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Member since Mar-23-08
Hari Om, I am from Bangalore, India. Posters like <Jim Bartle>, <achieve>, <Phony Benoni>, <Once>, <tpstar>, <Eyal>, <dzechiel> and <frogbert> are my favourites here. I strongly dislike disputes amongst themselves.

Thanks to <Annie K.> for the premium membership, along with the other anonymous donor!

I am an unrated player simply because I haven't played enough rated tournaments (only 2 so far). My best was a score of 8.5/9 (1st board winner) against fairly amiable opposition (only 2 rated players) in the VIT South Zone Inter University 2011-12 ( In the corresponding championship for 2012-13 in Kerala, I scored 7/9 against slightly stiffer opposition, winning the third prize for board 1 ( In the 2013-14 edition of the tournament, I drew against an IM, but had an average tournament otherwise, finishing with 5/8 (

This summer, I played in a couple of tournaments in Singapore, my first chess tournaments outside India. I won the first one (Challengers section, 30 players) and placed 4th (out of 100+ participants) in the other, despite losing the first round due to the painful zero start rule. (

My ratings at are about 1900 in classical, 2000 in rapid and 2100+ in blitz and lightning. Since I am relatively weaker in the openings than in the other parts of the game, I absolutely love playing Chess960, even though many dismiss it by saying it's not chess. My online Chess960 rating is about 2150. I am a little too eager to simplify and reach the endgame as soon as possible, which has led to many a loss. I prefer playing queenless middle games.

Outside chess, I follow cricket and top-level tennis quite keenly but have never played tennis except for some mild sessions. I also play table tennis and badminton, but don't really follow them internationally (the top players are usually Chinese and their names are either very hard to remember or they all sound the same!).

   shivasuri4 has kibitzed 1921 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-25-15 Hans-Joachim Federer (replies)
shivasuri4: An amazing second set from Nadal there with at least 4 backhand winners. Anderson crumbled mentally though, even screaming in frustration after an unforced error. 7-5, 6-1.
   Jan-22-15 Parimarjan Negi
shivasuri4: <ketchuplover>, it's Stanford, actually, not Harvard. This is a major blow for Indian chess. Good luck to Negi though.
   Jan-22-15 Tata Steel (2015) (replies)
shivasuri4: <shintaro go>, Negi is nearly 22, and he has plateaued for a while now. He could still rise to the top in some years, but I wouldn't bet on it. Nyzhnyk is still quite young; give him some time. He too has, however, plateaued since late 2012.
   Jan-20-15 A Giri vs Jobava, 2015 (replies)
shivasuri4: <Takya Kotov>, oh yes, 38.Kxg3 does the job.
   Jan-16-15 C R G Krishna
shivasuri4: CRG Krishna is now India's latest International Master.
   Jan-15-15 Memorable Quotes chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: <Domdaniel: <WannaBe> I know what you mean. Back in the early days of Spill Chucker, there was an Irish prime minister named Charles Haughey ... my comp told me his real name was 'Charlatan Haughty'. Then his successor was called John Bruton ... or 'Join Britain' ...
   Jan-14-15 The Caissars chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: I vote for <Domdaniel> for Best Profile. I vote for <Phony Benoni> for Best Analysis.
   Jan-13-15 Jobava vs E Zaiatz, 2014
shivasuri4: <arthurp>, after 23...Nxb3+ 24.axb3, Black has to play either 24...Ke8 or Qc6 to survive for a while, owing to the threat of Rf7+, picking up the queen. 24...Qc6 loses to 25.Re1 Bxc3 (else White wins the Black queen after Rf7+ and then either Bd5+ or Rc7+, depending on ...
   Jan-07-15 V Cmilyte vs C Vinas Guerrero, 2005 (replies)
shivasuri4: <HighestUnrated>, Black would still lose after 26...Kg7 27.Be6 Rf8 28.Qa7.
   Jan-06-15 Panov vs Veresov, 1940
shivasuri4: <Shams>, 37.g4 appears to be a good move, but it won't win the h6 pawn, at least not in the immediate future. One line I've been looking at is 37...Rxe1+ 38.Rxe1 Qd8 39.g5 Rc7 40.Qh5 Re7 41.Rd1 (or Rg1) Ne4 42.Bxe4 Rxe4, and White has to move his Queen away. 37.Bf4 is ...
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