Originally posted by vipiu
Has anyone noticed how commenting style has changed in the past years?
For example, in a commented games book written 20 years back, you can find few "?" and more "!"...in these days commentaries (especially chessbase ones, and also in the recent books)...you can see mostly "?"...and very few "!"...
With computer help anyone can comment a game and see what w ...[text shortened]... r players lose games with blunders, and just point out the blunders...
Do you agree ?
I don't know, but I sometimes wish that commentaries would completely remove the punctuation completely.
They should definitely indicate an opinion about a move, especially when it is critical, but punctuation doesn't add anything to an analysis; it just tells the reader - " "!" - ooh! I like this move" and as the reader I'd think "I don't care that you like it! But why do you like it?".
Adding a "!" or "?" or "??" would be somewhat like adding a smiley
or a sad face
to a college thesis paper. Well, not really...but punctuation is definitely overused as a kind of substitution for analysis.
Stronger players win games, but people lose games because of blunders. If you always played perfect chess against Garry Kasparov, you would never lose. More important to play well than to play brilliantly.