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Raul Montanari
Member since Nov-13-16 · Last seen Oct-20-19
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 115 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-06-19 Ding Liren vs W So, 2019 (replies)
 
Raul Montanari: This opening is a Semi-Tarrasch, not an Exchange Variation, because Black recaptured the pawn with his Knight.
 
   Nov-28-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
 
Raul Montanari: Carlsen is a very unpleasant person and I was rooting for Caruana, but I'm grateful to the champion because he has reinstated the Sicilian Defense ad the most interesting, engaging, funny answer to 1. e4.
 
   Nov-28-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
 
Raul Montanari: This match was the worst spot for top level classic chess that one could imagine. Pure boredom. Then, when the clock became threatening, mistakes and a little action.
 
   Nov-28-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
 
Raul Montanari: The new Bobby Fischer?
 
   Nov-26-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
 
Raul Montanari: ?????????????????? Why? Black was better in the position, was better in time!
 
   Nov-24-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
 
Raul Montanari: Because a draw suits his demands perfectly.
 
   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! :-)
 
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