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Clement Fraud
Member since Nov-24-16 · Last seen May-09-19
I live in the United Kingdom; my own playing strength (as ELO gradings might measure it) is roughly between 1500 & 1600; my favorite players are Veselin Topalov, Anatoly Karpov and Viswanathan Anand.

   Clement Fraud has kibitzed 133 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-31-19 Kramnik vs Aronian, 2018
Clement Fraud: I love Aronian's style - principled and daring like Topalov: In this game he plays into one of Kramnik's favorite openings, and I like the idea behind 5... a6 - which keeps open the option of retreating black's dark squared Bishop to e7 (following 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 Be7!). I ...
   Mar-14-19 C Lutz vs Kramnik, 1996
Clement Fraud: Having uncorked all these fine and creative ideas for the Sicilian Defense, it's seems ironic that Vladimir Kramnik has not employed the opening at all in recent years; he now (almost invariably) plays 1... e5 with black.
   Mar-01-19 Adams vs Kramnik, 2013
Clement Fraud: It is very interesting (at least, it is to me) that this game marks the very last time that Vladimir Kramnik played a Sicilian Defense; and furthermore, he hasn't employed the Sicilian on a regular basis since 2005. I find myself wondering why this is the case (since Kramnik's
   Feb-23-19 de Firmian vs I Sokolov, 1996 (replies)
Clement Fraud: 16.Qd3 was weak - really an error (because the white Queen is undefended on d3); and 16... Bxd5 was also an error (16... c6 was surely better). I believe that 16.Bf4 was the correct move for white to keep his edge.
   Feb-02-19 Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981
Clement Fraud: I am very interested in this line of the Queen's Gambit Accepted (where black develops his light squared Bishop outside of the pawn chain). Black's play in this game is so effective that I can't understand why 4... e6 (locking in said Bishop) is regarded as the main line? ...
   Jan-18-19 Carlsen vs Mamedyarov, 2019 (replies)
Clement Fraud: <beenthere240> <It's clear that white resigned 22. Nc4.> That is exactly as it appears to me as well; surely black's position was not resignable after 22.Nc4 ??? (the game must be incomplete in its present presentation).
   Dec-25-18 Short vs Karjakin, 2018
Clement Fraud: It is very unlike Nigel Short to force draw like this. I think that Nigel was once quoted as saying "It is not in my nature to wimp out in sharp position", and he said this following game 4 of his world championship match with Kasparov.
   Nov-26-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Clement Fraud: Are these two trying to get a draw by repetition???
   Nov-22-18 G Jones vs Aronian, 2018
Clement Fraud: I have been studying grandmaster games in the Giuoco Piano a lot lately, and this one is of particular interest (not least because it sees the great Aronian outplayed & beaten by Gawain Jones). Mr Jones's play appears to cast doubt (at least from where I'm sitting) on the ...
   Nov-21-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Clement Fraud: <plang> <sponcers are having difficulty getting the matches approved - lengthening the match will make it even more difficult.> Thankyou, that's an important point... but I still think that a world championship match of twenty-four games (without tiebreaks) is - ...
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