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Member since Aug-09-05
Looks like my current USCF rating is 1555. I am a grad student in mathematics at the University of Oregon which leaves remarkably little time for studying/playing chess, but I get some blitz in from time to time on Playchess. I've been playing mostly 1.d4 with white since I don't get a chance to keep up with any theory anymore. Black, for the same reasons, I've given up my favorite Sicilian for my second-favorite and less popular Caro-Kann, and have been trying out the Benoni.

"Who's your favorite player?"

I'm all aboard the Topalov bandwagon at the moment. I was partially aboard before the win over Aronian at Corus '06. After that, jumped on for good. I don't contribute to the Topalov/Kramnik debate. I just like the way the man plays, from a philosophical standpoint. You always play for the win, and if it doesn't backfire sometimes you're not trying hard enough.

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   drmariogodrob has kibitzed 157 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Nov-18-12 I Krush vs Q Huang, 2012 (replies)
drmariogodrob: In the position after move 28, black has full and uncontestable control over 75% of the board--the a-d files, and the 5-8 ranks. If chess is a reasonable and logical game, such a positional advantage is required to be winning.
   Oct-02-12 Nakamura vs Giri, 2012 (replies)
drmariogodrob: <Eggman> Mmm. Yes, I see. Amusing.
   Jul-08-12 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
drmariogodrob: @ chesstoplay That puzzle in Warehouse 13 was not really a chess puzzle at all. The solution was to "break the rules" so in the end they just illegally moved a pawn in order to checkmate the king. It was pretty lame. Here was the position: [DIAGRAM] As I recall, they didn't ...
   Nov-03-11 L Mkrtchian vs N Ziaziulkina, 2010
drmariogodrob: It turns out, in retrospect, that ``promote'' two pawns is more appropriate. Ah well.
   Oct-27-11 J Sajtar vs M Dietze, 1943 (replies)
drmariogodrob: <goldfarbdj> Black certainly CAN give back all the material to avert mate, but he can also just play 44. ... Be7, keep all the material, and win.
   Aug-27-11 notyetagm chessforum (replies)
drmariogodrob: You might check out M Molner vs A Lenderman, 2010 for <THE THREAT IS STRONGER THAN THE EXECUTION> (see my comment there)
   Aug-27-11 M Molner vs Lenderman, 2010 (replies)
drmariogodrob: Amusing that sacrifice explorer considers 23. Nxf7 to be a knight sac (of the knight on a8). 19. ... Nxe2! would have concluded his play in style, for if 20. Qxe2 c1=Q. As played in the game, of course, winning the bishop on e2 costs him his pawn.
   Oct-13-10 Anand vs Shirov, 2010 (replies)
drmariogodrob: Boooooring.
   Sep-23-10 D Valerga vs S Kawuma, 2010 (replies)
drmariogodrob: Biggest upset of the third round! It looks like white spent the whole game trying to equalize. Did someone notice an active plan somewhere?
   Sep-23-10 Mikhalevski vs S Feller, 2010
drmariogodrob: 53. ... Nf1+! 54. Bxf1 Rf2+ shouldn't lose. Feller getting a 0 instead of at least 0.5 meant that the France-Israel match ended 2-2, instead of 2.5-1.5 France. The official site suggested that Feller had about 5 seconds left at the end.
   Sep-22-10 R Mamedov vs A Nguyen, 2010 (replies)
   Sep-22-10 Chieh-Sheng Jason Lin vs E Can, 2010
   Aug-27-10 D Andreikin vs M Yilmaz, 2010 (replies)
   Aug-08-10 P Acs vs Robson, 2010 (replies)
   Aug-05-10 Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 (replies)
   Jul-30-10 P Padilla Cabero vs C Fegan, 2010
   Jul-16-10 Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2010 (replies)
   Jun-11-10 Rybka vs Komodo, 2010 (replies)
   May-31-10 Grischuk vs Motylev, 2010
   May-23-10 Kamsky vs Shabalov, 2010 (replies)
   Apr-06-10 M Guseva vs Kosteniuk, 2010 (replies)
   Mar-25-10 Grischuk vs Carlsen, 2010 (replies)
   Mar-01-10 J Arizmendi Martinez vs J M Gomez Esteban, 2006 (replies)
   Feb-14-10 Topalov vs V Gashimov, 2010 (replies)
   Feb-11-10 A Rakhmanov vs Nepomniachtchi, 2010
   Jan-31-10 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2010 (replies)
   Jan-22-10 Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2010 (replies)
   Oct-19-09 M Ragger vs J Gustafsson, 2009 (replies)
   Oct-07-09 I Krush vs A Zatonskih, 2009 (replies)
   Sep-08-09 B Grachev vs Potkin, 2009
   Sep-06-09 S Chanda vs Khusnutdinov, 2009
   Aug-21-09 E Tairova vs Shen Yang, 2009 (replies)
   Jul-19-09 drmariogodrob chessforum
   Jul-13-09 Vachier-Lagrave vs P San Segundo Carrillo, 2009 (replies)
   Jul-07-09 F Vallejo Pons vs Granda Zuniga, 2009 (replies)
   Jul-01-09 G Sanakoev vs G David, 1992 (replies)
   Jun-09-09 H Wang vs C Liang, 2009
   Jun-02-09 Shirov vs C Marcelin, 2008
   May-29-09 A Bykhovsky vs D Oltean, 1990 (replies)
   Apr-26-09 Leko vs Gelfand, 2009 (replies)
   Apr-16-09 O Iljushina vs T Molchanova, 2009
   Apr-16-09 E Kovalevskaya vs A Stefanova, 2009
   Apr-11-09 P Morten vs B Rider, 2003 (replies)
   Apr-02-09 Shulman vs M Marin, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-23-09 Topalov - Kamsky Candidates Final (2009) (replies)
   Sep-16-08 S Gordon vs Bacrot, 2008
   Sep-12-08 P Cramling vs Kosteniuk, 2008 (replies)
   Sep-10-08 Topalov vs Carlsen, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-26-08 Onischuk vs Dominguez Perez, 2008 (replies)
   Mar-18-08 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 (replies)
   Mar-03-08 Maroczy / Rollans vs Korchnoi, 1985 (replies)
   Feb-27-08 Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 (replies)
   Jan-06-08 S Conquest vs Sengupta, 2008 (replies)
   Jan-02-08 De Vere vs Steinitz, 1864 (replies)
   Dec-04-07 Karjakin vs Topalov, 2007
   Dec-03-07 Onischuk vs P Nikolic, 2007
   Dec-03-07 Keres vs A Remmelgas, 1935 (replies)
   Oct-18-07 Bronstein vs Panno, 1954 (replies)
   Sep-30-07 A J Fink vs Kupchik, 1926 (replies)
   Sep-25-07 So vs M Mahjoob, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-05-07 Topalov vs Kamsky, 2006 (replies)
   Jul-28-07 Bu Xiangzhi vs Motylev, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-25-07 Van Wely vs Motylev, 2007 (replies)
   Jul-09-07 Tukmakov vs Bacrot, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-30-06 Razuvaev vs Lputian, 1979 (replies)
   Sep-23-06 Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 (replies)
   Aug-11-06 Szabo vs N Padevsky, 1972 (replies)
   Jun-23-06 Bologan vs Rublevsky, 2006 (replies)
   Jun-13-06 Anand vs Topalov, 2006 (replies)
   Jun-09-06 XIX Ciudad de Leon (2006) (replies)
   May-15-06 MTel Masters (2006) (replies)
   May-14-06 Saemisch vs E Canal, 1929 (replies)
   Apr-28-06 T Melody vs J Spinale, 1996 (replies)
   Apr-20-06 Topalov vs Kramnik, 1997 (replies)
   Mar-24-06 Keres vs Gligoric, 1959 (replies)
   Mar-19-06 Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-10-06 Ivanchuk vs F Vallejo Pons, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-10-06 Topalov vs Leko, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-08-06 Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-04-06 Radjabov vs Leko, 2006 (replies)
   Feb-23-06 Aronian vs Svidler, 2006 (replies)
   Feb-17-06 S Ivanov vs Rublevsky, 1991 (replies)
   Feb-16-06 Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 (replies)
   Dec-20-05 Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1939 (replies)
   Dec-08-05 Dragoljub Baretic (replies)
   Nov-30-05 Karpov vs E Cobo Arteaga, 1972 (replies)
   Nov-22-05 NN vs Staunton, 1841 (replies)
   Nov-01-05 Short vs Chiburdanidze, 1985 (replies)
   Oct-28-05 Fischer vs G Staight, 1964 (replies)
   Oct-28-05 M Kupferstich vs H Andreasen, 1953 (replies)
   Oct-21-05 Fine vs Fischer, 1963 (replies)
   Oct-20-05 U Rath vs L D Evans, 1981 (replies)
   Oct-20-05 Ragozin vs Panov, 1940 (replies)
   Oct-19-05 Tal vs I Radulov, 1972 (replies)
   Oct-17-05 Nakamura vs A Volokitin, 2005 (replies)
   Oct-17-05 Grob vs E E Book, 1952 (replies)
   Oct-14-05 Svidler vs Anand, 2005 (replies)
   Oct-13-05 Kasimdzhanov vs Topalov, 2005 (replies)
   Oct-11-05 Topalov vs Svidler, 2005 (replies)
   Oct-06-05 Anand vs Polgar, 2005 (replies)
   Oct-06-05 Tal vs D Keller, 1959 (replies)
   Oct-05-05 Topalov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 (replies)
   Oct-01-05 Suetin vs J G Nielsen, 1965 (replies)
   Sep-29-05 Topalov vs Anand, 2005 (replies)
   Sep-26-05 Reshevsky vs G N Treysman, 1938 (replies)
   Sep-12-05 R Felgaer vs Nisipeanu, 2004
   Sep-06-05 K Opocensky vs Smyslov, 1946 (replies)
   Sep-02-05 S F St Jermain Steadman vs Ed. Lasker, 1913 (replies)
   Aug-26-05 Karpov vs A Sokolov, 1987 (replies)
   Aug-25-05 K Haznedaroglu vs R S Jones, 2005 (replies)
   Aug-16-05 Najdorf vs I Appel, 1938
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