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optimal play
Member since Oct-28-11
"Optimal Play" is when both sides make their best move at each turn, or one of equally good alternatives.

"May everyone, not only in the game of Chess, but the game of life, know how to make the next best move." - Chess Club Toast

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   optimal play has kibitzed 4406 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-24-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
optimal play: <thegoodanarchist: <OhioChessFan: <zanzy: Chasing down your crap posts is getting to be routine.> I'm trying to chase down your crap answer as to whether you're Muslim or not.> When someone asks, "Are you Muslim or not?", the correct answer is most certainly ...
   Nov-18-17 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
optimal play: <HeMateMe: sorry mate, I didn't know they had three lead singers. the guy on stage sounds like the guy on their first few albums, to me.> Nah, Bon Scott had a much stronger voice. Except for Angus they almost look like The Sweet in that video. <thank god for AC/DC. ...
   Nov-18-17 playground player chessforum (replies)
optimal play: <playground player: <optimal play> Just wait till the fun really starts.> Can't wait! Anyway, congratulations on your latest book. Now you can take a holiday.
   Oct-26-17 A Lilly vs W Tullidge, 1891
optimal play: 32...Kf6? Anyway, black's problems began when he didn't follow up 19...b5 with 20...b4 What was the point of playing 19...b5 if he didn't intend 20...b4 Why play 19...b5 at all in that case? Just because white played 20.Ne5 doesn't necessitate a change of plan. e.g. 19...b5 ...
   Oct-22-17 Spielmann vs Burn, 1911
optimal play: 10...Nf6 is not bad, but 10...f4 is more bullish, e.g. if 11.Nxe4 then 11...Qd4! 17.Bd2? Much better is 17.Bb2! After 32.Bxd6 Black was presumably worried about 33.Rxc7+ and thus played 32...Nd5 unfortunately overlooking the possibilities of 32...Ng4! threatening Ne3+ or Nxh2+
   Oct-22-17 W Tullidge vs F K Esling, 1891
optimal play: 10.O-O? Compare 10.Ng1 Spielmann vs Burn, 1911 27...Qxb2 or alternatively 27...Qc5+ 28.Kh1 Nf2+!
   Oct-19-17 F K Esling vs W Crane, 1897
optimal play: <FSR> I suspect you're right. White probably saw 10.f3 Qh4+ 11.g3 Nxg3 12.hxg3 Qxh1+ and thought "Oh that's no good" If he'd looked a little closer he'd have seen your line 10.f3 Qh4+ 11.g3 Nxg3 12.Bf2! is definitely good enough for a quicker win. If 10.f3 black's best ...
   Oct-19-17 W Crane vs F K Esling, 1899
optimal play: 22.Bc1? Better is 22.exf5 opening up black's k-side.
   Oct-14-17 W Crane vs J L Jacobsen, 1897
optimal play: 38...Nd3 is okay but 38...Nc2 is much better! 65...Ne4+! NOT 65...Nxc4???
   Oct-13-17 W Crane vs J L Jacobsen, 1897
optimal play: 37.Nh6+ is okay (obviously 37.bxc4 is no good), but better is 37.Ne7+! Rxe7 38.bxc4 dxc4 39.Rb5 ± 42.Nh6 (again) is okay, but better is the straightforward 42.Rxc5 going up two pawns. Perhaps Crane was worried about 42.Rxc5 d3 43.cxd3 Nxd3+ winning the Rook, but white ...
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