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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 1847 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-24-14 Viswanathan Anand
shivasuri4: Anand's exhibition, Corsica.
   Oct-24-14 S Williams vs Arkell, 2010
shivasuri4: 30...fxg6 would have lost to 31.Qf8+ Kh7 32.Qh6+ Kg8 33.Rf8#.
   Oct-17-14 Hans-Joachim Federer
shivasuri4: Davydenko is one of the few people to hold a winning record against Nadal (6-5 in the end).
   Oct-13-14 FSR chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: I used up my one month free ICC membership a few months ago. Are you using the free membership now or the paid one, <FSR>? I don't know why, but it felt as if the IMs at ICC play far weaker than in OTB chess. My strength is almost certainly not above 2000 Elo, yet I hold a ...
   Sep-30-14 H Lehmann vs K Junge, 1942 (replies)
shivasuri4: <Garech: Why not 19.hxg5?> I suppose the simple continuation of 19...Bxf3 20.exd7+ Kxd7 21.gxf3 Qb4+ wins.
   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 J L 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.
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