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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Apr-27-17
Learned the game at age of 7, played OTB in the 1980's, converted to CC in mid-1990's, now just following what is going on at the top.

Does this path reflect a decline in my chess abilities or increased demands at my day job in sciences?

Still, I feel a spark when seeing a great game.

Many thanks for Santa and the good people at Chessgames for giving me a membership for the year 2015!

   paavoh has kibitzed 1777 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-27-17 Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: What a high-tension game, thanks to both players!!
   Apr-27-17 18th Karpov Poikovsky (2017)
paavoh: Some very hard-fought, risk-taking games in this tournament, such as Korobov refusing to give in against Najer. They are worth a look or two.
   Apr-27-17 Jobava vs A Giri, 2017
paavoh: Unlike his other games with White, here Jobava introduces a rather common opening system ... and loses. Perhaps he should stick to his strengths?
   Apr-26-17 Khalifman vs A Diermair, 2012
paavoh: I think this was strategically lost for Black after 19.c5.
   Apr-26-17 W So vs Kramnik, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: <I happily played both sides of the Catalan with excellent results without ever understanding it. Perhaps no other opening is so much harder to play than it appears. Fortunately, my opponents usually felt even more baffled.> Glad to see others are feeling the same way. Always ...
   Apr-25-17 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
paavoh: Everyone, have a good rest day! My Round 6 guesstimates are: Kramnik-Mamedyarov 1/2 Adams-Harikrishna 1-0 Wojtaszek-Radjabov 1/2 Topalov-Eljanov 1/2 So-Karjakin 1/2
   Apr-25-17 Gashimov Memorial (2017) (replies)
paavoh: Karjakin blows Topalov off the board in 30 moves, and ties with him at 50%. Kramnik in some trouble against So, and mamed may have an impossible task to overcome Hari in the pawn up B+N vs B + B endgame.
   Apr-25-17 Kramnik vs Harikrishna, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: Huschenbeth mentioned < > that instead of 26.-Nf6 Black could have played 26.-Kg6, followed by Bg8 and Kh7, but he did not give too much detail.
   Apr-24-17 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
paavoh: <Hey why did it take so more than 4 years to go from 2600 to 2700?> I would take that, please! Now, where can I sign up to get me to 2600?
   Apr-23-17 Karjakin vs Adams, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: I thought 39.Ra1 secured the draw, or at least prevented such debacles on the back row.
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