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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Sep-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 1859 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-24-18 Radjabov vs Morozevich, 2008 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I'm not convinced yet by the rest of the week, but this is a true Monday puzzle -- sac a heavy piece and win on the next move. :)
   Sep-13-18 Teichmann vs H Suechting, 1894 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: What was Black thinking when he just gave away the piece??
   Sep-12-18 W So vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun one. Black has two pieces hanging, one of which would be captured with mate. So he really has to play utterly forcing moves. Fortunately, they work. :)
   Sep-11-18 Y Zherebukh vs Akobian, 2017 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: And this seems like a real Tuesday puzzle! Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess is, once again, an appropriate reference. White's weaknesses are a back-rank mate threat and a loose-ish knight, and 28 ... Rd2 attacks both of them. 29 Nf6+ doesn't happen to solve anything for ...
   Sep-10-18 R Safar vs I Agrest, 2008
Cheapo by the Dozen: White's rating was something like 600 points below her opponent's. So I guess it's excusable that she was planless and overmatched.
   Sep-03-18 Chandler vs Y Gruenfeld, 1979 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: This is almost like a real Monday puzzle -- sacrifice on the h-file and proceed from there!
   Aug-19-18 Lasker vs Breyer, 1911 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Per the engine, the losing move was 17 Bxe4, which doomed White to have his kingside ripped open. Before that he had a small opening advantage.
   Aug-03-18 M Efroimski vs T Munkhchuluun, 2008 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I've kibitzed a lot of games with notes "This would make a great puzzle". Numerous other folks do it too. I suggest a simple word search on "puzzle" to find such games.
   Jul-30-18 S Volkov vs D Anikonov, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: What <FSR> said, both in June and July.
   Jul-29-18 J Nogueiras vs M Gongora Reyes, 2001 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The engine is mightily confused about this one. Its evaluation after 58 moves calls this +5.30. But after the 59th moves, which match its recommended line, its evaluation changes to =0.00.
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