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   Monocle has kibitzed 100 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-16-18 de Riviere vs Morphy, 1863
Monocle: I never really got the hype over Morphy. He was ahead of his time, but that's not saying much. Then again, I'm not American.
   Jun-11-18 Tal vs Smyslov, 1959
Monocle: When grandmasters sat down to play Tal, did they want to keep the game quiet and boring to stifle his creativity, or did they want to encourage him to sacrifice on the grounds that, often as not, it would be unsound? I can only imagine, after going for a solid opening, Smyslov would
   May-10-18 Wei Yi vs A Giri, 2016
Monocle: <tonsillolith: Why not <14...Rh6 15. Rd8#>?> You need to ask why Giri didn't helpmate himself?
   May-05-18 H Lohmann vs Teschner, 1950 (replies)
Monocle: This game is hilarious. You know that scene that's always in TV shows and movies - the one where two supposedly good players are playing, and one of them makes a move and looks all smug like "get out of that one", and the other replies with an immediate "checkmate"? It's generally ...
   May-04-18 G Guseinov vs M Ezat, 2008 (replies)
Monocle: Well, I had 25.Rxe7+ Qxe7 26.Qc4+ Ne6 27.Re1 Rb6 28.Ba5, but overlooked 28...Qc7. The actual solution doesn't look all that forcing, though, so I'm not sure exactly what you're supposed to see to consider it solved.
   Apr-23-18 T Goutali vs L Pan Zhang, 2008 (replies)
Monocle: Isn't it usually preferable in the KIA to delay e5 until Black has committed to kingside castling?
   Apr-08-18 Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 (replies)
Monocle: <morfishine> I think you need to conduct better research into how Euwe is pronounced.
   Apr-04-18 Willem Euwe
Monocle: I'm not surprised that younger siblings are often stronger when both are strong players. They have the advantage of facing a strong regular opponent at a younger age.
   Apr-04-18 Navara vs A Pashikian, 2016 (replies)
Monocle: Never even occurred to me. Judging by the responses, I'm not alone. Simple in hindsight but strangely difficult to see.
   Apr-02-18 Max Euwe (replies)
Monocle: Was the name "Machgielis" ever at all common in the Netherlands? If you google it, almost all the results are about Euwe, but then again, I am only searching for English results.
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