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Member since Mar-31-14 · Last seen Dec-11-21
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   Tal1949 has kibitzed 145 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-11-21 Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021) (replies)
Tal1949: It depends if his competitors keep turning up in this sort of form. I lost count the number of times Carlsen sat at the board by himself for 10-20 minutes after he made a move. What was Nepo doing?
   Jan-27-20 Tata Steel Masters (2020) (replies)
Tal1949: Lowest draw rate- the sixteen year old! How long until he becomes a draw clone like the rest of them? lol
   Jan-25-20 Firouzja vs V Kovalev, 2020
Tal1949: Firouzja did not have to work hard for this win. After 20.Nxb5 what is the black queen doing? Nothing! Strange that a modern GM can ruin a Spanish opening so badly. He even refused to play Ne5 many times and tried the cheap Queen check at the end. White controls the center for the ...
   Jan-25-20 Ju - Goryachkina Women's World Championship Match (2020) (replies)
Tal1949: I am still surprised that Ju defended her title. She was outplayed in Shanghai in the first half and looked to be playing scrambling, defensive chess. Her openings and middle game were very lackluster for a world champ. The turning point was when Gorya missed the strong continuation
   Oct-15-19 Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019) (replies)
Tal1949: This is like old school chess-excitement on every board. Better than those closed prearranged tournaments!
   May-02-19 GRENKE Chess Classic (2019) (replies)
Tal1949: World number 10 is 114 elo behind Carlsen. World's best female is 213 elo behind Carlsen. Magnus is in a league of his own!
   Apr-09-19 Gashimov Memorial (2019) (replies)
Tal1949: Carlsen is 4-0 here and not one game over 60 moves. The boy is in such top form that it does not matter who his opponent is. Good luck trying to dethrone the true World Champ.
   Nov-28-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
Tal1949: Carlsen has just proved that he is the better rapid chess player, but little else. My suggestion for the next WC is to play a 16 game match with 8 standard chess games and 8 Chess 960 games, alternating the format after every 2 games. By playing them at classical time control we ...
   Oct-05-18 Batumi Olympiad (2018) (replies)
Tal1949: The Vietnam open team finished 7th yet did not play any top 10 seed after round 4. Surely we cannot take this tournament seriously.
   Aug-23-18 Sinquefield Cup (2018) (replies)
Tal1949: I am sure it has been a massive effort to get this puppy running again. Thank you so much!
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