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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Sep-23-17
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 1527 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-19-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
Lambda: <But still nobody answered - why did so many underdogs win knockout world championship but only top players won it after rebranding into world cup?> Less pressure means strange things are less likely to happen?
   Sep-18-17 Jose Raul Capablanca (replies)
Lambda: Euwe in a way is a victim of the success of the world championship in vigorously finding the best players. Almost every world champion has a period when they were the leading candidate for best player in the world, even if the margins were small, it was only for a couple of years, ...
   Sep-18-17 Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984) (replies)
Lambda: <Why did they not just give a break and restart this match after a month or so?> That would clearly have favoured Karpov, since he was exhausted and had just lost two games. Having an entirely new match is preferable because it's not clear who that favours.
   Sep-15-17 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
Lambda: <One thing that might give guys like Pillsbury and Rubinstein extra credit is that they had decent records against their world champion peers but never had the chance to be world champion.> You have to be careful with that sort of measure, because it could easily just mean ...
   Sep-12-17 D Byrne vs Bisguier, 1966 (replies)
Lambda: I spent most of my time staring at the position trying to work out what was wrong with simply 36... Bc5
   Sep-11-17 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Match (1929) (replies)
Lambda: <I believe that if aging Lasker had played Bogoljubov in a match in 1929, Lasker wins.> You could credibly predict that for Lasker against anyone. He was clearly the best player in the world for 1923-1925, and we have no info after that for nearly a decade.
   Sep-06-17 R Gadjily vs M O'Cinneide, 1997 (replies)
Lambda: 26. dxe6! Firstly, the pressure from the doubled rooks along the d-file makes 26... Rxd3 27. Rxd3 unavoidable, anything else will drop a rook very simply. Now the rook on d8 is under attack, 27... Rxd3 loses to 28. e7 and the pawn is unstoppable, and it obviously doesn't want to move
   Aug-25-17 D Zagorskis vs C Gabriel, 1997 (replies)
Lambda: A lot of puzzles are much easier because they're a puzzle rather than a real game. This one is harder. Getting out of a potential queen exchange when you're attacking is a totally natural idea during a real game, but a retreat like that doesn't seem like the answer to a puzzle.
   Aug-25-17 Anand - Gelfand World Chess Championship (2012) (replies)
Lambda: Having the tie-breaks at the start of the match to decide who gets draw odds would quite simply solve two huge problems and cause no new problems whatsoever. Why can't they just do it?
   Aug-24-17 Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 (replies)
Lambda: <If you make an illegal move then your opponent has the choice of letting you keep it, make another move with the touched piece or force the player to make a King move.> So... (from the starting position) 1. Bxd8. Can't make another move with the bishop, can't move the king, ...
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