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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Aug-22-14
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 1175 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-13-14 Jose Raul Capablanca (replies)
Lambda: It should be pointed out that in terms of the number of games in a top-level unbeaten run, which seems more relevant to its level of impressiveness than the amount of time those games were played over, (non-chess-players will never lose a game in their lives!) both the longest and ...
   Aug-07-14 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Lambda: The difference between the early international careers of Kasparov and Fischer is that Fischer was part of a large group of grandmasters who were all at the top of the game and were all approximately equal in strength, (so none of them really convinces as a holder of a "#1" label), ...
   Jun-15-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Jun-03-14 H Steiner vs Tartakower, 1946 (replies)
Lambda: I suffered a curious blind spot today where Qb4 only looked like mate if the king was on the a-file. So I imagined 27... Qd2+ 28. Kxc4 Rc8+ 29. Kb3 Ba4+ 30. Kxa4 Qb4#
   May-31-14 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Match (1929) (replies)
Lambda: *Wonders if there might have been a bit of "I can beat Bogo easily, but with Capa I'd need to work really hard and prepare specially, so I'd like to be payed more for that.* Probably not, since Alekhine didn't have any laziness issues. But it's something to think about.
   May-02-14 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Lambda: World championship matches which can't be respected only really happen because something else is going wrong. Lasker-Janowski happened because Lasker just wanted the money, Alekhine-Bogo 1934 (nothing wrong with the 1929 match) because Alekhine was avoiding challenges, ...
   Apr-26-14 Gashimov Memorial (2014) (replies)
Lambda: <I'm not sure why you would argue tournament wins are a better indicator of strength than head-to-head records.> Because the goal of sportspeople is to win competitions, not merely to establish good head-to-head records against similar rivals.
   Apr-26-14 World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) (replies)
Lambda: Narrowing it down to two or four players would be difficult. But three players looks pretty easy to me, since there are precisely three players who dominated their eras for long periods of time, precisely three players with long strings of both tournament and world championship ...
   Apr-14-14 FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty - Mansiysk (2014) (replies)
Lambda: <I think Yifan Hou is kind of a Magnus Carlsen in female form> I think she's a kind of standard GM in female form. You can tell by the way she rates in the 2600s instead of winning large numbers of supertournaments and defeating Anand in a match.
   Apr-10-14 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
Lambda: OK, that's clear enough. Standard case of describing the same thing whilst being interested in different aspects of it then. An omniscient being who knows the game probabilities will only ever call the chances in an infinite match 0/0.5/1. But if you think of the uncertainty over ...
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