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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Sep-25-23
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 2735 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-14-23 K Darga vs J Durao, 1963 (replies)
paavoh: Somehow 22.c6 seems more natural than the game continuation.
   Sep-08-23 Tata Steel India Rapid (2023) (replies)
paavoh: I jinxed him. Three draws in a row to follow...
   Aug-04-23 Alekhine vs Z von Balla, 1921 (replies)
paavoh: Quite straightforward IMO. White must take on c3 diverting the Black Queen from b5 square and Qxb5+ and Bh6+ will follow. Then doubling on the d file to end the game.
   Aug-04-23 D Marciano vs N Eliet, 2005 (replies)
paavoh: Agree with <Brenin> and <Refused>. Rch3 suggested itself, not too difficult.
   Jul-31-23 Polugaevsky vs G Goldberg, 1954 (replies)
paavoh: Yes, after 64.Bxb4+ Kf6 it would have been a mate in 17.
   Jul-31-23 T Wibe vs O Sande, 1975 (replies)
paavoh: Easier than the first puzzle. This was a Monday, that one Tuesday-ish.
   Jun-19-23 Anand vs Mamedyarov, 2022 (replies)
paavoh: Foggy vision today... Took my time to find Qxf3+ as the first move. <Sally Simpson>'s find Andersson-Hartston is nice too.
   Jun-16-23 Forintos vs V Tomovic, 1957 (replies)
paavoh: Black has a mate in two, so White has to give check right away with Rh8+. Too easy for Friday.
   Jun-14-23 Golden Executive chessforum
paavoh: Belated thanks to <GE> for organizing the contest, congrats to fellow medalists, and last but not least, a big thank you for all participants. See you next time!
   Jun-14-23 G Abrahams vs W Winter, 1929 (replies)
paavoh: <29. Re6+ Kb5 30. Qg5+ Kb4> Instead of 30.- Kb4, Black will play 30.- Rf5.
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