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Member since Oct-17-04 · Last seen Feb-15-16
Now I see why so many users list their locations, ratings, and favorite players--those are the example pieces of information indicated by Well, I often like to deviate from the main lines, but here I think I'd rather go with the crowd. ;-)

I live in California.

I don't have a real rating, but my FICS standard rating hovers around 2100. Does anyone know what Elo rating this might translate into?

I'm afraid I can't pick a single favorite player from the many that I like, but my favorite annotator is definitely Tarrasch!

Oh, and one more thing: Check out my music!
Some of the songs are about chess, so I don't think I'm breaking any rules by posting this here. ;-)

   MarioBalibrera has kibitzed 68 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Jan-07-15 Santa Claus (replies)
MarioBalibrera: Sorry to be late, but thanks much! Happy New Year!
   Aug-28-09 V Akobian vs J Becerra Rivero, 2009 (replies)
MarioBalibrera: <46...Kh5 47 Bf3+! Kh6 48 g7+ Kh7 49 Be4+ Kg8 50 Qf8#> Not bad, but I see a couple faster mates. ;-)
   Nov-24-07 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
MarioBalibrera: I would like to bring an actual chess community's attention to something terrible being done to the game we love:
   Nov-24-07 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 (replies)
MarioBalibrera: I would just like to bring everyone's attention to the following abomination: Note that this episode is vastly superior to its predecessors. ;-)
   Dec-14-06 Nick Raptis (replies)
MarioBalibrera: [Event "Evergreen Empire Open"] [Site "Tacoma, Washington"] [Date "2006.07.08"] [Round "3"] [White "SINANAN, Joshua"] [Black "RAPTIS, Nick"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2046"] [BlackElo "2349"] [ECO "A25"] [Annotator "MacGregor,Mike"] The game ...
   Dec-13-06 Bronstein vs NN, 1950 (replies)
MarioBalibrera: Again, easy to solve as a puzzle, but I shudder to speculate whether I'd think of it over the board.
   Dec-10-06 Andersson vs Gheorghiu, 1981 (replies)
MarioBalibrera: I liked this week's puzzles--a bit easier than usual, perhaps, but it was nice to have some pawn play for once.
   Nov-12-06 Kramnik - Deep Fritz (2006) (replies)
MarioBalibrera: Let us return to the topic: By what score do you expect Kramnik to lose? I'm thinking maybe 4.5-1.5. I am not saying this to insult my hero, but let's be honest... :'(
   Nov-12-06 Team White vs Team Black, 2006 (replies)
MarioBalibrera: team white I voted for 1. e4... sorry. :'(
   Nov-04-06 Napoleon Bonaparte (replies)
MarioBalibrera: Does anyone have Robespierre's games?
   Oct-30-06 brankat chessforum (replies)
   Oct-30-06 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
   Oct-20-06 P Lafuente vs H H Hernandez, 2004 (replies)
   Oct-20-06 Y Rusakov vs B Verlinsky, 1947 (replies)
   Oct-13-06 Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (replies)
   Oct-12-06 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 (replies)
   Oct-12-06 Folke Ekstrom (replies)
   Oct-01-06 Veselin Topalov (replies)
   Sep-30-06 Arno Nickel (replies)
   Sep-28-06 J Majdan vs P Polkowski, 2001
   Sep-26-06 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 (replies)
   Sep-24-06 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 (replies)
   Aug-19-06 G Ravinsky vs Panov, 1943 (replies)
   May-28-06 FIBChess vs ETABETA, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-30-06 MarioBalibrera chessforum
   Mar-16-06 L Espig vs Csom, 1978 (replies)
   Mar-13-06 L Schandorff vs S B Hansen, 2005 (replies)
   Mar-12-06 Raymond Keene (replies)
   Mar-12-06 Zsuzsa Polgar (replies)
   Mar-06-06 Tony Palmer (replies)
   Mar-04-06 Radjabov vs Leko, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-04-06 I Onat vs N Gavrilakis, 1984 (replies)
   Feb-26-06 Robert James Fischer (replies)
   Feb-26-06 W F Buchanan vs M Basman, 1982 (replies)
   Feb-18-06 Svidler vs Topalov, 2006 (replies)
   Oct-26-05 Garry Kasparov (replies)
   Jun-25-05 Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 (replies)
   Jun-17-05 Deep Blue (Computer) (replies)
   Jun-11-05 Steinitz vs B Fleissig, 1882 (replies)
   May-24-05 Stein vs Smyslov, 1972 (replies)
   Mar-16-05 Aung Myo Hlaing Aung Aung (replies)
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