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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 1164 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-22-14 Gashimov Memorial (2014) (replies)
Lambda: <... Lasker's dominance was never been completely demonstrated....> The tournaments in St. Petersburg 1895, Nurnberg 1896, London 1899, and Paris 1900, together with the WC rematch against Steinitz gives Lasker five consecutive performances rated above 2825 by Chessmetrics, a ...
   Apr-16-14 World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) (replies)
Lambda: <2 of them never competed in one so that's a pretty stupid statement.> Morphy at least has a perfectly valid excuse for not competing in one. But it does nevertheless mean that evidence for his top-three-ness is pretty thin. Fischer, however, had absolutely no excuse for ...
   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 ...
   Apr-09-14 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
Lambda: <An "out of form" Anand had Carlsen close to the ropes in two games, the 9th and what was it? #2? In fantasy-land, with fantasy-math, if he had won those two, the match would have been drawn.> You need to be careful about that sort of thing. You can quite easily get a Short 5 ...
   Apr-08-14 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Lambda: I think deciding when the world title transitions really happens by a kind of "reasonableness" test, like the legal "reasonable man", since it didn't come into existence through everyone getting together and defining its nature or anything organised like that, just by the only two ...
   Apr-05-14 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Lambda: There's no general rule for what a player's rating graph ends up looking like. Some players will play consistently at about the same level for 20 years. Others will have a short golden period, and be mostly ineffective outside of it. And still others will have it going up and down ...
   Apr-03-14 A Dod vs D Mills, 1903 (replies)
Lambda: There is no real difference between 40.Qc7+ and 40.Qxg3+. Both are clear and certain ways of getting to a trivial win. Once you've seen either, there is no point looking for the other.
   Apr-01-14 Levon Aronian (replies)
Lambda: I'm not convinced it's anything to do with conventional notions of "choking". My instinct is that Aronian just doesn't quite enjoy the same level of chess talent and understanding that Carlsen, Anand and Kramnik have. That he can generally play at the same level even so due to ...
   Mar-12-14 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
Lambda: 1. Aronian 1. Kramnik 3. Karjakin 4. Anand 4. Svidler 6. Topalov 7. Andreikin 8. Mamedyarov
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