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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 (C60)

Pirc (B07)

Nimzo-Indian (E20)

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 7553 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-12-22 playground player chessforum (replies)
optimal play: Judith Durham - The Lord's Prayer (1968, HQ video)
   Aug-11-22 Kuzubov vs Kuybokarov, 2022
optimal play: 27...Rd8?? Instead 27...Ne4 is an even game. This was Kuybokarov's only loss in the Olympiad. Playing on board #2 he did pretty well (6/9)
   Aug-11-22 Anton Smirnov (replies)
optimal play: Not a great Olympiad for Anton Smirnov - ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0 - ½ ½ 0 (3/9) [+1/=4/-4] Board #1 is tough, but he should've done better.
   Aug-10-22 44th Olympiad (2022) (replies)
optimal play: <kingscrusher: ... The US team for me doesn't seem to personally gel as much as some of the other teams ...> I wonder why? Fabiano Caruana; represented Italy at the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 Olympiads. Levon Aronian; represented Armenia at the 1996, 2004, 2006, 2008, ...
   Aug-09-22 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
optimal play: First Judith Durham now Olivia Newton-John. Great talents both. RIP <Olivia Newton-John - I Honestly Love You>
   Aug-06-22 A Smirnov vs Carlsen, 2022 (replies)
optimal play: <MissScarlett: The computer thinks the position was roughly equal before <26.Nf5>, so I wonder what Smirnov had in mind after <26...gxf5 27. Rdg1 Ke8 28. Qg6+ Rf7>. Could he simply have missed <27...Ke8>?> I can't see what Anton had in mind. It looks ...
   Jul-31-22 A Smirnov vs I Msellek, 2022
optimal play: 13.Nb1? Retreating the knight to e2 is better. 15.f4? 16.Nxe7+? 19.Nd2? After 32.Qf3 I assume Smirnov offered the draw, and against an opponent 200 points higher it's no surprise Msellek accepted, but if he had continued with 32...Qe5 he would have had the better game. ...
   Jul-25-22 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
optimal play: <PawnSac: < optimal play: PawnSac: What do you do? > I'm a design engineer in the automotive aftermarket. I create fix oriented upgrades for automatic transmissions. There may even be someone on this site who has one of my products in their vehicle! But please don't ...
   Jul-21-22 FIDE Candidates (2022) (replies)
optimal play: <Not so many competitive games have a world championship any more. I think now it's time for chess to stop having one, and rely on the rankings to determine who's world number one.> Yes, I think that's probably the way to go now. This so-called World Championship Title ...
   Jul-09-22 M Green vs L Steiner, 1936
optimal play: <<<<Chess> STEINER WINS> The sixth and penultimate round of the Melbourne annual chess tournament was played at the Atheneaum, Collins street, on Saturday afternoon. The visiting Hungarian champion, Lajos Steiner, made no mistake about clinching his claims to
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