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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Oct-19-19
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 2344 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-18-19 D A Yeager vs Stripunsky, 2008 (replies)
paavoh: @morfishine: I agree that the pun was a bit weak - if one can say so about Jägermeister - but it wasn't me who picked it. Perhaps better suggestions were not around?
   Oct-15-19 A Firouzja vs M Karthikeyan, 2019
paavoh: Thanks <catlover>! Seeing this amazing sacrifice, the title just popped in my head but I did not recognize that particular reference. BTW, I love cats too.
   Oct-15-19 Art Zhao vs D A Yeager, 2011 (replies)
paavoh: 36.-h5 and 37.-Qf7 to block Q access to h6 and guard the squares around Black King.
   Oct-09-19 Olli Salmensuu
paavoh: He seems to have worked (at least in 2017) for a member of the Finnish parliament.
   Oct-08-19 World Cup (2019) (replies)
paavoh: <Botvinnik was their man> Why on earth did the Soviets then allow these players of "undesirable" nationalities even rise to the top tier, become a challenge to their "own" top players and only then try to slow them down? History tells us Soviets knew since 1920's how to get ...
   Oct-08-19 I Denisov vs R Skomorokhin, 2009 (replies)
paavoh: <... very easy because there is really nothing else to try...> My thoughts exactly. But then again, it is a Tuesday puzzle.
   Sep-27-19 Count Wedgemore chessforum (replies)
paavoh: Sorry to disappoint you, but MVL lost. Lost the grip early on and could not recover. Radjabov played very, very well.
   Sep-23-19 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
paavoh: <The breaks in the action in chess last much longer, sometimes up to an hour or more. Yet you still watch?> Most of chess action is in calculating the variations. That is not a break, IMO.
   Sep-20-19 Ju Wenjun vs A Kashlinskaya, 2019
paavoh: @sbevan: Thanks, so Black gets an even game and is OK... Not bad.
   Sep-17-19 E Paehtz vs V Gunina, 2019
paavoh: Looking at the game, not the names, I would have thought Gunina was playing with White - very aggressively played by Paehtz!
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