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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 1839 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-20-14 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
shivasuri4: Anand has confirmed his participation in the Zurich Chess Challenge, to be held between the 13th and 19th of February 2015. The tournament kicks off with blitz, followed by 5 rounds of classical chess. It concludes with a rapid session.
   Sep-16-14 Hans-Joachim Federer
shivasuri4: One on Nadal and Federer.
   Sep-07-14 Memorable Quotes chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: <Pulo y Gata: <AlexandraThess: As I said earlier, If Smyslov was alive he would turn in his grave.> Yes, you said it earlier. But how would Smyslov turn in his grave if he were alive?> Magnus Carlsen
   Sep-04-14 Olimpiu Urcan
shivasuri4: Some interesting tweets in there by Urcan.
   Aug-24-14 Chithambaram V R Aravindh (replies)
shivasuri4: Yes, his live rating is 2496. I think this will be his second GM norm after the one at the Chennai Grandmaster International Open, but I can't be sure. He becomes the second highest rated among those born in 1999, behind Wei Yi.
   Aug-23-14 K Roser vs Chabanon, 2014 (replies)
shivasuri4: <Mating Net>, isn't the position after 23...Bxd4 an example of a pin (and a double attack) rather than a skewer?
   Aug-20-14 D Fridman vs S Halkias, 2009 (replies)
shivasuri4: <Shams>, White probably wanted to play 31.c6, but figured he would take the precaution of Kf1 first, since 31.c6 Qb2 32.Rb1 loses to Ne3+. A needless prophylactic move, possibly due to overthinking or time-trouble.
   Aug-14-14 Sethuraman P Sethuraman
shivasuri4: Sethuraman played very well at the 2014 Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, helping India finish third behind China and Hungary. He gains 22.5 points for scoring 7.5/10. That will catapult him into the 2600 club with a rating of 2612.5. It will also make him India's 9th highest rated ...
   Aug-14-14 Peter Leko (replies)
shivasuri4: Peter Leko turned out to be the only player to beat a Chinese player this Olympiad! He won against Wang Yue in Round 2.
   Jul-29-14 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: There might be major protests, not that that would necessarily mean much to FIDE, if the ratings aren't suitably merged.
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