: This must be the last call for Aronian.But if he wins,he is only ― point behind Caruana.And one point behind Mamedyarov.
   Mar-18-18 Grischuk vs Mamedyarov, 2018 (replies)
moronovich: I hope this game lasts till at least move 55 ;)
   Mar-18-18 Peter Svidler (replies)
moronovich: Often weirdness is in the eye of the beholder.
   Mar-18-18 Wesley So (replies)
moronovich: The early Ra2 (vs poor Aronian) was a stroke of genius IMHO. Go Wesley ! The tournament is still open.
   Mar-17-18 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
moronovich: Hmm,<BP> talking about real men,is like Steinitz phoning Kasparov and telling him how to move the pieces.
   Mar-16-18 Caruana vs Grischuk, 2018 (replies)
moronovich: To B5 or to B5,but which piece , B or N ?
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Feb-11-18  virginmind: Wow, and Hikaru strike back he did, and with black nonetheless (not that in FR the starting colour means as much as in normal chess, but still)! What a game, something must have gone terribly wrong with Magnus' calculation as Yasser pointed out, and we're waiting for them to return and offering some additional comments on the key moves. That was exciting - of course, for poor Magnus in the wrong way, if I can put it like that.

By the way, you did notice the (much) higher pulse rate Hikaru has been having all along. Stay tuned...

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  moronovich: Yeah,what a spectacle,starting with a very interesting position from the beginning.We saw it directly on air on norwegian television-an excellent broadcast as always.Carlsen said he was unsure if he had made it to the 40th and was kind of caught unquard when Naka went Nb2!.

Glad you also are thrillen by the event and I shall return and retune !

but unfortunately we havenīt time for the second game):(There is a crimestory,not involving wooden pieces we follow).

Feb-12-18  virginmind: So yesterday both won in equal exciting games, and today's nonetheless went to Magnus with thrills (although it was more of a one sided affair).

Now Hikaru sees himself having to fight this night for not being down 6 points for tomorrow last rapid day...what a show. And hats off to Bobby Fischer, his invention is really a mood changer with regards to quite a few aspects of the game - tactics flow earlier in the game because of totaly changed starting positions and the players really have to constantly adapt on the go and it's all so much...refreshing!

A crime story? You mean, tv series, right? So you missed the live Magnus victory last night, and on that excellent Norwegian broadcast ;) see you around.

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  moronovich: Good evening !

A fine describiton of the benefits of 960!
At least it covers my thoughts too.Certainly a breethe of fresh air... And these are words from a mna who hasnīt believed in it for a long time.But after all these berlins,antiberlins and the likes which are heavily (over?)ananlyzed,we need soemething, were the mind has to work from the word go.And it is also my impression the players like it,at least for a change.So does the audience in Norway,judged from the comments on norwegian television.So let us see what the future brings !?

Seems Naka misplayed the opening today.But interestingly enough: Stockfish went on a certain point from -9.5 to 0.00 !?!? (but sometimes it is fooling around,so perhaps it doesnīt mean anything).

Yes a tv series it was."Broen"/"The Bridge"(A danish/swedish co production).Do you have it in Romania ? It is like a good chessgame:When the bug is in the vain,you must go on to see how it ends ;)

Went to see JWH on saturday and it was first time after 4 weeks.A wonderfull thing to realize that the old boys still got it in them!

And you and your music !? Hope you will
find the best solution about using or not,the notes.I think I understand it can bee a tough choice.

< tactics flow earlier in the game because of totaly changed starting positions and the players really have to constantly adapt on the go and it's all so much...refreshing!>

Can not be put in a better way IMHO.

Time to hit the pillow,but we may talk tomorrow and see how The Carlsen-Naka story ends !?

Then good night and may you have the best of wind in your sails!

p.s.:Dont know the outcome of the second game.But will check now.

Feb-13-18  virginmind: Good morning and...ouch, what an outcome to the last game! The two commentators on the net broadcast were at a loss for words and couldn't contend their astonishment for a long time. And that for a good reason! I didn't read as yet any reaction or explanation from Magnus, but my guess is either he just couldn't be bothered with a draw offer, because, you know, he's Magnus and his opponent is Hikaru (still underestimate? after all these years?) or, he just didn't care much if he lost that game, trusting his guts in the next 8 (quick) rapids. Same reason why he didn't try to exchange the rooks. Or maybe hoping for a blunder by Hikaru in the last seconds? But still, in lack of increments, how could he even take advantage of a blunder - as not enough time to actually mate him! I guess they both forgot a bit how 'no increment' feels like, and were still playing as if an increment was on. Or I don't know...

Anyway, we're on for a great show today and I hope no tv series will distract your attention this evening...:) Haven't heard of "The Bridge", I will look it up. Have a great Tuesday.

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  moronovich: Good afternoon !
Weather greyish and fine.
Old mans hair grey too and body fine :)

But how fine is Magnus ? Indeed it is very strange that he lost on time in THAT position !? And have not heard his explanation.In general he is more vocal after a win...;)

So it should make for an interesting finish from which I can only see the first half on norwegian tele,but will perhaps resort to the net when they go for the second half. Or it will be Champions Leaque,Juve-Tottenham ;)

Looking forward to kiss wify safe back home and in the meantime : Take care and enjoy the show tonight!

På gensyn.

Feb-15-18  virginmind: Winter's back! Not as bad as the last wave (snow hight is about half of that) but still! When you thought it's gone, it's back with a bang! So here I have to grab again the snow shovel...:)

Yup, Magnus proved that he's king even in Chess 960. Do you think we'll get to live the day when he will be surpassed in classical rating? Just kidding. Of course he'll stay there forever ;)

Send JWH and KJ my regards, hug Hannah, and have a great Thursday!

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  moronovich: Winters back here too !

Love it,as you know ;) hope you will make friends with the showel !?

Will send regards to my friends,thank you, and I am actuallly going to see KJ today(if the old body permits)as we have switched wednesday to thursday. Talking about snow.I just love to see the snowboarders at the Olympics.The whole atmosphere also occurs more friendly than usual.Do you watch the omlympics?

Carlsen certainly rules and as you indicate he may stay there "forever" ;) (That is a long time.Never been there). NoW we await the version 6.0 Carlsen-Nakamura : Bullit Blindfolded

Take care you too with hugs to your dear Maria as well.

And may you have a great Thursday !

Feb-22-18  virginmind: Dear <moronovich>, I don't follow much, if at all, the winter Olympics, although I should. It's just that I seem to always find something better to do (or watch on tv). But I know that, in fact, there are great things to see there, maybe today I'll look a bit.

In the mean time very little chess playing, but quite a lot of tactics solving on Playchess, still I don't seem to be able to go further than the 'club player' level there...

How about you? I hope you're fine. Haven't had any health issues lately. There is Aeroflot Open going on in Moskow, but I didn't find time so far to look it up. Not that I have much else to do, for now I'm planning to reread Kafka On The Shore by Murakami, an excellent novel.

All the best.

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  moronovich: Oh dear,it is weekend again !

How time runs.Or flies.

Every second day I wish you,as today, a good weekend. Got any specific plans?

Here I am waiting for wify to start her weekend while watching Aeroflot.But that is a lot of games to get a grip on :)....May be I am smart enough,to just watch the top boards.

Glad to hear that your health is fine!
Stay that way,s.v.p!
Here the stomach is better today,otherwise it has been a tough bandit.What a difference.

Outside,and in a way also inside,the sun is shining all clear and bright.As well as the cold weather is approaching. Good news :)

Hope you will reach the level in chess that you go for and as once said:if you need any inspiration,just let me know.

Was with KJ and PK(who I hadnīt seen for 2 months)on Tuesday,because Hannah and her old jazzdancer group were occupying our house:):Especially with PK it was one of our magic evenings were we grew kids again and the time almost stood still.Just what I needed.

So see you down and up the road.Take care my friend and say hello to Maria !

Auf wiedersehen og på gensyn og go weekend.

Mar-06-18  virginmind: Hi <moronovich>, late again, as usual, there have been a lot of tactics solving on Playchess which brought me to the next level, forgot the name, anyway it was Tal memorial so cool these days, both the blitz&rapid, and Anand showed again his class, and also Karjakin proved that even in blitz he's a strong contender for Carlsen and who knows, maybe they'll get to meet again this autumn.

We're about to go to Nut Cracker opera in a couple of hours, and Sunday have celebrated at a restaurant near Iasi 30 years since Maria and me first met in a remote town, I was a trainee lawyer and she a trainee engineer, both faraway from our home towns, and we a literary club :) How time flies...

Mild temperatures today and what a relief after such an unusual stretch of arctic/Siberian cold...

So all is well in this part of the world and I do hope it's the same at your place.

Have fun!

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  WinKing: Hi moronovich,

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  moronovich: Hi <virginmind> !

Good to hear from you again.And hopefully you two had a romantic time were you first met ! So you also have march as you meeting month as Hannah and I !? We first met on an irish pub on St Patricks Day the 17th of March 1994.Went with a friend and we tried to figure out how he could get his last GM norm.Later I drifed around on my own and "sudenly" ran out of money.Something that never had occured to me.But a busdriver was very friendly and offered me beer without any obligations.So I stayed and the whole newly opened place was soon crowded with cheerfull ppeole of all kinds and nationalities.Hannah and friends also showed up.New sponsor for my beerdrinking ;).We exchanged numbers,saw each other a couple of times.But first after a trip to Crete 2 months later I phoned her an asked if I could stay for a couple of days, since my appartment was rented out.Off course I could ! And the days turned to weeks and the weeks turned to months and here we are...still on a wonderfull journey :)

So the candidates are comming up and I feel inner joy like a child.Even if they gonna play tight and cautios it will most likely be a thriller which may last till the very last round.

If Aronian can handle all the outer pressure I think he will manage this time,otherwise Karjakin,and then it is a complete open field IMHO. Who do think have the best chances ?

So you completed to the next level ! Congrats,and I hope you are satisfied with the outcome,so far !?

Old body as good as it gets and winter
is presumeably on its last note.But great, that it dished out some of the real white stuff ;)

I should say hello from Hannah and may you do the same to Maria,s.v.p..

See you down or up the road.

All the best wishes.

p.s :Met the busdriver,Mr Horsefall, some years later,and told him the story and expressed my gratitude and offered him all the beer he could drink ...;)

Mar-10-18  virginmind: Hi! I got lazy, for some reason. But it's gonna pass. Candidates about to start in a few hours, and I don't know who to root for. OK, now I know: Ding Liren.

Never been to Berlin, how about you?

Yes, we met on the evening of March 3, 1988, I was scheduled to read some poems at that literary club, and I think I was postponed or something, all I know is we two walking by the alley on our way back home - we lived in the same neighbourhood. There were the last years of Ceausescu and everything was bleak, but we were happy.

Some rain outside this weekend, Maria went for a meeting with friends and I am left home wondering what to fill the time with until the first move in Berlin. Well of course there are countless things to do, and the first that comes to mind is...chess.

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  moronovich: Hi and good evening!

What a start for the candidates !
All horses out from the gates in a hurry.With a lot of action,just as I thought it would be a quiet and tight start ;) So now the script has dramatically changed and the rest of thr tournament may get effected.Not bad for us as fans and spectators ! Talking about....there is a channel were Seirawan and Eric Hansen are commenting,if you would know if you have to write "stream" and dont know how to post it with blue letters,but here we go ! Hope you have enjoyed the show today and perhaps see you tomorrow !?

All is well here and bedtime is just around the corner.

Au revoir.

Mar-11-18  virginmind: Hello and thank you for that link, I will check it shortly. Yes, apparently people were expecting a drawish first round and the players decided to surprise us, and it was great, of course. Haven't played as yet through the games, only followed them for some half an hour yesterday, as I tried to fix some problems with Windows...

All is well here too and please say hello from me to Hannah and have a nice Sunday ahead!

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  moronovich: Hello my friend !

Hope you will benefit from the link,which is were I am right now.As they are a good duo Hansen & Yasser,while Kramnik plays the Berlin ;) (Sorry couldnīt resist).

Was with Hannah watching some local girls playing handball which was funny compared to see the profesionals all the time.And a fine warm up before the candidates.

So let us see what happens after the short draw in the Aronian game.

Take care and may you too enjoy the remains of your sunday. And hugs to Maria as well s.v.p.

A dios.På gensyn.

Mar-16-18  virginmind: Hi! There was at least one great game in each of the past three rounds in Berlin. Those people are fighting. Earning their money. Sport is good for mind and body.

The link you provided works, but the only one with video of the playing hall is the one from the official page. Great broadcast. I took a break from problem solving on Playchess, my rank is still 'brilliant player'.

Big cold&snow wave coming up in a few days here, 43 cm of snow predicted in Iasi. The weather is definitely turned upside down lately.

Going to Onesti tomorrow. Health is stabile, the usual daily headaches. State of mind rather foggy, but cool.


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  moronovich: Hi !and good sunday to you and hope you have enjoyed your trip to Onesti !?

While Peter and Jan are in my earplugs and wife is on the couch reading.A cosy time we have,except that I am nervous about todays games.Will net a lot of bucks and some real money if Ding wins.Right now he has an advantage,but still a long way to go.

Still some snow left and yesterday the wind was blowing everywhere and left the most magnifique scenerie.It is about enjoying the last part of the show before the spring sets in.

Yesterday with JWH and once again we found our magic space.Like time flies but at the same time stands still.Just like when we were kids :)!

All in all it has been a very interesting journey in Berlin with a lot of blood on the tracks and still uncertain about who will take the spot. Rihgt now Caruana must be the favourite.

Hope you are enjoying it too and that you may gain pleasure and chessstrenght from all your puzzle solving !

See you around and take care.

Mar-19-18  virginmind: Hello, the morning we went to Onesti was sunny and warm, but the return in the evening was frightening: snowing all the time and windy, I could hardly see the markings on the road. We finaly made it safely home. Minus ten Celsius and 8 cm of snow this morning in Iasi. There is no doubt - this winter is here to stay...

No more puzzle solving lately, but I am about to start again. For some reason I thought yesterday would be a free day in Berlin, so I didn't follow the games. Instead I've watched a bit the EICC in Batumi, where our lad Deac has won against Wojtaszek, a pleasant surprise.

All the best.

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Mar-20-18  virginmind: Congratulations on your betting results!
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  moronovich: Thanks a lot <Chnebelgrin>,<worfunph> and <virginmind> !

Thanks a lot guys! Certainly a nice view it is,but,but,but...A lot of deadbucks at the winner bet,so still a long way home.

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  moronovich: Good morning <virginmind> !

Still some snow here,but the blackbird has begun singing,so the spring can not be that far away ;) Which makes me think of <achieve> and wonder what happened to him.Still missses his contributions...Do you btw have his e-mail adress ?

So you made it through the lizard !? And safe back home----good !

With such a weather there should be a fine chess tournament just around the corner,nést pas.Hey but there is!And do you follow it and if so,what is your opinion about the course and the games ?

I do enjoy it.Especially the company of
Svidler and Gustafsson.They have a wonderful way of communicating IMO. And Caruana with excellent chances,who seems to be one of the few who could give Magnus a match.

Take care and see you around!

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