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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Aug-22-17
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 1896 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-18-17 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Blitz) (2017) (replies)
paavoh: <All he had to do was play 58. Qxc7 and it's over. A Patzer could have found this move.> A patzer would not have survived till move 58.
   Aug-14-17 N Zwirs vs P V Nandhidhaa, 2016 (replies)
paavoh: Unusually too many choices for a Monday puzzle. Took some time to decide on Ng6.
   Aug-13-17 H Westerinen vs G Timmerman, 1987
paavoh: And his opponent was a CC World Champion. Regarding CC players, they surely must feel a constant time trouble when playing OTB :-)
   Aug-13-17 Axel Smith
paavoh: @refutor: <any thoughts on Axel's book "e3 poison" which encourages openings like 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3...> None on the book, but isn't this "opening" prone to a quick transposition to QGD, Slav family etc? IMHO, even the average club player is familiar with transposition so I gather ...
   Aug-12-17 Svidler vs Caruana, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: <An Englishman> Indeed, 14.b4! I felt that Svidler was channeling Aronian. But seriously, he is a great player on his own.
   Aug-12-17 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
paavoh: Congratulations to all winners and medalists! It was a roller coaster tournament to predict. And again, special thanks to <GE> for continuously hosting this fun event. See you next time!
   Aug-11-17 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: <a game between GMs where the winner consistently chose the best line according to Stockfish?> AT least the no-show forfeits: 1.e4 1-0.
   Aug-10-17 Nakamura vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: Quite an unconventional position after the opening. The fountain keeps brimming with creativity. Well done!
   Aug-09-17 Levon Aronian (replies)
paavoh: First #1 in Norway and now doing very well in Sinquefield. And to me, his game has taken very creative turn. Hope he keeps it up!
   Aug-09-17 Sinquefield Cup (2017) (replies)
paavoh: <Boomie Syndrome> Can you please get this diagnosis to the next revision of the ICD code ( )? It neatly explains why I get tired when even reading about jet lag or air travel. I must have a chronic case of Boomie Syndrome...
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