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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 (

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!). Full Member

   shivasuri4 has kibitzed 1828 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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 Hans-Joachim Federer (replies)
shivasuri4: <Nadal was very good on Clay, best ever, but Borg had that one year of excellence that surpassed Rafa's one year, as far as games against was concerned. That is all.> This loosely parallels the Kasparov-Fischer comparison. Nadal (Kasparov) is better in terms of the overall ...
   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
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.
   Jul-22-14 Memorable Quotes chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: <CG: I am curious what <Itt megnézheti ezt a mattot> means.> <Annie K.: It means "you can look at this mate here". :)> <OhioChessFan: I'd be careful about clicking on a link that said that anywhere online.> chessforum
   Jul-20-14 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
shivasuri4: <harshvk5>, Anand next plays at the Bilbao Masters Final 2014, scheduled to be held from September 14-20. It's a double round robin and the tournament follows Sophia rules and the 3-1-0 scoring system.
   Jul-19-14 Filippov vs A Evdokimov, 2003 (replies)
shivasuri4: Absolutely mystifying that White didn't play the simple 53.Qxc5, which leads to an easily winning position.
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