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Lambda
Member since Oct-12-07 · Last seen Jan-17-19
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.

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   Lambda has kibitzed 1794 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-16-19 K Petzold vs Dreev, 2008 (replies)
 
Lambda: I found my inaccurate but still winning line to be very aesthetically pleasing. 26...Nxf2 27.Bf5 Nh1!? [DIAGRAM] with the threat of f2 mate regardless of whether white takes on h1. (I don't remember if I erroneously dismissed Nd1 or just didn't consider it for some reason.) Now if ...
 
   Jan-07-19 H Brechin vs A Druckenthaner, 2009 (replies)
 
Lambda: After 35.Rc1 black just takes it and has a decisive material advantage, no need to check whether there's mate.
 
   Dec-22-18 A Uta vs B Anu, 2010 (replies)
 
Lambda: 18...Rxb2+! wins.
 
   Dec-20-18 Garry Kasparov (replies)
 
Lambda: Karpov dominated chess for a decade, co-dominated it for another decade, defended his title two and a half times, won a co-world title, and produced the greatest chess performance in history almost twenty years after he picked up the crown. Of course he's greater than the man who ...
 
   Dec-17-18 Kasparov vs A Haik, 1988 (replies)
 
Lambda: Needs a little thought after you see the tactic, the knight is trapped on b7, and opposite coloured bishops speak against just taking a pawn with it and accepting a two pawn advantage. But the black king is trapped in a box, the white king can march up to c6 and attack the ...
 
   Dec-07-18 Emanuel Lasker (replies)
 
Lambda: I think with Carlsen declining slightly, we're into a "first amongst equals champion" age. Caruana probably will be favourite to win the next candidates, since as well as his generally high rating, he's been somewhat overperforming in it so he seems good in that environment, but that
 
   Dec-06-18 S Slipak vs T Gibson, 2008 (replies)
 
Lambda: Got it in full. I was quite pleased to see instinctively that the position after 33.Rxd4 Qxd4 34.Ne5 looks very dangerous in a couple of seconds. Alternatives to 33...Qxd4 leave white clearly winning: 33...hxg4 34.Rxd6 Rxd6 35.Bxg4 or 33...Qb8 34.Rxd8 Qxd8 35.Ne5 Qg8 36.f7, while ...
 
   Dec-03-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
 
Lambda: <Similarly, Lasker had to face some of the biggest names in chess history and he was better than most of them for the longest period of time. Just look at the WC matches and his dominant scores against Steinitz, Tarrash, Marshall, etc.> What really seals the deal is his three ...
 
   Nov-29-18 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
Lambda: Kasparov Lasker Karpov Carlsen Capablanca
 
   Nov-22-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
 
Lambda: <I am still shaking my head over h3, but other than that(Not because it was a sub-optimal move, such things always happen, but that it was so unaggressive, so unchampion-like(Second set of parentheses, hope that's allowed, Lasker and Kasparov and Fischer and Alekhine and Carlsen ...
 
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