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   Monocle has kibitzed 131 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-18-20 Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 (replies)
Monocle: <Jonathan Sarfati: This game was also played in the Netflix series Queen's Gambit based on the book of that name. In the first episode, the heroine Elizabeth Harmon played the highschool coach Mr Ganz including the last moves few moves blindfold.> I just watched that episode ...
   Sep-23-20 F Baenziger vs M Sasith Nipun Piyumantha, 2018 (replies)
Monocle: What's up with the chrisowen bot? It seems to have become a bit interrogative of late.
   Sep-13-20 Old Indian (A53)
Monocle: <parisattack: One can build a repertoire off Philidor/Lion/Czech/Old Indian assuming such positions appeal to you.> The d6/e5 structure is one of my favourites with Black, but I never could bring myself to play any of the above. I generally get it via the Ruy Lopez and Bogo ...
   Jun-07-20 Rashid Nezhmetdinov (replies)
Monocle: <KnightVBishop: What was this guy's main weakness that prevented him from being top tier?> Apparently he didn't have the temperament for quiet positional play when it was called for. A quote from Yuri Averbakh: "Nezhmetdinov, ... if he had the attack, could kill anybody, ...
   Feb-09-20 Lasker vs S von Freymann, 1909 (replies)
Monocle: Lasker's note to move 51 is nigh incomprehensible. He seems to go off on a line in his head and leave the reader behind.
   Oct-20-19 Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019) (replies)
Monocle: <devere> GMs have also failed to pull off the B+N vs K mate, and club players can do that one, so I think it depends on the GM. If there's one player on Earth I'd expect to be able to win Q vs R, it's Magnus Carlsen.
   Oct-20-19 Nakamura vs Aronian, 2019 (replies)
Monocle: <Ulhumbrus: All rook and pawn endings are drawn. This helps to suggest to me that this game will end in a draw.> That's because all your opinions on chess are based on regurgitations of Tarraschian platitudes rather than anything concrete in the actual position.
   Sep-27-19 Scandinavian (B01) (replies)
Monocle: I don't much like stuff like 3.d4, as Black can play a quick ...e5. 3.Nf3 also doesn't convince, Black gets a more active position than in the 3.Nc3 lines. Honestly, white gets such comfortable positions after 3.Nc3, I don't see any need to play differently. I don't think White ...
   Jul-06-19 Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
Monocle: <Fanques Fair: Magnus Carlsen is playing very well but it seems his main advantage over his peers is psychological. That's the reason for this win, for example.> Against Nepomniatchi, I doubt it, considering their previous head to head record.
   Jun-28-19 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2019 (replies)
Monocle: <csmath: Magnus has a problem playing Caruana.> Magnus doesn't have as much of a problem playing Caruana as Caruana does playing Magnus.
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