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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 1964 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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 ...
   Feb-28-15 A Korobov vs D Solak, 2015 (replies)
shivasuri4: Black could have struggled for a while longer, but White would still win. One possible line is 22...Bd5 23.Rh4 Qb7 24.Nxd5 cxd5 25.e6 fxe6 28.Bf1, and Black is tied up in all sorts of knots.
   Feb-21-15 J Dill vs Ravishen Singh, 2008
shivasuri4: Thanks for the analysis, <AylerKupp>.
   Feb-20-15 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
shivasuri4: <DrLecter>, Anand will play at the Gashimov Memorial at Shamkir, Azerbaijan. The tourney is a ten player single round robin, and it will be held from 16-25 April.
   Feb-19-15 D Harika vs Bologan, 2015
shivasuri4: Probably something wrong with the PGN here. Moves 41 and 42 for Black don't make much sense. Why wouldn't Black just play 41...Rxd5 or 42...Rxf2+?
   Feb-19-15 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015) (replies)
shivasuri4: <jphamlore>, yes, they are.
   Feb-14-15 Anand vs Kramnik, 2015 (replies)
shivasuri4: <MissScarlet>, the ratings for this tournament are calculated based on the February list published by FIDE, in which Anand was rated higher.
   Feb-13-15 Spielmann vs L'Hermet, 1927
shivasuri4: 20...Nd5 21.g5 Kf8 falls to 22.Bxg7+, when the Bishop is taboo (since 22...Kxg7 loses immediately to 23.Qh6+ Kg8 24.Bh7+ with mate to follow). After 22...Ke8 23.Qxh6, Black might as well save himself some trouble by resigning immediately.
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