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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen May-20-18
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. Full Member

   Lambda has kibitzed 1736 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-18-18 Team White vs Team Black, 2017 (replies)
   May-07-18 S Maroroa vs J Wilson, 2008 (replies)
Lambda: I think it's legitimately a Monday puzzle because you don't need to see everything to know Nxg6+ is a good move, by the time you're taking on h6 you're material up with the attack.
   May-02-18 Reti vs Breyer, 1913 (replies)
Lambda: I was happy once I'd calculated that white always wins at least the queen, e-and g-pawns for the two rooks, and black can never take the d3 bishop at the end. Queen and three pawns vs. two rooks, with the f5 pawn looking doomed as well and the black king totally exposed can be ...
   Apr-27-18 Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2018 (replies)
Lambda: Really long unbeaten streaks are trickier than normal for world champions, since they periodically play matches against super-strong opponents putting their all into achieving their life's ambitions.
   Apr-21-18 Gashimov Memorial (2018) (replies)
Lambda: Who would have thought that after three rounds, the lowest rated player would be tied for first and the world champion would be tied for last?
   Apr-04-18 GRENKE Chess Classic (2018) (replies)
Lambda: <If we believe women can play chess as well as men she should wait to increase her World ranking to deserve to play according to ratings in the open category (men and women). Why favour her? If we believe men are better than women in chess she should play in the womens category as
   Mar-28-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
Lambda: <I think it has a practical side. Remember how much Karpov was criticized for trying to beat Kasparov 6-0 in KK1 instead of trying harder to put him away quicker. I think Karpov was far-sighted. He knew that he and Kasparov would be opponents for years to come, and that dealing ...
   Mar-14-18 Kramnik vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Lambda: <Isn't that somewhat misleading, as Bogo was not the most deserving candidate for a match, but a hand picked opponent?> Capablanca would have also been over 40.
   Mar-13-18 O Korneev vs Aronian, 1996 (replies)
Lambda: <Pchief> It probably isn't necessary, but simplifying complex wins into simple wins is always nice.
   Mar-09-18 Fischer vs S Schweber, 1970 (replies)
Lambda: The game line is almost just the win of a pawn anyway, because while under the 9-5-3-3-1 system the exchange is worth two pawns, it's actually generally worth a bit less, and in particular if the piece gives you the two bishops, the exchange is worth a lot less, not being worth much ...
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