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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, Closed, Chigorin, (C99)

Pirc, Classical (B08)

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 7424 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-29-21 Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2021 (replies)
optimal play: <Messiah: Excuse me, but you just made a very short-sighted statement. Did you actually watch and/or replay the game? It is a WCC-level discussion of the core ideas of chess, in quite a huge depth. Three excellent games so far, out of three.> Excuse me, but you just made ...
   Nov-28-21 Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi, 2021 (replies)
optimal play: So Nepo missed an opportunity by erring with 24...c3? Better options were g6 or Qe7 or perhaps bxa4 He can't afford to let Magnus off the hook too often. Anyway, a good hard-fought game again.
   Nov-27-21 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
optimal play: <HeMateMe: It looked like a dry, long played out opening variation, to me. An early queen exchange in the ruy seems like a GM draw. Im hoping MC doesn't just play these very conservative openings for 14 games ...> Magnus had the black pieces in game 1 Nepo had white, you
   Nov-27-21 Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2021 (replies)
optimal play: A nice warm up game for Magnus. He even took a nap during the game...
   Nov-26-21 Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021) (replies)
optimal play: <The perfect setup for a World Championship Match! Carlsen vs Nepo> It looks like a pretty good set-up. Let's just hope the quality of the match is worthy of the event. If it goes to Armageddon I think they should play it on the ...
   Nov-25-21 Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-D (1964) (replies)
optimal play: Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-D (1964) Final Standings: 1st Australia (+6/=1/-0) 2nd South Africa (+5/=1/-1) 3rd Bolivia (+4/=0/-3) 4th Uruguay (+3/=2/-2) 5th Portugal (+3/=1/-3) 6th Luxembourg (+2/=2/-3) 7th Dominican Republic (+1/=0/-6) 8th Cyprus (+0/=1/-6)
   Nov-24-21 I Rogers vs Tarjan, 1978
optimal play: 28...Bf6? Black is obviously worried about Qxf7+ but much better is 28...g6 So if 29.Qxh6 then 29...Ne2+ 30.Kh2 Nxd4 ∓ 33.Nxh6+!! wins This game was played on 4th board at the 1978 Buenos Aires Olympiad and yes, was a big upset by the 18 year old Rogers against the ...
   Nov-23-21 Alexander Alekhine (replies)
optimal play: <MissScarlett: 75th anniversary of his death. And only 53. Imagine if he'd lived to 83. They could have wheeled him onstage at Reykjavik in 1972 to make the ceremonial first move.> He might have been the defending champion. <The nearest Fischer came to meeting ...
   Nov-21-21 Australian Championship Match (1897)
optimal play: <<<<<AUSTRALIAN CHESS.> MR. JACOBSEN WINS THE CHAMPIONSHIP.> Score : J. L. Jacobsen, 7 games ; W. Crane, 1 ; drawn, 1> This contest was brought to a conclusion last night, when Mr. Jacobsen won the ninth game and the championship of Australia. The first
   Nov-21-21 W Crane vs J L Jacobsen, 1897
optimal play: 21.Rd3? b4! Better is 21.e5 <<<<THE AUSTRALIAN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP.> WON BY J. L. JACOBSEN.> The ninth and final game was won by Mr. Jacobsen last night, making his score seven games to one and one draw. In this game Mr. Crane opened with the Q P opening, ...
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