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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   [less...]
   Jun-01-15 K Mekhitarian vs Ding Liren, 2011
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 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.
   Jun-06-13 L Van Vliet vs Nimzowitsch, 1907 (replies)
   May-29-13 Karpov vs Beliavsky, 1988 (replies)
   Sep-28-12 Szabo vs Petrosian, 1968
   Jul-27-12 Euwe vs J A Fuller, 1950
   Jun-17-12 Petrosian vs M Mukhitdinov, 1951
   May-25-12 Alekhine vs Vainshtein, 1916
   May-13-12 Polgar vs Karpov, 1998 (replies)
   May-08-12 A Dueckstein vs Petrosian, 1962 (replies)
   Feb-25-12 R Pageau vs J Faille, 1979
   Feb-25-12 M Dvoretzky vs Vasiukov, 1974 (replies)
   Feb-25-12 Spiridonov vs T Stanciu, 1973
   Feb-25-12 Uhlmann vs B De Greiff, 1973
   Jan-23-12 de Firmian vs Karpov, 1990 (replies)
   Jan-13-12 S Krasnov vs E Schiller, 1999
   Jan-01-12 I A Zaitsev vs Petrosian, 1969 (replies)
   Dec-09-11 E Schiller vs C Mar, 1998
   Nov-19-11 Karpov vs Hort, 1973 (replies)
   Nov-16-11 Petrosian vs G Kluger, 1955
   Oct-25-11 Kramnik vs M Sebag, 2008
   Sep-12-11 Petrosian vs Mirtsaev, 1945 (replies)
   Aug-12-11 Chigorin vs Lasker, 1899 (replies)
   Aug-12-11 Blackburne vs Lasker, 1899 (replies)
   Aug-08-11 L Prokes vs Capablanca, 1929 (replies)
   Aug-08-11 Marshall vs Capablanca, 1927 (replies)
   Aug-08-11 Ed. Lasker vs Capablanca, 1926 (replies)
   Aug-08-11 Kupchik vs Capablanca, 1926 (replies)
   Jul-05-11 Jonathan Speelman (replies)
   Jul-01-11 Yurtaev vs Ehlvest, 1983
   Jun-30-11 Y Kotkov vs Korchnoi, 1956 (replies)
   Apr-26-11 Petrosian vs Bondarevsky, 1950 (replies)
   Apr-17-11 Gilg vs Nimzowitsch, 1929 (replies)
   Apr-13-11 Petrosian vs Hort, 1971 (replies)
   Mar-14-11 N Pert vs Dreev, 2005
   Feb-28-11 Ralf Michael Grosshans
   Feb-23-11 Kramnik vs Leko, 2001 (replies)
   Feb-23-11 Van Wely vs Kramnik, 1990 (replies)
   Feb-12-11 Nimzowitsch vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1925 (replies)
   Jan-17-11 Uhlmann vs Adorjan, 1982
   Jan-08-11 Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 (replies)
   Dec-24-10 Stahlberg vs Taimanov, 1953 (replies)
   Dec-24-10 B Enklaar vs Petrosian, 1973 (replies)
   Dec-24-10 Uhlmann vs Spiridonov, 1981
   Dec-19-10 Diez del Corral vs Petrosian, 1969 (replies)
   Dec-19-10 G Kroone vs Euwe, 1919 (replies)
   Dec-19-10 Petrosian vs Benko, 1955 (replies)
   Dec-19-10 Petrosian vs G Ilivitsky, 1951
   Dec-19-10 Petrosian vs G Fridstein, 1947
   Dec-12-10 Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1961 (replies)
   Dec-12-10 Petrosian vs M Bertok, 1961
   Dec-12-10 Petrosian vs Stein, 1961 (replies)
   Dec-04-10 L Hazai vs Szabo, 1983 (replies)
   Dec-02-10 Alekhine vs W N Dinger, 1933 (replies)
   Nov-30-10 G Kroone vs Euwe, 1919 (replies)
   Nov-27-10 Petrosian vs Filip, 1962
   Nov-27-10 Petrosian vs M Yudovich Sr., 1967
   Nov-27-10 Petrosian vs R Byrne, 1975 (replies)
   Nov-27-10 Petrosian vs W Pietzsch, 1962
   Nov-20-10 Burn vs Lasker, 1895 (replies)
   Nov-20-10 Lasker vs Teichmann, 1909 (replies)
   Nov-13-10 R Cardoso vs Petrosian, 1975 (replies)
   Nov-10-10 Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 (replies)
   Nov-10-10 Smyslov vs Alatortsev, 1945
   Nov-10-10 Carlsen vs Anand, 2010 (replies)
   Nov-06-10 E Paoli vs Petrosian, 1967 (replies)
   Nov-05-10 Janowski vs Capablanca, 1916 (replies)
   Oct-18-10 A Kovacevic vs Kramnik, 1997 (replies)
   Aug-23-10 Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1983 (replies)
   Aug-23-10 Petrosian vs Spassky, 1971 (replies)
   Aug-23-10 G A Thomas vs Capablanca, 1936
   Aug-23-10 Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 (replies)
   Aug-23-10 Lutikov vs Petrosian, 1969
   Aug-23-10 D Arngrimsson vs Z Tasic, 2008
   Aug-23-10 French Defense (C00) (replies)
   Aug-22-10 B Andersen vs Petrosian, 1960 (replies)
   Aug-22-10 G Borisenko vs Petrosian, 1954
   Aug-22-10 Stahlberg vs Petrosian, 1953 (replies)
   Aug-18-10 Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 (replies)
   Aug-17-10 C Poulsen vs R Grau, 1937 (replies)
   Aug-16-10 Karpov vs Lautier, 1995 (replies)
   Aug-08-10 Smyslov vs V Makogonov, 1944 (replies)
   Aug-08-10 S Belavenets vs Smyslov, 1939 (replies)
   Aug-08-10 G Ravinsky vs Smyslov, 1944 (replies)
   Aug-03-10 A Kalantar vs Petrosian, 1948 (replies)
   Aug-03-10 Petrosian vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
   Aug-03-10 N Mannheimer vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 (replies)
   Aug-02-10 Petrosian vs H Liebert, 1970 (replies)
   Jul-29-10 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack (A01) (replies)
   Jul-04-10 F Kitto vs Euwe, 1939
   Jul-04-10 J van den Bosch vs Euwe, 1934
   Jul-04-10 J J Boedijn vs Euwe, 1922
   Jul-01-10 Grischuk vs Ponomariov, 2005
   Jul-01-10 H Johner vs Euwe, 1934 (replies)
   Jun-26-10 Petrosian vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1949 (replies)
   Jun-25-10 Saemisch vs Alekhine, 1943 (replies)
   Jun-25-10 G A Thomas vs Capablanca, 1936
   Jun-24-10 Botvinnik vs Taimanov, 1953 (replies)
   Jun-22-10 R Grabczewski vs D Djaja, 1959
   Jun-21-10 A Dunkelblum vs L Prokes, 1928
   Jun-16-10 Maroczy vs Alekhine, 1921 (replies)
   Jun-16-10 Maroczy vs Alekhine, 1931 (replies)
   Jun-12-10 Karpov vs A Moro Adame, 1997
   Jun-12-10 Karpov vs Kamsky, 1996
   Jun-12-10 Karpov vs Polgar, 1994 (replies)
   Jun-12-10 Karpov vs Van der Wiel, 1988
   Jun-11-10 Furman vs Bronstein, 1967 (replies)
   Jun-11-10 Pachman vs Furman, 1954
   Jun-06-10 Petrosian vs Aronin, 1961 (replies)
   May-21-10 Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1943 (replies)
   May-11-10 Topalov vs Anand, 2010 (replies)
   May-09-10 Anand vs Topalov, 2010 (replies)
   Apr-30-10 Topalov vs Anand, 2010 (replies)
   Apr-19-10 Ivanchuk vs Karpov, 1994 (replies)
   Apr-18-10 Dunaev vs Petrosian, 1946 (replies)
   Apr-17-10 Karpova chessforum (replies)
   Apr-17-10 Bogoljubov vs Reti, 1923 (replies)
   Apr-17-10 Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1959 (replies)
   Apr-16-10 Hort vs Petrosian, 1970 (replies)
   Apr-16-10 I Veltmander vs Petrosian, 1951 (replies)
   Apr-15-10 Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 (replies)
   Apr-15-10 P Nikolic vs Short, 1987
   Apr-13-10 M Vukic vs L Espig, 1970
   Apr-13-10 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation (A87) (replies)
   Apr-13-10 Reshevsky vs Keres, 1937 (replies)
   Apr-12-10 J Zajic vs F Blatny, 1960
   Apr-12-10 Filip vs J Fabian, 1968
   Apr-12-10 Karpov vs V Malaniuk, 1988 (replies)
   Mar-25-10 Fine vs Botvinnik, 1938 (replies)
   Mar-22-10 I Dyner vs Fine, 1937
   Jan-16-10 E Paoli vs Uhlmann, 1966
   Aug-17-09 H E Atkins vs Capablanca, 1922 (replies)
   Aug-14-09 Y Sakharov vs Petrosian, 1956 (replies)
   Aug-14-09 Petrosian vs V Loginov, 1983 (replies)
   Aug-14-09 O Troianescu vs Petrosian, 1953 (replies)
   Aug-13-09 Euwe vs Keres, 1948 (replies)
   Aug-11-09 Keres vs Z Solmanis, 1945 (replies)
   May-28-09 Hort vs Gligoric, 1971 (replies)
   May-28-09 Gligoric vs R G Wade, 1970
   May-28-09 Hort vs Gligoric, 1970 (replies)
   May-28-09 Larsen vs Gligoric, 1970 (replies)
   May-28-09 F J Perez Perez vs Gligoric, 1964
   May-09-09 Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1938 (replies)
   May-09-09 Botvinnik vs Levenfish, 1937 (replies)
   Apr-24-09 Alekhine vs K Opocensky, 1925 (replies)
   Apr-19-09 Alapin vs Nimzowitsch, 1911 (replies)
   Apr-09-09 Petrosian vs Mecking, 1971 (replies)
   Apr-08-09 J Cooper vs Petrosian, 1978 (replies)
   Mar-14-09 Andersson vs Seirawan, 1983 (replies)
   Mar-07-09 Yue Wang (replies)
   Feb-22-09 Bisguier vs Petrosian, 1954 (replies)
   Jul-28-08 V Berlinsky vs J Olsar, 2007
   Jul-28-08 P Ostojic vs Vaganian, 1976 (replies)
   Jul-02-08 An Englishman chessforum (replies)
   May-11-08 P H Clarke vs Petrosian, 1958 (replies)
   Mar-09-08 A Smith vs Philidor, 1790 (replies)
   Feb-27-08 Petrosian vs Lutikov, 1961 (replies)
   Jan-11-08 Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1948 (replies)
   Nov-29-07 Benko vs Petrosian, 1963 (replies)
   Nov-06-07 Petrosian vs D Minic, 1972 (replies)
   Aug-21-07 Petrosian vs Timman, 1982 (replies)
   Jul-06-07 Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977 (replies)
   Jun-01-07 Petrosian vs Benko, 1963 (replies)
   May-29-07 Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 (replies)
   Apr-06-07 J Boudy Bueno vs Szabo, 1979 (replies)
   Feb-07-07 Petrosian vs Kholmov, 1982 (replies)
   Jan-30-07 A Wagner-Michel vs A Fischer, 1994 (replies)
   Nov-28-06 Petrosian vs P Vaitonis, 1952 (replies)
   Jan-04-06 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Dec-12-05 Petrosian vs Aronin, 1950 (replies)
   Dec-10-05 A Bannik vs Tal, 1955 (replies)
   Nov-21-05 J Sefc vs Petrosian, 1957 (replies)
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