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Member since Feb-28-07 · Last seen Dec-02-22
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 2654 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-02-22 Tata Steel India (2022) (replies)
paavoh: @<goodevans: 3/3 = 1 not infinity...> I think he meant that for a such perfect score, rating performance cannot be calculated. If he did, his phrasing was not 3/3.
   Dec-01-22 Keres - Unzicker (1956) (replies)
paavoh: A great find, <offramp>! I was not aware of this match.
   Nov-18-22 Morozevich vs Bologan, 2004 (replies)
paavoh: <Lovely stuff; a game I had never seen, and an effort which showcases Morozevich's unconventional style and tremendous tactical abilities.> Could not have said it any better!
   Nov-17-22 A Model vs S Gotthilf, 1925 (replies)
paavoh: At the end of this game, Black could have pleaded "Gott hilf!" to no avail.
   Nov-16-22 Duda vs Mamedyarov, 2022 (replies)
paavoh: A great fighting game, IMO.
   Nov-14-22 J Dobias vs J Schulz Sr, 1933 (replies)
paavoh: Monday puzzle = faith in one's calculation abilities restored... 30... Qxg2+ 31.Rxg2 Rd1+ and mate with 32./33. - Bf3 follows.
   Nov-11-22 M Lu vs L Mkrtchian, 2022 (replies)
paavoh: Perhaps the pun is based on this description (from Wikipedia) about the Tchaikovsky's composition. <"... fifteen-minute overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and a brass fanfare finale. It has also become a common accompaniment to ...
   Nov-09-22 T Laasanen vs Bagirov, 2000 (replies)
paavoh: <He still survived that day and died on the day after.> Close enough in my book...
   Nov-03-22 J Diaz vs L Ortega, 1984 (replies)
paavoh: I am with the 24.Bxf7+ crowd, finding similar lines as <Mayankk> and <Brenin> did. So many choices...
   Nov-03-22 A Hakobyan vs N Abasov, 2022 (replies)
paavoh: Rather timidly played by White in the opening. E.g. 9.Bd3 ... and 10.Nf3 ... might be better.
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