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Member since Jul-03-07
My peak elo is 2300 but I haven't been active in classical chess tournaments for over 20 years.

My favorite players are: Kasparov, Topalov, Carlsen, Ivanchuk, Morozevich, Aronian, Kramnik

Like most "inactive" chess lovers, I do play blitz on the Internet:

My handle on FICS is: "metatrony"
My handle on chesscube is: "royalbee"

If you want to play, just leave me a message here on chessgames or on FICS.


For years there used to a message here about Moro, following a bet I lost to slomarko, but since he left CG long ago, I figured the time has come to remove it..

   metatron2 has kibitzed 1559 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-05-19 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
metatron2: <fabelhaft: Seconds grinding opening lines all day?> That's why I said <"exaggerated way">. Of course Carlsen can afford seconds before WC match and important tournaments. <fabelhaft: as for huge opening memorizer, I find no reason whatsoever to think Carlsen is any
   Oct-02-19 World Cup (2019) (replies)
metatron2: The comparison to Kasparov's famous Banja Luka 79 blast is totally irrelevant. The young Kasparov did not have any elo rating at the time, so that kind of data was irrelevant to his strength estimation. He did have some incredible performances in the USSR prior to that event ...
   Dec-01-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
metatron2: Carlsen was so impressive in the rapid tie-breaks that I am not sure whether Carlsen with classical time controls would actually beat Carlsen with rapid time controls.. Maybe that extra time to think just gets Carlsen a bit out of focus, or causes him to over-calculate on the ...
   Nov-28-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
metatron2: <zanzibar: I'm thinking maybe chess960 tiebreaks at classical time controls would make for better chess - not just time-induced blunders like in the last rapid game.> That's actually an interesting suggestion! Never heard that idea, but it sounds better than rapids deciding
   Nov-26-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
metatron2: Caruana was unable to deviate from his 1.e4 and surprise Carlsen (at least partially surprise him). With this lame approach, as expected, he didn't get anything from the opening and Carlsen stands better now. Caruana doesn't deserve to be a WC if he can't be versatile when needed.
   Nov-22-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
metatron2: Caruana's opening preparation for this WC match is quite disappointing. He keeps playing 1.e4 in all his white games, even though he sees that Carlsen is very well prepared for it with his Sicilian (that Caruana himself probably didn't prepare much for, since it was quite a ...
   Jun-16-18 Your Next Move (Blitz) (2018) (replies)
metatron2: The gap between Caruana's blitz level and his level in classical time controls is amazing. By far the largest gap I ever saw among the top level chess players.
   Mar-24-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
metatron2: I sure hope not to see another Carlsen-Karjakin match. At best for Karjakin he will lose again on the rapids tie breaks, and the match itself won't be interesting. Carlsen-Mamedyarov would be interesting, and Carlsen-Caruana too. Both of them don't have much chance either to beat ...
   Jan-30-17 Tata Steel Masters (2017) (replies)
metatron2: After beating Nepomniachtchi, Giri was excited but he was also very worried, fearing that he might have caused a wrinkle in reality. And so he quickly balanced the quotation by losing to Aronian, getting back to his normal 50% score and restoring the balance to the universe.
   Jan-17-17 Carlsen vs Wei Yi, 2017 (replies)
metatron2: After briefly looking at this game, my impression is that Carlsen played well, but Wei Yi played surprisingly anti-positional game: 18.. exd4 losing the grip in the center for no visible reason 23.. d5 invites white's e5 push, with king-side pawn majority that is rolling over the ...
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