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Monocle
Member since May-10-13 · Last seen Oct-21-19
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   Monocle has kibitzed 126 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-20-19 Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019) (replies)
 
Monocle: <devere> GMs have also failed to pull off the B+N vs K mate, and club players can do that one, so I think it depends on the GM. If there's one player on Earth I'd expect to be able to win Q vs R, it's Magnus Carlsen.
 
   Oct-20-19 Nakamura vs Aronian, 2019 (replies)
 
Monocle: <Ulhumbrus: All rook and pawn endings are drawn. This helps to suggest to me that this game will end in a draw.> That's because all your opinions on chess are based on regurgitations of Tarraschian platitudes rather than anything concrete in the actual position.
 
   Sep-27-19 Scandinavian (B01)
 
Monocle: I don't much like stuff like 3.d4, as Black can play a quick ...e5. 3.Nf3 also doesn't convince, Black gets a more active position than in the 3.Nc3 lines. Honestly, white gets such comfortable positions after 3.Nc3, I don't see any need to play differently. I don't think White ...
 
   Jul-06-19 I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2019
 
Monocle: <Fanques Fair: Magnus Carlsen is playing very well but it seems his main advantage over his peers is psychological. That's the reason for this win, for example.> Against Nepomniatchi, I doubt it, considering their previous head to head record.
 
   Jun-28-19 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
 
Monocle: <csmath: Magnus has a problem playing Caruana.> Magnus doesn't have as much of a problem playing Caruana as Caruana does playing Magnus.
 
   Apr-22-19 Carlsen vs Anand, 2019 (replies)
 
Monocle: This is very difficult to understand from Carlsen. Surely Black is just getting tortured to death in the 2B v 2N endgame?
 
   Apr-22-19 F Vallejo Pons vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
 
Monocle: <Morphy simply was 75 to 100 years ahead of his time in chess understanding> He was at most 30 years ahead of his time. Paul Morphy is like classic movies from the 1940s. Put on a pedestal in their time, when there wasn't anything better, and then mindlessly venerated ever ...
 
   Jan-26-19 Carlsen vs J K Duda, 2019 (replies)
 
Monocle: Magnus could probably do it with 30 seconds on the clock. Once you know the technique, it's trivial.
 
   Jan-21-19 A Escobar Forero vs F La Rota, 2008 (replies)
 
Monocle: Took me a while to realise that 1.Qb8+ Rc8 2.Rxd7 was a discovery on the queen. Visualising a line being open several moves into a calculation is one of the hardest things in chess for me.
 
   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.
 
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