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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Sep-22-18
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 1767 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-20-18 AVRO (1938) (replies)
Lambda: <Well, how to compare tournament strengths across generations, then?> With difficulty. The trouble is, if you ask "is this player from X era stronger than this player from Y era", it isn't even clear what you're enquiring about. You might think it's something like "if a time ...
   Sep-04-18 6th Sinquefield Cup (2018) (replies)
Lambda: I think a better quick measure of dominance is something like the difference between their rating and the world #10, rather than the world #2. Like in the late 80s, I wouldn't have said Kasparov wasn't particularly dominant because Karpov was so close to him, I'd say Kasparov and ...
   Sep-03-18 Chandler vs Y Gruenfeld, 1979 (replies)
Lambda: Very tough for Monday. 28...Bg1! threatens 29...Rh2 mate. On 29. Be3 Bxe3 or 29.Rf3 gxf3+ we can obviously at least safely win decisive material, (maybe there are mating responses, but those will do,) on other moves of the f1 rook 29...Qf2 is mate. So 29.Rxg1 is the main line, but ...
   Jul-16-18 Dortmund (2018) (replies)
Lambda: The only reasons for supporting Brexit are being a racist, wanting to throw workers' rights into the bin, or having been confused and/or misinformed by such people. (Unless you're a radical socialist with unrealistic dreams of revolution.) Britain will get worse trade deals with ...
   Jun-26-18 Nigel Short (replies)
Lambda: I hardly think you can complain about his current strength, there is nobody who is both older and rated higher, and that's been true for some time.
   Jun-16-18 Your Next Move (Blitz) (2018) (replies)
Lambda: <Why do they even have the touch rule move in speed chess? The decisive criterion should be no adjustments are allowed after punching the clock.> Consistency with playing chess without clocks?
   Jun-15-18 K Rohonyan vs A L'Ami, 2008 (replies)
Lambda: Diverged with 22.Bxb5 (motivated by making the c4 square available) which also mates.
   Jun-14-18 Akiba Rubinstein (replies)
Lambda: Lasker-Capablanca in 1915-ish. Also, Alekhine-Botvinnik.
   Jun-12-18 Team White vs Team Black, 2017 (replies)
Lambda: Okay, now I've fed it 26.Rd5 in that line, it's looking at an exchange sacrifice with 22...g6 23.Ne4 Rf5 24.Qd3 <Rxb5> 25.Rxb5 Kc7 26.Qxd6+ Qxd6 27.Nxd6 Rf8 28.Be2 a6 29.Rb2 Rxf4 30.Nxb7 Rf2 31.Nd6 Ne5 32.Ne4 Rf4 33.Ng5 h6 34.Nf3 Nxf3 35.Bxf3 Bb5 36.c4 Rxc4 37.Be2 Rc5 38.Bxb5 ...
   Jun-08-18 S Volkov vs D Anikonov, 2016 (replies)
Lambda: The logical move wins. The knight and the king can only control four squares on a diagonal in total, so the first thing you note is that the bishop probably shouldn't be allowed to get to d8 and go on the longer diagonal. The king can only control adjacent squares, so the knight ...
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