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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Jul-01-22
Learned the game at age of 7, played OTB in the 1980's, converted to CC in mid-1990's, now just following what is going on at the top.

Does this path reflect a decline in my chess abilities or increased demands at my day job in sciences?

Still, I feel a spark when seeing a great game.

Many thanks for Santa and the good people at Chessgames for giving me a membership for the years 2015 and 2020!

   paavoh has kibitzed 2595 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-29-22 F Stoppel vs Huebner, 1969
paavoh: 31. Bd3 and White still had a playable game... He has some nice games against better-known opponents and his name has some pun potential.
   Jun-29-22 R Lovkov vs R Nechepurenko, 2008 (replies)
paavoh: <... you should see his reactions to warm beer and mint jelly in the Britons book> Yes! Roughly translated from my native language: "Isn't your beer warm enough? Shall I ask them to heat it up?"
   Jun-27-22 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
paavoh: So sorry to hear about his passing. His posts were always a delight to read. RIP.
   Jun-27-22 B Starck vs D Bertholdt, 1962 (replies)
paavoh: My first instinct at less than 1 second was 32. Qxf8 as a typical Monday Queen sac but 33. Rf1+ was not sufficient. Then, 32. Qf7+ Bxf7 33 exf7# was clear. Nice job by the N @ g5.
   Jun-27-22 Nepomniachtchi vs Duda, 2022 (replies)
paavoh: < Duda is not strong enough yet to play at the Candidates. It´s obvious that something in the system of classification of FIDE is not right.> Well, someone has got to lose a game or a few so that a Candidate can emerge... But I do miss the times of Zonals and Interzonals.
   Jun-21-22 A A Zaremba vs R Antonio, 1995 (replies)
paavoh: <...go to the opening explorer for White's 6th move to see the more satisfactory options for White>. Indeed, 6.a3 has +2, =0 and -7 which cannot be claimed as a White opening success, whereas 6.e3, 6.Nd2 or 6. Q/R moves ar3 more common and productive.
   Jun-21-22 Jansa vs F Nordstrom, 2006 (replies)
paavoh: <My initial thought after 26 Nf5 exf5 was 27 Qxg7+, which sets up a discovered check that could win Black's queen.> Agreed, White had a big buffet of choices, so I first overlooked the simplest M-1 solution too.
   May-31-22 Aronian vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2022 (replies)
paavoh: <An Englishman> You might want to consider reverting your routine :-)
   May-31-22 A Casa vs S Wagman, 1976 (replies)
paavoh: The final move protecting the Rook is nice: 28 ... Qxa4+ 29 bxa4 Rxa4+ 30 Kb3 Bc2#.
   May-25-22 Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi, 2021 (replies)
paavoh: <keypusher: Why do you care? The name of the opening is pretty much the least interesting thing about this game.> Or about almost any game. At least for me, remembering the move order helps more than a string like <King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Bobotsov-Korchnoi-Petrosian
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