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   Monocle has kibitzed 108 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-29-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
Monocle: <Carlsen declared after retaining the title: "If I had lost, it could have been my last world championship match". What a demonstration of cynicism and hypocrisy!> It sounds like he just meant that he might not win the candidates again.
   Sep-17-18 Anand vs Kramnik, 2016 (replies)
Monocle: <Ulhumbrus: 11...h6 disturbs the king side pawns without necessity as does 12 h3.> Foolish former world champions, playing h3 and h6 all the time, when even a patzer like Ulhumbrus can tell you it's practically throwing the game away!
   Jul-27-18 Biel (2018) (replies)
Monocle: <WorstPlayerEver> I think this is really a case where you can judge a book by its cover - the web design at <CG> is straight out of the 90s, with table-based layouts and styling via obsolete html attributes rather than css. With such antiquated front-end development, ...
   Jul-27-18 Lyudmila Rudenko (replies)
Monocle: Rudenko seems a rather obscure player for this sort of recognition, even in the context of women's chess.
   Jul-05-18 Guanchu Liu vs Li Chao, 2011 (replies)
Monocle: <bamaexpert> To be honest, I suspect chrisowen's posts are either mostly or completely automated. I'd say the account was a bot, if not for the fact that it occasionally misses a day or two and some people apparently remember when he made sense. The gibberish must be randomly ...
   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 (replies)
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.
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