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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Oct-21-16
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 1411 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-21-16 Short - Hou (2016) (replies)
Lambda: 25 points isn't much, I think if players can be said to have a "true rating", the theory is that their actual rating fluctuates within a 50-ish point band around it. So any given matchup might actually be 50 points in either direction from the current ratings difference. Or maybe ...
   Oct-20-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
Lambda: <Chess was quite popular when Fischer stormed the stage.> Perhaps you mean Chess was quite popular <in America> when Fischer stormed the stage? Like it's quite popular in Norway now Carlsen has stormed the stage, suddenly putting on major international tournaments?
   Oct-13-16 J Penrose vs Tartakower, 1950 (replies)
Lambda: This only really requires Monday or Tuesday level calculation. You don't need to see much to be certain that 32. Rxd5 is a good move which improves white's position. When you've calculated that, it's time to wait for black to choose a response.
   Oct-12-16 Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Rematch (1986)
Lambda: Having the loser of the match play the winner of candidates was surely a way of not having the loser of the match deprived of the opportunity to play in candidates as normal because they were too busy playing for the championship. Anand and Carlsen wouldn't have been able to do it ...
   Sep-30-16 Grischuk vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
Lambda: I think once you've seen the Qxg5 Qxd5 idea, this one is a move you can select by instinct, rather than feeling the need to calculate what you do next.
   Sep-28-16 Tal Memorial (2016) (replies)
Lambda: <a rest day, after two rounds? Poor things.> I'd rather see the players well-rested and playing the best possible chess.
   Sep-08-16 Eljanov vs Navara, 2015 (replies)
Lambda: <YouRang> Yeah, the Timmerman game helped me to see the point of this puzzle, because I found out then that rook vs. knight is so much better for the side with the exchange than two rooks vs. rook and knight.
   Aug-28-16 Chess Olympiad (2016) (replies)
Lambda: Russia still have the highest average rating.
   Jul-12-16 Schirmer vs Schleipen, 1956 (replies)
Lambda: I don't think this is a position where you calculate all the lines other than the recapture. I think you just reason "since black can't recapture, this clearly makes progress in the attack, let's allow black to pick a square to put his king and then calculate only that line once he ...
   Jul-07-16 K Spraggett vs G Vescovi, 2004 (replies)
Lambda: Mostly saw everything, but I wasn't totally confident about what happens after 31. Bb6 Nxb6 32. Qg3+ Ng5 33. Qxg5+ Bg7 34. Nh6+ Kh8. It looks like white has a strong attack with possibilities like 35. Qxh5 but it's not so easy to calculate it to mate or material advantage.
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