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Raul Montanari
Member since Nov-13-16 · Last seen Nov-20-18
I'm an Italian novelist and writer. I chose this job back in the 70's, when I was a boy and I discovered that I had no real talent in chess, just passion and maybe culture. So, I had to be satisfied with writing books :-) My best chess result was 2nd at the Italian Junior Team Champiomship in 1975. Fischer and Tal were my idols and are. In the meantime, I learned to appreciate positional players too.

   Raul Montanari has kibitzed 105 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-20-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Raul Montanari: So far, this match is confirming that, at top GM level, 1. e4 is not the best way to play for a win. History, you know, is made of course and recourse. In the Nottingham Chess Tournament of 1936 there was a special prize for the player who scored most wins with 1. e4 - this ...
   Nov-16-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Raul Montanari: Surprising primacy of Black in ALL the games. In one of the post mortem press conferences, maybe the second, Caruana was asked about this phenomenon and observed that this is a trend in contemporary chess. I think he was right.
   Nov-13-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Raul Montanari: I can't understand anymore Caruana's general strategy. Three points: 1) I know that my opponent is far superior to me in rapid chess, so I can't finish 6-6. I have to push, to try and win. 2) I know that my opponent has a superb technique in endgames, so when I see looming
   Nov-12-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Raul Montanari: <vonKrolock> You're right... I was already counting out Ph4! :-)
   Nov-11-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
Raul Montanari: <uberhikari>, as long as my name is Raul and not Paul, I'm not concerned if you make inferences about this Paul. All my condolence to this Paul :-) If one accept your way of reasoning, then why should a player, let's suppose Carlsen himself, resign before being mated? ...
   Nov-11-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Raul Montanari: Caruana had a completely different face, at the press conference after this game. He really had that poker face. I'm very fond of human factor in chess, so I liked Magnus being surprisingly sincere in admitting he was forced to be cautious, and maybe even a little more. When ...
   Nov-09-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Raul Montanari: DRAW! Al long last.
   Aug-24-18 Grischuk vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Raul Montanari: Grishuk is doing his best to lose a won game.
   Mar-30-18 GRENKE Chess Classic (2018) (replies)
Raul Montanari: <Viktorerro>, Lasagne are a typical first course in Bologna, let's say in the Northern and Central Italy. Our Sicilian compatriots hardly know how they look like :-)
   Jan-17-18 Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2010 (replies)
Raul Montanari: Funny that Cormier's Fritz appearently does not consider among his suggested 4th moves for White the ultra-popular Austrian Attack, 4. f4.
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