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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Mar-27-17

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 1396 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-23-17 Santasiere vs Larry Evans, 1948
Cheapo by the Dozen: In case it's not clear -- White resigned because either king move would have rapidly lost the queen.
   Mar-22-17 R Polaczek vs A Antoniou, 2007 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I confess to overlooking <RKnight>'s line, but 28 f5 N(d)e5 29 dxe5 Ne5 30 Qf6+ looks like a win for White. Another line is 28 f5 N(d)e5 29 dxe5 Nh8 30 Qf6+ Kg8 31 Rg1 causing a lot of trouble for Black. It seems that Black has to pitch his other ...
   Mar-21-17 F Berkes vs M Neubauer, 2007 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: It always takes a little longer to solve when the move is only a modest gain. Still -- done by 12:04. :)
   Mar-20-17 D B C Prasad vs V Samolins, 2017 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: This took me at least half a minute. I was distracted by the resemblance to smothered mate positions, and then looked at Rxf5 lines, before settling down and finding the thoroughly Mondayish actual solution.
   Mar-18-17 Karpov vs Ponomariov, 2007 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I didn't think any line that allowed f6+ could be good. So I whiffed on the problem.
   Mar-17-17 I Nyzhnyk vs K Stupak, 2013 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The last move would be a good, albeit easy, Tuesday puzzle. Or a Monday on the harder side. The effects of the forthcoming h7+ are a bit subtle, so I'm thinking Tuesday.
   Mar-17-17 Stefansson vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: LOL. Anyhow, I went with 22 ... Bxc3. If it was necessary to open a flight square for the White king with the game move, I haven't seen why. The basic idea in either line is that if White pauses to recapture at c3 at some point, he gets mated. But if he doesn't, Black ...
   Mar-16-17 A Gupta vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Oh great. Not only did I do this sub-optimally, but my post about it got lost. Anyhow, I went with Bxc3+. That seems to work too. If Black declines, his queening square is covered. If he takes, then we could have 55 Bxc3+ Kxc3 56 Rc8+ Kd2 57 b8(Q) e1(Q) 58 Qd6+ ...
   Mar-15-17 M Velcheva vs H Puuska, 2007 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Ditto. Easiest Wednesday in a long time. The queen turns out to be remarkably blocked, given how open the board generally seems to be.
   Mar-12-17 I Nikolayev vs M Gregory, 2007 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The loser has three games in the database, all against the same (much higher rated) opponent, all brilliant attacks. The winner is a user of this site, but only has one comment ever posted.
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