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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 7496 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-30-17 Gashimov Memorial (2017) (replies)
moronovich: Pairings matter. Indeed.That is how it all started.
   Apr-29-17 W So vs Mamedyarov, 2017 (replies)
moronovich: <Sprinkling some tamara sauce on his kasha, he said: "I don't know what I'd do without tamara". "Simple", I replied. "You'd eat like there's no tammara'.> Brilliant ! Like my old indian mentor said:Tamara never comes,it is always now !
   Apr-29-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
moronovich: I see this idiot pawn breeds with himself. It doesn´t get much more narcissistic than this. Poor lonely fella.
   Apr-28-17 offramp chessforum (replies)
moronovich: <A useful thing to remember, as I am sure you know, is that almost always the solution is "unique". There will not be an alternative solution.> When they give this puzzle to Kramnik I´ll take their word for it.
   Apr-28-17 Eljanov vs W So, 2017 (replies)
moronovich: <technical draw: So has 2 pieces for the rook. Should be enough to win.> If only chess was that simple...
   Apr-28-17 Mamedyarov vs Adams, 2017 (replies)
moronovich: <Sneaky: Topalov doesn't seem to be the loose cannon that he used to be.> Right.But thats the thing about loose cannons:They sometimes dont go off ;)
   Apr-28-17 moronovich chessforum
moronovich: Hi´! Was a little early about the weekendwishes.Thought it was Friday yesterday ; But now it fits. What a game between Real and Barca last sunday ! Did you watch it ? It simply had everything and reminded more about an icehockegame than football :) Will go to Shamkir ...
   Apr-23-17 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 (replies)
moronovich: Lee-ong is the most common french pronouncation.Eventually spiced up with <AI´s> explanation. There is a small g-sound in the ONpart. The farmers down south,say something like Leeon-geu.
   Apr-22-17 Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 (replies)
moronovich: This is very difficult to hold for MVL.So a dancing rook is lurking,with or without glasses;)
   Apr-21-17 Aronian vs Yifan Hou, 2017 (replies)
moronovich: <Polka Dots 400:1> Thanks <Sneaky> I´ll take that ! ;)
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Mar-27-17  virginmind: Hi <moronovich>, it turns out we're not that good at all at this sport, football. And it's been all too visible, especially in the second half of the game. The Danes were all over us, and you could very well leave Cluj with a victory. I don't know what chances are there left for us to still qualify at the championship in Russia next year, all I know is that these are sharply decreased now.

Last day of cold today here (hopefully), with as low as 1 degree Celsius in Iasi this morning (ouch). But they say starting tomorrow spring will simply erupt everywhere around, both thermal and vegetal level :) We'll see about that.

At least one interesting chess tournament of note, the one in China. Maybe more will come about, with even more interesting players.

I'm rather fine. Wish you both have a happy time.

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  moronovich: Good Noon!

But you were good enough to get a draw,which was a pretty fair result after the games course,though the danes finished on a high note.Sometimes football is like chess:It is all about grabbing the opportunities and no wonder that those who keep their heads cool abd can score the crucial goals are the best paid...We will have a return match,sometime in the autum I guess !

Rather fine here too and going to town to see if it´s possible to recreate those magic moments with JWH.You are not supposed to bathe,swim in the same rive twice,but still.

Spring is all over here and dont you think it is the same wawe that is hitting you tomorrow ?

And thanks and yes:We had a fine weekend with(compared to our capabilties;)a lot of gardening which gives a good conscience and perhaps a better sleep:)

That was all.Please take care and I send you all my best wishes,brought with the eternal song of the blackbird !

See you around.

Mar-29-17  virginmind: Yeah, I too find it difficult to recreate lost magic moments, for example when I wrote something for a novel, then lost the pages and eventually tried to recreate stuff - it just didn't have the same feeling, the charm was gone somehow, something important was missing. So I get your point.

Spring in full development here, 20 degrees and sunny, splendid day. Clouds only from some problems have at her job, but other than that it was fine. Birds of course have started their singing. Like in every year, a dove came this morning at my window looking around for a possible corner to install its nest.

Oh, and the US championship also started - speaking of notable tournaments. It's even live here.

Headaches every day, since quite a while. But Panadol works like charm, and you were right, I can hardly describe the joy and serenity when feeling it's expected effect is indeed happening. I think it's mostly due to its caffeine component. Usually I don't drink coffee (my wife drinks daily, since some 40 years), ever since I quit smoking. But I do read that multiple research have proved/confirmed some very good effects of coffee on human body and mind.

I don't know if I told you that latelt (since 2-3 years) I keep composing music in my mind, more or less often, songs either modern or sometimes of classical/symphonic type. Only problem is that I cannot play any instrument and neither can write music on notes. So what I sing is basically lost, as usualy the next day I forgot what I sang the other day. Maybe I should try recording the songs I compose, by just wistling or whatever.

Have fun and all the best!

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  moronovich: Good evening !

A fine day today.The old body reacted well after yesterdays raid with 2 old friends in town.Two rendezvousses with many fine moments and nursing the relations.

Potatoes and fish soon, while wife is making the final part of her workingduties for today.Arm is still improving and her new haircut is very charming :)

Sorry to hear about your headaches.So hopefully the (re)discovery of coffein could have a positive impact!? And I know for shure that the latest sience have found many positive things in coffee,as long as we not overdo it.And yes,I know the feeling of creating music and then not being able to reconstruct it(Several "eternal" hits have been made;)So may be there is no other way, than recording ?..

Take care and hopefully a weekend with the slightest possible effect from headache and in other aspects a creative and joyfull time !

See you up the road !


Apr-06-17  virginmind: Hi! Clouds gathered here but not quite cold, and still no rain, just a few drops. Some tournaments around. A bit tired, for some reason. Maybe it's just the weather. Still continued with 1Q84, don't seem to be able to get rid of Murakami, the charm's too strong. Unfortunately the video-game tendency of the book only got worse, with a fantastic development. Not quite my cup of tea, but what can I do? the charm's still there, to the point that, it doesn't matter what's happening as long as the way he's telling it grabs your heart.

Our local football team won two games in a row which happened quite rarely, still not enough though to determine me to go to the stadium next time. Headaches here and there, but today was fine. I didn't rediscover coffeine, I still very occasionaly drink it, it just that Panadol contains some dose of caffeine.

And of course no chess games I played worth mentioning - I did notice though a decrease in my playing strength lately.

Have a nice evening!

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  moronovich: Good evening and good to see you in my house again !

Just before the US championship where as usual find the company of Jazz and Co very comforting and enjoyable...And if I were younger adn should give lessons I would throw in some Maurice Ashley style ;)

<Unfortunately the video-game tendency of the book only got worse, with a fantastic development. Not quite my cup of tea, but what can I do? the charm's still there, to the point that, it doesn't matter what's happening as long as the way he's telling it grabs your heart.> Sometimes the right thing is to letting one get seduced !? :)

And our local team is very close to win two times in a row !:):) Only one win away....8 months since last time..
Sometimes I use the expression "that they now have won one game in a row"--and my friends laugh !

I dont read books so I´ll let this world remain in your hands.But when I was a teen I wrote a lot and the experinece and feeling of entering this world with totally its own life is just marvellous.And a good education for the soul and mind.

It is an extreme pleasure to send wife with the bus of to her work and see all the progress she has msde with her arm ! Life is good and,sometimes,fair. Hope the old body functions well and JWH is a mood for some adventure tomorrow.

Take care and see you around.With alll the best wishes for the weekend !

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  Chnebelgrind: didn't I see you on next-to-last place just now ??
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  moronovich: Hi <Chnebelgrind> !

Good to see you again.
Well suddenly all went my way,through hard work and wind in my sails.And on top of that I would have made around 62.000 in total and clar first if Onischuk would have won the championship ! Before the winningstreak I started on minus 5-6.000 and at the very start at only 1.000.So a <Chenebelgrind> = best performance ever, it was(almost)!

All the best !

Apr-11-17  virginmind: Hi! Sabina Foisor won the US championship, wow! Considering her rating and the fact that he was still distressed after her mother's death in Jan., this is quite a feat, bravo for the performance!

Bought a pair of Sennheiser headphones but going to return them as incomfortable on the ears. I asked for a replacement with a pair of Sony in-ear, for which I've read good reviews. Still a bit undecided, as the in-ears generaly tend to be unconfortable too - for those with known ear sensibilities. In the worst case scenario I'll return them too and ask for a refund. Hope the shop won't get bothered.

Very nice and warm weather today, over 20 degrees and sunny. Going to Onesti on Sunday on the occasion of the Easter.

Yesterday been to a conference and book launch by a Romanian novelist, Nicolae Breban, whom I know personally and befriended some 30 years ago. He actually published my first novel. Got an autograph on his last one (an autobiography) and chat just a bit with him - he's 83 and still writing, he's about to launch (also in Iasi) his latest novel in a month. I was very much attracted to his writing and personality, he was kind of an idol for me, in my twenties.

Hope you two are alright and wish you all the best!

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  moronovich: Good Evening!

ARe you ready for the big show Bayern-Real Madrid tonight ? We are and former niegboors show up so we gonna be a nice little group...Wife is cooking and I have returned safely after an(other good session with JK).And though the weather is more autumnlike the spirits are fine...the Lewandowskifree german team will win 3-1 if I should only place one bet :)

Yup it was heartwarming to witness Foisor winning the championship after the loss of her mother ! And I came close to winning the bookiegame.It "only" took Onischuk to come out on top ):But a very satisfieng experience as well as I was dearly impresssed by the livecoverage.A team that simply gets better and better.

Interesting story about your friendship with the novelist and you old idol who seems to be still going strong !?

Hope you will get your refund..

And now off to dinner and yes we two are allright and the same good wishes I send to you and your wife !

See you around !

p.s. wifes arm is getting better and(so far)better :)

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  Annie K.: <moronovich: <Thanks to <Annie K> for all the (hard?) work !>>

Hi :)

If you're curious how much work is involved in running the Bookie, you could try running a leg yourself? ;)

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  moronovich: <If you're curious how much work is involved in running the Bookie, you could try running a leg yourself? ;)>

Thanks for the offer <Annie K>,but I dont have the possibility.But I can imagine it is a load of hard work !?

Apr-19-17  virginmind: Belated Happy Easter, <moronovich>! How are things going on with you?

As it happens, again I fell asleep last night while watching Real Madrin - Bayern Munchen, and of course I missed the show - found out this morning about the turn of events. Earlier I've been following a bit Tour of the Alps and I enjoyed it, so I can well understand your penchant for these broadcasts.

We returned from Onesti on Monday evening and we were having a good time within the family-in-law, only that, as I told you, my father in law is in an asylum and certainly his spirit is not at all high while being there. But it's all we can do, unfortunately. Lucky those who get to spend the last years of their life together with their family...

So Hou Yifan leads in Grenke, wow! Even Magnus Carlsen had to declare himself happy with a draw against her! Also in Zurich some high level action lately. A most welcome warming of chess atmosphere :)

I do hope you are fine. Unseasonably cold here since 2 days ago, and it's gonna last 2-3 more.

Plenty of luck!

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  WinKing: Hi moronovich,

2 days till Shamkir Chess - Gashimov Memorial 2017 - Friday Apr. 21st 2017!!!

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Participants include Adams, Eljanov, Harikrishna, Karjakin, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Radjabov, So, Topalov & Wojtaszek.

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Apr-21-17  virginmind: Hi again! Since yesterday, winter has returned to Iasi. Heavy snow and strong winds, apparently due to a cyclon which is passing over Romania. Everything is covered in a thick layer of snow, and it will continue for at least one day more. It's not the first time we had snow in April here, but never to this extent.
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  moronovich: Hi you !

A very very belated happy Easter to you too ! And thanks for dropping by again.

So much schess goin on,nést pas ? Almost too much,but nice too.Hope it fits with your heavy snow.(I actually played better,sometimes,when there was snow outside.I really like snow.Reality and poetry in one bottle.Cant and wont ask for more).

Carlsen has a new (or rather the first) girlfriend and to my eye and ear it can be heard when he speaks.It occurs more fluent and probably warmer. Tell me if you have some observations in this regard !?

Wife is working on daily basis and it is a pleasure to kiss her goodbye and au revoir at the busstop,and see how fine she navigates with her old/"new" arm :)

<Lucky those who get to spend the last years of their life together with their family...>

And with these wise words I´ll leave you for now,but will most likely be back soon.

For the 150th-200th time :
A fine weekend to you.To both of you.


Apr-21-17  virginmind: I didn't know he's having a girlfriend, that's great, hopefully chess-wise too :) I did follow some of his interviews and press conferences in Grenke and he indeed seemed to me less nervous and more easy going and balanced. Good news anyway, thanks for pointing that out.

I'm glad your wife has recovered so well and that everything went back to normal at work and everyday life. A fine weekend to both of you!

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  moronovich: <I'm glad your wife has recovered so well and that everything went back to normal at work and everyday life. A fine weekend to both of you!>

Thank you.We shall try our best.Like mys sisters tatoo on her left arm,I still find "Life is beautiful".Her daughter has the same tatoo,with her mothers handwriting and vice versa.It has also worked as comfort for the doctors,nurses,patients,friends and relatives as she is undergoing a treatment for her brestcancer.A procedure which is very tough,off course, but working fine so far.Sje lives in Kentucky,USA.

I at the "Gashimov Memorial" at the moment where there is a fine livecoverage.At least the broadcast from the playinghall.And will So repeat all his successes,or will someone ells finally take first price ? I am going all in and say:Someone ells.
Btw,it seems Mamedyarov has equalized in just 10 moves.But still a dynamic position.

Re Carlsen:In Russia they say marriage costs(in average) around 50 elopoints. Sex the day before e.g. an athlete event is improving the womans(in average)performance,but for men it is the other way round....There are welldocumented numbers and results on this conclusion. From my own backyard,I recall a day at the races from many years ago,1990 it was.I was after many years regarded as a kind of expert(horses) and quite a few ppeople frequented my table and asked if this or that horse was winning.Normally I always gave an honest answer,but on this very day,because I was awfully,helpless in love with Maria and almost saw the world as one peacefull family,with a lot of tinkerbells and rainbows in the sky,I also saw winners everywere.And besides : who cares ? It is only a horse.Love is much more important.And all the horses and jockeys were also one happy family.So we were all winners,nést pas !?.....Needless to say,my tips weren´t of any value): ;) But what it does to Carlsen we may have an idea about later.Interesting in any way.

All the best spirits to you.
And now back to Azerbadjan.

Apr-23-17  virginmind: Hi! World School Chess Championship has started in Iasi yesterday. I will visit the venue today and take some pictures

Sorry to hear about the illness of your sister, I do hope the undergoing treatment will be effective and as painless as possible and I wish her good luck and power to sustain the treatment, and of course optimism which helps very much a good state of mind.

Haha, funny reading your story (by the way, my wife's first name is also Maria) and indeed there are now quite a few very strong tournaments around - I forgot about Gashimov. Ok, Grenke is over and good job by Aronian winning again a top gm tournament. And yes, it will be interesting to follow what love does to Carlsen chess-wise. If we look at Karjakin for example, he seemed to be improving after two marriages :)

The unexpected winter has gradually receded, as expected, and we are now waiting for spring warmth to take care of the poor trees which are recovering from the shock...

See you around.

Apr-23-17  virginmind: And also Rejkjavik! Just found out though that Aronian actually didn't win the tournament, and that because of a certain bad guy who decided against - Caruana.

I visited the venue of WSCC, which is the newly renovated Palace of Culture. The playing halls offer a very nice environment as they are mostly in gothic form&decoration. Quite a big event, over 500 players participating from 46 countries We got there when it was break time and the children were having lunch elsewhere, and they arrived back right when we left (we also visited an exposition while being there). For most of the pics the quality is less than optimal, as I forgot to take the camera and used the smartphone. I think it's not possible to paste them here anyway.


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  moronovich: Hi you !

Phoned JWH if he wanted to meet and he responded that he would be very surprised if I had not phoned him!!;)So quite a fine connection...Stomach is good today and may be even the rain will turn into sunshine,which is how it is in this period,but quite typical for April which may be the month of the year were all 4 sesons are having a rendezvous :)

And thank you for the pictures ! I always find it nice and even moving sometimes when I see the toddlers coming to the board with their teddybear. At the end of the day it is not about rating and stuff like that,but the joy for the game.So if you have more impressions,feel free to share.

Now Shamkir is waiting before the bus to town,but I send you and Maria(!)all my best wishes and spirits.

See you around.

Apr-24-17  virginmind: Well, as you can see, I couldn't paste the pictures, but you can see a lot of them available at the official site link I gave you. It's great that JWH is always answering with a same openness and warmth to your callings, this is indeed proof of a real friendship.

Sunny today but still cool, and you are right, April can be home to very diverse weather conditions, here as elsewhere. We're still lucky, I guess, that living in the temperate climate, we have the 4 seasons to enjoy and don't get bored of just two of them - one humid and one dry/hot...:)

A wonderful spring to you!

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  moronovich: Good evening !

Just a short notice before dinner:homemade fries,homemade fishballs with (homemade too;)tomatosalat.Souds ice nes´pas !?

<It's great that JWH is always answering with a same openness and warmth to your callings, this is indeed proof of a real friendship.>

Spot on.And another giving session.Like yesterday with an old friend whom I hadn´t seen for aorund 5 years.So many stories he could tell.E.g.about the fakeness of the moonlandig as he sees it.He has given several lectures on the subject,so I mainly had to keep my balance.I may be back on this another time...

Are you still visiting the kids tournament in your town ?

In general things are fine/ok here so once again I send all the best wishes for the weekend.Again ;)

Now just a short glimpse at Shamkir before the finishing touch of the dinner.Seems like black is the new white ! :)

May the spirits be with you and see you around.


Apr-28-17  virginmind: Good appetite!
No, I haven't visited the kids tournament anymore. It will last until Sunday, but today we leave in a longer weekend for Onesti-Slanic Moldova, so probably won't get another chance for live impressions. Like I said, there are a lot of photos on the official site, so you can get an idea about the place and participants.

I too have a friend who believes the Americans didn't actually land on the moon and that it's all fake. I don't know what to say on the matter, at first I rejected this possibility, but upon seeing further evidence for the forgery, I began to hesitate - could it really be possible? I still, somehow, doubt that it was all fake images and that they didn't actually land on the moon.

Looks like some very good action in Shamkir yesterday, I should have followed more closely this tournament. Later today I will have to decide between replaying some games or continue the good read from a latest Murakami novel.

A sunny weekend to both of you!

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  moronovich: Hi´!

Was a little early about the weekendwishes.Thought it was Friday yesterday ; But now it fits.

What a game between Real and Barca last sunday ! Did you watch it ? It simply had everything and reminded more about an icehockegame than football :)

Will go to Shamkir afterwards,but the commentators aren´t that good IMO.But the chess is.I have for a long time had a soft spot for The Shark and he is very close to clinch the tournament now.

Here is a puzzle if you like (from chessbase,some days ago):White(from the starting postion) mates black.With the B-pawn.On the fifth move !... Good luck and enjoyment,if you want to work with it.(Kramnik made it in 33 minuttes and answered a couple of phonecalls in the meantime ;).I made it in 45.

Has just repaired a headache,and you are the first to know who wonderfull it is afterwards ! So it may be a nice day ahead.

Take care and also a sunny weekend to you both!

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