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   rokko has kibitzed 63 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-10-17 London Chess Classic (2017) (replies)
rokko: Nepo has great talent and he has reached 2767 a year ago. But sometimes he plays too fast or screws up in the opening (games against Hu or So last year). He reminds me of Mamedyarov who was also a little bit erratic. If Nepo stabilises he can become a top ten player.
   Dec-10-17 AlphaZero - Stockfish (2017) (replies)
rokko: What is frustrating (and what makes me belief that this research paper is utterly incomplete and therefore misleading) is the lack of information on so many areas: How many games did AlphaZero play before the "match"? Millions? Did it play against SF to improve itself before the ...
   Nov-27-17 FIDE Grand Prix Mallorca (2017) (replies)
rokko: About MVL's draws: against Svidler it was 19 moves not 10 (transmission error). MVL had Black and the position was flat. He could have been more aggressive against Nakamura (why Bd7+?) but again the final position was pretty boring and MVL has a very bad score against Nakamura ...
   Nov-15-17 Champions Showdown: Carlsen-Ding (Blitz) (2017) (replies)
rokko: Carlsen would have reached 3000 (3008 if I calculated correctly) if he had not won too many rapid games (and therefore the match with a day to spare). Very lucky for Ding's blitz rating.
   Nov-10-17 Champions Showdown in Saint Louis (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
rokko: No. I am not interested in 20th century chess (when the clocks did not allow increments) and artificial suspense (flagging and mega-blunders).
   Oct-12-17 European Club Cup (2017) (replies)
rokko: What makes the discussion even less relevant is that a 9/9 result for MVL would make him win the Grand Prix and qualify from the Grand Prix (ahead of rating IIRC). Just as a reminder: if he is clear second he is ahead of Mamedyarov. If he shares second/third he has as many points as ...
   Oct-04-17 Isle of Man Open (2017) (replies)
rokko: Kramnik needs to gain 16 rating points to equalise with So. He plays in the European Club Cup. It is hard but not completely impossible. Martin Bennedik has a real-time list. The link is too long. Type "race to candidates chess" and you get it.
   Sep-23-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
rokko: I think young Xiong clearly has potential and there are also Li Ruifeng and Lionder Awang from the US. Even if their names give the impression that one could also say that they are part of the Chinese (ethnic, not national) rise to stardom. Europe has Deac, Tari and the van Foreest ...
   Jul-22-17 Dortmund (2017) (replies)
rokko: Always the same debate about draws but, personally, I found Kramnik-MVL (forced "sacrifice" and counter-sacrifice) and Fedoseev-Nisipeanu (what a pawn structure!) more exciting than Wang-Bluebaum (even if the conversion is certainly of educational value).
   Jul-14-17 FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017) (replies)
rokko: With the current position (4-9), even Mamedyarov is far from safe. If Ding or Radyabov (if he wins outright in Gevenva) are at least third in Palma and MVL is at least second they will all have more points. I suppose he will have to go for a win tomorrow - with +2 things should be ...
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