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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Mar-23-17
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 1472 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-22-17 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
Lambda: Korchnoi was incredibly strong during that period. For three world championship cycles, Karpov was the only person capable of beating him in a match, and even in the one after that, he only fell to Kasparov.
   Mar-21-17 F Berkes vs M Neubauer, 2007 (replies)
Lambda: <So, if some fellow thought the solution was <26.h3> in a forest, but no human was around to evaluate it, would he be wrong?> I think it would depend on whether they could convincingly explain why.
   Mar-16-17 Women's World Championship (2017) (replies)
Lambda: <If the participation to an event requires certain outfit for example you can or cannot accept. Go there or not. Nobody is forcing you. There a dresscode for regular jobs everywhere.> Thing is, it's called a "world championship". That kind of suggests it should be open to ...
   Mar-10-17 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Lambda: You should probably count the reign of a champion from the point they gained the title to their last successful defence when making comparisons, rather than to the point at which they lost it. It's also clear that both length of reign and number of matches should be considered, since
   Mar-01-17 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Lambda: I make it 73 WC games Anand has played for his 9 wins. In his first 73 world championship games, Kasparov only managed 8 wins. So he's doing better at this stage of his career at that than the greatest player of post-war times, if not all time. Statistics are great.
   Feb-24-17 Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship Match (1886)
Lambda: Steinitz-Zukertort. Lasker-Capablanca. All the Karpov-Korchnoi/Kasparov matches. (Looking at someone who last played serious chess six years ago and has clearly retired is silly.) And I think you can make an argument for Kramnik-Anand. Lasker-Tarrasch deserves to be thought ...
   Feb-20-17 Lahno vs Kosteniuk, 2007 (replies)
Lambda: Not the easiest idea to spot in Monday mode. I was happy enough taking with the rook, envisioning something like 33. Rxg7 Rxg7 34. Qh6 Qb7 35. Rxg7 Rxg7 36. Bxg7+ Qxg7 37.Qxe6 Qxd4 38.Qxf5+ with a winning endgame.
   Feb-08-17 Tradewise Gibraltar (2017) (replies)
Lambda: <BTW from my opinion or belief if you like, and I will stay on it till the end, women are equal to men, though different. That's why for me - again for me - see above, Hou is of the same importance (importance! not strengt, not based on rating!) as Magnus. Period. And I mean ...
   Feb-06-17 Yifan Hou (replies)
Lambda: You can hardly blame her for getting frustrated with what the draw was doing, and her reaction was only a minor and superficial transgression. Nothing like Topalov getting an unfair advantage in a world championship match, for instance. Best to just forget it. I dislike expectations ...
   Feb-01-17 Spassky vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
Lambda: I got the right moves for the wrong reason - I had noticed that the knight was attacking the queen but was pinned, but I hadn't considered unpinning the knight, instead my point was that Qxh7+ at the end wins the black queen through a skewer.
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