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Member since Oct-19-03

I live in Malmö in Sweden. You may know Malmö for the annual Sigeman GM-tournament, see .

Malmö isn't big, with around 270,000 inhabitants, but there are still a couple of GMs from Malmö: Stellan Brynell , Tiger Hillarp Persson and Jonny Hector

For the record, I moved from Malmö in 2006, but I'll leave this information here.


*New* (May 2010) I have gotten an ELO! It is just above 2000.

But now that I've started playing 1.d4 it will probably go up - my record with white has been terrible.


Some of analysis I have made after 2009 may have been assisted by a computer, but not a very strong one.

Here are some quotes I like about chess or chessplayers:

<Unfortunately I missed the chance to learn to play the piano, and now it is too late for that> - Vladimir Kramnik (

< Any advice for the coming juniors in chess?

Nigel Short: Accountancy pays better. > (

The critical reality is that we are not hostage to some naturally granted level of talent. We can make ourselves what we will. Strangely, that idea is not popular. People hate abandoning the notion that they would coast to fame and riches if they found their talent. But that view is tragically constraining, because when they hit life's inevitable bumps in the road, they conclude that they just aren't gifted and give up. >


Instead of using the Java game board, I recommend a little freeware program called ChessPad. It has all the features one could want from a PGN reader: browse multiple games, fast, move the pieces, copy and paste FEN positions, etc. The program can be downloaded from

Some of my favourite players (updated 2010-01-10) are Michael Adams (great strategist, attacker, and because he plays Ruy Lopez as black), Emanuel Berg (he is Swedish, and he can calculate very well), Joseph Henry Blackburne (great combinations and intuition) and Vasily Smyslov (for his general style, openings and endgame knowledge), Robert James Fischer (his ability to find the best moves, just amazing player), Garry Kasparov (same reason), Jose Raul Capablanca (the soundness of his play), Alexander Alekhine (willingness to try new ideas and depth of his play), Paul Keres (character, endgames, attacks, strategies, openings), Viktor Korchnoi (dedication to chess, fighting spirit), Alexander Beliavsky (playing the classical openings with dedication), Nigel Short (same, but also an ingenious attacker who proves that chess isn't just about memorizing opening), and Viktor Antonovich Bologan (strategical)

The list could go on. E.g. Tal, Shirov, Anand, Kramnik, are all brilliant players, but I don't want to state the obvious.

My favourite game is Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 . It appears superficially simple, but winning against Karpov with black in those days was close to impossible. It features deep strategies and a forceful endgame, typical of Korchnoi's style.


I used to have a black and blue avatar with a stingray, but it now seems to have been taken.

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   waddayaplay has kibitzed 768 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-25-23 R Palme vs O Sarapu, 1991
waddayaplay: No wonder Palme didn't play any more senior championships after this.
   Mar-25-23 I Kowalski vs W Smieszek, 2021
waddayaplay: 14.Re1 is a bad move. After 14. ...Qb6 white will have difficulties due to the discovered check. If 15.Kh1 then 15. .. Ng4 with the threat Ne3 (forking queen and knight) and Nf2+. If 16.Re2 then .. Bxc3 Bxc3 Nxe4 Nxe4 Rxe4
   Mar-25-23 Dreev vs Shabalov, 1989
waddayaplay: This is the first time in the database that 11.Bxb5 has been played. Everyone used to play 11. Nxb5. Now the moves are at least equally popular.
   Mar-25-23 O Almeida Quintana vs A Fier, 2020
waddayaplay: The position is equal, with a slight advantage for black, until 22. ..Ne7?? That loses a piece by force due to double threat on rook and bishop. If instead 22. ..Nc3 23.Qf3 then Qd8 holds everything.
   Mar-24-23 P Cramling vs Kosteniuk, 2021 (replies)
waddayaplay: I have to guess it was an opening preparation because it follows the computer suggestion with 11. ..E5! And requires calculation after that. One idea being that Nh4 is problematic due to Qg4, with a double attack on knight and bishop. Another reason is that Kosteniuk couldn't ...
   Mar-24-23 chessforum (replies)
waddayaplay: Dear On some positions in the opening explorer, it doesn't work to flip the board at all Opening Explorer
   Mar-23-23 Dreev vs J M Lopez Martinez, 2007
waddayaplay: Probably wrong game score
   Mar-23-23 J Geske vs S Zilka, 2009
waddayaplay: The position is completely equal until white decided on a bad strategy, starting with 23.g4 and the even worse 26.Rd2. If instead 26.Bg3 Rh3 27. Bf4 and there's not much black can do to make progress.
   Mar-23-23 Paul Andersson vs G R McDonald, 2003
waddayaplay: It's actually not completely harmless. If white plays 12.g4 instead of 12.f4, then now the push f4-f5 can't be prevented. StockFish gives as best 12. ..Nd5 13. F4 h5 14.f5 nh4 15.e6, leading to this position. [DIAGRAM] Now it does say black is up with 2.5 points but I wouldn't ...
   Mar-18-23 K Kokolias vs Turov, 2005
waddayaplay: A pretty mate, but 30.Kc3 is a theoretical draw. See also A Acebal Muniz vs F J Sanz Alonso, 1993
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