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Member since Aug-09-05
Looks like my current USCF rating is 1555. I am a grad student in mathematics at the University of Oregon which leaves remarkably little time for studying/playing chess, but I get some blitz in from time to time on Playchess. I've been playing mostly 1.d4 with white since I don't get a chance to keep up with any theory anymore. Black, for the same reasons, I've given up my favorite Sicilian for my second-favorite and less popular Caro-Kann, and have been trying out the Benoni.

"Who's your favorite player?"

I'm all aboard the Topalov bandwagon at the moment. I was partially aboard before the win over Aronian at Corus '06. After that, jumped on for good. I don't contribute to the Topalov/Kramnik debate. I just like the way the man plays, from a philosophical standpoint. You always play for the win, and if it doesn't backfire sometimes you're not trying hard enough.

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   drmariogodrob has kibitzed 157 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-18-12 I Krush vs Q Huang, 2012 (replies)
drmariogodrob: In the position after move 28, black has full and uncontestable control over 75% of the board--the a-d files, and the 5-8 ranks. If chess is a reasonable and logical game, such a positional advantage is required to be winning.
   Oct-02-12 Nakamura vs Giri, 2012 (replies)
drmariogodrob: <Eggman> Mmm. Yes, I see. Amusing.
   Jul-08-12 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
drmariogodrob: @ chesstoplay That puzzle in Warehouse 13 was not really a chess puzzle at all. The solution was to "break the rules" so in the end they just illegally moved a pawn in order to checkmate the king. It was pretty lame. Here was the position: [DIAGRAM] As I recall, they didn't ...
   Nov-03-11 L Mkrtchian vs N Ziaziulkina, 2010
drmariogodrob: It turns out, in retrospect, that ``promote'' two pawns is more appropriate. Ah well.
   Oct-27-11 J Sajtar vs M Dietze, 1943 (replies)
drmariogodrob: <goldfarbdj> Black certainly CAN give back all the material to avert mate, but he can also just play 44. ... Be7, keep all the material, and win.
   Aug-27-11 notyetagm chessforum (replies)
drmariogodrob: You might check out M Molner vs A Lenderman, 2010 for <THE THREAT IS STRONGER THAN THE EXECUTION> (see my comment there)
   Aug-27-11 M Molner vs Lenderman, 2010 (replies)
drmariogodrob: Amusing that sacrifice explorer considers 23. Nxf7 to be a knight sac (of the knight on a8). 19. ... Nxe2! would have concluded his play in style, for if 20. Qxe2 c1=Q. As played in the game, of course, winning the bishop on e2 costs him his pawn.
   Oct-13-10 Anand vs Shirov, 2010 (replies)
drmariogodrob: Boooooring.
   Sep-23-10 D Valerga vs S Kawuma, 2010 (replies)
drmariogodrob: Biggest upset of the third round! It looks like white spent the whole game trying to equalize. Did someone notice an active plan somewhere?
   Sep-23-10 Mikhalevski vs S Feller, 2010
drmariogodrob: 53. ... Nf1+! 54. Bxf1 Rf2+ shouldn't lose. Feller getting a 0 instead of at least 0.5 meant that the France-Israel match ended 2-2, instead of 2.5-1.5 France. The official site suggested that Feller had about 5 seconds left at the end.
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