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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Jul-16-18

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 1830 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-16-18 Naiditsch vs C Jeitz, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Queen sac, h-file -- it must be Monday!
   Jul-14-18 Aronian vs Nakamura, 2018
Cheapo by the Dozen: And White had a won game shortly before that story starts.
   Jul-14-18 Judit Polgar vs Shirov, 1995 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: What <devere> said. The engine has the game as a draw at that point.
   Jul-12-18 N Eliet vs Rozentalis, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: To be clear: Bxe6+/d5 shuts down one diagonal, while f4 shuts down the other.
   Jul-11-18 A Shashin vs Epishin, 1980
Cheapo by the Dozen: This would make a good GoTD. "Jump to the end", perhaps?
   Jul-11-18 J Cox vs D Guthrie, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: This one came easily to me too, roughly along the lines: -- This isn't about mate; it's about material. -- Material starts out pretty even. -- Pawn promotion is obviously key. -- Can we divert the knight?
   Jul-10-18 Topalov vs Anand, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice simple Tuesday: 1. No obvious mates. 2. White's queen is loose. 3. Therefore ... Rxf3+ is forcing. 4. Rxf3+ actually gives an immediate win.
   Jul-09-18 Hector vs A Gupta, 2016 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Good Monday puzzle. The first couple of ideas don't work. Black's ability to check suggests a forcing move might be best. The most forcing move does turn out to work. And that whole analysis only takes a few seconds.
   Jul-08-18 Aronian vs A Giri, 2018 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The last move would make a fine Monday puzzle.
   Jul-08-18 P Ponkratov vs G Oparin, 2018 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: The final move would make a great puzzle.
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