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Lambda
Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Feb-10-16
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 1320 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-07-16 Robert James Fischer (replies)
 
Lambda: <Never give away for free what someone else will pay you for.> You do realise how much stuff which was given away for free you're relying on to use the internet for anything at all, don't you? If everyone followed that advice, civilization would be finished.
 
   Feb-04-16 Tradewise Gibraltar (2016) (replies)
 
Lambda: Gibraltar is still under the UK umbrella, and since 99% of its population want it to remain so, this isn't likely to change any time soon.
 
   Jan-05-16 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
Lambda: Ivanchuk probably peaked in 1991. Kramnik also probably peaked around 2000 or slightly later, which is also pretty early.
 
   Dec-30-15 Qatar Masters (2015) (replies)
 
Lambda: <Players who play better than other players, for any length of time, are playing better chess.> If that's the criterion, I think I'd have to go for Kramnik for the match he played against Kasparov.
 
   Dec-17-15 Mikhail Botvinnik (replies)
 
Lambda: <Cases where the best result actually got rated behind another one:> Oh, and Kasparov 1990
 
   Dec-13-15 Jobava vs R Hovhannisyan, 2014 (replies)
 
Lambda: There may be a complicated line after this sacrifice, but working out that 25. Rxc5 is the best move is not difficult because merely regaining material is enough to yield good positions, so I don't think you need to see it to claim success. OTB you could just take it off, then wonder
 
   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-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.
 
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