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Member since Nov-20-05 · Last seen Dec-28-15
I play on FICS with the handle xombie.

I *used* to think that Petrosian was my favorite, but it has since seeped out that the game is just too beautiful to have a one-dimensional perspective.

I last updated my profile about three years ago, when I had just started playing OTB chess at Berkeley (yes, close to the hill and the lab on Leroy). I have since moved to the Santa Clara/San Jose area owing to work. Fortunately, we have quite a few tournaments in the Santa Clara area. I am very happy to have made many friends from Chess.

While I cannot say that I am training to reach master level, it is certainly a pleasant thought to have and the many beautiful games that I have managed to create give me some hope that I will some day make it. However, the greatness of the game will always supersede one's quest for personal glory.

I am a big fan of Nimzovich (for obvious reasons). Going over Nimzo's works can be rollicking ride - both in terms of instruction and for his eccentric prose.

I strive to demonstrate ideas relating to prophylaxis whenever possible. There is no greater joy than obsessing over these ideas during the game.

Current Chess books:

1) Nunn - Understanding Chess middlegames
2) Petrosian - Petrosian's legacy
3) Smyslov - Smyslov's best games of Chess
4) Silman - The complete endgame course

>> Click here to see xombie's game collections.

   xombie has kibitzed 228 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-01-15 K Mekhitarian vs Ding Liren, 2011 (replies)
xombie: Go Ding! I am looking at the KID from the black side. Very tough to play!
   Feb-14-15 Petrosian vs S Schweber, 1962 (replies)
xombie: Yes, probably so. Here though, it looks like a case of a flexible 'Opening' by white rather than a flexible defense by black in that it is white who deviates from the usual sequence of moves comprising the Petrosian system of the KID by playing Be2 before playing Nf3. The important ...
   Feb-14-15 Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960 (replies)
xombie: Black's paralysis in this game must have at least a little to do with the Nb3, since the a5 pawn (and the edifice) needs attention all the time. This is, of course, in addition to the c file which white owns.
   Jul-30-14 Botvinnik vs A Konstantinopolsky, 1943 (replies)
xombie: I should look at this game more closely. For one thing, I have experimented with this formation with c5 (to be followed by e5 by black later) leading to a passed d pawn, and lots of counterplay. But it may be that this approach works better when we trade off pieces, as Botvinnik ...
   Jul-30-14 Botvinnik vs Ragozin, 1943
xombie: Here is the 'wow' moment on move 22. Bd4. 22.. Bxd4 leads to loss of a pawn (and game) since white has a majority on the kingside, which might in itself win in the endgame. After this, it is a fairly simple case of creating the majority and pushing it. It seems that black's rook is ...
   Jul-13-13 Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 2000 (replies)
xombie: This time he tries to play it like a Petrosian. I wonder why he didn't try the usual Bf3. I wonder if it's any good though.
   Jul-08-13 Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 (replies)
xombie: This must be the first original kingwalk game.
   Jun-19-13 Z Milev vs Smyslov, 1953
xombie: This is what Marin calls the Petrosian system after black plays Bd7. He somehow seems to disapprove of Re8.
   Jun-18-13 Smyslov vs Tolush, 1951
xombie: Pretty obvious positional exchange sac really, but how on earth does one get such a position?
   Jun-10-13 King's Indian, Petrosian System (E93) (replies)
xombie: Well I am going to buy this book. I am a devotee of the KID Petrosian as white - the game unfolds beautifully. Although Gallagher wrote his book as a 'repertoire' book for black, I am hoping that it will help understand the formations in a general sense.
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