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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Feb-24-18

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 1703 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-24-18 S Sjugirov vs A Timofeev, 2009 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Like other folks, I saw the core idea of the game line, failed to find a win, and also failed to realize that a draw was the desired outcome.
   Feb-22-18 D Wagner vs P Nikolic, 2017 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I decided to divert the f6 knight. I looked at 17 Nxd5, but it has a lot of unnecessary complications. The simple 17 h5, however, wins straightforwardly.
   Feb-21-18 R Costigan vs L Day, 1987 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Qh8/Bg7 depends on two non-forcing moves. That's too slow. Qxd7+ is hard to make work; Black's king has too many places to go. Rxf7 wins, because ... Rxf7 allows Qc8+/Qc7+/Qxf7+. I stopped there, without even seeing that the queen is poisoned after Qe6+.
   Feb-20-18 D Abrahams vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2017 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice one. I only got it when I catalogued threats and realized Black didn't have much that looked dire other than ... Nf3.
   Feb-19-18 B Jeran vs D Cawdery, 2017 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Fish should be eaten with two forks.
   Feb-13-18 D Gedult vs B Houzet, 1980 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Apparently this game was played when Geduld was 82 or 83 years old.
   Feb-13-18 A Kovchan vs A Volokitin, 2015 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I love Tuesdays!
   Feb-12-18 Blackburne vs NN, 1898 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The knight file rather than the rook file. Variety!!
   Feb-11-18 Barbero vs L Espig, 1987 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Oddly backward week. I think I blundered both Monday and Tuesday, but I solved later days easily. The idea here is 19 Nxd5 Rxd5 20 Qe6 forking the rooks. The only defense for Black is 20 ... R(either)d7 21 Qe8+ Kh7 22 Be4+ g6 23 Rxf6 White now recovers the ...
   Feb-09-18 Le Quang Liem vs M M Kazhgaleyev, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I saw lots of ideas around trapping Black's queen, but not the one that actually worked. :) Best I found was 20 Ra3 Qb4 (force) 21 Rg3, with the double threat of Rxg7+ and Ba3. That does also seem to win.
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