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Lambda
Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Dec-21-14
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 1224 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-20-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
 
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   Dec-19-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
 
Lambda: There's a real problem of definition here. Suppose you have a position where one move is an easy and simple draw, while another move loses if the opponent finds some humanly impossible to calculate line, and wins if they miss it. Should the perfect engine play the draw, or should it ...
 
   Dec-16-14 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
Lambda: Average rating gap to #10 is a good measure of ratings dominance. Average rating gap to #2 is partially a measure of how good a #2 you have.
 
   Dec-02-14 Nigel Short (replies)
 
Lambda: Personally, I think the most effective way of expressing what happened then is to look at what it does to the record of world championship or candidates matches played by Karpov against opponents not called 'Kasparov': Karpov 3 - 0 Polugaevsky Karpov 4 - 1 Spassky Karpov 3 - 2 ...
 
   Nov-05-14 A Sokolov vs A Desboeufs, 2004 (replies)
 
Lambda: I think we got Tuesday's puzzle on Monday, Wednesday's puzzle on Tuesday, and Monday's puzzle today.
 
   Oct-25-14 FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014) (replies)
 
Lambda: Anyone who thinks they can predict whether Caruana is turning into a chess monster who routinely wipes out very strong fields or just a "standard" super-GM is overconfident in their predictive capabilities.
 
   Sep-19-14 Bilbao Masters (2014) (replies)
 
Lambda: <perfidious> Absolutely, premature to judge his career at the moment. He's still got plenty of time to demonstrate that he can be a long-term dominant champion. He just hasn't managed it "at his first attempt". Where he'll be in a few years time, we cannot confidently predict.
 
   Sep-17-14 T Heinemann vs G Meins, 2004 (replies)
 
Lambda: I think you need to see what happens after Rxh7+ Kxh7 to call it a full solution. Queen and two pawns against two rooks isn't an obviously decisive material advantage, and if the attack was fizzling out at that point, you'd want to check if there was something better.
 
   Sep-10-14 Sinquefield Cup (2014) (replies)
 
Lambda: The problem chess has with popularity is that in contrast with something like, say, tennis, where even if you can't play the game to save your life you can appreciate watching skilled players playing it; in chess, you need to be pretty good at it yourself in order to have any sort of
 
   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 ...
 
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