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Member since May-10-13 · Last seen Feb-09-20
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   Monocle has kibitzed 127 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-09-20 Lasker vs S Von Freymann, 1909 (replies)
Monocle: Lasker's note to move 51 is nigh incomprehensible. He seems to go off on a line in his head and leave the reader behind.
   Oct-20-19 Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019) (replies)
Monocle: <devere> GMs have also failed to pull off the B+N vs K mate, and club players can do that one, so I think it depends on the GM. If there's one player on Earth I'd expect to be able to win Q vs R, it's Magnus Carlsen.
   Oct-20-19 Nakamura vs Aronian, 2019 (replies)
Monocle: <Ulhumbrus: All rook and pawn endings are drawn. This helps to suggest to me that this game will end in a draw.> That's because all your opinions on chess are based on regurgitations of Tarraschian platitudes rather than anything concrete in the actual position.
   Sep-27-19 Scandinavian (B01)
Monocle: I don't much like stuff like 3.d4, as Black can play a quick ...e5. 3.Nf3 also doesn't convince, Black gets a more active position than in the 3.Nc3 lines. Honestly, white gets such comfortable positions after 3.Nc3, I don't see any need to play differently. I don't think White ...
   Jul-06-19 I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2019
Monocle: <Fanques Fair: Magnus Carlsen is playing very well but it seems his main advantage over his peers is psychological. That's the reason for this win, for example.> Against Nepomniatchi, I doubt it, considering their previous head to head record.
   Jun-28-19 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
Monocle: <csmath: Magnus has a problem playing Caruana.> Magnus doesn't have as much of a problem playing Caruana as Caruana does playing Magnus.
   Apr-22-19 Carlsen vs Anand, 2019 (replies)
Monocle: This is very difficult to understand from Carlsen. Surely Black is just getting tortured to death in the 2B v 2N endgame?
   Apr-22-19 F Vallejo Pons vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
Monocle: <Morphy simply was 75 to 100 years ahead of his time in chess understanding> He was at most 30 years ahead of his time. Paul Morphy is like classic movies from the 1940s. Put on a pedestal in their time, when there wasn't anything better, and then mindlessly venerated ever ...
   Jan-26-19 Carlsen vs J K Duda, 2019 (replies)
Monocle: Magnus could probably do it with 30 seconds on the clock. Once you know the technique, it's trivial.
   Jan-21-19 A Escobar Forero vs F La Rota, 2008 (replies)
Monocle: Took me a while to realise that 1.Qb8+ Rc8 2.Rxd7 was a discovery on the queen. Visualising a line being open several moves into a calculation is one of the hardest things in chess for me.
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