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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Nov-28-15
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 1306 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-26-15 Topalov vs Antunes, 1992 (replies)
Lambda: It's a bit of an oversimplification to call the position with the extra f3 pawn a 'draw'. Sure, it's a tablebase draw, but the queen+pawn vs queen ending you get isn't trivial to hold.
   Nov-22-15 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Lambda: <Fischer didn't "stop dominating" he stopped playing.> Thus causing him to also stop dominating. <There's a difference not being at the top because you don't play chess vs. not being at the top because you are playing and losing.> Well, the latter still has the will to ...
   Nov-20-15 Capablanca vs S Campos, 1927 (replies)
Lambda: Amazing that the position after 22... Ke7 actually has two completely different astonishingly pretty mating combinations. (I got the Ng8 one.) The "you can't stop Rh8 mate" position is very nice too. Lovely puzzle.
   Nov-07-15 Samuel Reshevsky (replies)
Lambda: 1946-1956 is a really weird period of time for comparing Reshevsky and Botvinnik. In the late 40s, Botvinnik was obviously superior, he dominated the 1948 tournament very convincingly. In the 50s, there was almost nothing to choose between the top players, any one of a handful of ...
   Oct-26-15 Bilbao Masters (2015) (replies)
Lambda: The former champion against the hot young talent of the top ten. (Counting Carlsen and Caruana as veterans already.) There's potential for some sort of poetry here.
   Oct-24-15 M Swayams vs L Pantsulaia, 2014 (replies)
Lambda: Saw up to h4, but then Qf2 or Qe1 seemed pretty good defences, I didn't notice the queen forking possibilities.
   Oct-14-15 Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990) (replies)
Lambda: It was the last "proper, full-on fight" of a match. Modern matches are a bit short, and the transition was made of matches which were a bit one-sided.
   Oct-13-15 O Girya vs A Kashlinskaya, 2014 (replies)
Lambda: It's hard to tell that you've solved this one, because the win after Qxd1 or Qxa2 isn't as clear as you'd expect on a Tuesday, so you think there will be something better.
   Oct-09-15 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
Lambda: <I'm not sure what "unfair" means in this context> To talking about it in order to cast doubt over Karpov's status as world champion and world's best player in 1975. No problem with people talking about it as an act of idle speculation and nothing more.
   Oct-05-15 World Cup (2015) (replies)
Lambda: By far the most embarrassing thing to do is call someone "world champion" for winning such a lottery, (not to mention it always being the continuation of the "world championship of losers" line,) so surely every "world championship" of this format is automatically more embarrassing ...
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