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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Apr-24-17
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 1484 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-19-17 M Apicella vs I Farago, 2007 (replies)
Lambda: Black has a few options to try to stop the b-pawn, 40... Rd3 falls to an eventual Nc6. After 40... Rb3 41. Nb5 Rd3, getting the knight out of position, white just pushes the b-pawn to b7 and then advances the a-pawn, which gets to a6 just in time to stop the rook from taking on b7. ...
   Apr-16-17 Short vs Karpov, 1992 (replies)
Lambda: Those Kasparov and Flear examples are a little bit different, they're players winning tournaments unexpectedly. But if the world champion of the time had performed like that, nobody would have bat an eyelid in either case. Linares 1994 was the most dominant tournament performance ...
   Apr-07-17 Akobian vs Caruana, 2017 (replies)
Lambda: Don't see why you can't play 15... Qe6 immediately. 16. Ng5 doesn't seem to accomplish anything.
   Apr-07-17 Mamedyarov vs B Galstian, 2002 (replies)
Lambda: Saw most of the ideas, but I couldn't finish it off because I didn't notice that the d-pawn was getting freed and allowing the bishop to help attack the king on f8.
   Apr-06-17 A David vs V Malakhov, 2007 (replies)
Lambda: Odd puzzle. Even though Rb8+ is the computer's choice here, I prefer Ra7+ as a practical human move because the two pawns up ending is obviously winning, while Rb8+ Kc6 is not at all easy to calculate.
   Apr-04-17 US Championship (2017) (replies)
Lambda: Ratings measure consistent strength against everyone. The world championship tests your ability against the best in the world on the big occasion.
   Apr-02-17 Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974
Lambda: If Fischer 1972 plays Karpov 1975, I certainly don't think either player has reached 10 wins after 48 games, assuming nothing major goes wrong and discounting fatigue. You're looking at a match of roughly equivalent calibre to the Karpov-Kasparov ones, neither of those players is ...
   Mar-31-17 Mamedyarov vs A Timofeev, 2004 (replies)
Lambda: 34. Rh3 is the most obvious finish, since it allows you to have the exact same plan against 31... Qh5 and 31... Kg8, which makes reasoning the win quite efficient. 34. Ree8 is a nice refinement, but the position after 34. Rh3 looks like a pretty easy win to me, that bishop is going ...
   Mar-31-17 Women's World Championship (2017) (replies)
Lambda: In general, I think all countries should allow everyone to dress as they please, all the way from "burqa with eye slits" to "naked", because your clothing choices don't interfere with the freedoms of others in any way. If you were born in a country, any sort of illegal garb is good ...
   Mar-31-17 Shenzhen Masters (2017) (replies)
Lambda: Nobody "should" retire due to getting old and not so good. They can if they want, of course, but would the world be a better place if Korchnoi had retired when he fell out of the top 20 or so?
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