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Member since May-29-03 · Last seen Oct-23-21
Greetings from Key West FL USA.

I'm a Vishy fan. In 1985 I was in Madras, India on a field project and played lots of chess at the Tal CC. I also had the opportunity to play at the V.K. Mills Open in Palni, won by 15 year old Vishy Anand. Afterwards Vishy and his friend Manuel Aron (sp?) went over their games in my dorm room and then we played some speed. I took a snapshot. They were just a couple of kids, I was the bigshot visiting scientist. :)

Best published rating USCF 1954 in 1987, highest rated victim 2150, call myself an Expert.

   Rama has kibitzed 931 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-31-21 Portisch vs Eliskases, 1964 (replies)
Rama: I tried 31. Qe7. After the exchanges, move the K out of check and there it is -- the diagonal, the rooks, no escape.
   Mar-08-21 Tisdall vs L Christiansen, 1995 (replies)
Rama: Tis the Wiz, nice.
   Feb-02-21 M Keller vs W Bogatzki, 1976 (replies)
Rama: I've won a few games with a double dis-check, it's a wonderful feeling!
   Apr-11-20 V Moiseenko vs E Bykov, 2018 (replies)
Rama: Mated by a pawn, nice.
   Apr-04-20 Levon Aronian (replies)
Rama: Arianne's obituary was written up in the NY Times with picture 4/3/20.
   Mar-25-20 Vachier-Lagrave vs Nepomniachtchi, 2020 (replies)
Rama: Win with the Winawer! I always played it as outlined by Alekhine in his 'Notes on Openings' appendix to NY24: 5. ... cxd4! Nimzovitch taught that the French was about the battle for d4 square. Here it is won on move 5. Of course, I was just a club player...
   Mar-25-20 World Championship Candidates (2020/21) (replies)
Rama: Woody, why are you looking for opening innovations? They play the same openings as were played a century ago. (So do I.) The new theory shows up in the middle game, like the advance of your own K-side pawns, Alpha-zero. Get with it. :)
   Jan-26-20 V Artemiev vs Caruana, 2020 (replies)
Rama: A knife fight! Who else expected a quick draw?
   Jan-25-20 V Kovalev vs Caruana, 2020 (replies)
Rama: This is the only game won by black in the tournament. I suppose he need only threaten h2 to win, Qb2 or Qh5.
   Jan-23-20 Vitiugov vs Caruana, 2020 (replies)
Rama: Nimzo says he devised this opening as an "Ideal Queen's Gambit" in which black's center pawns do not advance as they do here on moves 5 and 7. I always played it by exchanging on c3 and then playing d6-e5. This eliminates a 'bad' black Bishop and makes the c8 Bishop 'good'.
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