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Member since Apr-28-04 · Last seen Oct-11-05
I attend the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and have a playing strength of perhaps FIDE 1700. Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, at present (FIDE January 2005 rating lists) the third-ranked player of our nation, is a hero in local sporting circles.

   whithergoes has kibitzed 48 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-29-05 Capablanca vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 (replies)
whithergoes: Regarding the 1927 New York Tournament, according to Nathan Divinsky, "The Encyclopedia of Chess," p. 143: "Capablanca was an easy victor. With 3 rounds to go he was already assured of 1st prize. He declared that he would draw his last 3 games (against Alekhine, Vidmar, and ...
   Mar-10-05 Linares (2005) (replies)
whithergoes: <Bent Bexley: Leko!!!!!!!!!! Perfect karma!!!!!!!!!> While Leko was undefeated in Wijk aan Zee and Linares, he also played extremely well, not even having a lost position in any games of the aforesaid tournaments (with the exception of the infamous encounter at Linares ...
   Mar-10-05 Topalov vs Kasparov, 2005 (replies)
whithergoes: <acirce> Without a computer, white wins with Kg4 because he always has Kf4 in hand to return to a symmetrical position in relation to Black's King, who would then retreat and allow White to penetrate and win.
   Mar-08-05 George Henry Mackenzie (replies)
whithergoes: <Knight13> You should see how he totally whipped the sorry behinds of the participants of the Second American Chess Congress. The actual tournament book, available in an Olms Edition, is quite a fun and easy read [and includes the Tournament Books for the Third and Fourth ...
   Mar-08-05 V J F Pablaza vs Quinteros, 1986
whithergoes: Black's last move, if we assume that this game was played at classical time controls, is a pretty funny time control error.
   Mar-08-05 J C Benjamin vs Chandler, 1977
whithergoes: Wow, Joel Benjamin leaves his Queen completely en prise on move 32, not that it matters. I suspect that this might not have been a game played at classical time controls.
   Mar-07-05 Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 (replies)
whithergoes: Maybe it's just me, but every time I see Michael Adams, whether on film (while it still existed on the FIDE WCC2004), and especially in pictures, he looks like he's either ready to sleep, yawning, or having a mouth convulsion that forces him to wear not a grimace but a very ...
   Mar-06-05 Kasimdzhanov vs Anand, 2005 (replies)
whithergoes: <atyrau> I have to respectfully agree. Kasimdzhanov is a very strong player. It's just that people entrenched in the 2700+ club (Kasimdhanov was briefly in the top dozen with a FIDE rating of 2704 in 2001 before slipping a bit) are better than the 2600+ club.
   Mar-06-05 Leko vs Topalov, 2005 (replies)
whithergoes: I really think we're all too quick to poke fun at masters for swift draws even in lively positions. First of all, all of us chess mortals have to understand just that--we're all chess mortals and couldn't live more than a few seconds in playing a game against the 2700+ players. ...
   Mar-05-05 Kasparov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2005 (replies)
whithergoes: I do not mean to pull the carpet from underneath Kasparov, but suppose tail-lender Vallejo was replaced with Kramnik (completely unlikely of course given the need for a Spanish player at Linares). Would Kasparov be simply at +2 now? It's a good and probably correct guess.
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