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   rokko has kibitzed 39 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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 ...
   Jul-04-17 YourNextMove (Blitz) (2017) (replies)
rokko: Indeed. But the real runner up is Nakamura who has good chances to win the Sinquefield rapid/blitz outright (main competition: "only" Grischuk and Karjakin) and get to 21 points.
   Jun-15-17 Altibox Norway (2017) (replies)
rokko: More generally, I think the recent rise and falls to number two may be due to the fact that your opponents take you more seriously and prepare more thoroughly. MVL's Najdorf has been suffering enormously over the last six months and he is too predictable (like his 3. Nc3 in the ...
   May-31-17 European Individual Chess Championship (2017) (replies)
rokko: I read that there are 22 spots for the World Cup which means that a few people will play prudently and go for the WC rather than the prize money.
   Apr-23-17 Houdini (Computer) (replies)
rokko: If you buy Houdini 5.01 from a chess-specialised shop (not directly) it works perfectly well. I use it since Christmas and am very satisfied. I just tried some of the critical cases from the Stockfish forum and it works well (Larsen's Qa7 was found in 10 seconds on a laptop). My ...
   Mar-05-17 Women's World Championship (2017) (replies)
rokko: When Leicester won, they played regular football matches over a long season, not 10-minute matches with penalty shootouts and coin flips (I do not find a football equivalent to armageddon - maybe: you flip a coin and the goal keeper gets drawn odds). For me this is like Portugal ...
   Feb-28-17 FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017) (replies)
rokko: Even if Naka probably did what he could to create imbalances against a solid player like Adams...
   Feb-01-17 Tradewise Gibraltar (2017) (replies)
rokko: @ Marmot PFL If we have Yu-Anton on board 1, we might have Adams/Gelfand-Nakamura and Ju-MVL or Nakamura-Adams/Gelfand and MVL-Ju. All had already 5 whites. Does the weaker player get white or is it pure luck?
   Jan-25-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies)
rokko: People have short memories and just look at the last six months where So had indeed a good performance (nothing stellar when you look at his few wins but extremely solid). MVL had a similar streak between London 2015 and Dortmund 2016 (with something like 60 games without a loss - ...
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