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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Jan-19-19
Hi!

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 http://www.edochess.ca/batgirl/Dian....


   Cheapo by the Dozen has kibitzed 1938 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-18-19 G McCarthy vs M Kennefick, 1977 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: I spent a couple of minutes trying to justify Black's resignation with a smothered-mate kind of combination, before noticing that White had just won a piece straightforwardly with a queen fork. :)
 
   Jan-16-19 K Petzold vs Dreev, 2008 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Black is down a couple of pawns, has a hanging knight, and doesn't have a lot of other material. So it's natural to look at the two NxP moves. ... Nxf2 serves to unblock the f-pawn and open the long diagonal. Further, the knight forks the bishop and the deadly attacking ...
 
   Jan-15-19 J C Meyer vs A Ruehmann, 1967 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: It's remarkable how much of a bind Black is in. Advancing the d-pawn to free himself doesn't happen to work, and there really isn't any other idea to even calcuate variations about.
 
   Jan-15-19 Wang Hao vs M Kravtsiv, 2008 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Clearance followed by a rook fork. Rook forks are rare, so that aspect is cool. But this is in that unsatisfying group of puzzles where it's much easier to see what the right line is than it is to calculate exactly how good the outcome will be. Will White's attack lead ...
 
   Jan-12-19 I Saric vs M Bosiocic, 2018 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: I whiffed completely, and went with 23 Rd6 instead. The rook is poisoned, and that move looks to regain the pawn with threats. But after 23 ... b5, the threats evaporate (although the pawn recovery doesn't), and the engine sees the position as a dead draw.
 
   Jan-11-19 Yusupov vs Gulko, 1990 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: <An Englishman>, Good question. It reminds me of a basketball game where not a lick of defense is played by either team.
 
   Jan-10-19 Lasker vs M Rudge, 1898 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Hasn't it been said in other threads that Lasker supposedly eased up on female opponents in various ways? That doesn't mean that's what happened in this case, but it further complicates the speculation.
 
   Jan-10-19 Bologan vs M Hansen, 2011 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: That said, 35 Rc5 wins a pawn straightforwardly, and is liked by the engine as well.
 
   Jan-09-19 V Iotov vs Chris Millar, 2008 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Tuesdayish in ease, even though the combination doesn't end in quick mate. Calling it Mondayish is a bit overstated, even if there is a sacrifice in the general vicinity of the h-file.
 
   Jan-07-19 H Brechin vs A Druckenthaner, 2009 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Perceptions differ; I thought this was a particularly easy puzzle even by Monday standards. :) The first move is completely obvious; the only challenge is counting up material at the end of the sequence.
 
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