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Member since Dec-19-05 · Last seen Nov-12-07
Icelandic chess observer

   karlth has kibitzed 32 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-13-06 Ponomariov vs Fritz, 2005 (replies)
karlth: Actually it was Hollywood's biggest star at the time, Clark Gable, who sang "Puttin' on the Ritz" first in 1939.
   Feb-01-06 Stahlberg vs Szabo, 1953 (replies)
karlth: Got it pretty quickly. The pattern seems to be: - Find the single opponent piece that stops a combination. - Deflect the piece. - Play the combination. - Brag about it. :-)
   Jan-26-06 Capablanca vs Janowski, 1914 (replies)
karlth: Romanovskij said that black was lost after 11. Rb1. "Capablanca understood the position completely after 9. ... 0-0-0 and the rest was essentially just calculations and variations." "Capablanca's understanding of chess was complete. He sometimes blundered and made errors when ...
   Jan-18-06 Corus Group A (2006) (replies)
karlth: fxenderby: Just ask at the nearest train station in Amsterdam. They'll know the quickest way.
   Jan-17-06 Veselin Topalov (replies)
karlth: In the words of Black Adder: "[Well that was] the least convincing female impressionist since Tarzan went through Jane's handbag and ate her lipstick."
   Jan-17-06 Fridrik Olafsson (replies)
karlth: Fridrik Olafsson was never a member of parliment but rather its highest ranking employee - the so called Secretary General of the Icelandic Parliament. Fridrik rose to through the ranks in the Nordic chess world at the same time as Bent Larsen and was probably the stronger player of ...
   Jan-13-06 Throstur Thorhallsson (replies)
karlth: Perhaps I should add the GMs have to be active to recieve their pay. Anyway a few weeks ago Thorhallson "donated" the rights to his salary to a recently immigrated GM. A very generous gesture from a very nice chap.
   Jan-13-06 Johann Hjartarson (replies)
karlth: Yes he plays occasionally.
   Jan-13-06 Spielmann vs R Wahle, 1926 (replies)
karlth: The g6, c6 combo killed black. Especially the former.
   Jan-06-06 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
karlth: I don't think calling Carlsen a "computer boy" is justified, unless you wish to call Fischer and Tal the same - both of which had astounding memory as well. I have not heard any stories about Carlsen working any more with computers than other players and considering Aronian's claim ...
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