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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 1659 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-21-18 Team White vs Team Black, 2017 (replies)
   Feb-16-18 D Yuffa vs Bologan, 2015 (replies)
Lambda: What an odd puzzle. White is in check, so you get out of check in the most obviously sensible way. No further calculations necessary to justify the move, it leaves the king best protected, and it hits the queen.
   Feb-11-18 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
Lambda: Lasker was in the top ten at 66.
   Jan-10-18 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship Rematch (1937) (replies)
Lambda: <That may possibly have shaved several years off Capablanca's reign as well. Or who knows? Without WWI, Lasker might have played Capa earlier and beat him.> Yes. Without WWI, Capablanca might have had five odd years more as champion, or alternatively, might never have become ...
   Dec-24-17 Emanuel Lasker (replies)
Lambda: <so why did lasker get bad ad 1921> Post-war blues. In particular, he put all his money into German war bonds, so it bankrupted him. Although he still played very accurately in the 1921 match. If his opponent had been anything other than Capablanca at the peak of his powers, it
   Dec-20-17 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
Lambda: <Karpov's matches with Korchnoi in 1974 and 1978 are clearly the most relevant in determining Karpov's strength in 1975-78.> They're kind of misleading actually, because Korchnoi was far stronger in that period than he was in the 60s. He's a bit of an anomaly that way.
   Nov-30-17 Barbero vs G Andruet, 1986 (replies)
Lambda: I went all around the houses with this one: 30.Nf5+ exf5 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.Qg5+ Kf8 33.Rh6 Ke8 34.Qxf5 Kd8 35.Rh8+ Kc7 36.Qxf7+ Kc6 37.Qg6+ Kb5 38.Qd3+ Ka4 39.Qc2+ Kb5 40.Qb3+ Kc6 41.Rh6+ Kc7 42.Rh7+ Kc8 43.Rxb7 Kxb7
   Nov-29-17 A Schwarz vs Bird, 1873 (replies)
Lambda: Auto-search finds another line which it likes (though less so) for white: 31.Rxg6 fxg6 32.Rd7+ Rf7 33.Rxf7+ Kg8 <34.Rf8+!?> Kxf8 35.Qxh6+ Ke8 36.Qxg6+ Kd8 37.Qg8+ Re8 38.Qd5+ Kc7 39.Qxc5+ Kd7 40.f7 Rxe5 41.Qf2 Re8 42.Qf5+ Kd8 43.fxe8=N Kxe8 44.Qe4+ Kf7 45.a4 Kg7 46.Kg2 Kg8 ...
   Nov-15-17 J Brenninkmeijer vs A Pieniazek, 1987 (replies)
Lambda: 33.Rxa7 (clearly a good move if black can't recapture) Qxa7 34.Qg6+ Kf8 (after 34...Kh8 35.f7 black has no good defence to the threat of 36.Qh6 mate) 35.f7 and black has no good defence against the twin threats of 36.fxe8=Q mate and 36.Qg8+ followed by f8=Q. For instance, 35...Ra8 ...
   Nov-14-17 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Lambda: "In history" might be stretching it a bit far. Capablanca beat the best other players in the world with one minute on his clock to their five.
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