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   Monocle has kibitzed 70 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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...
   Jan-15-18 Caruana vs G Jones, 2018 (replies)
Monocle: <Clement Fraud: It could be argued that Fabiano played too many pawn moves in the opening (5.h3, 8.g4 & 9.f3)> This is a well-established system against the King's Indian. The idea of h3/g4 is to inhibit black's ...f5 advance. It's a closed position, so losing some time on a ...
   Jan-13-18 A Giri vs Yifan Hou, 2018 (replies)
Monocle: <John Abraham: Why has the god awful Petrov made a miserable return to elite level chess?> To give us a break from the god awful Berlin?
   Dec-17-17 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
Monocle: <RookFile: Whatever you think about that, 9-9 pales in comparison to a rematch clause, which is what Karpov got. Karpov's condition meant that you had to beat him in matches twice.> If I were the challenger, I'd prefer a rematch clause to the champion retaining the title on ...
   Dec-15-17 Kasparov vs Lautier, 1994 (replies)
Monocle: <Dionysius1: Crikey! Who would chose 14...♘e7 15 ♘xf6 gxf6 against as good an attacker as Kasparov?> Kramnik, apparently. Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 Possibly Lautier had an improvement in mind, but Kasparov deviated first.
   Dec-09-17 AlphaZero - Stockfish (2017) (replies)
Monocle: <not not: Well if alpha zero is "not actually stronger under ideal conditions" than he does not "surpasses human knowledge" Stockfish is armed with.> Beating or not beating Stockfish has nothing to do with who has the superior knowledge, as should be obvious from the fact that
   Dec-09-17 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2017 (replies)
Monocle: <rodrigoporto> Is it really necessary to make the same inane comment on every AlphaZero game?
   Nov-25-17 Speed Chess Championship (2017/18) (replies)
Monocle: Carlsen completely slaughtered So, 27.5 to 9.5 - I'm surprised there hasn't been more wailing and gnashing of teeth.
   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?
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