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   Eyal has kibitzed 18948 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-26-19 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Eyal: I seriously doubt that King was so drunk as to tell Ding it was his first win vs Anand, since the game actually ended in a draw ( ) ; alternatively, this might explain why Ding was surprised. It didn't happen in today's game either, btw - Ding got
   May-25-19 Grischuk vs W So, 2019 (replies)
Eyal: It's ironic that someone has already shown the way to equalize with Black in this line (despite the lousy pawn structure) in a model game against So himself - W So vs Wei Yi, 2017 (there's also Ding Liren vs Wei Yi, 2014 ). Black brought the king to the Q-side to defend the weaknesses ...
   May-24-19 Grischuk vs Nakamura, 2019 (replies)
Eyal: <After 44...Ke7, I was sure White would play 45. Nxg6+ or 46. Nxg6+. The knight can't be taken because the h-pawn would queen. What am I missing?> Nothing - Nxg6 was a perfectly good move. It's just that (as <Boomie> already mentioned) White's position is so good by this ...
   May-24-19 D Dubov vs A Giri, 2019 (replies)
Eyal: <Kirth Gersen> Dubov's play at this point wasn't just "suboptimal" in some subtle way; it's allowing Black to equalize with one precise move (19...Qb6) as opposed to getting a huge - probably winning - advantage. So playing like that while knowing in advance the value of both ...
   May-24-19 FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2019) (replies)
Eyal: <Eyal: Nakamura should be "absolutely dominant" in the World Cup as well, yet he keeps getting beaten there in the classical part (by Korobov in 13, Eljanov in 15, Fedoseev in 17). Maybe someone can beat him here as well if, unlike Radjabov, he would actually try to play real ...
   May-22-19 Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (replies)
Eyal: <keypusher> There's no comment about the possibility of 13.Bxb5 in game 15, apparently they missed it (after coming up with the strong 12.Qg3 just a move earlier). With regard to game 6, there seem to be different versions. According to Krogius, "Fischer was counting on a ...
   May-21-19 Jakovenko vs Wei Yi, 2019 (replies)
Eyal: After 34.Bc8 Rg3 35.Qxg3 White actually gets R + N for the queen, so it's going to be 2R v Q (plus the bishops). Probably winning as well, but in fact 34... f5 35. Bxf5+ Qxf5 36. Qxf5+ Kxf5 should be an easy win for Black. He's threatening to win another pawn immediately with Rg3, and ...
   May-18-19 J K Duda vs W So, 2019 (replies)
Eyal: So fell in the opening for a kind of move-order trick. In the position reached after 9...Bg4 the usual continuation is 10.h3 Bh5 11.Nbd2, to which Black have responded in top-level games with either 11...f6 (as in M Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand, 2017 ) or 11...Nb6 (as So himself did in ...
   May-12-19 Grand Chess Tour Cote dIvoire (Rapid & Blitz) (2019) (replies)
Eyal: That's the best combined score in the rapid/blitz events of the Grand Tour so far (name of the winner in brackets): 2019 Abidjan (Carlsen) - 26.5 2017 Leuven (Carlsen), 2016 Paris (Nakamura) - 25.5 2017 St. Louis (Aronian) - 24.5 2017 Paris (Carlsen*) - 24 *shared 1st with MVL, ...
   May-02-19 Georg Meier
Eyal: Btw, Meier plays in the tournament <because> he's a member of a Grenke-sponsored team, so in this sense it's not really a coincidence - it has basically been a tournament for Grenke-sponsored team members since its beginning in 2013. Mostly Baden-Baden, the monster-team that ...
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  mckmac: < Eyal > Well, you were right to ask me to think again. My trouble is that I have waited so long for this that I now want it all to happen yesterday. I am sure it is finished now, and will post them up after this. Yes of course they go together.

I don't know if you are back yet, but when you are, pleeeze get rid of that first one... As I said, I was a little het up, it is far too nasty, even for me, and I am afraid someone might see it!

"Hamadryads", is in many ways a tribute to Hubert Selby Jnr. I was 19 and living in Gent, Belgium. I struck up a friendship with a Gentleman by the name of Chris Thomas. He was Welsh and had also once been a bike rider. We worked together at the same Fabriek over the border in Zeeland, and spent our nights together in the little bars that he knew so well. When morning came, the Barman would just close the drapes. It's important to show respect to those of us who have to head off to work each morning.

Chris turned me on to Soul Music. He understood how important it was, both culturally and politically. He loved the Atlantic/Stax sound best and I scoured every record shop around, carried vinyl home in bundles, sat down, turned the lights off, and cranked it up. That music changed me utterly.

Chris was very well read. He spoke a number of languages and was always giving me books. 'Last Exit to Brooklyn' is one of the greatest 'novels' I have read, not just for its amazing approach to language and structure, but for its subject matter. One of the problems that serious literature has, in my opinion, is that it is all so middleclass. Middleclass folk with middleclass concerns and facinating middleclass interior lives. It's the working, poor and destitute and criminal classes that interest me. There's more action, and they have much more fun.

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  mckmac: Between the Island and the Sea lies the Shore

For The Divine Miss Caitlin Smith

With thanks to my dear Parents, Maisie Alexandra, and Peter Bryden McKinnell

there is no faithful hound, nor honest son, both growing weary with the weight of waiting

there is no Shepherd's Hut with smokey walls, my old toy bow still safe in a chest, in the corner

there is no mighty loom, sporting cloth so fine, awaiting the picker's knife, night after night, under the moonlight

there is no swag of pretty suitors, their bellies grown soft, their Father's wallets getting shorter, beneath their downtown cloaks

but there is an oar and I have buried it deep in the swamps of Pokeno, only the clay cuddles it now


for PKLoose

women talk best and if there were none of them we would not be here but there is never any excuse for bad manners no excuse for callous disregard no excuse for some of the mates you have I saw Roskill Field get off the Ferry last night before I made the dreamer's mistake of coming to see you again so women talk best but men shake hands and I have shaken 30 already today and will shake 30 more before the year is gone wont be enough to marshall the reek of the @#$% that was last night off of me so women talk best but 25 people in the roomyouknow half by name and you call that a career so women talk best but men shake hands and that man's breath was it only garlic and your dress needed a press and it doesn't hang right on you anywayanyway truly great big note and wow love the boots butbutbutt seriously my dear do you think we are playing without Knights?

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  mckmac: < Eyal > I might have shown this to you before.

If there is a time for waiting,
then there is, there is a time for more,
when a ship has crept through darkness,
that ship will sail for shore,
they say we never walk alone,
they say the rat will find a way,
when somone is looking for you,
he might just plainly say,
my love lies on the mountain,
my love sings by the streams.

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  mckmac: < Eyal > That last one has two more lines. I left them off because they were too predictable, but I think I can live with this...

We Lie We Walk With Orpheus
(for Robertson Davies)

If there is a time for waiting,
then there is, there is a time for more,
when a ship has crept through darkness,
that ship will sail for shore,
they say we never walk alone,
they say the rat will find a way,
when somone is looking for you,
he might just plainly say,
my love lies on the mountain,
my love sings by the streams,
my love stays with her sisters,
my love is sleeping with the trees.

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  mckmac: Greetings Eyal! First rain here today in weeks...
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Eyal: It's possible that Radjabov missed a win with 25...f2+, but I would expect anyone saying that not just to quote engine evaluations but to show some clear winning plan for Black in order to break White's defense after the latter manages to blockade on f2. At the very least it's not trivial.>

That's why they pay you the big money. Well ok they don't give you any money but they should.

I watched this whole game and my "method" of watching is to spar against my Shredder from various positions in the game as they arise. Your comments are key- your ideas with the aid of your trusty engine assistant. written in the King's English. Very useful to a club player like me to have intelligible top level analysis.

Also I appreciate your penmanship. I imagine you first draft the comments with an Eagle Quill and ink, and then your valet transcribes them to type?


Jun-04-13  ketchuplover: Thanks for analysis on Perez v. Topalov regarding stopping the doubling of Topalov's rooks on the a file. I was so sure.
Jun-06-13  WiseWizard: You're the man <Eyal>!
Jun-22-13  isemeria: <Eyal>, you're the best. Keep up the good work!
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  Eyal: Thanks everyone:-)
Jun-29-13  twinlark: <Eyal> Have you won yourself an IM title?
Sep-14-13  twinlark: Where's Eyal?
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  Eyal: <Where's Eyal?>

He's been very busy lately.

Nov-07-13  NGambit: Is <Eyal> going to be back here for the WCC 2013?
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  Eyal: <NGambit> Well, no:-) But to answer the question more generally - I'm now devoting most of my "chess time" to writing a chess blog of my own, so I don't know if I'll be posting here again on a regular basis.
Jan-09-14  Shams: <Eyal> Is your blog written in English? You should link to it.
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  Eyal: No, it's in Hebrew... But here's the link anyway:
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  Eyal: ... Now it's
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  wordfunph: <Eyal> Merry Christmas!
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  Alex Schindler: I'm enjoying reading through your blog. I didn't realize even the algebraic notation would be in Hebrew! So, guessing from context , apparently we call bishops elephants like the Arabs always did? I guess for a mnemonic I'll just think of the Israeli bishop as a "friar" :)

Never thought I'd have to decipher the meaning of 6...פז6 on a chess blog. I'll keep reading for more of your analysis, and to figure out soon enough how Israeli notation differentiates melekh and malka. (at least K/N is phonetically intuitive!)

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  Eyal: Hi, Alex - just saw your message; I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. You've probably figured it out by now - but in any case, the algebraic Hebrew notations for king [melekh] and queen [malka] are "" and "", respectively. Regarding the bishop - the Hebrew word for it () actually means "runner" or "messenger" - like "Laufer" in German (and as in other Germanic languages as well).
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  moronovich: Bishop is lber = runner in danish too.
But in french it is fou = fool.

All the best - moro - .

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  mckmac: < Moronovich > Sir, A 'memorable' quote if I ever heard one. Best Wishes. Matt

< Eyal > I owe you an apology for my craziness when we last spoke. Lev my friend, I was only lucky to still be standing at the end of it.


Matthew Mc Kinnell

Jan-01-17  metatron2: Eyal, so you like soccer more than chess ?

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  Eyal: Heh... It's a cousin of mine actually.
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