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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 1994 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-03-15 Anand vs S Bell, 1988
shivasuri4: What is 42.Nd6 about? Can't Black just play 42...Rxd6?
   Jul-03-15 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: It is funny, yes, but I have no idea how true it is. Will take your word for it. I have never had the chance to meet an Israeli.
   Jun-28-15 Veselin Topalov (replies)
shivasuri4: <Original interview in Bulgarian from Dnevnik. English translation by ChessBomb. Bulgarian GM Veselin Topalov won the super-tournament in Stavanger, but despite the big success he is aware of his mistakes. In an interview for "Dnevnik", the man from Ruse admits that luck was a
   Jun-27-15 Memorable Quotes chessforum
shivasuri4: <Edmontonchessclub: For one day, this tournament which I organized was the strongest chess tournament in the world. Curse you, Dortmund! :)> 10th Edmonton International (2015)
   Jun-12-15 chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: Norway Chess 2015 Stavanger, Norway, June 15 June 26, 2015. Could we please have a page for this, CG?
   Jun-07-15 Hans-Joachim Federer (replies)
shivasuri4: Okay, going through this, I see that it's the fourth final between the two, but the most recent one was in 2008. Been a long time.
   May-31-15 Svidler vs Grischuk, 2010 (replies)
shivasuri4: <morfishine>, in your line, I think Black is ahead after 18...Nc7 19.Qe5 0-0.
   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.
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