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Member since Jul-10-07
I am a pre-med student at the University of Miami starting fall of '08. I played chess on my school team in high school, second board behind a very strong player. I don't have an established rating for "real" OTB chess, but my FICS rating hovers in the low 1600s. I like playing the Ruy Lopez as white and a variety of things as black, though I tend to do best in the Alekhine against 1. e4. I'm still experimenting with responses to the queen's pawn, but for the most part I play a half-baked semi-Slav.

   offtherook has kibitzed 456 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Dec-12-09 E Post vs Flamberg, 1914 (replies)
offtherook: <Gilmoy: <Sneaky: a good professional Text-Editor.> GNU Emacs. (OK, it's not merely a text editor. Hehe.)> Vim, you heretic. ;-)
   Mar-27-09 Alekhine's Defense, Modern (B04) (replies)
offtherook: <refutor> Perhaps it's because I only play against fellow patzers, but I don't really run into the Voronezh variation in practice. From my experience in my own games, the exchange Alekhine is where I score best as black. Anyways, if it were that huge a problem, it's always ...
   Feb-22-09 King's Gambit Accepted (C34) (replies)
offtherook: <Marmot> Yes, I know the Fischer defense is very solid. I play it against KG myself as black, just to close up the position and annoy gambiteers. As White, I always preferred to play Bc4 before d4, and I didn't generally retreat my knight back to its starting square. To my ...
   Feb-22-09 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
offtherook: Sergei Rublevky's bio: <he has never been able to string enough consistent results together to raise his rating past the 2700 mark> He's been over 2700 (albeit not by much) for months now. Isn't it time to correct this point in his biography?
   Feb-21-09 Topalov - Kamsky Candidates Final (2009) (replies)
offtherook: <Kaspablanca: Neither Topalov nor Kamsky cant beat Anand in a match.> It's not out of the question. Topalov is a very strong player, and Kamsky has beaten Anand in at least one match before (although Anand has definitely had more experience since then). Anand certainly has ...
   Jan-19-09 Ivanchuk vs Smeets, 2009 (replies)
offtherook: <notyetagm> In a WC match, there wouldn't be other games going on for him to wander around watching. Fewer distractions.
   Jan-17-09 Van Wely vs Dominguez Perez, 2009 (replies)
offtherook: Was Van Wely giving up and taking the draw, or was he really tired and actually dropped a rook for no reason?
   Dec-20-08 Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2008) (replies)
offtherook: Dang, Ivanchuk's getting killed. Shame, he can produce some amazing chess when he's in form.
   Dec-17-08 Carlsen vs J L Hammer, 2006 (replies)
offtherook: Can't touch this.
   Dec-11-08 Koltanowski vs R Lean, 1927 (replies)
offtherook: You <never> bring out the light square bishop like that in the Slav. Recipe for disaster.
   Nov-30-08 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
   Nov-16-08 S Sunyasakta vs S Gour, 2008 (replies)
   Nov-09-08 Dale Kirton
   Oct-30-08 Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-29-08 Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (replies)
   Oct-23-08 Anand vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-18-08 A Lastin vs Morozevich, 2008
   Oct-16-08 Battle of the Brains II, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-09-08 Petrosian Memorial (2004) (replies)
   Oct-08-08 A Lastin vs Svidler, 2008 (replies)
   Oct-03-08 Sakaev vs Morozevich, 2008 (replies)
   Sep-14-08 Grand Slam Chess Final (2008) (replies)
   Sep-12-08 Anand vs Topalov, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-30-08 Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2008) (replies)
   Aug-22-08 Ponomariov vs Gelfand, 2008
   Aug-22-08 Shirov vs Gelfand, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-21-08 Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-14-08 Topalov vs Shirov, 2008 (replies)
   Aug-10-08 just a kid chessforum (replies)
   Jul-30-08 madlydeeply chessforum (replies)
   Jul-30-08 Sergei Rublevsky (replies)
   Jul-30-08 Dominguez Perez vs Carlsen, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-29-08 Pelletier vs Onischuk, 2008
   Jul-28-08 Carlsen vs E Alekseev, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-26-08 The World vs S Iuldachev, 2004 (replies)
   Jul-26-08 Ruy Lopez, Marshall (C89) (replies)
   Jul-26-08 41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008) (replies)
   Jul-26-08 A Sokolov vs McShane, 2002 (replies)
   Jul-25-08 Shredder (Computer) (replies)
   Jul-25-08 M Marks vs H F L Meyer, 1867 (replies)
   Jul-24-08 Pelletier vs E Alekseev, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-24-08 Onischuk vs Carlsen, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-23-08 Carlsen vs Bacrot, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-18-08 Karpov Poikovsky (2008) (replies)
   Jul-17-08 Rublevsky vs Bologan, 2008
   Jul-17-08 Rybka (Computer) (replies)
   Jul-16-08 Rublevsky vs A Volokitin, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-13-08 Shabalov vs Shankland, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-13-08 J Friedel vs S Uesugi, 2008
   Jul-13-08 Gligoric vs Fischer, 1958 (replies)
   Jul-11-08 Caro-Kann Defense (B12) (replies)
   Jul-10-08 R L Perry vs J N Metge, 2000 (replies)
   Jul-08-08 Karjakin - Short Rapid match (2008) (replies)
   Jul-06-08 Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2001 (replies)
   Jul-06-08 Dortmund Sparkassen (2008) (replies)
   Jul-06-08 Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
   Jul-06-08 Loek van Wely (replies)
   Jul-06-08 Adolf Anderssen (replies)
   Jul-04-08 Alekhine's Defense (B02) (replies)
   Jul-01-08 Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2008 (replies)
   Jun-30-08 Svidler vs Nisipeanu, 2008
   Jun-28-08 RonB52734 chessforum (replies)
   Jun-28-08 J Gustafsson vs Kramnik, 2008 (replies)
   Jun-28-08 Ivanchuk vs Van Wely, 2008 (replies)
   Jun-28-08 Mamedyarov vs Leko, 2008 (replies)
   Jun-28-08 Naiditsch vs Nepomniachtchi, 2008 (replies)
   Jun-27-08 D Mackenzie vs E Schiller, 2007
   Jun-26-08 Robin01 chessforum (replies)
   Jun-26-08 French, Winawer (C18) (replies)
   Jun-24-08 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense (C36) (replies)
   Jun-24-08 E Schiller vs N Nip, 2007 (replies)
   Jun-20-08 Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 (replies)
   Jun-20-08 Van Wely vs Eljanov, 2008
   Jun-20-08 Chao Li (replies)
   Jun-20-08 Grunfeld (D85) (replies)
   Jun-19-08 Aerosvit (2008) (replies)
   Jun-19-08 Vladimir Kramnik (replies)
   Jun-18-08 Carlsen vs A Volokitin, 2008 (replies)
   Jun-17-08 New Haven vs Hartford, 1963 (replies)
   Jun-16-08 Morphy vs Maurian, 1854 (replies)
   Jun-09-08 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack (B76) (replies)
   Jun-08-08 Vienna Gambit (C29) (replies)
   Jun-06-08 Movsesian vs Morozevich, 2008 (replies)
   Jun-05-08 B Alterman vs Deep Fritz, 2000 (replies)
   May-26-08 J Friedel vs Shulman, 2008 (replies)
   Apr-13-08 Garry Kasparov (replies)
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