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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 1974 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-25-15 J O H Taylor vs NN, 1874 (replies)
shivasuri4: <Nick46:...but I'm not completely convinced: What about 15.Qg6+ Kf8/d8 16.O-O-O ?> I assume you mean 15.Qh5+, since 15.Qg6+ just loses the queen. After 15.Qh5+ Kd8 16.0-0-0 Qxe4 17.c4 c6 (there may be better lines) 18.Bd3 Qg4, White is forced to exchange another set of ...
   Mar-25-15 Z Kovacs vs Remlinger, 1955 (replies)
shivasuri4: <sorokahdeen>, this game was played in the last round of the tournament, so that argument doesn't exactly work. Maybe Kovacs was saving his energy for something else.
   Mar-23-15 Cochrane vs A Deschapelles, 1821
shivasuri4: <jjones5050>, that would still lose after 29.Rd8+ Re8 30.Rxe8+ Rxe8 31.Rd5, threatening Rd8.
   Mar-22-15 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015) (replies)
shivasuri4: <dumbgai>, Russia has won the last 3 Women's Chess Olympiads.
   Mar-21-15 Anderssen vs Falkbeer, 1851 (replies)
shivasuri4: <Dionysius1>, after 37.Rh8+ Kg4, the f5 pawn is en prise, so it won't be mate after 38.h3+. If White plays 38.Ng7 preparing for 39.h3 mate, Black responds with 38...Nf4 and White is in trouble.
   Mar-18-15 Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (replies)
shivasuri4: What do you mean by "not true"? 28.Bf7+ also wins after 28...Ke7 29.Qg5#, but there's nothing wrong with the line I've provided.
   Mar-16-15 Tal vs Spassky, 1954
shivasuri4: You said 37...Bxh3, right? There isn't a bishop on d7 anymore.
   Mar-03-15 Morozevich vs Topalov, 2003
shivasuri4: <kbob>, I am not so sure of that. After 8...h5 9.Bg2 Bg6 10.Nxg6 fxg6 11.g5, Black's queen appears to be in some trouble.
   Mar-03-15 C Lauche vs D Koenig, 2001
shivasuri4: <Maatalkko>, after 5...Nd4 6.Nxf6+ gxf6 7.Qd1, Black has not much to play with.
   Feb-28-15 Karjakin vs Aronian, 2015 (replies)
shivasuri4: The scoresheet is correct, but there is no stalemate if the knight is taken. Aronian didn't bother calculating deep enough as there was an alternate win available. After 60...Rxd3 61.Ra8+ Kf7 62.Rf8+ Ke6 63.Rf6+ Kd5 64.Rd6+ Kc4, when no more checks are possible (65.Rd4+ simply ...
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