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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 7430 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-04-21 Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi, 2021 (replies)
optimal play: Harry, they're not painting a picture or performing a dance routine, they're fighting for the world championship. This game was a tremendous contest between the two best players in the world with everything at stake. It was a long, exhausting hard fought battle. It ranks as ...
   Dec-01-21 Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2021 (replies)
optimal play: Another incredibly precise game. Still nine games to go so it's possible one of them may yet make a slip, perhaps towards the end. As the challenger, Nepo should show a bit less caution.
   Dec-01-21 Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021) (replies)
optimal play: <boz: FIDE should reconsider draw odds.> I've gradually come around to that idea. Draw odds forces the challenger to play more aggressively. The challenger has to be able to beat the defending champion in a classical game. The reigning champion is defending his title. ...
   Nov-30-21 Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi, 2021 (replies)
optimal play: Some possible alternatives at the end but a bit too risky for the World Championship. I get why Carlsen went for the three-fold repetition. Still ten games to go but already it's starting to look like they might be going to rapids.
   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-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 ...
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