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acirce
Member since Feb-22-04
<I'm always hearing (and reading) that "If the players of yesteryear could only catch up with opening theory, they'd be as good or better than today's players". The funny thing is that the many years (usually decades) of study that modern players put into opening theory should not only count towards their strength, but that study and practice contributes vastly to their understanding of the middlegame and even some endgames. The silly idea that you can just 'catch up' in opening theory ignores the vast undertaking that this would involve, especially to absorb the vast number of openings and opening variations necessary to a complete chess education.>

-- John Watson

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   acirce has kibitzed 27698 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-17-17 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Blitz) (2017) (replies)
 
acirce: Well, it was like in the rapids, but the other way around. Now he had much better time but at the cost of a lost position.
 
   Aug-17-17 Nakamura vs Kasparov, 2017 (replies)
 
acirce: <FIDE handbook gives this: <4.6 The act of promotion may be performed in various ways: the pawn does not have to be placed on the square of arrival, removing the pawn and putting the new piece on the square of promotion may occur in any order. If an opponent’s piece stands ...
 
   Aug-16-17 Aronian vs Kasparov, 2017 (replies)
 
acirce: He must have meant 2004, in Reykjavik. Only some of those games were recorded. Sadly not that one as it seems.
 
   Jul-09-17 Kramnik vs G Meier, 2016
 
acirce: Blübaum introduced the spectacular improvement 12..f6! in M Ragger vs M Bluebaum, 2016
 
   Jul-06-17 Garry Kasparov (replies)
 
acirce: It will definitely be exciting. Kasparov will definitely take it seriously. But then I don't think he took last year's "exhibition" blitz any less seriously.
 
   Dec-01-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
 
acirce: N Popov vs A Novopashin, 1979
 
   Nov-22-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
 
acirce: <keypusher> thanks, and also thanks in advance to everyone else who will greet me, it's nice to be back etc etc etc, I don't know if I will stay but felt like a few points should be clarified regarding the press conference situation.
 
   Jul-14-13 Hans Tikkanen (replies)
 
acirce: Indeed, he won in a playoff which went to Armageddon. Not the ideal way of deciding a national championship to say the least but yes. Tikkanen won for the third time in a row.
 
   Apr-01-13 World Championship Candidates (2013) (replies)
 
acirce: Holy @#$%.
 
   Dec-16-12 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 (replies)
 
acirce: <I have to admit that Karpov's uncertain play in this game disoriented me and created a rather bad psychological effect before the match in Seville. I stopped treating him with proper respect, I ceased fearing even his favourite positions where his opponent had chronic weaknesses,
 
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