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Lambda
Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Jul-29-15
Live in England. I played a lot as a child, reaching a rating slightly over 150 BCF/2000 ELO, but I haven't played seriously since going to university. (Mostly because I'm not particularly driven to compete, to try to defeat an opponent; at uni, I was able to find some appealing co-operative activities.) I like the world-vs-GM games here (perhaps due to their partially co-operative nature), and have made some (minor) contributions.

   Lambda has kibitzed 1290 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-20-15 Ding Liren - Gelfand (2015) (replies)
 
Lambda: You don't need any "explanation" for a 3-1 result between equally matched players. That's well within what you'd expect from normal random fluctuation.
 
   Jul-08-15 H Westerinen vs E Forsaa, 2007 (replies)
 
Lambda: There are a number of lines where you're tempted to conclude "we can just do this and we've won two pawns, must be winning", but then you need to take into account possibilities of black getting an exchange back with Nc2.
 
   Jul-07-15 A Kulashko vs H Bennett, 2005 (replies)
 
Lambda: You don't need to see Nxf5. Winning two pieces for a rook and creating a promising-looking attack is more than enough justification to just play it, and only think again when that position is in front of you.
 
   Jul-03-15 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
 
Lambda: Kramnik and Anand, disputed? Topalov different from all the other toy FIDE champions?
 
   Jul-02-15 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
 
Lambda: Missing Short and Smirin there.
 
   Jul-01-15 Veselin Topalov (replies)
 
Lambda: <"Kramnik on the other hand has never commented on why he has played WC matches and never qualified via any cycle!"> If I were in his position, I would be completely uninterested in educating people so thick that they can't work out for themselves that the reason for this is ...
 
   Jun-26-15 Norway Chess (2015) (replies)
 
Lambda: <Really? Why is that?> Well, neither of them ever had a result this bad in a major tournament during their considerable periods of domination. How much you care about the potential for such vulnerability is of course extremely subjective.
 
   Jun-05-15 R Tischbierek vs Tseshkovsky, 1984 (replies)
 
Lambda: I actually saw the idea of Nd5 clearly, but for some reason after 22.Rxf7 Kxf7 the only check I could see was 23.Qf3+ (or Qf1+), (probably somewhat drawn by putting the queen on the same diagonal as the Ra8), after which it doesn't work.
 
   Jun-03-15 Nguyen Hoang Tuan vs Nguyen Xuan Quang, 2005 (replies)
 
Lambda: When the material gain is both more obvious, and good enough.
 
   Jun-02-15 Nigel Short (replies)
 
Lambda: The top 100 containing nobody in their 50s is not the case any more, and by a pretty decent margin too, not far off top 50. Looks like Anand could become quite a strong 50 year old, in time.
 
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