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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen May-24-17
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 1428 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-22-17 A Khudaya vs Yifan Hou, 2007 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: A few seconds to find the move. A couple more to see that it's actually a mate in 2. A few seconds further to realize that it ISN'T actually a mate in 2. :) Mate in 3 is just fine.
 
   May-20-17 D Berczes vs G Kursuz, 2007 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Given that White starts out a rook ahead, one can secure a big win without foreseeing every last bit of combination. Just "sac" the queen for roughly equal material, and you have a large material advantage, an advanced passed pawn, and the makings of a mating net.
 
   May-15-17 Bartsch vs Jennen, 1948
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Great puzzle. IMO Move 10 is a Tuesday.
 
   May-15-17 L van Foreest vs J Bai, 2016 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Too loose for a mate, but White is sufficiently netted to lose material.
 
   May-14-17 M Krasenkow vs J L Hammer, 2016 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: I went with the idea of 31 ... d3 32 Rc1 ... d2 33 Rc2 Bxc4 34 Rxc4 Ra1 I didn't see a wholly satisfactory alternative for White.
 
   May-13-17 M Massironi vs F Stips, 2007 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Another poorly structured puzzle, alas. Finding 14 Bxd4 was easy, because it didn't require seeing the combination that begins with 18 Bxe5. Even 18 Bc3 would have sufficed for a winning position.
 
   May-11-17 D Howell vs R Jumabayev, 2016 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: This is one of those mid-week puzzles that looks super-easy, making me wonder what I was overlooking. In this case, I didn't bother counting material at the puzzle's start. So I didn't notice that winning Black's queen was insufficient for a clear win, and that White ...
 
   May-09-17 Sasikiran vs C Grant, 1997
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: Doesn't look equal to me at Move 29. White is going to win Black's e-pawn, given Black's terrible bishop, and generally the difficulties getting his pieces out of each others' way.
 
   May-09-17 M Meinhardt vs Sasikiran, 2007 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: I love Tuesdays!
 
   May-08-17 M Jadoul vs G Plomp, 2003 (replies)
 
Cheapo by the Dozen: It's always cool when a pawn gives mate.
 
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