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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 1869 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-26-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
shivasuri4: <Everett>, Caruana must be <jphamlore>'s keen disciple.
   Nov-24-14 Svidler vs D Andreikin, 2014 (replies)
shivasuri4: <morfishine>, oh yes, you are right.
   Nov-21-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
shivasuri4: <rookhouse>, where are you getting your clock timings from?
   Nov-20-14 A E Post vs Spielmann, 1907 (replies)
shivasuri4: <rickycota>, White would reply to 24...Bc6 with 25.Nxc6, when the game still has some life.
   Nov-19-14 Steinitz vs W J Wilson, 1862
shivasuri4: 19...Be6 just ends the horror show a move earlier. Better probably is 19...Resigns.
   Nov-16-14 Memorable Quotes chessforum (replies)
shivasuri4: <Ratt Boy: Deep Blue never said one mean thing about anybody. Butt I was still rooting for Kasparov against it.> Shaked vs Kasparov, 1997
   Nov-16-14 Kasparov vs C Zelkind, 1994
shivasuri4: <Reavvan>, wish you had specified the move number. 26...Be5 loses a tempo, because 26.f4 will be played and the pawn shouldn't be taken owing to g3. If Black still captures, he will lose his bishop for two pawns.
   Nov-11-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
shivasuri4: There's nothing wrong with 19...Nc3, as far as I can see.
   Nov-08-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
shivasuri4: Typical understatement by <Domdaniel>, <himadri>.
   Nov-05-14 Petrosian Memorial (2014) (replies)
shivasuri4: <PhilFeeley>, Inarkiev will resume playing in the Bundesliga after this tournament finishes. The latter is a remarkably long team tournament.
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