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Member since Apr-25-04 · Last seen Oct-13-05
Vice-Champion of Bayside (New York City) in the late sixties. Favorite opening: Spanish as White and Black. Arbiter of the 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003 Douglaston championships.

   valerianus has kibitzed 41 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-13-05 Polgar vs Svidler, 2005 (replies)
valerianus: Polgar does well to try 12 d3 instead of 12 d4, just to vary. But I don't think Svidler felt rattled in the least...
   Oct-09-05 Kirkpatrick vs NN, 1987 (replies)
valerianus: <Zaltar> Thanks for the interesting information. <Crafty> I wonder why White would even opt for Bd3, given that it wrecks the pawn structure...
   Oct-09-05 L S Hwang vs H Kim, 2005 (replies)
valerianus: <aw1988> Well, we're human beings too, and even though I'm not the champion of Douglaston, I'm not going to be Miss Hwang's lawyer here. The only thing I will say is that Korean girls, if Hwang and the Seongeup people are any proof, love to draw. Maybe we should look a ...
   Jul-30-05 Hjartarson vs Kasparov, 1994 (replies)
valerianus: <gambitfan> Actually, I was always of the opinion that White should "charge" and go for 5 bxa6 rather than chicken out with 5 b6 in this opening. 5 b6 is the thematic equivalent of playing ...d3 as opposed to ...dxc3 in several branches of the Evans Gambit.
   Jun-27-05 Adams vs Hydra, 2005 (replies)
valerianus: <Catfriend> You got it :-). And for all our carbon colleagues, may those silicon behemoths return to where they came from! Adams should "recover" his dignity and play Kaissa (and whip it 20-0!)...
   May-26-05 Yuliya Yakovich (replies)
valerianus: I believe this is the same person as Yul. Yakovich, who partook in this year's Russian Championship for women. What a curious phenomenon: She finds herself at the bottom of the table with a performance rating of 2097 (29 points better than her rating entering the tournament, ...
   May-22-05 Kramnik vs Topalov, 2005 (replies)
valerianus: The final position bears a curious similarity to Adams-Topalov, where Black also had two Bishops and a pawn for a Rook! =)
   May-22-05 L Bruzon Batista vs Jobava, 2005 (replies)
valerianus: <suenteus po 147> Hi suenteus po 147, the problem with outright castling, viz. 14...0-0 is that it fails, i.e.: 14...0-0 15 ♗h6 ♗f6 [but not 15...g6 because of 16...♗xf8] 16 ♘d5 hitting the Queen and the Bishop on f6, which is effectively defenseless
   May-15-05 Fedorowicz vs L Christiansen, 1977 (replies)
valerianus: Doesn't 50 ♖xe6 win a piece?
   May-15-05 F A Cuijpers vs Salov, 1981
valerianus: By the way, has anyone noticed that <> has italicized the "vs" abbreviation in its games [recently] ? Regarding the above game, 35 a4 was a tough move to find.
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