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   Eyal has kibitzed 18873 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-07-18 Caruana vs Yifan Hou, 2018 (replies)
Eyal: <WorstPlayerEver: <FSR> I don't want to waste more time with know-it-alls.. did they find 64. Kc1 a5 65. Bb7 Ke2 66. Bc8 huh?? I'm pretty sure it's the best line so far, I spent more than an hour on it! And SF 24 useless fuel.> 66.Bc8 doesn't save White in this line, if ...
   Jan-21-17 Carlsen vs A Giri, 2017 (replies)
Eyal: <Does someone here have access to 7-man tablebases? It would be interesting to know if this position is a forced draw.> Yeah, it's a TB draw (and a draw since White played 59.Rh6+ instead of Bc4, as noted).
   Jan-19-17 W So vs Harikrishna, 2017 (replies)
Eyal: Harikrishna was indeed in serious time trouble, but by move 33 it probably doesn't matter much - 33... Bxb6 34. Rxd3 is pretty much as hopeless as the game continuation. The decisive mistake (after putting up a heroic defense which led to good drawing chances) apparently occurred ...
   Jan-19-17 Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016 (replies)
Eyal: <YouRang> As mentioned in my last post here (quoting the correspondence player who analyzed this line in his blog months before it was played by Caruana), the more direct <23.c4> - aiming for the c5 break and also stopping the defensive resource Rb5 - should be winning as ...
   Jan-16-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies)
Eyal: Poor Rapport, it could have been a real masterpiece with 33...Rd2 (or the even prettier but more computerish 33...c6!! to clear the way for the queen to a7, and if 34.b6 then 34...Qb7 with a lethal threat of Qa6+).
   Jan-15-17 Carlsen vs R Wojtaszek, 2017 (replies)
Eyal: Wojtaszek resigns rather than playing on with 2 pawns down (after the black queen retreats there's 45.Qf3+ followed by 46.Qxc3).
   Jan-14-17 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship Match (2016) (replies)
Eyal: <chessfilmmaker> You can keep deflecting or spewing nonsense as much as you like, the point of this argument is not whether Karjakin blundered - nobody is denying that. The point is that even with Rb1 the position is very far from being "an obvious draw," as you title your video ...
   Jan-14-17 Eljanov vs R Rapport, 2017 (replies)
Eyal: Analysis of the game by Svidler: Eljanov himself showing the game:
   Jan-07-17 T Hillarp Persson vs F Grafl, 2017 (replies)
Eyal: <tamar> In this context, here's a quote from a recent interview with Svidler: <The main change [produced by computers over the game] , a completely fundamental one, is the new evaluation of defensive resources. Previously a huge amount of analysis stopped in the region of move
   Jan-04-17 Ian Nepomniachtchi (replies)
Eyal: Compared to last year's series the new faces are Karjakin & Nepomniachtchi, Carlsen is back as a regular participant rather than a wild card, whereas Aronian, Giri & Topalov are out.
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Jan-08-13  mckmac: < Eyal > Well, you were right to ask me to think again. My trouble is that I have waited so long for this that I now want it all to happen yesterday. I am sure it is finished now, and will post them up after this. Yes of course they go together.

I don't know if you are back yet, but when you are, pleeeze get rid of that first one... As I said, I was a little het up, it is far too nasty, even for me, and I am afraid someone might see it!

"Hamadryads", is in many ways a tribute to Hubert Selby Jnr. I was 19 and living in Gent, Belgium. I struck up a friendship with a Gentleman by the name of Chris Thomas. He was Welsh and had also once been a bike rider. We worked together at the same Fabriek over the border in Zeeland, and spent our nights together in the little bars that he knew so well. When morning came, the Barman would just close the drapes. It's important to show respect to those of us who have to head off to work each morning.

Chris turned me on to Soul Music. He understood how important it was, both culturally and politically. He loved the Atlantic/Stax sound best and I scoured every record shop around, carried vinyl home in bundles, sat down, turned the lights off, and cranked it up. That music changed me utterly.

Chris was very well read. He spoke a number of languages and was always giving me books. 'Last Exit to Brooklyn' is one of the greatest 'novels' I have read, not just for its amazing approach to language and structure, but for its subject matter. One of the problems that serious literature has, in my opinion, is that it is all so middleclass. Middleclass folk with middleclass concerns and facinating middleclass interior lives. It's the working, poor and destitute and criminal classes that interest me. There's more action, and they have much more fun.

Jan-08-13  mckmac: Between the Island and the Sea lies the Shore

For The Divine Miss Caitlin Smith

With thanks to my dear Parents, Maisie Alexandra, and Peter Bryden McKinnell

there is no faithful hound, nor honest son, both growing weary with the weight of waiting

there is no Shepherd's Hut with smokey walls, my old toy bow still safe in a chest, in the corner

there is no mighty loom, sporting cloth so fine, awaiting the picker's knife, night after night, under the moonlight

there is no swag of pretty suitors, their bellies grown soft, their Father's wallets getting shorter, beneath their downtown cloaks

but there is an oar and I have buried it deep in the swamps of Pokeno, only the clay cuddles it now


for PKLoose

women talk best and if there were none of them we would not be here but there is never any excuse for bad manners no excuse for callous disregard no excuse for some of the mates you have I saw Roskill Field get off the Ferry last night before I made the dreamer's mistake of coming to see you again so women talk best but men shake hands and I have shaken 30 already today and will shake 30 more before the year is gone wont be enough to marshall the reek of the @#$% that was last night off of me so women talk best but 25 people in the roomyouknow half by name and you call that a career so women talk best but men shake hands and that man's breath was it only garlic and your dress needed a press and it doesn't hang right on you anywayanyway truly great big note and wow love the boots butbutbutt seriously my dear do you think we are playing without Knights?

Jan-23-13  mckmac: < Eyal > I might have shown this to you before.

If there is a time for waiting,
then there is, there is a time for more,
when a ship has crept through darkness,
that ship will sail for shore,
they say we never walk alone,
they say the rat will find a way,
when somone is looking for you,
he might just plainly say,
my love lies on the mountain,
my love sings by the streams.

Jan-25-13  mckmac: < Eyal > That last one has two more lines. I left them off because they were too predictable, but I think I can live with this...

We Lie We Walk With Orpheus
(for Robertson Davies)

If there is a time for waiting,
then there is, there is a time for more,
when a ship has crept through darkness,
that ship will sail for shore,
they say we never walk alone,
they say the rat will find a way,
when somone is looking for you,
he might just plainly say,
my love lies on the mountain,
my love sings by the streams,
my love stays with her sisters,
my love is sleeping with the trees.

Mar-02-13  mckmac: Greetings Eyal! First rain here today in weeks...
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Eyal: It's possible that Radjabov missed a win with 25...f2+, but I would expect anyone saying that not just to quote engine evaluations but to show some clear winning plan for Black in order to break White's defense after the latter manages to blockade on f2. At the very least it's not trivial.>

That's why they pay you the big money. Well ok they don't give you any money but they should.

I watched this whole game and my "method" of watching is to spar against my Shredder from various positions in the game as they arise. Your comments are key- your ideas with the aid of your trusty engine assistant. written in the King's English. Very useful to a club player like me to have intelligible top level analysis.

Also I appreciate your penmanship. I imagine you first draft the comments with an Eagle Quill and ink, and then your valet transcribes them to type?


Jun-04-13  ketchuplover: Thanks for analysis on Perez v. Topalov regarding stopping the doubling of Topalov's rooks on the a file. I was so sure.
Jun-06-13  WiseWizard: You're the man <Eyal>!
Jun-22-13  isemeria: <Eyal>, you're the best. Keep up the good work!
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  Eyal: Thanks everyone:-)
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  twinlark: <Eyal> Have you won yourself an IM title?
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  twinlark: Where's Eyal?
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  Eyal: <Where's Eyal?>

He's been very busy lately.

Nov-07-13  NGambit: Is <Eyal> going to be back here for the WCC 2013?
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  Eyal: <NGambit> Well, no:-) But to answer the question more generally - I'm now devoting most of my "chess time" to writing a chess blog of my own, so I don't know if I'll be posting here again on a regular basis.
Jan-09-14  Shams: <Eyal> Is your blog written in English? You should link to it.
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  Eyal: No, it's in Hebrew... But here's the link anyway:
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  Eyal: ... Now it's
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  wordfunph: <Eyal> Merry Christmas!
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  Alex Schindler: I'm enjoying reading through your blog. I didn't realize even the algebraic notation would be in Hebrew! So, guessing from context , apparently we call bishops elephants like the Arabs always did? I guess for a mnemonic I'll just think of the Israeli bishop as a "friar" :)

Never thought I'd have to decipher the meaning of 6...פז6 on a chess blog. I'll keep reading for more of your analysis, and to figure out soon enough how Israeli notation differentiates melekh and malka. (at least K/N is phonetically intuitive!)

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  Eyal: Hi, Alex - just saw your message; I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. You've probably figured it out by now - but in any case, the algebraic Hebrew notations for king [melekh] and queen [malka] are "" and "", respectively. Regarding the bishop - the Hebrew word for it () actually means "runner" or "messenger" - like "Laufer" in German (and as in other Germanic languages as well).
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  moronovich: Bishop is lber = runner in danish too.
But in french it is fou = fool.

All the best - moro - .

Nov-02-16  mckmac: < Moronovich > Sir, A 'memorable' quote if I ever heard one. Best Wishes. Matt

< Eyal > I owe you an apology for my craziness when we last spoke. Lev my friend, I was only lucky to still be standing at the end of it.


Matthew Mc Kinnell

Jan-01-17  metatron2: Eyal, so you like soccer more than chess ?

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  Eyal: Heh... It's a cousin of mine actually.
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