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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Oct-13-21
Learned the game at age of 7, played OTB in the 1980's, converted to CC in mid-1990's, now just following what is going on at the top.

Does this path reflect a decline in my chess abilities or increased demands at my day job in sciences?

Still, I feel a spark when seeing a great game.

Many thanks for Santa and the good people at Chessgames for giving me a membership for the years 2015 and 2020!

   paavoh has kibitzed 2517 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-13-21 Robson vs Xiong, 2021 (replies)
paavoh: <At some point you learn to castle before doing the fancy stuff.> True, but castling was not an option at move 3 for Black :-). I consider 3.- e5 "fancy".
   Jul-15-21 Rantanen vs B Denman, 1972 (replies)
paavoh: Rantanen knows Sicilian very well, and he had excellent scores in Olympiads at Skopje 1972 (+11 =2 -2) and La Valletta 1980 (+6 =7 -0). In 1980, I had a pleasure of receiving a prize for our chess team from him.
   Jun-23-21 Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1979 (replies)
paavoh: Thanks <PB> for pointing the other game out, that would have been an equally good choice. And you were correct about "bete noire".
   Jun-08-21 Konstantinopolsky vs I Rudakovsky, 1940 (replies)
paavoh: Thanks, <ughaibu> for these: <A small collection of un-kibitzed and brutal games won by Rudakovsky>
   Jun-08-21 I Rudakovsky vs Konstantinopolsky, 1945 (replies)
paavoh: I wish I could play the White side of QGD like this...
   Jun-08-21 Grischuk vs Deac, 2021 (replies)
paavoh: A very nice Q+R+pawns end game by Grischuk.
   May-24-21 Benjamin vs W Hook, 1990 (replies)
paavoh: Nice pin at the end.
   May-20-21 P Girinath vs Ganguly, 2000 (replies)
paavoh: Quite difficult for me today - taking a step back to move forward is always harder to see.
   May-17-21 D J Ledger vs P K Wells, 2001 (replies)
paavoh: I liked this one: Monday puzzle that wasn't a Queen sac.
   May-12-21 B Annakov vs O Sepp, 1994 (replies)
paavoh: Hi again <Brenin>, sorry to nitpick but in the omitted line <I left out 61 Qh6+ Ke7 62 Qe6+ and only then 63 Qxd6> the White Q will be taken by 61.- Qc1xh6 :-)
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