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   rokko has kibitzed 50 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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 ...
   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 ...
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