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Member since May-30-07 · Last seen Feb-25-11
i am a young scholar (humanities) in eastern europe. i love chess as a hobby, but i prefer to watch others play rather than do it myself. it is unbelievable but i last played at least a bit seriously in 1993. people used to say that due to reading chess history books i was one of the three erudites of chess history in my country. unfortunately, my knowledge exceeds my skills by far. i was known to possess excellent reaction and playing blitz i set myself 2 minutes and offered my rivals to set ten for themselves, and achieved far better results than under regular conditions (try it, it is a disastrous psychological weapon!). my favourite player is viktor kortchnoi. i also adore the style and personality of dr. botvinnik and efim bogoljubov. my favourite personality is jonathan speelman who encouraged me to study hard when i was 14 and was talking to him on the staircase at moscow gma 1990. I occasionally solve tactics at chesstempo under the same username. my highest ever ranking is about 2230 (don't remember exactly), so i guess my playing skills could be approximately 1950-2050. once i solved a sunday puzzle here, and usually do fine before saturday problems come.

   outsider has kibitzed 179 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-13-11 N Huschenbeth vs A Fier, 2011 (replies)
outsider: a comical suicide by white
   Jan-29-11 Carlsen vs H Wang, 2011 (replies)
outsider: wow. what amazing wins two days in a row!
   Jan-23-11 Chigorin vs M Beskrovny, 1877 (replies)
outsider: the surname of the black player means "bloodless" in russian
   Dec-26-10 Petrosian vs Karpov, 1973 (replies)
outsider: I would go for 1940: Keres, Petrov, Botvinnik, Lilienthal, Boleslavsky and many other great names
   Dec-20-10 Russian Championship Superfinal (2010) (replies)
outsider: And a very nice game, btw
   Dec-07-10 X Zhang vs L Mkrtchian, 2010 (replies)
outsider: Yeah, I may have been too harsh a bit. I do know this was a rapid game, and the black player had to win in order to get a chance to go on, but if we check any computer analysis, the black player was a "lady in red". i just hope this player has had some better games in her life.
   Nov-27-10 N Paikidze vs V Nebolsina, 2010 (replies)
outsider: a suicide to remember
   Nov-16-10 Landa vs A Ivanov, 1985 (replies)
outsider: i went for Qg1+ Kg1 Nf3+ with the mate in 3. so i got it even longer than mr. ivanov:)
   Nov-07-10 V Mikenas vs S F Lebedev, 1941 (replies)
outsider: playground player: Thanks to the pun, I can finally pronounce this guy's name. You should pronounce it as "mee-'keh-nuss". Do you really believe the pun is based on the correct Lithuanian pronunciation?
   Nov-07-10 Z Almasi vs Onischuk, 2010
outsider: It was a pleasure to watch this game live. from move 19, i had the feeling that white would win and despite mutual imprecise play, that WAS a feat. a great game&struggle, indeed
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