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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Feb-23-18
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 2031 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-14-18 J P Sonnet vs M Poupinel, 1985 (replies)
paavoh: <I can't understand either how these kind of blunders are played in corr chess games>. This could have taken place in a preliminary group, where players with very different skills/ratings meet. Some times such disasters happen in thematic tournaments too. Or it was due to other
   Feb-12-18 I Nepomniachtchi vs Li Chao, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: Pretty use of the h- and e-files at the end of the attack. The final could be 29...Kf6 30.Rhe1 g4 31.R1e6+ Kg5 32.Rf7 Kh5 33.Bg6+ Kg5 34.Rf5#
   Feb-08-18 A J Mestel vs J M Hodgson, 1983
paavoh: <What's wrong with 14.exd7?> To my eye, nothing wrong there: 14.- Bxd7 15.Bc4+ Kh8 16.Bg5 and 17.Qb3 looks quite good.
   Feb-07-18 Tata Steel (2018) (replies)
paavoh: Just happened to notice this expression <... taught him chess...>. I wonder what that actually means. The range is enormous, of course, from "taught him how the pieces move" to "taught him how to evaluate the position after 25th move in the latest fashionable Semi-Slav line".
   Feb-05-18 J van Foreest vs D Dubov, 2018
paavoh: The recent Bundesliga wins against Ragger & van Foreest propelled him over the 2700 mark!
   Feb-05-18 Daniil Dubov
paavoh: He just broke the 2700 barrier, #43 on the live rating list. Congratulations!
   Feb-01-18 Nakamura vs R Rapport, 2018
paavoh: The CG engine says 0.08 (39 ply) 33...Kf8 34.Rfe1 Ra8 35.Nb4 Rc8 36.R1e2 Rh3+ 37.Kc2 c5...
   Feb-01-18 P Lombaers vs D Dubov, 2018 (replies)
paavoh: @CHC: I agree, Dubov and Fedoseev's games are fun to watch, more so than Karjakin's. Still, I think I enjoy and hope to learn more from his games, as I am not an imaginative risk-taker myself at the board.
   Feb-01-18 Aronian vs S P Sethuraman, 2018 (replies)
paavoh: A very strange game, hard to believe it was played by top-level GMs. Aronian loses time with his Queen in the opening (see move 15) and then Sethuraman neglects the g file he himself opened.
   Jan-29-18 Ivanchuk vs N Legky, 1987 (replies)
paavoh: <...did Chuckie see all this before allowing 24...Na4?> You bet.
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