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Member since Oct-19-03

I live in Malmö in Sweden. You may know Malmö for the annual Sigeman GM-tournament, see .

Malmö isn't big, with around 270,000 inhabitants, but there are still a couple of GMs from Malmö: Stellan Brynell , Tiger Hillarp Persson and Jonny Hector

For the record, I moved from Malmö in 2006, but I'll leave this information here.


*New* (May 2010) I have gotten an ELO! It is just above 2000.

But now that I've started playing 1.d4 it will probably go up - my record with white has been terrible.


Some of analysis I have made after 2009 may have been assisted by a computer, but not a very strong one.

Here are some quotes I like about chess or chessplayers:

<Unfortunately I missed the chance to learn to play the piano, and now it is too late for that> - Vladimir Kramnik (

< Any advice for the coming juniors in chess?

Nigel Short: Accountancy pays better. > (

The critical reality is that we are not hostage to some naturally granted level of talent. We can make ourselves what we will. Strangely, that idea is not popular. People hate abandoning the notion that they would coast to fame and riches if they found their talent. But that view is tragically constraining, because when they hit life's inevitable bumps in the road, they conclude that they just aren't gifted and give up. >


Instead of using the Java game board, I recommend a little freeware program called ChessPad. It has all the features one could want from a PGN reader: browse multiple games, fast, move the pieces, copy and paste FEN positions, etc. The program can be downloaded from

Some of my favourite players (updated 2010-01-10) are Michael Adams (great strategist, attacker, and because he plays Ruy Lopez as black), Emanuel Berg (he is Swedish, and he can calculate very well), Joseph Henry Blackburne (great combinations and intuition) and Vasily Smyslov (for his general style, openings and endgame knowledge), Robert James Fischer (his ability to find the best moves, just amazing player), Garry Kasparov (same reason), Jose Raul Capablanca (the soundness of his play), Alexander Alekhine (willingness to try new ideas and depth of his play), Paul Keres (character, endgames, attacks, strategies, openings), Viktor Korchnoi (dedication to chess, fighting spirit), Alexander Beliavsky (playing the classical openings with dedication), Nigel Short (same, but also an ingenious attacker who proves that chess isn't just about memorizing opening), and Viktor Antonovich Bologan (strategical)

The list could go on. E.g. Tal, Shirov, Anand, Kramnik, are all brilliant players, but I don't want to state the obvious.

My favourite game is Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 . It appears superficially simple, but winning against Karpov with black in those days was close to impossible. It features deep strategies and a forceful endgame, typical of Korchnoi's style.


I used to have a black and blue avatar with a stingray, but it now seems to have been taken.

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   waddayaplay has kibitzed 719 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-07-23 B Gasic vs Kotov, 1966
waddayaplay: The natural 14.dxe7 is actually a big mistake. If instead dxc7! , White will either have to give up a piece of he choses.. Qxc7 15.Qb3! (Threatening d6+ ) Qc4 16.fxe3, or he can play Nxd1 15.cxd8 rxd8 16.rxd1, where white is up a pawn with a better position .
   Feb-04-23 V Dobrov vs V Shinkevich, 2000 (replies)
waddayaplay: After 24. ..Nxe6, black has the clear advantage. There is mate threat on h8 after Bb2 and the rook on d7 is hanging, so rxb7 is necessary. Then Nd5 Qe5 Nf6. But of course, these things are hard to see over the board , with so many mate threats in the air.
   Feb-04-23 G Sargissian vs A Tari, 2019
waddayaplay: If black plays 35. .. Bc3 then it's a draw. He now gets an extra tempo. After white takes on d4 and exchanges bishops, black's king will have made it to D6. Then he will play ..A6 and ..h4 to force the white king to go there, followed by ..b5 .
   Feb-03-23 Onischuk vs K Troff, 2015
waddayaplay: It's not that easy. According to Stockfish, 26.Qd6 is a draw. I didn't analyze it deeper but suppose Kf7, then what? Back rank mates will always be a threat. E.g. ... Kf7, Rc8, then there is Rb1 with the threat of .. Qe1+. If h3 then Ke7 seems to hold. Stockfish does show that ...
   Feb-01-23 J Aulin-Jansson vs E Lie, 2006
waddayaplay: This mistake has actually been made four times in CG database.
   Jan-30-23 Geller vs A Mikhalchishin, 1985
waddayaplay: According to the engine, white was much better until 22.rxb4. The simple Qa5 keeps the pressure.
   Jan-25-23 Steinitz vs D S Thompson, 1883
waddayaplay: A bad opening by Steinitz. After Nf3 , Re8 loses a piece by force. Steinitz was totally lost until black blundered with 18. Bf5. Cxb and black is winning.
   Jan-21-23 Honza Cervenka chessforum (replies)
waddayaplay: Oh that sucks. I always enjoyed being an active user. It's weird when you leave a community and come back to a sort of ghost town.
   Jan-14-23 chessforum (replies)
waddayaplay: <petemcd85> It happens in the same positions and I tried it in two webbrowsers. E.g. Opening Explorer it should be a black board now? no matter what move you make as white, the board will flip. and move forward a move Opening Explorer Same thing again. Press any ...
   Nov-25-11 Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2011 (replies)
waddayaplay: It took me a while to see that if 29.Rxa7 then Red8...
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