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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Jul-07-20
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! Full Member

   paavoh has kibitzed 2479 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-05-20 N Hald vs L Uedemann, 1902 (replies)
paavoh: And there is also another three-mover: 43. b3 axb3 44. Nd3 b2 45. Ne1#
   Jun-17-20 C Crouch vs J Ambroz, 1991 (replies)
paavoh: < This game is an excellent demonstration of how White should not play the exchange variation against the French. > Perhaps the original mistake was 2.e4?? :-)
   Jun-17-20 J Houska vs A Harley, 2001 (replies)
paavoh: <Would White have enough compensation after 9.Qxe2,Bxc3; 10.bxc3,Qxc3?> I think so. With Bd2 + f4 or e5 coming and b-file and h1-a8 diagonal open, Black will be severely constricted without much counterplay.
   Jun-12-20 Tal vs Psakhis, 1983 (replies)
paavoh: Thanks <Brenin>, your variation is quite forcing and White does not have any leeway or room for suboptimal moves. Still, I do not see a win for Black after 28.Qc4.
   Jun-12-20 B Gebregziabher vs R Tromp, 2006
paavoh: <on 5...Ng4?! does black hold?> Likely not. The same Qd5 is coming, followed by h3 and O-O and White is much better.
   Apr-23-20 Ding Liren vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2020 (replies)
paavoh: Expecting something else than 4.Nc3 perhaps and playing automatically 4.-Bf5? Downhill from there...
   Apr-13-20 Alekhine vs De Wit, 1933 (replies)
paavoh: @ OCF: Perhaps you did not see this earlier note: "I would have proposed Smart Alek, Dim Wit.."
   Apr-06-20 L'Ami vs Van Wely, 2017 (replies)
paavoh: A good find, thanks for letting us know about this game.
   Apr-05-20 Petrosian vs Browne, 1982
paavoh: Petrosian had a game ( Petrosian vs Portisch, 1974 ) where <offramp> noted the recurring piece position by Petrosian, gaining the upper hand in the process.
   Apr-05-20 Petrosian vs Portisch, 1974
paavoh: So fascinating! After 22.gxf4, White advances with the smallest of armies to win the endgame.
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