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|Aug-29-21|| ||moronovich: Good morning my dear !
Thanks a lot for your mail.Here the summer has ended,but then we have the sun in Spain via the Vuelta !? Which is a fine substitute ;)
Today they shall climb some mountains and I am looking forward to the excellent coverage in danish television which start early today.And Hannah (hugs to you too from her) in the corner and the couch,so the name of the day is : Cosy ! At least untill the riders will batlle it out ;)
Did I tell you,that I,a few months ago, started taking a daily pill against higher bloodpressure ? But I tell you it makes wonder.Headache reduced by some 80% !
At least one time a year I google Iasi,and I may say it makes a most pleasant impression and comes across as a fine and scenery placce.The arcitecture as well as the nature.
I send you and your wife Maria all the best wishes for the remaining part of the weekend.I hope the corona is on the decline and you both will stay safe !
It´s been a pleasure talking with you and looking forward to see you again, sometime up the road.
p.s. : right now there is one of these smalll charming birds in our garden.The colors are blue,yellow,white and with tiny black stripes.It goes tweet,tweet with a little metallic voice.We call it a Musvit.
|Sep-19-21|| ||virginmind: Hi <moronovich>, we safely returned from Bulgaria 2 days ago, and it was quite fun. Weather great, still once heavy rain cought us in a big park in Varna, nowhere to go and we had to get cover under a small tree for some fifteen mnutes - fortunately we had un umbrella. Back home, time to work, starting tomorrow. It's been a great summer, if you ask me, I mean it was quite warm, just for my taste, and not much rain.|
I did follow some tennis at US open last week, bravo for half Romanian Emma Raducanu winning it. Not much chess though, but I have a hunch we're gonna get our share in November.
Hugs for Hannah and you and please give me some news.
|Oct-02-21|| ||moronovich: Good evening, dear <virginmind> !|
I am glad to hear you have had a great summer ! Your style, I suppose !? ;) And hopefully you are satisfied with resuming your time at work.
Here autum has really got the upper hand.Old fashioned style with rain and wind, as well as the sun is a rare guest these days ): Bot o.t.o.h., it can be cosy too.Like e.g tomorrow were we shall have the last World Tour race of cycling, namely Paris - Roubaix.This will keep us glued for several hours.I simply love it ! With bets too,off course :)
But is something wrong with Carlsen, these days ? Losing several games and matches, even with the white pieces.I am shure Nepo is taking notes... And rather soon they will meet...I´ll give Nepo a solid chance of 25%.So what do you say/estimate ? Anyway I am looking forward to this big clash and norwegian television will as always have an excellent coverage.
Here Hannah is still very happy and satisfied with her new job at the university and that makes me happy too !
Hope you both are doing well with good health and no corona in sight ! Here in DK, the whole country has succesfully opened up.
So many hugs to you and Maria, and see you up the road.
|Oct-08-21|| ||virginmind: Hello, <moronovich>, nothing wrong with Carlsen after all, as he won that tournament :) And Romania will play against Germany tonight, it's going to be tough, I know. Yes, we're both fine, and congratulations for Denmark opening up! Chances for Nepo next month? I don't know, something close to your prediction - 20%. Great if Hannah is happy with her new job at the university, it's paramount doing what you love.|
0 Celsius here this morning, but sunny and no wind to speak of. Is it true that close to sea shore you always get some amount of wind?
|Oct-08-21|| ||moronovich: Good evening my dear friend !
Thanks for posting !
Yes living at the seaside is making it a bit more windy, but we are not close to the bigger oceans and as such we are more "bayish" and hence more calm circunstances.And during the colder periods, our temperatures are lower than in the mid part of the country,due to the sea around.All in all : A fine deal ;)
Hopefulyy you will both enjoy your weekend and do you have any plans ? Here I´ll enjoy the last big cycle race of the year " Round Lombardie" in Italy tomorrow.Then there will be 5 months of silence on that front ):
Germany is indeed a tought opponent but right now they are looking for their A-game,so who knows !?
All is at least relatively well here with the health, so no complaints and life is fine.Even avisit at he dentist went well yesterday ;)
Give my best regards to Maria and hugs to both of you !
Perhaps Nepos chances are 22½ % ? :)
|Oct-29-21|| ||virginmind: Hello my dear! I'm sorry, late again, but I guess you got used to this. I'm fine, around us the usual gets going and optimism is pretty much high. Based on what? Well, on reflection. I mean, why not? Look around: do you not find reasons to be optimistic? That is, being cheerful. If you don't find them straight away, they will no doubt appear rather sooner than later. At least, in my view. But I got a hunch that also in yours. Even the pesimists around, I think are considering turning to optimism. At least, I'm sure they have their moments. Lest they have some form of depression, and that is indeed sad, I admit it. Which means some form of pain is innevitably implied, on a (rather) daily basis, with no escape in sight. God help them all.
But other than that, as long as we don't experience pain too often (or if it's hushed by Panadol Extra or other painkiller), we should be all right and no reason not being optimistic. And cheeerful. What do you think? I have a (second) hunch you will approve me ;)|
So, we're getting closer to the magical moment, are we not? Chessgames did open a forum for it. It didn't go as far as to include it on the list on the left of the page, but I guess it's a rather difficult, or cumbersome task. Maybe that in the end they'll put it there, though, for everybody to easily spot it.
Yeah, probably Carlsen will win it, but you know? How about not, for a change? I mean, imagine Nepomniachtchi world champion. Imagine how Magnus will react. Will we witness a surge in his will to fight back and regain the crown? Most probably so. But even the idea of a totally new world champion, I think, it's benefical. For the spirit of us all, chess players. And for Magnus indeed - he will be ever more determined to take revenge. For the benefit of us all, kibitzers :)
Oh yes, we're living marvelous times. We can see it all live on the internet. So how can one (chess player) not be happy?
Hugs you you and Hannah.
|Nov-19-21|| ||moronovich: Good evening my dear <virginmind> !|
And thanks a lot for your fine post which did indeed lighten up here in the northern hemisphere.
So sorry for not answering before, but I have been rather bothered by a blatter which has increasingly becoming smaller and smaller, with difficulties to get the right amount of sleep.
Went to my very good doctor yesterday who ordered som pills which may stop the shrinking or delaying it.Otherwise it seems to be an operation.
I do wholeheartely agree upon the importance of being openminded and positive.There are so many things to be gratefull for.I could make a long list ;) but the fact that one is borned and is given so may opportunites,a kind of free will included, is somthing very high on the list.I thank God for that every evening and even sometimes in the mornings ! :) He is a very nice guy and the shop is open the whole day and night.
Remember we,together estimated Nepos´chances for becoming the new champ as somewhere between 20-25% ? And his odds are 3.75 at the danish bookmakers (they do charge some juice) which are to be translated to 22 % !!
Time flies my dear and the big match is just less than one week away.14 games with,I guess,more fighting than the last 2 matches are ahead of us for 3 weeks.Wauw ! I am shure we will have some exchanges about some of all these things that will take place.And a very userfriendly time of the day they will play.13.30 or 12.30 Iasitime, I think.
May you now please take care and enjoy ! Hannah also said today that I should send you my greetings.And the same from me,for the upcoming weekend as well.Any plans ?
I´ll go back to the european championship for teams and send you all the best.As always.
Have you seen Jobavas game yesterday ? I promise you fireworks and it is definately not one for minor kids ;)
See you up or down the road !
Many greetings to Maria, as well.
|Nov-22-21|| ||virginmind: Hi, dear <moronovich>!. Good luck in resolving the bladder related problems! Hopefully the pills will have the expected effect, so you will not have to go for an operation. |
Yeah, what a coincidence with the WCM result prediction:) Two days left...but I guess Magnus is already getting preoccupied with the ascent of this future candidate - none other than Firoudja. What do you think of his incredibly fast rise in rating? Not to mention being the youngest ever to cross the 2800 point! It's already clear that from now on we will have another chess star to keep our eyes on...
No particular plans for this weekend, in the other one a week ago we've been in the Cheile Bicazului-Lacu Rosu mountaineus area, and again we've been blessed with great weather. Especially Cheile Bicazului it's a place we keep returning to, as I don't think we have something similar in our country - there are other gorges, but not as narrow and high..
Hugs to you and Hannah (and all the best from Maria to both of you) and I will now go to replay Jobava's game you pointed to.
|Dec-02-21|| ||moronovich: Good evening dear <virginmind> !|
Thank you very much for the latest post which was much appreciated !
Great to hear you had beatifull weather in the in the mountain area you are returning to.
Yes,Firiuoza looks like the new challenger,or at leasrt a potantial one.Already # two on the ratinglist ! Incredible and he is only 18.We need some new blood from time to time, dont we !?...
The bladder has slightly jmproved (knock a lot of wood) ad as you know too:nothing beats a good nights sleep !
Hope all is well on your behalf and you are enjoying the match!?.But now it is time for the players to go all in, in my opinion.Also for the sake of chess as PR and for the entertainment as well.But I understand the players motive for not taking too big risks.
That was it.The sausages and the pasta is waiting, so hereby many hugs to you and your beloved Maria.
For a good game tomorrow !
See you down or up the road.
|Dec-02-21|| ||virginmind: Great that the health of your bladder is improving! Good sleeping is of utmost importance, indeed.
I did watch most of the games from the big match and, what can I say, there is still hope for a decisive result. But of course, quality matters for the proffesionals and if so, draws are a most likely result. Taking risks is okayish if you are an adrenaline driven type, or if you also care enough for the joy of spectators. But other than that, risk implies mistakes from at least one of the players. So, from their point of view: if I got this far, I cannot afford not to maintain my rigour at a maximum. They both want to get (or to stay) to that highest peak, and this is not possible while accepting mistakes in their play.|
Of course tomorrow I will hope for a decisive result, but that's because it's in the nature of the kibitzer. A real pro will enjoy simply watching a figting game with the least amount of mistakes in it, regardless of the result. I know that one may say: if you want that, go watch games between top computers. Probably in that case, a decisive result is not due to mistakes, but to a less effective strategy.
Anyhow, let's just be glad that we have those two guys playing, I mean, it's a match for the top spot, between the supposedly most worthy contenders. That is, they are the closest humans can get to the computer power, so to error-free play. How could we then not expect mostly draws as the outcome?
|Dec-07-21|| ||virginmind: Hi! Here's my latest blitz with black, full of mistakes but kinda fun. I've shortly considered 28...Nxf3 but was afraid of some intermediate check and with little time remaining chosed what I thought was safer.|
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 g6 5. b4 e5 6. c5 e4 7. Nfd2 Bg7 8. Nc3 O-O
9. Be2 Be6 10. O-O Nfd7 11. f3 exf3 12. Nxf3 Nf6 13. Bd3 Ng4 14. h3 Nh6 15. e4
dxe4 16. Nxe4 Bxd4+ 17. Kh1 Bxa1 18. Bxh6 Bg7 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Qa1+ f6 21. Nfg5
Bd5 22. Nd6 Nd7 23. Be4 Bg8 24. Nf3 Qe7 25. Re1 Ne5 26. Bf5 Be6 27. Bxe6 Qxe6
28. Qd4 Rad8 29. Nxe5 fxe5 30. Rxe5 Qf6 31. Re7+ Kg8 32. Qc4+ Kh8 33. Rf7 Qa1+
34. Kh2 Qe5+ 35. Kh1 Qe1+ 36. Kh2 Qe5+ 37. Kh1 Qa1+ 38. Kh2 Qe5+ 1/2-1/2
|Dec-07-21|| ||virginmind: As per today's game in Dubai, all I can say is: stranger things happened at sea.|
I mean, I know that in the past days Ian rushed to contradict almost all I written here on Dec. 2, but how could one have expected the magnitude of today's 27.c5?
|Dec-08-21|| ||moronovich: Good morning my dear <virginmind> !|
Thank you so much for showing the game as I am really looking forward to see, but first I have to find the occasion and then the board and pieces here in da house.They are supposed to be somewhere;)Looking forward so see some real chess (!), compared to the blunderparty Nepo is doing in Dubai....Sorry if I sound to harsh,but those last two games from him, are far from WC standard.From a human perspective we all make errors, so he is very human for the moment..Hopefully there are a couple of good games left,but I doubt it.
Yes 27.c5 was a big big howler as the answer 27.-c6 should not be difficult to spot in advance.All things seem to indicate, that he was broken after the epic 6th, which always will stand as the crownjewel of this match and the key to Magnus´victory.
The very well informed and reliable norwegian television told us, the viewers, yesterday that Magnus has told he was very tired.But as he added : "Ian is more tired!".Berfore yesterdays game it was.
But let us enjoy the remains of the party and please recieve all my best wishes for your day in Iasi...Showed Hannah some pictures from your town the other day and she definately took pleasure in them !
Hugs to you, and Maria as well.
|Dec-14-21|| ||virginmind: Hello, dear <moronovich> and, of course, congrats for the old and new champ! Probably Nepo could stand the pressure for only six-seven games...that sixth game must have drained his physical (and psychical?) resources...or else how the ensuing blunders can be explained?|
I'm glad you both liked the pictures from Iasi. Now it's getting ready for Christmas, of course, but no snow to speak of so far.
Not many news here, yesterday I returned a pair of (good) headphones and a dac/amp combo. The sound was great and I was enjoying my HD musical files, only to discover that I was getting even more/longer headaches. Ouch! I think it's the effect of the lower frequencies upon the eardrums, and also the pressure of the cans themselves.
All the best!
|Dec-23-21|| ||moronovich: -good afternoon my dear <virginmind> !|
All is well here.Healthhwise as good as it gets.The tree is ready for another year with all the dcoration we have gathered in our soon 28 years long voyage.The presents are bougt and wrapped.The duck and pig waiting in the freezer (hopefully;), while the old man in da house, has put all his experience and feeling into the desert for tomorrow.A dish called "Ris a la Mande" which is purely a danish invention : Cooked rice with milk and vanille.Later topped with cooked almonds and,(this is the most important for me;) whipped cream.When served it is cold with cherry sauce (just a little bit).
And finally Hannah has concluded her busy schedule and is in high spirits doing some visits to friends (mask,off course)while I am holding the fort.
Alll is well and I send you and Maria and your friends and family all the best Christmas Greetings for a hopefully peacefull time with all the security you may need.May it be a time of warmth and friendly exchanges....Perhaps good gifts as well !? :)
To boot, I´ll once again thank you for many warm and fruitfull exchanges in 2021 and I am alreday looking forward to 2022.Not 20222 as I first wrote.That would a real stretcher ;)
See you up the Road.
|Dec-23-21|| ||virginmind: Hello <moronovich> and thank you for the kind wishes. Merry Christmas to you too and I hope you and Hannah will have an excellent time this end of 2021. Our tree is about to be ready and of course we're preparing some presents. No snow for now, but who knows, maybe we'll get some tomorrow.|
Looks like an interesting recipe the one you mentioned, we will try it too :) It's been a great year for me here at cg.com, especially getting to chat with you. I wish we all have good health in 2022 and hope for the virus to soon go away.
See you around.
|Dec-26-21|| ||Diademas: En riktig god og fredelig jul til dere også. |
Det har ikke vært noe strålende år her med Corona og en sterkt redusert mor, men vi håper alle på sterkt come-back i 2022.
En herlig avveksling skal det bli med noen dagers romjuls-sjakk.
Håper neste år vil bli bra for deg og dine kjære.
|Dec-28-21|| ||Penguincw: Happy Holidays <moronovich>!|
|Dec-31-21|| ||moronovich: God Nytår, kære <virginmind> !|
And may the New Year be a healthy and safe one for you and your loved ones.
I sincerely thank you for many fine moments in 2021 and looking forward to further explorations and exchanges i 2022.
Many hugs and all the best.
|Jan-01-22|| ||Diademas: Godt Nyttår til alle dere på flatlandet. Feiret med Bacalao med fruen og mor. Nå regner det selvfølgelig.|
Ha et godt og friskt nyttår alle sammen.
|Jan-01-22|| ||virginmind: <moronovich> A Happy New Year to you too! I hope we will have an excellent time here in 2022, same as I had the pleasure of talking to you in 2021. All the best!|
|Jan-14-22|| ||WinKing: Starts Saturday, January 15th
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|Jan-16-22|| ||virginmind: Heya <moronovich>! How have you been doing? I do hope all's well and that we will be able to fulfill out duties of corespondence together this year, as usual. Or, are they not duties? What are they then? Well, they seem to be of a mixed nature, and for now I can't tell the preponderence of which is which and who's who. But I trust the fading of this nasty virus will also bring clarification on the said issue. Nonetheless, we should be able to continue unabated our strive for truth and good disposition here. What do you think?|
Oh, Tata Steel has started, but no Alireza around? Hm, that's yet another point of dispute, I'd guess. But enough on this extremely talented young player, we don't want to arise discussion more than it should - not on matters unrelated directly to chess prowess. So, Magnus starts with a 20 moves draw, against Andrey. By the way, is this guy really as good as they say he is? We'll have to wait for more info during this year.
As always, yours truly.
|Jan-16-22|| ||moronovich: Good evening dear <virginmind > !|
Thanks for your post and once again, I hope you have entered the New Year in the best of styles.Hopefully the pandemic will fade or even vanish,, when the spring emerges.At least we can hope and on the optimistic side, we can see that the new variation is not as dangerous as feared.But in some respect, we live in unusual times.
I am sorry for not,due to some healthissues, posting more often, but I certainly see you as a friend and do indeed enjoy our conversations during the year ! Hopefully we will talk more frequently in 2022 !?
Do you follow Tata Chess !? Yes I think you do ;) The coverage is fine with Hess and the young woman (dont recall her name right now).
After just two rounds, Carlsen in the shared lead and must be considered the clear favourite.Sounds like he has something he wants to prove, after the match and the failed attempt between Christmas and New Year.But 11 thrilling rounds to go, so let us see.
Meat balls in the oven and the potato salad is already done, so it is dinner time :)
All the best wishes to you and hugs to both you and Maria !
|Jan-16-22|| ||virginmind: Oh well, he did start showing his prowess, didn't he? :) And still, there's something lingering in my mind. Maybe Magnus was a bit ironical toward Alireza when he said he will only play against him in the future match for the world title. That, of course, if the young star already announced at the time that he will not play in Tata Steel if the organisers will not come up with a compensation for that earlier gaffe. Otherwise, it would have been a bit too hard, even for Magnus' sense of humour, to say that. I mean, he's too intelligent not to have realised that a whole bunch of chess players and kibitzers would react: hey, who the 'beep' do you think you are, Maggie? I mean, we all know you're awesome, but...give us a break, OK!? Or...he simply couldn't care less what others will think? Not that this wouldn't suit his style...hm.|
Anyhow, I hope you manage to keep your health issues under control, and good luck! Pandemics-wise, optimism must rule, you're right, and indeed a change appears to confirm it, but still, so strange with those huge numbers of infections everywhere.
Hugs for you and Hannah. We will be fine, eventually.
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