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   Eyal has kibitzed 19016 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-22-20 A Firouzja vs Carlsen, 2020 (replies)
Eyal: In the opening, there was an interesting transposition to a well-known position (though not very fashionable today) from the Zaitsev after 12.d4 g6; the "classical" move order is 3...a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.00 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 00 9.h3 Re8 10.d4 Bb7 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.Bc2 g6. Here, the ...
   Jul-25-19 Grand Prix Riga (2019) (replies)
Eyal: <In classic chess he has done well, in quicker formats not so good against the world champ.> Btw, nearly all of Carlsen's big score vs. Ding in quicker formats is down to a single event - the 2017 exhibition match they played as part of the "champions showdown" in the St. Louis ...
   Jul-19-19 Grischuk vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2019 (replies)
Eyal: Both the anti-Grunfeld 3.h4 idea and the Benko-style reaction are already known from Topalov vs A Giri, 2016 . Grischuk's idea was to keep the pawn on b5 instead of helping Black's development with 6.bxa6 as in that game, and it looks like he did manage to get a better position than ...
   Jul-16-19 Dortmund Sparkassen (2019) (replies)
Eyal: Dominguez, on the other hand, keeps rising - into the top-10 in the live ratings. He's having a very good run since resuming his activity (now under an American rather than a Cuban flag), but this is actually his first win during this period over an absolute top player - so far he beat
   Jul-09-19 GCT Croatia (2019) (replies)
Eyal: <How can Nepo play in Riga and Dortmund?> This would be tough indeed - but he isn't playing in Riga (each player participates in 3 of the 4 events of the Grand Prix series, and that's the one he's sitting out).
   Jul-08-19 W So vs Nakamura, 2019 (replies)
Eyal: <keypusher> 46.Ke3! does win (apparently 46...c5 47.Kf3! is a crucial tempo) - I missed that when I posted my previous comment. Therefore, So was right to enter the pawn endgame (or, let's say, to allow Nakamura the queen exchange; it might have been better for Nakamura to try ...
   Jul-08-19 I Nepomniachtchi vs A Giri, 2019 (replies)
Eyal: The post-game interview with Giri: ; he seems convinced that Nepo's play was based on a superficial comp evaluation.
   Jul-07-19 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Eyal: <rogge: <Carlsen played only one match during current streak> ?? 4.> I suppose he's talking about his current streak of tournament wins. Btw, the 10-tournament streak of Kasparov mentioned here was also particularly impressive, during 99-02 - it included 4 Linares, 3 Wijk ...
   Jul-07-19 A Giri vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
Eyal: <Move 9 was not accurate as it lead to an unfavourable exchange, trading h4 for c6 pawn goes against basic strategy of this line. Another serie of moves lead white pieces in the wrong side of the board. Kc3 instead of Kfd2 would have promissed good play for white.> 9.Nfd2 was ...
   Jul-06-19 W So vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
Eyal: <The onus had been on Wesley So, who was trailing by half a point, to play for a win with the white pieces, so that was the topic of the first few post-game interviews. Vishy Anand mounted the first defence: "Of course Wesley had White and he could have pressed more, but hes coming
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  mckmac: < Eyal > Well, you were right to ask me to think again. My trouble is that I have waited so long for this that I now want it all to happen yesterday. I am sure it is finished now, and will post them up after this. Yes of course they go together.

I don't know if you are back yet, but when you are, pleeeze get rid of that first one... As I said, I was a little het up, it is far too nasty, even for me, and I am afraid someone might see it!

"Hamadryads", is in many ways a tribute to Hubert Selby Jnr. I was 19 and living in Gent, Belgium. I struck up a friendship with a Gentleman by the name of Chris Thomas. He was Welsh and had also once been a bike rider. We worked together at the same Fabriek over the border in Zeeland, and spent our nights together in the little bars that he knew so well. When morning came, the Barman would just close the drapes. It's important to show respect to those of us who have to head off to work each morning.

Chris turned me on to Soul Music. He understood how important it was, both culturally and politically. He loved the Atlantic/Stax sound best and I scoured every record shop around, carried vinyl home in bundles, sat down, turned the lights off, and cranked it up. That music changed me utterly.

Chris was very well read. He spoke a number of languages and was always giving me books. 'Last Exit to Brooklyn' is one of the greatest 'novels' I have read, not just for its amazing approach to language and structure, but for its subject matter. One of the problems that serious literature has, in my opinion, is that it is all so middleclass. Middleclass folk with middleclass concerns and facinating middleclass interior lives. It's the working, poor and destitute and criminal classes that interest me. There's more action, and they have much more fun.

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  mckmac: Between the Island and the Sea lies the Shore

For The Divine Miss Caitlin Smith

With thanks to my dear Parents, Maisie Alexandra, and Peter Bryden McKinnell

there is no faithful hound, nor honest son, both growing weary with the weight of waiting

there is no Shepherd's Hut with smokey walls, my old toy bow still safe in a chest, in the corner

there is no mighty loom, sporting cloth so fine, awaiting the picker's knife, night after night, under the moonlight

there is no swag of pretty suitors, their bellies grown soft, their Father's wallets getting shorter, beneath their downtown cloaks

but there is an oar and I have buried it deep in the swamps of Pokeno, only the clay cuddles it now


for PKLoose

women talk best and if there were none of them we would not be here but there is never any excuse for bad manners no excuse for callous disregard no excuse for some of the mates you have I saw Roskill Field get off the Ferry last night before I made the dreamer's mistake of coming to see you again so women talk best but men shake hands and I have shaken 30 already today and will shake 30 more before the year is gone wont be enough to marshall the reek of the @#$% that was last night off of me so women talk best but 25 people in the roomyouknow half by name and you call that a career so women talk best but men shake hands and that man's breath was it only garlic and your dress needed a press and it doesn't hang right on you anywayanyway truly great big note and wow love the boots butbutbutt seriously my dear do you think we are playing without Knights?

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  mckmac: < Eyal > I might have shown this to you before.

If there is a time for waiting,
then there is, there is a time for more,
when a ship has crept through darkness,
that ship will sail for shore,
they say we never walk alone,
they say the rat will find a way,
when somone is looking for you,
he might just plainly say,
my love lies on the mountain,
my love sings by the streams.

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  mckmac: < Eyal > That last one has two more lines. I left them off because they were too predictable, but I think I can live with this...

We Lie We Walk With Orpheus
(for Robertson Davies)

If there is a time for waiting,
then there is, there is a time for more,
when a ship has crept through darkness,
that ship will sail for shore,
they say we never walk alone,
they say the rat will find a way,
when somone is looking for you,
he might just plainly say,
my love lies on the mountain,
my love sings by the streams,
my love stays with her sisters,
my love is sleeping with the trees.

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  mckmac: Greetings Eyal! First rain here today in weeks...
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Eyal: It's possible that Radjabov missed a win with 25...f2+, but I would expect anyone saying that not just to quote engine evaluations but to show some clear winning plan for Black in order to break White's defense after the latter manages to blockade on f2. At the very least it's not trivial.>

That's why they pay you the big money. Well ok they don't give you any money but they should.

I watched this whole game and my "method" of watching is to spar against my Shredder from various positions in the game as they arise. Your comments are key- your ideas with the aid of your trusty engine assistant. written in the King's English. Very useful to a club player like me to have intelligible top level analysis.

Also I appreciate your penmanship. I imagine you first draft the comments with an Eagle Quill and ink, and then your valet transcribes them to type?


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  ketchuplover: Thanks for analysis on Perez v. Topalov regarding stopping the doubling of Topalov's rooks on the a file. I was so sure.
Jun-06-13  WiseWizard: You're the man <Eyal>!
Jun-22-13  isemeria: <Eyal>, you're the best. Keep up the good work!
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  Eyal: Thanks everyone:-)
Jun-29-13  twinlark: <Eyal> Have you won yourself an IM title?
Sep-14-13  twinlark: Where's Eyal?
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  Eyal: <Where's Eyal?>

He's been very busy lately.

Nov-07-13  NGambit: Is <Eyal> going to be back here for the WCC 2013?
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  Eyal: <NGambit> Well, no:-) But to answer the question more generally - I'm now devoting most of my "chess time" to writing a chess blog of my own, so I don't know if I'll be posting here again on a regular basis.
Jan-09-14  Shams: <Eyal> Is your blog written in English? You should link to it.
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  Eyal: No, it's in Hebrew... But here's the link anyway:
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  Eyal: ... Now it's
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  wordfunph: <Eyal> Merry Christmas!
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  Alex Schindler: I'm enjoying reading through your blog. I didn't realize even the algebraic notation would be in Hebrew! So, guessing from context , apparently we call bishops elephants like the Arabs always did? I guess for a mnemonic I'll just think of the Israeli bishop as a "friar" :)

Never thought I'd have to decipher the meaning of 6...פז6 on a chess blog. I'll keep reading for more of your analysis, and to figure out soon enough how Israeli notation differentiates melekh and malka. (at least K/N is phonetically intuitive!)

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  Eyal: Hi, Alex - just saw your message; I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. You've probably figured it out by now - but in any case, the algebraic Hebrew notations for king [melekh] and queen [malka] are "" and "", respectively. Regarding the bishop - the Hebrew word for it () actually means "runner" or "messenger" - like "Laufer" in German (and as in other Germanic languages as well).
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  moronovich: Bishop is lber = runner in danish too.
But in french it is fou = fool.

All the best - moro - .

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  mckmac: < Moronovich > Sir, A 'memorable' quote if I ever heard one. Best Wishes. Matt

< Eyal > I owe you an apology for my craziness when we last spoke. Lev my friend, I was only lucky to still be standing at the end of it.


Matthew Mc Kinnell

Jan-01-17  metatron2: Eyal, so you like soccer more than chess ?

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  Eyal: Heh... It's a cousin of mine actually.
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