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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Oct-16-19

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 2225 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-15-19 Alekhine vs Tylor, 1937 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Mondayish for me, e.g. in that it only took a few seconds to solve. Sac the rook, win all Black's pieces via fork, and even get the knight over to defend the advanced passed pawn in time without allowing counterplay.
   Oct-14-19 Ehlvest vs A Kochyev, 1984
Cheapo by the Dozen: The game score looks a bit off, ending on a black move in a Black loss in a position that wasn't very resignable, after White had squandered a bigger advantage.
   Oct-14-19 J Flesch vs N Spiridonov, 1964 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The Spirit is Willing but the Flesh is Weak. Yes, "The Flesch is Weak" has already been used for this player, but still ...
   Oct-14-19 J Flesch vs N Spiridonov, 1964 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The Spirit is Willing But the Flesh is _____
   Oct-14-19 Lombardy vs N Spiridonov, 1964 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Now THAT'S a Monday. Two different rooks on the h-file!! :)
   Oct-11-19 Fine vs A J Fink, 1932
Cheapo by the Dozen: Fink Finis; Fine Fine or, referencing the comic strip Wizard of ID and its catchphrase "The King is a Fink", Fink's King Isn't Fine. Or, given his activity in psychoanalysis, we might just reference Fine as "The Wizard of Id".
   Oct-11-19 M Bluebaum vs A Korobov, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The first few moves are pretty obvious. But as of Move 20, the engine only gives White a +1.20, and suggests a best play line that goes in a different direction from the actual game. So once again, I'm critical of the puzzle choice.
   Oct-10-19 Koltanowski vs Denhaene, 1931
Cheapo by the Dozen: I don't understand the question from <Joshka>, as it sounds like he was a piece up.
   Oct-10-19 S Volkov vs Yifan Hou, 2008 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I deviated at Move 56 with Rh8, which according to the engine wins a little less thumpingly than the game move, which in turn is a little less crushing than the engine's favorite, Bd6. Anyhow, the basic idea of sacrificing the exchange, oops it's a sham sacrifice because
   Oct-09-19 J Mieses vs H G Schenk, 1944
Cheapo by the Dozen: Mieses' last win in the database, around Age 80, when he'd emigrated to England. Submitted as a GotD candidate with a lyric condensed from HMS Pinafore's: For he himself has said it And it's greatly to his credit That he is an Englishman!
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