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Magician of Riga
Member since Apr-05-06 · Last seen Oct-24-08
Favorite Players: Mikhail Tal, obviously, Nezhmetdinov, Vaganian, Shirov, Judit Polgar, Jan Timman, Tony Miles, Viktor Kupreichik, John Nunn, and Shabalov basically anyone willing to light some fireworks during their games.

   Magician of Riga has kibitzed 48 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-27-07 World Championship Tournament (2007) (replies)
Magician of Riga: Whoa Moro is playing a reversed Sveshnikov. What a badass.
   Sep-26-07 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
Magician of Riga: Records against a particular playing have less weight than most people put on it. Psychologically Kramnik has the upper hand in a match vs Anand. Kramnik will play Berlins and Petroffs and Anand won't be able to win with his favored e4. If you go by Topalov and Kramnik's ...
   Sep-26-07 Grischuk vs Kramnik, 2007 (replies)
Magician of Riga: Perhaps Kramnik doesn't even want to win anymore. He would probably rather play Anand than Topalov anyway. It will be very hard for Anand to crack Kramnik's petrov in a match. Anand will have to win with black or resort to d4 with white. I don't know if Anand can play d4 ...
   Sep-24-07 Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2007 (replies)
Magician of Riga: I like that Moro quote. Nice he hands Kramnik his only loss at classical time controls for 2007. I'd much rather see an Anand vs Kramnik world championship match than a Topalov vs Kramnik world championship match.
   Jun-16-07 Cyril Humeau
Magician of Riga: Haha funny video Magnus is a great sport for playing along.
   Jun-10-07 Deep Fritz - Deep Junior (2007) (replies)
Magician of Riga: Each team was allowed to use the best hardware they could acquire by the time of the match. The Deep Junior team lucked out and found a machine with twice the processing power of the Deep Fritz team's machine (16 cores vs 8 cores respectively). Obviously this was a huge ...
   Jun-06-07 Candidates Match: Aronian - Shirov (2007) (replies)
Magician of Riga: Its unfortunate only one of these guys can move on. I would have loved to see both Shirov and Aronian in Mexico.
   Jun-06-07 Candidates Match: Shirov - Adams (2007) (replies)
Magician of Riga: Its unfortunate only one of these guys can move on. I would have loved to see both Shirov and Aronian in Mexico.
   May-19-07 Topalov vs Mamedyarov, 2007 (replies)
Magician of Riga: Svidler played at Mtel Masters in 2006 under Sofia Rules. Scored a solid 5/10 for 4th place and performed as expected for his rating at the time. Kramnik however doesn't do so well under Sofia Rules. In Mtel 2005 Kramnik did somewhat worse scoring 4/10 having a better ...
   May-14-07 Sasikiran vs Topalov, 2007 (replies)
Magician of Riga: The Bayonet attack has also been a thorn in the side of many King's Indian players. GM Gallagher who has written some very good books on the King's Indian has said that the reason a lot of KID players lose to the Bayonet attack is because the KID player is looking for a ...
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