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optimal play
Member since Oct-28-11
"Optimal Play" is when both sides make their best move at each turn, or one of equally good alternatives.

Favourite openings:

Ruy Lopez (C60)

Pirc (B07)

Nimzo-Indian (E20)

Interest in colonial Australian chess.

Favourite players from that era:

Andrew Burns

Charles Marshall Fisher

Henry Charlick

Louis Goldsmith

Frederick Karl Esling

"May everyone, not only in the game of Chess, but the game of life, know how to make the next best move." - Chess Club Toast

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   optimal play has kibitzed 7705 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-01-23 Hans-Joachim Federer
optimal play: <perfidious: That is where conditions in professional tennis were clearly different than at any time from the early 1970s onwards--it is impossible to compare those periods, and no amount of jingoism from <suboptimal> will change matters.> It must be Hell being you,
   Jan-30-23 Susan Freeman chessforum (replies)
optimal play: <OhioChessFan: If the claims of the deleted message are true, they reflect very unfavorably on you. No worries, I saved a copy.> I also saw that message here and on your own forum before it disappeared.
   Jan-29-23 Tata Steel Masters (2023) (replies)
optimal play: Congratulations Anish Giri. Commiserations to Nodirbek Abdusattorov. <HeMateMe: Abdu finally slipped, at the end. Maybe the moment was too big for him?> Yes, it looks like he choked at the end. Against Jorden van Foreest, whose only win thus far was against last place ...
   Jan-29-23 D Gukesh vs Aronian, 2023
optimal play: 60.a5? Gukesh missed the win with 60.b4
   Jan-29-23 Carlsen vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2023 (replies)
optimal play: In the post game interview Magnus identifies 25.Nxb6? as his mistake. He then immediately realised he should have played 25.Rxb6!
   Jan-28-23 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
optimal play: <harrylime: I Just watched The PALM BEACH STORY I'm in love with Claudette Colbert Oh my> The funniest scene is when they shame the other guys as being sissys and then start shooting at the negro bartender
   Jan-25-23 playground player chessforum (replies)
optimal play: <<Pope Benedict’s Book Rips ‘Progressive’ Church Policies> Posted By:leeduigon Posted On:January 24, 2023> Ratzinger should never have resigned, but his continuing presence in the Vatican at least put a handbrake on the worst excesses of the Bergoglio papacy. ...
   Jan-25-23 J van Foreest vs V Keymer, 2023 (replies)
optimal play: Interesting to compare the final position of this game with that of P Maghsoodloo vs Carlsen, 2023 from the same round. Black has a rook & pawn against a rook in both games, but whereas Magnus forces a win with this material, Keymer can only manage a draw. Of course Magnus ...
   Jan-24-23 Joseph George Witton
optimal play: J. G. WITTON. Joseph George Witton was born at Hobart on January 24, 1852, learnt chess at the age of 14, and soon was known as Tasmania's leading player. In 1883 he came to Melbourne, where he became a prominent member of the old Victorian Chess Club. Shortly before the ...
   Jan-22-23 D Gukesh vs So, 2023 (replies)
optimal play: 28.Rd2? Better I think just to exchange with 28.Bxf4 32.Qe4? Bxe3! 34...Nd6! I think Wesley plays Ding next. Should be a good game.
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