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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Jun-27-17
Hi!

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 http://www.edochess.ca/batgirl/Dian....

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   Cheapo by the Dozen has kibitzed 1459 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-26-17 Karjakin vs Grischuk, 2017 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Why was the g5 knight poisoned on Move 35? I don't understand that sacrifice, or why it was declined.
 
   Jun-26-17 W So vs Caruana, 2016
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: If So had a plan in the endgame other than "Wait until Caruana blunders or runs out of the time", I've failed to decipher it.
 
   Jun-25-17 Anand vs Carlsen, 2016
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: It's blitz. Anand might easily have run out of time looking for a way to save the game and failing to find it.
 
   Jun-24-17 J A Grefe vs K Commons, 1975 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: RIP Kim. Nice guy. Best player I ever defeated by far. (It was a game of Double Bughouse with Diane Saeveride as my partner. No way would I ever have beaten Kim at straight hess.)
 
   Jun-22-17 Vidmar vs Poljanec, 1901
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Move 20 would make for a great Sunday puzzle.
 
   Jun-21-17 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand, 2016
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Move 49 would be a nice Tuesday puzzle.
 
   Jun-21-17 Topalov vs A Giri, 2016 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: I have no idea why White played 44 Ke5 rather than 44 Ke6. It cost him a tempo, which fortunately he could spare, and I don't see what the compensation or benefit was.
 
   Jun-21-17 Speelman vs Kudrin, 1983 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: I don't get why Black played BOTH ... Ne8 and ... h6. He should have picked one way to get rid of the g5 bishop and stuck with it.
 
   Jun-19-17 Pelletier vs Gelfand, 2017
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: This would make a great Thursday or so puzzle, starting on Move 17.
 
   Jun-19-17 Kramnik vs Caruana, 2017
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: So Caruana can win at blitz when his opponent hangs a piece. Whew!
 
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