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Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Jul-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 1500 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-18-17 Borbely vs Kovacs, 1948 (replies)
Lambda: Rather than a general puzzle convention, since all these puzzles are from real games, I just instinctively assumed white could castle because it would be so weird to reach a position like that otherwise, it's clearly just out of the opening, it's hard to imagine anything having made ...
   Jul-12-17 Garry Kasparov (replies)
Lambda: Maybe the idea was supposed to be that a match between Fischer and, say, Eric Lobron would not have netted a fat payday. He gets to choose between re-running the 1972 match, facing a threatening opponent, or leaving people scratching their heads. I suspect he could have actually got ...
   Jul-10-17 I Pleci vs L Endzelins, 1939 (replies)
Lambda: Odd sort of puzzle, being solved by the most obvious moves.
   Jul-07-17 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
Lambda: <Do you think his fall from 2890 to 2820 represents a loss of strength, or an increase in those around him?> Random statistical fluctuation is another thing it might represent. There was a study which looked at the variations in runs scored by cricketers, who were thought to be
   Jun-22-17 A Adly vs I Vovk, 2007 (replies)
Lambda: 36. axb3 and winning with the extra piece and passed pawn seems to work too. The only chance black has to shake things up is to try to get his rook to the second to attack f2, but on 36... Ra6 white can just bring his rook back to c2 via c8, and on 36... Qc7 white can force queens ...
   Jun-21-17 Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
Lambda: <The game would continue 40...Rh8 41. d7 Kg7 42. d8(Q) Rxd8 43. Rxd8 b2 44. Rd1.> Or a slightly more fun way of getting to the same position: 40... b2 41. d7 Rd6 42. d8(Q)+ Rxd8 43. Rxd8+ Kg7 44. Rd1.
   Jun-15-17 J Corzo vs M Golmayo De La Torriente, 1896
Lambda: <saturn2> Queen can't move from e7 to h6. If you mean 27. Qh6+ then 27... Kxe5
   Jun-13-17 Altibox Norway (2017) (replies)
Lambda: <Capa, Morph, Alek / Fish / Tal. They're almost equal, esp. the last three.> Well, I guess you can observe that none of them ever defended a world title properly, if you have the disrespect for Alekhine's choice of opponents which is fairly common. (Though I'd only say ...
   Jun-07-17 Janowski vs Saemisch, 1925 (replies)
Lambda: One of those puzzles where it's not quite clear what the best way to proceed after 20... f6 is, but it is completely clear that you've found the best move, so you just play it and think about your next move afterwards. Unless your opponent conveniently resigns.
   May-05-17 U Atakisi vs E Berg, 2007 (replies)
Lambda: Got it up to 27... Kxe8 but I was very unsure how to evaluate the resulting position. I was wondering if it's good for black because, with queen and bishop being stronger than two rooks, the fact that black has a passed pawn means all white's pawns are kind of irrelevant because any ...
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