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Member since Oct-19-12 · Last seen Nov-28-17
Er... Just a rookie pawn here, no brilliant brain, no engines. Games lover, especially Chess and Go. Most of my kibitzing is probably worthless so I'm thankful to CG and all its users for all the info available here.

I think the most talented chessplayer of all times was Mikhail Tal, only hindered by poor health, I love his play, his comments and his good attitude towards the game.

I have also a soft spot for some underrated or less known masters like Planinc, Simagin, Ufimtsev, Duras... Today I like creative and agressive players like Ding Liren or Jonny Hector.

I try to value chessplayers beyond their personality as long as it doesn't harm chess. Fischer's talent was unfortunately restricted by his personality, Korchnoi's sports behavior was always awful, Steinitz went pretty crazy... but what they made on the board cannot be ignored either you like them or not.


OK, I have this idea for World championships or tournaments: to force players to play some crazy (or not) opening / defense, etc. It could be even selected randomly. Let's say that during the match, two games will be something like a Santasiere Folly, etc.

Or even better: to force a number of openings to be played during part of the match, some picked by the players.


I leave it there :)

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   Rookiepawn has kibitzed 612 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-29-17 Muzychuk - Hou Women's World Championship Match (2016) (replies)
Rookiepawn: "We are equal, so I demand privilege. If you don't give me privilege, then you stand against equality, you are a Nazi, you should be banned, etc. etc." Just a matter of changing meanings. If you want equality, and have some self-respect, then cease to demand an uneven playfield ...
   Mar-05-17 M Orndahl vs Kovalenko, 2017 (replies)
Rookiepawn: 24 ... Nf3+ 25. gxf3 Bxf3 26. Bh2 Bxe5 threatening ... Rh7 seems interesting.
   Feb-06-17 So vs S J Breckenridge, 2017 (replies)
Rookiepawn: Can anyone explain a patzer like me why not 24. Bf2? As far as I see the BQ cannot retreat and hold the BN in c4. I thought 23. Rf1 was a way to avoid the taking in c4 due to 24. Bf2, but what do I know, these guys think in another level...
   Dec-12-16 Topalov vs Nakamura, 2016 (replies)
Rookiepawn: <An Englishman: ...Also, analysts will have to take a look at 39.Re4 as a *possible* improvement.> I miss something or... 39. Re4 Qxe1 and then...? I think there is not much left to do for W at this point, both rooks are forked. Maybe Rb1?
   Dec-08-16 Seirawan vs Beliavsky, 1988 (replies)
Rookiepawn: 20. Qd2 no idea about this move (or anything else) but to me Seirawan forgot he had a Knight there, somehow bored I guess. 20. Nc3 would have prevented the Bishop zig-zag at least.
   Dec-01-16 Rafael Blanco Estera (replies)
Rookiepawn: <offramp: "Rafael Blanco Estera". Isn't that an unfinished sentence? Doesn't it mean, "Rafael Blanco will be ...."? I wonder what he was going to be?> No, it doesn't. "Will be" = "EstarĂ¡". But since this verb would be a conjugation of "Estar", not "Ser" (some nice ...
   Dec-01-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Rookiepawn: It is really wonderful to have this thanks to CG. It is logical that chess lovers want more chess, therefore a longer match. It seems there will be Carlsen for a while. The way he finished this seems a good answer to the ones who label him as dry or cautious.
   Nov-28-16 Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs A S Sergeev, 1924
Rookiepawn: Maybe this shows pawn structure as flexible and changing with accurate pieces' play.
   Nov-27-16 Kramnik vs D E Cori Tello, 2015 (replies)
Rookiepawn: Wasn't Kramnik "dry" or something like that?
   Nov-27-16 Fidel Castro (replies)
Rookiepawn: And regarding Cuba, the wrong happening in one country does not justify the wrong happening in another country. I bet both in USA and Cuba there are also armed govt agents of all kinds who actually protect the citizens and are decent. But hardly any country is free of the other ...
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