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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 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 2005 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-21-15 Bronstein vs Boleslavsky, 1950 (replies)
shivasuri4: <al wazir>, 31...Qa3 shouldn't be replied with 32.Qxe5. Instead, 32.Nf5 is far better. After 32...Rf6 (only way to defend e7) 33.Be8 and 33.Qxf6 both win.
   Aug-16-15 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
shivasuri4: <Appaz>, I am no Fischer fanatic, but how did Anand shoot down the 'myth'? The Fischer of 2006 was likely a pale shadow of the 1972 version. The lack of practice would show, right?
   Jul-30-15 Bird vs Englisch, 1883 (replies)
shivasuri4: <saturn2>, yes, that holds for White comfortably.
   Jul-29-15 J E Crewe vs W Tullidge, 1887 (replies)
shivasuri4: <Eusebius>, if Black plays a waiting move like g6, Kf5 or Kf7, White plays 38.Rxe6 followed by 39.Rd6+ and 40.Rxc6. If he plays Bb5 or Be8, White captures the rook, and plays Rd6 followed by c6, breaking through.
   Jul-17-15 chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: Gelfand and Ding Liren are playing a 4 game match in China now. 2 games done, both draws.
   Jul-10-15 Hans-Joachim Federer (replies)
shivasuri4: <kellmano>, maybe that's because Gasquet is 1-12 against Djokovic, and his sole win came in 2007. If Gasquet wins, this would be a far bigger upset than Wawrinka beating Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier this year.
   Jul-06-15 Boris A Zlotnik
shivasuri4: Here's the game: [Event "ICC 3 0"] [Site "Internet Chess Club"] [Date "2015.07.06"] [Round "-"] [White "shivasuri2"] [Black "borizlo"] [Result "1-0"] [ICCResult "Black forfeits on time"] [WhiteElo "2079"] [BlackElo "2275"] [Opening "French: exchange
   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
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