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   Eyal has kibitzed 19037 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-24-20 K Alekseenko vs Giri, 2020 (replies)
Eyal: <I find it very odd that Alekseenko saw that <88.Nf2+ Kxh4 89.Kf4> would draw but didn't see that <89.Nh1+ Kxh4 90.Kf4> would do the same.> Apparently Giri felt the same way - here he is, immediately following Alekseenko's resignation, sadistically pointing at the h1 ...
   Mar-23-20 Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren, 2020 (replies)
Eyal: A couple of moves before the 33...Rxb6 save, another amazing tactical save for Black was missed with <31...Qf5!> (instead of Qg4). Black is threatening both mate on f3 and a capture on b6, so 32.Nxd4 Qg4 33.Qxd5 Bf6 34.Rb4 Bxd4 35.Rxd4 Rxb6!! [DIAGRAM] <All> of Black's ...
   Mar-23-20 World Championship Candidates (2020/21) (replies)
Eyal: A new plot twist - nepo mentioned at the end of his post-game interview that he's coughing and not feeling very well.
   Mar-23-20 Nepomniachtchi vs Wang Hao, 2020 (replies)
Eyal: <If 29...Nf7 30.Qh2 Qd6 it is White who has to worry about holding a draw. Although 32...Qd7 was the losing move, 29...Kg8, played after 8 seconds of thought, led to Wang's loss.> Nepo mentioned 29...Nf7 in the press conference - he was intending to play 30.c5, which is much more
   Mar-22-20 Eyal chessforum
Eyal: Hi, <Boomie> - thanks!
   Mar-22-20 K Alekseenko vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2020 (replies)
Eyal: The position after 16.Rxg4 has actually been reached a few months ago in Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2019 (with an extra move, since Bg5 & h6 were inserted there). In that game, MVL played ...Bf8? (which should be losing, but still went on to win); since then he analyzed the position
   Mar-22-20 Ding Liren vs Caruana, 2020
Eyal: <zipperbear> Thanks.
   Mar-21-20 Vachier-Lagrave vs Grischuk, 2020 (replies)
Eyal: <any improvements for Black there?> No, it's a forced win for White. After <30.Re4!> he has to see several additional variations, though: 30...b5 31.Rxc4! bxc4 32.Rxf7+ Kd8 33.Ne6+ and Black's position collapses. Also, 30...Nb6 31.Ba3+ Ke8 32.Nxf7! Bxf7 33.e6 Bxh5 34.Ref4! ...
   Mar-20-20 Grischuk vs Wang Hao, 2020 (replies)
Eyal: <Grischuk played well and had a big advantage until he got into time trouble.> Oh, how many times have we heard this sentence...
   Mar-19-20 K Alekseenko vs Nepomniachtchi, 2020 (replies)
Eyal: Alekseenko missed a great shot with the thematic <26.Bxg6!!> - he said after the game that he tried to calculate it, but he had only a few minutes remaining to the time control by this stage and he couldn't calculate to the end. It doesn't win by force since Black doesn't have to
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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?


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  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:-)
Jun-29-13  twinlark: <Eyal> Have you won yourself an IM title?
Sep-14-13  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 "î" and "îä", respectively. Regarding the bishop - the Hebrew word for it (øõ) actually means "runner" or "messenger" - like "Laufer" in German (and as in other Germanic languages as well).
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  moronovich: Bishop is løber = 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.
Mar-21-20  Boomie: <Eyal>

I'm happy to see you posting here again. Thanks for all the fine analysis.

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  Eyal: Hi, <Boomie> - thanks!
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