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   Monocle has kibitzed 60 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-07-17 Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016
Monocle: Games like this make me wonder why the tradition of brilliancy prizes has more or less died out. Did Gazza's outburst at Linares 2003 kill them off, or were brilliancy prizes on the wane even before then? And would we get more exciting chess if significant brilliancy prizes were ...
   Sep-06-17 Dreev vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
Monocle: I see players these days are using the 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 move order that books used to dismiss as dubious. Dreev just transposes into a regular Ragozin - is the old Botvinnik-Capablanca structure after 4.a3 considered OK for Black now?
   Aug-30-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
Monocle: <markz: I don't think so!> Well, you're entitled to be wrong, if that's your wish. <In chess world championship cycle, the reigning champion is seated into the two-person world championship match directly, which is too much privilege, too difficult to dethrone the ...
   Aug-17-17 Kasparov vs Le Quang Liem, 2017 (replies)
Monocle: <The Kings Domain: My first thought after the last move was played: Rigged. I never thought Chess would go the way of Boxing.> One would think a 2700+ grandmaster could find a slightly more subtle way of throwing a game than simply putting a rook en prise.
   Aug-14-17 Kasparov vs Karjakin, 2017 (replies)
Monocle: <Dr Winston OBoogie: 40.kf3 looked good to me. I fail to see how black can protect the f4 pawn.> 40... Rxd4
   Aug-14-17 N Zwirs vs P V Nandhidhaa, 2016 (replies)
Monocle: Looks like there's more than one solution. I went with 1.Rxg5+ Bxg5 2.Qxg5+ Kh7 3.Nd7, with mate after a few delaying moves. This seems to work. Saccing the rook on g5 looked like the most 'monday' solution, and I never even looked at Ng6, although it appears to be quicker. ...
   Aug-13-17 Sinquefield Cup (2017) (replies)
Monocle: <not not: Alekhine or Capa, once they had an advantage, would hardly let anyone off the hook, lest lost a game.> Nonsense. Both Alekhine and Capablanca frequently gave draws to obscure players who would be barely IM strength by today's standards. Go through their games with a ...
   Aug-13-17 Caruana vs Nakamura, 2017
Monocle: Ah yes, "disturbing the kingside pawns without necessity", a classic. I'm just amazed that he's still doing it. It takes some dedication to be wrong every day for 10 years.
   Aug-11-17 I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2017
Monocle: <Ulhumbrus: Up to move seven the opening seems similar to that in the game Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 with the difference that Carlsen has developed his king's knight on f6 instead of on e7.> What a pointless comparison.
   Aug-06-17 Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 (replies)
Monocle: I checked in on this game once at the 30 move mark, and Carlsen looked to have a bad position already. Poor co-ordination, weak pawn on g3, pointless bishop on c1, Black knight parked on d3... By move 40, Black's positional advantage looks even bigger to me, but the engine prefers ...
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