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   rokko has kibitzed 106 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-17-20 World Championship Candidates (2020) (replies)
rokko: @MissScarlett, rather than diademas
   Dec-22-19 Grand Prix Jerusalem (2019) (replies)
rokko: MVL twice failed to qualify for Candidates because of Armageddon games (against Aronian in 2017 and Mamedyarov in 2019). And Armageddon is certainly a lot of luck, a little nerves and very little chess. Grischuk's (he lost against MVL in Riga), Nepo's (he lost in round 1 in Hamburg) ...
   Nov-26-19 GCT Kolkata Rapid & Blitz (2019) (replies)
rokko: @EdwinKorir unfortunately rapid and blitz (and worse Armageddon) are already crucial for the current Grand Prix and World Cup qualification spots. Two years ago, MVL did not qualify because he lost an Armageddon game to Aronian. I hope that he will qualify this time despite losing an
   Nov-14-19 Grand Prix Hamburg (2019) (replies)
rokko: @parmetd "harsher" new rules? In 2018, a player needed a rating of 2725. Alekseenko never achieved that. In the past, the question was which top-10 player should be the wild card, not which top-40 player.
   Oct-26-19 European Team Championship (2019) (replies)
rokko: You can also discover Anish Giri the attacking player. And, by the way, it is Batumi not Bitumi (@CG).
   Oct-22-19 Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019) (replies)
rokko: A few young barracudas also got eaten by their peers. Very bad tournament for Shankland, Rodhstein, Dubov, Artemiev or Adly. I am not sure this tournaments provides any evidence for the "pampered goldfish" theory.
   Sep-29-19 World Cup (2019) (replies)
rokko: And exOduz is another name on my ignore list. These rants should be eliminated.
   Jul-20-19 Grand Prix Riga (2019) (replies)
rokko: As for So, he did not make a short draw but tried to win in his "dry" style (his recent win against Ding came from a similar position). It did not work but nothing wrong with that. He certainly had more chances that way than in a messy position against the tactics monster Mamedyarov.
   Jul-11-19 Dortmund Sparkassen (2019) (replies)
rokko: Timing is not optimal - just after Croatia and at the same time as Riga. As for the players, Kulaots qualified by winning the Aeroflot open and Fridman is one of the strongest Germans. Hopefully Radjabov will play more aggressive chess against lower-rated opponents (in top tournaments
   Jun-14-19 Norway Chess (2019) (replies)
rokko: I have no problem with Carlsen winning a super-tournament - I admired his performances in Shamkir and Grenke. But it is sad that this armageddon circus distracted him from the classical chess. He said himself that he tried less. The accelerated classical also has produced bad endgames
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