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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Nov-17-18

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 1881 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-17-18 Koltanowski vs W Windom, 1960
Cheapo by the Dozen: 22 ... Qxf6 would have been better.
   Nov-14-18 D Perrett vs I Efimov, 2008 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I was also of the ... Qf3+ persuasion.
   Nov-13-18 F Reig Albero vs J A Avila, 1995
Cheapo by the Dozen: Move 22 would make a nice Monday puzzle.
   Nov-09-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: <rookfile> That must be correct. Otherwise his play makes no sense.
   Nov-09-18 Jansa vs T Harestad, 2017 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I didn't work all the lines out properly, so I went with the inferior but still winning Nxh7. If Black tries to keep both knights he gets quickly mated much as in the game. If he gives up his DSB he also winds up exposing the rook at b8, so White winds up with a decent ...
   Nov-07-18 Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1905
Cheapo by the Dozen: What I find ironic is that this unsound, faith-based sacrificial attack was carried out against, of all people, Spielmann. :)
   Nov-07-18 Kramnik vs Adams, 2017 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Rh8+ doesn't work because of the g6 knight. But Ng5+ busts things open, and there's no way Black can avert Rxh5# except by an unblocking move with ... well, with the aforementioned other knight. Oops!
   Nov-06-18 Fischer vs W Shipman, 1971 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: According to current theory, wasn't Fischer's opening repertoire weakest against the Sicilian? (I'm thinking of Bc4 aka the Fischer/Sozin line.) I'd be inclined to try some kind of Sicilian against his 1 e4, but not the Najdorf or Dragon.
   Nov-06-18 M Bezold vs D J Ledger, 2008 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: What <Phony Benoni> said. The longer one looks, the better Qxe6+ gets. E.g., the first thing I saw if Black declines the queen was the continuation Qxa2, with brutal material gain. But immediate mate is even better than that!
   Nov-05-18 L Dominguez vs Aronian, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: White is up a pawn. The obvious Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess try doesn't force quick mate, but it does win the exchange and another pawn, while removing material from the board.
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