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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Oct-20-14
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 1181 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-19-14 Nigel Short (replies)
Lambda: I'm not sure you can blame the invasion of Iraq for the Syrian civil war.
   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 ...
   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, ...
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