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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 two years of 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 (

The last 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 1850 in classical, and 2000 in blitz and bullet. I have often been 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, but don't really follow the sport 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 1982 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-11-15 chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: Also please have a look at the names of Vachier Lagrave and Dominguez.
   May-07-15 Steinitz vs Bird, 1895 (replies)
shivasuri4: <oxxo>, that's not a very accurate representation of the move. 26.Re1 attacks the knight in response to White's bishop being attacked, whereas 26.Rad1 leaves the attacked bishop just for an open file.
   Apr-14-15 A Shimanov vs Tarig Elther Mohammed, 2015
shivasuri4: <Caxton>, if 19...Bxa1, White would be better served by playing 20.Qxa1 when it's about equal or slightly worse for White. 20.exd7 would just be losing.
   Apr-11-15 Bacrot vs R Mamedov, 2014 (replies)
shivasuri4: <perfidious> is right. 22...dxc5 can't be met with 23.Ba3 as the knight is en prise. Black would gladly give his rook for a bishop and a knight.
   Apr-08-15 Shirov vs Karpov, 1996 (replies)
shivasuri4: <gars>, I think it's Carlsen, the modern endgame machine.
   Apr-07-15 Teichmann vs Schlechter, 1911 (replies)
shivasuri4: 25...Ne7 is better met with 26.Qf7+ Kh8 27.Ne6, forcing 27...Qxe6 owing to the threat of 28.Rh3#.
   Apr-06-15 A Giri vs Aronian, 2012
shivasuri4: <apj>, but that won't be the case. After 44.Qxe8+ Bxe8, White loses after 45.Nxc3 Qd3+ 46.Rd2 Bh5+, when he can't play 47.Ne2 due to 47...Qb1#.
   Mar-25-15 J O H Taylor vs NN, 1874 (replies)
shivasuri4: <Nick46:...but I'm not completely convinced: What about 15.Qg6+ Kf8/d8 16.O-O-O ?> I assume you mean 15.Qh5+, since 15.Qg6+ just loses the queen. After 15.Qh5+ Kd8 16.0-0-0 Qxe4 17.c4 c6 (there may be better lines) 18.Bd3 Qg4, White is forced to exchange another set of ...
   Mar-25-15 Z Kovacs vs Remlinger, 1955 (replies)
shivasuri4: <sorokahdeen>, this game was played in the last round of the tournament, so that argument doesn't exactly work. Maybe Kovacs was saving his energy for something else.
   Mar-23-15 Cochrane vs A Deschapelles, 1821
shivasuri4: <jjones5050>, that would still lose after 29.Rd8+ Re8 30.Rxe8+ Rxe8 31.Rd5, threatening Rd8.
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