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I love chess, but I'm not very good at it.

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   virginmind has kibitzed 10953 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-30-20 World Championship Candidates (2020) (replies)
virginmind: I had a dream. Alekseenko retired from the competition, so that Radjabov will replace him, and FIDE agreed to start the Candidates from the beginning - with zero points for all players. Alekseenko was seen as a hero.
   Mar-27-20 Count Wedgemore chessforum (replies)
virginmind: Hello <Count Wedgemore>, I'm glad your daughter is feeling better. All the best to you and your family!
   Mar-26-20 virginmind chessforum (replies)
virginmind: Well, I won the 12th game, and before the 13th I hesitated a bit, but then went all ahead: bang, I lost! It can't be that figure preconception!...:)
   Mar-07-20 Mountain1 chessforum (replies)
virginmind: Hello Mountain1, how's Shanghai been doing lately?
   Feb-15-20 moronovich chessforum (replies)
virginmind: Hello my dear, I was about to mention Nepo too, but, for some strange and hard to grasp for now reason I decided not to. Could it have been for his hair style in the past year or so? Nah, it's not that. Why then so? He smiles most of the time, he's never arrogant or absent ...
   Jan-05-20 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
virginmind: Great news indeed! Have an excellent year ahead, <Annie>! Hugs.
   Dec-27-19 Irina Bulmaga
virginmind: In the second day of World Rapid Championship in Moskow, after winning against Humpy Koneru and drawing with Lei Tingjie she is equal first (with Tan Zhongyi). Good luck, Irina!
   Dec-14-19 Viktor Antonovich Bologan
virginmind: Apparently since more than a year and a half Victor Bologan doesn't participate anymore in classical chess events. I see his rating dropped as low as 2574, while in the past 20 years or so it was above 2600 (peaking at 2734 in 2012 I think). I hope he is OK and no health issues -
   Nov-12-19 GCT Bucharest Rapid & Blitz (2019) (replies)
virginmind: The official site says: „the players fight for one of the four key qualifying spots to the GCT Finals in London.”
   Nov-02-19 TheAlchemist chessforum (replies)
virginmind: Hi! You mean you've lost interest in chess, or in
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  virginmind: Hello <moronovich>, I didn't feel like writing much here lately, other than that all is well. I did continue playing chess online with very mixed results, and also following some tournaments, chess and tennis mostly. Thank you for your kind words, I've passed them to Maria as well.

Tata about to end with a Caruana victory, and Gibraltar going on, also the Australian Open. Weather's fine for this time.

I'm sorry that Hannah lost her job, I hope she'll soon find another one and you'll get over this unexpected problem. Fortunately we live in times of peace, at least around us, which confort and offer occasions for good action. Optimism should rule!


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  virginmind: Caruana's very good, an incredible calculator. And he's always candid, simple, gentle; never cocky or presumptuous in his interviews. I'm beginning to root for this guy.
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  moronovich: Good morning and thanks for you posts !

Yes,my impressions of Caruana also fits yours.Is is like he radiates a fine mix of humbleness and natural strenght.And his stellar performance here at Wijk must give his selfconfidence a tremendous boost for the candidates which soon are comming up..And probably it will be a close race between him and Ding Liren(or is it Liren Ding?).

Today it is just again and again,this little soft rain,which is neither here,nor there.Like it has been since the start of the autum.I´ll fill in a protest to the guys in higher places.Enough is enough.Basta !

Thank you for your kind word regarding Hannah and yeah,let us be grateful for living in times of peace in this part of the planet.It is important to nourish it and let some optimism rule as you stated.

Perhaps JWH today,if everything fits.
I´ll work for it.

Meanwhile:take care and see you around !

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  virginmind: Hello. Just returned from town, we've seen the last Almodovar, and weather's been warm all this winter, looks like we kinda escaped easy this time, knock on wood tho. Chesswise, you know, it's been good or bad, but always refreshing. I wonder why <achieve> posts so rarely here. And by the way, where's <acirce>? I'd like to know if some change intervened in her social beliefs. And how this winter has been like in Umea. It couldn't have been warmer than here.

And you? What were your thoughts about lately? Any dreams about former voyages on southern seas?

See you soon.

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  moronovich: Good evening !

And thanks for your post which was a nice
read.And also you are a fan of Almodovar ?
Like Hannah and me.Especially Hannah with her deep admiration for the spanish culture.She is actually sitting comfortably in her couch as she the last couple of days,has been working from here with her computer.Very cosy,indeed.I on a trip to Prague and like to see som other players than the ususal suspects.Not at least to keep an eye on the supertalent from Iran.Trying to get a glimpse about how strong he really is. Weather here is so and so and could be worse :) But overall it is like at your place I suppose a kind of very early spring and if wasn´t because the underlying theme about global warming,it would be fine.

I dont know if I dream about voyages on Southerns seas,but I do know that when I hit the pillow I often go back in time and it is quite close to being there again.It is nice.Kind of growing young again. <acirce> left because he became tired of all these discussions and probably also because he so often had to explain to the audience why he is a socialist. He is misseed on this site IMHO,but all in all,it seems like there is an improved flow,compared to just 5-7 weeks ago.I really hopes it continues, so Daniel somewhere in his heaven will feel proud… About <achieve> I dont have any idea,but I guess he will be back one sunny day ! Today is a very good day for me since I
have perhaps had a kind of very annoying virus which was hitting my stomach,but today it has alomost vanished and it is like my soul is finally coming back ! And energy and abscence of pain and irritation. So no big plans for this weekend,except from staying on this course and continue !

And you and Maria.Do you have any?
Anyway I send you all my best wishes.

See you down or up the road.

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  virginmind: Oh, I'm not that fond of Almodovar, Maria wanted to go, but this last one I liked it - well played and an interesting script.

Very warm here, we really had no winter this year, which suits me just fine :). This coronavirus is about to cut short our trip to Venice for the end of March, I didn't cancel as yet the rented apartment (there's still some 2-3 weeks until the owner will take a fee for that) thinking we'll just wait and see how the whole issue develops. In case we do cancel though, the plane tickets are non refundable. Oh well, I guess 200 euros it's not worth the risk. Although some say the symptoms aren't (much) worse than those for a flu, and also the death incidence is not (much) higher that the one for flu. It may prove more contagious though, as I hear, and also for now there's no vaccine available. We'll think about it, I'm more for cancelling, Maria against it. Maybe it's also because her sister Mihaela (of France) will also be there in that period, with her husband.

Aeroflot going on at the moment, with Deac our only representative and he's at 4.5/7 entering the penultimate round. I'm eager for the Candidates to start, of course :)

Au revoir.

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  moronovich: Have just seen the most amazing video.
About some young kids in this area,who
are training football early in the morning,before school.And to my big surprise it simply works.The kids dont mind rising early from bed and they love it.They enjoy having a great meal together with each other after the session and have much more energy for the school than normal.Simply brilliant.A win-win-win situation.!

Good morning my dear !

Just wanted to share this fantastic story with you and will be back soon. I hope you will find the best solution about travelling or not.It is a rahter tough call,as I hear it.

All the best and see you around.

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  virginmind: Hello my dear,
yeah, cool idea indeed, and most probably their motivation for school will get a boost too.

As for Venice, we cancelled both the apt. booking and the plane tickets. WizzAir just announced us that it cancelled (a lot of) flights to Italy, and our return trip is included. We were left with the choice either to take the return flight the same day (?!), or to get another plane a week later. Neither was acceptable for us. The good news though is that we will get a full refund for both the apartment reservation and the plane tickets.

I hope by early June the virus threat will seriously diminish, as we don't want the other trip (Lisbon/Madeira) cancelled too. By the way, <Count Wedgemore> and <Diademas> if you happen to read this, we won't go to Norway anymore this June, maybe some other time.

La revedere.

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  moronovich: Good afternoon !

All in all it sounds like the best solution about the flightcancellation as far as I can see.And on top of that a full refund !So now you may perhaps feel relieved,that a final decission has been taken !? And btw,my good friend KJ and his GF is in a simular situationa as you (were) and still counting.But most likely it gonna be a no.

And yes the video I saw,showed a lot of happy and content faces,which also confirmed that is indeed boosting their start of the school day !

Here it is sunny,for a change and I have just had a fine little neighbour talk about the weather with "my" Maria,my ex gf.We almost had forgotten how the sun looked !

Wife is working home and we are sharing
cosy moments.Life is fine.

La revedere.

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  virginmind: Hi <moronovich>, what do you think of Radjabov's decision? I've read what posted on his page here and also the news article on Chessbase. Tough choice among the available points of view. You may say he's perfectly right and maybe Fide should have postponed the tournament, given the exceptional circumstances - and the uncertainty about the development of the Coronavirus, so its real effect upon those involved in the chess event -, and not rush to replace him with MVL.

And still, what about the other players? They don't seem to be bothered (much) about this issue, at least up to now no one expressed a desire to withdraw from the event, if Fide does not decide to postpone it. MVL of course accepted the invitation, even though he's left with very little time for specific preparation. So apparently they all assessed the risks and decided it's OK to compete as planned.

If you ask me, I see both points seem justified, but I'd lean toward those who still want to play now. I mean, it would have been better if Fide postpones tho whole thing (given all considerations), but, if it doesn't, then I'd go for it. We're in the same boat and face the same risks. And this applies to a lot of people - all those involved in the tournament in Yekaterinburg.

But of course I agree that, in the end, it's a very personal decision, and a tough one.

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  moronovich: Good evening dear <virginmind> !

<If you ask me, I see both points seem justified, but I'd lean toward those who still want to play now. I mean, it would have been better if Fide postpones tho whole thing (given all considerations), but, if it doesn't, then I'd go for it. We're in the same boat and face the same risks. And this applies to a lot of people - all those involved in the tournament in Yekaterinburg.>

This is very close to mine considerations too.And whatever choice,it will go with a certain risk.As well as it also is important to signal that life goes on.And the players in the candidates can also cary the virus if they stay in the domestic circumstances,but I may be wrong in this point of view and cannot really phantom all the aspects. Today our prime minister with a briefing with the press and the public among other things to inform us that it is strongly encouraged not to be more than 1000 people at the same spot.Shortly afterwards all football clubs announced that the next 3 rounds will be without any spectators. Indeed special times rigth now,but it shall not prevent me from wishing the best of weekends ,for you and Maria !

Carpe Diem.

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  virginmind: Hello my dear, I hope this message will find you and Hannah OK and far away from any shadow of the coronavirus. 3 more days till the Candidates and it doesn't look that they will cancel it. We're fine and following the news, waiting for warmer summer days when, hopefully, the virus will go away. In the past 2 days Maria and I stayed mostly at home, will go out tomorrow for food shopping and probably not much else.

Stay safe.

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  moronovich: Goodevening my dear !

Good to hear from you again,though circumstaces have changed so drastically.

We also stay grounded and are trying to get the best out of it. Today we took a break from the media-and I/We are shure it was a good idea as otherwise it can be too overwhelming.Taking our precausions and like you,hoping for warmer weather.

So perhaps it is excellent timing that the Candidates soon will start !?… But I am curiuos about,how long shadow the Corona situation will cast ?

I try to act as resposible as possible,but we are certainly dealing with a situaiton that none of us have tried before.

I send you my prayers and hope you will keep your spirits upheld.Please send also the best of energies to Maria and many hugs to yourself.

Stay safe.

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  moronovich: Hi <virginmind> !

Yeah,finally ! Only 2 hours left...after all this waiting time.

Carlsen commenting is terrific good news and I am really looking forward to it ! Also due to the coronasituation we need a break and to go deep into something ells,nést pas !?

So also from here : fingers crossed and all the best and health too to the contestants !

Time to enjoy.


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  virginmind: Hi <moronovich>, 2 hours until they start in Yekaterinburg and, of course, I'm on the edge of my seat, so to speak. And what interesting news, Carlsen to commentate, instead of Kramnik! There will be others, too, like Svidler and I think Firoudza. If only this Covid 19 will stay away from it all. Fingers crossed and good luck to all involved! I let Maria know about your kind wishes and best of luck for you both!
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  virginmind: Well, haha, we had our messages crossed again, as I deleted/added something for a half minute. It's great that the coronavirus can't touch the internet! ;)
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  moronovich: Dont worry.

It is just me,polishing the Crystal Ball.


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  virginmind: My dear, three days of candidates already and we have some very interesting developments, with ups and downs, including from the very best of the participants. Fortunately nobody got ill so far and let's hope they're going to keep it that way - it's expected though, as I imagine they are already isolated there, at least those directly involved. Note also that the numbers of those infected in Russia is still very low.

The olympic torch has arrived today in Tokyo, so they really seem decided to keep things as scheduled, at least for now. God help us all that, by the end of July, the coronavirus will have largely finished its deadly toll around the world. But it's indeed still so unpredictible, and with so many sectors of human activity turned upsidedown...A totally unexpected tragedy unfolding, and people still trying to find ways to cope with it.

Be optimistic though. Stay at home. Follow the rules. It will go away.


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  moronovich: Good evening or rather night,it is 00.30 here ! The Candidates is a thriller with a new leader today.And it gonna be interesting to see if Nepo kan keep the pace.Normally he keep comming back in the last part of a tournament.

Chess 24 has Magnus on the air every day and it is a treat.I like to hear them talk a little innocent mantalk in these special times we live in. It is also a privellege to listen to his insight and thoughtprocesses about chess and the actual games. Hopefully the challenger will be one who can give him a run for the money !? But 9 more rounds to go and it is like there is a hidden script were the winner may first be known as the last round is finished !

Here we try to live as cosy as possible and we do need have many fine moments together,but we are aware that it is a very special situation,also world wide..And we do indeed also hope that the virus has largely finished at the end of July.

So,yes we stay at home and follow the rules.And I can see you do the same,so please stay safe and sound and I send you many thoughts and hugs!

Till then..

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  virginmind: Heya! Looking good with 11 wins in a row! But they were against weak opposition. MVL winning today and getting equal first with Nepomniachtchi, well well, that would indeed be something if he manages to win it all (remember Denmark 1996? wait, was that 2000?).

All well here, hoping for the better as usual. Not much going out, of course - I got to work from home anyway. Stay safe, both of you!

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  moronovich: God formiddag min kære !

Wow,11 in a row is great,whatever the opposition.I think that was a certain B.Fischers record too in the american championship.So do you play more on the net during this crisis ? I could imagine.

And they play (still) in Russia with a new duo in the lead and it seems the tournament is still wide open with the last half remaining.Which may promise a nerwewracking finnish ! MVL is my sligth favourit.For now.

Here it is sunny and I still enjoy having Hannah here on daily basis and we are trying to have a cosy time during these special times we live in. Yours truly is fighting a headache today with these new caffeinetablets which often work wonders.And has been to the grocery and laid the daily dose at the bookies.So now it is up to the players !

It was the holy year 1992 were the danes made this great upset.And I still remember it,like was it last week.Especially the happy and peacefully people gathering in Copenhagen.

That was it.
Take care you two too.Stay safe.

All the best.

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  virginmind: Ouch, looks like no more remaining half for us, at least for some indeterminate time. I understand the circumstances, but what about us, the kibitzers? And what about those valuable bettings? ;) Not sure about the players' take on this decision, I guess some may like it, some not. Oh, and the Olympics too!...Mein Gott, what an year we're going through...All I hope is that not much worse is yet to come, with the pandemics and the expected world crisis.

I see my memory's badly letting me down, 1992 indeed. Denmark the incredibles!

So far so good. Thank you, it's been rare (I think a record) for me 11 wins in a row. Not sure I've played more now because of coronavirus situation. But I'm gonna take revenge on not having the Candidates at hand, and start playing a few of my own. See you around.

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  moronovich: Ouch,ouch,ouch ):

What shall we do now.Do as ususal and wait for Candidates ?...;)/):

The new times are demanding and a challenge to all of us.

Anyway,had a wonderful little walk with Hannah and afterwards we were skyping with my sister in Kentucky,US,which was great.

Somehow life goes on...


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  virginmind: Well, I won the 12th game, and before the 13th I hesitated a bit, but then went all ahead: bang, I lost!

It can't be that figure preconception!...:)

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  moronovich: There is something about this number 13 :) always 12 month a year,never 13.Twelve starsigns.2x12 hours on the clock.Can you imagine 26 hours each day and night ?

But my mother was borned the thirteenth and if that wouldn´t have been the case we could not have our conversations and so

Jesus and his disciples were a total of 13 and if we every month were stock on the 12th we would never have any payday !?… And perhaps you made a little boy 13 years old very happy when you lost..

In 13 weeks the Candidates may resume :)

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