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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Mar-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 1718 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-21-17 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984
paavoh: @ajile: <I just played through this opening and was hoping for 12..f5 but it didn't happen.> Karpov leaving a hole on e5 so early in the game?? Somehow I do not see it...
   Mar-17-17 I Nyzhnyk vs K Stupak, 2013 (replies)
paavoh: Didn't this GOTD have another pun attached earlier today, "I'm with Stupak" or something like that?!
   Mar-11-17 Siegfried Bernard van Mindeno
paavoh: According to the CG database, he has played only one Caro-Kann, lost the game, and got the opening named after him: the Mindeno variation 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4. It is not quite on par with a Gordie Howe hat trick but still pretty good :-)
   Mar-07-17 A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924 (replies)
paavoh: The game list provided by FSR is a good start for the "Chess Theory - alternative facts" collection.
   Mar-07-17 I Skrypin vs A Glebov, 2007 (replies)
paavoh: Material for a Guess-the-Move game, perhaps?
   Mar-07-17 E Schiller vs H Pack, 1969
paavoh: <I have actually played this game: 1.g4 e5 2.f3 ♕h4#. To make things clear: I was black.> I was also on the winning side in a high school casual game. My opponent was always eager to attack and he opened with 1.f4. I replied meekly with 1.- e6. He exclaimed "More attack!"
   Mar-07-17 J L Hammer vs M Rodshtein, 2007 (replies)
paavoh: Got to be 84.-Bg4+ and White should decline the offer to make it a tad more difficult for Black.
   Mar-06-17 M Ofner vs L Handler, 2013
paavoh: He knew that Black could <handler> the position, so he made an <ofner> to resign on the spot.
   Mar-03-17 Plaskett vs G Lee, 1978
paavoh: This comes very very late for you <Dionyseus>, but by transposition GC database has ~11 games with 9.Bf4. Pretty dismal results for Black.
   Mar-01-17 A Muzychuk vs Tan Zhongyi, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: @eternaloptimist. <Tan is moving way too quickly>. Yes, my impression also. If you are not like young Anand, you should sit on your hands...
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