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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Nov-15-18
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 1777 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-13-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Lambda: I'm not good at knowing what's going on in these endgames with equal material and plenty of pawns on both sides, no massive weaknesses anywhere, but it feels like the sort of position where Carlsen often gradually outmanoeuvres people.
   Nov-08-18 Krasenkow vs Karpov, 2003 (replies)
Lambda: Odd puzzle. You don't need to see the final move to recognise the immediate continuation as a promising attacking idea. It's not like you're making a sacrifice and need to see to the end to know that the sacrifice is justified.
   Nov-01-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
Lambda: <Sally Simpson> If anyone would get tie-break points in that situation, it would be white. The stronger side has demonstrated slight superiority, so gets the points. (So black would actually move their king up instead of throwing the pawn away.)
   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 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 Sparkassen (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.
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