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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 1885 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-19-14 Ganguly vs A Aleksandrov, 2014
shivasuri4: 9.Nbd2 has been played thrice before, as per the CG database. The novelty came on move 14.
   Dec-18-14 Tal vs S Zhukhovitsky, 1969 (replies)
shivasuri4: <Rookfile>, this was from Round 1, so that would be a little too early to call it a poor or average tournament, although that's what it turned out to be in the end.
   Dec-16-14 Memorable Quotes chessforum
shivasuri4: <Chancho: Vishy receiving hearty congrats for his victory: > London Chess Classic (2014)
   Dec-16-14 Sahlmann vs K Junge, 1941 (replies)
shivasuri4: <Once>, when you said 4 possible moves for White in the first diagram, I was baffled. It took a while for it to sink in that all the different promotions are, in fact, different moves.
   Dec-12-14 Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2014 (replies)
shivasuri4: Oh, you think, I see. That has nothing to do with objective reality though, in this case.
   Dec-12-14 Ribli vs Smyslov, 1982 (replies)
shivasuri4: Wouldn't 38...Be5 have been better? I can't see White getting anything more than a perpetual after 39.Rxe5 Qxe5 40.Qf7+ Kh8.
   Dec-08-14 Daniel Prill vs Anand, 2014
shivasuri4: What a surprise mating net!
   Dec-06-14 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: also looks quite good. Maybe we can have CG pick some fresh quotes.
   Dec-04-14 Qatar Masters (2014) (replies)
shivasuri4: <Who actually saw that one coming?> One website sure did. :P
   Dec-04-14 Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1989
shivasuri4: <SpiritedReposte>, the prime purpose of 26.d5 was to allow a future Bd4. Also, an immediate recapture with Nxd5 (Qxd5 loses a piece) would not be possible due to the hanging a4 pawn.
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