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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen May-25-18

My main chess distinction is to have been the worst player in US history to have had the top under-13 rating (I peaked at 1650). This was in 1972. Most of the books in my chess library use English Descriptive Notation; I still am slow at reading algebraic. I've played little chess since 1974.

I wrote a bit of a reminiscence about my era, posted at

   Cheapo by the Dozen has kibitzed 1774 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-25-18 M Antipov vs S V Ivanov, 2017 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I saw the game line and it was super-easy to find. What was harder was analyzing all the options if Black interposes the queen and keeps the minor pieces on the board. I didn't even try. I just figured getting to an endgame with a nice material advantage was a lot better
   May-23-18 I Bulmaga vs J Rojas Solano, 2008 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I focused on Bxe4+ too, but my calculations had some flaws.
   May-22-18 Teichmann vs Chigorin, 1905 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: It's always cool when mating "nets" have a lot of wide-open space. Today's Puzzle and Game of the Day both have that aspect.
   May-22-18 D Bojovic vs M Zarkovic, 2008 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I love Tuesdays!
   May-21-18 S Maroroa vs A Diamant, 2018 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I noticed the same anomaly, <landshark>. Good theory to explain it.
   May-20-18 A Esipenko vs M Mikadze, 2018 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: As usual, <Phony Benoni> expressed my thoughts before I got around to doing so.
   May-18-18 A E Moussa vs A Nazarov, 2008 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I had 44 ... Qe5+, which seems to win a piece. 42 ... Qh5 threatens some pretty mates, but unfortunately those are stopped cold by 43 Qh4.
   May-17-18 C Hoogendijk vs A A Marguerite, 2008 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Yep. This is one of those puzzles where you look a few moves ahead, realize you'll surely have an advantage, and then recalculate how big you can make it after a couple of moves have been played.
   May-16-18 K Rathnakaran vs K Arjun, 2017 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The trick for me for solving this was to realize: -- Black has as many defenders as White has attackers. -- The only hope for changing this is to push the e-pawn.
   May-15-18 M Rodshtein vs T L Petrosian, 2008 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The most obvious vector of attack is 28 Qc7+ ... and it turns out to force Black to give queen for rook.
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