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   rokko has kibitzed 68 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-22-18 Aeroflot Open (2018) (replies)
rokko: Very few (if any?) Western European players either. Gibraltar or Dubai are more attractive from a weather and prize perspective. Only the possibility to challenge the world's top players in Dortmund is a real attraction.
   Jan-31-18 Tradewise Gibraltar (2018) (replies)
rokko: I can understand if you are a Fiona fan but I do not see what is wrong with Jovanka. And her comments on the games are definitely more valuable than Fiona's (who normally leaves the games to Simon and focuses on the chat).
   Dec-26-17 World Rapid Championship (2017) (replies)
rokko: Indeed difficult day for the favourites: Carlsen, Aronian, Ivanchuk, Mamedyarov, none of them impressed and MVL's performance is even worse. He seems to have difficulties adjusting to the time control and plays blitz chess in a rapid tournament.
   Dec-26-17 World Rapid Championship (Women) (2017) (replies)
rokko: Unfortunately, without the former world champion and Nr. 1 (who does not like to play against women) and without the reigning rapid and blitz world champion (who did not like to play in a backward country like Saudi Arabia - even if the dress code is less stringent than in Iran), this
   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 ...
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