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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Jun-16-18
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 2143 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-15-18 Your Next Move (Rapid) (2018) (replies)
paavoh: @FSR: Thanks for the link to your <Wikipedia article>, an impressive essay indeed! My limited experience is that when I'm White, Black usually equalizes but when I have the Black pieces, I struggle to do the same...
   Jun-15-18 Karjakin vs Grischuk, 2018 (replies)
paavoh: @HMM: After the sequence <34...Qxg2+ 35.Qxg2 Rxg2+ 36.Kxg2 fxe3>, I see that White has R, B and 5 p while Black has R, B, 5 p + a Knight. How is that an exchange down?
   Jun-13-18 W So vs Mamedyarov, 2018 (replies)
paavoh: For instance, 52...Qxd5 53. exd5 c3 54. d6 c2 55. d7 c1=Q 56. d8=Q+ Kg7 57. Qf6+ Kg8 58. Qxf7+ Kh8 59. Qh7# or 52...Qxd5 53.exd5 Kf8 54.Kf3 fxg6 55.Ke4 Ke7 56.Kd4 Kd6 57.f4 c3 58.Kxc3 Ke7 59.f5 Kf7 60.fxg6+ Kg7 61.d6 Kxg6
   Jun-12-18 Owen vs Morphy, 1858 (replies)
paavoh: Yes <keypusher>, White lost momentum with 20.Bxe7. Your find 20.Nd6 could also lead to 20.- Bxg5 21.Nxf7 Kxf7 22.Rxb7. This seems winning too.
   Jun-12-18 N Ziemann vs C Roelli, 2007 (replies)
paavoh: 18.Nd1 seems better than 18.Bf2.
   Jun-08-18 S Volkov vs B Socko, 2014 (replies)
paavoh: How about "Volkov Fame"? Just submitted it...
   Jun-08-18 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
paavoh: Thanks <lostemperor> for hosting the competition again! Congratulations to all medalists, especially to <alfamikewhiskey> for an excellent performance! See you next time!
   Jun-08-18 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
paavoh: Thanks <GE> for running this contest! Congratulations to all medalists, well done! It was not my day at the races :-) See you next time!
   Jun-07-18 Ziji Zhang vs Yu Ruiyuan, 2015 (replies)
paavoh: In view of the novelty 12.b4: Although Stockfish likes 11.- b6 and it has been played before, I think 11.-a6 would have been OK to reserve a spot for the DSB and a chance for b5-Bb7. Any comments?
   Jun-06-18 B Adhiban vs D Andreikin, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: After 40.Nc2, I thought this was a bit too easy, and started to look what Black could do. So, 40. -g4+ was obvious. After that, it took some time to see that White will promote and mate before Black can beging the checks.
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