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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Aug-20-17

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 Full Member

   Cheapo by the Dozen has kibitzed 1496 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-18-17 R Zile vs Nyberg, 1984 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: In lieu of resignation, White might try 11 Qb3 Nxg2+ 12 Kd1 Nxf4 13 Qxb4 Qxe5 14 Qb5, which defends against Black's mate threat, temporarialy prevents ... Qxa1, and tries to exchange queens. Black is still up 3 pawns for the exchange, and could do better than ...
   Aug-15-17 Oral vs S Brodbeck, 1997 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The hardest part of achieving a mating position is getting g7 covered after the bishop is induced to move. Once I realized that, it was only a few seconds more until I had the solution.
   Aug-14-17 Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017
Cheapo by the Dozen: My thought was much like the third comment in the thread -- this feels like something from the 19th Century, especially at the point White was offering a rook by way of a skewer on his own first rank.
   Aug-14-17 Jobava vs A Giri, 2017
Cheapo by the Dozen: White sure sped up his demise with that last-move blunder. (The point is that his knight is trapped.)
   Aug-14-17 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2017
Cheapo by the Dozen: Is the plan ... Qb8/Qb7/b5/b4 -- starting at Move 21 -- too weak/too slow?
   Aug-14-17 N Zwirs vs P V Nandhidhaa, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I sit corrected. Thanks, <lost in space>.
   Aug-13-17 K Forster vs Kupchik, 1946 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Remarkably easy as Sunday puzzles go. As multiple people have already observed, finding the first three moves is easy, and after that many choices are good. Black has a lethal discovered attack with ... d3, but to make it work he has to avert the queen exchange at f6. ...
   Aug-12-17 Ganguly vs P Tregubov, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I actually saw Be3, but failed miserably at the puzzle anyway for a remarkably stupid reason -- when counting initial material, I didn't notice that White had one more rook than Black! So I thought ... Nc2+/Nxa1 and ... Nxe2 were both threats that put Black way ahead in ...
   Aug-08-17 Mamedyarov vs Lu Shanglei, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Good Tuesday puzzle. Remarkably tricky for a mate-in-two. I finally got it by focusing on how to attack Black's king on its current square (there aren't a lot of options) and then also on how to cover b7 after ... Bxc5.
   Aug-07-17 Acs vs A Khruschiov, 1997 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Winning will still take a bit of technique. White may never queen the b-pawn, so he has to be vicious in cleaning up Black's pawns while letting the b-pawn go.
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