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   Monocle has kibitzed 83 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-22-18 Mamedyarov vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Monocle: At move 26, that is.
   Mar-20-18 E Dizdarevic vs Kramnik, 1992 (replies)
Monocle: Rxf2+ leads to mate, and was the first move I was drawn to before even taking in the full position. But, Black can also just play Qxb4 and be up a whole rook. I kind of feel like a good puzzle shouldn't have such a boring and obvious win in addition to the actual solution.
   Mar-15-18 Aronian vs Grischuk, 2018 (replies)
Monocle: <Ulhumbrus: The computer evaluation suggests that 29 Qd8+ is a blunder which lets White's advantage slip> I think if you need the computer evaluation to tell you something, you're not in a position to call it a "blunder". Try "inaccuracy".
   Mar-06-18 A Rychagov vs A Lanin, 2008 (replies)
Monocle: I saw that 14.Nb5 and 14.Rxd6 both work, but in a game I'd probably go for Rxd6. It seems cleaner.
   Feb-15-18 Fischerandom Chess (replies)
Monocle: <Absentee: <Monocle: <Absentee: The pieces are as uncoordinated as they are in the classical starting setup, the difference is that you're used to it.> That's simply not true.> Proof needed.> Since when is piece coordination determined by how familiar you are ...
   Feb-09-18 Le Quang Liem vs M M Kazhgaleyev, 2016 (replies)
Monocle: <PhilFeeley: Was 23. Rg3+ actually necessary? The same result could have occurred with 23. Ra3.> It wasn't necessary for the combination, but I guess he wanted to take the opportunity to force the black king to a slightly worse square? That's the only reason I can think of.
   Jan-25-18 Carlsen vs W So, 2018 (replies)
Monocle: <Pulo y Gata: Maybe Wesley is just doing a Fischer. He will never win against Magnus before he beats him in the coming WCC.> He will soon be publishing his article, "A Bust To The London System".
   Jan-20-18 Max Deutsch (replies)
Monocle: I don't buy the "obsessive learner" thing at all, I think it's all self promotion fakery. There's no way to know what level of ability he had at any of those things before the month started. He was probably just going to cheat againt the Play Magnus app, but then the WSJ picked it ...
   Jan-19-18 Sax vs Minic, 1975 (replies)
Monocle: I started doing the daily puzzle on here 13 years ago, and lately I've been thinking either they're getting harder or I'm getting worse. Apparently, this one was a Saturday puzzle back in 2005, so hopefully it's the former.
   Jan-16-18 Anand vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Monocle: Anyone remember those innocent times back in the 90s, when nobody played the Berlin and we used to complain about all the boring Petroffs? We didn't know how good we had it...
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