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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Oct-18-17
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 1929 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-12-17 Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1991 (replies)
paavoh: <MissScarlett: <The Garry Handling Show>> That suggestion was better IMO than the current pun.
   Oct-11-17 V Barnaure vs Ibrahim Yuksel, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: White has such a great first name for chess player! And he won swiftly, too, although not without "some help" from his opponent. Contender for the shortest decisive game in ECC 2017?
   Oct-11-17 O Dancevski vs C Burcu, 2017
paavoh: 17.- g6 and refusal to immediately exchange Bf6xNc3 ruins it.
   Oct-11-17 D Khismatullin vs J Halldorsson, 2017
paavoh: Such an innocent-looking position at 12.Be1, ruined by 12.-Nd6 which loses two pawns.
   Oct-11-17 I Nepomniachtchi vs M Bartel, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: Such aggression from the start!
   Oct-11-17 B Grachev vs P Savosto, 2001
paavoh: <Um, excuse me.. but i think i rather fully explained it...> Sorry <offramp>, no offense or ignoring intended. Your true story and the pun context seemed tangential at best, but that's my poor imagination, not you :-)
   Oct-11-17 European Club Cup (2017) (replies)
paavoh: <Fedoseev's win over Kramnik at Dortmund will keep Kramnik from getting a spot in Candidates by rating> Surely it was not that straightforward, hinging on a single game. Kramnik failed to win or lost to even lower-ranking players than Fedoseev, costing more rating points than ...
   Oct-02-17 D Wagner vs I Sokolov, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: This 6.- Bf5 should be renamed to: QGD Exchange. Positional variation. Anti-positional line. With the Carlsen-Kramnik game from Norway 2016, the weakness of the 6. -Bf5 line is clearly exposed. Quite hard to invent anything resembling of a counter play for Black here. The loss by ...
   Sep-28-17 R Praggnanandhaa vs D Howell, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: Black was squeezed like a lemon. Wonderful, mature game by the young R.P.
   Sep-27-17 N Simon vs G Merenyi, 1997 (replies)
paavoh: 29. Rxf4+ was obvious, but 29. - Kg6 caused a hiccup, as analyzed earlier by <FSR, ruzon and patzer2>. Goes to show that one should never ever give up too easily.
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