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Cheapo by the Dozen
Member since Dec-13-13 · Last seen Feb-22-17

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 1373 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-21-17 R Krogius vs A Ojanen, 1944 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I picked the right moves and would have over the board as well, but through Spielmannesque faith rather than precise calculation. Not your typical Tuesday.
   Feb-19-17 Zsofia Polgar vs A Chernin, 1989 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: What's wrong with the obvious 20 ... Nf6?
   Feb-15-17 N Pert vs F Dinger, 2007 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I did it the other way around. First I noticed the pin; then I saw that the queen skewer limited Black's feasible responses.
   Feb-13-17 Tal vs Simagin, 1956 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Tal would have been a fun guy to play Double Bughouse with.
   Feb-11-17 Geller vs Averbakh, 1954 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: This is the sort of puzzle that a lot of us might get right over the board in a leap of Spielmannesque faith. What I didn't calculate all the way to was ... Rd1.
   Feb-10-17 Spielmann vs B Hoenlinger, 1929
Cheapo by the Dozen: What I missed is that Black can't really keep his queen on the 2nd rank to defend g7 and h7 (after pushing the f-pawn), because every possible square is subject to attack.
   Feb-07-17 Sasikiran vs Areshchenko, 2005 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: Weird puzzle for this early in the week. The basic idea is fine -- material is even-ish except that Black looks poised to lose the exchange, but he has a way to gain a pawn instead. The problem is in the continuation, where White wins material after all due to his ...
   Feb-04-17 Staunton vs Cochrane, 1841
Cheapo by the Dozen: I don't see why Cochrane resigned either. But perhaps the scoresheet is incomplete. Or maybe it was just late and he wanted to go home.
   Feb-04-17 Staunton vs Cochrane, 1841 (replies)
Cheapo by the Dozen: I'm not convinced by the 30 ... Qxd5 save. 31 Rg3+ Kf1 32 h3 seems to still nab the rook, although Black does have a lot of pawns as compensation. So my current opinion is -- premature resignation indeed, but White was still winning.
   Feb-04-17 Cochrane vs A Deschapelles, 1821
Cheapo by the Dozen: The rook sac would be a good Monday puzzle.
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